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Vedasri and her friends during their trek to the Himalayas.
HYDERABAD, April 17, 2014

Bike, trek or jump off a cliff

Don’t ask me the dreaded question if I’ll do this again,” says architect Vedasri Siddamsetty. She has just returned from her trek to the Himalayas and cannot get the sights of snow-capped mountain... »
Hari Priya says the Kannada industry is making great strides technically.
HYDERABAD, April 16, 2014

In a happy space

After Abbayi Class Ammayi Mass, Hari Priya has come to be known as an actor of substance. Her next film Galata is releasing this week. She says it was a satisfying role; the film has... »
Homes or parts of houses turned into eateries prove to be major crowd pullers in the city. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
hyderabad, April 15, 2014

That homely feel to food

Tired of the regular seating arrangements indoors? Ever feel like lounging in the open air with a cup of coffee, a comic in hand and some small bites to munch on by the side? Well, restaurateurs i... »
The drive to enrol more and more voters has struck a chord with the youth and ever since voter registrations opened this year, they’ve been waiting to proudly flaunt their voter ids and make that all-important choice. Photo: Vipin Chandran
Hyderabad, April 14, 2014

They want to vote and be counted

With a fortnight to go before Hyderabad votes there is a palpable excitement among first time voters. Having waited all their lives to exercise their right and flaunt that ink mark, youngsters in... »
Author Anna Morcom
hyderabad, April 14, 2014

‘The first time I saw Hindi films, I thought they were unrealistic’

Academic and a huge Indian cinema enthusiast Anna Morcom was surprised when she learnt through Varsha Kale, President of Indian bargirls union, that the bargirls were to a large extent from traditi... »
Enthusiastic participants during the first rally at KBR Park
HYDERABAD, April 14, 2014

Pedal pushers want adrenaline rush

A small group of friends, each one of them an avid cyclist, felt the urge to do something to revive competitive racing in the city. In recent years, Hyderabad has witnessed a surge in the number o... »
Khush Bafna's pre-wedding shoot in Indore. Photo: Sakshi Parikh
chennai, April 11, 2014

Wows before vows

When Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan cavorted around the pyramids of Egypt for a film song 13 years ago, they would not have realised they were defining the idea of romance for a pre-teen, thousands of m... »
Funny spoof
hyderabad, April 11, 2014

No holds barred

Politics has always provided prime fodder for comedy. While we civilians perk our ears up and start paying more attention to the news during election season, comedians keep track of the moves of po... »
Sunil is all set for a new role
hyderabad, April 11, 2014

Bharani’s Kanappa

It is a strange combination but an interesting one. Director, actor Tanikella Bharani who won encomiums for making Mithunam is set to direct comedy hero Sunil in the title role of Bhakta Kan... »
Based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel, Divergent checks out all the mandatory young adult boxes—love and loss, growing up, peer groups (faction before family) identity and authority
hyderabad, April 11, 2014

Divergent: Against the grain

Bob Dylan was 23 when he sang “And if my thought-dreams could be seen/They'd probably put my head in a guillotine.” T.S. Eliot was 27 when he talked of J. Alfred Prufrock being formulated in a phr... »
A work on display at Iconart.
hyderabad, April 17, 2014

Confluence of images

His paintings and installations are a visual dialogue that communicate everything that artist Poornachandra Prasad hopes to express. On display at Iconart Gallery, the works reflect his take on cu... »
Akhil Kodamanchili conducts music workshops for not just amateurs but also for complete novices. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
Hyderabad, April 16, 2014

Move beyond karaoke culture

He believes we need to move beyond the karaoke culture when it comes to music. Little wonder that his workshops encourage complete novices to use any instrument of their choice and not just play b... »
Sneha says there is an advantage of working in the south.
hyderabad, April 15, 2014

‘I never trained or wanted to be an actor’

Sneha Ullal is packing her bags to go to Rajasthan to shoot for Bejaban Ishq. The unit needs a touch of pink in the frames, the ethnic look and the architecture for some portions of the fil... »
A scene from the movie 'Boochamma Boochodu'
hyderabad, April 14, 2014
In the making

Medley of humour and horror

Concept: A romantic comedy laced with suspense and horror. What makes it special is the pattern in which the horror element is thrown in to create those chilling moments that finally ends u... »
Payal Ghosh
HYDERABAD, April 14, 2014

On a learning curve

The Bengali beauty may not have an impressive repertoire since her debut in 2008 with an English film Sharpe’s Peril, but her career has started to look up now. Payal Ghosh is known to Telu... »
Melinda James
Hyderabad, April 14, 2014

Lured by classics

It was Karen Carpenter’s voice that inspired her to pursue singing. Today, with over a decade’s experience of singing at various hotels and cruises across the world, Melinda James still likes to c... »
Giant trees survive in protected State Parks on the Pacific Coast.
chennai, April 11, 2014

Reaching for the skies

All along a 450-mile stretch of west coast America is the home of the tallest trees in the world. Once, in this narrow hinterland of the Pacific Coast, from central California to southern Oregon,... »
It was a 7 day trek on the frozen Zanskar river from Tilat Somda to Shingda Kauma to Tibb and Nerak and back each campsite about 13 to 15 kms apart.
hyderabad, April 11, 2014

Treading the ‘Ice way’

If the idea of walking on a frozen river with a 9 kg backpack on your back and very cold water gushing a few inches below your feet is terrifying, you are not alone. Those were the exact same emoti... » 2 comments
Allu Arjun as the good-for-nothing Lucky is very good and Shruti Haasan as Spandana, Lucky’s love interest, has really nothing much to do other than bat her lashes and smile prettily.
hyderabad, April 11, 2014

Race Gurram: Allu all the way

Race Gurram makes no pretensions to be a hatke film. It is an out and out Allu Arjun film and it makes no bones of that. Directed by Surender Reddy, Race Gurram is a family entertain... »
It is a feel-good film that doesn’t make the villain give up easily.
hyderabad, April 11, 2014

Bhootnath Returns: Return of the friendly ghost

More than just a fantasy for children, director Nitesh Tiwari has reimagined Bhootnath franchise as a socio-political satire, which entertains and provokes at the same time. Of course kids are cen... »

Films are the key to realising himself, director-writer Anil Radhakrishnan Menon tells P. Anima »

On some days, I earn around Rs.150-200. Sometimes, there’s no business at all. Then I just sit here and watch the world go by until it is time to go home »

An eco-art project is the link to a tree planting initiative in Auroville and Slovenia. Olympia Shilpa Gerald has the details »