Friday, July 21, 2017

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16 Jul 2017

Dr Seuss’ one-sided story at his museum

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Through the front door of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Massachusetts, US, the mind of the beloved children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel springs to life.

The art of the untrained

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

The immediate delight of naïve art is its honesty, dignity, simplicity, and humour. The British naïve artist of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries worked outside the ‘art for art’s sake’ philosophy of the (Royal) Academy.

09 Jul 2017

Redefining retirement

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

So, what will we do after retirement?” The ball for a discussion was set rolling with this question among a motley group of friends in their late forties. Nothing surprising in it as the reminders of retirement can confront one unexpectedly.

Master of moves

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

Merely 47 Grandmasters in 69 years of independence. This shows how difficult it is to achieve the top title in chess. The latest addition to this illustrious list, which boasts of the likes of Viswanathan Anand, is Haryana’s Himanshu Sharma. The 34-year-old from Rohtak recently became the first chess player from the state to win the Grandmaster title. The journey to the title, however, has not been easy for Himanshu. It took him nearly 11 years to reach the top despite becoming International Master in 2006.

A kick in time

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

Albert Singh, 60, an NRI from Ramidi village in Kapurthala, funds a small football team in his village. Providing necessary kit, football shoes, shorts and tees, Albert tries to keep this team of youngsters, and even those in the age group of 35 to 45 going.

A museum for cameras

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

Long before smartphones began to threaten cameras, Aditya Arya had set out on a mission to preserve the devices that helped men and women keep memories for posterity.

Deep teal, world's favourite colour

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

A global survey has found the hue that humans most prefer.

02 Jul 2017

Flight of fancy

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Planes are inherently cinematic, aesthetically pleasing vehicles, so it’s kind of a shame that most charter jets are simply painted a block colour and then have a logo slapped on the fin.

For the love of books

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

From swords to ploughshares

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

They are the abandoned children of history. Their skill has lost relevance in the face of modern technology. Reduced to penury, they live on the margins of the society. Meet Sikligar Sikhs, who once made weapons for the Khalsa.

Sculptural splendour in the South

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

The exquisite temples of Pattadakal and Badami in the southern state of Karnataka are yet another illustration of the rich and unique heritage of India.

A painted doorway to the past

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Nawalgarh is a busy village. Nothing more than a small dot in the map of Rajasthan, it was once a cradle of India’s richest families, who built grand havelis and celebrated them with frescos of jaw-dropping ideas and details. These rich families have now dispersed across India, but their marvels stand. Pass through any alley here, and you will come across a haveli that can mesmerise you.

25 Jun 2017

Meandering through Nature

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Four master artists, one theme: landscape and drawings. An exhibition, Landscapes, brings together four eminent artists who try to tap the elusive and ever-evolving landscape in their sketches.

North to South, taste of Vietnam

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Vietnam, a vibrant Southeast Asian country with a unique heritage, is a foodie’s haven. From local breads to delicious soups to street food, there is something to satisfy everyone’s palate.

Celebrating urs in Amritsar

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Contemporary Amritsar has traditionally been associated either with Golden Temple or Durgiana temple. While Golden Temple emerged in Mughal India, Durgiana Temple emerged in the early twentieth century as a result of religious reform movements that led to polemical debates on religious boundaries in South Asia.

It’s not bad blood

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Menstruation — for a long time this word had only been spoken in hushed voices, a little uncomfortably or in embarrassed tones, usually as part of girly talk.

18 Jun 2017

A passion for the past

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

A few weeks ago, I was with Doro Foernzler and her husband, Melk — dear and old friends — spending a couple of days in their mountain home in Filisur.

An abode of peace

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

This May 13, Pope Francis was in the Portuguese town of Fatima, about 125 km north of capital Lisbon. Tens of thousands of people were there too to witness the canonisation of two children of a shepherd’s family.

Inside the magic of Hogwarts

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

Are you a fan of the boy wizard Harry Potter? If yes, then a visit to London is not complete without a trip to the studios where J.K. Rowling’s record-breaking books were brought to life in the most successful film series of all times.

Cacti on my plate

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

During a recent trip to New Mexico, I happened to partake a meal at Mrs Penelope Hoe’s place in Albuquerque. My gracious host served a number of delicacies made from pads and fruits of the Opuntia species.

Honey! I married myself

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

When Kendrik Lamar sang “I love myself” there was very little to suggest that this ‘love affair would actually become serious enough to make one waltz down the aisle in one’s own company to take wedding vows with oneself — to literally marry oneself.

11 Jun 2017

Zigzags of history and its people

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

An architect friend, who travelled to Kabul after the Taliban had left, discovered an ancient city ravaged and ruined. There was so much death and destruction, and such intense personal and collective tragedies, that he almost lost his.

Scroll through the virtual gallery

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

Ditching your usual oh-so-classy avatar and skipping the conventional small talk over cheese and wine, peep into the unique insight from the artists’ minds by scrolling through WhatsApp. Virtual art gallery is the new emerging concept today.

04 Jun 2017

Warm weaves from Kashmir

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Who else than Anne Morrell could have written a whole book on textile fragments, and what other institution than the Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad would have kept garnering, as a part of its dazzling collections, just these fragments for years together?

28 May 2017

Time & life cast in stone

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

India is attracting specific interest groups from across the world for its historical magnificence. An expert art historian from Europe was on a reconciliation trip to places of Hoysala architecture in South India recently.

A gift for generations to come

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

For the last 30 years, Prof Gurinder Singh Mann has been working in the trenches — he has straddled villages, towns and countries to gather Sikh texts.

When glass becomes the canvas

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Reverse glass painting is a fascinating, yet comparatively unknown genre of Indian art.

Exchanging values, culture & education

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Indian food is yum. I gained seven kg. Can you imagine? And aloo ka parantha is irresistible!” says an excited Cyrus Johnson from the USA. “It was not a year in my life, but a life in a year,” is what Loula Burnus, from Belgium, describes her experience here in India as.