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    Life of Jobs
    Discovery Science pays tribute to A�technological visionary Steve Jobs with iGENIUS: How Steve Job Changed The World. Hosted by industrial designer Adam Savage and SFX specialist Jamie Hyneman it recounts Jobsa�� contributions to mankind. October 4 at 9 pm on Discovery Science

    Musical battle
    Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Melanie B return A�to the judges panel for the eleventh edition of The X Factor. Cowell and Fernandez-Versini rejoin the panel as replacements for Gary Barlow and Sharon Osbourne in A�what is expected to be a tight competition this time around. Premieres on A�October 6 at 9 pm on Vh1

    Sinister plots
    Catch the latest season of Criminal A�Minds (S10). Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the show as Kate Callahan, a former undercover FBI agent. There will be at least one female unsub in the season apparently. Plus flash backs and new romances. Starts October 9 at 9 pm on Star World Premiere

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      With the ferocity of the monsoons abating, therea��s no time like now to pull out that safari jacket, dust off your binoculars, and sign up for some adventure at the numerous wildlife parks that dot the country.
      We spoke to Taj Safaria��s wildlife specialist, Ratna Singh, who gave us a round up of A�must-visit national parks, insider tips and valuable pointers for a great safari break.

      Pench, Madhya Pradesh
      Nestled between the Satpura range and the Pench river, the Pench National Park stirs up images of Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo prancing through the dry deciduous forests. While less popular than its neighbour, Bandha-vagarh, the park boasts hills, forests and plenty of rivulets. Singh says that apart from the landscape, you can look foward to endangered species of animals and birds. Twenty-five tigers apparently share the space with other cats like the leopard, as well as wolves, dhol (Indian wild dog), hyenas, chital, sambhar and gaur. Birdwatchers can revel in sighting a host of majestic birds including the crested serpent eagle and white-eyed buzzard.

      Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
      Set up in 1936 to protect the Bengal tiger, this one is the oldest in the country and Singh advises you go there simply because the name Jim Corbett itself means so much. a�?Youa��re likely to see tigers, leopards, elephants and many primates here,a�? she says, adding that it is also a haven for birds, a�?from the usual peacock, jungle foul and dove to the Asian paradise flycatcher and Indian Alpine swift.a�? Those interested will also love spotting the Indian crocodile and snakes like Krait cobra and Russels viper.

      Ranthambore, Rajasthan
      Formerly a princely game conserve, this is the ideal spot if you are looking to see tigers. At the convergence of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, youa��ll find varied landscape that shifts from gentle hills to steep climbs, interspersed with green plateaus a�� which can be credited for the diversity in wildlife and flora. a�?Make sure to also visit the old Ranthambhor Fort (built in the 10th century) to get a better view of leopards, hyenas, crocodiles and boar because most of the surrounding water bodies are visible from the height of the fort. The fort itself offers history buffs a grand experience through arches of time and architecture,a�? says Singh.

      Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
      What is striking about this place is the diversity it has to offer wildlife enthusiasts, combined with breathtaking natural splendour. Apart from tigers, the park is also inhabited by exotic species like gaur, black deer, black buck and leopard. The animal that represents the park is the barasingha or the swamp deer, which was on the verge of extinction two decades ago. But quick and effective measures have increased their population. A spot you must not miss is the Bamni Dadar, or Sunset Point, from where you get a stunning view of the sambhars and gaurs grazing, backlit by the setting sun.

      Panna National Park, A�Madhya Pradesh
      Another tiger reserve, this park has turned its tiger conservation project into a success story. With just five tigers in 2008, it now boasts a total of 30. Also look out for hyenas, wolves, nilgais and chinkaras. The heritage of the Khajuraho temple in close proximity makes this one a great destination, as ita��s got a good mix of culture, adventure and wildlife.

      Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
      a�?This is a park I adore, as it was practically in my backyard while growing up,a�? says Singh. Located in the Vindyas, this one is a mix of steep ridges, open meadows, and lush green forests. The former hunting ground of the maharaja of Rewa, it is home to the exotic white tiger. It is also inhabited by other carnivores like the Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, ratel and jungle cats.

      Datchigam National Park, Jammu & Kashmir
      Located in the Zabarwan range in the western Himalayas, the park is at an altitude ranging from 5,500 to 14,000 feet above sea level, which is conducive to an array of rare species. The hangal or Kashmir stag is one such species that can be found here. Other occupants include the musk deer, Himalayan serow, hill fox, yellow throated marten and otter. If youa��re big on bird watching, dona��t miss the Himalayan monal, pygmy owlet, redstart, wagtail and koklass pheasant.

      a�� Rashmi Rajagopal & Aakanksha Devi

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        Tangerine roll A�out an all day dining menu thata��s pure comfort food

        With floor to ceiling windows overlooking Koramangalaa��s busy Sony signal, a light-filled yet cosy ambience and now a fantastic all-day menu, Tangerine Sizzlers and More is the perfect place to satisfy any out-of-hours hunger pangs and to watch the A�world go by.

        Quick eats and finger food are in A�plentiful supply. Try the spicy chicken wings which come lathered in a tomato-based, lemongrass infused sauce, and are delicious dipped into the accompanying garlic dip. The Russian salad is great for a quick snack, and the non-vegetarian version comes with lightly poached chicken as well as the usual roasted potatoes, fresh green peas and mayonnaise dressing.

        Spoiled for choice
        For more substantial eats, there are burgers, hot sandwiches and European fare including sausages, fish and chips and chili con carne. Crunchy French bread, succulent meat, slowly caramalised onions and melted cheddar cheese came together to create one of the tastiest steak sandwiches wea��ve had the pleasure of eating. Fresh basa, lightly battered in seasoned bread crumbs made for tasty fish and chips, but wea��d have preferred the batter to be a little crisper. Vegetarians are also well-catered for with a grilled mixed vegetable steak, and a cottage cheese and corn burger, topped with a smoky barbecue sauce. A�Rs.A�600 for two. Details: 41152678

        a��Maegan Dobson Sippy

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          Shabby chic
          Inspired by aviation history, the new A�John Players jeans collection is rugged, utilitarian and experimental. Seam engineered jeans are cut to create the illusion of slimmer lines, while knitted denims are perfect for the cool season. `1,599 onwards. At Mantri Mall, Sampige Road, Malleswaram. A�Details: 41678181

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          Kick off
          If you want to up your game and step out in something no one else has, Nike is launching customisable football boots for the first time in India. Write your name, add your favourite teama��s flag or come up with your own idea. Rs. 3,995 onwards. Exclusively on Jabong.com

           

           

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          Time pass
          DKNY launches City Geometry, their collection of womena��s watches with a bold yet feminine style. With a mixture of structured shapes and architectural elements, their dainty appearance belies their durability and scratch resistant properties. Materials include sterrling silver, pearls and crystal. Rs. 8,995 onwards. At Just in Vogue, Jayanagar. Details: 42075124

           

           

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            Leela Palace
            Kunal Chauhan, GM, The Leela Palace, hosted a wonderful dinner with RBS Private Banking, to view the Ryder Cup live from Scotland. The evening had loads of fun A�contests, with prizes like Mont Blanc Eyewear and Kindles.

            Phoenix Mall
            An evening of lace and laughter had the ladies step out to check out the latest from the Enamour line of inner wear, over drinks and nibbles.

            Marriott Whitefield
            An evening of art, fine food, wineA�and fashion had the swish set A�open their hearts and their wallets for a good cause a�� the life-saving Mammomobile Charitable Trust, which aims to take vital early A�detection equipment to the women in villages across South India.

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              Good times on tap in Brigade Roada��s new bar-diner

              Brigade Road may have more than its fair share of pubs, but the newly launched Tap Water has already made its mark. Set in an unassuming basement property, its simple, rugged dA�cor and a�?drinking holea�� vibe belies the gastro-pub menu devised by chef Nirmal Kumar, that sets it a cut above the rest.

              Drink it up
              We were intrigued by the concept of self-service, unlimited beer on tap. Grab one of the three large a�?partya�� tables, and help yourself to either Kingfisher or Fosters from the large, industrial-looking tap installed above your head. For a set price (which varies by brand) per person, the beer will flow for an entire hour. The signature house cocktails dona��t disappoint either. Our Long Tap Ice Tea was a twist on the classic LIIT, with egg white adding extra body to the drink.

              Gastronomy haven
              The bar menu offers American-style A�comfort food, with 15-inch thin crust pizzas, a full range of burgers and steaks, and an extensive selection of sandwiches and melts. We were particularly impressed with the finger food: the freshly battered calamari served with a creamy pepper, garlic, cheese and onion dipping sauce makes for an excellent sharing platter, while the roasted, honey-glazed spare ribs literally fall of the bone. To round off the evening we recommend the mango panna cotta a�� a perfect desi twist on the classic Italian dessert.
              Rs. 1,000 for two approximately. Details:49652861

              a��Maegan Dobson Sippy

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                Two new first person survival games to keep you sharp and tacticalA�

                Alien: Isolation
                A survival horror, set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger, this one looks eerie but exciting. Set fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripleya��s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mothera��s disappearance. You play Amanda and have to navigate through an increasingly volatile world. The atmosphere keeps changing and aliens are more unpredictable than you can imagine. We love that the game doesna��t follow a half-baked plot but builds as you play, thanks to artificial intelligence senses that allow gameplay to be based on the gamera��s psyche. So luckily no computerised movement of the enemies either! Largely underpowered and under prepared because you are really defenseless save for a flame thrower, scavenging for ammunition is also part of the plan apart from succeeding to stay alive! Releases on October 7 for PC, PS3, Xbox360, PS4, and Xbox One.

                Destiny
                From the creators of Halo and the publisher of Call of Duty comes Destiny. With an unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay, it delivers an incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe. You are a Guardian charged with saving the last city on Earth with the option of personalising your look and you can pick your combination of armor, weapons. As you pass quests you gain power and get hold of rare and exotic gear. Strike raids are very hard though and this may discourage some players from carrying on. While it is a great shooting game, it does get repetitive if you are playing alone as the enemy spawns at the exact same location every time you re-play the game. On PS4 and Xbox One

                a�� Prassanna Prasath A�and Aakanksha Devi

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                  Khadi meets high fashion, as designers take the handwoven route

                  Stepping away from its utilitarian origins, Indiaa��s freedom fabric is fast becoming the top choice for both homegrown designers and international brands. Versatile, resilient and practical, its comeback spans the fashion spectrum. Kick back in limited edition jeans, accessorise with colourful stoles or cotton jewellery, and dress in classic silhouettes and saris.

                  By Maegan Dobson Sippy


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                  Whole Nine YardsA�
                  For everyday saris, you cana��t do A�better than the collection by Rema Kumar. The fabric is sourced from Pomduru, a village in Andhra Pradesh famed for its high quality khadi. Bold, contrasting colours and understated design make these wardrobe staples. Rs. 4,500. At Shahpurjat, Delhi. Details: 011 41751846

                   


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                  Classic casual
                  Launched to celebrate IndependenceA�Day, the limited-edition Levis khadi collection includes their signature five pocket jeans, as well as classically cut jackets and shirts. We love the versatile a�?truckera�� A�jacket, which is softer and lighter than the regular denim edition. Perfect for a casual day out. `5000 upwards. At the Levis store, Indiranagar. Details: 41122618

                   

                   

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                  In blue
                  The Arvind Denim India Made A�project has provided natural indigo A�dyed khadi fabric for designers including Rajesh Pratap Singh and Himanshu Shani. Comfortable and soft, their denim has one up on your regular jeans as ita��s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. At Rajesh Pratap Singh, Emporio Mall, New A�Delhi. Details: 011 46060959

                   

                   

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                  Western Touch
                  Part of the new Fabels range, A�FabIndiaa��s take on contemporary western wear, this chic fitted blazer has been hand block printed and embroidered. Ideal for the weekend when A�coupled with a pair of fitted jeans andA�ballet pumps. Rs. 5,890. At Garuda Mall,A�Magrath Road. Details: 32922335

                   

                   

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                  Say it with eleganceA�
                  This trapeze khadi dress is a showstopper, and the perfect transition from day to evening wear. Simple lines create an elegant silhouette while dabka and chikan embroidery add a subtle ethnic touch. Rashmi Varmaa��s brand is known for effortlessly combining traditional and contemporary influences, and we cana��t wait for the launch of the autumn winter collection later this month. `18,000. At Meherchand Market, Delhi. Details: A�011 49050832

                   

                   

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                  Namma style
                  Headed by Bangalore-based A�designers Chandrashekar and Ravi A�Kiran, Metaphor Racha is fast acquiring a devoted following. The range includes A�saris, dupattas and even home furnishings, with every item using handwoven khadi A�produced in Karnataka. With distinctive block prints and contrasting colour palettes, the stoles are perfect for adding a splash of A�style to an understated outfit. Rs. 1,000 A�upwards. At House of Taamara, Indiranagar. Details: 41607288

                   

                   

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                  Upcycled art
                  Founded by NYC costume designer Ondi McMaster-Chullil, the AtelierOM collection fuses high design and handicraft. We love the sophisticated block-printed jumpsuits, and also cana��t resist this stylish cotton necklace, made from offcuts of their khadi fabrics. Perfect to go with a beachy kaftan for an offshore party. At Paperboat Collective, Sangolda, Goa. Details: 832 6521248

                   

                   

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                  Fruit of the Loom
                  A designer working only with handloom textiles, Ghanshyam Sarodea��s saris incorporate traditional crafts and are famed for the intricacy of their weaves. This one takes over 50 days to create, and is a work of art in its own right. Rs. 55,000. At Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Details: 040 27425666

                   

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                    Khadi meets high fashion, as designers take the handwoven route

                    Stepping away from its utilitarian origins, Indiaa��s freedom fabric is fast becoming the top choice for both homegrown designers and international brands. Versatile, resilient and practical, its comeback spans the fashion spectrum. Kick back in limited edition jeans, accessorise with colourful stoles or cotton jewellery, and dress in classic silhouettes and saris.

                    By Maegan Dobson Sippy


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                    Ethnic chic
                    For everyday saris, you cana��t do A�better than the collection by Rema Kumar. The fabric is sourced from Pomduru, a village in Andhra Pradesh famed for its high quality khadi. Bold, contrasting colours and understated design make these wardrobe staples. Rs. 4,500. At Shahpurjat, Delhi. Details: 011 41751846

                     


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                    Classic casual
                    Launched to celebrate IndependenceA�Day, the limited-edition Levis khadi collection includes their signature five pocket jeans, as well as classically cut jackets and shirts. We love the versatile a�?truckera�� A�jacket, which is softer and lighter than the regular denim edition. Perfect for a casual day out. `5000 upwards. At the Levis store, Indiranagar. Details: 41122618

                     

                     

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                    In blue
                    The Arvind Denim India Made A�project has provided natural indigo A�dyed khadi fabric for designers including Rajesh Pratap Singh and Himanshu Shani. Comfortable and soft, their denim has one up on your regular jeans as ita��s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. At Rajesh Pratap Singh, Emporio Mall, New A�Delhi. Details: 011 46060959

                     

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                    Fusion fashion
                    Part of the new Fabels range, A�FabIndiaa��s take on contemporary western wear, this chic fitted blazer has been hand block printed and embroidered. Ideal for the weekend when A�coupled with a pair of fitted jeans andA�ballet pumps. Rs. 5,890. At Garuda Mall,A�Magrath Road. Details: 32922335

                     

                     

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                    East meets West
                    This trapeze khadi dress is a showstopper, and the perfect transition from day to evening wear. Simple lines create an elegant silhouette while dabka and chikan embroidery add a subtle ethnic touch. Rashmi Varmaa��s brand is known for effortlessly combining traditional and contemporary influences, and we cana��t wait for the launch of the autumn winter collection later this month. `18,000. At Meherchand Market, Delhi. Details: A�011 49050832

                     

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                    Namma style
                    Headed by Bangalore-based A�designers Chandrashekar and Ravi A�Kiran, Metaphor Racha is fast acquiring a devoted following. The range includes A�saris, dupattas and even home furnishings, with every item using handwoven khadi A�produced in Karnataka. With distinctive block prints and contrasting colour palettes, the stoles are perfect for adding a splash of A�style to an understated outfit. Rs. 1,000 A�upwards. At House of Taamara, Indiranagar. Details: 41607288

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                    Upcycled art
                    Founded by NYC costume designer Ondi McMaster-Chullil, the AtelierOM collection fuses high design and handicraft. We love the sophisticated block-printed jumpsuits, and also cana��t resist this stylish cotton necklace, made from offcuts of their khadi fabrics. Perfect to go with a beachy kaftan for an offshore party. At Paperboat Collective, Sangolda, Goa. Details: 832 6521248

                     

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                    Designer draping
                    A designer working only with handloom textiles, Ghanshyam Sarodea��s saris incorporate traditional crafts and are famed for the intricacy of their weaves. This one takes over 50 days to create, and is a work of art in its own right. Rs. 55,000. At Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Details: 040 27425666

                     

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                      A�Mind A�over matterA�TTD8a
                      October 4 and 5, Koramangala
                      Stretch out your worries with A�a workshop that blends yoga with the ancient Indian sport of Mallakhamb, led by experienced practitioner Sharanya Narayanan. The combination of the two is perfect for building up your strength, A�flexibility and stamina, the ideal all-round A�workout. At Namma CrossFit.A�Rs. 1,200. Details: lshva.in

                       

                       

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                      Tiny treats
                      3 October, Banashankari
                      Youngsters can learn how to bakeA�delicious eggless deserts at this hands-on workshop. Participants will create, A�decorate and then take home chocolate, strawberry and Oreo cupcakes as well as dessert kebabs and choco truffle shots. For over fives only, registration required. At Kydz Adda. Details: kydzadda.com

                       

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                      Wild things
                      Until October 6, Kumara Krupa Road
                      In celebration of wildlife week, A�drop by this nature and conservation-themed photography exhibition Window to the Wild. With photos submitted by camera enthusiasts nationwide, the exhibition A�focuses on the glamour in wildlife and creativity in nature. Only the best entries selected by a panel of internationally acclaimed wildlife photographers will be on show. At Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. A�10 am until 6 pm. Details: 22261816


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                      Sister act
                      October 4, Koramangala
                      Join Suraksha Giri as she launches
                      her first novel, It Happened Like This. Set in post independence India, it follows three women as they negotiate love and marriage, conflicting loyalties and the upheaval of A�creating a new home. A dramatic reading will be followed by author-audience interaction. At Atta Galatta. 6 pm. Details: 30181626

                       

                      Mixed medium
                      Until October 5, Vasant Nagar
                      Art that is designed to provoke a reaction from the viewer comes together in a show simply titled Art Exhibit. Eclectic work by Akshaya Krishna and Pranav K is on display a�� from resin paintings to sculptures. At Alliance FranA�aise. Details: 41231340

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                      Choc a block
                      Indiranagar
                      Presented in a folding box and filled to the brim with caramel-infused premium chocolates, the new Cadbury glow box is perfect for gifting. With 24 individually wrapped goodies inside, there is enough to share with friends and family, or to keep tucked away for occasional treats. Available at Big Bazaar citywide. Rs. 600. At MK Retail. Details: 25254754

                       

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                      Me time
                      Ongoing, Lavelle Road
                      Recommended as a�?the facial A�of the centurya�� by Cosmopolitan magazine in the UK is the Kaya Derma-Regen 4 layer Therapy facial, now in India. Layers of fresh seaweed promise to rejuvenate, tone and help firm the skin, leaving your face refreshed, with a radiant glow. Other signature facials include the intense white dry scrub, antox ultra sheen therapy and pure pore clean skin. Details: kayaclinic.com

                       

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