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Love, pray, marry

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

Matchmaking for the modern Indian

New-age websites make love click as singles increasingly choose to find life partners online. Raveena Joseph on the trend »

Wash it right

How often and how thoroughly you wash your hair shows in your crowning glory »

Dear Dr Maya Angelou…

A poet writes to Angelou about the inspiration she has drawn from her »

Admit Two: Pondicherry

Street spells The streetscapes of Kumili, Kerala, drenched in rain take a surreal tone in V. Babu’s watercolours See the...»

Art street

There are art galleries galore in Puducherry, each offering something special for amateurs and connoisseurs alike. Here are some exhibitions »

Enrich your dog's life

In today’s fast-paced urban lifestyle, here’s how we can prevent our dogs from having to lead sedentary lives, by enriching their existen...»

Pondy Buzz – May 17 to 23

Return of the lizard Gear up for some monster mayhem at the movies this weekend. Director Gareth Edward’s Godz...»

When mothers turn designers

Not happy with how you dress your kids? These mothers not only made their own clothes but decided to make kidswear trendy yet practical »

Pondy Buzz – May 10 to 16

Ice ice baby Bring the temperature down with a smashing ice-cream Venue: Eden Park,100 feet road...»

Bringing home a puppy

Tips and advice for owners on the first few weeks after adoption of a puppy »

Doggies’ day out

Text by Olympia Shilpa Gerald. Photos by S. S. Kumar »

Simba’s story

When her beloved 6-year-old Labrador went missing two months ago, Aruna Ananthavijayan and her family were distraught. They searched far...»

Meet me at the coffee house

The iconic Indian Coffee House in Puducherry, that inspired Yann Martel’s Booker-winning Life of Pi, is back in business and aspires to be a »

Words from a forsaken friend

How does a pet feel when the family it has lived with all its life abandons it? »

A bite for every weekday

What to put on the table every morning? »

Pondy buzz - April 26 to May 2

Small strokesMarvel at the limitless imagination of small hands at a children’s art exhibition by Rainbow, a kids’ p...»

Walk the city with Jane

Catch glimpses of street art, get to know your neighbours and your city through Jane’s Walk »

Say yes to black animals too

Why overlook animals because of the colour of their fur? The founder of Cattitude Trust tells us that black is beautiful too »

Pondy buzz - April 19 to 25

Little bakers A chance for kids aged between eight and 16 to don the chef’s hat at the baking classes. ...»

The bling tree of life

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

Pondy Buzz: April 12-22

Bon appétitApril 17, SITA Cultural Centre, 22, Candappa Mudaliar Street, 10 a.mHave you ever thought of dinin...»

Old finds a new use

The airport in Mumbai, the metro stations in New Delhi, the malls in Chennai… now, Pondy too joins the list of cities that have brought phot »

Art Street: Rise of the patterns

Rise of the patterns French street Artiste Ouvrier whose art you may stumble across on walls in Paris and Pondicherry s...»

Pondy Buzz - April 5 to 11

Evening Song April 5, Indianostrum, Romain Rolland Street,7 p.m. Tune into live music by K.S. Siddhanth,...»

It’s all in the name

What made Veenapani Chawla a familiar name in the contemporary Indian theatre scene? A recently launched book documents her artistic journey »

Pets, a part of the family too

A few weeks ago, I read Gerald Durrell’s delightful book My family and other animals. It sent me down memory lane, 40 years back,...»

Pondy buzz

Spiritual strainsMarch 30, Notre Dame des Anges Church, 6. 30 p.m.Let your spirits soar this Sunday in a conc...»

Art Street

Beyond real Till April 22, Maison Perumal, Perumal Koil StreetYoung self-taught artist Mithran believes in pu...»

Let’s go French over a meal

Six restaurants in the town offering authentic French cuisine as part of the gastronomy week…Olympia Shilpa Gerald says Puducherry continues »

Salsa, the Cuban way

Sign up for Cuban salsa classes »

Art Street: Silk meditations and bottled sunrise

In Focus: Merely standing before the silk cloth painted in golden yellow with a blush of a pink around it , you can feel an...»

Pondy buzz

(MARCH 22- 28 ) Divine aspiration March 22, Bharat Nivas auditorium, Auroville, 7 p.m. B...»

Three cheers for the camera!

This week, if you are anywhere near the boulevard town, you are sure to spot larger-than-life black and white images staring down at you fro »

Bicycle meant for you

Fiona Guerra and Idriss Madir from Puducherry have a novel way of promoting the humble bicycle. They don’t stop with customising it, but als »

Rev up this Sunday

Women two-wheeler riders in Pondy can gear up for a treasure hunt organised by The Hindu this weekend and the next »

Pondy Buzz

Women at the WheelMarch 2, Le Café, 7.30 a.m.Strap on your heels and get behind the wheels. Figure out the cl...»

Read on a rickshaw ride

An initiative by a Fulbright scholar attempts to surprise autorickshaw passengers with poetry »

Pondy Buzz

Street spectacle February 28, Beach Road, 4.30 to 7 p.m. Line up to cheer artists and students of the Al...»

Taking Salsa to the street

Beach Road in Puducherry is a venue for the international Salsa Rueda Flashmob on March 29 »

Duet Scapes

Valentine’s Day is over, but those wanting to steal a quiet moment together could visit some locales in Pondy where songs and r...»

Pondy Buzz

Vintage on wheels February 1, near Tourist Information Centre, Beach Road, 4 p.m to 8 p.m. Take a nostal...»

The power of the feminine

German oriental dancer Eva tells us that you need not be aggressive to be strong »

Scenes from Pongal

Brightly-coloured kolams, stacks of sugarcane, jaggery-sweetened rice… Olympia Shilpa Gerald gives us glimpses of Pongal celebrations in Pud »

Back on the treasure trail

With the 2014 Government calendar featuring artefacts in the Puducherry Museum, the writer takes a second look at the treasures that showcas »

Haute and happening

Head to the MetroPlus Lifestyle Show for home and kitchen solutions »

What’s in the bag, Santa?

Are you wondering what to put under the Christmas tree? Or herald the New Year with? Why not try Puducherry’s many local enterprises for som »

It's Christmas time in Puducherry

As Puducherry gets ready to celebrate Christmas, the writer strolls down the decorated boulevards to capture the festive mood »

Season for fine dining

Bring on the food and music

Le Dupleix Santa hands out gifts to kids on Christmas Eve. Binge on a fiv...»

Pondy Buzz

Wrapped in chocolateTill December 22, Zuka, Mission Street, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.A surprise element, chocolate j...»

On the streets where Bharati walked…

Subramania Bharati may not have been from Puducherry, but this coastal town was very much a part of the poet he became, learns Olympia Shilp »

Lakshmi and her legion of fans

While Ganesha idols dot the street corners, Olympia Shilpa Gerald meets a temple elephant, who is as much a celebrity in the virtual world a »

Meet Sneha Sharma and Mira Erda, two women racers of India who are undaunted by the challenges of the male dominated field of motor sport »

Cook up a delightful sweet dish or a shooter for this year’s festive dinner »

Sonam Dubal on his Autumn/Winter collection that journeys through the past and the present »



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