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Prateek Sadhu (Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Prateek Sadhu (Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Have you heard of recipe matrices and remixes?

  • On Dec 3, two restaurants from India were part of a global recipe switcheroo
  • As participants of the Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle Stay in Tour, Mumbai’s Masque and The Bombay Canteen reinterpreted dishes from Michelin-starred restaurants

Kartik Aaryan and Aparshakti Khurana in Pati Patni Aur Woh
The sudden jump in the value of onions means a break in dietary routine. Bloomberg
The sudden jump in the value of onions means a break in dietary routine. Bloomberg

Opinion I Why I stopped taking onions for granted

  • The recent onion crisis shows that money might lose its value, but food never does
  • The onion shortage has led to instances where onion was stolen but cashboxes were untouched

A priest, his son and a friend head home in the evening on an old Jawa motorcycle with a sidecar.
A priest, his son and a friend head home in the evening on an old Jawa motorcycle with a sidecar.

A Bengali among Parsis

  • Photographer Shantanu Das has been chronicling the Parsi community for several years now
  • In his work, one gets a glimpse of Parsi traditions, customs and everyday life

Three new books aim to capture the human face of the Sri Lankan conflict.  (Alamy)
Three new books aim to capture the human face of the Sri Lankan conflict. (Alamy)

Ten years of tragedy in Sri Lanka

  • A decade on since the end of the civil war, three new works of fiction revisit the troubled history of Sri Lanka
  • The graphic novel ‘Vanni’ explores the human cost of the war, while the other two are driven by strong characters

A still from ‘Frozen II’.
A still from ‘Frozen II’.

Frozen 2 shows us how to step into our power

  • The feel-good idealism that is resting like a glow on the faces of our three daughters has been triggered by the release of Frozen 2
  • Our daughters were 10, 8 and 5 when they first watched Frozen and were gripped by the story of two sisters who are very different and yet bond so strongly with each other

The cast-iron ‘kyusu’ teapot is a versatile one. alamy
The cast-iron ‘kyusu’ teapot is a versatile one. alamy

What's a million dollar teapot?

  • One of the secrets to make a perfect cup of tea lies in choosing the right teapot
  • Some teapots gather value as they age and can be auctioned for a million bucks

Virat Kohli scored 136 against Bangladesh in November. (Photo: PTI)
Virat Kohli scored 136 against Bangladesh in November. (Photo: PTI)

Virat Kohli tops Test rankings

  • Virat Kohli regained the top spot in ICC’s Test rankings following his 136 against Bangladesh in Kolkata
  • He displaced Australian batsman Steve Smith who slipped to second place in the latest rankings

Made of OLED glass panels with more plastic substrates, these foldable screens are designed and tested to withstand over 100,000 folds without getting damaged
Made of OLED glass panels with more plastic substrates, these foldable screens are designed and tested to withstand over 100,000 folds without getting damaged

How foldable smartphones are becoming more flexible

  • From flip phone variants to massive displays, foldable screen smartphones are evolving and offering some fascinating results
  • Experts say these phones will have a shorter life cycle, but one can’t deny that they are making smartphones look cool again

Joe Pesci (left) and Robert De Niro in ‘The Irishman’.
Joe Pesci (left) and Robert De Niro in ‘The Irishman’.

‘The Irishman’: Martin Scorsese assembles his avengers

  • For his latest film, Scorsese adapts ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’, a book by Irish hitman Frank Sheeran
  • ‘The Irishman’ breaks ground with a digital de-aging process, which Scorsese uses to twist mafia movie mythology

Jasmeen Patheja was recently awarded by the Zegna Foundation for her work on mobilizing women. (Photo: Arvind Rajan)
Jasmeen Patheja was recently awarded by the Zegna Foundation for her work on mobilizing women. (Photo: Arvind Rajan)

Opinion | How patriarchy inspires an artist

  • Jasmeen Patheja of Blank Noise tackles patriarchy with confrontational and healing art
  • Patheja recently received the Zegna Foundation’s prestigious Visible award for her life’s work

A still from the 2015 movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’.
A still from the 2015 movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Muslim sons of a Brahmin 'Peshwa'

  • Peshwa Bajirao I’s love for the dancer Mastani resulted in Muslim sons being born into a Brahmin line
  • Ali Bahadur II was the last of the powerful princes of this family with a fascinating provenance

Manu Kumar Jain.  (Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint)
Manu Kumar Jain. (Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint)

Manu Kumar Jain: The smartphone man

  • The country head of Xiaomi, the largest seller of smartphones in India, talks to Lounge about maintaining the lead in a crushingly competitive industry
  • Jain also talks about how he almost didn’t make it to IIT Delhi, and co-authoring a comic-strip with wife Minu

Technological ventures like Aadhaar are ultimately dependent on political patronage (Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint)
Technological ventures like Aadhaar are ultimately dependent on political patronage (Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint)

The political face of India’s technology journey

  • 'Midnight's Machines' divides the journey of technology in India into four broad periods, starting from World War II to present day
  • It examines the role of key personalities—if Nehru was reluctant to promote private entrepreneurship, Modi sees it as vital to incubating technological advancement

Read this book for an engrossing journey through the history of English in India
Read this book for an engrossing journey through the history of English in India

How English became an Indian language

  • A writer travels across India to understand the vast and divisive subject of English spoken and written by Indians
  • The book is not an academic analysis of linguistics but a rollicking road trip, dotted with historical anecdotes and reminiscences

I Lost My Body is adapted from the book, Happy Hand.
I Lost My Body is adapted from the book, Happy Hand.

A tale of broken hearts and body parts

The French drama ‘I Lost My Body’, which follows the journey of a disembodied hand in search of its owner, is a dreamlike exploration of loneliness, isolation and belonging

CarveNiche’s Avneet Makkar (seated, centre) with her team at the Bengaluru office
CarveNiche’s Avneet Makkar (seated, centre) with her team at the Bengaluru office

Hitting refresh after a-team quits

Having a dedicated team in the early days helps a startup sail through all sorts of troubles, from funding to developing products. But what if the core team jumps ship?

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock

For working partners, success lies in a psychological contract of sorts

Conventional wisdom is that couples struggle to begin with and eventually figure things out

The story of what happens after a rape exposes the fault lines in the implementation of laws and in the working of our criminal justice system
The story of what happens after a rape exposes the fault lines in the implementation of laws and in the working of our criminal justice system

India’s ‘rape culture’ and the issue of women’s safety

  • An excerpt from journalist Kalpana Sharma’s book on violence against women exposes the fault lines in Indian society
  • Recent incidents have highlighted the dearth of laws in place to ensure women's safety in India

Anindya Dutta's 'Wizards: The Story Of Indian Spin Bowling'.
Anindya Dutta's 'Wizards: The Story Of Indian Spin Bowling'.

Stories of forgotten spin kings

  • Anindya Dutta’s book looks at the history of Indian spin bowling, including some of the names that never made it to the big time
  • Dutta goes back in time to narrate the remarkable story of the first great Indian spinner, Palwankar Baloo, born in Dharwad