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Chennai is always scenic for Sowmya Sanjeev, who lives on the 28th floor. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
chennai, July 25, 2014

Living the high life in Chennai

Under the cloak of a name with Greek roots, any form of fear sounds cool. It seems to offer a justification for the fear, no matter how irrational. So, this is how I prefer to describe a recent ex... »
chennai, July 25, 2014
confessions of an anonymous woman

A recipe for disaster

After 13 years of marriage, it’s natural that physical attraction between husband and wife wanes. The same happened to me, although I swore to myself in the early years of my marriage that it would... »
chennai, July 25, 2014
life in words

The charm of micropoetry

A contemporary poet I know once said she never quite understood why the Internet generation of readers rarely consumed poetry. Poetry, she argued, is everything that’s distinctive of our times, for... »
The writer with Shalini Malik.
chennai, July 25, 2014
golf guru

Land of the Royal Liverpudlians

The greatest and oldest spectacle on earth in the world of golf, The Open Championship, unfolded at The Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake between July 17 and 20, 2014.Staged for the 12th... »
The action of bending forward also encourages the flow of freshly oxygenated blood to the brain and stimulates hair follicles, encouraging hair growth. Photo: M. Karunakaran
chennai, July 25, 2014
Yoga on the move

Here’s how you drain it out

Imagine the body as a city with its own road way network (arteries and veins), major buildings (organs), water treatment plants (kidneys), energy generators (cells), communication networks (nervous... »
The Blue Grotto forest is one of the many scattered remains of the three million-year-old Afromontane forest that stretches across most of the Drakensberg region.
chennai, July 25, 2014

Over the trees and far away

“Shout out ‘Ayoba!’ when you are sliding,” says Junior, our guide, as he dexterously hooks my safety harness onto the zip line before I launch myself into the heart of the lush canopy of the Blue... »
In my opinion, The English Patient is the story of two people who want to be together but are unable to do so because of societal restrictions – and so they have to meet secretly.
chennai, July 25, 2014
lights, camera, conversation...

The genre and the specific

By the time you read this, the Chennai International Queer Film Festival (or to call it by its proper name, Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival) will be on its last day. And if... »
Sago and Potato Vadai.
July 24, 2014
my grandma's recipe

How to make...Sago and Potato Vadai

IngredientsSago – 1/2 cupMedium sized potatoes – 3 Onion – 1 Green chillies – 2 Coriander leaves – 1/4 bunchBengal gram flour – 1/2 tsp Roast... »
Some of the works on display.
chennai, July 24, 2014

Sculpting diverse stories

Sculptures speak as much through the media chosen as through the figures moulded, and at Veda the sheer variety of artistic language is beautiful to behold. Artist Janarthanan, known for his iron s... »
Posh Nosh's creamy mayo spread
chennai, July 24, 2014

For the love of nosh

Aditi Gupta has a maniacal look about her as she enters her factory in Mylapore. She washes her hands, wears a scrub cap and a mask, washes her hands again, then sanitises them, puts on gloves and... »
The new generation of burqa wearers now prefer burqas embellished with stones, patchwork, net, thread work
and more. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
chennai, July 25, 2014

The burqa and the body electric

The sudden showers send the Ramzan shoppers on Triplicane High Road scrambling for cover. But two young women zip about on their scooter unperturbed, the stone-studded sleeves of their burqas flapp... »
chennai, July 25, 2014
tea time

Everyone’s favourite party

Just when I was beginning to think that old-fashioned tea parties are a thing of the past, I got invited to one. A planter friend was hosting high tea to celebrate a good tiding. Tea at a pl... »
chennai, July 25, 2014
hidden histories

Of slums, survival and Tirukkural

If at all a book on the hundred greats of Chennai is ever written, I hope to find Charles E. Gover in it. A Sanitary Inspector with the Corporation, perhaps his most heart-warming work was in the s... »
Model in Swati Vijaivargie’s creations. Kaftans first popularly surfaced in India as a part of basic nightwear and then transitioned into other areas of daytime and evening wear.
chennai, July 25, 2014

The evergreen diva of the wardrobe

Long after being a beachwear staple, kaftans have emerged as a cherished favourite for modern day resort wear. A popular variant of the robe or a tunic, the kaftan has been constantly reinvented o... »
Roger Federer playing a game of tennis.
chennai, July 25, 2014

Chocolates, snow and tennis with Roger

It has always been a dream to watch a match in Wimbledon at least once in my life. But little did I imagine that I would be watching the legend with 17 Grand Slam wins, Roger Federer, play a game o... »
The doughnut theatre in progress. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh
chennai, July 25, 2014

The quest for the holey grail

I’ve never been interested in taking part in The Amazing Race or Ripley’s or even stood in line for the Harry Potter series (although I am a huge fan), but this I didn’t want to miss. When a... »
Jai and Nazriya in Thirumanam Ennum Nikah
COIMBATORE/CHENNAI, July 24, 2014

Life on the fast lane

As a child, Jai remembers watching television open-mouthed every time it showed race cars zipping by. He loved toy cars and played with them all the time. At 10, he was introduced to F1 races, aga... »
Stalkers, enemies, and thieves can abuse personal data to stalk, blackmail and steal people’s identities.
chennai, July 24, 2014

Look who’s got your number

Who’s looking at your pictures right now? If you’ve ever sold a used cellphone, it’s likely a complete stranger has sifted through your most intimate memories.Recently Prague-based security... »
Baked Parmesan garlic sweet potato fingers
chennai, July 24, 2014

Would you like some fries with that?

Baked Parmesan Garlic Sweet Potato Fingers Ingredients Sweet potato, washed, peeled and shredded finely – 200 gm Egg – 1 Breadcrumbs – 70 gm »
Coffee and conversation: At Starbucks. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
chennai, July 24, 2014

The dawn of Starbucks subculture

To be honest, everyone looks a little embarrassed. We fiddle with our smart phones to hide our blaring gaucheness. Let’s face it. Standing in line for a cup of coffee in India of 2014 se... »
The Hindu presents the all-new Young World

A trip through Brazil, soaking in the World Cup fever, the grandeur of the palaces and the patios, the taste of the food and the warmth on the street »

It was many years ago that I met several times an enlightened manager of the State Bank of India who worked out of that building that burst into flames the other day. She was passionate about the... »

Some light delectable recipes, ideal to serve at teatime »

Manish Malhotra on the idea behind ‘Portraits’ and why he loves the new young energy in the fashion industry »