• Robots are people too

    Legislative officials in the European Union have been trying to decide whether robots are people or not. This is idiotic. Of course they are people. The little robot in my smartphone told me. (Not a joke. I asked Siri if she was human and she replied: "Close enough.")One defines "people" as sentient...

  • The many adventures and misadventures of 'Silver', a remarkable Indian spy

    New Delhi: Bhagat Ram Talwar -- a Hindu Pathan from the North West Frontier Province of British India -- was perhaps the only quintuple spy of World War II and the author of perhaps his first detailed sketch has said that even as the master spy helped Subhas Chandra Bose escape from India via Kabul,...

  • Walk in nature and shake off the summer heat

    New Delhi: Just "walk it off", is what most people say to cool others down. The coming months will surely hit you with soaring temperatures. How about challenging yourself by hiking or simply traversing a plantation? To beat the heat, merge with nature by walking through a rainforest or in a st...

  • Connecting the dots: The BJP, Hindutva and fringe organisations

    Title: Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva; Author: Dhirendra K. Jha; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 228; Price: Rs 499The rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from two seats in 1984 to a staggering 282 in 2014 may be seen as the growing appeal of its ideology ...

  • 'Mohe pir paayo, Nizamuddin Auliya...': The saint and his grace

    Title: Song of the Dervish; Author: Meher Murshed; Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Pages: 242; Price: Rs 499The bit in the headline is from one of the subcontinent's best-known qawwalis honouring one of its most venerated Sufi saints but its true worth is seldom realised. In it, the singer is addressin...

  • Uncontrolled diabetes can damage reproductive nerves: Doctors

    New Delhi: Prolonged uncontrolled diabetes can cause damage to reproductive nerves, said doctors on Tuesday.According to them, prolonged diabetes can lead to a condition where the nerves are unable to control the bladder, "As the problems of diabetes increases, it damages the nerves of the repr...

  • World Malaria Day: Tips to prevent malaria

    Malaria is a infectious disease caused by infected female anopheles mosquito. When these mosquito bites human beings, the parasite enters the body and affects the red blood cells. These malaria causing mosquitoes are commonly found in stagnant water and puddles in an unhygenic environment.It is...

  • 'Unleash your wild side' with Sussanne, Malaika, Bipasha

    Mumbai: Bollywood's fashionable queens Sussanne Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Bipasha Basu's online fashion brand TheLabelLife.com has tied up with ice cream brand Magnum for a limited edition fashion collection that would encourage consumers to wear their wild side.The Unilever brand has launc...

  • How to make your bedroom summer-friendly

    New Delhi: Go for subtle hues like mint and lime, declutter and ditch the heavy carpets from your bedroom for a cool summer, say experts.Sonam Gupta, Design Head, Tangerine, a soft furnishing home decor brand, and Amrit Borkakoty, Founder, Serenityonline.in, an online home styling store, suggest how...

  • Green the new norm in cosmetic industry

    New Delhi: Going green has become the new anthem in the fashion and lifestyle categories and it's not just designers who are promoting it in a big way through their collections, but cosmetic brands are also going eco-friendly with their range. Experts feel that "evolved high-end consumers" are helpi...

  • Drawing ancient history: The co-creator and preserver of Asterix

    The world's most famous French warrior nearly had his career cut short when his writer died midway through one of his adventures but fans of Asterix the Gaul have much to thank the artist for ensuring the popular series (111 translations and 11 films of the 34 stories) carries on well into the 21st ...

  • L'Opera: From France, with love and flavours

    New Delhi: Remember Julia Child? The famous chef known for introducing French delicacies to the US? In similar fashion, a Frenchman has been keeping alive his country's recipes in the very heart of the national capital for the past six years.L'Opera -- Kazem Samandari's initiative -- is a delightful...