Celebrity-powered apps to keep you fit
Indian Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta has launched a free fitness and yoga app which offers step-by-step video guides to all her yoga sessions. Available in both Hindi and English, you can get detailed instructions for each asana in addition to relaxing, stretching, breathing routines. Details: play.google.com
Kris Gethina��s 12 Week Trainer brings the celebrity trainer to your mobile phone. Created to burn fat and build muscle, the plan is the most viewed training series and has been given the stamp of approval by Hrithik Roshan, who arguably has the best body in town. On iOS and Android devices
Nikea��s Training Club app designed specifically for women, provides more than 85 instructor-narrated fitness routines which also tracks your progress and rewards efforts. Followed by Rihanna, Lea Michele and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, you can even go pro with tennis icon Serena Williama��s 15-minute core workout. On iOS and Android.
Bipasha Basu Fitness Calendar allows you to track and schedule your fitness routine like the star. It also motivates you by sending messages from the Bengali beauty apart from alarms, reminders and tips to keep you on track. Details: apple.itunes.com
The new Mena��s Fitness UK app has workouts, nutrition advice and interviews with the biggest fitness buffs. So if Thor, Wolverine, Superman and Captain America (Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Henry Cavill and Chris Evans) themselves tell you how to exercise, you know youa��re on the right track. It has extensive abs, back, chest, arm and leg workouts to get you fit. Free for the general content or `200 for each issue. Details: apple.itunes.com
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The charming, erudite Michelin-star chef, Vikas Khanna, kept his young audience engaged at the launch of his childrena��s book, followed by a lunch at this excellent all day dining spot, where the menu ran from Japanese specials to Indian delicacies and beyond.
Turkey, suckling pig, pumpkin pie and a host of fine dishes had the guests celebrating Thanksgiving way into the nippy Bangalore night.
Bollywood actor Diana Penty inaugurated the first Forever 21 store in the city, to the delight of fashionistas. Three shopaholics were also treated to a style make-over by the star, before she gave tips on the trends for this season.
These hotspots will drive away your mid-week blues
Why wait until Friday for a fun night on the town when the city has something on right through the week? Forget the jaded karaoke sessions and freebie ladies night, and gear up for more entertaining evenings. We round up some inviting watering holes to help you unwind after a hard day at work.
One of the newer gastropubs in town, Hokey Cokey celebrates Wednesday evenings with retro music. This week, their inhouse DJ will be spinning tunes from The Doors through to The Beatles. So put on some retro gear and head to this rooftop spot to break the monotony of the week with great food and fine wines. At 80 feet road, Koramangala. Details: 49653492
Hard Rock Cafe
Despite the mushrooming of swankier pubs and breweries, good old Hard Rock Cafe with its quaint charm has not quite fallen off the radar. And youa��ll know why it continues to retain its hard core regulars. Therea��s always something on through the week. Catch blues bands Soulmate and Lal and The Blue People on Wednesday and Carnatic rock band, Bhaijan Dharmaju Syndicate on Thursday. At St Marka��s Road. Tickets (Rs.750 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
The brew pub is one of the few spots to host a pub quiz. So if you need to recharge your brain cells or just want a change of pace, this is the place to be. Hosted by the popular Mark Rego, the person with the most right answers stands a chance to win free beer. So put on your thinking caps and head here for a fun after-work drink. At Old Airport Road. Details: 49653523
Taking inspiration from the Koh Samui full moon parties, High Ultra Lounge is celebrating todaya��s full moon with an event that will leave you spellA�bound. Enjoy the view from the citya��s best vantage points, as you sip on the signature cocktails and groove to tunes by DJs Sid and Ganesh. Free entry. 9 pm onwards. At WTC, Malleswaram. Details: 45674567
Marking their first anniversary this weekend, Loft38 has called in Bangalorea��s finest, with Rohit Barker in the house tonight. Expect his usual on-the-money tunes and expert mixing as he gets the celebrations started. There will also be a set by DJ Yon tomorrow evening. Rs.1,500 cover for couples. 9 pm onwards. At 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Details: 49337555
German DJ Breger takes over the turntables at Sanctum tonight, to kick off the weekend and get people out onto the dance floor. Known for his experimental style, hea��s not afraid of mixing brute techno with more minimalist sounds. There will also be an opening set by Villz & Denoy. Rs.1,500 cover per person. 9 pm onwards. At Residency Road. Details: 49653466
December 5 | Atta Galatta
Kathalaya shares the magic of stories with their world storytelling festival Katha Sandhya, with options for young and old alike. Part of the organisationa��s 15th anniversary celebrations, little ones will be enchanted by the dramatically presented tales. Adults can reconnect with the power of a good yarn with a performance drawing from Scottish folklore, Indian tales and Greek myths. Rs.350 per session. 6 pm onwards at Koramangala. Details: 41600677
December 6 | Leela Palace
The Blenders Pride Fashion TourA�is back, promising a dazzling weekend of high fashion, plus leading names across music, design and writing. Watch out for designs from Varun Bahl, Abraham & Thakore, Little Shilpa and Gaurav Gupta, as well as a talk by Chetan Bhagat, and music from Midival Punditz and Boom Bay Central. Until December 7. At Old Airport Road. Details: facebook.com/blenderspridefashiontour
Keeping a secret
December 10 | Online
The Victoriaa��s Secret show 2014, just recorded, saw the angels and guest stars donning exquisite creations down the runway at Londona��s Earla��s Court. Super models Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio wore $2 million bras, crafted by Mouawad jewelers using 16,000 rubies, diamonds and sapphires, all of which are strung together with 18-carat gold which took more than 1,380 hours to make. Also in the show were names like Jourdan Dunn, Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel. Catch the show online at youtube.com
December 11 |A�White Orchid Convention Center
After his successful Mumbai appearance last year, breakthrough Dutch DJ, Nicky Romero will perform live here for the first time, promising EDM fans a set of non-stop hit tracks. Known for his viral tune Toulouse, and his chart-topper with Avicii I Could Be the One, expect a distinctive sound from the DJ. At Nagavara. Tickets (Rs.1,499 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
December 5 | PVR Cinemas
Suspenseful action thriller Black Sea stars unemployed former submarine captain Robinson (Jude Law), who takes up an unlikely commission to search for a sunken Nazi U-boat containing a haul of gold, partly to settle his score with a former employer, but also to reinfuse meaning into his life. Assembling a crew of misfits, Robinsona��s treasure hunt begins, but greed and desperation start to colour the mission, as the men fight it out in their claustrophobic surroundings.
The other half
December 7 | Jagriti
An original scripted childrena��s musical,A�Anu is directed by Tanisha Herbert, and features her all-female choir Girls Only. An exploration of the differences between wealthy and poor families, it catapults the teenage protagonist, Anu, into the world of the ragpicker children that she passes daily, forcing her to stop and re-examine aspects of her own privileged existence. 3 pm and 6.30 pm. At Whitefield. Tickets (Rs.250 upwards) on jagrititheatre.com
Pretty in pink
December 8 |A�Evoluzione
Designed keeping in mind the bride and her trousseau, Rani by Nikasha is a delicate and pretty collection, with pieces that include traditional embroidery, and vintage romantic prints like jasmine buds, cherry blossoms and Siuli. Silhouettes are waif like, yet flattering with a blend of the traditional and contemporary. Rs.6,000 upwards. At Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41121088
December 9 | Alliance FranA�aise
Bringing together Chennai-born poet Anupama Raju and photographer Pascal Bernard from La Rochelle, France, the Surfaces and Depths exhibition is both cross cultural and cross disciplinary. Both artistes strive to go beyond the mundane, pose questions and initiate discussions, making this a meeting of creative minds. Entry free. Until December 21. At Vasant Nagar. Details: 41231340