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Konnsache Fest: In praise of a good harvest

Sanjeev V Sardesai Various communities make it a point every year on designated dates to express gratitude for a bountiful harvest. Indeed, the harvest festival is celebrated all over India as Pongal, Lohri, Bhogali Bihu, etc. In Goa, the Hindu community pays their respect by venerating the ‘Nave’n’ (literally translating to ‘new’), during Ganesh Chaturthi, where a paddy stalk along …

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Explore the best of Florence

Going for a short stay at one of the most aesthetical cities in the world? Here’s how you can explore the ancient place, in the Florentine way! Sreyashi Ghosh A mix of delights — good food, rich history and picture perfect architecture — Florence is every traveller’s dream. The Italian city is compact yet impactful. No amount of time in …

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Eat right to beat the monsoon blues

Rohini Diniz These days we are experiencing heavy showers that lead to flooding, accumulation of filth and muck and proliferation of flies. Merely getting wet in the rain does not result in one catching a cold, it is the cold virus and lowered immunity that are to blame. While there is nothing we can do about the rain, we can …

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Empower parents, enable breastfeeding – Part II

Sujal Torgal Patil The first week of August is marked as Breastfeeding Week throughout the world by the WHO in order to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. The 2019 slogan ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding’ has been chosen to be inclusive of all types of parents in today’s world. Focusing on supporting both parents to be empowered is …

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Healthy tips to reduce your sleep quota

Sadhguru Sadhguru: The body needs rest, not sleep. In most people’s experience, sleep is the deepest form of restfulness they know, so they talk about sleep. But essentially, the body is not asking for sleep, it is looking for restfulness. Your mornings would be pretty bad if your nights were not restful. So it is not sleep but restfulness that …

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Savouring: Appreciating positive aspects of your life

Aldina Braganza I did a mindfulness training programme recently and we started the course with what is known as the raisin meditation. We were requested to acutely focus all our senses on the act of eating the raisin. You hold the raisin between your fingers and gently feel the dry fruit as if it was something precious and you had …

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Healthy Eating For Senior Citizens

Rohini Diniz Here’s what senior citizens need to include in their lunch and dinner to ensure that their nutritional requirements are met. Cereals should form the base of diets as they provide carbohydrates which help meet the energy requirements of the body. Since the ageing process reduces the total energy needs of the body, senior citizens should be careful about …

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A decade of dishing out Pan-Asian delights

NT BUZZ Tamari, the award-winning restaurant at Vivanta Goa, Panaji celebrated 10 years of serving signature pan-Asian gourmet experiences. To commemorate the occasion, the masterchefs at Tamari showcased some of the bestselling signature recipes of the last 10 years with a tantalising feast of authentic preparations from China, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. The delightful luncheon was attended by the glitz and …

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Let the games begin

As part of her undergraduate thesis, student of BITS Goa, Mahima Samant designed two live action role playing (LARP) games inspired by the escape room format and set against the backdrop of the Goa Chitra Ethnographic Museum, Benaulim. Through her thesis, Mahima seeks to design and test different types of real-world story-based quests at Goa Chitra and see how ‘play’ can …

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Touxanche Fest A festival of cucumbers

Sanjeev V Sardesai Almost every day, there is some festivity in Goa which sees a cross section of its people coming together to celebrate, in a portrayal of practical communal harmony. It is often observed that the actual faith related festivals, though attached to religious houses of various faiths, are primarily an activity to display respect to nature, and possibly …

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