India is vibrant, full of optimism and fast becoming one of the world's superpowers. While rural areas may lag behind, life in the cities is changing fast, and the young, educated middle class is growing, modernising and part of the global consumer culture. But that does not mean people are necessarily discarding all their millennia-old traditions. Charmian Smith looks behind the face of modern India.
Several New Zealand wine producers are taking advantage of growing Indian affluence and aspirations.
Building on the image of the Black Caps cricket team and pristine landscapes featured in Bollywood movies, many New Zealand companies are investing in the burgeoning Indian market. Charmian Smith investigates.
The Dalai Lama is both the political and religious leader of the exiled Tibetans - and considered a god by some.
The much joked-about midlife crisis can be unsettling when you actually go through it. Penelope Todd knows, and her latest book, Digging for Spain: A writer's journey, records her experiences, she tells Charmian Smith.
Historians have often made assumptions about the character of early immigrants to New Zealand but a new book, Settlers: New Zealand immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland 1800-1945, sets out the results of research through old records and tells a different tale.
Chillies can pack a powerful punch but they can also have subtle differences of flavours and heat. And their shapes and colours are remarkably beautiful. Charmian Smith explores some fiery tastes.
Painted over 14 years ago, Three children at Okains Bay is one of many paintings, prints and drawings Gregory O'Brien has chosen to feature in Back & Beyond (Auckland University Press, hbk, $35), his second book on New Zealand art aimed at children.
Food for thought in Michael Pollan's latest book which delves into issues regarding diets, nutrition and organic and processed food.
There's something about horsey girls and fashion that don't seem to go together but Stacy Gregg, author of the series of Pony Club Secrets for children and a fashion writer for Fashion Quarterly, loves the combination.