Maanasi

A mother of an untiring three year old, Maanasi enjoys nurturing her love affair with English. She is often found nestled with a book, plopped against a dozen pillows, smiling away at the brink of finishing yet another book of the many dozens, that adorn the shelves of her Mini Library! When not playing Sherlock Holmes, or planning her next trek-up a desolate hillock, you are bound to find her at the movies, or on a shopping spree with her mother- darling!

Chennai Locals Offer a Helping Hand

Chennai has caught the several eyeballs across the world for its recent infamous floods which are called to be the worst in over past 100 years. Publilius Syrus has said “Where there is unity, there is always a victory”. Where India is divided on intolerance debate, a heartwarming show of solidarity is in sight in Chennai. Over the last few …

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Let Your Horoscope Help You Pick the Right Dog

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Who can deny the pleasure of having a lovable, furry animal welcome you home every night and sit by your side through all those bad moments? Many of you have spent days longing to have a pet dog at home. Yet when that day finally comes, the day that you finally manage to get the sanction of the entire family …

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Blend

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There are so many things we can blend in our kitchens that we often look beyond them. Making smoothies and juices is a way of life nowadays. However, there are few other things besides veggies and juices that can be blended in your kitchen quite seamlessly. In fact, blending these things could make your diet healthier and your life easier …

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Beauty Secrets: How to use coffee for your skin and hair

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Coffee is not touted to be a wonder bean, for nothing! This small bean has more to offer than meets the eye. You already know that this power drink is a great energizer to kick start your day. But, did you know that the same cup of Joe can enhance your beauty? Yes, a mug of piping hot coffee helps …

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Story behind not washing hair on Thursdays

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Superstitions and myths are commonplace in India and have been passed from one generation to next. Even today, in the 21st century, these superstitions and myths have a place in people’s life and many follow them blindly. Every single day of the week has different practises and customs that have been followed since time immemorial. Some of them are eating …

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The Festival Dusserah: A Celebration of Faith and Beliefs

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Dusserah is a celebration of nine days dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Durga in India. It is also named as Vijayadashami or Navratri as it is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month, according to the Hindu calendar. Mostly it falls on the month of September or October. This is a celebration of the victory of Lord Rama, …

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Ten less known dishes of Dussehra

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Dussehra is a fascinating festival celebrated all across the country under different names like Navartri, Durgostav, Dassara, Vijay Dash, etc. This ten-day festival falls in the lunar month of Ashwin (usually in September or October) from the Shukla PakshaPratipada (the next of the New moon day of Bhadrapada) to the Dashami or the tenth day of Ashwin. It is the …

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All about Navaratri and the many bhogs offered to Maa Durga

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Navratri is one of the most popular and biggest festivals in India after Diwali. The festival welcomes Maa Durga and starts nine days preceding VijayaDashmi or Dussehra exactly a day after PitrumokshaAmavasya.  These nine days are considered highly auspicious during which the Goddess is worshipped and different prasadam or naivedya is offered to her. Goddess Durga fought for nine days …

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Cumin for your kids? Good or Bad?

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Cumin, or Jeera seed, is an Indian spice that is used in a number of dishes. It is very famous for its medicinal benefits, pungent aroma as well as its hot and spicy taste. It is used as an ingredient in India to prepare many dishes like soups, curries and sauces. This spice gives dishes an aromatic and yummy taste. …

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M.F. Hussain’s Controversial Paintings

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M.F. Hussain was one of the most popular painting artists in India. He was born in the year 1915 in a village in Maharashtra in a Muslim family. Forbes magazine referred this artist as the “Picasso of India” few years ago. While Hussain had no formal training in painting, his art was very popular and some of them extremely controversial. …

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