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10 Mar 2019

A life of paradoxes

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

Ram Gopal Varma once said that he used to make his heroes quite anti-hero. “Because I loved bullies in my school. They were my heroes, as I was weak and timid.”

State-sponsored freedom

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

The VGIK (Vsesoiuznii Gosudarstevnii Institut Kinematografii) or All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow is the world’s oldest film school.

Smell the coffee and spirituality at Coorg

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

Jaggery coffee may not be your cup of tea but expect the brown brew to be presented as a welcome drink at a resort in the middle of a large coffee plantation, such as the Cottabetta bungalow in Pollibetta, Coorg, south Karnataka.

Peek into the peaks

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

Nestled amidst dense pine forests, Satkhol is a sleepy, little village located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Off the beaten trail, it is a delight for nature lovers and travellers.

Insurance claim: Surveyor’s word not final

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

Last year, my car got stolen. I lodged a complaint with the police and also intimated the insurance company. Three months after this, the police found my car abandoned in a field.

Peppered with history

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

Routinely used in ancient Egyptian funerary traditions and much sought after by the wealthy Greeks and patrician Romans, the pungent peppercorn is what lured Arab traders and later European adventurers to sail India-wards.

A green spread

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

The concept of zero-waste cooking is simple — ensuring that no part of the ingredient goes waste.

Random ‘development’ will push everything downhill

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

The Haryana Government’s decision to amend the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) could have had far-reaching consequences for the ecosystems of the Aravalli and the Shivalik.

Aravallis under assault

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

The story of the Aravallis is that of a weak system, complete disregard for environment and unending hunger for land. Greed, in fact, is the predominant factor in the story of plunder of what remains of the natural resource, an eroded version of the ancient mountains arising from a geological event in the Precambrian era — the earliest part of the earth’s history.

Pathos cast in time

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

People who knew Amar Nath Sehgal as a child always remembered him as someone who spent most of his time alone, lost in clouds and other aspects of nature, and doodle his impressions of all that he saw.

Voice of Punjab is Bengali

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

Kaushiki Chakraborty is the highest-paid woman classical musician, with a massive fan following on social media and a youthful audience in every city she sings in. She has transcended the barriers of classical music and appeals to all types of listeners.

Commemorating heroes in concrete

10 Mar 2019 | 12:06 AM

A new war memorial and near-enough war-like situation is perhaps the right time for the country with a rich military heritage to visit monuments that remember our war dead.

On digital highway, go paperless

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

A couple of months ago, I lost my wallet and, with it, my driving licence and the vehicle registration certificate.

Spicing it up

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

What’s in a name, you ask? I’m beginning to think the biggest challenge for those perched on the threshold of a new restaurant is christening it.

Making fairy tales fair

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

A damsel in distress. A wicked witch or an evil stepmother. A fairy godmother, perhaps.

A journey through time

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

Voted several times as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Zurich is a bustling metropolis and the largest city of Switzerland.

Waiting for... Act II

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

A theatre, a literature, an artistic expression that does not speak for its own time has no relevance, said Dario Fo, the Nobel Prize winner and the most widely performed contemporary playwright in world theatre.

Fearless Freda

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

When Freda Houlston confided that she was going to marry the handsome Sikh student she’d been seeing, her best friend, Barbara Castle, replied: ‘Well, thank goodness. Now at least you won’t become a suburban housewife!’

Living with history

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

Have you ever had a drink in what was a prison earlier or watched a musical show and caught up with a Shakespeare rendition in a jail yard.

Voice of the streets

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

Zoya Akhtar-directed film Gully Boy charts the rags-to-riches story of two street rappers from Dharavi — Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy — who collaborated on the 2015 hit Mere Gully Mein.

In pursuit of power

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

American director Adam McKay’s Vice chronicles the life of Dick Cheney, former US vice-president, known for his secrecy and power of observation.

Tales of forgiveness

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

In the introduction to his film Rubaru Roshni that was released in six languages on television on Republic Day, Aamir Khan says he has worked in and produced several films in his career spanning 30 years, but this film is his most significant work.

Divine vistas

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

Sometimes I wonder that if impressionist artists like Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne were to paint the trees of Chandigarh, which ones would they choose! Surely Van Gogh would have abandoned his passion for sun flowers and chosen the radiant yellow orbs of tecoma trees; Monet would have preferred the lilac-white dreamscapes of jacaranda trees over lilies and Cezanne inspired to paint the feathery greens of silver oaks!

The armchair nature lover

10 Feb 2019 | 1:18 AM

The green patch in the forecourt of the house, slightly larger than a basket ball court, is a favoured space for a modest and daily congregation of birds, bees and butterflies.