Stories in Spice Route

Indian Women Achievers 2017

Women On Top Come March and there is a huge brouhaha about International Women’s Day. While feminists may argue that one day to celebrate women probably berates their achievements, we list out some of the top women achievers who have been torch bearers in their fields to come out trumps. And looking at the bright side, Women’s Day is just another day when you can celebrate the power of women. PV Sindhu 21 year old Pusarla Venkata Sindhu or P.V.

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Everything about Asafoetida

Seasoning your food can add a zing like no other and if there is one seasoning that can immediately change the taste of your food, the hands down winner is asafoetida. Asafoetida known as ‘food of the gods’ is a dried gum extracted from the taproot of a herb plant called Ferula which grows perennially. The word asafoetida is a semantic meeting of East and West and aza signifies “sap” or “mastic” in Persian and foetida means “stinking” in Latin.

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Higher Education in India

Fly High With Higher Education India as a nation that created the world famous Gurukul system inspiring modern day international pedagogies of teaching and learning did especially well to keep its legacy of creation alive post-Independence. University Grants Commission (UGC) Role The commission led by Dr Radhakrishnan immediately post-Independence was instrumental in the creation of the UGC in the 1950’s and the focus on channelizing talents of young adults towards employment was a key strategy that governed the approach deployed

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The Taj Balloon Festival

“Did you know that balloons are the second most photographed object after celebrities?” asked Samit Garg, Founder Director – E Factor & SkyWaltz (Events & Hot Air Ballooning). To be honest I did not know that but when I arrived for the 2nd Taj Balloon Festival (held in Agra between November 25 – 30, 2016), I understood exactly why. It was evening as I headed to the PAC Grounds, one of the venues where the balloons took off from and

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Wedding Special: Top Five Banquet Halls & Honeymoon Hotels

Wedding Venues Your wedding day is the arguably the most special day in your life and the place where you get married can only accentuate this experience. With myriad options available across hotels, resorts and banquet halls, you are spoilt for choice. Here are some of our top picks. JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa Amidst the exotic ranges of Himalayas, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa is a splendid location for an unforgettable wedding celebration.

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Unique Diwali Traditions in India

Let There Be Light It is that month of the year when India gears up to celebrate arguably its most favourite festival – Diwali. So while you are getting ready here are some interesting stories, legends and customs that will give you food for thought. The festival of lights has an important connotation as it has a history that dates back to time immemorial. In fact Diwali traditions are deep rooted in mythology and refer to two of the most

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Vibhor Sogani – Installation Artist Unparallel

Art From the Heart If you live or have been to Delhi, chances are that you would have noticed a huge stainless steel installation around the AIIMS flyover. Said to be designed as part of the process to beautify Delhi, this is the creation of installation artist, Vibhor Sogani. One of the leading creative professionals and product designers in India, he is an alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and is a well established name in

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Maya – Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness

Empowering Society “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” ~ Margaret Mead, Anthropologist If you thought this was just a quote, think again. A Karnataka-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working for over 25 years in the space of social transformation, MAYA – Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness has just proved this through initiated programmes in the field of education and livelihood. Over the years,

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Goa’s Bonderam Festival

Goa Celebrates Think Goa and immediately visions of sun, sand and surf come into mind. However India’s smallest state is also the one that has several festivals. And the Bonderam Festival is one such festival. Flashback This festival is celebrated on the quaint island of Divar 12 kilometers away from Panjim, on the fourth Saturday of August every year. The place can be reached by ferry from Old Goa as well as Ribandar. The name Bonderam revolves around the involvement of

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Monsoon Travel Destinations

Holiday in the Monsoon Have you been wondering where to travel in the monsoon? The magic of the monsoons are like no other and if you are the kind that enjoys an adrenaline rush – it is time to get drenched in the monsoon rains. Well if you are running out of ideas do check out some options from my co-authored story in Spice Route – the inflight magazine of Spicejet Airline. September 2016: Cover Story.

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