Rhitu Chatterjee

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Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarian — And They Likely Kissed Our Human Ancestors

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

A new study of the dental plaques of three Neanderthals reveals surprising facts about their lives, including what they ate, the diseases that ailed them and how they self-medicated (and smooched).


What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

Monday, February 27, 2017

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.


For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.


To Cook A Holiday Turkey in Kolkata, It Takes A Village, 2 Butchers And 3 Cabs

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Turkeys aren't native to India. But these days in Kolkata, you can buy a turkey for your Christmas dinner. But cooking a holiday turkey can still send you on a surreal adventure.


Across The Globe, Our Diets Are Making Us Sicker, Report Finds

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The good news: fewer hungry people around the world. The bad news: Increased consumption of processed foods is pushing up global rates of overweight and obesity.


Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies.


In This Globe-Trotting Dessert, Many Immigrants Find A Taste Of Home

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Many Asian countries have a version of a multi-layered, milk-based snack called falooda. Now, a mother-daughter pair with roots in Myanmar have brought this global dessert to Washington, D.C.


Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's Complicated

Friday, July 15, 2016

Scientists have long assumed that farming began among one group in the Mideast. But a new study suggests a more diverse origin story.


Want Kids To Eat More Veggies? Market Them With Cartoons

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The food industry has long marketed highly processed products to kids with characters like Tony the Tiger. But similar tactics can also work to sway school kids to eat more vegetables, a study finds.


Young Immigrants Can Identify With Mindy Kaling's 'Coconut' Crisis

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

That's brown on the outside, white on the inside. A recent episode of The Mindy Project led our writer to think about her identity as an Indian living in America.


'Jungle Book' Love: Why I Identify With The 'Flower In Underpants'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Growing up in India, she was a fan of the dubbed-in-Hindi TV series. As a globetrotting adult, she is touched by the Disney movie version.


Why I Love Riding On The Women-Only Car On Delhi's Metro

Monday, April 04, 2016

Some people say there shouldn't have to be such cars, that they put women on the periphery. I disagree.


So Maybe Washington, D.C., Should Ask Delhi How To Run A Metro System

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Because really, Delhi's system does everything right that the nation's capital is doing wrong.


For Speaking Their Mind Online, Women In India Face Threats

Friday, September 11, 2015

She was doing what a lot of people do — using her Facebook page to voice her opinion.

She didn't expect to be called a prostitute — and see her son attacked as well.

Preetha G. Nair, a 41-year-old single mother of a 12-year-old, lives in a small town in ...


Egg War: Why India's Vegetarian Elite Are Accused Of Keeping Kids Hungry

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

India is in the midst of a war of sorts — a war over eggs. To eat them, or not to eat them. Actually, it's more about whether the government should give free eggs to poor, malnourished children.

It all began in late May, when Shivraj Chouhan, the chief minister ...


How One Woman Found The Courage To Say No To Domestic Abuse

Monday, July 13, 2015

An Indian woman suffered through domestic violence for 20 years. Then she changed her life by going to school, but it wasn't to learn. It was to cook.


Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Super Bowl commercial for Nationwide Insurance shows an Indian American woman — none other than author and actor Mindy Kaling — trying to hail a cab in New York City. And it's not easy.

"After years of being treated like she was invisible, it occurred to Mindy Kaling ...


India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.


Google News Is Taken Offline In Spain, After A Call For Payments

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reacting to a law that requires news sites in Spain to charge for their content, Google shut down its Google News service in the country Tuesday. The tech company and other news aggregators would face steep fines if they publish headlines and abstracts without paying.

"Spain's newspaper association lobbied for ...


The Decreasing Loneliness Of The Indian Long-Distance Runner

Sunday, December 07, 2014

I began running about a year ago. I'd just moved to New Delhi, after living in the United States for 11 years. The stress of the move was getting to me, and I desperately needed exercise.

But finding a regular route wasn't easy. Running on the sidewalk is next to ...