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16
Apr

Indian cuisine strikes a chord with public

Indian staples like Sev are increasingly popular food items in the U.S.

In order to get a true taste of Indian cuisine, natives may think that the only way to experience it is if they literally send money to India in return for a delicious home or restaurant-cooked warm meal. But because this usually isn't feasible, Indian food enthusiasts will turn to the U.S. to see what local restaurateurs are offering. And according to The Wall Street Journal, many business owners are entering the Indian food business.

Similar to how many people associate hamburgers and hot dogs with traditional American fare, the same can be said for Kati rolls. More formally known as the Kathi roll, this type of cuisine can be found on food trucks and street vendors in and around India, especially in Kolkata.

What the wrap sandwich is to America, the Kati roll is to India. In other words, no matter what's put inside of the bread – whether it's luncheon meat, vegetables, hummus or streak – anything that's within the Indian flatbread is described as a Kati roll.

These sandwiches have become to popular in the U.S., a business owner based in New York uses it as her company's name. The Wall Street Journal notes that in 2003, former Kolkata resident Payal Saha had the hardest time finding Indian cuisine in one of the country's largest cities. After much time and consideration, though, she decided to launch her own Indian cuisine restaurant, calling it The Kati Roll Company.

"I suppose I had a simplistic conviction that if I loved them so much, then others would too," said Saha. "All I had to do was make it good and make it available."

Her foresight ultimately paid off. Not only is her business thriving in New York City, but it's slowly becoming a franchise. In the 10 years that the company's been in operation, her restaurant now has locations in two other parts of New York City and one in London.

Indian food also popular in Massachusetts, California
But Saha isn't the only native of India who is bullish about Americans' desire for her home country's staple menu items. In Cambridge, Massachusetts – which is a suburb of Boston – a business called Chutneys has served New England area restaurant goers for several years. Many of those who visit the restaurant on a regular basis are college students, as Harvard Square – where Chutneys is located – is teeming with young adults attending the world-famous Harvard University.

Indian cuisine is also popular in the West, specifically within California. Entrepreneurs have been able to establish Indian fare through restaurant establishments as well as food trucks. Business owners who have the ability to move their eateries have the advantage of bringing the food to the people if business in a particular part of a city is slow. The Wall Street Journal points out that the San Francisco-based Indian restaurant Kasa has the best of both worlds – a brick and mortar restaurant as well as two food trucks.

"I personally take deep satisfaction when Kasa converts someone," Kasa founder Anamika Khanna told the newspaper. "Or better when I hear 'I never thought I would like Indian food, but I love your food.'"

According to multinational media company UBM, many people are investing in the Indian food industry. In fact, the country's food culture is growing at an annual rate of 17 percent. Global marketing research firm ACNielsen recently named Indian cuisine as a "hotspot" for food manufacturers, as its offerings combine healthy dishes as well as indulgences that food lovers crave.

22
Feb

France, India come together with art festival

Art enthusiasts congregate at Bonjour India.

While they may be more than 6,000 miles removed from each other and require a five-day drive to get to either location, France and India may soon share many similar traits at the conclusion of a festival that organizers in each country have established.

The Embassy of France and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations are holding a festival, dubbed "Bonjour India," which was put together to help more Indians appreciate the variety of artistic masterpieces produced by French artisans over the years. Similarly, the event is also meant to benefit people who are native to France who may not have much familiarity with Indian artistic culture.

Having begun on January 20 and lasting through the end of March, there are more than 150 events being held in support of the festival throughout India, including in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Pondicherry, Kolkata, Pune and Goa.

The Hindustan Times notes that this isn't the first time a festival of this type has taken place. The last one was held in 2010, much of which focused on introducing the French to Indian artistic history and artifacts, according to Aruna Adiceam of the Institut Francais en Inde, which helped organize that event as well as this year's.

"The first edition of Bonjour India was a splash into the Indian cultural scene," Adiceam told the newspaper. "This time, we aim to focus on Indo-French collaborations."

France, India well known for producing world's artistic titans
The Indian and French people both have rich artistic histories. One of the more contemporary artists to come out of India is Manjit Bawa. As noted by the online art exhibition website Art.in, Bawa's works are quite distinctive, vibrantly colorful and typically involve depictions of landscape.

"Manjit Bawa's canvases are very discernible in their colors especially the yellow color of sunflowers, the green color of the paddy fields, red of the sun and the blue of the mountain sky," the website states. "Bawa opted for more traditional Indian colors like pinks, reds and violet. He was one of the first painters to break out of the cliched grays and browns."

Bawa is now in his 70s and continues to paint from his studio in Himachal Pradesh. Other famous Indian artists, some of whom have passed away, include Ram Kumar, Krishan Khanna, Brota Rameshwar, Amrita Sher-Gil and Tyeb Mehta.

While there are a variety of contemporary French artists as well, muralists from hundreds of  years ago help put France on the map and establish the country as producing some of the world's most well-known creators.

Perhaps no one is more emblematic of the world of art as Claude Monet, who was born in 1840 and died in 1926. Over the course of his career, he produced paintings that are recognized by many people who have little knowledge of art, such as the famous Waterlilies, The Japanese Bridge and Rouen Cathedral at Sunset.

Other well-known French artists, some of whom preceded Monet, include Alexandre Cabanel, Edouard Manet, Pierre-August Renoir, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Camille Pissaro.

Bonjour India isn't entirely made up of art involving canvas and paint, however. Indians who have family back home may want to transfer money to India so that their loved ones can take advantage of the theater, as plays will be held during the 10-week event. Films will also be shown starting on February 15 and lasting through March 10 at the France Film Festival, the Hindustan Times notes.

31
Dec

India, Pakistan close out ODIs with third fixture

India finishes its three-ODI battle with Pakistan in Delhi.

The final One Day International between India and Pakistan is set to take place later this week, with the home side looking to make a point in the last fixture.

Pakistan is set to complete its ODI tour against India on January 6, at 1:30 a.m. EST. The two sides will meet at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. This will be the third ODI the Men in Blue will take part in during the Pakistan tour of India.

India is currently ranked third in the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings, while Pakistan sits sixth in the table. This could make for one of the most exciting ODI fixtures in recent memory, pitting two very strong sides against one another.

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27
Dec

India hosts Pakistan for first of three ODIs

India faces Pakistan in the first of three ODIs.

India is set to begin the first of three One Day Internationals with Pakistan later this week in Chennai.

The match will take place at MA Chidambaram Stadium in the Chepauk section of the city at 10:30 p.m. EST on December 29.

From 1978 to 2012, Pakistan has gotten the better of its rivals in ODIs. The Men in Blue have only won 48 of the 121 matches during this time, while Pakistan took the other 69 matches. With these three coming up, India will look to improve its overall record, as it has the benefit of playing at home for all three fixtures.

The two sides will meet again on January 3 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, while the final ODI will take place on January 6 at 1:30 a.m. EST at Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi.

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27
Dec

India, Pakistan meet in Ahmedabad

India faces Pakistan in the second T20 of the week.

India and Pakistan will play the second of two Twenty20 matches in Ahmedabad, India, later this week, which is in the middle of a busy period for the two cricketing nations.

This is the second of two exciting T20 matches between the two sides during the week. The first match was on December 25. Additionally, the Men in Blue will host three One Day Internationals against their rivals late in December and into January.

There is a long history between the two cricketing sides, but this hasn't played out much in the newer T20 setup. The short-form version of cricket will get its fourth meeting all-time of these two nations when they clash at the end of the month.

The match takes place at 10:30 p.m. EST on December 29, at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.

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24
Dec

Pakistan visits India in Bangalore for T20

India faces Pakistan in a T20 early this week.

Pakistan is set to travel to India this week, as the two cricketing nations will meet for a Twenty20 match in Bangalore.

The match will take place on December 25, at 8 a.m. EST at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The last time the two nations played a T20 was in Colombo during September. India won the match by eight wickets, which was the second consecutive victory for the Men in Blue, so the Pakistani side will be looking to get even.

This is the first match between the two sides for a long stretch at the end of December and early January. The nations will play in two T20 matches before embarking on three exciting One Day Internationals. The second T20 takes place in Ahmedabad, while the ODIs are in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.

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29
Nov

Uttar Pradesh faces Baroda in Ranji Trophy fixture

Uttar Pradesh and Baroda are set to meet later this week.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's Ranji Trophy is in full swing, and both Uttar Pradesh and Baroda look to move up the table in their upcoming match.

Both sides meet in the Group B match in Kanpur on Friday, November 30, at 11 p.m. EST. The fixture continues until the final meeting three days later.

Currently, Baroda sits in second in Group B after four matches, with one win and three draws, giving the side 13 points. Uttar Pradesh played three matches so far, with one win and two draws. Both Uttar Pradesh and Baroda won their previous matches, defeating Delhi and Karnataka, respectively.

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26
Nov

England continues India test tour in Mumbai

India looks to go up 2-0 against England.

The England tour of India continues with the second test later this week, with the visitors looking to dig themselves out of an early hole.

England lost the first of its four matches to India at Motera earlier this week, and the side will need to play much better if they are to get back into the test. India won convincingly on the final day, as the Men in Blue posted a 521/8 and 80/1. England was only able to muster a 191 and 406.

The two sides meet again at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 22, at 11 p.m. EST. This test continues until the final match on November 26.

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13
Nov

England tours India for four test matches

England is about to start its tour of India.

Two of the biggest cricket nations will clash later this week as England begins its tour of India for four test matches.

The first test between the two sides will begin at 11 p.m. EST on November 14, at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. This match will continue until its final match kick off on November 18.

The second test will start on November 22, at 11 p.m. EST, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This will continue until the final match commences on November 26.

India and England will reconvene on December 4, at 10:30 p.m. EST, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The final match of this test will begin on December 8.

The fourth and final test between the two nations will take place on December 12, at 11 p.m. EST, at VCA Stadium in Nagpur. The test will continue until its final match on December 16.

England and India are two of the most successful cricket nations in the world. The latest test rankings from the International Cricket Council showed England in second place, with a rating of 117. India currently sits in fifth spot, with a rating of 106.

Two nations share storied rivalry
Both England and India have met several times through the years in test cricket, with England winning 16 of the tests through the years. The Men in Blue won nine times through the years, with four draws between the two sides.

While England is far ahead all-time, India experienced the majority of the recent spoils. England won last year's Pataudi Trophy, but since 1986, India captured five tests against England, as well as two draws and only three losses. This includes two of the latest clashes, including the 2007 Pataudi Trophy and the 2008-09 England tour of India. Meanwhile, the aforementioned 2011 Pataudi Trophy was won easily by England, by four tests to zero.

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7
Nov

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka face-off in Ranji Trophy

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka meet later this week.

Both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka look to find the first win of their respective Ranji Trophy campaigns, as the two play in Chennai later this week.

The two sides each had one match already on the schedule, but neither earned an outright win. Baroda earned a 237 and a 249 against. Karnataka, as that side only managed a 284 and a 102/1, but the match ended in a draw after 32 overs. This gave Baroda three points and left Karnataka with one.

Tamil Nadu registered a 67/3 against Odisha, but the match was called with no result due to rain. Each side earned a point.

The match between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu starts at 11 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 8.

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