WhatsApp Is Changing the Way India Talks About Food

Anil Bandawane, a farmer living outside Pune, India, was fed up with the poor advice he was getting from the government’s national hotline for agricultural queries. Life as a farmer in India can be isolating, and he felt cut off from his peers. So he started a WhatsApp group called Baliraja (which roughly means “farmer…

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Encounters: Bridget Everett Gets Fitted for a Flaming ‘Tina Turner’ Dress

“Too much?” said Larry Krone, a costume designer. “I don’t think there’s anything that’s too much,” said Bridget Everett, his model, muse and client extraordinaire. On a recent sunny afternoon, they were standing in Mr. Krone’s kitsch-crammed studio in the East Village of Manhattan, which doubles as the headquarters of his label, House of Larréon.…

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New blood test can detect ovarian cancer in its early stages

Relatively few cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in their early stages, so many people lose the opportunity for effective treatment. A newly developed blood test, however, could change this situation. Can a new blood test help doctors detect ovarian cancer early? The American Cancer Society (ACS) state that «only about 20 percent of ovarian…

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Vows: The Long Road to Recovery, and Then the Altar

Alba Hancock and Robbie Dexheimer met eight and a half years ago beneath a Tucson sky that entertained them with a galaxy of stars, some close enough, it seemed, to eavesdrop on their first conversation, which took place some 2,500 miles from home. “I’m going to tell you everything about me,” Mr. Dexheimer said to…

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Books News: Hollywood Has Long Turned to Novelists for Help. But Poets?

In her new film “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a frustrated aspiring poet who discovers that a boy in her kindergarten class may be a budding literary genius, and begins co-opting his verses as her own. When Gyllenhaal was preparing for the role, she thought a lot about what sort of poetry her character,…

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Work Friend: How to Deal With Nosy People at Work

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Who Will Watch the Watchers? I manage a team of people. The most competent person on my team is also, unfortunately, the most annoying. Everything he does that…

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My Workout: Jovan Adepo Gets Workout Tips From John Krasinski

Jovan Adepo, 30, is on the verge of a breakout. Already known for his supporting roles in the film “Fences” and the TV show “The Leftovers,” Mr. Adepo can be seen this fall as the lead actor in the horror-mystery film “Overlord, and the Facebook Watch series “Sorry for Your Loss.” He also has a…

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Travel Tips: Five Things to Bring on Every Long Flight

There are long flights and there are long flights. Singapore Airlines has the longest haul currently, with nearly 19 hours from Newark to Singapore. But that’s bound to be eclipsed soon as airlines and aircraft manufacturers vie to be the first to pull off the last major nonstop air route: Sydney to London, estimated at…

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What Steve Aoki Can’t Travel Without

Steve Aoki lives in Las Vegas, but that’s little more than a technicality. The electro-house D.J. is constantly on the road, playing between 200 and 300 shows a year. In addition to his career in music, Mr. Aoki has developed a fitness regimen, Aoki Bootcamp, which he posts on Instagram so his fans can follow…

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Ask Well: Which Type of Medical Scan Is Right for Me?

Q. Sometimes my doctor orders an M.R.I., sometimes a CAT scan or an ultrasound. If one is best, why not just order it every time? A. The rationale for selecting an imaging test is complicated, but some general principles can be helpful. X-ray is the basic imaging test. X-rays are quick and cheap, and while…

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