Benny Dayal. Photo: K. Ananthan
October 1, 2014

Risking it all for song

With a seven-hour waiting time at the Doha Airport, Benny Dayal sounds rather flurried but manages to enthusiastically answer every question with a laugh. For someone who's natural on the stage, he... »
October 1, 2014

A diamond sutra

1492. The year links two men, nearly five centuries apart, who set out on a self-possessed quest to discover India. Christopher Columbus, however, landed in the New World. But Olaf Van Cleef, who... »
September 30, 2014

More fizz in his life

This Sunday night, if you happen to head to the Marina or Elliots Beach for a drive, you might just spot Sharman Joshi. It’s been many years since the actor visited the city, and he hopes to do a b... »
Gloria Superba
September 30, 2014

Hidden glory?

We were walking through bushes to reach the restaurant in Mahabalipuram, when my companion stopped. “Do you know what the state flower of Tamil Nadu is?” he asked. This was embarrassing. I didn’t k... »
September 30, 2014

Durga Puja, Bengali style

Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, Dashami…this is what you are likely to hear most Bengalis talk about while they meticulously plan where to go, what to eat and... »
September 29, 2014

Making the right move

The focus may have been on women's safety – outside MCC's Organic Shop a group was painting and collecting signatures against sexual harassment of women - but boys too were part of the 100-odd gat... »
September 29, 2014

Who’s the star on Skype?

Online video-calling – via Skype, FaceTime, etc. – is a boon to citizens of a globalised world. And a source of particular delight to its toddler denizens.My generation of greybeards was fir... »
A sandwich at Pantry d'or.
chennai, September 29, 2014

There’s a lot brewing

The word café always conjures up images of Paris — people poring over books with a cup of strong espresso, or catching up on the latest at quirky cafés on cobbled streets that serve as an extensio... »
St. Anthony’s Church, Pudupet. Photo: M.Vedhan
September 28, 2014

Madras miscellany: The Father of Indian Botany

The news that the Schmidt Memorial on Elliot’s Beach was being restored and the area around it landscaped is welcome indeed. But while this memorial has kept alive for several decades memo... »
Known for notoriety: Avadhanam Paupiah Road. Photo: V. Ganesan
September 26, 2014
Hidden histories

A diabolical dubash

Avadhanam Paupiah (now Pappa) Road in the Choolai area commemorates one of the most crooked characters in Madras history. His notoriety was such that in distant England, Sir Walter Scott chose to i... »
October 1, 2014

In the heat of the moment

From tomorrow till Sunday, the buzz at Elliots beach will be more than usual as more than 350 players will battle to win the 7th edition of the Beach Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, which is held in C... »
TALE WELL TOLD The students of WCC take centre stage
September 30, 2014

Beyond boundaries

Stories have always been a reflection of life, a concentration of those ideals and values that define us and are at some level a microcosm of the worlds we know and want to know. The aural traditi... »
September 30, 2014

Photo-ready pooches

Popularity doesn’t come easy on Instagram. Jack Daniel (JD), a two-and-a-half-year old Labrador knows what a struggle it is. He poses while being driven on a bike, manages to let-go of his favouri... »
September 30, 2014

Designer labels get a second life

Designer label? Bargain? Two words most women love especially if strung together! Launched this July, Confidential Couture aims at combining both these loves with a guilt-free luxury shopping exper... »
September 30, 2014

10 weeks to 10 k

K. Ravikumar, 46 I ran three days this week — a total distance of 19 km.  ... »
Sriya Reddy Photo: Sunder Ramu
COIMBATORE/CHENNAI, September 29, 2014

Reddy to make a comeback

As a VJ for SS Music, she was everyone’s dream maiden, a poster girl for the latest trends. Then, Sriya Reddy went on to act, excelling in rustic roles that called for brazenness and tenderness in... »
September 29, 2014

On bitcoins, online gaming and murder

“I must say that books in India are not only underpriced but are also undervalued,” says author Ravi Subramanian, who was in Chennai recently to launch his latest book at Starmark in Express Avenu... »
Vivekanand Palaniappan at the Kilpauk branch of Fitness One. Photo: R. Ragu
September 28, 2014

Fitness takes a front seat

Hips don’t lie,” trills singer-songwriter Shakira, rather aptly, as I enter the Fitness One, Kilpauk Gym where Vivekanand Palaniappan its founder and managing director, waits to meet me. Ten... »
Chetan Bhagat. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
September 28, 2014

Number crunching

With his first book, Five Point Someone investment banker-turned-novelist Chetan Bhagat hit the bullseye. Bestseller after bestseller followed and Chetan has been quite the busy bee with col... »
Durga Puja brings Bengalis together. Photo: R. Ragu
September 26, 2014

Bong bonding stretches to OMR

If one sound is assigned to every linguistic community, who gets the long O? Meeting a linguistic group at OMR, I have difficulty writing down their names. They are mostly common Indian names. But... »

The new GLA was launched in Europe in April this year. In India, Mercedes has received confirmed bookings of 600 units in 18 days before Tuesday’s launch. »

The old Hindi saying – the chicken in your backyard tastes like lentils – holds true when it comes to cuisines. Take the food of Nepal, which was introduced to Delhi only after a wide range of cuis... »

Trendy colours, prints and cuts come together in Karishma Kristina Singh’s outfits. PRIYADARSHINI PAITANDY on the young designer’s fuss-free creations »