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MUSIC
Match made in India
When  Senegalese-American singer Akon came to India to record the song Chammak Challo in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Ra.One, he learnt how to sing in Hindi, promoted actor Suniel Shetty’s NGO I Am She and celebrated his birthday with Sonakshi Sinha. In other words, he tried really hard to woo Indians. The audience, too, reciprocated with equal warmth. Even though the film bombed at the...
BOOK REVIEW
The hangman's noose
At a time when women are trying to break the glass ceiling in glamorous and well-paying fields, K.R. Meera has chosen a most unusual career for Chetna, the protagonist of her novel Hangwoman. Set in Kolkata, Meera's novel, written originally in Malayalam, narrates the coming of age of the 22-year-old girl, who takes up the job of a hangwoman. It is also the story of the millions who populate...
NOBEL PRIZE
Art of memory
This year’s Nobel Prize winner for literature, Patrick Modiano, is relatively unknown to readers outside France and French-speaking countries. For one thing, he has always eluded publicity. For the other, not all his works are available in English translation.But even at this stage, his works have appealed to scholars and critics all over the world. They agree that despite their apparent...
LIVING
Experiments in eternity
The island first appears as a dark line on the horizon, southeast of the coastal village of Paleochora in Crete. Once you utter the island’s name, Gavdos, everyone around you in Crete behaves differently: the car-rental agent, the hotel clerk, the innkeeper who served you barley crispbread and octopus tentacles. Their faces light up as you say you are heading to the mole-shaped island in...
BOOKS
Cracking the Dan code
A recluse with a conflicted childhood, a writer with a reader’s insight, Dan Brown, like his books, is both mysterious and predictable
CINEMA
I want to play an everyday man
Dev Patel speaks at breakneck speed. After a long day at work and an even longer commute in a Mumbai local train, it is difficult to keep up with him. Was he always like this? “Pretty much,” he says. “When I was young, my mother sent me to Taekwondo classes to channel my energy.” English actor Judi Dench, who acted with Patel in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its...
SPECIAL FEATURE
Unsung heroes
History has forgotten the role of an Indian battalion in saving masterpieces of the Renaissance during World War II
DAWN TO DUSK
Baring it all
From posing nude 20 years ago to running barefoot, former supermodel Milind Soman will go shirtless for a photo shoot next year when he turns 50
EXCLUSIVE
When Anjali became a reporter!
Sachin Tendulkar has bowled a few googlies in his autobiography. However, the most difficult chapter to pen down, he says, was the one devoted to his wife. The legend reveals his tales of courtship in this exclusive extract from the book
RESTAURANT
Tea talk
So what does Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi drink before a match? "A more potent version of what you are drinking," says Kavita Mathur, pointing to the cup of the golden yellow liquid I was sipping from. The yerba mate, an Argentinian tea made from ground leaves of the mate tree, is one among the 50 varieties of the beverage on offer at Tea Trails, the newly opened gourmet tea...
BOOK REVIEW
Dark secrets revealed
Black money is the flavour of the season. The UPA government tried to bring it back and the Narendra Modi government is keen on bettering the legacy. B.V. Kumar’s second revised edition of his earlier book, The Darker Side of Black Money, delves deep into the world of financial secrecy, cash stashed overseas and tax havens. A former Indian Revenue Service officer, Kumar has served as...
TRAVEL
100 years of fortitude
In 1914, Sarajevo saw the beginning of World War I. Ethnic conflicts almost razed the city in the 1990s. The people, however, have kept the city alive and vibrant
BOOK REVIEW
Forgotten fronts
Vedica Kant wants to bring up bodies, especially of those who were buried a hundred years ago. Her book, If I Die Here, Who Will Remember Me? aims to do just that.Vedica’s well-researched coffee table book brings alive stories from World War I. “Sometimes, a single picture can tell a story better than many words,” she says. Her interest in the war began while she was doing...
THEATRE
Madness of being an actor
A man has a dream and, nine years after his death, his wife gives wings to that dream. This is the story of thespians Shankar and Arundhati Nag who came to Bengaluru and found it lacking a space to rehearse and perform plays. Nine years after Shankar's death, Arundhati built Rangashankara with contributions from everyone from “the daily wager from Gulbarga who gave us half her...
FASHION
Fashion policed
With the youth reluctant to follow trends and retailers dictating terms, designers are forced to choose business over creativity
FOOD
Home is where the feast is
Thanks to their mutual love for fish, Karl Marx and good cinema, a Bengali and a Malayali will never run out of things to talk about. I realised this when I met Ananya Banerjee, an artist and cookbook writer, at her home in south Mumbai’s Sewri. From the type of fish used in a traditional Bengali macher chop (fish cutlet) to the shutdown of bars in Kerala, the conversation lasted for close...
BOLLYWOOD
Actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar passes away
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who was being treated for a lung infection at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here, passed away on Monday. He was 64. His last rites will be performed in his native place in Ahmednagar district on Tuesday, family sources said. Amrapurkar had won two Filmfare awards. In 1984, he won the award for the best supporting actor for Ardh Satya and in 1991,...
LUXURY
Ticking glory
Every year, Geneva's majestic opera house, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, opens its doors to the most-awaited award ceremony in the world of luxury watches. Often called the Oscars of the watchmaking industry, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) honours top timepieces under 12 categories. The finale is preceded by a travelling exhibition of the...
ACADEMY AWARDS
Rolling the dice
FESTIVAL
Ahmedabad to a T
Come October 31 and the stage will be set for Kadak Badshahi, a 10-day multimedia event celebrating the city of Ahmedabad and its people. First organised in 2010, the show marked 600 years of Ahmedabad's existence.This year, under the aegis of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, about 80 artistes and writers, including dancers Mrinalini and Mallika Sarabhai and Kumudini Lakhia, architect B.V....
CINEMA
Fearless firefly
I always knew what I wanted to do and I pursued it with an obsession,” says singer-actor-composer-fashion stylist Monica Dogra, who describes herself as a dreamer. “I also was a super adult child in a way and a bit too serious. For me, art, music and the creative process were ways I could relieve my overactive mind.”As an actor in films like Dhobi Ghat and David, Dogra is a...
BOOKS
Rebel with a cause
Neel Mukherjee’s Booker-shortlisted The Lives of Others has everything that makes a Bengali novel¯exploitation, class struggle and family drama
MUSIC
Bohemian rhapsody
The 13-hour drive from Guwahati, Assam, to Ziro valley in Lower Subansiri district, Arunachal Prad-esh, was like a bone-rattling amusement ride. The rain gods, thankfully, were lenient. The retreating monsoon was a mere spray across the dangerous high-range roads, often obstructed by landslides and fallen trees. The sight of Ziro was reinvigorating. It was a mini paradise, with lush paddy fields...
INTERVIEW
Amitabh is a commodity, not an actor
BOOK REVIEW
Making sense of rituals
BOOKS
King of cool
It is not easy to pull off being cool. Some do, some don’t. Shah Rukh Khan, as the mauve paisley shirt-wearing metrosexual don, managed to do so. Even at 72, Amitabh Bachchan does it effortlessly. Some like Saif Ali Khan have tried and failed. Love Aaj Kal extinguished all hope for him. It is tougher for Chetan Bhagat who just turned 40. His insouciance—the prerequisite for being...
INTERVIEW
'Film festivals broaden your perspective'
MAMI 2014's international competition jury head British filmmaker Peter Webber on his love for Indian films and why film festivals in smaller cities are the real eye openers
ACADEMY AWARD
India nominates 'Liar's Dice' for Oscars
INTERVIEW
'Paid film journalism is frightening'
If there is one person who was hailed as the real superstar at the MAMI opening ceremony, it was the creative director of the festival, Anupama Chopra. From MAMI President Shyam Benegal to the chief guest Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, everyone had something good to say about her. And why not. Chopra was the first one to tweet about the dying festival on Twitter, contribute generously to it and convince...
ENTERTAINMENT
High on mocktail
Comedy is the flavour of the season. And, there is something for everyone, from in-your-face humour to the more refined
BOOK REVIEW
Lama lore in gore
FILM FESTIVAL
MAMI kicks off
Mumbai: It was a special evening for Bollywood as the 16th Mumbai Film Festival (often referred to as MAMI) was declared open at the 40-year-old Chandan Cinemas at Juhu. Not because this was the year that the festival was almost scrapped due to lack of funds and was nursed back to health by generous donations from the industry. But because as actor and host for the night Kalki Koechlin candidly...
LITERATURE
Australia's Flanagan wins Man Booker prize
London: Australian novelist Richard Flanagan said that before winning the prestigious Man Booker prize for literature on Tuesday he had considered becoming a miner because he found it so difficult to make a living at his craft.Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious 50,000-pound ($79,530) prize for his novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North", set during the building of the Thailand-Burma...
SOCIAL MEDIA
Social change, a click away
CINEMA
MAMI can make it
PASSING
A kind ‘mother’
LITERATURE
Bangalore Lit Fest to begin on Sept 26
PASSING
Acting for Attenborough
BOOKS REVIEW
Venerable vegetation
PASSING
Pistol, peas and perfection
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My wife lives in New York, and, over the years, I have got to know the city well. It is a useful barometer to judge the health of the world and of the American mood and economy. A visit in the winter of 2008-09, ...  »
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American dream come true
It is sheer love for the game that nurtures an upcoming tennis player.  As one begins to follow the sport with a growing passion, it is Grand Slam tournaments that capture your imagination and, soon, for a ...  »
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