HMT Watches that may not be made anymore. Photo: special arrangement
October 21, 2014

If you have the Time…

I step into the HMT showroom on Avanashi Road to change the strap of my prized possession, an old fashioned, sensible analogue watch that only tells time. It is like stepping into a dimly-lit past.... »
Body building only focuses on the muscles. Photo: special arrangement
October 20, 2014

The body beautiful

Many fear to do weight training as they feel they will bulk up with big muscles and end up looking like a body builder. But there is a difference between body building and weight training. <... »
Shoppers in Town Hall Photo M Janaranjani
October 20, 2014

All decked up for Deepavali

Gandhipuram Street lamps illuminate the faces of shoppers; some excited, some nervous. And there are also the calm, smiling faces of those who do not actually belong to this city,... »
COIMBATORE, October 19, 2014

For that sweet rush

Akshara craved a taste of home this Deepavali. She had recently shifted base to the North East and the children wanted to eat their favourite mysurpa, badusha and mixture. It cost a bomb to transp... »
Acrostics are a clever literary technique Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth have used it in their poems
October 17, 2014

Very Exciting Really Smooth Expressions

Perhaps you’ve done this. You take the first letter of each line to make a poem or just a name or phrase. When you read it vertically, you see the poem. Many of us have indulged in this fun pastim... »
Look, smell, touch and taste: The right way to enjoying your meal
October 16, 2014

The best for last

Watching my kid eat his breakfast and relish it, got me thinking. It was his favourite breakfast made up of an oozy fried egg, a plump red grilled tomato and crunchy toast. All clean, simple flavo... »
Gift tags made at Seva Nilayam
October 15, 2014

The thing about chocolates

Chocko Choza About six months ago, Anbuchelvan of Chocko Choza took a decision — he would make only pure chocolates, using cocoa butter, even if they were expensive and even if he... »
Paper boats. Photo: special arrangement
October 21, 2014

Bring on the boats

It was Deepavali season and the carefully-chosen crackers were waiting to be sun dried. But, it had been raining since morning and I was bored stiff, cooped up at home, yearningly looking at my dam... »
Utilitarian and graceful: The surukkupai has returned. Photo: special arrangement
October 20, 2014

Like grandmom’s pai

Surukkupai is a small bag usually made out of fabric with drawstrings. This could easily be one of the oldest accessories in the South of India. The surukkupai culture they say began in Madurai. M... »
A selfie to remember The winners of the quiz with Krish Srikanth
COIMBATORE, October 20, 2014

A new quiz contest in town

The Sundari Sankar Memorial Quiz, an initiative of Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis along with the Coimbatore Quiz Circle, saw nearly 600 students between the classes of 9 and 12 from over 60... »
Serve some fresh fruits on Deepavali
COIMBATORE, October 17, 2014

Deepavali, with a squeeze of lemon

There is sweet talk wherever you go. Recipes hog the phone lines. The unimaginative and the lazy look for outlets that will supply them goodies that somehow taste just like what their moms and gran... »
October 17, 2014
Hidden Histories

Jewels in the town

Hundred years ago, Big Bazaar in Coimbatore was the shopping hub for this entire region. The business of jewellery was confined to a few goldsmiths and jewellers who supplied ornaments made to ord... »
A slice of Italy: Giardino-veg pizza at Zucca Pizzeria. Photo: K. Ananthan
October 16, 2014

Where the pumpkin turns into a pizza

“Try this,” smiles Arunkumar of Zucca Pizzeria, handing over a pinkish pasta salad. Beet, I wonder, as I hesitantly dig my fork in. It is pasta elevated to another plane by a sweet-tart strawberry... »

Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki on Thursday launched its quarter-litre streetbike Z250, based on the Ninja 250R, and the 650cc ER-6n. The Z250 has been priced at Rs. 2.99 lakh... »

There is an authentic variety of desi sweets for Diwali this time »

The fashion scene is seeing a churn, with designers launching kids collections and little ones making their own style statements »