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How Mumbai lawyer Kabir Rachure put mind over matter to race across America

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How Mumbai lawyer Kabir Rachure put mind over matter to race across America

The only Indian to complete the ultra-endurance RAAM twice speaks about how he prepared for the race, the roadblocks, and what’s next.

5 interesting watches from Geneva Watch Days 2022 

LUXURY-LIFESTYLE

5 interesting watches from Geneva Watch Days 2022 

Started in 2020, bang in the middle of the pandemic, the decentralised Geneva Watch Days is now an integral part of the annual luxury watch calendar. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting launches this year.

We adopted chairs during the colonial period... But we always had elevated seats: Sarita Sundar

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We adopted chairs during the colonial period... But we always had elevated seats: Sarita Sundar

Design consultant and author Sarita Sundar on the iconic seats that were birthed in India, and the institutions and companies that introduced modernism into Indian furniture design.

6 new spirits for your bar at home

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6 new spirits for your bar at home

From Caribbean rum to a London Dry gin, these are the spirits that should find a place in your bar.

Guardians of Everest, celebrity mountaineers, and climate change

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Guardians of Everest, celebrity mountaineers, and climate change

An interview with Kathmandu-based journalist Pradeep Bashyal and social science researcher Ankit Babu Adhikari, authors of 'Sherpa: Stories of Life and Death from the Forgotten Guardians of Everest'.

India@75 | 100Hands cofounder Akshat Jain: "Our Indianness became our strength"

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India@75 | 100Hands cofounder Akshat Jain: "Our Indianness became our strength"

"There are great single malt whiskies and other luxury products coming out of India, but these are too few. We need more instances to cut through the prejudice and change perception."

Bangalore Watch Company’s latest pilot watch is inspired by the IAF Suryakiran aerobatic team

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Bangalore Watch Company’s latest pilot watch is inspired by the IAF Suryakiran aerobatic team

The Synchro, which is water-resistant up to 100 metres, is priced at Rs 1.56 lakh, and is limited to 125 pieces.

2022 Cigar Smoking World Championship: The art of slowing down

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2022 Cigar Smoking World Championship: The art of slowing down

The competition is over 10 years old. Last year's winner, Henrik Krisstenson, smoked his cigar over 2 hours, 42 minutes and 07 seconds.

Richard Mille RM UP-01: This Rs 14 crore watch is the world’s thinnest

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Richard Mille RM UP-01: This Rs 14 crore watch is the world’s thinnest

At 1.75mm, the case of the RM UP-01 is thinner than the strap attached to it. The watch weighs 30 grams, can withstand 5000Gs and comes with a power reserve of 45 hours.

We’ve always been trying to showcase ‘Indian-ness’ when it comes to spirits: Radico Khaitan's Sanjeev Banga

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We’ve always been trying to showcase ‘Indian-ness’ when it comes to spirits: Radico Khaitan's Sanjeev Banga

"There has been a lot of interest in tequila and mezcal worldwide, and there is Indian agave as well. We are working on it and a couple of other things." - Sanjeev Banga, international business head, Radico Khaitan

Amrut Distilleries MD Rakshit Jagdale: "We did not anticipate the Indian market to be this big in terms of sales"

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Amrut Distilleries MD Rakshit Jagdale: "We did not anticipate the Indian market to be this big in terms of sales"

Rakshit Jagdale on the craft spirits segment, ageing of Indian single malts, a new single barrel rum made with 100 percent jaggery and what he'd do differently if he could turn back time.

More booze than food on the menu, roomy yet intimate - Tesouro Goa is India's best bar for a reason

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More booze than food on the menu, roomy yet intimate - Tesouro Goa is India's best bar for a reason

Tesouro was ranked India’s Best Bar for 2021 by 30 Best Bars India. It also came in at No. 4 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 ranking this year.

Father's Day 2022 | 5 great watches to gift to Dad

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Father's Day 2022 | 5 great watches to gift to Dad

Watches that would be a great present for Dads who love DIY projects, bespoke, and/or well-made classics that don't break the bank.

Paul John: ‘I hope new brands do not dilute the high regard whisky lovers have for Indian single malts’

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Paul John: ‘I hope new brands do not dilute the high regard whisky lovers have for Indian single malts’

New series: We speak to the people who have been instrumental in driving the single-malt boom in India, to find out more about the new Indian whisky drinker and the burgeoning craft spirit space.

India at the International Wine & Spirit Competition: 3 spirits to raise a glass to

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India at the International Wine & Spirit Competition: 3 spirits to raise a glass to

From an Australian-Indian collaboration to a three-wood expression, here are a couple of award-winning spirits to usher in the rains.

The whisky lovers’ guide to Singapore

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The whisky lovers’ guide to Singapore

Proximity is not the only reason why the Single Malt Amateur Club of India (SMAC) chose Singapore as the destination for its first ever whisky trail. A look at 5 of Singapore’s best whisky bars.

Two women chefs are taking forward the ingredients-first restaurant story in Mumbai

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Two women chefs are taking forward the ingredients-first restaurant story in Mumbai

Vanika Choudhary at Noon and chef Niyati at Ekaa are creating dishes and menus keeping in mind the produce this country has to offer. We sample one dish each that capsulated their philosophy.

Why you should watch 'Keeper of Time', the first feature-length film on watchmaking

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Why you should watch 'Keeper of Time', the first feature-length film on watchmaking

'Keeper of Time' is set to premiere on April 28 at the SVA Theatre in New York. It will also be live-streamed.

All you wanted to know about mezcal, including tequila and made-in-India agave drinks

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All you wanted to know about mezcal, including tequila and made-in-India agave drinks

Data show the global tequila market has increased by 22%, with the premium-and-above-price segments registering a volume sales increase of 64%.

Why everyone’s gazing at the MoonSwatch

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Why everyone’s gazing at the MoonSwatch

The MoonSwatch is powered by a quartz movement, comes with a space-mission appropriate Velcro strap, and retails for $260 (about Rs 20,000).

‘Glenmorangie X is a whisky people can be a little more relaxed about’

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‘Glenmorangie X is a whisky people can be a little more relaxed about’

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling and whisky creation, on the brand’s latest single malt that is “made for mixing”.

Boarding now: What spirits experts will be picking up from duty-free shops

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Boarding now: What spirits experts will be picking up from duty-free shops

Regular international flights are set resume from March 27. We spoke to people in the spirits and hospitality industry, to find out what they will be carrying back from their trips abroad.

My (mostly unsuccessful) experiments with Pomodoro productivity apps

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My (mostly unsuccessful) experiments with Pomodoro productivity apps

From wasting time on the phone every time the app went off, to emails from Alice - what went wrong, and why the two weeks weren't a total washout.

How I faced an over from Shane Warne and survived: A fan looks back

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How I faced an over from Shane Warne and survived: A fan looks back

Four hours later, with a bat borrowed from Warne’s Rajasthan Royals teammate Shane Watson, I took guard against the legendary leg-spinner on one of the practice pitches at the Wankhede Stadium...

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