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I have the power Social media is often flooded with stories of irate airline passengers
WINDOW OR AISLE

Complaint central

When it comes to spreading the word about a bad experience, the new consumer, empowered by social media, shows little or no tolerance
I work with numbers for a living. From morning to night, I am in front of my computer — integers, formulas, equations — a backup calculator by my... »
Talk
Ode to life: An awareness rally to mark World Cancer Day. Photo: P Goutham
UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY

The unkindest cut

What it means to be diagnosed with cancer in a country that spends only about four per cent of its annual budget on health
Maybe it is my age, but it seems that I deal with diseases and hospitals far too much these days. For some odd reason, what I have been dealing wi... »
Work
No carbon footprint: Biodegradable footwear made using discarded shoe soles

Sole-searching business

This company wants your old shoes, which it will refashion into trendy slippers that are also eco-friendly, and donate them to the unshod
As athletes, Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami ran hundreds of kilometres every year. They also ran through at least three to four pairs of sport... »
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Feather fetish Arguments over bird identifications are one of the highlights of a birdwatching trip v raju; cv subrahmanyam

Love takes wings

Birdwatching doesn’t come easy to everyone, especially to the late riser. But good company and some patience could make binoculars the most important accessory in your bag
About 10 years ago a cartoon in a national daily featuring a vulture in black-and-white caught my attention. It showed this bird of prey comfortab... »
Takeaway
Crème fatale Custard is quite tricky to make. Photo: Shutterstock
STREET, EAT, REPEAT

Cream come true

The delicate, sunshiny custard, drizzled over fruits, cakes and fancy desserts, never fails to soothe and comfort
Some months ago, Mumbai witnessed a tantalising, yellow deluge. Sweet, creamy custard — lashings of it — poured down enormous billboards. It desce... »
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Emperor’s cloths: Aurangzeb was a man of paranoid cunning and treachery, and it was reported that his subjects considered him a fakir or wizard. Photo: Wikicommons
THE COMPASS CHRONICLES

Horrors of the East

The colonialists were quick to deem India a place where the powers of darkness rage
The scientific awareness of a period in history is richly illustrated by folklore, for example, certain macabre legends concerning ‘poison khilats... »
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