48 Hours In Muscat

The cultural hotspot of the region, Muscat is a potpourri of tradition, heritage and modernity that is woven together seamlessly to give the visitor an experience that is unparallel. It was my first visit to Muscat and Oman and I went with an open mind. I suggest you too as this city will surprise you with the many things it has to offer – from food, museums, shopping, culture and more. DAY 1 A mix of heritage, history and shopping –

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Vaani – Lending A Ear

In November 2002 a feasibility study was carried out on issues surrounding childhood deafness in India. Based on the findings of the feasibility study, the fact-finding visits and workshops, the vision which emerged was for family members to acquire some basic knowledge and understanding about deafness, teachers to have specialist knowledge and abilities that would enable young deaf children to achieve their full potential. What came through as a huge gap was the need for parent involvement in the lives

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New Age Education Trends

When my niece told me she was interested to do a course in Liberal Arts for her graduation, I actually looked up the course to understand it better. Soon I found that apart from this there are a whole lot of new age courses like Spa Management, Rural Studies, Cyber security, Puppetry, Tea/coffee tasting, Public Health Entomology, Habitat Policy and Practice, Wine Taster, Ethical Hacking and Photonics. Education options in India are changing and this is happening to ensure that

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Club Mahindra Kandaghat Resort Review

A holiday in the hills is a perfect antidote to relax and take a break from urban stress. Well, after all the air in the hills is so pure that it has an immediate effect of enhancing your spirt almost immediately. And what better way than to head to Club Mahindra Kandaghat Resort that allows you to soak in the abundance of nature while having the time of your life. Surrounded by the lush green peaks of the Shivaliks which are

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Coffee Trail with JW Marriott Bengaluru

‘JW Marriott Bengaluru invites you on a Coffee Trail with Chef Anthony En Yuan Huang’ read the invite I received recently. Being a coffee lover, I was quite intrigued as to what would be in store and I decided to jump right in. Incidentally Chef Anthony is known for his fine sense of balancing traditional food with a modern twist and I was looking forward to the experience. Being in Bengaluru helped as this was the shortest journey to make

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Home decor trends that ruled 2017

As curtains fall on 2017, it is time to look back at the interior trends that the year. From geometric prints, to jewel tones to going artisanal, the year had so many trends that it inspiration was everywhere. Here are some trends that made waves this year. Going Artisanal The craftsmanship and materials with a high level of skill was seen to achieve details. When a piece of furniture is made with so much detail and precision, it instantly adds

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All About Vanilla

Did you know that vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron? Well chances are probably not and the reason why vanilla is so expensive is that it takes years to become usable. The best place to learn about Bourbon vanilla is at the La Vanilleraie, a traditional workshop located in Sainte Suzanne in Reunion Island. History of Vanilla The vanilla plant has been in use for over 2000 years and is native to Mexico. Vanilla in Reunion Island

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Salons Prepping for the Party Season

Come December and it’s the time to dress up, give yourself a makeover and well, party. Naturally grooming is an important part of the action and spas and salons are all geared up to end the year on a high note. Making it Count The end of the year brings with it various festivals, occasions and weddings and hence is definitely the most demanding time of the season. This is the time that people love to pamper and refresh themselves

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Peruvian Fabrics

Peru is in the news for something quite different now and this is related to apparel. Well, the country is now a popular sourcing option for brands looking for quality garments at great prices. In fact international brands with the most renowned and prestigious labels are increasingly associating with developing their collections with domestic manufacturers in Peru. According to statistics, Peru’s textile industry employs approximately 250,000 people, and textiles and garment manufacturers account for more than 30 percent of the

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All About Linen

Smitten By Linen In what can be a landmark innovation for the apparel industry, scientists at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (IGKV) Raipur have developed the yarn of linen cloth from the stem of linseed or flax plant. So far, Indian linen fabric manufacturers had to import yarn as it was not available in India and this breakthrough is expected to boost both the handloom and textile sector reducing the dependence on imported yarn. The stem of the linseed plant has

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