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Why shopping with a child in tow is not for the weak at heart. »
Get back to reading. There’s no greater pleasure that turning the pages of a book and catching up on what you’ve left half-way. For some, it provides even greater joy than a Dhoni helicopter shot or a quickfire innings by AB de Villiers.

Get over the IPL

Missing the cricketing action now that it’s over? Here are five things you can do with your time instead... »
Rocky horror picture show or red carpet It is all in the eyes of the beholder.

Oh, so meme!

Internet memes ridiculing celebrity fashion outings are a source for a few laughs. But, do these fashion choices really merit ridicule? »
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What causes mistrust?

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ARTISTICALLY INCLINED Creativity atrophies as we grow up.
May 25, 2015

A child’s art world

The mission of Sandbox Collective, a Bengaluru-based performance arts collective, is to take performance arts, in particular theatre, to the people. Adding another feather to their cap, they have l... »
Kangana Ranaut.
May 25, 2015

All is not fair…so what?

Gore rang pe na itna gumaan kar...  Gora rang do din mein dhal jaayega. Almost everyone knows this song picturised on Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz way back in the... »
May 24, 2015
Down Memory Lane

Prayers and flowers for Shah Jahan

The 360th Urs or death anniversary of Shah Jahan was observed at the Taj Mahal last week, but there were ripples of it in Delhi too with a busload of people reaching there to pay homage to the Empe... »
May 22, 2015

Colouring the world

‘Everyone can draw,’ feel artist-couple Blaise Joseph and Artreyee Day. They should know. Trained at MS University, Baroda, they work with rural and urban communities to incorporate art in educatio... »
May 22, 2015
Joan of snark

Love in the digital age

There’s an abundance of online dating stories by us journalists. The only other section, of entertainers perhaps, who are making us look good by continuously talking about the subject, is comedians... »
Fort as prison: Muthuramalinga Sethupathi, who was interned at the Fort, died there too.
May 22, 2015
Hidden histories

The mystery of the Sethupathi

Earlier this week, I gave a talk at the Madras Book Club on the books written on Fort St George. At the end of it, V. Rajanarayanan, one of the regulars, asked why I did not mention that Muthuramal... »
Team Art of Giving. Photo: Aswin V.N.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 22, 2015

Teaming up to make a difference

It’s that time of the year when students are either enjoying their vacations, using it for internships, skill development or gearing up for higher studies. Yet, these students have found time and... »
Ram Nutakki
May 22, 2015

Road less taken

According to American entrepreneur and author Scott Belsky, ‘It is not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.’ Entrepreneurs in the city certainly seem to agree when it comes to realising the... »
Manish Kumar is a techie who pursues photography as a passion. His pictures have won awards too
May 21, 2015

Dreams on the horizon

As a child Manish Kumar never considered photography as a career option. “I have been a traveller since birth as my father was in Army. Travelling has always been a passion. Photography is a new co... »
A still from movie Piku. Photo: Special Arrangment
May 21, 2015
Santha Says

To Piku or not to Piku

“Toilet humour, or scatological humour, is a type of off-colour humour dealing with defecation, urination, and flatulence, and to a lesser extent vomiting and other body functions. (It sees substan... »

Are you making these toilet training mistakes?

Reward based training for puppies

Calling the shots

Making a difference: The Bhagavad Gita in an art edition

From counting cash to calories

Where Madras was born

Dreaming green

The world is their canvas

May 25, 2015

Snow in the summer?

Whoosh…a snowball goes flying past. It smacks a young girl in the shoulder. She giggles and throws back a handful of snow, only to hit the wrong person. It’s not her fault though; since everybody i... »
Mr Ahluwalia with Phu Dorjee.
May 24, 2015

Top shot

Way back in 1965, when the India was making its third desperate attempt at scaling Mt. Everest, a number of questions were bothering its nine-member team. What if it turns out to be yet another uns... »
The Great Banyan tree
May 24, 2015

Madras Miscellany

The builder of Yerolyte Writing about Yerolyte, once a house in what is now the Andhra Mahila Sabha campus (Miscellany, March 2 & 16), I had given the impression that it... »
May 22, 2015
Confessions of an anonymous woman

Any good news?

At the end of the weekly Sunday phone call, my mother-in-law asks, “So, have you got your periods this month?” I stammer, dumbfounded. I didn’t expect this. No one, in all my 27 years of life, has... »
May 22, 2015
Social state

A hero is born

The Great Man Theory put forth by Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle establishes history as the biography of individuals, the ones he calls ‘heroes.’ When Rajnath Singh decided to question why Akbar wa... »
The Madan temple guarding the gates of the burial ground. Photo: Sharat Sunder Rajeev
Thiruvananthapuram, May 22, 2015

Hidden histories: Curse of a Rani

Located to the South-east of the Fort is Puttencotta, one of the oldest cremation grounds in Thiruvananthapuram. The antiquity of the place is entwined with local lore and it had made a clear mark... »
The current YMCA building. Photo: Special arrangement
May 22, 2015
Hidden Histories

Ms. Heinz’s munificence and the YMCA

The book, Hundred Years of YMCA brought out by the organisation mentions a Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Cochin before a branch in mainland Ernakulam. With no corresponding evi... »
MORE THAN THE DRINK: It is the band performances, occasional comedy shows and catching up with friends.
May 22, 2015

Bottoms up in the digital world

One of the many sobriquets that holds true for Bengaluru is the tag of being the pub capital of the country. Over the years, as the city expanded and became younger, pubs have also changed from bei... »
The autorickshaw drivers at the auto stand PHOTO: THULASI KAKKAT
May 21, 2015

Kindness and a helping hand

Over the past four months, some of the autorickshaw drivers at the CITU Popular Auto Stand in Vyttila have been busy. They have been keeping aside a day’s earnings each month for an important cause... »
CUPID GOES ONLINE A screenshot from the video
May 21, 2015

How the crazy cat lady came to be

Dating is difficult. Dating on Tinder, even more so. Because, let’s face it: it’s worse when you don’t know what you’re up against. That ruggedly handsome man, staring into the distance in his Tin... »

Teacher for all seasons

I am…Alexander John

Cupboard love

Get ready for college!

Here comes the Dad Bod

A few laughs ’n’ wagging tails

Hooray, it’s a holi-holiday

Tonight’s gonna be a good night