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Manoshi Bhattacharya

Manoshi Bhattacharya

manoshibhattacharya@yahoo.com.sg
Physician and author now working with nutrition in Indian diets.

By Manoshi Bhattacharya

Navaratra and fasting: a transition from absolute denial to low-carb foods of yore, and finally, a high-carb party

On a food trail this festive season, which involves types of fasting and feasting

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati is full of historical mistakes - and he must admit it

It will be an embarrassment if the movie fails to give Rajasthan tourism a shot in the arm.

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Surprising health gains of dhaniya-patta and chaulayee

Let us compare the big green toughies - kale and watercress - with our regular Indian greens.

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It matters not if Maharana Pratap lost to Akbar - or Haldighati

The Mughal emperor never realised his desire: the surrender of the Rajput king or Mewar.

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The Rajput princess who chose death to save her dynasty

Krishna Kumari's reality is harsh and painful. It is not lyrical fiction and does not end like the Romeo-and-Juliet romance.

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Smells like nostalgia? The rich and pungent history of hing

Indians are, perhaps, the largest consumer of hing, though it has always been an import.

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Padmavati: Shouldn't historical fiction be open to reinterpretation?

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has hopefully managed to assuage the fears of the Rajput Sena and Hardik Patel.

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Strange rituals of Bengali women during Durga Puja, explained

Strictly the preserve of those hanging successfully on to a husband, the rites go by the name of stri-achaar.

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A short history of how Indians came to eat bhindi

Slaves bonded over it, emperors dined on it and the British could never develop a taste for it.

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Indians wouldn't be drinking milk if it weren't for Europeans

Since the mutation first developed only 7,500 years ago, it follows that the ANI arrived only after 5,500 BCE.

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Behind the Bengali dish charchari lies a fraught history

Food potpourri came to the rescue in taxing times under the British.

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Why Middle East, the Cradle of Civilisation, must abandon terror

You must pass your genes on to those who have evolved differently. Exterminating the diaspora only defeats the purpose.

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How the world's first tandoori chicken was cooked

Curry and tandoori predate the stir-fries, chilly chickens and roasts.

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Sita to Padmini: How women's roles helped romanticise our history

They were a creation of the bards striving to soften the blow for the generations to come.

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Was Indian independence the ultimate precursor to Brexit?

Albion has always been sulky about Europe and everything not once part of its grand Empire.

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Did Indian men always twirl their moustaches?

The pursuit of philosophy once occupied the last two stages of life for the subcontinent, during which facial hair was allowed to grow unfettered.

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How the British broke the great Koh-i-Noor apart

Maharaja Ranjit Singh developed a fondness for Lord Auckland's young nephew and let him take the jewel.

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How Indians solved the great shoe question of the British Raj

In their white muslin dresses and stiff new European shoes, the Hindu College boys stood proudly before the then governor-general Auckland.

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How India's 'vibrant' history decided our fashion sense today

Not for us the muted pastels or the many-washings-later look so popular amongst our erstwhile colonisers.

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Romancing the shoe through myth, fiction and reality

From Cinderella to Rajputs, foot diaries have much to say.

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Rich, dark history of the forbidden coffee

To partake was an act of devotion.

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