What is Gondh? A Look at Its Health Benefits and Why You Must Include It In Your Winter Diet

Gondh or edible gum is widely used in dishing out nutritionally loaded preparations; one of its most popular uses in India is while preparing nourishing laddoos that are usually consumed by pregnant and lactating women and by those recovering from an illness. Edible gum is usually sourced from plant gums, essentially derived from Middle Eastern legume or acacia plants. Alternatively known as Tragacanth or acacia gum, this natural gum is procured after drying the sap of a variety of gum-producing plants found in the Middle East and parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and…

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Zomato to now offer ‘complementary’ food and drinks to its customers

Online restaurant discovering portal and food ordering app Zomato launched its ‘Zomato Gold’ programme on Wednesday. The new scheme is a paid subscription-based service, which will offer Zomato customers an access to complimentary food and drinks at over 1,200 top-rated restaurant partners once they place an order. The service – launched in the UAE and Portugal earlier this year – will be available at an inaugural price of Rs 299 (3-months) and Rs 999 (12-months). “We are super excited to bring Zomato Gold to India, and are sure our users, as…

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Varthana raises $3 million from Dell Foundation to expand its school transformation program

Bengaluru: Bengaluru-based school finance company Varthana has raised $3 million in funding from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to expand its school transformation program (STP). The programme is aimed at improving the quality of learning in private schools by extending credit facilities. Through the STP initiative, Varthana provides debt financing, education assessments, hands-on support, vendor connections, and financial rewards to schools in different states. It has an in-house non-banking finance company (NBFC) for giving credit finance to schools. It provides loans from Rs5 lakh to Rs1 crore for private schools…

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Cinnabon Just Made Its Cinnamon Rolls Even Better

The smell of Cinnabon is familiar to pretty much anyone who’s walked through an airportterminal or a mall anytime in the last decade. Playing off this tradition, Cinnabon partnered with Lotus to add a super-popular European cookie to their cinnamon buns this month. Biscoff cookies — AKA the cinnamon-y, crisp cookies often crushed into cookie butter and served on Delta flights — are available at Cinnabon this fall. They can be added to a few different menu items, including the Classic Cinnamon Roll, Center of the Roll (why did we not know this…

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Chicken Changezi: The History of the Curry & its Supposed Connection With Mongolian Ruler Ghenghis Khan

The art and sophistication of Mughlai preparations have caught the fancy of food lovers throughout centuries. For India, the Mughal era officially began with Babur’s rule in 14th century A.D. The word “Mughal” means “Mongol” in Persian, and Babur adopted the term ‘Mughal’ to refer to his Mongol heritage. But it turns out that the ‘Mughlai’ culinary influence reached the Indian shores much before Babur step his foot in Delhi. For instance the Chicken Changezi, a popular chicken delicacy popular in the Northern part of the country, is said to have its link…

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The Pound Cake: It’s History and What Makes it a Classic Dessert

We all crave for the chocolatey truffle pastry, the beautiful red velvet cake or the absolutely flawless blueberry cheesecake every once in a while, but the basic vanilla pound cake stays an all-time favourite. It’s the most basic, tastiest as well as the easiest recipe. However, has it ever occurred to you why a pound cake is called a ‘pound cake’? Every name has a history, every name tells a story. A chocolate chip cake is named that way as two of the major ingredients in the cake are cocoa…

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Madison fashion startup pitches its artificial intelligence software to retailers

Markable’s technology, as shown above in a screenshot of its demo, can parse any image to figure out what items of clothing are pictured One year ago, the Madison startup Markable rolled out its signature product: an app that could take photos of dresses, shirts, handbags or heels and tell you where to buy the clothes in the picture. Today, that initial game plan has been scrapped. Instead of using its sophisticated artificial intelligence for a consumer fashion app, Markable is now selling its technology to online fashion retailers. “People don’t…

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Designer duo Spunky Bruiser turning fast fashion on its head

PHOTO: Designer Christian Olea collecting pieces for Spunky Bruiser’s custom order. (ABC News: Claudia Chiu) RELATED STORY: Australia’s obsession with new clothes hurting the environment RELATED STORY: The home sewers saying no to fast fashion MAP: Sydney 2000 Designers Bex Frost and Christian Olea turn discarded tapestries and other recycled materials into stylish, tailored streetwear for their sustainable clothing label Spunky Bruiser. They trawl Sydney’s op shops picking out pieces to use for their custom-made clothing. “Rather than buying things in bulk, we actually select each piece with purpose,” Bex says. “We try to do everything…

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Spice Launches Three Smartphones, Five Feature Phones Under Its Revamped Brand

After the brand revamp with its Transsion Holdings joint venture, Spice has launched as many as eight mobile devices in India. This includes three smartphones – Spice F301, Spice F302 and Spice K601 – and five feature phones – Z102, Z101, Z201, Z202, and Z301. The prices for these phones begin from Rs. 1,180, and they will be sold starting from July 11. To recall, at the announcement of the Spice brand revamp, Spice Mobility and Transsion Holdings said that 10 mobiles will be launched by the end of the year, with…

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Fashion and Technology Are Merging. And It’s Astounding.

TENTATIVE STEPS TOWARD MELDING FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY The arts and technology are beginning a courtship that may fundamentally affect the way we perceive both of them: in visual art, we have Google Deep Dream, creating hallucinatory vistas on par with the wackier end of Hieronymus Bosch or Alan Aldridge; in music, we have A.I composers; virtual reality offers an unprecedented and fully-immersive opportunity for filmmakers and writers alike. Fashion, however, is another kettle of fish because it is an art that is lived, occurring at all hours of the day. Additionally, the high…

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