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pay-per-chapter format makes an Indian debut on Daily Hunt

Keeping in mind the growing number of smartphone users in the country who read e-books on devices like the Kindle, Westland Books have made Amish Tripathia��s bestselling Shiva Trilogy available on Daily Hunt (the news app that also stocks e-books and magazines). The books are available in a unique pay-per-chapter format (a concept popular in China) where readers will have to pay a sum of `15 for every chapter that they intend to read one by one. And, if hooked, they can purchase the entire e-book through the app too.
a�?It is similar to purchasing songs on iTunes, where you pay for each song in an album, and you end up buying the album itself,a�? explains Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO of Westland, who adds that the chapters will be available in nine different languages, like Tamil, Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam. a�?Very soon, it will be expanded to 16 languages,a�?
he adds. Tripathi, who has started writing the sequel to Scion of Ishvaku, says, a�?This concept is targeted at those who do not have the habit of buying books from stores. Going digital with this concept will increase the reach for not just my books, but othersa�� too, as people who wouldna��t usually buy books can give them a try, chapter by chapter, instead.a�?
Padmanabhan goes on to reveal that Westland will soon incorporate this concept for their other books too, from authors like Preeti Shenoy, Rashmi Bansal and Ashwin Sanghi. For now, Amisha��s chapters can be bought by users of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and Reliance, who need not pay using cards. Prepaid customers will see the amount deducted from their balance, while postpaid customers will have it added to their monthly bill.


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New Yeara�?s eve is always a special occasion and calls for a celebration with family and friends worth reminiscing for a lifetime. Here’s our guide to wine and dine in some of the hotspots in the city where you can raise a toast to ring in 2016 with a blast

Text: Purnima Sriram

Tollywood @ Chiraan Fort
The Chiraan Fort is all set to impress Tollywood lovers with some live music by the stars themselves. One can begin their New Year on notes of their favourite music in their native language. `2,500 (++) per person. Details: 39841100

The mask
@ Siesta Hitec
If mystery is your kind of game and masquerade parties are what you look forward to, Siesta Hitec is leaving no stone unturned in increasing the suspense element with a mask party. After the party, there is a dinner with a variety of amazing food and beverage options. `3,999(++) per couple. Details: 42420000

16 delights
@ Raddison Blu
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel will have DJ Lilith spinning the discs all night. The hotel has never disappointed the ones, who come to enjoy the food, drinks and music and this year they have 16 Indian delicacies to make people go gaga over. Groove all night for `15,999 (++) for two. Details: 67331133

Drums @ Novotel
Hyderabad Airport
DJ Panorama, DJ Kima��s spins laced with VDJ Karana��s visual effects is sure to make everyone groove on the dance floor at Novotel Hyderabad Airport. Drummer Bhavesh Bafana and special dance performance by a choreography group are attractions. A wide spread of food is sure to make the tummy happy. `13,999 (++) for couples with stay. Details: 66250000

@ Marriott
An exquisite dinner spread at Okra & Bidri, Marriott, and DJs latest chartbusters by the poolside and a ball of a time at Altitude in Marriott with international music, choicest beverages and scrumptious international fare will be the highlights of their New Year’s Eve party. `7,000 per couple, inclusive of taxes. Details: 27522999

@ Park Hyatt
Aurum promises to be the citya��s most luxurious New Year celebrations. On offer is citya��s finest culinary spread with Indian, Italian & Asian cuisines line up with signature desserts and premium spirits. Live DJ music and an international band of violin ladies mark the majestic celebrations. `5,950 (++) per person. Details: 49491234

Dutch life @ Rendezvous
Rendezvous, Gachibowli, is bringing down Amsterdam to Hyderabad. Amsterdam-based DJs and producers have promised to unwind the biggest Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene. One can surely enjoy the Dutch food, night life and music. `7,500(++) per person. Details: 8897561111

Dutch life @ Rendezvous
Rendezvous, Gachibowli, is bringing down Amsterdam to Hyderabad. Amsterdam-based DJs and producers have promised to unwind the biggest Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene. One can surely enjoy the Dutch food, night life and music. `7,500(++) per person. Details: 8897561111

Paint it neon
@ Taj Banjara
Live life king size is the credo at Taj Banjara. The party is going to be cabana style. Begin the year in neon and like a VIP. From providing a wide spread of cuisines and beverages, they are sure to burn the dance floor. `49,000 (++) for a Cabana (8 to ten persons). Details: 66669999

Paint it neon
@ Taj Banjara
Live life king size is the credo at Taj Banjara. The party is going to be cabana style. Begin the year in neon and like a VIP. From providing a wide spread of cuisines and beverages, they are sure to burn the dance floor. `49,000 (++) for a Cabana (8 to ten persons). Details: 66669999

EDM @ Daspalla
Keeping in mind the enjoyment of the kids on the New Yeara��s eve makes, Hotel Daspalla has planned a special play arena for kids. DJ Karthika��s EDM is sure to keep the people glued to the floor. Retro theme will also magnet lot of attention.
`. 11,999(++) for family, 49,999(++) for a cabana and `8,999(++) for a couple. Details: 66545678

@ Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City is hot and happening on all the days of the year, but New Yeara��s Eve is even more special for it is going to have Russian ballets mixed with Indian dance troupes. Limelight in the film city will see Khusboo Grewal entertaining the audience and DJ Yogesh playing some rocking numbers of Bollywood music. `5,999(++) for a couple. Details:180042509999

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On how the city puts its own spin on the English language

The last weekend was hectic forA�many school students and parents in the city. I was part of conductingA�an EnglishA�spell-bee contest and it was amazing to see the proficiency levels of the kids who participated. It brought to light the level of the global flair we are trying to achieve in our happening city. What was striking was the fact that even children who have not had much international exposure spelt and pronounced EnglishA�like such professionals!
Yet again, in the same city I come across many who speak English in their own language. But it works its way through enough to make a point! Tinseltown is particularly adept at coining new expressions and soon enough, they become the accepted lingo around. For example, we always knew the word disaster in context of earthquakes or tsunamis. But today, Telugu film buffs refer to a flop movieA�as disaster! And similarly a good film in any spectrum range is deemed ‘extraordinary ‘. One wonders how foreign filmmakers would respond to such comments. It took me a while to understand that we love superlative degrees and therefore lukewarm does not work for Hyderabad!
A media friend of mine recently introduced me to a new word – a�?audiena�� which happens to be the singular for the wordA�audience for English-speaking Telugus. I actually understood it after many producers and even top stars used it regularly enough. What surprised me is that even those who perhaps spoke goodA�EnglishA�just got used to it and owned up thisA�new-age language .
Have you heard of the expression ‘mouth publicity’? No, am not referring to CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation! It actually means passing the word around and a Hyderabad version of word-of-mouth publicity. Many a times the success of something achieved with unconventional marketing is attributed to the ‘mouth publicity’ itA�has got. Initially I felt awkward using this as it seemed a bit rustic and wired. But I got myself into the lingo groove to blend in.
The funniest, but most effective movie review of a recent movie I got from a film friend was ‘first off average. Second off mother sentiment’. Here a�?off’ refers to half!!A�What is worse is when people confuse psychotic with the wordA�psychic!!
Now these are just my observations which amuse me. So before you all think I am sounding snobbish let me clarify that despite these flaws in language I feel we folksA�communicate the best. A little tweaking of lingo never hurts!A�Looks like we are set for a new lingo in the New Year.

(The writer is a popular
TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly,
a hardcore Hyderabadi)

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Three destinations in the city for the best mulled wines

New Year and Christmas is the time when the aroma of baked cakes, cheese and cookies fill the air with a festive spirit. But what is a festival without a tall glass of wine, mulled wine, more specifically. This European drink, a blend of spices and raisins with wine (especially red), is always served hot. We list out places where one can find amazing mulled wines in the city

Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre
For encapsulating the holiday season, Marriott hotel near Hussain Sagar offers its guests the traditional Christmas beverage. The mulled wine in the hotel is prepared with a combination of honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, cloves, star anise, brandy and red wine. The mixture of brandy and other spices are first heated and then the red wine is added to make the perfect warm drink. The drink is served with sugar ginger slice. `750 plus taxes per glass. Details: 27522999

This hotel near Madhapur has three authentic flavours of mulled wines for its guests. The bar has Smoking Bishop (British), Gluhwein (German) and Greyano Vino (Bulagria) mulled wines. The British wine consists of cinnamon, cloves, mace and ginger with a race of ginger in the red wine. The German drink includes cinnamon, lemons, cloves, oranges, cardamom, granulated sugar and brandy mixed with dry red wine. The Bulgarian heated wine consists of red wine mixed in honey and peppercorn along with fruits like apples or oranges. `750 plus taxes per glass. Details: 67676767

Vivanta by Taj
Presenting its guests with smooth and medium bodied wine from the Sula Vineyards, this hotel in Begumpet uses Sula Cabernet Shiraz for preparing the mulled wine. The drink has orange, star anise, cinnamon with hints of cardamom, lemon, plum and black pepper. The spices are mixed together and heated before the wine is added which allows the drink to absorb the flavours from the mixture. `500 plus taxes per glass. Details: 67252626

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Bring in 2016 on your terms, in the comfort of your own home, with unique ideas. Avoid traffic snarls, obnoxious strangers, tardy bar service and slow buffet lines this New Year’s Eve and throw in your own memorable bash with the help of our home-friendly services instead.
By Manju Latha Kalanidhi and Nishad Neelambaran

Musical harmony

If you want a grand symphony and the air filled with the melodious strains of violins, with men in blazers and working up a crescendo, Symphony Orchestra is the group to welcome. Says Hanuman who can get you a booking, a�?The requirement is a 30×30 stage with individual mikes for all the 30 violinists. If your house or garden has that kind of space, you are in for a treat. Charges: ` 2,00,000. Details: 990899883

pgc2Trigger happy

You are a photography buff and want your event to reflect your passion, you can invite Gaurav Sanjay Prabhu of GP Reels to conduct a home photography workshop for your circle of shutterbugs. The team from Mumbai charges ` 2,500 per person for a one-day workshop. Details: 8097806108




Classy stuff

A vocalist herself, Harini Rao of Raageshree Foundation and her team comprising not more than four including one on the harmonium, tanpoora and tabla, can come home for a classical music performance with an advance notice of at least a week. a�?We bring in our own sound system (depending on the number of audience at your home), lights (if indoors and evening).a�? Charges: `15,000. It goes up to `2,00,000 if someone has a specific artist (like Nityashree Mahadevan) in their mind for the performance. Details: 9885313050

pgc10Go dancing

Dance is a must-have at any party, but give the regular Bollywood dance a break and shift to hoola hoop dance or belly dance. Ambica, a Limca Book of Records holder, can do a super elegant dance – Indian classical, western or fusion for you through her hoola hoops. This 23-year-old can do a complete show with her nine-member team. Charges: `20,000 (plus travel and accommodation). Details: 9533191493. Belly dancers typically perform as a group of three women. Charges: ` 1,00,000 (flight tickets of three performers and manager). Details: 9440215833


Fire n ice

If action is what goes well with your partying style, fire dancer Ramesh and his friends can go whoop in the air, land thud on the floor, blow some fire straight into your face. The team charges for their time and not the number of acts which includes juggling, fire works using a cycle ring and acrobatics. Charges: ` 50,000. Details: 33924108



Hyderabad is the city that told the world that you can indeed get Superstar Shahrukh Khan to dance to a wedding, way back in 2011 when young bride Mallika Reddy, daughter of Sanjay (GVK Reddy Group) and Aparna Reddy, wanted him to perform a romantic number as her party special. It’s not surprising that the city’s hosts go out of their way in roping in unique entertainers who don’t mind coming to your home to perform, for a price of course. Although nobody knows how much the Bollywood Badshah charged for that jig at the wedding, just entertaining King Khan and his entourage, sending your private jet for a pick up and drop could run into crores. The inside word is that you need to have a personal equation with the superstars. Priyanka Chopra had performed for Congress leader Danam Nagender’s daughter Manisha’s Sangeet in April this year. And if you are not the film-loving type and would rather having something offbeat, here is a list of entertainers/performers/artists who can come home to make it an interesting party.


Who says partying doesna��t go
with a spa therapy? Meghavi,A�theA�onlyA�organicA�spaA�inA�theA�city,A�pays a homeA�visit for an event. ServicesA�include foot
massages,A�expressA�faceA�cleanA�up, dryA�shoulderA�massage,A�expressA� maniA�&A�pedi. Charges: `15,000A�upwards basedA�onA�numberA�ofA� therapists at work,A�hoursA�etc.

pgc3Vanishing act

Want your best friend to vanish into thin air? Magician, illusionist and hypnotist Samala Venu can get it done for you in a jiffy. World famous (he holds two Guinness records and has given 7,000 shows so far) for performing the vanishing lady act and making the body levitate in thin air, Venu can pull off a whole lot of other tricks. Charges: `1,25,000. Details: 9849550156

pgc4Star trek

If you want a Comedy Night with Kapil Sharma right in your backyard, Bharath Reddy from Retro Events can rope him in for you. a�?From a simple meet and greet to a complete performence, ask and you shall get it,a�? he says. Charges: `1.5 crore. Details: 9550054943. Dheeraj Dhoopar, who recently shot to fame on the small screen as Prem Bharadwaj in Sasural Simar Ka makes guest appearances in weddings and other private parties of his fans. Charges: `4,00,000 (for actor, stylist and make-up artist. Excludes and travel and boarding). Details:doshi.deepa@gmail.com

The morning after

pgc9Hearty art

If you have a bunch of kids (even grown-ups) who have been glued to the mobile screens, drag them away by inviting Telangana artist Kappari Kishan to do a home painting event. This art teacher at Jawahar Bal Bhavan can come with his team, painting brushes, easels and the works to keep your guests engaged, give them feedback and teach them to draw a line or two. All he needs is some open space and enthusiastic students. Charges: `5,000

Whata��s cooking
The party season has begun and a lot of you might want to call a food expert to your house for that crunchy cookies making demo. City food blogger and connoisseur Arundati Rao shares, “I have gone to people’s houses to display how cookies or cakes are baked and demonstrated the icing, decoration, serving methods etc.” She takes the materials along with her. Charges: `1,500 onwards. “If it’s something like Mexican recipes which requires the kitchen to be fully stocked with the exotic ingredients, I check that before I say yes,” she says. Details: 9959202255

pgc7Comedy nights

Papa CJ, world renowned stand-up comedian with more than 1,000 shows globally to his credit, says he has performed at events from baby shower to marriage. a�?I am yet to perform at a suhaag raat,a�? he quips. The 38-year-old comedian who can come to the city to perform says he can adjust the spice quotient of his jokes from clean to naughty depending on the hosta��s choice. He is best known for customising the show by cracking jokes on the audience present at the event. Charges: `10 lakh for a 90-minute comedy session (travel and accommodation to be arranged by the host). `10 lakh. Details:A�papacj@papacj.com

Pic: Muneesh Tarsem
(originally for Maxim India)


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Parsi connect
Enjoy delights of Parsi Bhonu at SodaBottleOpenerWala, Jubilee Hills. On offer are typical Parsi specialties like Brinjal Pickle, Navsari Potato Salad, Vegetable/Chicken Rajpipla, Bambaiya Potato Fry, Parsi Masala Dal and Coffee Cake. The festive spread is on till January 15. Price `499++ taxes. Details: 68888681


Nawabsa�� choice
Gorge your food in classic style at Jashn-e-Audh, Gachibowli. For New Year the restaurant has a sumptuous affair. You can relish dishes like Sheermal, Raan and Onion Kulchas along with desserts like Shahi Tukda. Price: `1,400++ taxes. Details: 65990202


Festive delights
Take your loved ones out for a gala Christmas dinner at Alfresco, Taj Krishna. On offer will be traditional spread, mulled wines and sangrias. There will be live performances by singer Sonia Saigal. Price: `2,000++ taxes per head. Details: 66293234

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Exclusive caterers who can whip up delightful dishes right in your home and in your own hearth

Baadam kii jaali
Talk about any lavish scrumptious spread in a Hyderabadi family during old days and it was never complete without Baadam Kii Jaali. Now, this delicacy is rarely available. So for socialite and artist Anju Poddar the source of this sweetmeat is home based people who know the art of making Baadam Kii Jaali. She recommends, a�?The Baadam Kii Jaali made by an elderly lady Nafeesa based in Old City is what I order for feasts and other occasions.a�? Price: `1,700 per kg. Details: 24561869

Arabian delights
Arabic mezze platters are finding favour in the City of Pearls not just on weekend family meals but on party feasts as well. Those smoking plates of Baba Ghanoush and Muttabaq set the typical Arabian style on the feast table. Socialite Jaya Baheti who swears by Arabian food spreads shares, a�?We often invite guests and serve them Arabian food. The caterers in the city know their food.a�? She recommends restaurant Spice 6 whose specialty is Maghluba a variant of Qabsa Laham yellow in colour because saffron is added to the flavoured rice cooked with pieces of mutton and crunchy fried nuts. Another specialty of theirs is Samak Al Faham, a preparation of fish that appears white after it is cooked. Price starts from `299++ taxes. Details: 33165367

Royal Rajasthan
Want to give that typical royal feel to your guests? What better way can it be done than by spreading Rajasthani thhalis for them? Well, Saavan Sukh Caterers do just that. The thhali comprises mouth-watering desert delights like Dal Baati Churma, Mirchi Kii Sabzi, Gatte Ka Saag, Laal Maans, Tali Hui Machhli along with an array of pickles, raita, papads and sweets like Gulab kii Kheer. Says owner Mohit Agarwwal, a�?For the New Year parties 15 people have contacted us so far as they want to do the parties traditional way.a�? Their specialty? All items are cooked in pure ghee on wood-fire. Price per plate: `400++ taxes. Details: 900077108

Fishy business
Bored with the same typical dosa, idli and sambar spread each time your guests ask for South Indian spread? Well for a change you can choose Kaushik Caterers as they serve varities of gangura and pulusu. What makes them special is that on their platter you will find methaldu, a sea fish rich in protein. a�?We cook it with mild chillies and the taste is on the sweeter note,a�? says the owner Laxmi Narayan. Socialite Anisha Tandon who swears by this caterer says, a�?For a lot of occasions I have called these caterers and they never cease to amaze.a�? Price per plate: `300++ taxes. Details: 9866721555

Ita��s that time of the year when everybody is in a party mood. And what better way to throw a party than by getting exclusive caterers who come to your home and serve exclusive dishes like Tali Hui Machhli, luchi, pulusu and more. Some of them can even give you a complete meal from another state with an authentic touch to it.

Text: Saima Afreen

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Brush strokes
December 26 | Ameerpet
An exhibition of artworks by painters Swathi and Vijay is on at Dhi Artspace at Ameerpet. The show is titled a�?Talking Worksa�� and consists of opuses showcasing social issues. Time: 11 am-7 pm. Entry is free. Details: 8096663907


Fun time
December 28 | Izzat Nagar
As the year is closing, bring your children for some fun at the 6th Hyderabad Kids Fair, Home Gardenera��s Fair and Christmas Carnival at Hitex. The three events are bound together for maximum enjoyment with a number of games, quizzes, parties and more. Time: 10 am-8 pm. Tickets: `100++ taxes. Details: 23112121


Dance dance
December 30 | Banjara Hills
Let your hair down to party and hit the dance floor of Radisson Blu Plaza hotel. Shake a leg to the tunes of Swedish DJ Lilith. There will be abundant supply of tequila, rum, gin and whisky along with munchies and delicious snacks. Details: 67331133


Christmas spread
December 25 | Kondapur
Today take your family out for a sumptuous festive spread to Quebe. The feast consists of mouth-watering delights like Roast Turkey, Baked Fish and Plum Cake. Price: `549++ taxes. Time: 12.30 pm-11.30 pm. Details: 22663210


Sweet notes
December 27 | Banjara Hills
Enjoy a pleasant evening at Lamakaan as Ajay Bakshi takes to santoor. He will play exclusive compositions along with table by another artiste. Tickets: `100. Time: 5.30 pm onwards. Details: 9642731329


Single act
December 29 | Banjara Hills
A series of monologues will be presented by Grim Pumpkin Theatre at Lamakaan. The monologues address social issues in a unique manner. Tickets: `100. Time: 5.30 pm onwards. Details: 66669999


Ring in
December 31 | Gachibowli
Ita��s time to ring in the New Year and what better way can you do it than to party at Hyatt Hyderabad. It will be a bling-themed party with DJs playing rocking numbers with delicious food and drinks. Time: 8 pm onwards. Tickets: `899++ taxes. Details: 48481234

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    Pick a homestay and start your year in the hills with great views, organic meals and Victorian furniture for company

    Therea��s something about the slow-paced way of life in Coonoor, Kotagiri, and Ooty that keeps tourists coming back for more. So if you have sampled the homemade chocolates, biscuits, varkis and taken back kilos of flavoured tea, herea��s why you should eschew the hotels and live like the locals this time around. Try cottages or homestays, eating non commercial food and finding hidden trails. This may be your last chance, given that the number of homestays is beginning to dwindle. a�?The Forest Department has come down heavily on places that infringe excessively upon natural habitats. Moreover, homestays do not need to pay taxes but the state governmenta��s new guidelines require them to do so which inadvertently converts them into guest houses or lodging,a�? says Anna George, who oversees operations at Sunshine Bungalow. So if you want to begin your year with some peace and quiet, read on:

    El DivinoBonfires and barbeques
    El Divino is a 40-year-old building that sees honeymooners, families and impromptu backpackers stop by. Owner Franklin Sukumar started operating the homestay two years ago. a�?But now ours is more of a guesthouse and we pay our taxes,a�? he says. Each of his five rooms have individual entrances from the front lawn. a�?The entire town of Coonoor can be seen from our windows,a�? Sukumar promises. a�?Visitors often opt to indulge in an outdoor barbeque so we marinate the meats and provide them the equipment so they can do it themselves. This and the bonfire facility, is billed separately,a�? Sukumar clarifies. Rooms from Rs 1,111 plus tax onwards. Details: eldivinoholidayhome.weebly.com

    Eta Carinae Cottages for groups
    The seventh and latest property belonging to the SerendipityO group, is located at Halakarai, in the presence of the Catherine waterfalls, with the town of Mettupalayam in view. The 174-acre property is open to organising guided treks too. a�?The pace is generally rented out as a full cottage for groups,a�? says Anitha Davaram Mathais, manager, adding that all the three rooms have one common living room and dining space. On the feasting front, they offer Continental dishes for breakfast and Indian cuisine for lunch. They also arrange to set-up facilities for outdoor dining, which includes picnic lunches and barbeque dinners. Rs 10,500 plus tax per night. Details: serendipityo/etacarinae

    Wild Canopy Reserve Camp in the hills
    The Wild Canopy Reserve – Kallikudar, which is an ecologically restored area of 114 acres, is located in Kunjapane, near Nilgiris. At an altitude of around 3,300 feet, it is a landscape of hillocks, valleys, caves and streams. The private property is owned by Ramesh Yesuthasen and his wife Poornima Maduram, both residents of Nilgiris who have carried out sustained efforts to keep the vegetation and wildlife untouched. a�?Kallikudar was one of the first rubber plantations in the country and is now 125 years old. Fifty years ago we started the ecosystem here, and the result is for you to see,a�? Poornima beams. Visitors come and camp outdoors in the lap of nature, while having slow-cooked food made with hand-pounded spices and home-grown herbs. Entry from Rs 1,000 per head. Details: 9442526034

    La Maison French fusion food
    At La Maison, Benoit Sait and Anne welcome guests with French fusion food plus gourmet Indian, Chinese, Thai and Indonesian offerings too. Their bungalow was originally built by a Scottish family in 1897, and was later renovated. It now has four rooms and an organic garden. Like any homestay owner, Sait, who is an avid collector of hats, personally interacts with his guests and accompanies them on shopping trips to the nearby village too. Visitors can also spot embroidered shawls made by local craftsmen and women, besides trying out wild honey and homemade pickles and preserves. Special attention is given to wheelchair-bound and differently abled guests. Rs 6,500 plus tax onwards per night. Details: lamaison.in

    1. Marlborough House
    Marlborough House is a 100 plus year old home from the British era, with the yesteryear architecture and interiors still intact. Decked with Victorian furniture inside amidst a seaA� of yellow walls and mild coloured cushions, the place also has three spacious lawns and gardens, plus play areas for children. Barley two kilometres away from Charing Cross Station, Ooty, it offers a great views of the surroundings. Rs 2,500 onwards per night. Details: 0423 2446411

    2. Acres Wild
    Mansoor Khana��s Acres Wild in popular for its organic farm and gourmet cheese. His visitors get the best of hospitality and he encourages them to help with the farming too. a�?We also conduct cheesemaking courses and take guests on birdwatching trips,a�? he adds. Rs 3,600 onwards (including breakfast) per night. Details: acres-wild.com

    a�� Karan Pillai

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    Sunday, A�December 27

    The Matrix Revolutions (Sci-Fi/Action), WB, 6.42 pm
    Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
    Neo (Reeves) is trapped in a train station between the virtual world of Matrix and the Machine City. Meanwhile, the machines are about to take on the last human city, Zion. By the time Neo is freed by his associates Morpheus (Fishburne), Trinity (Moss) and Seraph (Collin Chou), the machines have already reached Zion and the battle begins. Neo is the only one who can save the city and end the war. The two worlds do not realise that a third party, a powerful computer program agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), is planning to destroy both of them. It is the second live-action film to be released in both regular and IMAX theatres at the same time.

    Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Drama/Comedy), &Pictures, 7.30 pm
    Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Madhavan, Jimmy Shergill
    Living in London, Manu (Madhavan) is fed up with Tanua��s (Ranaut) antics and sends her a divorce notice. Enraged, she returns to her hometown and decides to catch up with her old boyfriends. Meanwhile, Manu reaches Delhi and meets Kusum (Ranaut), a lookalike of Tanua��s, who is a state level athlete. He falls in love with her, and convinces Kusum that he wants to marry her a�� despite being married already. Hearing this Tanu rushes to the wedding venue, but will she be able to win Manu back? This is Ranauta��s first double role.


    Saturday, December 26

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
    No Good, Very Bad Day (Comedy),
    Star Movies Select HD, 9 pm
    Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner,
    Ed Oxenbould
    Alexander Cooper (Oxenbould) is an 11-year-old boy who believes that he always has bad days, while his family has good days. Sure enough, a day before his 12th birthday, he wakes up and finds gum in his hair, which is followed by several other mishaps. He tells his family about the misadventures but gets little sympathy from them. Later, he learns that his mum (Garner), dad (Steve), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) live through their own terrible and horrible days. The movie is based on a childrena��s book written by Judith Viorst, which shares the same title.

    Brothers (Action), UTV Movies, 8 pm
    Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Akshay Kumar
    Gary Fernandes (Jackie Shroff), a recovering alcoholic and a street fighter, returns home after being imprisoned for 10 years. His two sons, David (Kumar) and Monty (Malhotra) a�� who parted ways as children a�� are now grown up but still estranged. David, an ex-fighter, is now a physics teacher and lives with his wife, Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez). His daughtera��s illness and his financial circumstances force him to return to street fighting. Loyalties are challenged when he has to fight his brother Monty, at Right to Fight, the biggest international event in mixed martial arts. The movie is an official remake of the Hollywood movie, Warrior.


    Friday, December 25

    Penguins of Madagascar (Animation), Star Movies, 9 pm
    Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon
    In Antarctica, four young penguins named Skipper (McGrath), Kowalski (Miller), Rico (Vernon), and Private (Christopher Knights) are brought into the services of the North Wind, a Canadian undercover inter-species organisation dedicated to helping animals. North Wind is led by a husky named Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch) and they face their biggest challenge when an evil scientist, Dr Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), decides to disfigure all penguins with his Medusa Serum. Will the team reach Dr Brinea��s lair in time to stop him? This is the first film in the Madagascar franchise to feature King Juliena��s character without the voice of Sacha Baron Cohen.

    Welcome (Comedy), Zee Cinema, 2.53 pm
    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Nana Patekar
    Don Uday (Patekar) tries very hard to get his sister Sanjana (Kaif) married, but he fails consistently as nobody wants to be associated with a criminal family. Meanwhile, Dr Ghunghroo (Paresh Rawal) is looking for a bride for his nephew Rajiv (Kumar), but wants an alliance with a respected family. Uday and his brother, gangster Manju (Anil Kapoor), decide to get Sanjana married to Rajiv. Though Dr Ghunghroo is totally against the alliance, Rajiv ends up saving Sanjana from a burning building and falls in love with her. Will the family accept the relationship? Initially, the movie was titled Pyaar Kiye Jaa and had Shahid Kapoor in Kumara��s role.

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