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Music, movement and message

Mayakkam Oxymore, a rather unusual name, right? The show that followed was just as unusual, overflowing with creativity, intensity, brigh...»

Hey auto!

Auto-driver Samson is different. He has a website, a legion of happy customers and even turns on the meter. Something that's as rare as wear »

A hospitality hotspot

The best names in the hospitality industry are setting up shop in the city »

Shoppers' one-stop

Safety lockers to nail shiners, snazzy cars to slimming coffee powder… The ongoing The Hindu MetroPlus Lifestyle Show has stuff you wouldn't »

Dora in town

It's 4 p.m., and a little boy and his father are already at Landmark, Citi Centre, waiting for the event, scheduled to start at 5. This t...»

On the same wavelength

Singers Sujatha and Shweta Mohan on playback singing, stage shows and deriving inspiration from each other. Priyadarshini Paitandy listens i »

A new beginning

CITYSCAPE The Vidyarambam Trust brings cheer to hundreds of underprivileged children in the city. PRIYADARSHINI PAITANDY traces its activiti »

Treasure island

Mr. Grumps the chameleon on the shoulder, trekking, scuba diving, swimming and partying... It's fun time with an all-girl gang at the dragon »

Spreading shade

Planting, nurturing and protecting trees…Nizhal, an NGO, is committed to transforming Chennai into a green city »

The party never ends

Hosting shows, festivals and spinning discs…Nikhil Chinapa's hands are full »

Advantage Vivek

Vivek Oberoi and Suriya's rivalry continues. This time, on a different turf — the tennis court. Armed with racquets, they hit, lobb...»

Driven by the disc

They are the toast of the city's party circuit. Ace turntablists Kunal Bajaj, Vijay Chawla and Shiv Gupta on music and more »

The beat fantastic

HaviKoro delighted the audience with its dance and music that promote clean living »

Beyond dance

Excited squeals and giggles fill the air followed by shouts of “Once Again”. When the performance starts, there's silence...»

Murugan and the idli factory

From one outlet in Madurai to a chain of restaurants in Chennai, S. Manoharan has taken the ubiquitous idli places. Priyadarshini Paitandy g »

From the stands…

Experience Strangers-turned-friends, food stall lovers, attention seekers — the India-West Indies match saw loads of action off-field »

Sound effect

Singer Shaan on dubbing for Blu in the Hindi version of “Rio” »

Look what’s on the cards!

They sing, they sparkle with stones, they’re even packed with chocolates and goodies. Wedding cards are becoming increasingly innovati »

Beauty and bliss

Reflexology, massages, facials… here's a spa that suits Chennai's climate »

Way to Vegas

Like to participate in the International Hip Hop Championship? »

EC 41 is back. And how!

The club by the bay returns in a chic and edgy avatar »

Flavourful journey

Meet Vipin Sachdev, the man behind Tuscana, Kryptos, Subway and more »

Not a lot of tapping…

Tap presented by The Academy of Modern Danse featured performances by international tap dancer Pascal Hulin and the Academy's students »

Rann on adrenaline

Watch VJ Rannvijay as he spurs bikers to get adventures on MTV's ‘Stuntmania Underground' »

'The Queen says she is happy to have you here'

A horrifying discovery that the writer makes upon her arrival in Copenhagen does not prevent her from savouring this Scandinavian city &mdas »

The charm before the storm: Oslo before it was shaken

Priyadarshini Paitandy got a chance to roam the streets of the pretty Scandinavian city before it got scarred by a mass killer »

Gifting it right

A wedding gift registry makes gifting easier »

Testing Indian waters

She could well be the next Katrina Kaif. Or at least her career graph suggests so. Have you met 26-year-old Saidah Jules, the latest imp...»

Sami and sur

The weekend is here. It's Friday and time to unwind. You could head to the club shake a leg, get cosy with a tub of popcorn at any of th...»

Naturally yours

How about your soap customised just the way you want it? Perhaps with a dash of orange or peppermint? Try this… »

Lights, camera, music

EVENT ‘A Bollywood Musical Journey' was a treat for film music aficionados »

Super fun

Bollywood's Rajeev Khandelwal will now be seen in Nat Geo's ‘Super Cars' »

Norwegian sojourn continues

Priyadarshini Paitandy tells you how to get to Bergen — an enriching trip that lets you sample Norway in a nutshell »

Toy story

Libraries that lend joy to your children for a nominal price are fast gaining popularity in the city. Priyadarshini Paitandy and Anusha Part »

How To... - Be annoying on Facebook

They say Facebook feeds narcissistic tendencies. Yeah, which is why you upload all your photos on it... especially the ones in which...»

Divas’ day out

Chennai’s Divas of Rock, that will premiere on Saturday evening, is a platform for emerging talent »

Vegetarian variety

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, the newly-opened Jeevan — Your Café offers delightful options »

How To... — Lose your job

On your first day at work, walk in fashionably late. Tell your boss you were at the salon getting your hair and make-up done because y...»

The music maker

Aurelio of Svaram, a vocational training centre that specialises in making musical instruments and researches on the healing power of sound. »

Windflower spotting

Amidst languid backwaters, playful sea, marine platter and serene night sky, discover bliss »

On the buzzer...

Sumanth C. Raman, the face of BSNL Sports Quiz, talks about the momentous journey as the show reaches its 500th episode this week. We quiz t »

The fabric of society

Puducherry-based Upasana attempts to revive the country's traditional textiles through its diverse range »

The Saturday Interview — A fit reply

How do you overcome eating disorders? Model-actor Yaana Gupta talks to Priyadarshini Paitandy about turning author with a diet book that tac »

To Punjab with love

In which Chennai-bred Priyadarshini Paitandy visits her maternal village and is warmly welcomed by a 97-year-old grand uncle »

Suit your fancy

Preeti Agarwal is skilled at customising footwear on the spot. Her other interest is jewellery designing »

Speed Racer

There are no pit stops for Aditya Patel. The 23 year old gears up to drive for Audi, and at the upcoming i1 Super Series. Priyadarshini Pait »

Two for tunes

Music composer duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani has made a habit of creating chartbusters. And, it's only getting better… »

Timeless treasures

NAC Jewellers showcases rare antique, diamond and Jaipur kundan jewellery at their exhibition »

A floating holiday

LEISURE Shows to watch, games to play, restaurants serving international cuisines, a spa, a casino, a water slide… you are spoilt for choice »

Red alert!

How about flaunting the colour of love this Valentine season? »

Papa serves pizza

Launch Of the international pizza brand Papa John's »

Songs for a cause

Shaan on singing to motivate people with disabilities, his upcoming projects and issues close to his heart »

Chocolate world

While Café Chokolade's chocolate sandwich impresses, the same can't be said of a few others on the menu »

Universal fun

We return home from the Universal Studios, Singapore. And are still mentally on a vacation after those warm hugs from Shrek, hair-messing ro »

Dance workout, anyone?

Zumba Beach Party comes to town »

Mall and sundry

Launch of the Ramee Mall that houses regular brands as well as labels coming to Chennai for the first time. »

Natural edge

128 salons and counting! Veena and C.K. Kumaravel talk to Priyadarshini Paitandy about taking their beauty chain to small towns and creating »

Stink operation

Sticking around to see what happens to garbage at the day's end is not a job for the faint-hearted »

Films at the top of the stairs

The Rooftop Film Festival allows film enthusiasts to explore, understand and appreciate cinema through a night-long movie marathon »

Cup O' goodness

A café-restaurant comes with the promise of delicious vegetarian delights and an ambience with a quaint charm »

Season Five opens

The DLF IPL 5 is all set for a gala inauguration at the YMCA on Tuesday »

Filled to the brim

Varieties of tea apart, there's enough to choose from starters, main course and desserts at Kettle »

Virtually yours...

Shoppers can bond, know about brands and get answers to their queries at Chennai Shopping »

It's all made at home

Do-it-yourself duo Meera Ganapathi and Purvi Shetty’s blog offers ideas on how to make just about anything from material available at home »

The ice cream man

From push carts to parlours, R.G. Chandramogan has built his ice cream empire bar by bar. Priyadarshini Paitandy meets the man behind Arun a »

Unwind centre

Grilled sandwiches, After Eight shots, calming ambience…Coffeetales lets you catch up with yourself »

UP, up and away

TELEVISION Fifteen years after our homegrown hero Shaktimaan made his debut, he makes his return in an animated avatar »

Sole companion

From running bare feet in his village to creating statement-making shoes for celebrities, Jameel Shah has come a long way. Priyadarshini Pai »

Playing it right

Multi-faceted Vinay Pathak will be in Chennai to perform in Rajat Kapoor’s Nothing Like Lear »

A bittersweet bite

Acalendra, the new restaurant in town has delicious promises to keep »

In perfect sync

Headstands, robot-like movements, locking and popping… the hip hop dance performance by French duo Aurelien Kairo and Abderzak Houmi had the »

Let your hair down

Having a bad hair day? offers a stylish range of wigs and hair extensions »

Chennai’s PET project

Eco-friendly houses using discarded PET bottles? Samarpan, an NGO, shows the way »

Turkish delight

Is full of history and scenic beauty but Priyadarshini Paitandy also falls for the country's gorgeous men and endless shopping »

Fresh from the oven

At the recently-launched Yummy Doughnuts, you'll be spoilt for choice »

Dhinka chika Mika

Mika Singh proved he is the king of entertainment at his recent show in the city »

A virtual gastronomical route

Chennai Food Guide is a platform to discuss everything food-related — from restaurants and baking workshops to service tax and jungle surviv »

Power Shutdown

Power supply will be suspended in the following areas on May 08, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. »



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