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    Raju ban gaya name guru

    Would you have watched PK had the film been called Hey Bhagwaan or leta��s say Badey Kaanwaala? The fanboy in you would have still headed to the multiplex, but I am willing to bet my last paisa that your level of interest would have been a lot less. Clearly, Rajkumar Hirani knows a thing or two about names. His titles are always character centric but like any income tax return, it hides more than it reveals. Munna Bhai MBBS gives no inkling of jaadu ki jhappi. Lage Raho gives no clue of Gandhigiri and 3 Idiots doesna��t feel at all like a satire on the Indian education system.
    That said, the choice of PK was partly fortuitous as Raju Hirani had originally planned to name it Talli or more specifically Ek Tha Talli. The release of Ek Tha Tiger forced a rethink and he chose PK over Talli. Maybe because Talli creates a misimpression that the film is about an alcoholic, while PK can pass off as a nickname or the initials of a person.
    Even with character names, no one has come up with quirkier ones than Raju. The lead character of Chetan Bhagata��s Five Point Someone was Ryan Oberoi. Any lesser director adapting the story would have faithfully stuck to Ryan. But Mr Hirani is not your average auteur. He picked Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad instead. The other alias for Aamir in the movie was Phunsukh Wangdu. In another era, Ranchoddas would have been the heroa��s dad and Phunsukh possibly a Nepali sidekick. To select un-heroic monikers for heroes requires chutzpah. And Raju saab has plenty of it.
    His desire to stay away from the same old Vijay, Rahul and Raj has led the genial director to the doorsteps of the unusual. Anushka plays the role of Jagat Janani urf Jaggu in PK. I cana��t recollect a single Hindi movie heroine bestowed with such loopiness.
    The minor characters in the Hirani ensemble are always a delight. If Circuit and Short Circuit had the audience in splits in Munnabhai, Centimeter and Millimeter took the cake in 3 Idiots. Thankfully, hea��s not repeated the trick in PK. And that only means a�?all izz wella��!

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      Raju ban gaya name guru

      Would you have watched PK had the film been called Hey Bhagwaan or leta��s say Badey Kaanwaala? The fanboy in you would have still headed to the multiplex, but I am willing to bet my last paisa that your level of interest would have been a lot less. Clearly, Rajkumar Hirani knows a thing or two about names. His titles are always character centric but like any income tax return, it hides more than it reveals. Munna Bhai MBBS gives no inkling of jaadu ki jhappi. Lage Raho gives no clue of Gandhigiri and 3 Idiots doesna��t feel at all like a satire on the Indian education system.
      That said, the choice of PK was partly fortuitous as Raju Hirani had originally planned to name it Talli or more specifically Ek Tha Talli. The release of Ek Tha Tiger forced a rethink and he chose PK over Talli. Maybe because Talli creates a misimpression that the film is about an alcoholic, while PK can pass off as a nickname or the initials of a person.
      Even with character names, no one has come up with quirkier ones than Raju. The lead character of Chetan Bhagata��s Five Point Someone was Ryan Oberoi. Any lesser director adapting the story would have faithfully stuck to Ryan. But Mr Hirani is not your average auteur. He picked Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad instead. The other alias for Aamir in the movie was Phunsukh Wangdu. In another era, Ranchoddas would have been the heroa��s dad and Phunsukh possibly a Nepali sidekick. To select un-heroic monikers for heroes requires chutzpah. And Raju saab has plenty of it.
      His desire to stay away from the same old Vijay, Rahul and Raj has led the genial director to the doorsteps of the unusual. Anushka plays the role of Jagat Janani urf Jaggu in PK. I cana��t recollect a single Hindi movie heroine bestowed with such loopiness.
      The minor characters in the Hirani ensemble are always a delight. If Circuit and Short Circuit had the audience in splits in Munnabhai, Centimeter and Millimeter took the cake in 3 Idiots. Thankfully, hea��s not repeated the trick in PK. And that only means a�?all izz wella��!

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        Endera��s Game (Action / Thriller), HBO Hits, 8 pm
        Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
        A hostile alien clan, the Formics, have attackedA�Earth some time in the near future. The latter is single-handedly saved by Mazer Rachkam (Ben Kingsley). The highly-respected colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), along with the International Military, is training the most gifted children to launch a counter-attack. Among them is Ender Wiggin (Asa Buttefield), who stands out from the rest thanks to his intelligence and high aptitude for the field. Continuously winning complicated war games, and even earning the respect of his peers, he soon takes on the sole responsibility for saving the planet from the Formic. Early during the filma��s development, writer Orson Scott Card considered changing Graff to a female, and recommended a a�?dry comica�? such as Janeane Garofalo or Rosie Oa��Donnell for the role.

        Saturday, December 27

        SaturdayUnderworldUnderworld Awakening (Action/Horror), HBO Hits, 6.35 pm
        Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
        The movie opens with the capture of Selene (Kate Beckinsale), in a global purge to extermine vampires and Lycans. Fast-forward 12 years, and Selene escapes from the laboratory where she has been in cryogenic suspension. But when she discovers that she has a daughter, Eve, and she is the subject of a plot by the Lycans, Selene tries to save her. Eve is known throughout the film as a�?subject twoa��, and is only credited as Eve.

        SaturdayKnightDayKnight and Day (Action / Romance), Movies Now, 9 pm
        Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard
        Car restorer June Havens (Cameron Diaz) gets tangled up with rogue spy Roy Miller (Tom Cruise), when she encounters him on a flight to Boston. Later questioned by intelligence officials, Havens is a�?rescueda�� by Miller, who takes her to a safe house. What follows is an action-packed dash around the globe as the two try to evade officials trying to capture them, in the process realising that their feelings for one another are more than platonic. Both Diaz and Cruise did the majority of the stunts themselves.

        Sunday, December 28

        FridayTheTrumanShowThe Truman Show (Comedy / Drama), Z Studio, 2.20 pm
        Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
        Born out of an unwanted pregnancy, Truman Burbank is given over to a TV corporation who film a live reality show tracking his every move since birth. Shot through hidden cameras set up in an imaginary world designed and created specially for the show, his family and friends too are hired actors. But now at 30, Truman starts to notice certain inconsistencies and loopholes that make him wonder about the truth of it all. Wanting to find out what lies beyond his small town, he makes various attempts to escape but is stopped by the TV crew. Will his determination get him out of this make-believe world? Director Peter Weir chose to wait a whole year for Carrey to start filming rather than recast.

        SundayTotalSiyappa2Total Siyappa (Comedy),& Pictures, 9.30 am
        Cast: Anupam Kher, Ali Zafar, Yami Gautam, Kiron Kher
        Settled in London, Aman (Ali Zafar) hopes to marry Asha (Yaami Gautam ), an Indian girl, who lives in the same city. He goes to her parentsa�� home to ask her hand in marriage. But things dona��t go as planned when Ashaa��s parents turn out to be Pakistani-hating Indians and they find out Aman is from the land of the a�?enemya��. Ashaa��s father (Anupam Kher) begins to instantly test Aman on all aspects of life, while the mother (Kiron Kher) is no less relentless. Poking fun at his heritage, the family trouble Aman, leading to great on-screen humour. Will love triumph or will border issues trouble the young lovers. Anupam and Kiron Kher play an on-screen couple for the first time.

        SundayHaroldAndKumarHarold & Kumar EscapeA�from Guantanamo Bay (Comedy),A�HBO Hits, 8 pm
        Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garces, Neil Patrick Harris
        Cannabis-craving duo Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) plan to travel overseas to help the former meet his crush Maria (Paula GarcA�s), who is headed to Amsterdam. But they try to sneak in a marijuana-smoking implement (a bong) on a flight and so are already on the airport blacklist. On the long-haul flight, Kumar isna��t able to stay away from puffing some of the cannabis. Caught on board, they are taken to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison in the world. There they face hardened criminals. Kumar and Harold have to then outsmart the guards, a weird Ku Klux Klan in-bred family with a Cyclops baby, and head to freedom. Neil Patrick Harris plays himself in the film and spent only four days shooting.

         

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          Endera��s Game (Action / Thriller), HBO Hits, 8 pm
          Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
          A hostile alien clan, the Formics, have attackedA�Earth some time in the near future. The latter is single-handedly saved by Mazer Rachkam (Ben Kingsley). The highly-respected colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), along with the International Military, is training the most gifted children to launch a counter-attack. Among them is Ender Wiggin (Asa Buttefield), who stands out from the rest thanks to his intelligence and high aptitude for the field. Continuously winning complicated war games, and even earning the respect of his peers, he soon takes on the sole responsibility for saving the planet from the Formic. Early during the filma��s development, writer Orson Scott Card considered changing Graff to a female, and recommended a a�?dry comica�? such as Janeane Garofalo or Rosie Oa��Donnell for the role.

          Saturday, December 27

          SaturdayUnderworldUnderworld Awakening (Action/Horror), HBO Hits, 6.35 pm
          Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
          The movie opens with the capture of Selene (Kate Beckinsale), in a global purge to extermine vampires and Lycans. Fast-forward 12 years, and Selene escapes from the laboratory where she has been in cryogenic suspension. But when she discovers that she has a daughter, Eve, and she is the subject of a plot by the Lycans, Selene tries to save her. Eve is known throughout the film as a�?subject twoa��, and is only credited as Eve.

          SaturdayKnightDayKnight and Day (Action / Romance), Movies Now, 9 pm
          Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard
          Car restorer June Havens (Cameron Diaz) gets tangled up with rogue spy Roy Miller (Tom Cruise), when she encounters him on a flight to Boston. Later questioned by intelligence officials, Havens is a�?rescueda�� by Miller, who takes her to a safe house. What follows is an action-packed dash around the globe as the two try to evade officials trying to capture them, in the process realising that their feelings for one another are more than platonic. Both Diaz and Cruise did the majority of the stunts themselves.

          Sunday, December 28

          FridayTheTrumanShowThe Truman Show (Comedy / Drama), Z Studio, 2.20 pm
          Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
          Born out of an unwanted pregnancy, Truman Burbank is given over to a TV corporation who film a live reality show tracking his every move since birth. Shot through hidden cameras set up in an imaginary world designed and created specially for the show, his family and friends too are hired actors. But now at 30, Truman starts to notice certain inconsistencies and loopholes that make him wonder about the truth of it all. Wanting to find out what lies beyond his small town, he makes various attempts to escape but is stopped by the TV crew. Will his determination get him out of this make-believe world? Director Peter Weir chose to wait a whole year for Carrey to start filming rather than recast.

          SundayTotalSiyappa2Total Siyappa (Comedy),& Pictures, 9.30 am
          Cast: Anupam Kher, Ali Zafar, Yami Gautam, Kiron Kher
          Settled in London, Aman (Ali Zafar) hopes to marry Asha (Yaami Gautam ), an Indian girl, who lives in the same city. He goes to her parentsa�� home to ask her hand in marriage. But things dona��t go as planned when Ashaa��s parents turn out to be Pakistani-hating Indians and they find out Aman is from the land of the a�?enemya��. Ashaa��s father (Anupam Kher) begins to instantly test Aman on all aspects of life, while the mother (Kiron Kher) is no less relentless. Poking fun at his heritage, the family trouble Aman, leading to great on-screen humour. Will love triumph or will border issues trouble the young lovers. Anupam and Kiron Kher play an on-screen couple for the first time.

          SundayHaroldAndKumarHarold & Kumar EscapeA�from Guantanamo Bay (Comedy),A�HBO Hits, 8 pm
          Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garces, Neil Patrick Harris
          Cannabis-craving duo Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) plan to travel overseas to help the former meet his crush Maria (Paula GarcA�s), who is headed to Amsterdam. But they try to sneak in a marijuana-smoking implement (a bong) on a flight and so are already on the airport blacklist. On the long-haul flight, Kumar isna��t able to stay away from puffing some of the cannabis. Caught on board, they are taken to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison in the world. There they face hardened criminals. Kumar and Harold have to then outsmart the guards, a weird Ku Klux Klan in-bred family with a Cyclops baby, and head to freedom. Neil Patrick Harris plays himself in the film and spent only four days shooting.

           

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            Got Talent 2014, Colours, Wednesday, 8 pm
            Catch stars from the Bollywood film industrya��like Varun Dhawan and Priyanka Chopraa��coming together for a dance show on Got Talent 2014, on December 31. With participants from America, Britain and India also performing, the event is being hosted by Shah Rukh Khan.

            Big starBig Star Entertainment Award 2014, Star Plus, Wednesday, 8 pm
            If you have been waiting to watch your favourite Bollywood star lift the Big Star Entertainment Award, then tune in. The recently-held award ceremony in Mumbai will be telecast on December 31, on Star Plus. With Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra taking home the best entertainer awards, watch out for the best debut performance, supporting actor and more.

            Jodha AkbarJodha Akbar, Zee TV, Monday, 8 pm
            With 400 episodes of the series coinciding with New Year, Jodha Akbara��s year-end special will air on Monday. The episode will revolve around Jodha and how she feels about reuniting with her sons after seven years.

            A�Sa Re Ga Ma PaA�Zee TV, Tomorrow, 9 pm
            Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs is back with Season 5. Starting tomorrow, 12 little champs from across India will try their hardest to win on the show. The judgesfor this season are Alka Yagnik, Bappi Lahiri and Abhijeet.

            The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Wednesday, 10.15 pm
            After the latest episode of the show where Cameron Diaz, Usher, Jamie Foxx and Ben Stiller were the special guests, make sure to tune in on December 31 night as Graham Norton promises to surprise with singers, actors and musicians from Hollywood for his New Year’s special show.

            Season of No Regrets, Fox Life India, Wednesday, 9 pm
            With a new series, Sinful Bites, launched under the adventure reality show, Season of No Regrets, there is going to be a New Yeara��s special show on December 31. While the previous episodes featured Vikas Khanna and James Cunningham mixing Indian and Western recipes to give it a twist, expect world class chefs coming in for the special show and revealing their trade secrets to you.

             

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              Got Talent 2014, Colours, Wednesday, 8 pm
              Catch stars from the Bollywood film industrya��like Varun Dhawan and Priyanka Chopraa��coming together for a dance show on Got Talent 2014, on December 31. With participants from America, Britain and India also performing, the event is being hosted by Shah Rukh Khan.

              Big starBig Star Entertainment Award 2014, Star Plus, Wednesday, 8 pm
              If you have been waiting to watch your favourite Bollywood star lift the Big Star Entertainment Award, then tune in. The recently-held award ceremony in Mumbai will be telecast on December 31, on Star Plus. With Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra taking home the best entertainer awards, watch out for the best debut performance, supporting actor and more.

              Jodha AkbarJodha Akbar, Zee TV, Monday, 8 pm
              With 400 episodes of the series coinciding with New Year, Jodha Akbara��s year-end special will air on Monday. The episode will revolve around Jodha and how she feels about reuniting with her sons after seven years.

               

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                New TV series that you should tune into in 2015

                The new year should be ushering in not just adventures and personal projects but a whole lot of entertainment too. And while reruns and returning shows are aplenty, we narrow down the list to the ones worth your while. From Tea Leonia��s Madam Secretary to the grand finale of Parenthood, start 2015 at the perfect place a�� in front of the telly. By Aakanksha Devi

                Glee
                Season five of this musical drama sees the crew settle into life after Finn (Cory Monteith) dies. His girlfriend Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Santana (Naya Rivera) move to New York to make a life in the big city while those back in Lima lose the Nationals, and cope with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) becoming the principal. Weekdays at 11 pm starting January 5 on Star World

                2612OTB2aParenthood
                Starting on January 1, you can tune into the final and emotional season 6 of Parenthood as you bid farewell to the colourful and perfectly flawed Braverman family. Set in Berkeley, California it covers three generations. From Adam and Christina discovering their son Max had Aspergera��s Syndrome, Sarah moving home to get help as a single mom with two teenagers, Zeek deciding to have lifesaving open-heart surgery, and Julia and Joel fighting to save their marriage, the finale is expected to make you laugh and cry at the same time. Thursdays at 11 pm on
                Star World Premiere

                Citizen Khan
                Set in Birmingham, this one is about Mr Khan (Adil Ray), a loud-mouthed, patriarch and his long suffering wife (Shobu Kapoor) and daughters Shazia (Maya Sondhi) and Alia (Bhavna Limba chia) who are born and raised in Britain and whose ideology differs from their fathera��s. The third season, sees the family prepare for Shaziaa��s wedding, the mother dealing with crazy family and Mr Khan throwing his to-be son-in-law a stag do to celebrate. On Comedy Central starting December 31

                2612OTB3aMadam Secretary
                This one tells the story of Elizabeth Faulkner McCord (TA�a Leoni) the United States Secretary of State. A former CIA analyst-turned-college professor, McCord gets an offer from the president and now has to balance her professional life at the White House while keeping track of her complex family life, her husband, former spy and pilot, two daughters and a son. Plus be diplomatic in a world of ruthless politics and inter-
                national turmoil. Premieres January 10, at 11 pm on AXN

                Backstrom
                The first ever season of this American crime comedy-drama series, centers around Everett Backstrom (Rai- nn Wilson), an a�?overweight, offensive, irasciblea�� detective who is part of a team of eccentric criminologists. After a five-year exile to the traffic division, he leads Portlanda��s newly created Special Crimes Unit, investigating the citya��s most serious cases. Starts January 26, Mondays at 9 pm on Star World Premiere

                PilotThe Exes
                Putting a whole new twist on divorce, this comedy series is about three divorced men sharing an apartment across the hall from their female divorce attorney who is also their landlord. It all begins when the divorce attorney Holly (Kristen Johnston) introduces her client, Stuart (David Alan Basche), to his new roommates: two other divorced men Phil (Donald Faison) and Haskell (Wayne Knight). Together they discover life as singles again. On Comedy Central starting at January 1

                American Guns
                This series follows the Wyatts family who owns Gunsmoke, one of the premiere firearms facilities in the world. Located in Colorado it follows their daily life of trade and how they will even craft a weapon for you, should you not like one from their selection. They take passion to a whole new level, and with a bang at that! Watch the family behind the scences of their smoking world as Rich Wyatt, a retired cop with over 20 years of experience, leads the family. Premiering January 1, on Discovery Turbo at 7 pm

                Discovery ChannelFast, FreshA�and Easy Food
                Lorraine Pascale shows us clever recipes, lets us in on culinary trade secrets and shows us invaluable kitchen shortcuts in her new show Lorrainea��s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food. The model-turned-TV-chef offers quick recipes to make fresh food for any occasion you can think off. And all this without opening a single packet of quick mixes or conserves. Starts end of January on TLC.

                Louie
                In its fourth season, Louie, created by Louis CK, the sole writer and director, it is a fictional version of himself as a comedian and newly-divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City. It sees him deal with the girls, trying to be a good father with plenty of humour, dark at times yet pleasant for the better part. While it turns more realistic this season, you can be sure that topical subjects, social commentary and jibes at current times will make you fall off your seat. On FX starting January 6 at 11 pm.

                Agent Carter
                The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter. Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Carter, taking off from films like Captain America: Winter Soldier. She works for Howard Starka��s empire but is also trusted by the genius with secret missions. All while living as a single woman in the 1940s. What she doesna��t know is her lover who left her when he went to war, is actually going to end up being Captain America. Premiere January 9 at 10 pm on Star World Premiere.

                Wake Up Call
                This one features wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson as he goes about helping people in their daily lives. Whether they be dead-beat dads, sports teams that dona��t gel, or business owners struggling to survive, he brings his own brand of motivation to each group of people, from 4 am wake-up calls to reunions with family or goal setting. Weekends at 9 pm on AXN. Starts January 31.

                 

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                  New TV series that you should tune into in 2015

                  The new year should be ushering in not just adventures and personal projects but a whole lot of entertainment too. And while reruns and returning shows are aplenty, we narrow down the list to the ones worth your while. From Tea Leonia��s Madam Secretary to the grand finale of Parenthood, start 2015 at the perfect place a�� in front of the telly. By Aakanksha Devi

                  Glee
                  Season five of this musical drama sees the crew settle into life after Finn (Cory Monteith) dies. His girlfriend Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Santana (Naya Rivera) move to New York to make a life in the big city while those back in Lima lose the Nationals, and cope with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) becoming the principal. Weekdays at 11 pm starting January 5 on Star World

                  2612OTB2aParenthood
                  Starting on January 1, you can tune into the final and emotional season 6 of Parenthood as you bid farewell to the colourful and perfectly flawed Braverman family. Set in Berkeley, California it covers three generations. From Adam and Christina discovering their son Max had Aspergera��s Syndrome, Sarah moving home to get help as a single mom with two teenagers, Zeek deciding to have lifesaving open-heart surgery, and Julia and Joel fighting to save their marriage, the finale is expected to make you laugh and cry at the same time. Thursdays at 11 pm on
                  Star World Premiere

                  Citizen Khan
                  Set in Birmingham, this one is about Mr Khan (Adil Ray), a loud-mouthed, patriarch and his long suffering wife (Shobu Kapoor) and daughters Shazia (Maya Sondhi) and Alia (Bhavna Limba chia) who are born and raised in Britain and whose ideology differs from their fathera��s. The third season, sees the family prepare for Shaziaa��s wedding, the mother dealing with crazy family and Mr Khan throwing his to-be son-in-law a stag do to celebrate. On Comedy Central starting December 31

                  2612OTB3aMadam Secretary
                  This one tells the story of Elizabeth Faulkner McCord (TA�a Leoni) the United States Secretary of State. A former CIA analyst-turned-college professor, McCord gets an offer from the president and now has to balance her professional life at the White House while keeping track of her complex family life, her husband, former spy and pilot, two daughters and a son. Plus be diplomatic in a world of ruthless politics and inter-
                  national turmoil. Premieres January 10, at 11 pm on AXN

                  Backstrom
                  The first ever season of this American crime comedy-drama series, centers around Everett Backstrom (Rai- nn Wilson), an a�?overweight, offensive, irasciblea�� detective who is part of a team of eccentric criminologists. After a five-year exile to the traffic division, he leads Portlanda��s newly created Special Crimes Unit, investigating the citya��s most serious cases. Starts January 26, Mondays at 9 pm on Star World Premiere

                  PilotThe Exes
                  Putting a whole new twist on divorce, this comedy series is about three divorced men sharing an apartment across the hall from their female divorce attorney who is also their landlord. It all begins when the divorce attorney Holly (Kristen Johnston) introduces her client, Stuart (David Alan Basche), to his new roommates: two other divorced men Phil (Donald Faison) and Haskell (Wayne Knight). Together they discover life as singles again. On Comedy Central starting at January 1

                  American Guns
                  This series follows the Wyatts family who owns Gunsmoke, one of the premiere firearms facilities in the world. Located in Colorado it follows their daily life of trade and how they will even craft a weapon for you, should you not like one from their selection. They take passion to a whole new level, and with a bang at that! Watch the family behind the scences of their smoking world as Rich Wyatt, a retired cop with over 20 years of experience, leads the family. Premiering January 1, on Discovery Turbo at 7 pm

                  Discovery ChannelFast, FreshA�and Easy Food
                  Lorraine Pascale shows us clever recipes, lets us in on culinary trade secrets and shows us invaluable kitchen shortcuts in her new show Lorrainea��s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food. The model-turned-TV-chef offers quick recipes to make fresh food for any occasion you can think off. And all this without opening a single packet of quick mixes or conserves. Starts end of January on TLC.

                  Louie
                  In its fourth season, Louie, created by Louis CK, the sole writer and director, it is a fictional version of himself as a comedian and newly-divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City. It sees him deal with the girls, trying to be a good father with plenty of humour, dark at times yet pleasant for the better part. While it turns more realistic this season, you can be sure that topical subjects, social commentary and jibes at current times will make you fall off your seat. On FX starting January 6 at 11 pm.

                  Agent Carter
                  The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter. Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Carter, taking off from films like Captain America: Winter Soldier. She works for Howard Starka��s empire but is also trusted by the genius with secret missions. All while living as a single woman in the 1940s. What she doesna��t know is her lover who left her when he went to war, is actually going to end up being Captain America. Premiere January 9 at 10 pm on Star World Premiere.

                  Wake Up Call
                  This one features wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson as he goes about helping people in their daily lives. Whether they be dead-beat dads, sports teams that dona��t gel, or business owners struggling to survive, he brings his own brand of motivation to each group of people, from 4 am wake-up calls to reunions with family or goal setting. Weekends at 9 pm on AXN. Starts January 31.

                   

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                    Jaded globe-trotters get ready for a year filled with unusually exotic escapades

                    A�Start planning your adventures for 2015 with our perfect guide that covers natural wonders in Zermatt to man-made luxe spots in the Caribbean. In short, lesser known destinations to suit your every mood.

                    Mont St Michel
                    Perched on a rocky islet between Brittany and Normandy, stands what is known as the Wonder of the West a�� a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey. Dedicated to archangel St Michael, the village was built during the 11th and 16th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it attracts three million visitors a year and is home to a natural phenomenon. The highest tides take place 36 to 48 hours after the full and new moons, and while the sea wall protects the islets, the causeway is completely submerged and it is cut off. Make sure you know the tide times as if you arrive by car, it may be washed away! Return fares to Paris are Rs.35,000 up. Details: ot-montsaintmichel.com

                    2612Getaway1bCoober Pedy
                    You should be celebrating their centenary year in 2015 with an opal festival (89 per cent of the worlda��s opal comes from here), gem shows, a marathon, dances and street parties. A culturally diverse town of several thousand people, this south Australia town has plenty of underground attractions and we dona��t mean dodgy affairs. They have museums, art galleries, churches, shops and even hotels underground, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime experience of living sub-surface. Climbing, cliff diving, swimming with great white sharks, visiting wineries and Aussie breweries, and getting a glimpse of aboriginal life are all in a daya��s work for anyone travelling here. Return fares to Adelaide (the closest airport) start at Rs.87,000. Details: cooberpedy.sa.gov.au

                    2612Getaway2aZermatt
                    Tucked away in a farming hamlet in Switzerland, Zermatt is considered one of the most picturesque places on Earth, with the Matterhorn mountain looming in all its majesty. Be it swanky ski resorts, Swiss watches or crafted chocolate, luxury is the way to go. Head here for climbing, helicopter rides to view the Alps and fondue. Make sure you pop into the museum, have a quick town tour and if you dare, even in the summer, dip into the Leisee Lake at Sunnegga nearby. Matterhorn glacier paradise is best viewed from a ride on the cable car up to the highest station in Europe, 365 days a year. Perfect for those looking for a romantic escape. Rs.42,000 up for return tickets. Details: zermatt.ch

                    Romania
                    Hike into the Carpathian Mountains to enjoy their beautiful landscapes, glacial lakes and animals. Bucharest, a must visit for architecture fans, has marvelous museums and shopping streets. Pesetera and Voronet gothic monasteries are orthodox places of worship which bring out the true colour of the nation. A visit to the castles and fortresses that reflect the rich medieval heritage of the country goes without saying. Especially the 14th century Corvinilor Castle, built on the site of a former Roman camp, and Bran Castle, built in the mid-1300s and legendary home to Bram Stokera��s Count Dracula. Tickets at Rs.55,000 up. Details: romaniatourism.com2612Getaway4cPeru

                    Among the ruins and archaeological sites, the land of the Incas is quite stunning. Cuzco, the capital, has the Plaza de Armas, filled with historical stone arcades and the lovely Church of La CompaA�A�a de Jesus. Visit the Qurikancha, once a sanctuary to the Sun God, Inti, during the Inca rule and dona��t miss the magnificent Stone of Twelve Angles a�� a huge landmark in the citya��s history. Sacred Valley leads you through centuries of dyeing, spinning and weaving techniques, passed from mother to daughter, as the weavers keep their Andean traditions alive. The Inca trail should be on your list for a five to seven-day walk where you will visit the splendid Machu Pichu, located on a ridge above the Sacred Valley. The Manu National Park, a 45-minute flight from Cuzco, is the largest in Peru and is home to fauna and animals native to the Amazon jungles. Return airfare starts at Rs.1.6 lakh. Details: visitperu.com

                    Myanmar
                    Dotted with guilded pagodas, men in skirts and beautiful beaches, Myanmar is a truly hidden treasure. History buffs will love the Shwedagon Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon, (dating back to the times of Buddha over 2,500 years ago), the war cemetery and the synagogue. Head off to Bagan for some ancient architecture a�� lovely reddish Pagodas, ancient religious monuments like Golden Rock, in Mon State with its majestic pagoda sacred to the Myanmar people. For adventure and wilderness, hit Putao, once the site of World War II British Fort Hertz. Or the Cycling City, Mandalay, set on the Ayeyarwaddy river, is great for a glimpse of traditions and cultures of the country as a whole. We suggest you make it for Thingyan (the water-throwing festival to celebrate New Year) from April 13 to 16. During the festival, staying dry is not an option as water symbolises purification and getting rid of the sins of the previous year. Return fares start at Rs.45,000. Details: myanmartourism.org

                    Faroe Islands
                    Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream between Iceland and Norway, this archepelago is closely associated with nature, though autonomous of its mother country Denmark. TA?rshavn, the capital with its restaurants, shops, pubs, and facilities is a great base for touring and more importantly hiking. The scenic village Gjogv is also a fantastic place for waffles, and fishing while Sorvagur is a little town with a church and picturesque harbour. Catch the vintage schooner NorA�lA?siA� in summer which sails from Torshavn to the nearby island of Nolsoy, where well-known Faroese musicians play live concerts in the sea caves, while Mykines island is the perfect getaway from civilisation. Trails from the capital city range from five miles to over 100 miles that last for days. Evenings on the island turn into lively cultural fiestas with plenty of traditional food, music and chatter, on the streets. Return tickets to Vagar Airport via Copenhagen start at Rs.3 lakh. Details: faroeislands.com

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                      Treat for two
                      Until January 7, Dickenson Road
                      Select any solitaire ring from the extensive collection at Tanishq, and you will be gifted a romantic evening for two, to enjoy with your loved one. Held at one of the Taj properties citywide, the offer includes pick up, and a fine dining experience accompanied by live music. Rs.50,000 upwards. At Tanishq, near Manipal Centre. Details: 25550907

                      2612TTD1In the house
                      December 27-29, Goa
                      As we swing into festival season, dona��t miss Krank, which brings together the best techno and house music. Perfect if you like the eclectic and
                      unusual, the whole festival is hosted like a series of boutique parties. Highlights include dancing on the beach to acts that include Blot!, Macromism and Ma Faiza. 5 pm onwards daily. At Vagator Bardez. Tickets (Rs.3,000 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

                      Them blues
                      December 28, Sanjaynagar
                      Best known as the co-leader of the Siegel-Schwall band, Corky Siegel is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and composer, famed for his ability to combine classical and blues. Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa) is organizing a workshop with Siegel, so dona��t miss the opportunity to interact with him first-hand. 11.30 am onwards. At SaPa, Postal Colony Layout. Details: sapaindia.com

                      2612TTD4Party people
                      December 31, Jayanagar
                      One ticket provides you entryA�to four separate venues at Quattro 2015, the New Yeara��s Eve bash at Hotel La Marvella. Enjoy unlimited food and beverages, and entertainment that includes live bands Nada Kalarava and Atmaa and stand up comedy. Therea��s also a dedicated area for vegetarians. The perfect wayA�to see in the new year! Rs.4,999A�for a couple. At South-End Circle. Details: 43335333

                      2612TTD5aFunny bone
                      December 27, MG Road
                      For a laugh a minute,A�roll up for a comedy show with a difference. The Generation Gap line- up features acts between the ages of 22 to 56, who will bounce off one another with hilarious results. Some of Bangalorea��s finest talent will be on stage, including Rupen Paul, Ahmed Shariff and Praveen Kumar. 7pm on wards. At Rangoli Art Centre. Tickets (Rs.300) on bookmyshow.com

                      Desi style
                      Until January 4, Indiranagar
                      Barbeque Nation presents a�?Grill Sea�� a Bollywood-themed festival of grills and drinks. In addition to their regular buffet, there will be a range of drinks inspired by tinsel town. Try the Paan Somras Wala, paan flavoured whiskey, or the Kaan Khol Ke Pee Lo, a margarita for true spice lovers. On the mocktail side, sample the Soda Akbar, a combination of fennel, cucumber and basil. Rs.1,600, approximately for two. At 100 Feet Road. Details: 49652822

                      Dramatic dispute
                      December 27, Jakkur
                      For a dose of drama, plan to attend Between the Lines, a a�?cineplaya�� production of a play set in urban India. Following the lives of lawyer couple Maya and Shekhar, the action centres on a criminal trial in which the husband and wife end up on opposite sides of the courtroom, resulting in the blurring of their personal and professional lives. Rs.300. 7.30 pm. At Jus Trufs, Jakkur Road. Details: 32909246

                      Comedy TragedyWardrobe revamp
                      Ongoing, Online
                      Yepme.com launches its newA�Fresh Fashion collection by Shah Rukh Khan. A ready-to-wear collection for both men and women, it focuses on casual wear with a relaxed vibe. Choose from brightly coloured hooded sweatshirts, printedA�tops and washed denims for a fresh look for the new year. Rs.249 upwards. Details: yepme.com

                      2612TTD8In tune
                      December 27, Whitefield
                      Catch Javed Ali live in concert this week singing some of his most popular songs, including Nagaada Nagaada (Jab We Met), Jashn-E-Bahaara (Jodhaa Akbar), Guzarish (Ghajini) and many more. This evening promises to be both entertaining and nostalgic. 6 pm onwards. At Phoenix MarketCity. Tickets (Rs.500) on bookmyshow.com

                      Pretty pout
                      December 30, Magrath Road
                      Lakme launches a new lip balm that strikes a fine balance between lip colour and moisturiser a�� LakmA� Lip Love lip care. The product boasts a creamy inner core that keeps lips moisturized from day to night and on the outside a shock of colour for a perfect pout. It also comes with SPF 15 to protect from sun damage. Rs.200. At Shoppers Stop, Garuda Mall. Details: 43401300

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