Home Archives 2014 December 26

Daily Archives: Dec 26, 2014

    0 46

    Broacha says many events can fit in here, including his own successes. His pick for jaw-dropping moments.

    General Elections: We had a civilised election. It was a BJP storm which no one expected! It is baffling to see people voted for change. But some things wona��t. Like two Nirav Shahs in Malabar Hill with the same election card!

    Indian Mathematics and Statistics: We had statistics of all kinds: how many meat eaters voted, whom vegans voted for and why. The international news channels need to learn about that!

    The Oscar Selfie: What Kim Kardashian tried to do, the Oscar selfie did in March a�� break the Internet.

    My son shaving: All of 11 years,A�my son shaved. He has not a single hair on his face.

    Tragic

    a�?Unfortunately, there is plentyA�in this category,a�? says the comedian, and even his positive bent of mind cannot A�put a hopeful spin on it.

    The Malaysian Airlines tragedies: Though we know what happened to one of the planes, the other one still remaining a mystery is perhaps way
    more disconcerting.

    Phil Hughes: A premature death that shattered the world while other tragedies also happened, cricket fans like myself were really traumatised by how a good ball can kill someone. It is terrifying.

    Peshawar school attack: There is nothing more to say.

      0 49

      Funny man Cyrus Broacha on defining moments of the past year

      CheerfulA�Broacha shares especially happy moments on the year gone by.

      The Brasil World Cup:

      I actually watched the World Cup in Africa a�� four years late to catch the previous one, but it brought the world together. And we Indians ceased to be Indian. For a month we became Italian, Brazillian, German, Argentinian, English and Spanish. But ask us who the president or PM of those countries area��that is the real test, I say!

      Mission Mars:

      That was a definite feather in our cap. Not only was it something to cheer about in an otherwise morbid year, but it was also the countrya��s first mission to the Red Planet and debut into interplanetary spaceflight. A fantastic bonus!

      2612CultureLead4The Nobel Prize:

      Indian childrena��s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi winning the peace prize was a huge deal. It made the world realise that we do have achievers in the country apart from those who make fools of themselves!

      Weird

      Saying that strange things are now the order of the day, and we can only expect absurd things to become more acceptable, he goes on to tell us his pick of the odd, starting with current favourite bakra Rahul Gandhi.

      Rahul Gandhi:

      His one interview with Arnab Goswami sealed the politiciana��s personality. And forget the interview going viral in English, it was amazing to see how it trickled down to regional languages. The social media is truly a powerful tool!

      Kim Kardashiana��s bum:

      Or her two bums. Or whatever they are! She tried to even break the Internet with it. But truth be told, I sometimes watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And as much as I try though, to keep up with them, I cannot.

      Interstellar:

      It was such a disillusioning film. But after I watched it, I understood why Christopher Nolan named it a�?Intera��stellar. Now he will make Prestellar to tell us why he made the film and then he will release a Poststellar to explain the entire film to us. Since trilogies are the a�?ina�� thing!

      a�� Aakanksha Devi

        0 43

        Funny man Cyrus Broacha on defining moments of the past year

        CheerfulA�Broacha shares especially happy moments on the year gone by.

        The Brasil World Cup:

        I actually watched the World Cup in Africa a�� four years late to catch the previous one, but it brought the world together. And we Indians ceased to be Indian. For a month we became Italian, Brazillian, German, Argentinian, English and Spanish. But ask us who the president or PM of those countries area��that is the real test, I say!

        Mission Mars:

        That was a definite feather in our cap. Not only was it something to cheer about in an otherwise morbid year, but it was also the countrya��s first mission to the Red Planet and debut into interplanetary spaceflight. A fantastic bonus!

        2612CultureLead4The Nobel Prize:

        Indian childrena��s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi winning the peace prize was a huge deal. It made the world realise that we do have achievers in the country apart from those who make fools of themselves!

        Weird

        Saying that strange things are now the order of the day, and we can only expect absurd things to become more acceptable, he goes on to tell us his pick of the odd, starting with current favourite bakra Rahul Gandhi.

        Rahul Gandhi:

        His one interview with Arnab Goswami sealed the politiciana��s personality. And forget the interview going viral in English, it was amazing to see how it trickled down to regional languages. The social media is truly a powerful tool!

        Kim Kardashiana��s bum:

        Or her two bums. Or whatever they are! She tried to even break the Internet with it. But truth be told, I sometimes watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And as much as I try though, to keep up with them, I cannot.

        Interstellar:

        It was such a disillusioning film. But after I watched it, I understood why Christopher Nolan named it a�?Intera��stellar. Now he will make Prestellar to tell us why he made the film and then he will release a Poststellar to explain the entire film to us. Since trilogies are the a�?ina�� thing!

        a�� Aakanksha Devi

          0 36

          Must-have apps that made it big in 2014

          Camera+
          The best camera app for iPhone, this one is fast, simple with great updates. We also love that it is full of features but doesna��t hang. Apart from the stabiliser, timer and burst mode, it lets you edit, create layers, change the balance and has a digital zoom for distant subjects. Rs.189 on apple.itunes.com

          Equalizer+
          This one from Android not only plays music but improves sound quality with a frequency equaliser. Set your frequencies, save your presets, and bring out the best in your music and amplify bass for party nights with the Bass Booster feature. Rs.68. Add-ons up to Rs.800 on play.google.com

          Hanx Writer
          The brainchild of typewriter collector Tom Hanks comes with expert animation and sound effects so it feels like a manual typewriter. Loaded with three different type sets, you can complete you document, convert it into a PDF. Free for iPad users.

          Timehop
          This app allows you to look back into your social media accounts be it Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and rummages through posts to find what you were doing at a point in time in the past. Great to document the good times. On iOS and Android. Details: timehop.com

          Hyperlapse & LapseIt
          Hyperlapse lets you take long shots and compress them intoA�time-lapse videos with a professional look. It stitches footage and smooths out bumps, literally! For Andorid users, Google made LapseIt. It can import and speed up videos, import image sequences from DSLRs or GoPros with the bonus of adding music from your library! Both free on apple.itunes.com and play.google.com

          a��Aakanksha Devi

            0 36

            Must-have apps that made it big in 2014

            Camera+
            The best camera app for iPhone, this one is fast, simple with great updates. We also love that it is full of features but doesna��t hang. Apart from the stabiliser, timer and burst mode, it lets you edit, create layers, change the balance and has a digital zoom for distant subjects. Rs.189 on apple.itunes.com

            Equalizer+
            This one from Android not only plays music but improves sound quality with a frequency equaliser. Set your frequencies, save your presets, and bring out the best in your music and amplify bass for party nights with the Bass Booster feature. Rs.68. Add-ons up to Rs.800 on play.google.com

            Hanx Writer
            The brainchild of typewriter collector Tom Hanks comes with expert animation and sound effects so it feels like a manual typewriter. Loaded with three different type sets, you can complete you document, convert it into a PDF. Free for iPad users.

            Timehop
            This app allows you to look back into your social media accounts be it Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and rummages through posts to find what you were doing at a point in time in the past. Great to document the good times. On iOS and Android. Details: timehop.com

            Hyperlapse & LapseIt
            Hyperlapse lets you take long shots and compress them intoA�time-lapse videos with a professional look. It stitches footage and smooths out bumps, literally! For Andorid users, Google made LapseIt. It can import and speed up videos, import image sequences from DSLRs or GoPros with the bonus of adding music from your library! Both free on apple.itunes.com and play.google.com

            a��Aakanksha Devi

            0 27

            Caperberry
            Chef Abhijit Saha pulled out all the culinary stops at this Christmas dinner. Guests enjoyed his unusual prawn cocktail, and Cryo Popcorn Powder lamb, with Alpine wineries.

            Abhijit&ShrutiSahaVivanta by Taj
            Professional jive dancers got the party off to a swinging start at the annual HCG Foundation Masquerade Ball fundraiser, along with a sit-down meal, art exhibition and live band.

            RashmiVaswaniandPrasadBidapaRage Chocolatier
            Over sinfully delicious chocolate treats and canapes, Rage Chocolatier launched their signature boutique on Residency Road, bringing together fine wine and good company, as well wishers enjoyed every morsel.

              0 50

              AS FAR as New Yeara��s resolutions go, youa��d be hard pressed to find a list that doesna��t have earnest allusions to hitting the gym, with weight loss or muscle gain goals that are about as grounded in reality as the Interstellar script. Like actress Nia Vardalos, of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame, once joked, her to-do list always begins with a�?the desire to lose between 10 and 3,000 poundsa�? in the new year.
              2612RadioLead2Which is why ita��s pretty encouraging when I spot an outlier fitness startup that doesna��t hand out silver bullets for six-pack abs, but takes the more balanced view on physical exercise, like FIT I AM. For founder Dinesh Kumar, fitness isna��t about doing a ridiculous number of crunches or bench pressing the weight equivalent of a Tata Nano. Instead, hea��s been steering the conversation towards functional fitness, where getting in shape is really about feeling good about yourself, as opposed to compulsive scale watching, or the self flagellation that follows not being able to drop three trouser sizes in as many days.
              Therea��s no denying just how sedentary city lifestyles have become and FIT I AMa��s primary goal is to get people who have no real inclination for sports or exercise off the couch.
              Instead of working out isolated muscles, the onus is on developing stamina, pushing back against lifestyle diseases like obesity or sometimes, the sheer enjoyment of a good post-workout endorphin rush. The modus operandi is to take physical exercise out of the gyms and into the great outdoors, whether ita��s their obstacle course fun runs through forests in Kanakapura or all-inclusive family sporting events, like mini triathlons.
              2612RadioLead11The trend of fitness groups that are swapping cross-trainers and dumbbells for proper outdoor activity is fast catching on. Therea��s Namma CrossFit, who have sessions on footpaths, skywalks and parks. Like FIT I AM, theya��re encouraging community workouts, where people meet up to get fit in a comfortable social setting, instead of putting on earphones and doing isolated hamster-wheel treadmill routines. Stop by Hyper Monkey Fitness, where youa��ll get to try a whole bunch of activities from zumba and yoga to what they call a�?monkey madnessa�� a�� workout session where parkour meets gymnastics. Plus, therea��s no paucity of startups like Fitness Fight Club that teach mixed martial arts, where self defence skills are the added bonus to your daily fitness regimen. For people like me, whoa��ve long thought that they were allergic to physical exercise, the rise of the Average-over-G.I Joe gym startups is certainly welcome.

              a�� pauldharamraj@gmail.com
              Freelance writer Paul Dharamraj brings you the latest start-up
              buzz in town

                0 98

                Nostalgia on canvas
                December 26 | Gallery Sumukha
                Lose yourself in the oil on canvas works of SG Vasudev, entitled Recollections Reconnections. The pieces are a refreshing change from the constant need for something new and offbeat and stick to the traditional and familiar. The palette includes earthy browns, turquoise, sea green, pale yellow and vermilion. A�Rs.45,000 upwards. At Wilson Garden. Details: 22292230

                2612rsvp3bSurround sound
                December 27 | Vagator
                The yeara��s biggest dance music festival, Sunburn, promises to blow your mind with a whole new list of features. Eight stages, over 150 artistes and endless after dark parties apart from a range of exciting activities like stunt-biking, zorbing, volleyball and bungee jumping will see you end the year on a real high. At Goa. Turn to page 5 for details

                2612rsvp5aItalian touch
                December 29 | New Delhi
                Pia Pauroa��s Spring Summer 2015 collection takes inspiration from the islands of Italy. Entitled, Panarea, the exquisite line by the resort wear designer includes printed silks, hand-embroidered tunics, dresses, kaftans and accessories. Rs.15,000 upwards. At Meher Chand Market.
                Details: 011 49052282

                2612rsvp7bIn the mix
                December 31 | Windmills Craftworks
                Skip the noisy parties and head to the popular brewery forA�a musically enriched New Yeara��s Eve. Making their way here all the way from Plymouth is Land of The Giants, a funky six-piece band offering a blend of musical styles ranging from rock to reggae and ska to blues, with a heavy dash of dub. At Whitefield. Tickets (Rs.6,000) upwards on bookmyshow.com

                2612rsvp1bAt the movies
                December 26 | PVR Cinemas
                Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Ugly tells the tale of homeA�maker, Shalini (Tejaswini Kolhapure) married to an A�overbearing police chief Bose Shoumik (Ronit Roy), who forces her to stay indoors. When her daughter Kali, goes missing, it leads to a series of mysterious and thrilling
                incidents as Shalini, her husband and ex-husband Rahul (Rahul Bhatt) go on a wild goose chase around the city.

                2612rsvp4aParty central
                Candolim | December 28
                Just a few miles away from the lively Sunburn, VH1 Supersonic offers an alternate venue for those who like something a tad bit more low key. Headliners include the Chainsmokers and Paul Van Dyke. Back for a second year, other features include life-size art installations, a hippy market and stalls offering the finest of Indian cuisines. At Goa. Tickets (Rs.1,500) upwards on bookmyshow.com

                2612rsvpNew1Cartoon couture
                December 30 | Online
                Disney India teams up with Satya Paul to launch Disney Mono Pop, a collection inspired by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Classified as retro-modern, the line includes saris, stoles, ties, scarves and accessories in bright pops of colours and strong graphic prints. The creations are an ode to the evolution of the two iconic characters over the years. Rs.2,495 upwards. At jabong.com

                2612rsvp8bNew beginnings
                January 1 | Hyatt Bangalore
                Kick start the New Year with an elaborate brunch at the poolside of Lido. The spread includes a selection of fine breads, salads, pastas and desserts. Whether hungover or just looking for a place to spend with family, this one comes highly recommended. Rs.1,500 upwards. At MG Road. Details: 49361234

                Buy valium | Buy modafinil onlIne