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A budget traveller’s guide to God’s Own Country

Ryspha Monteiro   We decided to go on a seven-day vacation to Kerala. Reason: it’s a very convenient budget location if you are travelling from Goa. It takes about 15 hours by train (Rajdhani Express). The route we chose was Margao–Alleppey– Thekkady–Munnar–Kochi–Margao. Away from the coast I decided to explore the Cardamom Hills instead with my friends Radhika and Joyela; …

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Medications and alcohol: do not mix

Interactions between alcohol and a medication can occur in a variety of situations that differ based on the timing of alcohol and medication consumption. Rohini Diniz   Numerous classes of prescription medications, including many over-the-counter and herbal medications, can cause negative effects when taken with alcoholic beverages. Medications can interact with alcohol, thereby altering the effects of alcohol and/or the …

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Living with Psoriasis

Vishal Verenkar   “Psoriasis? It doesn’t make us any less human” reveals La La Anthony, a well-known Hollywood actress, New York Times bestselling author and a TV personality.  She has been suffering from psoriasis for the last 10 years and hasn’t let the condition hold her back. “I have had this for a long time and I have still been …

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Are you fasting or feasting this Navratri? Why not both

Namita S Kalla   Navratri, the nine-day festival, is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and excitement as fasting has become an intrinsic part of the festival. However, it is observed that while fasting one feels drained out as the day passes. Eating small meals and not starving yourself is the only mantra to easy fasting. Here are some effective foods …

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Remembering Jagjit

Jaidev Chatterjee, an accomplished singer in two distinct forms of music – Ghazal and Bhajan – has the unique distinction of being trained by maestros of these genres – Jagjit Singh and Anup Jalota. With his Ghazal performance, ‘Forget me not’, a tribute to Jagjit Singh on his 4th death anniversary scheduled to be held in the city on October …

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Vikram Patel: The mental health crusader

Vikram Patel was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the TIME magazine this year in a well deserved recognition of the doctor’s unrelenting efforts to increase access to mental health care and putting mental health right at the centre of the global health agenda. In an email interview with NT BUZZ on the occasion …

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Perfect Pick-Me-Up

Sinead McManus I am most certainly not a fan of sticky weather. It saps the body of energy, leaves you feeling mighty uncomfortable and tends to get unpredictable. During times like these, there’s nothing better than some time off at the spa. Living in Candolim has its perks, and after a few visits, I find myself lucky to count the …

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Food innovations from the armed forces

Zubin D’Souza   I love long treks. I do not take them and so maybe I should reword my statement to read ‘I love the idea of long treks’. So what stops me from taking long treks? Apart from the fact that I have passed the prime of my life, have a belly that reaches any venue five minutes before …

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Discovering the history and heritage of Jordan

What do you do when you get an invite to visit a country that is surrounded by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Israel? Since there was Visa on arrival, half my pre-trip headache was gone and I started dreaming about visiting the world UNESCO world heritage sites of Petra and Wadi Rum.   Anuradha Goyal What do you do when …

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A pristine haven called Andamans

Anish Sousa For me, a good holiday destination is one that gives you a new experience – a place away from the routine and mundane. I had heard good things about the Andaman Islands. My expectations from the place were promise of clear blue waters, diverse and rich aquatic life, mouth-watering food and a quiet but adventurous place, and I …

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