• ALL DEALS

    Photo Credit: Facebook 12.5K Total Views The trajectory followed by the Congress since its defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election shows that the grand old party remains convinced that its most ardent supporters live in rural India even as the urban middle class remains smitten by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charms. Consequently, the party […]

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    ‘People like him do drugs, have a high sex drive’

    Photo Credit: Akshay Mahajan 28.8K Total Views Over the past few years, I’ve stopped keeping track of the news on a daily basis. No good seems to come from it. As a result, I’m the last to know about anything. On Wednesday, while I was running around on a writing assignment in my hometown of […]

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    Punjab bypoll is now a one-horse race

    Photo Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP 17.4K Total Views It was being seen as a semi-final, an acid test for the main contenders before the Punjab assembly elections next year. But the Khadoor Sahib assembly bypoll is now turning out to be a damp squib, with two of the three major parties pulling out of the contest. […]

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    What flight attendants really think about when they first greet you

    Photo Credit: Tom Purves/Flickr 15.5K Total Views I’ve been a flight attendant for 25 years. Greeting passengers at the door requires concentration on several levels. Of course the objective is to make you feel welcome and comfortable, but that’s only one aspect. While I’m trying to give that impression, I’m evaluating you very closely, and […]

  • Hepaticas: early spring jewels

    Petal power: Hepatica flowers come in all shapes and sizes. Photograph: Michael Myers Robbie Blackhall-Miles Alongside the first of the green-flowered hellebores and the early flowers of thefetid adders tongue, hidden among the white canvas of snowdrops in the woodland garden, there grows a plant that takes some closer inspection. Hepatica transsilvanica(dark form). Photograph: Michael […]

  • Alys Fowler: variegation isn’t always a bad thing

      ‘What about that nice variegated Solomon’s seal?” I point to a lovely patch outside a Greenwich brownstone as we wander about Manhattan. “Surely that’s an acceptable variegation.” “Nope,” my friend says emphatically. “I do not like variegation.” (“I do not likegreen eggs and ham,” I whisper to myself out of earshot.) I point at […]

  • Gardens: plants that live on air

    Something in the air: Tillandsia plants have specialised hair-like structures on their leaves that act like sponges. Photograph: Alamy James Wong Over the past 20 years, a growing body of scientific evidence has suggested that simply being around plants can have an important impact on mental and physical health. Even while sitting at your desk, […]