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17 Mar 2019

‘Every film is a make or mar film’

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Like a true blue Punjabi, director Anurag Singh, who makes his big ticket Bollywood debut with Kesari next week, is candid, honest and earnest.

The world as they picture it

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

In the synthesis of a rare, sensuous winter and a sunny spring, heavy rains and lightning arrived in Kolkata to welcome a great creative event called the ‘Mahakumbh of Photography’.

Udupi, a numismatists’ delight

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Did you know that when all digits on the serial number of a currency note are the same (like ''555555'' or ''777777''), it is a type of fancy note?

The fort that could not be breached

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

The serpentine wall seemed to go up endlessly, as if to reach out to the clouds.

Colourful palette for the palate

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

As Holi approaches, our thoughts turn to colours of food.

Rang mein bhang

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Holi is also called the festival of colours. The sobriquet makes obvious the integrality of the hues to the celebrations.

How Panchatantra travelled

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

From among those who read a bit, there must be few, very few, who have not heard of the Panchatantra, that great repository of tales and fables, ‘certainly the most frequently translated literary product of India’, which goes a long, long way back into the past.

Fighting hate through music

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Against the backof the architectural marvel of Humayun’s Tomb permeated with lights, carefully kept diyas, minus any cacophony of advertisements and shutterbugs, the Sufiana kalam and dance performances, all defined the soulful experience called Jahan-e-Khusrau.

When BP fluctuates due to machine’s fault

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

How accurate are the blood pressure instruments used in hospitals and clinics? I had gone for an annual health check up last week and my blood pressure was checked in three different departments and all of them recorded different readings.

The never-say-die spirit

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

THE documentary filmmakers play a vital role in telling true stories of people and their lives that cut through the clutter and help us to understand the reality of tough situations they face.

03 Mar 2019

Woman, thy name is grit

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

The theme of Women’s Day, 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, whereby the call to women and their supporters is for “collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world.

Behind the glitz and glitter, the substance

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Food, fun and fashion, with a dash of carefully-cultivated chutzpah, and the recipe for a ladies’ club is ready.

Clubbing for a cause

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

The first thing people look for when they migrate abroad is like-minded persons they can depend on.

Pleasure palate, courtesy Assam

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Assam has recently been in news for all the wrong reasons.

Putting period to taboo

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

“Can’t believe it, a film on menstruation has won an Oscar.

Internet & the big Indian gender divide

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Hasn’t the internet driven social networking tools made a powerful entry into our everyday life?

Girls going solo

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

With an upward trend in per capita income, the last couple of decades have shown dynamic changes in the way Indians travel.

Stepping into his uniform

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

India’s patriarchal landscape is evolving.

The Tagores as collectors

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

One knows a great deal about the illustrious Tagore family, for there is such a great deal out there to know.

A woman let loose

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Maya Krishna Rao says Loose Woman is the story of a free spirit that goes through the ordinariness of everyday life but chooses her own direction, and effortlessly blends in her existence, her musings on matters that touch our life and times. She says this solo act, in a way, embodies her life itself.

No room for tears

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Swati dubey is fascinated by women in rural settings and her play, Agarbatti, is essentially about village women and by an all-women crew.

Check policy before sealing it

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Three years ago, an insurance agent approached my wife, who was an executive in a private company, for an insurance policy.

24 Feb 2019

Baldev beat death, again and again

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Baldev Singh had been in the Army just for six months when the 1971 India-Pakistan war broke out.

The hero and his humiliation

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Poonch is a historical town along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

The bard as we don’t know him

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

The other day I got a lowly Urdu couplet in Roman Hindi, attributed to Mirza Ghalib, from a retired colonel.

Challenging status quo

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

There’s a common theme that runs through Abhilash Pillai’s adaptations on stage.

A bug’s life

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Atul often gets strange looks from strangers. Whether it is while photographing a crevice in a wall or crouched on a pavement, people sometimes come up to him to ask what he’s doing; some give a puzzled look.

Secure receipts, secure your rights

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

In the beginning of winter, I bought a room heater from a neighbourhood retailer.

Culinary legacies lost

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

In a few months from now, one of the earliest restaurants in Shimla will cease to exist, except in the realm of sepia images and lingering nostalgia.

In the Oscars’ hall of fame

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Hatfield House, Blackness Castle, Penshurst Place, Gloucester Cathedral — what do these places have in common?

A world of organised crime

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Lucky Luciano smirks from the wall.

Where Ghalib breathed his last

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, the doyen of Urdu and Persian poetry, lived through the times of high culture and literature in old Delhi.

A tale of three brothers

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Imdadkhani gharana’s Nishat Khan, Irshad Khan and Wajahat Khan are a rare breed of three instrumentalists in the same family, all established names.

The many colours of Academy

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Roma, with a grand total of 10 Oscar nominations, will be the talking point at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, but the show might not be only about the black-and-white Mexican film produced, written, shot, edited and directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

When a woman won for playing a male character

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

Today, the casting would be the subject of blog posts, tweet storms and op-eds.

Ghalib: A poet for all times

24 Feb 2019 | 12:34 AM

“Huyi muddat ki ‘Ghalib’ mar gaya, par yaad aata hai vo har ik baat par kahna, ki yuuñ hota to kya hota”. What stirs flurries of interest in a poet, gone for 150 years and whose language no longer enjoys the pride of place it once did, is something that’s bound to intrigue everyone.

17 Feb 2019

A world away from home

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

Is home a fluid concept that chooses to flow with the tide and with the ups and downs of life? Meenalap spells in out in its own way.

Counting on surprises

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

In the past year, many Bollywood biggies bit the dust. But fans of Mumbai movie industry will not stop riding on potential blockbusters.

Present amid past

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

The Pink City of Jaipur is known for its outstanding architecture, breathtaking colours, a warm and inviting culture and a propensity towards the arts, which dates back many centuries.

The udda, aidda of kids’ magazines

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

For 11 days, starting on May 17, 1990, Bal Preet Milni Kafila was taken out across Punjab, which was still enmeshed in the morass of militancy.

Following them into the digital world

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

Electronic devices, especially cell phones, have a Pied Piper-like hold over today’s know-it-all children whose first port of call is ‘Google’ when it comes to looking for information.

For the ‘Company Bahadur’

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

I write here, briefly, about ‘Company Painting’, and the idea comes to mind after having seen, just a couple of weeks back, a fine new catalogue of a part of the collection of Praful and Shilpa Shah, both avid collectors of painting, even if more widely known as collectors and connoisseurs of Indian textiles.

Army’s first boots in Ladakh

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

On the night of February 24, Zoji la was successfully crossed despite a blizzard, without any loss of life or snow injury. This was a Herculean task as they had none of the specialised clothing and sophisticated accessories, whatsoever. In Brigadier Sen’s words: “It called for unbound courage, determination and stamina...”!

Small eats for hunger pangs

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

It may be sheer coincidence, but, in the recent days, we have been stumbling upon tapas in quick succession.

A world without fairy tales

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

Children make sense of the world with the stories they hear and often cast themselves in the roles they hear about. That’s one reason boys grow up wanting to be handsome princes and girls wanting to be Cinderellas.

Post offices can’t close accounts on a whim

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

Two years ago, I invested in a post office savings account.

Silver lining in the twilight zone

17 Feb 2019 | 3:10 AM

It’s all about ageing gracefully... Refusing not to be bogged down by the numbers game, many seniors are continuing to chart new territories.

03 Feb 2019

Khichdi can be yumm too

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

A recent visit to Gujarat opened our eyes, or, you could say, our palate to the joys of khichdi that missed becoming the national dish by a hair’s breadth last year.

Safety in trains is the Railways’ duty

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Reports of passengers being robbed of their belongings during train journeys makes me feel apprehensive every time I travel, particularly to attend family weddings, as I have to take with me expensive clothes and some jewellery to wear too.

The road less taken

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

For Sobti, language had to be precise; it is what one has acquired through life patterns in relation to social reality.

Queen who ruled the hearts

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Krishna Sobti dedicated all her life to writing and writers and she wanted to do the same in her death too.

Sound of fusion

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Carnatic music is usually not associated with a violin, but that’s exactly the combination 27-year old Indian-American violinist, pianist and singer Ambi Subramaniam has been pursuing ever since he was a child.

A new high, always

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Bachendri Pal may have been conferred the Padma Bhushan award this year, but she became an icon 34 years ago when she scaled the Mount Everest — the first Indian woman to do so. And when she did that in May 1984, Mount Everest was not just the highest peak on earth, it was revered as the ultimate triumph of human will.

Birth of the Indian Moderns

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Witnessing the magic and charm of Francis Newton Souza’s paintings in Goa at the Sunaparanta Centre situated in the picturesque neighbourhood of Altinho is almost a surreal experience.

Voices, diverse and distinct

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Two new Mumbai films will be showcased in the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, which opens on February 7.

A pint with a dash of history

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Social life in England revolves mostly around pubs, beer and football. Traditionally, Britons like to go to a pub after work, more so during the weekends.

Whose truth is this?

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

It seems to be the year of political biopic. It opened with The Accidental Prime Minister, based on the life of Dr Manmohan Singh, closely followed by Thackeray, on the life of Shiv Sena supremo.

Women in fiction and in flesh & blood

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

The grand-old lady of Indian literature has passed into the universal history of letters and cultures.

Heroes of 2,000 years ago

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Someone sent me, recently, a slim little volume, a bit oddly titled, An Ode to Geniuses, but I leafed through it with a degree of pleasure, coming upon name after illustrious name and re-learning something about what these great men and women had achieved and the legacy they had left behind.

What will happen to my books?

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Books. We cherish these faithful companions of our journey through life. We have picked them up at various junctures, sometimes casually, sometimes with due thought. Many have been gifted to us, some borrowed and not yet returned...the words encased in the cover have received significant investments of our time, and sometimes our mind space.