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16 Jun 2019

Making of Yuvraj

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

t was the early 2000s. Yuvraj Singh’s affair with cricket and its followers had started blossoming.

A vacation to remember

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

“I learnt how to make a doll at a workshop in our school last week. I have christened her Ruby.

The land of milk

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

A wrong turn in a remote district of Arunachal Pradesh last year found us foisting ourselves on the local law enforcement officer for lunch.

Cash memo crucial for complaint

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

An inverter that I had purchased six months ago suddenly caught fire.

Eco-warriors across the country

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

At the Padma Awards ceremony this year, 105-year-old Saalumarada Thimmakka of Karnataka instinctively put her hand over President Ram Nath Kovind’s forehead after he bestowed her with country’s third highest civilian award for exceptional work in the field of environment.

Hot on the web

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

Netflix has released a brand new drama that is being acclaimed as one of the year’s best films.

A nerve-wracking social satire

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s finely crafted film Parasite is a bizarre comedy, which tells the tale of a poor family trying to infiltrate into a rich household.

A world plunged in darkness

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

The future is female: the legend emblazoned in black on the white T-shirt sported by Huma Qureshi, the lead actor of Leila, a Netflix series spearheaded by Canadian-Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, isn’t a mere statement of intent.

Painting India as it was

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

Many amateur and professional artists were introduced to the landscapes of China and India, thanks to the maritime engagements of the East India Company and then the British Empire.

Music for all seasons

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

Renowned violinist, Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Vidwan Mysore Manjunath once remarked that even Western composers thought of music in seasonal terms — Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, arguably the most well-known of his compositions, is one instance.

No underplaying the jatt

16 Jun 2019 | 2:29 AM

Rabbi Shergill feels Jattisation of the Punjabi music is dangerous.

09 Jun 2019

Romancing Ray, once more

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

This summer marked a spontaneous revival of the brilliant and understated kaleidoscope of the filmography, art, lyrics, music, detective and crime fiction and children’s literature of legendary Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray, who was born on May 2, 1921.

Nature’s bounty, mankind’s greed

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

As roads opened up the region in the 1970s, people from Lahul, Kullu and Kangra started setting up shops in the villages, three prominent examples being Sainj, Gushaini and Banjar.

Goods broken in transit? Sue the carrier

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

Following my transfer from Gurugram to Chandigarh, I shifted all my household goods through a transporter.

Soya, the superfood

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

On an idle summer afternoon, time passes slowly.

Alive and kicking

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

In India, 30 years from now, the elderly population is expected to triple from 104 million in 2011 to 300 million in 2050, accounting for 18 per cent of the total population in 2050.

Where the alternative is mainstream

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

Ghent might be less renowned than its classy neighbour Bruges but it’s still full of history and culture.

Of spaces and curves

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

It’s been called a ‘big block of cheese’, ‘a sound cave’and ‘the most challenging building to construct’.

The woman within & around

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

The first ever in-depth retrospective of one of India’s most significant women artists, Arpita Singh, gives an opportunity to view six decades of her art practice.

Bhagavad Gita: An illustrative narration

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

I am certain that I have written about that great text — the Bhagavad Gita — in this very column before: perhaps even more than once.

A Suitable Boy for Mira

09 Jun 2019 | 2:05 AM

MIRA NAIR’s widely feted film, Monsoon Wedding (2001), owes its genesis to Vikram Seth’s sprawling novel, A Suitable Boy.

02 Jun 2019

Tribute to indomitable spirit

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

The 20-minute-long documentary that won the Filmfare Award for the best movie (non-fiction) in the Shorts category this year narrates the story of how a game played barefoot in the pockets of Kolhapur a century back draws more than 25,000 spectators for its local games.

Time to tell women’s stories

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

One hundred years ago, a woman struggled for sexual identity and the right to live life as she chose — with whom she chose.

Yatrik out to discover new talent

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

Yatrik Theatre, one of the oldest theatre groups in New Delhi, is turning up the heat this summer.

Playing in Singapore... Hindi dramas

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

Team Dastak has its hands full. Auditions are being held, scripts are getting shortlisted and plans are afoot for acting workshops.

Erroneous report: No excuse

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

Do radiologists come under the purview of consumer courts? Is it possible to seek compensation it they fail to detect abnormality in a foetus?

Mangoes — from food to culture

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

Mango season is upon us.

How the Everest was tamed

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

The geological creation of the highest pinnacle on Planet Earth and that of the Indian subcontinent, per se, are inextricably coterminous with the tectonic collision in the Southern Hemisphere of the break-away Gondwana land mass with mainland Asia, aeons ago.

The enigmatic ustad from Punjab

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

The mehfils of colonial Kolkata brimmed with classical stalwarts and gunijans.

Installations that aren’t aloof

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

Call her a political activist, liberal thinker or cutting edge artist, internationally acclaimed Shilpa Gupta is a voice that resonates and echoes concerns that deal with a multitude of issues.

Head to Swiss Alps, on a cogwheel train

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

In the USA, in the state of New Hampshire, this is a year of rather unusual celebrations.

On many a voyage

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

When you are at Auckland’s viaduct harbour, you get greeted by many captivating ships, including yachts, and sometimes even grand cruise ships.

Go girl! Live the way you want to

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

So, Indian sports have come of age, finally.

A sprint across the rainbow

02 Jun 2019 | 12:45 AM

‘This is nothing, I have seen worst days,” says Dutee Chand after facing the heat from her family after declaring her love for a girl.

26 May 2019

Window to an undertaker’s world

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

Manoj michigan’s silent film I, Reborn bagged the prestigious Remi Award at the 52nd Houston International Film Festival recently.

Show that GoT it almost all right

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

The finale of the Gameof Thrones may have disappointed its fans,but nothing can take away its scale, magnitude and emotional appeal.

Telling them what they need to know

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

Social and cultural taboos, superstitions, lack of awareness on menstrual hygiene, unavailability of pads and other materials to deal with periods, no access to toilets.

Let’s talk, period

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

India, home to 355 million menstruating women and girls, poses a serious environmental hazard by not having a proper system of disposal of a waste load of about 1.021 billion pads per month.

Coconut, curried away

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

More than 10,000 years ago, the first coconut arrived on the Indian shore floating happily over the waves of Indian Ocean.

Delayed complaint needs solid ground

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

Two years ago, a three-month-old geyser in our bathroom burst, spewing boiling water and steam on my mother.

Scent of a nation

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

Like food and music, fragrance has been a great binding factor, dissolving all boundaries of creed and religion.

In the land of the Apatanis

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

To say that the largest state in the Northeast of India, Arunachal Pradesh is a travellers’ delight is no understatement.

Pragpur: A blend of cultures

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

Pragpur, a quaint little village in Himachal Pradesh’s scenic Kangra valley, became the first heritage village of India.

Anish Kapoor most successful living artist

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

The Hurun Research Institute, better known for compiling China’s Rich List, released its first-ever India Art List 2019 last week.

Ode from ol’ boy

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

One of the most notable among the new generation of sculptors, KS Radhakrishnan is certainly among the most significant.

Divided by politics, united by cricket

26 May 2019 | 12:20 AM

The cricket World Cup couldn’t have come at a better time for India.

19 May 2019

Colour of racism

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Tarun Jain’s 20-minute short film Kaala is about the oppression that African youth face in India solely because of the colour of their skin.

Poignant prison drama

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Elegantly shot, Nigerian filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu’s debut feature film Clemency explores how executions effect everyone, be it directly or otherwise.

Wild misinformation

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Wildlife documentaries have made us believe that Nature, more or less, works on the scale of a Hollywood cause-and-effect narrative.

Pahari could go downhill in upper Shimla

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

When a dialect dies, it doesn’t die alone.

Going, going...

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Rekha and Albert D'Souza are chatting away with their neighbours from the porch of their house, located on the top of a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Design altered? Not your problem

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Six months ago, my wife and I purchased a flat and contacted a company that builds modular kitchens to design and execute one for us.

Eat, pray, love

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

We are two weeks into the month of Ramzan, a period of fasting observed by Muslims around the world.

Shorn, not unadorned

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

The reason to cut my hair very short was utilitarian.

When the Great Smokies come calling

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

You will be lucky if you spot a black bear during your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the eastern United States.

Lighthouse rock Down Under

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Victorian Georgian style cottages, once official residences of the head light keeper and his two assistant keepers, are open to public for nightly rentals on a nominal charge

That voice from the hills

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Sunanda Sharma is well-known as one of the most popular disciples of Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi.

Da Vinci’s second known portrait found

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

A newly identified sketch of Leonardo da Vinci is to go on public display for the first time at Buckingham Palace.

Lost in their exoticity

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

Photographed and curated by Virendra Bangroo, a recent exhibition on the Dard Aryans of Ladakh at the India International Centre, New Delhi, is both a tribute to their rich and ancient social and cultural legacy, and a fervent appeal to preserve their unique identity, which is rapidly getting eroded due to severe isolation in the inaccessible and tough terrain of Ladakh.

Alter egos... centuries apart

19 May 2019 | 12:11 AM

As the world commemorates 500 years of Leonardo da Vinci’s death anniversary and his unique polymath genius, it’s time to remember another multi-faceted genius born centuries later.

12 May 2019

Breakfast with Audrey

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

If alive, Audrey Hepburn would have celebrated her 90th birthday with her friends recently.

A tiny piece of Bollywood

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

The 51st edition of Directors’ Fortnight, which runs parallel to the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, will see Bollywood playing a bit role in Parwareshgah (The Orphanage), 29-year-old Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat’s second feature.

His imagery was unique: Gulzar

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

Call it providence or the ironies of life, Gulzar, the celebrated poet/lyricist, never met Shiv Kumar Batalvi. Even though both belonged to Punjab and were contemporaries, their paths never crossed.

Poet of pain and death

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

Dichotomy ruled his life. He was dubbed birha da sultan by Amrita Pritam, yet his poetry is broadly placed under the literary movement of Romanticism.

A palate to cool the senses

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

Kalidas, the great Sanskrit poet, has painted with his words a wonderful picture of the arrival of scorching summer and the end of spring.

Ask for your free carry bag

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

I have been reading about the orders of consumer courts in Chandigarh directing retail outlets to provide carry bags free of charge. But what I want to know is how did this practice begin in the first place?

Pick up the plastic, please

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

It’s a spectacle to see me carry weekly supply of groceries home.

Lighting up in Albany

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

Thousands of dots of lights sway like flowers in the breeze silhouetted against the dark skies…

Classic comic fun

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

Comics and comic strips are all pervading in the European city of Brussels, and when you are there, it is hard not to notice them.

A village for canvas

12 May 2019 | 8:18 AM

Having earlier lent its name to a school of miniature paintings, the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is no stranger to art.