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Smokin’ hot

Rocky ‘Rakesh’ Patel has defied the naysayers who said that an Indian couldn’t break into the world of premium cigars, says AARTI DUA

You could say he’s the rock star of the cigar world. Nobody gave non-resident Indian Rocky ‘Rakesh’ Patel half a chance when he daringly ventured into the rarefied world of premium hand-made cigars 20 years ago. Patel was an... | Read»


A mass movement

Technology is making its way into budget, mass market cars faster than ever before, says Abhijit Mitra

There’s a change coming over mass market cars — from entry level hatchbacks to the small sedans. Manufacturers are increasingly loading them up with features that, till recently, were the highly trumpeted offerings from luxury... | Read»


One from the heart

How about surprising your special one with a quirky designer bag? Or, would you like to see her eyes sparkle like the diamond -studded watch you plan to give her? It's time to put on your thinking cap and make this Valentine's Day different from... | Read»


Blast from the past

Old-fashioned utensils like buckets and jars are adding a retro flavour to five-star meals, says Rahul Verma

Food, as we know, is not just to be eaten, but to be seen as well. Chefs have been focusing on the presentation of food for years now. Plated food doffs a cap to the art of presentation. How often have we been wowed by the sight of a dish over... | Read»


A heritage high

Hoi An was once a busy port in Central Vietnam and its Old Town has preserved a charm that has won it Unesco World Heritage status, says Supriya Newar

You stand warned if you’ve allocated just a day to Hoi An in Vietnam for it’s going to be hard to bid adieu to this magical little town by the South China Sea. Hoi An flourished as an all-important port under the Nguyen dynasty back in... | Read»


A healing touch

Tabiyat is an unusual exhibition that delves into the world of medicine, healthcare and wellness in India over the ages, says Aarti Dua

Did you know that rhinoplasty or nose surgery was first done in ancient India as described in the Sushruta Samhita ancient Sanskrit text on medicine? Or that tongue-scrapers — an object still alien to many in the West — go back over... | Read»


A creative edge

Apple's new iPad Pro takes the device beyond browsing and the occasional game but watch out for sticker shock, says Tushar Kanwar

I’ve seen it happen in way too many households, once-prized iPads gathering dust. Blame it on the fact that the iPads so far were primarily consumption devices and the fact that supersized phones were eating their lunch. | Read»


Striking the high notes

Singer Jubin Nautiyal shot to instant fame with the song Zindagi from the film Bajrangi Bhaijaan

The first turning point in my life came when my father sang the song Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai from the film Shor, to me. I was only seven years old then and from that day I set off on a journey that’s made me what I am today. | Read»