POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 03, 2015 AT 20:14 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 03, 2015 20:14 IST

Novak Djokovic may be the world no.1 tennis player but not sure if the same can be said about his dancing skills. 

However, the Serbian tennis star is never reluctant to show a few of his dance moves, every now and then. 

So while celebrating his comfortable straight sets triumph over Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer in the US Open men’s singles second round, Djokovic did a little jig with a fan.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 02, 2015 AT 21:01 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 02, 2015 21:01 IST

Even as European leaders increasingly try to prevent refugees from settling in the continent, a photo of a five-year-old boy has brought home the full horror of the biggest refugee crisis in living memory.

The photo taken on the morning of September 2 shows the lifeless body of a young boy lying facedown on a beach in Turkey, not far from the fashionable resort town of Bodrum. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 02, 2015 AT 20:46 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 02, 2015 20:46 IST

Potterheads across the globe went bonkers after author of the widely-loved Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, tweeted this:

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 02, 2015 AT 20:46 IST, Edited At: Sep 02, 2015 20:46 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 01, 2015 AT 21:16 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 01, 2015 21:16 IST

On July 23, 2015, we had carried a story on how a PhD researcher came across one of the oldest fragments of the Holy Quran in the Birmingham university library. 

Initial tests showed that, with a probability of more than 95%, the parchment was from between 568 CE and 645 CE.

Recent reports about the carbon dating of these fragments reveal some interesting facts.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 01, 2015 AT 21:16 IST, Edited At: Sep 01, 2015 21:16 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Aug 27, 2015 AT 22:17 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 27, 2015 22:17 IST

DNA recently carried a piece on the history and diversity of sambar, the South Indian staple. 

The piece is strewn with little bits of information that most people don't know about. 

For instance, did you know that the quintessentially Tamilian sambhar was a Maratha creation?

The piece claims:

A family tradition – of sorts – is believed to have introduced sambar to the world. The story (with many deviations) goes that Shahuji Bhonsle, second Maratha ruler of Thanjavur (who reigned from 1684-1712), was to welcome cousin Sambhaji – son of Shivaji – to his palace. But preparations for a royal feast were hindered as kokum, used for Maharashtrian amti, was unavailable. So were supplies like moong dal, in whose place toor dal was used.

The article also talks about how sambar is not a homogeneous thing. It has many variants found across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In fact, 'sambar' is rarely called so in most Tamilian homes.

kuzhambu, an umbrella term meaning 'gravy', is commonly used. Especially when there's rice, rather than idli or dosa, on the plate. "As for varieties, there's paruppu urundai sambar/kuzhambu, in which the dal is balled into kofta-like dumplings and cooked in the masala. And muttai kuzhambu – egg sambar

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Aug 27, 2015 AT 22:17 IST, Edited At: Aug 27, 2015 22:17 IST
     
 
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