Tarkari Haleem. Photo: Nagara Gopal
July 10, 2014

Santha says: The 100-crore food brand in Hyderabad

Forget food, apart from Charminar (the cigarette or monument??) nobody outside has heard of any brand from here. Now of course we have “world famous” biryani and our pearls but they are behind. »
Runner take a break
HYDERABAD, July 9, 2014

On your mark, get set, RUN

Being able to run a marathon is the ultimate fitness challenge for most people. Now, with the marathon season just around the corner, it is not uncommon to find an enthusiastic runner practising an... »
Rishab Nayya, silver medal winner and Leela Sagar, gold medal Winner
HYDERABAD, July 9, 2014

Meet the water babies

Young sailors from Hyderabad stole the limelight during the Deloitte Monsoon Regatta held at the Hussain Sagar lake recently.One of the young boys who excelled was Leela Sagar who emerged vi... »
HYDERABAD, July 8, 2014

Now, an invisible helmet

While every car comes with an airbag to ensure safety, this technology has not yet reached its economic potential for motorcyclists and cyclists. But, a new helmet in the market, called Hövding, is... »
Pallavi is a software professional and bakes to de-stress
July 7, 2014

Messy way to de-stress

Every weekend, the second floor apartment at a complex in West Marredpally tunes to a B-mode. One of its residents Pallavi, who works in IBM is set to login with her project for the day. She pick... »
Nikhil has his hands full
Hyderabad, July 6, 2014

Up for a challenge

His last film Swamy Ra Ra did extremely well at the box office, and his performance was well appreciated. For Nikhil Siddharth, who made his debut in Shekhar Kammula’s Happy Days bac... »
Vir Das
HYDERABAD, July 6, 2014

History, love and fun

Vir Das can talk at length about his comedy-rock band Alien Chutney and the music he and his friends believe in. But he concedes he never wanted to sing for a film. Referring to his playback singin... »
Suneel Kumar Reddy on the sets with unit members
HYDERABAD, July 6, 2014

Familiar issue revisited

On a poster, three young girls stand behind bars, veils covering a major portion of their face. Looking unrepentant , they seem like college students. This poster for director Suneel Kumar Reddy’s... »
Diverse thoughts at a graphic prints show at Shrishti Art Gallery
HYDERABAD, July 4, 2014

Etching creatively

When big names from the art circuit unleash their creativity through graphic prints, a wide variety of subjects get explored in the process. This time, senior artists like Chippa Sudhakar, K.L. La... »
Child artiste Esther enjoyed acting in Telugu film
Hyderabad, July 10, 2014

I like being normal

She might be all of 13, but Agnes Esther is no newbie to films. With 20 films already in her kitty, the teen made her Telugu debut with Drishyam, a remake of the Malayalam film of the same... »
Actress Meena. Photo: Nagara Gopal
HYDERABAD, July 9, 2014

Back to familiar ground

For an actor with over 150 films to her credit, several of them with the legends of South Indian cinema, Meena has no starry airs. Her charming demeanour and easy-going nature instantly puts others... »
Pradyna Gadre and N. Sikki Reddy with the women’s doubles title Photo: V.V. Subrahmanyam
HYDERABAD, July 9, 2014

Not at its best

As expected, it was an event which gave a feel of what sort of talent the Indian badminton has in the assembly line when some of the ‘second best’ category players vied for top honours in the All... »
Sana Rizvi
July 8, 2014

On an endless ‘workation’

In 2009 Sana Rizvi quit her job as an event marketer and decided to backpack for a while, like many people do, to see the world and have new experiences before coming back home. What makes her tri... »
Author Swati Kaushal
HYDERABAD, July 7, 2014
Author speak: Swati Kaushal

The fire of a stove and the mystery of spices

At the centre of Swati Kaushal’s ‘Lethal Spice’ (Hachette India; Rs. 350) is Niki Marwah, the steadfast cop she had introduced in her previous work, ‘Drop Dead’. Now the SP of Shimla, Niki gets to... »
Vaada Foundation founder president Suresh Raju poses along with the girls whom his organisation trained in driving autos. Photo: Nagara Gopal
Hyderabad, July 6, 2014

Let’s go on a pink ride

V. Narayanamma feels liberated the moment she fires the ignition of her vehicle. It gives her a sense of independence and an opportunity to show that she can match steps with the rest. There is a... »
Kristina Akheeva
HYDERABAD, July 6, 2014

Borders and language no bar

If you watch Kristina Akheeva in action on the sets, you wouldn’t believe she is a Russian-Australian. Very comfortable with a Telugu script, she reels off dialogues matching her expressions with e... »
Arjun Bojja's capture from his travel
Hyderabad, July 5, 2014

Study, save, travel

As children, we travel with parents, make a scrap book and then maybe write an essay on ‘where I travelled during my vacations’. By the time we reach high school, scrap books graduate to albums fo... »

Two culinary experts, Ummi Abdullah and Abida Rasheed, recount the memories and traditions that mark the Ramadan nombu-thura »

The Thirukkural Parappu Maiyyam is a labour of love for this man of modest means »

The city is gripped by the football fever »

More and more couples are choosing ancient temples over wedding halls to tie the knot »