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Thanks to their mutual love for fish, Karl Marx and good cinema, a Bengali and a Malayali will never run out of things to talk about. I realised this when I met Ananya Banerjee, an artist and cookbook writer, at her home in south Mumbai’s Sewri. From the type of fish used in a traditional Bengali macher chop (fish cutlet) to the shutdown of bars in Kerala, the conversation lasted for close...
Ticking glory
Every year, Geneva's majestic opera house, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, opens its doors to the most-awaited award ceremony in the world of luxury watches. Often called the Oscars of the watchmaking industry, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) honours top timepieces under 12 categories. The finale is preceded by a travelling exhibition of the...
Ahmedabad to a T
Come October 31 and the stage will be set for Kadak Badshahi, a 10-day multimedia event celebrating the city of Ahmedabad and its people. First organised in 2010, the show marked 600 years of Ahmedabad's existence.This year, under the aegis of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, about 80 artistes and writers, including dancers Mrinalini and Mallika Sarabhai and Kumudini Lakhia, architect B.V....
Fearless firefly
I always knew what I wanted to do and I pursued it with an obsession,” says singer-actor-composer-fashion stylist Monica Dogra, who describes herself as a dreamer. “I also was a super adult child in a way and a bit too serious. For me, art, music and the creative process were ways I could relieve my overactive mind.”As an actor in films like Dhobi Ghat and David, Dogra is a...
Bohemian rhapsody
The 13-hour drive from Guwahati, Assam, to Ziro valley in Lower Subansiri district, Arunachal Prad-esh, was like a bone-rattling amusement ride. The rain gods, thankfully, were lenient. The retreating monsoon was a mere spray across the dangerous high-range roads, often obstructed by landslides and fallen trees. The sight of Ziro was reinvigorating. It was a mini paradise, with lush paddy fields...
King of cool
It is not easy to pull off being cool. Some do, some don’t. Shah Rukh Khan, as the mauve paisley shirt-wearing metrosexual don, managed to do so. Even at 72, Amitabh Bachchan does it effortlessly. Some like Saif Ali Khan have tried and failed. Love Aaj Kal extinguished all hope for him. It is tougher for Chetan Bhagat who just turned 40. His insouciance—the prerequisite for being...
'Film festivals broaden your perspective'
MAMI 2014's international competition jury head British filmmaker Peter Webber on his love for Indian films and why film festivals in smaller cities are the real eye openers
'Paid film journalism is frightening'
If there is one person who was hailed as the real superstar at the MAMI opening ceremony, it was the creative director of the festival, Anupama Chopra. From MAMI President Shyam Benegal to the chief guest Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, everyone had something good to say about her. And why not. Chopra was the first one to tweet about the dying festival on Twitter, contribute generously to it and convince...
High on mocktail
Comedy is the flavour of the season. And, there is something for everyone, from in-your-face humour to the more refined
MAMI kicks off
Mumbai: It was a special evening for Bollywood as the 16th Mumbai Film Festival (often referred to as MAMI) was declared open at the 40-year-old Chandan Cinemas at Juhu. Not because this was the year that the festival was almost scrapped due to lack of funds and was nursed back to health by generous donations from the industry. But because as actor and host for the night Kalki Koechlin candidly...
Australia's Flanagan wins Man Booker prize
London: Australian novelist Richard Flanagan said that before winning the prestigious Man Booker prize for literature on Tuesday he had considered becoming a miner because he found it so difficult to make a living at his craft.Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious 50,000-pound ($79,530) prize for his novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North", set during the building of the Thailand-Burma...
India really needs humour: Kapil Sharma
What is the Kapil brand of humour?My brand of humour is desi. Its not for a particular class or elite society like in some English shows. Kids, parents and grandparents should be able to watch it together—a family show. There should be no vulgarity... others do it but I told my team let us get two laughters less but we will never go below the belt because families trust us. Today we have...
Saving marooned bride
It is a pleasant evening, and the people inside Mumbai's Palladium Hotel are waiting to feast their eyes on designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil's bridal wear collection. Think bridal wear, and you would expect shimmering lehengas and saris in typical maroon or red. This show, however, displays unconventional hues as models walk the ramp in white, grey, blue, bronze and black, leaving the...
Ouso effect
It is an incongruous setting. His 12th floor apartment is like a jarring, large installation art, with bright canvases, grim photographs, musical instruments and sculptures vying for attention.A few steps away, from his balcony, it is a numbing grey view. The grumpy clouds are about to open up their woes. And the backwaters off Kochi are flowing towards oceanic glory.“Cooking... ha!”...
French writer wins Nobel prize in Literature
French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for Literature as "a Marcel Proust of our time," The Swedish Academy said on Thursday.The academy said the award of 8 million Swedish crowns ($1.1 million) was "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation".Modiano's works have centred...
ISI has ties with terror groups: Panetta
Pakistani spy agency ISI having close ties with terror groups is an open secret and this was the reason why the US did not share the intelligence about the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout with Islamabad, former defence secretary and ex-CIA Director Leon Panetta has said. "We had been discussing this for months, and it was an open secret that Pakistan's intelligence agency had ties...
Never a dull day
A spirited mother and a sedate son. Theatre personalities Dolly Thakore and son Quasar Thakore Padamsee speak about living life to the full
Risky business
Two women, one passionate about art and journalism and the other about filmmaking, have come together to create a platform to highlight the issues of safety of journalists and the importance of free and fair media. V.R. Devika, 60, an art critic and Uma Vangal Shivakumar, 49, professor of film direction at LV Prasad Film and TV Academy in Chennai, are organising ‘Behind The Lines, Between...
Rolling the dice
Out of tune
Geeta Chandran believes in keeping up with the times. In a dancing career that spans 40 years, Chandran has embraced technology to connect with her younger students and audience. She is accessible on social networking sites, gives talks on forums such as TEDx and interacts through her dance company. “I'm active on Facebook and get several mails every day—it helps me keep a...
Style without borders
Neither the political turmoil nor the floods in Pakistan hampered the enthusiasm of Pakistani designers at the Alishan Pakistan lifestyle exposition in New Delhi, where they showcased their latest collections. After food and music, it is Pakistani fashion—lawn cotton fabric, pant-style salwars with wide lacy cuffs and ankle-length voluminous kurtis in bold prints—that is attracting...
Rebel with a cause
Neel Mukherjee’s Booker-shortlisted The Lives of Others has everything that makes a Bengali novel¯exploitation, class struggle and family drama
Amitabh is a commodity, not an actor
The Bhardwajian saga
What happens when you try to juxtapose an already intense and complicated story onto a volatile backdrop like the insurgency-hit Kashmir? It could well turn out to be explosively beautiful or excruciatingly disastrous. It would then be only fair to say that Vishal Bhardwaj's telling of the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, Haider, is more inclined towards the former albeit a few flaws. Set in...
Telling the Parsi story
A stay in Mumbai wouldn't be complete without bumping into an eccentric Parsi. An integral part of the city, they also have and are still playing a huge role in making Mumbai what it is today. An endearing group of mavericks, the Parsis are one of the few communities who can take jokes made on their expense quite well. Their only concern is, however, their dwindling numbers, thanks to...
Making sense of rituals
India nominates 'Liar's Dice' for Oscars
Lama lore in gore
Social change, a click away
MAMI can make it
A kind ‘mother’
Bangalore Lit Fest to begin on Sept 26
Acting for Attenborough
Venerable vegetation
Pistol, peas and perfection
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