Parle G — the name is enough to bring back childhood memories of fragrant biscuits dunked in hot milk. And the struggle to eat the soaked, soggy biscuit quickly before it crumbles back into the...
Let's rewind a little, back to the year 1965 — India had just scaled Mount Everest under the leadership of Captain Manmohan Singh Kohli, an expert mountaineer and commander in the Indian Navy. I...
Since it was first distilled in the Middle Ages, gin has seen many ups and downs in terms of acceptability and popularity. The British are believed to have brought the gin into India during the Raj, w...
Conversations, communication... we think that these are things limited to interactions between humans and animals, the language that we can hear and see. But, what if there was a language we could not...
A lot of households have old copper or bra utensils stockpiled in store rooms and we've often wondered why we don't use them anymore. Well, it's because a few decades ago, the utensil market was take...
There's a spectrum of colour all around us, present in every part of our lives. From the clothes that we wear and the houses we live in, to our natural surroundings, there's a different shade around e...
We're almost midway through the monsoon and by now, either enjoying the rain or cribbing about how the showers make travel difficult. In the race to reach places without getting stuck in the rains and...
In this episode of The Real Food Podcast, Vikram Doctor, who loves his teas, finds out that coffee-making may isn't as daunting a task as he initially thought and that you can make a delicious cup of coffee at home.
In this podcast we delve deeper into the roots of chivda, as we speak to people who've been selling the traditional version for decades as well as to those who are mixing it with innovative ingredients (for instance: chocolate!) to give the homemade snack a more modern twist.
In this episode of the podcast we explore how, in an age where cultural symbols are stolen from temples and museums, do scientists spot the real from the fake? We also explore all the scientific processes that are used to identify the source of a historical artefact, a thread that takes us back thousands of years.
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Landour was once called the 'Little America of the Hills'. This small hill station in Uttarakhand, dotted with winding paths, pine trees and colourful birds, became a summer retreat for the British in the 1820s. The place at the altitude of 7,500 feet above the sea is uniquely cosmopolitan and, located in north India, has been home to various communities from around the world, as a result of which their food was an intermingling of European and American cuisines that gave it a distinct anglo-Indian aroma.
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Twice every year, 15 experts meet to discuss the possibility of apocalypse -- this group, called the Science and Security Board are the timekeepers of our race. In the latest episode of the Intersection, we speak to two of them -- Sivan Kartha and Rachel Bronson.
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While exploring the colourful past of papads and the role they played in Indian history, Vikram Doctor spoke to author Saaz Aggarwal who in her book <em>Sindh: Stories From A Vanished Homeland</em> talks about how after partition, the Sindhi community found purpose in preparing papads.
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Was the iconic monument created with a single error on purpose? Or, did the artists and craftsmen make an honest mistake because of a lack of advanced scientific equipment? Did Shah Jahan know?
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The only way to combat the epidemic of snakebites in India is to make our anti-venom more potent. Our concoctions are manufactured by extracting blood plasma from animals who have been injected with diluted snake venom because it contains the antibodies that can fight it. However, this is the same method that has been practiced since the 19th century and is in dire need of an update.
Finger millet is known to reduce the risk of diabetes and gastrointestinal tract disorders and as an excellent source of calcium and fibre; it also helps to lower cholesterol levels in your blood. This leads to less plaque formation, prevents blood vessel blockage, and reduces your risk of heart attacks. So, it's safe to say that Ragi represents the people it nourishes: Earthy, resilient and nutritious.
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As time went on, colonialism began to run its course and cheese making spread far and wide across Europe - it was not unusual for a region to produce its own, unique type of cheese. In Asia, however, cheese never really garnered the same popularity and acceptance. Even today, Asian cuisine does not involve the use of too much cheese, if at all. No one knows the real reason for this.
Wine and religion, two unlikely comrades, have fraternised to form Nashik's newfound, unorthodox charm. Taking a detour from the typical "exotic mysticism" that most of India offers, Nashik, known for its Kumbh Melas, has transformed itself into the unlikely, yet celebrated, wine capital of India.
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Indian LitFests Anuvab's sick of the barrage of LitFests, and how pretentious they are. Kunaal was invited to speak at a Busine School but says he has nothing to contribute because he has no real, in...
Today, heart transplants have become routine, but the procedure is fraught with logistical nightmares and requires precise teamwork and coordination. This episode of The Intersection goes behind the frenzy, bringing you the real-life story of how a heart was transported from Indore to Mumbai, saving the life of a 16-year-old girl.