Stories in Spice Route

Chitrashaala – ode to art

Chitrashaala is an annual art event held at Justa’s Lake Nahargarh Palace that sees a confluence of artists from India and across the globe. The event is a partnership between artist Bibek Santra’s Narrative Movements and Justa Hotels that brings together artists from across the globe in a unique symposium of art. Incidentally, the name Chitrashaala is inspired from the renowned Bundi School of art Chitrasala that is located a few hours’ drive from Nahargarh.                                                       Art Attack An artist in

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Karnataka Tourism – A Kaleidoscope of Experiences

“One State Many Worlds”, the tag line of Karnataka cannot be more apt. A state that has mountains, beaches, valleys, islands and more, there is something new to discover in all parts of this beautiful South Indian state. The best part of touring the state is that you will stumble upon several gems that are relatively undiscovered which makes it an attractive tourist destination. The State has declared 2017 as the Year of the Wild and the Tourism Department has

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Durga Puja in Kolkata

Come September, and the whole of India is swept in a surge of festive fervour. Leading the festivities is the 9 day long Navratri celebrations – dedicated to Mother Durga, an embodiment of strength and the divine cosmic form. Legend has it Durga emerged from the collective energies of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma to kill demon Mahishasura. As such she is a form of Shakiti or power and the nine days are a celebration of nine forms of Durga and

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Red Chilli as a Spice

What is common to the words Bhut Jalokia, Byadgi, Bird eye, Mundu, Kashmiri, Jwala, Guntur, and Kanthari? Well, these are varieties of red chilli – the spice you may love or hate but can never ignore. Variants Galore There is an amazing variety of red chillies available in the country and their taste and spice level vary making this easily one of the most exciting spices to work with in the kitchen. “Chillies are integral to Indian cooking and most

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Education Trends 2017

As a topic that is always in vogue and often debated – education is a hands-down winner. The importance of good education can hardly be over emphasized. Naturally then there is a constant need to innovate and keep education current in tune with the needs of the day. Here are some key trends that will define education in 2017. Integrated Approach to Learning Creating powerful programs using immersive and experiential learning that use blended approach integrating activities, exercises and adventure

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Go Goa On The Honda Navi

“On behalf of Honda2Wheelers & Goa Tourism, we invite you to discover the unexplored side of Goa on the fun filled Honda Navi, at the Goa Hunt.” When I received this invitation my interest was piqued and the first thing I did was to look up the Honda Navi. And I was not disappointed for here is a vehicle that is like a cross between the scooter and motorcycle! With the same engine as the Honda Activa, this is a

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IPL – explore destinations beyond the cricket stadium!

Cricket mania grips India all year long and the IPL in the summer is when it reaches a crescendo. Here is what you must do and what you can eat when you are in these cricket destinations. Bengaluru The Silicon valley of India still has the best weather in the country and wears its heritage and culture with the same aplomb as its technology prowess. Known as the garden city, Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, the large lung spaces are a

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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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