• Kindness in a Kitchen

    US President Barack Obama, recently embroiled in a "religious" controversy, is likely to visit Amritsar's Golden Temple during his visit to India this year. As I was reading up on it, I came across a very interesting article in the New York Times and I was, for a moment, ashamed that what I knew of the temple was only from scenes from popular Bollywood movies.

    For example, though I knew of the community kitchen at the Temple, the langar, I did not know this — "Sikhism, which emerged in the Punjab region of India in the 15th century, strongly rejects the notion of caste, which lies at the core of Hinduism." Guru Amar Das, the third Guru of Sikhism is said to have established the practice of offering langar (free food) to disciples before spiritual services.

    First food, then God:

    Guru Nanak's tenets of Sikhism endorse two as the most important: Pangat (one row, loosely translated as sitting together in a row and partaking of a meal) and Sangat (association with the good). While it

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  • Suzuki fans worldwide gave a warm welcome to the 2011 Swift, thanks to its more spacious and stylish interior, superior quality cabin and improved dynamics along with the more pronounced exterior design.

    However, carmakers have this not-so-heartening habit of compromising on quality and features when they introduce a model in the Indian market. Reasons may be reasonable for them, but do we really deserve this?

    Now that Maruti is all set to bring the new Swift to the Indian market, the question is, will they again compromise on these new and exciting features?

    The interior images reveal an all-new design which takes inspiration from the recently launched Kizashi sedan. The new instrument panel and keyless push button start-stop system are among the more obvious revisions.

    The new Maruti Suzuki Swift has a 1.2-litre petrol engine which is equipped with Dual VVT (Variable intake and exhaust valve timing) and produces 94PS at 6,000rpm. The improved torque is developed to 118Nm at

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  • The Ayodhya land dispute has been a bone of contention between the country's Hindus and Muslims for decades. We answer a few key questions about the history of the disputed holy site.

    What is the Ayodhya dispute all about?

    Hindus and Muslims have quarreled for years over the history of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya, a town in Uttar Pradesh. Hindus claim that the Babri mosque stands over a temple built in honour of Lord Rama. They say that the Babri Mosque was built by Babur's general, Mir Baqi, on the orders of the Mughal leader Babur post destruction of the Ram Mandir in 1528.

    Tension flared up in 1992 when supporters of VHP, Shiv Sena and BJP demolished the Babri mosque, stirring up nationwide riots between Hindus and Muslims which left more than 2,000 people dead.

    Why is the dispute so dangerous?

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the Ayodhya dispute is one of the biggest security challenges in India this year, along with the Maoist insurgency and the Kashmiri

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  • The Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has been a flashpoint of violence between Hindus and Muslims for decades. Here's a look at the troubled history of the disputed holy site.

    A cross-section of the Hindu community believes that in the 12th century, a temple is built in honour of Lord Rama in Ayodhya.


    The Babri Mosque is build by Babar's general, Mir Baqi, on the orders of the Mughal leader Babur post destruction of the Ram Mandir.


    First recorded Hindu-Muslim clashes at the site.


    The British administration erects a fence to separate the places of worship, allowing the inner court to be used by Muslims and the outer court by Hindus.


    Idols of Lord Rama appear inside mosque allegedly placed there by Hindus. Muslims protest, and both parties file civil suits. The government proclaims the premises a disputed area and locks the gates.


    Spearheaded by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad party, Hindus form a committee to liberate the disputed site and build a Ram temple

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  • We love the Swift and there's a reason why we do so. Now, Maruti is giving Swift's fans another reason to rejoice. The one millionth car to be rolled out of the company's plant at Manesar was a Swift and what better way to celebrate it than making Swift more special? Yes, the carmaker is offering an exclusive, limited edition Swift labelled the "Swift One Million Edition".

    The most exclusive thing about the car is the specially created "Goldsmith Black" colour along with splendid graphics or artistic decal on the exteriors. It also sports special integrated stereo with USB and speakers, leather seats, cushions and even foot-mats.

    Swift One Million Edition is available in only one version, VXi (Petrol), at a price of Rs. 4,83,079 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).

    It looks like the car is worth every penny but unfortunately, Maruti is offering just 1000 units of this stunner. So guys, you got to act swiftly to get yourself a piece of this limited edition Swift.

    Well, now tell me whether

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  • Well, this might sound inane, but this is real.

    Disney's Pixar Cars has proved the front of a car looks a lot like the human face where headlights are the eyes, but this is taking things a bit far — a company named CarLashes has decided to add more bling to a car's face by offering big, curly headlamp eyelashes. And to add to the glitter, you can even put some sparkly, faux-jewelled 'eyeliners'.

    For some, CarLashes may be silly and goofy, but if Truck Nutz and Miata Teeth exist here, why not CarLashes? However, it's up to you guys to decide whether CarLashes add personality or goofiness to your car.

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  • Match fixing is not a new phenomenon to hit cricket as there has been a lot of talk of cricketers throwing matches for money, the most recent incident being the arrest of London-based Mazhar Majeed who allegedly lured Pakistani fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif to deliver three blatant no-balls in the Lord's Test against England.

    In a sting operation conducted by The News of the World, it was revealed that Mazhar received some 150,000 pounds from the tabloid and promised the undercover reporter that the fast bowlers will bowl no-balls at the agreed moment of the game.

    Here's a rundown of match-fixing allegations to have hit the game:


    An early instance of match fixing can be traced back to the Test series between India and Pakistan in 1979. It happened in the final Test at Calcutta when Asif Iqbal reportedly picked up the coin and told GR Viswanath that India had won the toss. It was Sarfaraz Nawaz who made this allegation two decades later.



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  • Tennis: American Glory a Thing of the Past?

    My habit of reading  the newspaper backwards hasn't changed, unless there's some sensational news. Blame my love for sports for that.

    I started watching Tennis in the so-called 'Doordarshan era' when people weren't lucky enough to get a taste of most of the tennis tournaments other than the 4 Grand Slams. I had to rely on TV news and newspapers or magazines like Sportstar to follow the Championship series (now the Masters Series) , the  Monte Carlo Open or the Lipton International (since renamed as the Sony Ericsson Open). At the time, I obsessively cut out articles and stories on Sampras, Agassi and Jim Courier — and those treasured clippings are still with me now, despite this being the age of the Internet, and a simple search can provide me with more information than I possibly could need.

    Sampras once mentioned that Agassi was the one responsible for taking tennis to the masses — very true, in my opinion. Andre's funky hairdo, earrings and those funny antics on court

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  • If like me you spend a sizeable portion of your day 'online', then your catching up with friends is probably restricted to commenting on their on Facebook status updates or an occasional chat on Gtalk or Y! Messenger. The result may be a feeling that your life on screen has left you with plenty of acquaintances but no real friends.

    If the thought has crossed your mind, then you are not alone. A pastor in Houston, Texas who confesses to being a technology addict, has been encouraging people to take a 24-hour break from Facebook, Twitter, Email and texting to focus on relationships that matter most.

    Read: Facebook Fast in US to connect with real friends

    The movement has caught on and today (26th August) has been branded as the 'National Facebook Fast' in the US.

    Do you think you would benefit from an occasional 'technology fast'? Would it spur you on to go out and personally reconnect with family and friends?

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  • India experienced a watershed moment when Ratan Tata fulfilled his promise with the launch of Nano, the most economic vehicle in the Indian market, and arguably, in the world. Ever since the launch of Tata Nano, the whole globe is behind the idea of cheaper wheels. Now, it's the turn of Maruti, who is seriously planning a car priced closer to Nano, and it could apparently be the Cervo, a compact five door mini that might put the other kids on the block in the shade.

    The Cervo looks like a smaller Chevrolet Beat with cues from Honda Jazz's design. The phenomenal fuel efficiency is one of the USPs of this car.

    Powered by Suzuki's 660cc engine — as against Nano's 623cc — the Cervo could be priced between 1.5 to 2 lakhs, a little higher than Nano. But Cervo looks too stylish and futuristic to be priced under 2 lakhs. So it's obvious that Maruti needs to delete some of the features available in the car, or use a cheaper material to make a potent contender to Nano.

    Inside, the dashboard of

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