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A treat for the eye and soul. Photo: Special Arrangement
September 22, 2014

Angels and the water demon

You could say this is a sort of catharsis after our 10-day trip to Kashmir. A trip that was planned in January, booked in April and found us with bag and baggage at Srinagar on the rainy afternoon... »
Aamir Raza Husain and Virat. Photo: M. Vedhan
September 22, 2014

A drama uninterrupted

Art has always been a beacon to history, a representation of reality, a treatise on a civilisation. Yet an unequivocal definition of what it is and should be is nearly impossible — it means so man... »
On the drill: The Quad’s sports day held at Montfort School, Santhome. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
September 22, 2014

Triumph of spirit

It is a muggy Sunday afternoon; the sort of day you want to spend curled up in bed with a nice book or a good movie, with the air-conditioning on full blast.  Exercise is the last thing on your min... »
Deepa Bharathkumar, Hussain Surti, Sachin Krishna Rao and Arun Krishnan. Photo: R. Ravidran
September 22, 2014

Two wheels and the will

Thulp. Thadak. Thump. He’s slumped against the handle bar, acutely aware of every little bump on the road. He’s stretching his back more than he should and at 65, that could be quite a strain. He’... »
Visalakshi Ramaswamy with kandanghi saris. Photo: R. Ragu
September 21, 2014

Time’s warp and weft

To wear a kandanghi sari is to wrap yourself up in history. The vibrant colours, thick weave, bold checks and contrasting hues are a perfect reflection of the Nattukottai Chettiar community. <... »
It is better to let go of negative habits or better still transform them into positive habits.
September 21, 2014
Urban yoga

Break your bad habits

So you slept in again and didn’t make it to the morning yoga class. You tell yourself it is okay and decide to go for the evening class. Then your colleagues make a dinner plan and you skip the ev... »
Greater Flamingos at Annamalaicheri. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
September 21, 2014
Seaside Stories

Flights of fancy

“Duck!” calls out Annamalai. He crouches under thorny underbrush and gestures for us to follow suit. “Illati parandhiruvanga — or else they will fly away,” he explains, his eyes focussed on... »
FOR SCOTSMEN St. Andrews Kirk Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Hidden histories

The Scots who built Madras

The Scottish referendum is in the news and by the time this article is published we will know if Scotland is part of the United Kingdom or has declared independence. Whatever happens, it cannot be... »
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Tea time

Tea float, cola or latte

An industrywala tells me, rather woefully, that tea is not popular with the young because of social conditioning. That parents have down the years dissuaded children from having the brew because of... »
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Life in words

Book, line and sinker

This is one of those childhood stories I have no conscious memory of. I’ve conjured its unfurling solely from my grandmother’s numerous retellings of it. She remembers a lazy afternoon after playsc... »
Offbeat role appeal: Bindu Madhavi
September 22, 2014

What’s in a name? Quite a lot!

Bindu Madhavi’s debut film was called Avakai Biryani. And, her tryst with films that have unusual titles continues. Her last hit in Tamil was Chimbudevan’s Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanigal... »
September 22, 2014
Toddler Talk

MOM: Masters of Multitasking

In my pre-parenting life, I was a terrible multi-tasker. I never could listen to music and work, or write emails and chat on the phone at the same time. And what’s more, I didn’t want to. I much pr... »
Taking the stage by storm artistes of the Hofesh Shechter Company. Photo: Special Arrangement
September 22, 2014

Folk with a rock edge

Spelled out in lights towards the end of Hofesh Shechter’s contemporary dance work Political Mother is the message: “Where there is pressure there is folk dance”. It is at once enigmatic, absurd an... »
At The Works. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
September 21, 2014

A table for many

Spend long enough in the presence of start-up founders and a little past their infectious enthusiasm for new ideas, you’ll find a frequently- bandied word: struggle. Struggle for affordable office... »
Siddharth Sood
September 21, 2014

Band, baaja and rap

“I was born in Chandigarh, just like everyone in Bollywood wants to be,” says Siddharth Sood, a Punjabi who grew up in Delhi, studied in Pune and found his identity as a wedding rapper in Mumbai. »
Murugavel educating kids about the city's ecospots
September 21, 2014

A peek at Chennai’s ‘living’ heritage

What does the word “heritage” mean to you? Buildings, monuments, title, property…? Chennai has a “living” heritage — “living” as in moving, crawling, flying, breathing, growing non-human denizens —... »
Dilip Kapur with his Icon bags.
Chennai, September 19, 2014

The hippie capitalist

“A hippie? Really?” exclaims Dilip Kapur. “Is that what they’re calling me now?” He thinks for a minute and then looks around the room at his visibly amused team. “I don’t know. Am I a hippie?”»
September 19, 2014
Confessions of an anonymous woman

Ghosts of psycho boyfriends

Wherever I go, bad luck seems to follow me, bad boyfriends, rather. I’ve had a history of relationships with boys (I refuse to call them men because they simply aren’t) who go bonkers when it ends.... »
KNOW-IT-ALL Rukmani has been a fortune teller in Chennai for 15 years Photo: Wong Pei Ting
Chennai, September 19, 2014

A life between the lines

“She won’t talk to you,” warns soothsayer Vaani. She motions towards the grey-haired lady seated at a distance and says, “She can be brash.” But I trust my stars and walk towards her, hoping her... »
The Challenge Cup
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Golf guru

A hoary past

Golf is played in a variety of settings throughout the world and on a variety of courses. Without a doubt, not all are blessed with the refinements of manicured greens and watered fairways that are... »

Devaraja Mudali Street in George Town packs in a vast variety of merchandise, and some unusual history to boot »

The moment your foot touches the accelerator it goes from 0 to 100 in less than 8 seconds »

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Designer Gaurang Shah, known for his exquisitely woven saris, opens a store in the city »