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Flash mob, dance moves kickstart Indian cultural festival

New Delhi , March 31 A flash mob and dance moves from a Bollywood musical right at the Cairo International Airport kickstarted the second edition of the annual Indian cultural festival 'India by the Nile' in Egypt.

Yoga, winter sports boost India-Slovenia ties

New Delhi , March 30 India and the tiny Central European republic of Slovenia are warming to each other with Slovenians eagerly taking to yoga and ayurveda and India taking the Balkan nation's help to boost its winter sports infrastructure, says a visisting Slovenian official.

Peace, women's freedom on canvas of Pakistani artists

New Delhi , March 29 Pakistani artist Fizza Saleem's paintings hint at the constant struggle between the mind and heart to "let go off the troubled past", while Ayesha Durrani's miniatures draw on the struggle of women in a patriarchal society. These are among expressions that have found a narrative in an exhibition here.

Exercise a misunderstood concept: Bollywood fitness expert

New Delhi , March 29 Exercise is a science, believes celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar - the woman behind svelte actress Kareena Kapoor's once most-discussed "size-zero" figure - whose latest book shatters myths around exercise and educates readers on this "misunderstood" subject.

Some poems and stories of seduction (IANS Books This Weekend)

New Delhi Conversational and narrative poems of life, nature and exile, investigation of sexual and social anomalies in India and a mythological classic about Lord Shiva's seduction by the enchanting Mohini; the IANS book stack this weekend is invigoratingly

Exploring the Palestinian predicament with Omar Yussef (Column: Bookends)

New Delhi Their predicament is an enduring problem of our times and has resisted solution -- by violent struggle or by negotiated settlement. An unfortunate offshoot is that Palestinians have ended up being portrayed either as brutal terrorists or hapless victims.

Bengal experiencing near dictatorship: Activist Shabnam Hashmi

Kolkata , March 29 Describing BJP leader Narendra Modi as the biggest threat to secularism in India, noted social activist Shabnam Hashmi Saturday also charged the the Mamata Banerjee regime in West Bengal was turning "authoritarian and dictatorial".

UAE agog over theatrical spectacle on Prophet

Sharjah , March 29 Dignitaries, media personalities and artists from all over the world arrived in Sharjah in the UAE this week for the premiere of the region's biggest ever theatrical spectacular, 'Clusters of Light', which tells the story of Prophet Mohammad from his birth to his death and clarifies the true essence of Islam.

A slice of India in crisis-hit Egypt

Cairo , March 28 Egyptians, weary of a years-long political crisis that refuses to end, are sure to get some relief when a slice of India will enter their lives next month through the annual Indian cultural festival called 'India by the Nile'.

El Greco, painter of alternative worlds (Feature)

Madrid , March 28 El Greco broke away with the canons of painting and the treatment of 16th century religious figures by using colours differently and distorting perspective to the point that several experts consider him a creator of alternative worlds.