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    From a cultural festival to playing chess and kite action along the coast, this season is about getting ahead of the game

    Onam alternative
    For the festival of Onam, Pondy-based designer Viji Joy, of That Thou Art, has brought out a special Kasavu collection. Featuring tops, short skirts and maxi dresses—with  contemporary motifs like flowers, and lines in reds, blues and browns —it uses  the traditional white-and-gold Kerala kasavu borders. Available at her store in Pondicherry and  online at Timri. From Rs 2,500 onwards. Details: lovetimri.com, facebook.com/thathouart

    Kite runner
    Spot colourful kites dotting the
    sky next week along the East Coast. The  second edition of the Puducherry International Kite Festival kicks off at the Uopalam New Port Ground. The festival, organised by the Pondicherry Tourism Department, will have a kite-making workshop, a race, an exhibition and recital of poems on kites. Registrations close this weekend. September 3-6. Details: 9895455115

    Saucy three
    La Pasta World is ushering in their one-year anniversary by introducing three new sauces. The two tangy reds (made with rich tomato and chilli) and the creamy white (with herbs) are from their own special homemade Italian recipes and will feature on their menu starting Monday. They are also adding to their dessert menu,  and we like their chocolate panforte.  Details: 0413 4209629

    Grand challenge
    Pondicherry is hosting its first international rapid chess tournament, organised by the Pondicherry State Chess Association and the All India Chess Federation. Starting tomorrow, the two-day tournament is open to all and promises the champion a Rs 1,00,000 prize, to be presented by  former chief minister, O Paneerselvam. At Arumugathirumananilayam Hall, from 8 am onwards. Rs 700. Details: 9629587291

    Mind control
    American author and speaker Byron Katie is holding a two-day retreat on wellness, The Work of Byron Katie, at Saracon in Auroville. Starting tomorrow the workshop will address issues such as concentration, anxiety, lifestyle diseases and stress management. Her programme will also include breathing exercises, mind workouts and tips on how to strike a work-play balance. Rs 1,500. Details: 9843948288

    Date with Dayal
    Jipmer Pondicherry is hosting their annual cultural fest, Spandan ’15. Flagging off with a marathon called Endurance3.0, and competitions through the week—arts (tribal pot painting, cloth art), music, film making and dance—the highlights of the fest include a performance by  singer Benny Dayal on September 2 and violinist Balabhaskar the day after. The event will also see the rock band Girish and the Chronicles perform. Details: 9659123601

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