India-UK Trade Negotiations Begin

CSM STAFF WRITER Yesterday the Republic of India and United Kingdom have formally launched negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between our two countries. This announcement has been made by Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and UK Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who is in New Delhi for Free Trade Agreement discussions. A India-UK Free Trade Agreement would be a substantial opportunity for … Continue reading India-UK Trade Negotiations Begin

A Fine Library in Madras

CSM STAFF WRITER The BBC reported in 2016 that the 204-year-old Madras Literary Society in Chennai was getting a new lease of life, thanks to youthful volunteers and a social media campaign. The library is a national treasure. The sight takes your breath away. As you step in, you encounter bookshelf after bookshelf rising up from the floor to the ceiling. It is as though … Continue reading A Fine Library in Madras

Mangalorean Chicken Curry

INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup (60ml) ghee or sunflower oil 2 onions, finely chopped 1kg chicken joints (bone in), cut into medium-sized pieces 16-18 fresh curry leaves 2 dried chillies 400ml coconut milk 1 tbs tamarind paste Pinch of chilli powder (optional) and Indian hoppers (from Indian food shops), to serve SPICE BLEND 2 tbs coriander seeds 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp black peppercorns 3 … Continue reading Mangalorean Chicken Curry

Meditation on Sri Rama

Dhyaayedaajaanubaaham dhritasharadhanusham baddhapadmaasanastham,Peetam vaaso vasaanam navakamala dala spardhinetram prasannam;Vaamaankaaroodhaseetaa mukhakamala milal lochanam neeradaabham,Naanaalankaara deeptam dadhatamuru jataa mandalam raamachandram. Translation: One should meditate on Sri Ramachandra, with hands reaching the knees, holding the bow and arrows, seated in the locked-up lotus posture, wearing a yellow garb, with eyes vying with the newly-blossomed lotus petals, with a pleasant gait, who has Sita seated on His left thigh, who … Continue reading Meditation on Sri Rama

India’s World-Beating Growth

STAFF WRITER According to Bloomberg, India is set to regain its position as the world’s fastest growing major economy this year, but any euphoria is likely to be tempered by concerns around a resurgent virus outbreak. Gross domestic product will grow 9.2% in the fiscal year ending March 2022, according to the first official estimate released by the Statistics Ministry yesterday. That’s slightly slower than … Continue reading India’s World-Beating Growth

50 Cheetahs

CSM STAFF WRITER After becoming extinct in 1952, the cheetah is set to return to India as the central government yesterday launched an action plan under which 50 of these big cats will be introduced in the next five years. Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav launched the action plan at the 19th meeting of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) saying, “The Cheetah that became … Continue reading 50 Cheetahs

Beauty For All

BY RASHMI SINGH Harleen Singh is associate professor of women’s studies and South Asian literature at Brandeis University. Harnaaz Sandhu (in featured photo above) was crowned Miss Universe in December. Both Sandhu and Singh say they see change on the horizon in regards to darker skinned Indians winning pageants. Sandhu’s win is hopefully an opening, they say, for darker-skinned women to enter the mainstream. Here … Continue reading Beauty For All

The Rare Ambassador

BY CHARLES TARR The Hindustan Ambassador is a ubiquitous vehicle across the streets of India. To all intents and purposes a licensed Morris Oxford, these humble cars are best-known for their use as taxi cabs, thanks to their reliability and simplicity, and enjoying almost unrivalled success across the country for a number of years. In the late 1980s, Hindustan turned to the export market to … Continue reading The Rare Ambassador