Nida Mahmood (centre) with models. Photo: R. Ragu
December 22, 2014

Kitsch as her calling card

It’s 2007 and Nida Mahmood is a young designer in Delhi, trying to make her name. At a wedding party one night, a double-layered fuchsia skirt, with delicate embroidery and a brocaded border, catch... »
Chennai saw an auction of Hollywood and sports memorabilia
December 22, 2014

Field day for bidders

“Two lakhs.” “Two lakhs twenty thousand,”… “Two lakhs seventy five”... The fate of Muhammad Ali’s massive red autographed glove hung midair. Who was going to bag it? The young couple seated on the... »
Brains over bikinis: The Miss World beauty pageant decided to drop the swimwear round after 63 years
December 22, 2014

Mind always mattered

For a long time now, I’ve had a bone to pick with the multitudinous beauty pageants in the world, and not just because I’m a vegetarian. The thought of judging a person's beauty based on obvious pa... »
SMOOTH SAILINGChennai welcomes the ROKS  Choi Young , a Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin class destroyer in theSouth Korean navyPHOTOS: V. GANESAN
December 22, 2014

Ship tales over seaweed soup

Monsoon’s exuberance is fast fading as stacked, grey clouds scatter in the brilliant sunshine. The shuttle bus at Chennai Port is chock-a-block with Korean expats, Indian families and children. Th... »
R. Vedavalli
December 21, 2014

Through a rasika’s eyes

There is a moment during the performance when the artiste forgets time and space; when the audience fades away and the world becomes a faraway memory. All that exists is music. It’s this moment “w... »
Chris Dercon in Kochi. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
December 19, 2014

Roots in the past, shoots to the future

On the second day of the second edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB), 2014, many works are still in progress. Unlike the last time, there are no complaints, no fretting about this unready state... »
A view of the Kapaleeswarar Temple. Photo: R. Ragu
December 19, 2014

Before sunrise, after sunset: Chennai calling

6 AM: Start your morning in typical Chennai fashion at the Marina Beach. Sit down by the sea and watch the sun come up, while early risers walk the sandy. »
December 19, 2014

Writer's block: a Chinese existence

Last Sunday, after having shifted home recently, I went to the mall to pick up a couple of pedestal lamps for the new house. My mind works best under the glow of yellow lights, which are dim enough... »
Conflicting tales: Peshawar massacre brought out closet bigotry. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

The fault in our stories

Chinese Whispers is a game we have all played as children. A group of children sit in a circle and one child whispers a line into another's ears. "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.... »
Teenager author Archit Nangavaram. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Making magic real

Right after the sixth standard, Archit Nangavaram started a summer writing project. “My English teacher, the previous year had made writing seem fun and so I first tried my hand at poetry. I then s... »
Martin van Hees at the concert. Photo: M. Karunakaran
December 22, 2014

While his guitar gently sings

So soft-spoken an instrument, the voice of Martin van Hees’ classical guitar threatened to get lost in the rustle of the breeze, the chirp of the cicadas, the hiss of a bottle of cola being opened... »
December 22, 2014

Toddler Talk: It’s not easy being me

It ain’t easy being a toddler. It’s like you’ve been entered against your will in a crash course of ‘How to be Human’. In the space of three years, you’ve got to master this walking-running-jumping... »
The Madras Musical Association Choir. Photo: M. Moorthy
December 22, 2014

Spreading festive warmth

The two-hour-long evening began with the young voices of ‘Crotchets ‘n’ Quavers’, a children’s choir. Their gleeful strains drew much applause and helped the audience settle down at the 55th... »
Carolling during Christmas. Photo: R. Ravindran
Chennai, December 21, 2014

Here we come a-carolling

I’m standing next to a 10-year-old who keeps shooting curious looks at me. I’m singing off key and making up words as I go along and clearly, she’s noticed. It’s her first time carolling too, but... »
Vivek Rajgopal,25 ,Actor
December 19, 2014

Cityzen: Of memory boxes, space travel and peace

Vivek Rajgopal,25 ,Actor What is your most prized possession? My dreams. If you were granted a wish, what would it be? I would like to... »
December 19, 2014

A life of sun, sand and glamour

What lies beyond the slash, beyond the strategically introduced slit? Apparently, a mix of art and science. After all, contrary to popular belief, swimwear designing is serious business in In... »
December 19, 2014

Confessions of an anonymous woman: the meaning of true beauty

What does beauty mean? Being fair as milk, of course! Times are changing, so maybe that’s not how it is everywhere, but that’s what it still means in many parts of India. And I ha... »
December 19, 2014

Hidden histories: not just a pipe dream

And so, the Kilpauk Water Works completed a century earlier this week. In the spate of articles that appeared, there was much mention of JW Madeley, the Special Engineer of the Water and Drainage W... »
December 19, 2014

Life in words: on a quest for the unknown

It’s a week before Christmas and I’m not at my cheeriest best. I’ve stuck a tiny pine tree with shiny baubles on my office desk, watched my share of Christmas plays and heard my quota of the season... »
Teeing the ball. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Golf guru: Tee it up

The phrase “teeing ground” refers to the area in which a golfer commences play of the hole. It is also called the tee. However, the tee is also the small peg on which the ball is placed and could a... »

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