December 26, 2014

New beginning & glad tidings

A new year is filled with possibilities and is a beloved theme for poets. W.S. Merwin speaks of these very possibilities in To the New Year, when he says, “Our knowledge such as it is/and our hope... »
December 26, 2014

Shimmer time

The hottest party trends at the moment, are fringes and shimmer. Shimmer is glamorous and brings out the diva in you. A long gold lame maxi dress is sure to make you feel like a showstopper in a f... »
A fillip to the craftsmen at the North East Crafts Festival. Photo: Siva Saravanan
Coimbatore, December 25, 2014

A window into the North East

“I grew up watching my grand-fathers make these bamboo artefacts. It is our family profession,” says Biswajit Biswas, an artisan from Tripura, who has a stall of bamboo and cane craft items at the... »
Season’s greetings: Sung by children as part of a carolling event. Photo: K. Ananthan
December 24, 2014

So This Is Christmas

Dressed in red and white, children, sporting Santa caps, stand out from the rest of the crowd. The passers-by look at them curiously. The busy bankers on the other side of the counter peer over th... »
Veg Seekh sandwich (left) and veg grilled sandwich. Photo: Subha J Rao
COIMBATORE, December 22, 2014

Anything for some chai and chhole!

There’s something to be said about sipping steaming milky tea from a kulhad on a rainy evening. That joy multiplies when the tea is accompanied by a variety of desi snacks. I experienced something... »
A pair of Indian Scops Owls. Photo: G. Parameswaran
COIMBATORE, December 21, 2014

A vision for our wetlands

Take a walk along Perur Lake, Kurichikulam, Ukkadam Big Tank, Singanallur Lake or Sulur Lake, and you can witness the sorry state of their long-term neglect. These lakes and ponds should be teemin... »
Wheels of change: Participants of Montra Tour want to sensitise the people on environment
COIMBATORE, December 26, 2014

Pedalling to a better world

Eighty one cyclists (seven women and 10 international riders), recently sped through Coimbatore’s busy roads, dodging honking vehicles, busy pedestrians and curious chai-wallahs. They were returni... »
Amazing feet for Shweta Bathija.
December 25, 2014

A leg up for fashionable footwear

Dress from your feet up—that’s Shweta Bathija’s style mantra. She customises your attire to suit your shoes. She declares, “Shoes reflect your personality. But they are often ignored by many. It s... »
White and red Pavlova
Coimbatore, December 25, 2014

A season to be jolly

For those of us living in warmer parts of the globe, images of a white Christmas are magical. Reindeer, snow mobiles, eggnog and building a snowman with a carrot nose merge with images of unicorns... »
Dickens’ Christmas A Still from the 3D animated film ‘Disney's A Christmas Carol’
December 24, 2014

The divine and the humane

Many classics, whether written for children or adults, use the Christmas holiday to celebrate family and the warmer virtues, but more than 140 years after his death, Charles Dickens still owns... »
Girls holding jewellery at Sunday Santhai. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
COIMBATORE, December 22, 2014

A fair ground for all

There is a buzz on Avanashi Road near Nava India bus stop. No passerby could have missed it. The huge banner attracts people to the Cool Sunday Santhai held at Meenakshi Hall. “The idea... »

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