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SPREADING CHEER The cast of Mann Mohini Maswadi
April 20, 2015

A cultural connect

The Music Academy was packed to capacity with members of the Sindhi community on April 18. And they did not leave disappointed, for the Sindhi play, Mann Mohini Maswadi, they had come to wat... »
At the performance of Judas Maccabaeus PHOTO: V. GANESAN
Chennai, April 20, 2015

A triumph of the will

Muggy evenings in Chennai can be soul-sapping. But not if you had traded it, like I did, to listen to some uplifting choral music at St. Christopher’s College of Education last weekend. The concert... »
Prabhu, Manju Warrier, nagarjuna, Shivaraj Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Vikram at the of launch of Kalyan Jewellers
April 19, 2015

Stars descend on the city

All roads led to T. Nagar on Friday morning. The inauguration of the Kalyan Jewellers showroom, described as the world’s largest, saw not just the coming together of leading film stars from across... »
April 17, 2015

Chennai’s best kept secrets

Over the last year, we’ve worked on redefining your weekend reading, putting together a product that’s both informative and entertaining. Granted, the main focus has been luxury. (But then, we can... »
April 17, 2015
Hidden histories

When Madras froze over

Our city has only three seasons — hot, hotter and hell. Given this, would people believe me if I said that the temperature once dipped below freezing in our city, and that too, in the sweltering mo... »
April 17, 2015
Social state

Ensuring our (online) safety in numbers

In an episode of This American Life podcast titled, “If you don’t have something nice to say, say it in ALL CAPS,” the issue of online trolling takes a new, vicious turn. While this may seem... »
April 17, 2015

Can’t rain on my style

We have said goodbye to every item of clothing that kept us snug during the pleasant weather we enjoyed the last couple of months. And while plunging necklines and rising hemlines just began makin... »
M.S. Padmanabhan (extreme right) with (from left) Frank Worrell , R. Panchu and Ramadhin.
April 17, 2015

Waking up Frank Worrell

I struggle within the deep recesses of my memory, but I fail to remember how I was introduced to Frank Worrell in 1951. But cut me some slack. I turn 90 this May, and if life is a collectio... »
Wings to fly
April 17, 2015

Wings to words

Mayil Will Not be Quiet was a breath of fresh air in the world of Indian children’s books. The authors, Sowmya Rajendran and Niveditha Subramaniam, gave readers a peek into the mind of a 12-... »
April 17, 2015

Recording for Rangoon

Yet another new music composer will hit Kollywood soon. We’re referring to Vikram RH, who will soon debut with his tunes in the Gautham Karthik-starrer Rangoon.This youngster, who ha... »
Models flaunt Vivek Karunakaran’s Spring-Summer collection. Photo: M. Vedhan
Chennai, April 20, 2015

A fashionable helping hand

Guests checking into The Park Hotel on Sunday evening were a confused lot. They had many questions: why is the lobby filled with elegantly dressed people, why have so many celebrities turned up at... »
Shashi Tharoor. Photo: Special Arrangement
April 19, 2015

The Shastra of writing

Like Wilde, I’ve put my genius into my life and merely my talent into my writing,” says V. Lakshman, a character from Shashi Tharoor’s Riot (2001), a story of forbidden love, inescapable id... »
G. Mohan with his students. Photo: M. Karunakaran
April 19, 2015
Seaside stories

The blue and the boxing ring

The dull thud of boxing gloves striking the punching bag. The whoosh of skipping rope passing beneath a pair of feet at lightning speed. The drumming of shoe-clad feet against unkempt grass — the... »
April 17, 2015
Confessions of an anonymous woman

Being two worlds apart

I’m nearing 30 and I’m not married yet, but it’s not for lack of trying. There’s only one little hitch: the man I want to marry doesn’t want to marry me.I’m a single child, pampered by my pa... »
April 17, 2015

A crumb of comfort

It’s a war out there.With a crunch, crackle and a munch, the battle for the biscuit is being fought on every supermarket shelf. It’s popping up at checkout counters with mystical phrases fo... »
April 17, 2015
writer's block

The Great Indian Railway feast

Food and fitness are two major obsessions of the 21st Century Indian, and contrary to what they may seem, the two are no longer mutually exclusive but often go hand in hand. Today, much of our food... »
April 17, 2015
Tech away

Shop but don’t drop!

A good number of us adore shopping, and then there are those who consider it a necessary evil. Whatever category you fall into, shopping can turn into a dreary chore if not approached properly. The... »
April 17, 2015

The world in your backyard

Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh Disappointed you couldn’t make that road trip to the Grand Canyon on your last trip to California, try the seven-hour drive from Chennai (and six hours fr... »
April 17, 2015

Dinner with the knights

As I gaze from the car window, a stunningly magnificent Malbork Castle comes into view. The Nogat River in the foreground looks almost surreal when a lone kayak appears, gliding on the still waters... »
April 17, 2015

Life in a Metro

On April 10, 2014, I stepped into The Hindu’s MetroPlus office for the first time. The cosy room, with its soothing warm yellow lights, was a flurry of activity — phones were ringing off th... »