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At The Works. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
September 21, 2014

A table for many

Spend long enough in the presence of start-up founders and a little past their infectious enthusiasm for new ideas, you’ll find a frequently- bandied word: struggle. Struggle for affordable office... »
Murugavel educating kids about the city's ecospots
September 21, 2014

A peek at Chennai’s ‘living’ heritage

What does the word “heritage” mean to you? Buildings, monuments, title, property…? Chennai has a “living” heritage — “living” as in moving, crawling, flying, breathing, growing non-human denizens —... »
Visalakshi Ramaswamy with kandanghi saris. Photo: R. Ragu
September 21, 2014

Time’s warp and weft

To wear a kandanghi sari is to wrap yourself up in history. The vibrant colours, thick weave, bold checks and contrasting hues are a perfect reflection of the Nattukottai Chettiar community. <... »
Dilip Kapur with his Icon bags.
Chennai, September 19, 2014

The hippie capitalist

“A hippie? Really?” exclaims Dilip Kapur. “Is that what they’re calling me now?” He thinks for a minute and then looks around the room at his visibly amused team. “I don’t know. Am I a hippie?”»
September 19, 2014
Confessions of an anonymous woman

Ghosts of psycho boyfriends

Wherever I go, bad luck seems to follow me, bad boyfriends, rather. I’ve had a history of relationships with boys (I refuse to call them men because they simply aren’t) who go bonkers when it ends.... »
KNOW-IT-ALL Rukmani has been a fortune teller in Chennai for 15 years Photo: Wong Pei Ting
Chennai, September 19, 2014

A life between the lines

“She won’t talk to you,” warns soothsayer Vaani. She motions towards the grey-haired lady seated at a distance and says, “She can be brash.” But I trust my stars and walk towards her, hoping her... »
The Challenge Cup
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Golf guru

A hoary past

Golf is played in a variety of settings throughout the world and on a variety of courses. Without a doubt, not all are blessed with the refinements of manicured greens and watered fairways that are... »
Navigation apps will guide you where you want to go.
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Tech Away

Navigating the road less taken

Don’t you sometimes wish that you could just get in your car and drive off into the sunset? Without a care, hesitation or plan? Go ahead, do whatever your little heart desires. And once it’s time... »
SHOP LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW In Dubai, there's no dearth for opulence, entertainment and fun
Chennai, September 19, 2014

Luxury, decadence and concrete glory

Glass-fronted sky-scrapers loom over the landscape. Cars zip about like ants on smooth grey roads; patches of green dot the expanse; the desert lies far away, a sandy remainder of what Dubai once... »
A still from Kathhi.
Chennai, September 19, 2014

Ready to take a selfie, pulla?

Selfie Pulla. Remember these two words. For, in the next few months, this is the song that’ll be played in restaurants and pubs. And at culturals and college events.The song, which fe... »
It is better to let go of negative habits or better still transform them into positive habits.
September 21, 2014
Urban yoga

Break your bad habits

So you slept in again and didn’t make it to the morning yoga class. You tell yourself it is okay and decide to go for the evening class. Then your colleagues make a dinner plan and you skip the ev... »
Greater Flamingos at Annamalaicheri. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
September 21, 2014
Seaside Stories

Flights of fancy

“Duck!” calls out Annamalai. He crouches under thorny underbrush and gestures for us to follow suit. “Illati parandhiruvanga — or else they will fly away,” he explains, his eyes focussed on... »
Siddharth Sood
September 21, 2014

Band, baaja and rap

“I was born in Chandigarh, just like everyone in Bollywood wants to be,” says Siddharth Sood, a Punjabi who grew up in Delhi, studied in Pune and found his identity as a wedding rapper in Mumbai. »
FOR SCOTSMEN St. Andrews Kirk Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Hidden histories

The Scots who built Madras

The Scottish referendum is in the news and by the time this article is published we will know if Scotland is part of the United Kingdom or has declared independence. Whatever happens, it cannot be... »
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Tea time

Tea float, cola or latte

An industrywala tells me, rather woefully, that tea is not popular with the young because of social conditioning. That parents have down the years dissuaded children from having the brew because of... »
Chennai, September 19, 2014
Life in words

Book, line and sinker

This is one of those childhood stories I have no conscious memory of. I’ve conjured its unfurling solely from my grandmother’s numerous retellings of it. She remembers a lazy afternoon after playsc... »
Hair colour is not bad but it should be done professionally, says Jawed Habib.
September 19, 2014

The long and short of it

Many people like long hair and try numerous methods to get long healthy hair. Expensive hair care products, oils, treatments…the list is endless. Hair growth is an internal process and anything ex... »
Vyaghrasana (Tiger Pose).
September 19, 2014
Yoga on the Move

Get a leg up

Sciatica is the debilitating and shooting pain that travels down the length of an inflamed sciatic nerve. It originates in the lower back and extends to the feet. Sciatica sufferers also com... »
Chennai, September 19, 2014

Sunny siestas by the sea shore

At the onset, as I look from the aircraft’s window, I am overwhelmed by the boundless blue ocean. As I get down, the bright sun dazzles me. As I walk on the endless beaches, the powder-like white s... »
Caesar salad
chennai, September 19, 2014
How to...

Make the perfect Caesar salad

When I was first approached to work on this feature, thousands of recipes, classic and modern, minimalistic and complex, were running through my head. But after a session of brain storming, we fin... »

ChennaiConnect Newsfeed

Get a taste of Sindhi delicacies at Shri Siddhi Vinayak Sweets, which has outlets in Kilpauk and Egmore »

‘A birthday gift for Chennai’s 375th’
The Hindu’s ‘Friends of Chennai’ will mobilise readers to transform the city.

Devaraja Mudali Street in George Town packs in a vast variety of merchandise, and some unusual history to boot »

September 18, 2014 Tangedco has planned to carry out an emergency shutdown at MRC Nagar substation between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday for replacement of breakers. The area... »