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How do you like your air?: Swetha Sivakumar on the vital, invisible ingredient

It is air that links colas and cappuccinos, idlis and soan papdi. In this week's Sound Bites, Sivakumar tracks how pop and fizz can alter flavour.

Cappuccino foam, appams, breads and ice-cream are all defined by the bubbles of air that give them their texture and their ability to soak up flavour. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 01:00 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Bright spots and shadow lines: Meet an artist who paints with sunlight

Vignesh uses a magnifying glass to burn intricate patterns into wood. He came to this art form while ‘stuck in a dark tunnel’, he tells Tanisha Saxena.

Vignesh’s most intricate work so far is a replica of the 900-year-old elephant-and-bull optical illusion carved in stone at the Airavatesvara temple in Kumbakonam.
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 08:36 PM IST

Mommy issues: Meet the unique new voice in stand-up, Zarna Garg

Her jokes are brutal, frank, questioning. Why are we like this, is her overarching theme. She toured with Tina Fey, and now has a special out on Amazon Prime.

In her comedy, Garg questions why brown women must laugh in secret. Why the archetypal mother-in-law is so awful. She jokes about her kids, her two cultures (Indian and American), her inability to not parent. ‘I don’t think I’m funny. I’m just honest,’ she says.
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 11:28 PM IST
ByKarishma Upadhyay

Hindi film’s Cupid: Poonam Saxena on the bhawara, or bumblebee

In song after song,the bee marks the birth of love, drawn irresistibly to the flower. It is a symbol of passion, yearning; but of a fast-fading and fickle kind.

Preity Zinta in Bumbro from Mission Kashmir (2000). The song is based on a Kashmiri composition written in the 1950s by the poet Nadim.
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 04:10 PM IST

Wake me up!: The a-zzz of sleep streaming

It started out as a quiet community of insomniacs and worriers tuning in to watch others sleep. See how it became the blaring free-for-all it is today.

The inflatable toy, strobe lights and bubble machine, all of which can be activated remotely, in creator Jakey Boehm’s room. (@JakeyBoehm on Instagram)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 04:58 PM IST
BySukanya Datta
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