Prabhjot Bajwa

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How many of us still read a book in bed?

Once I couldn’t sleep until I’d read 30 pages of a novel. Now I watch the news until late<p>Someone should write a history of reading in bed. There is already a marvellous A History Of Reading by Alberto Manguel, but I’m thinking of the whens and whys of bedtime reading in particular: how long it’s …

Books

27 books that can change your life forever

Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think.<p>They can teach us, move …

8 Certifications That Actually Impress Recruiters

With the rise of online learning, there's no shortage of classes you can take that offer you a certification in a particular trade, skill or software program.<p>This story originally appeared on Glassdoor<p>With the rise of online learning, there’s no shortage of classes you can take that offer you a …

What is Biryani?

You may have heard the word biryani floating around when it comes to Indian food. What is biryani?<p>A world-renowned Indian dish, biryani takes time …

A Mystic Unpacks Every Aura Color Meaning—Here's How to Give Yourself a Reading

A few months ago, I became interested in holistic health and wellness treatments. I quickly fell in love with the lymphatic drainage massage at Shape …

50 Heart-Pounding Historical Novels to Read Right Now

You can always count on historical fiction to transport you.<p>While actual time travel isn’t always the most appealing prospect, one way we can sate …

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, book review: A mesmerising labyrinth worth the wait

The literary world has waited two decades for Arundhati Roy to release a second novel since her 1997 debut, <i>The God of Small Things –</i> but <i>The</i> <i>Ministry</i> …

How to increase mental toughness: 4 secrets of Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

Arundhati Roy’s Long-Awaited Novel Is an Ambitious Look at Turmoil in India

<b>THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS</b><br>By Arundhati Roy<br>449 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95.<p>In “The God of Small Things,” her stunning debut novel, published 20 years ago, Arundhati Roy wrote that in India, “<i>personal</i> despair could never be desperate enough” because “Worse Things had happened” and would keep …

Books

This Hostel in Uttarakhand Is a Blessing for Every Budget Traveller

A trip to the hills is the ultimate getaway in summers. But, not everyone can afford to shell out big bucks to see the beauty of nature. Staying at …

One more Mumbai novel? No, perhaps ‘the’ novel of modern Mumbai

Ganesh Matkari’s ‘Half-Open Windows’ makes the reader part of the plot.<p>“Someone ought to write a poem on who killed the city of Mumbai.”<p><i>Half-Open</i> …

Audiobooks

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Literature

Chilli Chicken

Chilli chicken must be the most popular dish that comes to mind when thinking about all the chinese food that has been adapted in India. It goes …

Onions

A 'crime of passion' that India never forgot

<b>On the sultry afternoon of 27 April 1959, in a posh Bombay (now Mumbai) neighbourhood, a decorated Indian naval officer entered the bedroom of his English wife's lover and shot him dead.</b><p>Commander Kawas Maneckshaw Nanavati shot Prem Ahuja, a businessman, with a gun taken from his ship, and then went …

A Tale of Two Cities: How Puducherry straddles two distinct cultures

On the brink of the French Revolution, when the country was hit by a famine and there was a dearth of bread, the people had turned to the queen for a …

India

How It Feels To Fall In Love With Someone Who Will Never Love You Back

During my school days, I fell in love with a girl, and then, I felt like shit.<p>Not because of the “falling in love with a girl” thing. That part was …