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Manna in Midtown

5 May Tulsi restaurant in mid-town Manhattan

MIDTOWN finally has good Indian food. Used to be, New Yorkers had to schlep down to 6th Street, or east to Curry Hill, or even further east to Jackson Heights. Now the executive chef at Dévi, Hemant Mathur, has opened up his own eatery, Tulsi, on E 46th Street. And from the full house on a Wednesday night, four months after its launch, it looks like the neighborhood much appreciates it.

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Fusion is a bad word…

27 Nov Pastry chef Surbhi Sahni crafts delicate, delectable desserts
Plating at Ziya is a work of art

Plating at Ziya is a work of art

THE menu is unexpected, and features such surprises as apricot chutney, naan scented with truffle oil, khichdi with coriander and kishmish. The portions, when they arrive, are designed per person. The presentation is exquisite, with a swirl of sauce on the side to rival the snootiest of French restaurants. And you are seduced before spoon meets mouth.

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India: What Ails the Giant?

14 Apr Prabhat Patnaik. Photo courtesy Vipin Chandran/The Hindu

BETWEEN 1997 and 2005, one Indian farmer committed suicide every thirty-two minutes in India. Since then, it’s dropped to one suicide every thirty minutes. Last year, India fell two spots to rank 128th in the UN Development Program’s Human Development Index—behind El Salvador, Guatemala, Botswana, Sri Lanka and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Yet, even in the face of massive rural and substantial urban distress, pundits continue to praise India for being a “powerhouse economy” and a “stirring giant.”

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Why Rasika Mathur is One Funny Woman

21 Aug
Rasika Mathur

Rasika Mathur

NILAM Auntie breaks into any conversation with desi comic Rasika Mathur. Sometimes it’s in the form of a mischievous cackle; sometimes it’s in the ‘dearie’ tacked onto the end of a sentence; and sometimes it’s a facial expression that so transforms Mathur’s face that the watcher doesn’t even see the 30-year-old petite Indian-American in a T-shirt and khaki capris on the edge of her seat.

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