Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2020

By Vishal Gulati Manali, June 17 : Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world’s most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020. The most ambitious and expensive undertaking of its […]

Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2022

By Vishal Gulati Manali, June 17 : Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world’s most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020. The most ambitious and expensive undertaking of its […]

Rajasthani musicians epitomise India’s syncretic culture, but are a struggling lot

By Archana Sharma Jaipur, June 17 : They are Muslims, yet they sing Krishna “bhajans” (hymns) from Hindu lore. They have adopted a hybrid culture that is a mix of both religions and lifestyles. Many of their names too blend two religions, like Shankar Khan and Krishna Khan. They are the Manganiyaars, who hail from […]

Bhutan’s Mountain Echoes lit fest set to climb a notch higher

Thimphu, June 14 : Bhutans annual literary gathering, the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, an like no other thanks to its magnificent backdrop, will return this August for its ninth edition, featuring a diverse set of speakers who will participate in sessions ranging from spirituality and philosophy to films and environmental conservation. The festival is scheduled […]

Bespoke programme marks JLF’s fifth year in London

London, June 12 : India’s popular Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has completed five years of its presence here in what was a bespoke programme for UK audiences, featuring dialogues and debates from across the South Asian region. The London leg of the literary event “Zee JLF at The British Library” took place from June 8 […]

Flavours of festivity in first Durga Puja-themed restaurant

By Milinda Ghosh Roy Kolkata, June 12 : With food stalls lining the streets, devotees queuing up outside eateries and plates full of food passed among families and friends, the whole of Kolkata turns into a giant food court during Durga Puja. While the five-day festivities get over in the wink of an eye, the […]