New Delhi: Human life is solely about love, says the author of a recent book that attempts to unravel several significant facets for those who aspire to be their own masters. "When I say love has its various ways I simply want to illustrate that love isn't only about love between two individuals. Love can be felt in various forms starting with ourselves, love for a pet, for career and many such things," Divya Kapoor, the author of "Love has its various ways" (Balboa Press/$9.99/pp 114), told IANS in an interview.

Srinagar: The auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri Friday came as a grim reminder of what and how much Kashmir has lost in its values, traditions and heritage during the last 27 years of violence. Out of their total population of around 200,000 who lived in cities, towns and villages of the Valley till 1990 when the armed violence began, barely 3,000 Kashmiri Pandits continue to live at places protected by armed guards in the Valley.

People in India these days want greater control over the food they consume. There is also increased attention to choosing the ingredients. Preferred are food items with enriching and nourishing features and properties which prevent diseases and empower the body to gain immunity. There are a few food items which Indians consume on a daily basis like salt, sugar, milk and oil. Oil is the first element and base for almost all Indian recipes. It is the major component which contributes to the body's fat requirements. So, the oil we choose decides the fats we consume.

It is a pity that today all believers consider God to be formless in the sense that He is totally devoid of any shape, form or image, but this belief is simply incompatible with the concept of yoga/bhakti or gyan. How, it may be asked, can the soul be said to mentally unite with the Supreme Soul, or in other words, how can a love-relationship be established between the two, if both were absolutely without any form? How can the soul enter into loving union with the Supreme Soul and experience or revel in the divine bliss which is supposed to flow from such union?

New York: Babies whose mothers had signs of active genital herpes infection during early pregnancy may be twice at risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) later, say researchers. Genital herpes is a highly contagious virus and lifelong infection that usually spread through sex. The research showed an association between maternal anti-herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) antibodies and risk for autism in children. 

Bengaluru: The second edition of All Women World Arts Festival will be held on February 25 and 26 at ISKCON Temple multi-vision Theatre. Among the various international artistes, Miho Sakata Malhan and Group from Muse Creation will present Japanese traditional songs and dance at the Japan cultural evening. Also, classical dancers from ​​Cape Town, South Africa, La Rochelle, France and Taiwan will present Bharathanatyam. Besides, an all women group from Vaikkom Karunakaran Foundation, Kerala will perform Kathakali.

New Delhi: Ace designer Anju Modi, who designed costumes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram Leela" and "Bajirao Mastani", says she is inclined to work on movies with historical characters.

Kolkata: Tabla player Abhiman Kaushal, who features in the Grammy Award winning eponymous album by Los Angeles-based band White Sun, says he "naturally gravitated" towards their music -- interpretations of yogic mantras. Exhilarated at the win, the Hyderabad-born Kaushal says the honour offers a platform to Indian musicians to go beyond boundaries and seek "meaningful collaborations" complementing the nation's heritage.

Ropar (Punjab): For the uninitiated, Arunachal Pradesh and rallying/off-roading are words not to be taken in the same breath. But, there are always people out there to break the stereotypes. Meet Chow Ujjal Namshum, a 37-year-old tea planter from Arunachal, who along with his team members -- all cousins -- is setting the pace for budding rallyists and off-roaders in northeast India to chase their dreams and passion for the extreme sport.

Hyderabad: An eyewitness investigation has exposed the cruel treatment of chicks in several hatcheries and farms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.  The investigation conducted by Anonymous for Animal Rights and obtained by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.has found that millions of male chicks, considered useless to the egg industry, as well as unwanted chicks are commonly drowned, burned, crushed, thrown into rubbish bins, and even fed to other animals while still alive by top players in the Indian egg and meat industries.  

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My earliest recollection of seeds is from my childhood at my mother’s village Mallinathapura in Mandya district. As a kid growing up in my native home, I remember my grandmother taking handful of seeds from a clay pot and carefully placing it in a small bamboo basket. She then got fresh cow dung from the cattle shed, made a tiny pyramid like structure and placed it atop the small heap of seeds. She lit the incense sticks, offered a flower, a red hibiscus, and prayed.

Bengaluru: Two reality shows of Zee Kannada are bringing rich dividends to the channel. According to the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) report for Week 6 (Saturday, 4th February 2017 to Friday, 10th February 2017), only two reality shows made it to the list of top 5 programmes in Kannada. Interestingly, both are aired on Zee Kannada. According to the BARC report, Comedy Khiladygalu stood at No 2 position while Lifebuoy Saregamapa Lil Champs-12 has retained its 5th spot. Kulavadhu on Colors Kannada exited from the top 5.

New Delhi: English guitarist Guthrie Govan has worked with a variety of bands and is known for his ease and effortlessness. For him, playing the guitar is certainly not just about knowledge and technicalities. When performing in a concert, in his mind is the commitment to communicate.

New Delhi: Strolling up and down the streets is a routine affair for all of us but a humble Mumbai-based artist is out to capture hope and positivity that we fail to take note of in our humdrum lives.

View of roman theatre from Citadel

On my way to Tel Aviv in Israel, I decided to take a short break at Amman, the capital of Jordan, and see the surrounding places including Petra and the Dead sea. When I landed at Queen Alia International Airport, I did not know that Amman itself is one of the most visited Arab cities. Located on the East Bank Plateau, Amman is built on seven hills and because of its modernity, it attracts a large number of visitors from far and wide.  It is also safe city.


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