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At Harvest Fresh Farm, Thekkady
Kochi, November 23, 2014

Under the trees, doing nothing

Anu Mathew says in all seriousness, “people come here to do nothing”.She is speaking about the guests who arrive at her farm, Philipkutty’s Farm, near Kumarakom. This Italian concept of doing noth... »
November 23, 2014

The ABCs of technology decoded

Being a gadget enthusiast can be difficult at times. Besides the endless self-imposed search for perfection when it comes to devices and the way they function, you also end up being tech support fo... »
A still from 'Kanyakumari'
November 23, 2014

Kanyakumari: 1974

M.T. Vasudevan Nair usually wrote the script and dialogues for his own published stories. One story that he wrote specifically for a film was that of Kanyakumari. The film, released on July... »
A still from the movie
November 21, 2014

Paddling his way into hearts

It is rare, very rare that a film opens at the box office to a stupendous response and opens the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India a week later. Marathi film Elizabeth... »
Banana Bake
Thiruvananthapuram, November 21, 2014

Go bananas

Bananas are available all around the year and the sheer variety of plantain ensures that there many curries and desserts one can make with this versatile fruit. Check out these recipes to make som... »
The new Mini Cooper
November 19, 2014

Stretched and spectacular

The Mini has grown, quite literally! It’s more than four metres long, weighs around 1.4 tonnes, and is more than 1.7 metres wide. It can accommodate four people well, and also has a fair-sized boot... »
A message in a film Apologize and below, Sanath Sugathan
November 19, 2014

Sharp and succinct

The only time very young short-film maker Sanath Sugathan’s age shows is when he asks one to rate his film. And in the way he expresses his happiness on hearing the grade. Nothing about his... »
The can do guys: Rajesh Augustine (left) and Binu Kalady
November 23, 2014

A notable debut

A group of youngsters dreamt a celluloid dream, one that was realised in the film Itihaasa. Unlike huge budget films, this was a small film made on a small budget, without a heavyweight star... »
STEAMED WONDER: Idlis are the centre of attention at Sri Muruga. Photo: H. Vibhu
Kochi, November 23, 2014

Hometown idlis

When N. Lakshmi Kumar came to Kerala from Theni in 2007 seeking job prospects, he was amazed by the ingenuity of the average Malayali. He grew to love Kochi, its language, its people and its ways.... »
IT professionals at an office in the city. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
November 21, 2014

Start, strive and succeed

Study, get a degree, go through campus recruitment, work a couple of years, get MBA, write bank test and get a ‘stable’ job (usually rendering earlier degree useless in process), and work for the r... »
Fort Kochi’s Santa Cruz Ground. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
November 21, 2014
Melange: Hidden Histories

The ground where Madonna lay buried

Not often but every once in a while the past rises in strange ways. As it did in 1901 at the Santa Cruz Ground in Fort Kochi. If one goes by the writings of K.L. Bernard in his book, History of... »
MODERN TAKE: Traditional yet contemporary crafts
November 21, 2014

The genie in the lamp

When Aladdin’s mother rubs the lamp to clean it, a genie appears. Cleansing to revitalise is symbolic of discovering the true worth of something old and precious. Today’s young entrepreneurs are p... »
Palette People residency artists Hermione Skye and Tom Byam Shaw. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
November 19, 2014

The craft of the crossover artists

Tom Byam Shaw is so much like Ariel, his favourite Shakespearean character. He is a free spirit who flits from one thing to another, from theatre to art, from music to simply doing nothing. An acto... »

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