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Steam Cooking

By  Shekher Phadnis
You must have often wondered as to what the most famous chefs of India prepare for their own cuisine. Well a survey shows that they cook — and eat — steamed food. “Steamed food can be absolutely great after a good day at the master kitchen supervising every thing to poached truffles to kheer paneer.

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Charmed by Lucky Charms

By G V Joshi
What is a superstition? A superstition is a belief not based on logic or reason. Superstitions often promise to protect someone from harm or affect either his/her bad or good luck.
For example, opening an umbrella in a house leads to bad luck and wearing a special gemstone or crystal will ward off evil. To avoid a baby being born with a facial birthmark, pregnant women in India don’t go outside during an eclipse.

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Ghazal Banished from Hindi Films

By A C Tuli
A ghazal, to put it succinctly, is a poetic composition, often in rhyming couplets, expressive of a lover’s feelings and emotions for his beloved. It may also be philosophic in content, dwelling on some eternal truths of human life.

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India’s Famous Snake Temple

The largest and the most famous of the snake temples in India, the Nagaraja Temple is at the town of Mannarsala in Kerala, where more than 30000 stone snake images are exhibited within its compounds. Local legends claim the temple to be 3000-years-old. But historically we have only records of 800 years for this historic snake temple.

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Ghazal – Banished from Hindi Films

One of the main reasons why sad ghazals were an important part of our films in the past was that their story line very often dealt with problems that the tradition-bound, perennially-cash-strapped, middle-class people face in life.

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Logic behind the Tourism Business

By Mário Cabral e Sá
Thus ran the headlines of the English papers - “Pandemonium in House over drug news.”
The target is the Home Minister who was absent from the House because of an ailment, may he recover soon.  In his absence, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat answered the question in his usual calm manner.

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Of Scripts and Sahitya Academy Awards

By Tomazinho Cardozo
As reported in the local press, recently, the Commissioner for NRI affairs and former Union Minister, Mr Eduardo Faleiro said, “The Sahitya Academy awards should be made available to eminent writers in Konkani whether they write in Romi, Devnagri or Kannada scripts.”

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Obsessions and Compulsions

By Marilia Priyanka Fernandes
She washes her hands a hundred times a day to make sure they are clean enough. Even though the skin is peeling off her hands she can’t stop herself. He has to check the lock exactly fifty times before leaving the house or else the anxiety of someone breaking in is unbearable.

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Cures for Monsoon Woes

By Dr Kasturi Desai
The long awaited monsoon is indeed a blessing to most of us. Regardless of all the precautions we take in the rain, we sometimes cannot avoid getting drenched in this season.

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Miracles of Our Times

By Khushwant Singh
Not so very long ago, black people in America were called negroes, niggers, blackies, and treated as third-rate citizens only good enough to mix with other blacks.

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