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Of a missing car and Dalda tins

S.P. Balasubrahmanyam shares some interesting anecdotes about his life as a veteran musician. »
August 22 is celebrated as Madras Day. Photo: V. Ganesan

Happy Birthday Chennai

August 22. This day in 1639 was memorable for Madras. Do you know why? »
A picture from the photo story 'Life in troubled waters'

Stories from the seashore

Photojournalist Selvaprakash Lakshmanan freezes frames of struggling fishermen, vanishing beaches and the polluted sea along the coastline of Southern India »

The Great Indian Indie Song

Popular indie musicians offer their assessment of the current soundscape »
Friday Review
It is fitting to celebrate Bharatanatayam as an original product of Madras.

That magnificent Migration

Madras is the inventor of Bharatanatyam, says Lakshmi Viswanathan. »
Remesan Nambissan Photo: K.K. Najeeb

Making space for classical art

Remesan Nambissan has been popularising the classical theatre tradition of Kerala in the United Arab Emirates through ‘Thiranottam’, an NRI initiative. »
Behind the scenes: Directors and actors feel reassured when Satya Hegde wields the camera Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

In the eyes of the lens

Satya Hegde is the most sought after cinematographer of Kannada cinema. From Duniya to Mynaa to Gaja Kesari, he has plenty in his kitty »
The Shillong Chamber Choir

Music echoes from the hills

Neil Nongkynrih of Shillong Chamber Choir talks about their multi-genre music »
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Metroplus
FINDING HER SPACE Akemi loves the temples of Mylapore and tamarind rice Photo: R. Ragu

Celebrating life in a South Indian metro

August 22 is Madras Day. Raveena Joseph profiles Akemi Yoshii Purushotham who has made Chennai her home and is loving it »
PACKING A PUNCH Spicy Hyderabadi Biryani. Photo: G. Moorthy

Slice of Hyderabad in Madurai

Cashing in on the popularity of the spicy biryani, several caterers are now delivering the Hyderabadi avatar of the delicacy at the doorstep »
Taking a shot Photo: Sreejith R. Kumar

Click with marbles

There are many people in Thiruvananthapuram and its outskirts who are game for a game of marbles »
Amrutha, a producer in Kairali TV. Quick five

Drawing inspiration from real life

Amrutha has just returned from the shoot of a new programme, ‘Jeevitham Sakshi’, that goes on air today. The award-winning producer of Kairali TV is in the midst of giving the finishing touches... »
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Young World
TALESPIN

Phone fundas

Why was Suju-pati not answering her phone? Puzzled, Nita-athai, Mona-athai, Bullet and Poppet decided to visit her and find out for themselves. »
Sounds of MUSIC

Annoying the lazy air

Did you know that your voice is your very own instrument? Experiment with your voice and find out what happens. »

City born of a sandy strip

Two persons, Francis Day and Andrew Cogan, decided to buy a strip of land. For them, it seemed a gamble. Now, three centuries and more later, we look back and find that the gamble did pay off. »
Language Lab

Loose laces lose the RACE

If it is loose you may lose it! »
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Cinema Plus
Kamal Haasan with Ilaiyaraja.

‘You can feel the fear in the song’

Between takes, Kamal would keep humming on the sets, and one day ‘Muktha’ Srinivasan, the director, caught him singing a keerthanai. »

Silencing cinema amounts to fascism: Kamal Hassan

The waiting room of Kamal Haasan’s office in Alwarpet turns out to be the best place for an interview. There are a bunch of photos mounted on easels, marking in black and white and sepia the roles... »
Asif Ali Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Coping with duty

Manoj Palodan’s Driver on Duty is about the events in a women’s police station. »
Deepak Parambol in a still from John Paul Vaathil Thurakkunnu.

Tightrope men

Chandrahasan says John Paul Vaathil Thurakkunnu, directed and scripted by him, is a labour of love. »
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Sunday Magazine
This August 1969 photo shows Ravi Shankar performing at the Woodstock music festival, New York.

Peace, love and rock n’ roll

It is 45 years since the first Woodstock festival happened in August 1969 in New York. To be young, and to be a part of the countercultural movement even in small ways, was to feel like a rebel. »
War day in Gaza City.

Unequal conflict

This is just as much a religious war for much of the ‘secular’ West as it is for the various versions of Islamists. »
At a garment factory. Photo: K. Pichumani The other half

Invisible women

Women, in general, have no choice but to keep working all the time. »
Rani-ki-Vav at Patan, Gujarat. Photo: Anuradha Ananth Huggler

Truly incredible

The Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu and the Rani-ki-Vav in Patan found their way into the UNESCO World Heritage List — the first in 10 years for two Indian sites to qualify. »
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Downtown
In groups of three or four, deer can be seen walking on Canal Bank Road. Photo: M. Srinath

Kotturpuram residents spot the spotted deer

Here, deer walk through open gates and peep through windows »
Manoj has a terrace garden with over 200 varieties of organic plants. Photo: M. Srinath

Garden as green lab

Manoj gives up an IT job and takes up a cause. The writer meets the enterprising youngster »
Dedicated to a cause : Besides a trained doctor, four nurses and four attenders work round-the-clock at Srimatha Cancer Care's existing hospice.

Srimatha Cancer Care plans world-class hospice

The charitable organisation helps terminally-ill patients handle the fear of death »
Free tailoring classes for women are conducted at Sri Kali Bari Temple in West Mambalam. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

A temple at the service of people

The Kali Bari temple in West Mambalam sometimes serves as a clinic. And sometimes, as a place of learning. »
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Education Plus

Building rapport

Here is what you need to implement to see the magic happen. »

IITs told to toe UGC line on degrees

The controversy over Delhi University’s Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) has opened up a fresh fault line with the University Grants Commission asking the Indian Institutes of Technology... »
Most entrance examinations in India still require you to sit down at a desk in a large hall and write for two to three hours at a stretch. BACKPACKER'S GUIDE

Old tools still matter

Is writing a lost art? »
CAREER GUIDANCE

Research in IITs

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have the rare standing of being reckoned as quality institutions in the pursuit of higher education and research at the international level. The relativel... »
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Habitat
Construction workers at one of the earliest smart city projects in India in Kochi.

What are smart cities?

With everyone talking of the 100 smart cities announced in this year’s budget, Anuj Puri takes a closer look »
The reasons why timber has still a large and diverse scope of usage over teak is many, experts say. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

The richness of timber over teak

Teak undoubtedly has got a whole lot of credits to itself when it comes to the look and sturdiness of furniture, but various other forms of timber such as Babul, Sal, Marandi and Sheesham have enl... »
Priced quite affordably, several of the developers have joined the bandwagon of taking Bangalore’s development out of the City’s frontiers. File photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Out of the city’s frontiers

Idyllic locales around Bangalore are up for grabs, as developers promise weekend getaway homes and investment choices. »
WATERWISE

Wisdom from Buddhi

With a combination of rooftop and surface rainwater harvesting and waste-water reuse, Buddhi School in Dasarahalli is able to meet a large part of its water requirement on its own. A look by S.Vishwan... »
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