For these boys, football is a distraction from their everyday problems. Photos: R. Ragu
chennai, July 10, 2014

Goal keepers

At the crack of dawn, 50 boys in blue and orange jerseys gather in a cemetery ground in North Madras to start their day with football. They run the length and breadth of the field, sweating, the... »
The kids of Senji Amman Nagar. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
chennai, July 10, 2014

It all begins with a story

They laugh; they run; they sketch a tree on a blackboard. Some get their faces painted, while some others paint the clay figures they just made. The children of the village of Senji Amman Nagar ne... »
A cheese-filled praline. Photos: L. Nitin Chordia
chennai, July 10, 2014

A trip to Willy Wonka land

Initially, a 10-day chocolate tour seemed too long, but towards the end it proved too short. Belgium is never short of food, it looks like. From waffles, French fries, beer, cheese, and of course,... »
Every year the competition gets bigger and in this competition of haleem makers, the consumer seem to be benefitting – the more the merrier. Photos: G. Ramakrishna
chennai, July 10, 2014

Finding haleem in Hyderabad

A countdown toward good news begins for both the religious and the non-devout as the Holy Month of Ramzan comes to a close. And good news it is, especially for food lovers, haleem eaters to be pre... »
chennai, July 9, 2014
man and machine

The legacy of Kadian Harding

July 25 is going to bring a tidal wave of excruciating memories for Deborah and Thomas Harding, who lost their 14-year-old son Kadian in a bicycling accident in Wiltshire, England, on this day in 2... »
A month without something you don’t really need can reinforce your conviction that you don’t really need it. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
chennai, July 9, 2014

Switching channels

I am amazed at myself. The last time I was so amazed at myself was when I discovered that I could touch my toes without bending my knees. Okay, so I bent my knees a little. But that doesn’t count a... »
Hot snacks for a rainy evening
chennai, July 9, 2014

Spicy savouries for the evening

Hot samosas, bhajiyas, pakoras, vadas, kachori and roasted bhutta go well with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Here are a few easy-to-make recipes. Spicy bowl Ingredients<... »
A piece from the collection
chennai, July 8, 2014

Movement, his muse

Joe Ikareth loves dance. As a child, he worshipped Michael Jackson’s moves. As a designer, he launched his first collection with Parisian dancers and acrobats, swirling and swishing in his costume... »
Writer Huma Kidwai attempts to kill the stereotype of the Muslim through her writing. Photo: M. Vedhan
chennai, July 8, 2014

The History House

Fiction, according to writer Huma Kidwai, is a subversive thing. Her own novel, The Hussaini Alam House, attempts to capture the social and political changes in Hyderabad through a rather tu... »
The restored `Chikmagalur House' and an Exhibition on A Shared Heritage at DakshinaChitra. Photo : M.Vedhan
chennai, July 7, 2014

House of many hues

Globules of pepper clustered together. Fragrant sticks of cinnamon. Marigold yellow turmeric. Tiny, innocuous-looking red chillies that turn your gut to fire. Cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, mac... »
The education system in India doesn’t recognise popular music for higher studies. Divakar Subramanium in picture.
chennai, July 10, 2014

The balance of sound

A maestro of symphonies once said that music is not made, it happens. That explains how the Indian musical scene came to be, its evolution from the bulwark of Carnatic kritis to the now dominatin... »
Extravagant hats with exotic feathers may not be ideal for derbies in India. Instead, opt for chic, smaller hats or fascinators.
chennai, July 10, 2014

Hats, hooves and hot from the race track

Remember the Pretty Woman moment when Vivian transforms into an elegant lady of social pedigree at the Polo match? Dressed in a lovely polka dot dress, Vivian (played by Julia Roberts), is t... »
Sunday pot roast, fish and chips are now replaced with Chicken tikka masala as 'traditional' British food.
chennai, July 10, 2014

Goodbye, Sunday roast

When I first came to England, in the nineties for my post-graduate studies, I was offered accommodation at a large international hall-of-residence in the heart of Bloomsbury. There were n... »
A TROVE OF MEMORIES Doveton House. Photo: R. Ravindran
chennai, July 9, 2014

One hundred years and counting

“What? There was never a chocolate brown baby?” I’m aghast. And to be honest, a little betrayed. Principal Ridling Margaret Waller pats my arm kindly. “Well, perhaps Clive did have one,” she laughs... »
Designer wear available for rent.
chennai, July 9, 2014

Fashion on rent, anyone?

Have a closet full of clothes, and yet nothing nice to wear? Here’s a solution, virtually. Enter the rent-me markets that allow you to access your dream wardrobe: book it, rent it, wear it and ret... »
Hitomi Sugano and Jeremy Davis with the two rescued dogs. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
chennai, July 9, 2014
pet pals

An advocate of adoption

Jeremy Davis is British, his wife Hitomi Sugano is Japanese, their first dog Piper is Singaporean and their second dog Cookie is Indian. Jeremy, whose career in finance often takes him to differen... »
Anil Issrani
chennai, July 8, 2014

Their sole purpose

Shoes can change your life. Remember Cinderella? The perfect pair led Prince Charming to her. When it comes to shoes, why do women own so many pairs? But it isn’t only the girl... »
The KV Sarma Library.
chennai, July 8, 2014
city explorer

Repository of a priceless heritage

How much research can you do in a lifetime? Enough to fill a good-sized library, if you go by the incredible work left behind by Professor Venkateswara Sarma (1919-2005), researcher, author and man... »
July 8, 2014
Melange - Tech Away

Show me the money

Growing up is a pain. Not only do you have to shoulder a lot of responsibilities, you also have to keep your finances in order. And most of us have a lot of those to deal with — bills, taxes, diffe... »
Haricharan’s voice stood out through the evening. Photo: R. Ravindran.
chennai, July 7, 2014

Elements of fusion

For a show that started half-an-hour late on a Saturday, the rest of the evening was worth staying for. A fusion music concert held by LK Charitable Trust saw The Elements performing in front of a... »

Two culinary experts, Ummi Abdullah and Abida Rasheed, recount the memories and traditions that mark the Ramadan nombu-thura »

The Thirukkural Parappu Maiyyam is a labour of love for this man of modest means »

The city is gripped by the football fever »

More and more couples are choosing ancient temples over wedding halls to tie the knot »