Nikita Puri

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The magic of the Gili Islands

The magic of the Gili Islands

Rediff.com11 Jan 2020

Much of what Gili offers are experiences not strongly defined by geographical coordinates. It's found in the warmth of the locals who love their land, who welcome strangers and find ways to make them feel at home, reveals Nikita Puri.

Have you met Bengaluru's buskers?

Have you met Bengaluru's buskers?

Rediff.com3 Dec 2019

Busking is traditionally defined as the act of putting up a street performance for voluntary donations.

The Magic of Khichdi

The Magic of Khichdi

Rediff.com29 Nov 2019

Every home across India makes khichdi and it still isn't as celebrated as it should be.

New York's Magnolia Bakery comes to India

New York's Magnolia Bakery comes to India

Rediff.com28 Nov 2019

The bakery was made famous by scenes from Sex and the City.

No one holidays anymore, they have 'experiences'

No one holidays anymore, they have 'experiences'

Rediff.com6 Nov 2019

Tailored luxury experiences with the most minute of details charted out for discerning travellers is the way forward, says Nikita Puri.

A year after #MeToo: What has changed?

A year after #MeToo: What has changed?

Rediff.com1 Nov 2019

A year ago, India's #MeToo movement witnessed women across India speak up against sexual harassment. Nikita Puri assesses what, if anything, has changed.

SHOCKING! Oxford Dictionary's synonyms for women

SHOCKING! Oxford Dictionary's synonyms for women

Rediff.com1 Nov 2019

In the current versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, the synonyms for "woman" include some eye-poppingly sexist words: b***h, besom, piece, bit, mare, baggage, wench, petticoat, frail, bird, biddy, filly.

A year after #MeToo: What has changed?

A year after #MeToo: What has changed?

Rediff.com31 Oct 2019

A year ago, India's #MeToo movement witnessed women across India speak up against sexual harassment. Nikita Puri assesses what, if anything, has changed.

Wild Karnataka, India's first natural history film

Wild Karnataka, India's first natural history film

Rediff.com16 Oct 2019

After four years in the making, a band of 20 film-makers were left with 400 hours of footage for what is now India's first blue chip natural history film.

Drink the wine, my friends

Drink the wine, my friends

Rediff.com16 Oct 2019

Domestic wineries have moved from creating predominantly sweet wines in their initial years to drier, complex blends now. They also seem to be investing more in wine tourism.

Sindhis are flourishing, but going isn't always easy

Sindhis are flourishing, but going isn't always easy

Rediff.com15 Jul 2019

The Sindhis are a lesson in perseverance. Once uprooted, they've started all over, often reinventing themselves

Meet the 5 richest MPs

Meet the 5 richest MPs

Rediff.com9 Jul 2019

A mix of industrialists and businessmen, who have inherited riches or rose from humble backgrounds and even endured boom and bust cycles, the top five MPs are illustrative of how the political stock of the wealthy is increasing rapidly.

Good Omens to Leila, series to watch

Good Omens to Leila, series to watch

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

From a dystopian world set in 2047 to one of the most publicised crime trials in America, Nikita Puri brings you top 5 binge-worthy series.

Have you seen a car collection like this?!

Have you seen a car collection like this?!

Rediff.com4 May 2019

Dr Ravi Prakash's 250 vintage car collection includes J R D Tata's 1940 Buick Limousine and a Sunbeam-Talbot used by Lord Mountbatten.

Tauba! Tauba! The state of TV news!

Tauba! Tauba! The state of TV news!

Rediff.com21 Mar 2019

'Chest-thumping on-air theatrics on television are no consolation for families who've been forced to embrace the price of war,' notes Nikita Puri.

'Can a film's villain become a real-life hero?'

'Can a film's villain become a real-life hero?'

Rediff.com20 Feb 2019

The 'Shatrughan Sinha of the South' plunges into politics.

Want a career in animation? Read this!

Want a career in animation? Read this!

Rediff.com28 Jan 2019

'I can snap my fingers and get 1,000 people overnight, but I can't guarantee that they will develop because there has been zero change in education in the country in the last nine years.'

Do you know 5,000 Chinese live in India?

Do you know 5,000 Chinese live in India?

Rediff.com7 Jan 2019

The new entrants are young, enterprising Chinese men and women who want to tap into the promising Indian market.

Beware of the TikTok app

Beware of the TikTok app

Rediff.com25 Nov 2018

When it comes to embracing newer technology, youngsters are usually much faster than adults. It's this quick rate of adoption that also makes them susceptible to danger.

Beware of the TikTok app

Beware of the TikTok app

Rediff.com25 Nov 2018

When it comes to embracing newer technology, youngsters are usually much faster than adults. It's this quick rate of adoption that also makes them susceptible to danger.

Stand with Kerala. Visit!

Stand with Kerala. Visit!

Rediff.com8 Nov 2018

The sun is out. The flood waters have receded. Keralites have spent crores in quickly cleaning up the state and making it visitor ready. Go to Kerala folks!

Want to play games for a living?

Want to play games for a living?

Rediff.com2 Nov 2018

Every day at 9 am, five 20-somethings who live in a 4-bedroom apartment in Bengaluru have a session with their physical trainer. After a workout, they spend the next 8 to 10 hours in their spacious living room, headphones in place and computer screens in front of them. Their salaried job: To play video games for the rest of the day.

How he makes billions selling idlis and dosas

How he makes billions selling idlis and dosas

Rediff.com18 Oct 2018

His rags-to-riches story would make a film. Meet Musthafa P C, the man behind ready-to-use breakfast foods that countless Indians trust.

Discover India's poshest homes

Discover India's poshest homes

Rediff.com6 Aug 2018

These exist in a unique world of by-invitation-only properties -- those that are never advertised and which money alone cannot buy. One cannot simply walk in for a tour of these apartments. A buyer must first meet the developer's targeted social criteria to get invited for a walkthrough of the property.

If you need a LGBT-friendly professional...

If you need a LGBT-friendly professional...

Rediff.com3 Aug 2018

...There is a new queer-friendly locator of health and legal-aid professionals that is now available online.

Inside the thriving world of India's private detectives

Inside the thriving world of India's private detectives

Rediff.com27 Jul 2018

There's a certain amount of drama to the profession. Sample these taglines: 'We can see the unseen'; 'I can plant my detective in your guest bedroom.' One agency has even ensured that all its phone numbers end in '007'.

Prone to allergies? What you must know

Prone to allergies? What you must know

Rediff.com19 Jul 2018

From food to skin, allergies in India are rapidly on the rise, says Nikita Puri.

Chef talk and kitchen yarns

Chef talk and kitchen yarns

Rediff.com28 Jun 2018

The life of a chef in the kitchen, as late Anthony Bourdain saw it, had a glory to it. The kitchen gently moves forward in the culinary world, tightly packed, yes, but with leaders un-despotic.

Meet Bandicoot, the robot

Meet Bandicoot, the robot

Rediff.com22 Jun 2018

How robots may eradicate manual scavenging in India.

A celebration of the versatile ikat

A celebration of the versatile ikat

Rediff.com3 Jun 2018

One of the first things to strike one about Cinnamon, a 19-year-old designer boutique hub, is its architecture and feel.

The search for authentic Indian cuisines ends here

The search for authentic Indian cuisines ends here

Rediff.com23 May 2018

This start-up connects diners with regional cuisines that restaurants do not serve.

Why you must eat 'ugly food'

Why you must eat 'ugly food'

Rediff.com6 May 2018

It will change your perception of food forever.

'It's society that teaches children that transgender people are bad'

'It's society that teaches children that transgender people are bad'

Rediff.com16 Apr 2018

But this project is changing that -- one public artwork at a time.

Is jackfruit the new superfood?

Is jackfruit the new superfood?

Rediff.com12 Apr 2018

The long-neglected fruit may finally get the recognition it deserves.

Have the lives of young Dalits changed?

Have the lives of young Dalits changed?

Rediff.com3 Apr 2018

'It is very hard to get the police to file a report against someone from an upper caste.' 'Things are so bad that sometimes we have to sit on a dharna with the body of a Dalit victim to get the police to file a complaint.'

Bouldering: Can it bring home an Olympic gold for India?

Bouldering: Can it bring home an Olympic gold for India?

Rediff.com1 Apr 2018

Bouldering is the new favourite among India's adventure enthusiasts

Only in Coorg! Wine from coffee plantations

Only in Coorg! Wine from coffee plantations

Rediff.com18 Mar 2018

Homemade wines from this coffee county make for surprising experiences.

50 years later: The City of Dawn thrives

50 years later: The City of Dawn thrives

Rediff.com17 Mar 2018

Auroville just turned 50. Aurovilians who grew up in The experimental city speak of how their childhood was marked by a sense of openness and possibility.

Why IBM is in awe of Tanmay Bakshi

Why IBM is in awe of Tanmay Bakshi

Rediff.com27 Feb 2018

Meet the teen tech prodigy, educationist, AI expert and lover of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Sreemoyee, keeper of stories

Sreemoyee, keeper of stories

Rediff.com7 Feb 2018

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu's writing, much like its creator, defies the very idea of labels.

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