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Sunil Menon
December 17, 2014

The timeline of beauty

Man becomes God; God becomes man as the dancer swirls in a tempestuous haze of red. But, then again, Theyyam isn’t just a dance, it is worship. So, perhaps, it is only fitting that the latest Sahod... »
Emanadar Thangaraj, General Secretary Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation. Photo: R. Ragu
December 17, 2014

The man who loves cinema

The man with a streak of sandalwood paste on his brow walks into our office every month with an envelope. He will smile his trademark smile, as if saying, ‘you know what I’m here for’. The envelope... »
ON THE WANE With life in a majority of our neighbourhoods characterised by an air of cold impersonality, locality-based teams and nagar cricket have become rare.
December 16, 2014

When neighbourhoods locked willows

I was strokeless. I couldn’t hook, pull or hoist the ball on the cricket field. I was runless too. My top score was a workmanlike 23, notched up against a bowling attack as formidable as a litter o... »
SING ALONG: Performances at the Museum Theatre. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
December 16, 2014

Those good old days…

“Viswanathan…Velai Vendum!” There’s palpable energy in the packed auditorium. Thunderous applause follows every song. Maybe this is a little past my time, but I’ve rarely seen so many people... »
Andrea Jeremiah
December 16, 2014

Andrea all set to rock

Andrea Jeremiah walks in hurriedly yet gracefully, in jeans, a casual tee and hoisting a large leather bag, as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. After all, the success of the ye... »
December 15, 2014

Cracking the bar code

Why should I pay for this?” she yelled, gesturing wildly. Rathish A.K. was stumped.He’d seen her walk into the bar with another woman an hour ago. They’d ordered two rounds of vodka each —... »
From Left: Kumaresan Sevaraj, Yuvan Bothysathuvar and G. Gurunathan, the artists who use natural colours and materials in their artworks in Chennai on December 10, 2014. Photo: K. Pichumani
December 14, 2014

Colours of the earth

Inside the depths of a temple shrine, is a world that’s defined by smells — the fragrance of camphor, incense, oil and flowers. Can the time spent in it with the feet touching the cold stone floor... »
Coastal camaraderie. Photo: Wong Pei Ting
December 14, 2014
Seaside stories

Games on the sand

The waves watch with bated breath: will the lanky lad score a boundary? They crumble in excitement onto the shore the moment he smashes the ball far beyond. He prances about the sand with his bat,... »
December 14, 2014

The myth of the perfect body

Open any fashion magazine today and you are faced with images of ‘perfect’ bodies. Drive to work and more perfection stares down at you from billboards and film posters. Open your computer and perf... »
Meals ready: concert-goers round off with food. Photo: R. Ragu
December 13, 2014

Deck the halls with troughs of kaapi

It is the perfect filler. Margazhi is off-season for weddings, so established caterers are cooling their heels. The month moderates the temperature; rains dip it further, making silk-wear warm and... »
December 17, 2014
Diary of a Diva

Free kick

I’m football illiterate. If you’re going to judge me, judge me now. Don’t worry — I won’t be annoying and say that the only thing I know about football is how sarong-and-nail polish-wearing David... »
STORIES FROM THE PAST: The Padma Pushkarini at Kalakshetra. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
December 16, 2014

Another place, another time

Veenas and tampuras jostle for space in that tiny room. They recline on the floor; are perched on the walls… each of them, a piece of art with a story to tell. The veena with a chocolate-brown k... »
Vikku Vinayakaram
December 16, 2014

Across a sea of music

In the summer of 2014, Indian Ocean, pioneers of indigenous indie music, dropped a brand new album that took even their loyalists by surprise. On this, their seventh outing on record, the band had... »
Actor Aadhi
December 16, 2014

Birthday on the beach

It was a very different birthday for actor Aadhi on Sunday (December 14). Every year, the actor celebrates it differently, and in a new ambience. This time around, the beach-loving actor decided to... »
December 15, 2014

In step with techno

Rule number one: At a techno event never ask when the DJ will play hip-hop. No, you can’t ask for John Legend or Katy Perry either — not unless you want people giving you withering looks. Given the... »
Priya's Shakti
December 14, 2014

More power to the pencil

“As a young girl, Priya had been curious about the universe... She worked tirelessly towards her dream of being a teacher.” She is the teenage protagonist of Priya’s Shakti, an augmented rea... »
Rajammal
December 14, 2014

A happy hundred

Who said models have a shelf life? At 100, N. Rajammal is perhaps the oldest model-brand ambassador. The frail old lady has been a loyal patron of Mehta Jewellery ever since she was a sprightly you... »
Lt. Gen. Malcolm Nicolson
December 14, 2014

Madras miscellany: Pale tombstones by the grass hidden

When Virginia Jealous speaks to members of the Madras Book Club this evening she might report that midst all the tall grass in the unkempt St. Mary’s Cemetery on The Island she found the t... »
December 13, 2014

Tastes like home

I like to think I’ve travelled a fair bit. A tryst with America, a dip into the European ocean of crepes and cheeses. There’s even a spattering of Kerala curries and parathas from Delhi’s in... »
Cast in stone: street art attributed to graffiti artist 'GuessWho' around Kochi Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
December 13, 2014

The painting on the wall

‘Move over Banksy!’ screamed the headlines, India’s now got its own indigenous, anonymous graffiti artist painting the town red, rather, black. ‘Guesswho’, images of whose quick, stealthy pieces on... »

The new Mercedes C Class sacrifices some of the dynamics of the outgoing model for a longer wheelbase and premium materials »

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Designer Rahul Mishra, the first non-European to win the International Woolmark Prize, talks on how his rural roots have inspired his work. »