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18 Aug 2019

A delightful spoof on death

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

In an average mainstream film, suicide is a cliché woven into the script, mainly for melodramatic reasons.

Dark detectives at large

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

Murder most foul, a killer or cunning criminal on the loose, murky motives, twists and turns to convolute the plot and skeletons tumbling out of the proverbial the cupboard — these are the factors that make for a truly delectable detective serial or film for viewers of the crime genre to sink their teeth into.

Banished from his own land

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

June 20, 1949. It was the day when the government of independent India chose to exile the Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir, who had acceded his state to India on October 26, 1947.

Injury by ceiling fan: Fix responsibility

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

A month ago, while we were sleeping, part of the ceiling fan, which was running full blast, suddenly came crashing down.

Pie on the Indian plate

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

Perish the thought, dear reader, that you are ever caught ‘eating the humble pie’ or wasting your time ‘chasing the pie in the sky’.

The flame of faith

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

They battled the fierce waves of the Arabian Sea, carrying with them the sacred fire of their ancient faith, protecting it from the strongest winds and tides until they reached the welcoming shores of India more than 1,300 years ago.

Of bobbins and beautiful patterns

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

Dating back all the way to the 15th and 16th century, lace-making is intrinsic and integral to the cultural heritage of Belgium.

Colour of Siena

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

Painters love to use colour ‘sienna’ to give that lovely earthy tone to their work.

We, in conflict

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

Microscopic flowers, a geographer sleeping and an engineer sewing his jacket...

When mending is a delicate craft

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

It was my friend, Caron Smith, who narrated this to us.

Nothing humourous about it

18 Aug 2019 | 10:45 AM

In all the thunderous anger and support that Kabir Singh attracted this summer, another star-led Hindi film passed under the radar of most feminist viewers.

11 Aug 2019

The killing embrace of religion

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

Young Ahmed by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is about a young teenager, who is unwavering in his embrace of religious fanaticism.

In big league

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

S Durga probed society as a whole.

India showcase at Venice

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

Call it coincidence or whatever, the fact is India will open the Venice International Critics’ Week the second time with Gitanjali Rao’s animated film Bombay Rose.

The determined old man and the fragile hills

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

Kulbhushan Upmanyu has been fighting for environment conservation in Himachal Pradesh and the Himalayan region for four decades now.

Green warriors

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

They are unlettered but highly conscious about the need to protect their immediate environment.

It’s your right to know risks of surgery

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

Since 2013, my wife was consulting a famous eye clinic in Delhi for glaucoma and stringently following its advice.

Going bananas

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

I say this tongue-firmly-in-cheek: none in recent times has trained the spotlight on Chandigarh quite like actor Rahul Bose did.

As natural as it gets

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

FM Nirmala Sitharaman referred to the benefits of zero-budget natural farming in her maiden Budget speech in the Lok Sabha.

Salamanca Place calling

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

When in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the only island state of Australia, all roads lead to its heritage-listed Salamanca Place.

A musical journey

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

Throw a stone anywhere in Liverpool, UK, and you will find reference to music.

Mumbai to Benaras and back, with Barwe

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

Few have left as big an imprint on the world of Indian art as Prabhakar Barwe, a recent retrospective of his works reminded.

Inside the artwork

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

I would like my work to avoid easy digestion or neat definition.

Conversations on the fringe

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

Conceptual artist LN Tallur has been using sculpture, wall pieces and installations to carve out a correlation between the traditional and contemporary.

Myth of the Ugly Indian

11 Aug 2019 | 2:28 AM

East Asian hotels and resorts, especially in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, have a despicable practice of not letting a guest leave until the room has been gone through with a toothcomb.

04 Aug 2019

Cinema, & nothing more...

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

Payal Kapadia, an alumnus of the Film & Television Institute of India, was recently selected for the 39th session of the prestigious La Résidence of the Cinéfondation, France.

Kishore @90

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

The golden voiceof the ever-youthfulKishore Kumar continuesto rule the hearts,old as well as young.

For holy city, the day starts with kachori and jalebi

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

For tourists and locals in Varanasi, having kachori-sabzi and jalebi for breakfast is as important a ritual as taking a dip in the holy Ganga.

Bhujing, the iconic chicken from Virar

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

A strong aroma of roasted chicken fills the air, along with garam masala.

Overcharging at railway stations: Do file complaint

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

My complaint is about overcharging by vendors at railway stations, particularly during the summer months when the passengers are really thirsty.

Going nuts over coconut

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

As one grows older, memory begins to play tricks.

Succour in soccer

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

How far is Ormanjhi from Lyon in France where the top women athletes of the world gathered to show their skills during the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup? For these five tribal girls from this non-descript tehsil in Jharkhand, it’s a distance worth knowing, worth travelling.

Memories from an ancient Kullu village

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

There is something infectious about this quaint little hill village.

Gurez, an ‘offbeat’ paradise

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

Through the window of her Kashmiri ‘living room’, Kaneez Fatima points at a pristine white broad peak —“That’s the HarMukh,” she announces, as she pours the traditional kahwa from her samovar.

The tiger painters

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

If you are lucky, you might spot the great Indian tigers on a safari in Ranthambore National Park.

Honour carved in sand

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

Sudarsan Pattnaik is a very resourceful man.

History behind every tree here

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

THE BENDED TWIGS TAKE ROOT:High over-arch’d, and echoing walks between”— John Milton, Paradise Lost, ix, 1101

Heritage tag’s heavy price tag

04 Aug 2019 | 1:03 AM

Last month, the Pink City of Jaipur was inscribed as the World Heritage City (WHC) by UNESCO.

28 Jul 2019

A son’s journey

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

Tarun Jain is a talented young man who is committed to filmmaking.

Where’s the water

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

Rows of women holding buckets and plastic pots, waiting for water tankers, we’ve all seen it in newspapers and on TV.

Tech gets The Lion King roaring

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

Modern techniques allowed Favreau to walk around the virtual set, setting up shots as if he were standing next to Simba or Scar in Africa

Langar for the mind and soul of schoolchildren

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

Every night as Sooraj would retire for the day, his grandmother quizzed him about Sahibzadas, Ram, Arjun, Bheem and Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Food streets of Amritsar

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

The dash to Amritsar last weekend was made for the Batalvi Baithak at Majha House.

T&C breached, claim still holds ground

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

I am a self-employed person.

Wronged by history

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

This dates back to the 17th century.

Finding Tagore in Prague

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

At the beginning of the 19th century, Bernardo Bolzano counted 103 spires in Prague on all of the cathedrals and buildings.

The Devil in a Munich church

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

Once upon a time, a town in Germany decided to rebuild the local church after it had been destroyed several times in a few centuries.

Melody from the mountain

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

In his paper on folk music, published by the IIAS, Battu traced the roots of various folk songs from Himachal Pradesh to epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

McCartney’s tryst with theatre

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed he is working on a musical stage adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Legends of a lost art

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

For years, photographer Soumya Sankar Bose has searched the archives, the lanes and bylanes of Bengal and documented the great and forgotten artistes of jatra, the moving theatre companies in rural and urban Bengal.

From MeToo to HeToo... NOT GUILTY

28 Jul 2019 | 1:30 AM

MeToo and Time’sUp marked a watershed. Neither stray false accusations nor dropping of cases against bigwigs like Kevin Spacey can detract from the upside of these movements.

21 Jul 2019

A ghostly, ghastly tale of adventure

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

According to Sujoy Ghosh, he grew up reading Enid Blyton.

Bollywood’s affair with China

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

China is the fastest growing film market of the world, and Bollywood has already started registering its presence there.

Letter that never reached Musafir

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

...I think of you mainly as a poet. I know that you got involved in politics very early in your career.

Politician at work, storyteller at heart

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

The verse brings out the raging conflict in the heart of the poet and politician Gurmukh Singh Musafir.

A forgotten writer

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

Punjabi novel was still in infancy when a young political activist was struggling to capture and express the conflict within.

Savour the downpour

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

However delayed the monsoon may have been, when rains come, our hearts jump with joy.

Water battles at airports & restaurants

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

Last fortnight, my flight from Bengaluru to Delhi got delayed by three hours and I was stuck at the airport for altogether five hours.

Kashi lost in wait of death

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

More than 20,000 ailing pilgrims visit Varanasi every year to breathe their last in the holy city.

The Brave New World of Many Englishes

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

We have had a long exposure to English education, which was introduced in India by Lord Macaulay in 1835.

Gaze on Kochi

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

Last time, Shubigi Rao attended Kochi Muziris Biennale as a participant. Next December, she will be the curator of the festival.

Past links, present concerns

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

I do not recall who, but some critic, writing, close to a hundred years ago, on the work of the great Russian painter Kandinsky spoke of “the tender violet-like amethysts of his snows at dawn, the emerald-like grass of his prairies, the pale turquoise of his northern skies, the mother-of-pearl of his clouds, the jasper and malachite of his rocks, the amber and rubies of his sunsets ….”

Centuries of water wisdom in a book

21 Jul 2019 | 10:15 AM

RAINS are finally here, but across the last few days, heart-wrenching pictures of women and children fetching water for daily chores from miles away and urban men and women lined up with empty buckets have been splashed all over the newspapers and social media.

14 Jul 2019

Holding on to faith in tough times

14 Jul 2019 | 12:15 AM

American filmmaker Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life tells the true story of Franz Jagerstatter, the Austrian religious conscientious objector who chose to be executed for his religious views rather than fight for the Nazis during World War II.

‘Now is the time to make films’

14 Jul 2019 | 12:15 AM

She always wanted to tell stories.

Missing for 75 years, hero returns home

14 Jul 2019 | 12:15 AM

It has been a long wait for homecoming for Palu Ram.

The ravages of war

14 Jul 2019 | 12:15 AM

Next year, in 2020, the world will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Temptations from Madurai

14 Jul 2019 | 12:15 AM

If one were to draw a parallel to the charms of Amritsar with a South Indian city, I would pick Madurai in a jiffy.

In everybody’s interest

14 Jul 2019 | 12:15 AM

The builder with whom I had booked a flat, collected interest at the rate of 24 per cent for even a slight delay on my part in paying instalments towards the apartment.

Wimbledon’s Indian Army connect

14 Jul 2019 | 12:15 AM

It was a legacy of the British Indian Civil Service couples serving in the colonies that their progeny mostly schooled in England and charted their future with minimal parental oversight.