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The Dirty Dozen: Twelve angry men

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR | NT NETWORK War films, irrespective of whether they are made in Hollywood or outside, have rarely followed authenticity. ‘The Dirty Dozen’ (1967) based on E M Nathanson’s novel of the same, is in fact considered to be a fictional account linked to World War II, and not the story of a real unit. However, in …

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From Paywat to Sairat

Humble and unassuming Mithun Chandra Chaudhari is just another aam admi. But, what makes him ‘khass’ is his skill of filmmaking. He recently won the National Award for his short film ‘Paywat’ (The road less travelled). Essaying the role of the teacher n the path-breaking superhit Marathi film Sairat, and worked as film’s chief assistant director, he has now made …

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Beer: Beverage that spurred on civilisation

Zubin D’souza Somewhere in the middle of the year 2016, an enterprising bunch of thieves stole about 78,500 bottles of beer that were stored in two refrigerated trucks in a brewery in Atlanta, USA. Now although there is definitely a monetary angle involved somewhere, I cannot shake off the nagging feeling that the Houdini who managed this feat may in …

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It seems the chicken was first bred in the Indus Valley

Vir Sanghvi Why do Indians love chicken so much? Or is it just North Indians who can’t seem to get enough of the bird? I know of several chefs who have been warned that they need to change their menus if they are to succeed in Delhi. One chef at a leading hotel chain was told that his Delhi non-vegetarian …

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Seven days in Italy: A quick guide to the European nation

Rukmini Chopra From the Roman tragedies of Julius Caesar or Anthony and Cleopatra to Hollywood hits such as Roman Holiday (1953), Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Angels And Demons (2009), Italy has been romanticised by creative professionals the world over. Naturally, Italy ranked high on our travel wish list. After much online research and discussions with friends who had already …

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Foods rich in soluble fibre Part II

Rohini Diniz Apples: Apples are among the most popular fruits in the world. They are usually eaten raw but they are also used in various recipes, juices and drinks. Apples are mainly composed of water and simple sugars, such as fructose, sucrose and glucose. A single medium-sized apple contains about four grams of fibre made up of both soluble and insoluble …

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Much maligned foods back in favour: Eat whatever you want, whenever

Sanchita Sharma Eating, one of life’s simpler pleasures, is no longer that. Every bite you take comes slathered with guilt and paranoia. Even obsessive-compulsive diet trackers struggle to keep up with the rapid flip-flops of nutritional advice that routinely makes news. Is butter healthier than toast? Are the fresh juices you have daily slowly nudging you to death sooner than …

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Singin’ in the Rain: All the way masterpiece

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR | NT NETWORK Gene Kelly, like Danny Kaye from the West and Kishore Kumar from the East, was a multifaceted personality. He was a dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. Quintessentially a ‘Performer in Musicals’, Kelly after an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in ‘Anchors Aweigh’ (1945) and the success of ‘An American in …

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Dietary fibre: Nature’s broom

Rohini Diniz   Our traditional diets consisted of minimally polished local and seasonal foods that not only provided the body with the five vital nutrients, but also fibre, prebiotics and phytochemicals that helped keep one healthy. Today with increased consumption of processed and refined foods we are not getting adequate amount of fibre from our diets, which coupled with a …

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Be mindful about menopause

Why ayurved? Ayurved’s understanding of the human body, especially of the female body is detailed yet holistic. Ayurved believes firstly in preventive and later in the curative aspect. When a patient with difficult menopause approaches us, we do a complete analysis of their body type, present complaints, past history of menstruation and pregnancy, other associated disorders and detailed diet and …

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