Stories in Spice Route

Summer Holiday Destination Ideas

Here is how you beat the heat this summer and take a chill pill by enjoying the destination for what it is. Ooty & Coonoor The Nilgiri mountains are home to the wonderful hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor and being 6600 feet above sea level, the cool climes are a welcome relief from the scorching summer. Being blessed with several natural vistas, a holiday here, is your way to come close to 2700 plus species of flowering plants, 160

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Turmeric – the Yellow Booster

The myriad benefits of turmeric is taking the world by storm and proving once again that going back to your roots is what matters. Do you know that your kitchen has an ingredient that packs a punch? Well it is anti-aging, anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory super spice and has been around for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to treat a wide variety of health problems, from pain control to fighting cancer. Well, this is the humble turmeric or curcumin

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Jaisalmer and Jodhpur – discovering Rajasthan

Blue City – Jodhpur A friend once told me “if you want to see the real Rajasthan, you must visit Jodhpur.” These words somehow stayed with me always and on a recent trip to Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan, I knew exactly what my friend had indicated. True to its moniker, everything in the old city is swathed in hues of blue that lends the city a unique character. I start my journey at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort

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Decoding all things Finance

“I just cannot get my head around it. I don’t know what mutual funds are or what the stock market is all about,” said a friend to me quite recently. When I spoke to her, trying to help her decode her doubts, I realized quite quickly that this is a problem that is quite commonplace. Unless you have studied Finance as a subject, it is likely most terms appear as jargon. However, finance and related matters whether it is loans,

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Jaipur Literature Fest 2018

Come January, and there is a sense of literature in the air. Well, this is the time for all things books, authors and also a time when literary thoughts are all around. Yes, it is that time of the year when Rajasthan Tourism’s ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) takes place and this year was no different. Often described as the ‘greatest literary show on earth’ and the ‘Kumbh Mela of literature’, JLF has hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcomed over

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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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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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Karnataka Kaleidoscope

The Southern state of Karnataka has many surprises up its sleeve and the best way to discover this is by actually visiting the different parts to experience the myriad cultures, food, sights and more. The diverse elements of the state that was formed on November 1st, 1956, incidentally celebrated as Rajyotsava Day has a royal connect too. Well, this was always the State of Mysore that was renamed as Karnataka in 1973. The state itself has a motely mix of

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