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4 exciting weekend getaways near Kolkata
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4 exciting weekend getaways near Kolkata

The Holi weekend is just a month away and if you haven't planned ahead, we'll help you out. Joyeeta Palit lists out her favourite places around Kolkata. In the coming months (March and April), there are two long weekends -- Holi (March 13) falls on a Monday and there's the Easter weekend starting with Good Friday on April 14 (Friday). How about a trip to the City of Joy? Travelling down memory lane in Kolkata Even if you don't want to spend time in the city, there are plenty of options ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago

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'For any technology in force today there are security risks'

'Aadhaar Pay makes cashless transactions possible even for those who do not have mobile phones. Only the merchant needs a smartphone.' 'The most important thing that has happened on account of technology is that a bank’s cost to acquire a merchant has come down significantly.' IMAGE: "Instead of the hardware and POS (point of sale) machine, the only expense we need to make is on providing a biometric dongle to merchants to capture fingerprints," says Rajiv Lall, CEO, IDFC, of ...
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The pagoda trail in Myanmar

Kanika Datta visits the crumbling but appealing temple complex of Bagan -- a place where even an atheist can come close to a divine experience.   IMAGE: At its height, over 13,000 stupas and pagodas are said to have dotted Bagan, Myanmar. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons.   The Road to Mandalay docks next to what our guide assures us is an "unremarkable house". But the unprepossessing concrete mansion that hugs the upper banks of the Ayeyarwady (the river Irrawaddy to the Anglicised) ...
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A Hungarian invention that helped the British in WWII

Tracing the early life of the humble ballpoint pen to its present. IMAGE: Modern folks would not even think of the ballpoint pen as an innovation. It seems to be an inexpensive writing instrument, not worth too much thought. Yet it had to fight for a life. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters. Pen maker John Loud got a ballpoint pen patent in 1888. Anton Shaeffer in 1901. Michael Brown in 1911. While Lorenz presented a prototype ball pen in 1924. IMAGE: László Bíró, ...
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Hyderabadi biryani denied GI tag for want of proof

The famous 'Hyderabadi Biryani' has failed to secure a GI (Geographical Indications) tag after its applicant could not prove the historical origin and data relating to this delectable dish with supporting documents, according to the GI registry in Chennai. The Deccani Biryani Makers Association in Hyderabad had applied for the GI tag through its Secretary Zubai Ahmed in 2009. The fabled rice delicacy, which derives its name from this pearl city, has been part of Hyderabadi cuisine for nearly ...
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Office space yields are falling.... and property owners are celebrating!

The lower yield is better for property landlords as it indicates an appreciation in the capital value of the property. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com.   In February 2017, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance bought an entire floor of 60,000 square feet (chargeable area), leased to Tata Communications, in the Crescenzo building at the Bandra Kurla Complex, considered Mumbai’s micro-market, for Rs 147 crore. Tata Communications pays a rent of Rs 177 per square foot per month (on ...
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The ancient heritage behind our railway bridges

Of the thousands of railway bridges in India, 36,470 are more than 100 years old, and 6,680 are more than 140 years old! But of these, only 21 rank on the Heritage Directorate of the Indian Railways because for them heritage isn’t necessarily a function of age, says Bibek Debroy. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com. The Jubilee Bridge was an old railway bridge, between Naihati and Bandel and across the river Hooghly. It possessed features to interest engineering enthusiasts. It was a ...
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There once was a pink Ambassador...

Most Indians have an Ambassador story. Following Peugeot's acquisition of the iconic Indian brand, Avishek Rakshit chronicles what made this car such an indispensable part of India's cultural psyche. IMAGE: Even designer Manish Malhotra gave himself a pink Amby, complete with kitschy interiors. Photograph: Courtesy Robert Soar/Flickr.com.   In the early 1960s, industrialist S K Birla purchased an early model of the Ambassador, or Amby. It was round and robust, and spacious from inside.
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The maharaja who gave his people museums

The collector king Sayajirao Gaekwad III, who lived a century ago, put together a fantastic world of Indian and European art for his subjects. IMAGE: Baroda's Sayajirao Gaekwad III ruled Baroda state for nearly 64 years, till the age of 75. Photograph: Kind Courtesy Lafayette/V&A Museum I’ve been fascinated with Baroda’s Sayajirao Gaekwad III ever since I opened my first book on Raja Ravi Varma and learnt how the 19-year-old maharaja invited the painter to Baroda (now ...
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That February when 'Hindus' lost American citizenship

Even as February 2017 will be remembered for the fight Americans put up for the rights of immigrants, South Asian Americans recall the February of 1923 when the US supreme court barred South Asians from becoming American citizens, recalls Monali Sarkar. IMAGE: A Muslim prays during the 'I am Muslim Too' rally in Times Square, New York City, February 19, 2017. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters When they came for the Muslims, where were you?   Much of February 2017 in the United States ...
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