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    Objects in the Mirror are Closer Than They Appear is perhaps one of the very few collaborations between object and physical theatre to hit city stages in recent times. Bringing this unique art form to Rangashankara is Tram Theatre and FATS The Arts, led by directors Choiti Ghosh and Faezeh Jalali. Using everyday objects as the main subject, skilled performers serve to enhance the script while the audience is expected to let their imagination flow. a�?Ita��s a very visual medium, where verbal communication is down to a minimum. While it is quite challenging, it is also an exciting project, where the spectators can make their own interpretations and conclusions,a�? Ghosh tells us. Having premiered in Mumbai in December, the play opened to rave reviews and has even been staged on terraces and gardens. a�?It is essentially an outdoorsy play but works great indoors too,a�? she shares. 1
    Getting objective
    In this enactment, a toy car is the star of the show. The script takes its inspiration from the Vedic Varnashrams and Seven Ages of Man by Shakespeare.
    The plot follows the cara��s journey through the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, through the many bumps along the way, the snarling traffic and the everyday sights and sounds one encounters while traveling. The journey of the car is meant to signify the journey of life with actors dressed in black from head to toe, helping to move things along by travelling in the car, so to speak.
    a�?The car here portrays the life of a common man. Audiences will relate to the issues it goes through, be it the serious accident it has or being treated as an outsider
    by its peers,a�? explains Ghosh. The four human performers also double up as landscapes and even provide the sounds that make up a busy city.
    With our lives constantly on the move, the play seeks to show us the importance of slowing down and appreciating life every once in a while.
    April 4 and 5. 3.30 and 7.30 pm.
    At JP Nagar. Tickets (Rs.250)
    on bookmyshow.com

    a��Rashmi Rajagopal

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      When SUTIKSHA Ram and Vinay Narayanan sold their wildlife resort in Kabini to an acquaintance, they decided to move back home and set up a restaurant. A tiny space with just about six tables, white wicker chairs, olive green interiors and tasteful furnishings make up The Grub Hub, barely a week old. 1
      The blackboard menu here is basic, offering a selection of burgers, subs, pastas and interestingly homely combos like chicken and and rajma curry with rice or parathas. Plans are also in place to start a breakfast service soon.
      a�?Our USP is simple but great food. Ia��ve been in the hospitality business for a long time and I double up as a chef too, though we have another full-time chef,a�? Ram tells us.
      Fresh start
      We started with a refreshing mint lemonade, the perfect antidote to the sweltering heat. A classic combination of flavours, here the mint is finely chopped and sugar is used sparingly with just a hint of salt thrown into the mix a�� just the way we like it. For those who love their salads, the options are limited with just three on offer a�� Caesars, Greek and The Grub Hub special. We opted for the last, which turned out to be quite a hit. Lightly flavoured grilled chicken tossed with mushrooms, lettuce and red and green peppers, it is perfect if youa��re thinking of an indulgent main course.
      For mains, we ordered the beef burger, which arrived with a side of salad and potato wedges. The wedges were perfectly golden brown and went great with the sinful in-house sauce, found on every table. The burger itself is quite substantial, featuring a biggish patty, cheese and lettuce. The patty was seasoned beautifully and if you dona��t like your meat pink, you could simply tell the chef your preferences. The chicken sub too, served with a salad and wedges, ticked all the right boxes. Dessert of the day was mangoes with cream, with options changing every day.
      Head here for a quick break and dose of wholesome food.
      Rs.600 for two upwards. At Domlur, 2nd Stage. Details: 9845059906

      a��Rashmi Rajagopal

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        Short Eats
        April 4, Banashankari
        Little ones from the age of three upwards can join this kitchen workshop. Designed with safety in mind, the cooking fun unfolds without any direct contact with hot ovens or knives, and children will learn about food safely and hygiene as well as cooking up some
        tasty treats to take home. Rs.500 (all materials and equipment included). At Kydzadda. Details: 26715959

        Paws for thought
        April 5, Old Airport Road
        Plan a day out with any furry friends that you might have, and attend the third annual edition of Pet Jatre. At this celebration of all things pet-related, you can pick up pet food and accessories, and browse a range of cruelty-free products that have not been tested on animals. There will also be a bouncy castle, live music and edible offerings for those attending on two legs! All proceeds support Precious Paws Shelter. `200 entry. At Pet Step In. Details: 9886584925

        Party people
        April 4, Sankey Road
        Sugar Factory hosts its first a�?noon partya��, a daytime bash that starts from midday and goes on into the night. Expect EDM, trance, deep house and progressive music from DJ Barkley, DJ Prash, as well as DJs Krypton and Avinash, who are in town from Chennai. Sip on refreshing
        cocktails to stay cool while you rock the dance floor. At Le Meridien. Details: 41305566

        Mane care
        Ongoing, Flipkart
        Luxury haircare and styling brand TIGI launches the Bed Head and S Factor range which can be bought off the shelf at select salons or on Flipkart.com. Including a variety of shampoos, conditioners and quirkily named products that allow you to express yourself through hairstyles, the collection is apparently meant to be used by those with a hint of humour. And if you look at some bottle shapes, youa��ll know why! `700 upwards. Details: flipkart.com

        Brush strokes
        April 5, Kasturba RoadA�Spend your Sunday morning learning about the art of watercolour painting, at this workshop by Art House. Today is the first session, and it will focus on drawing basics and colour theory. Further sessions will be held over the next 10 consecutive Sundays, at various locations including Lalbagh, Cubbon Park and Sankey Tank. `6,000 for the full course. 10 am a�� 12.30 pm At Archeology Museum.
        Details: 9886394195

        Right notes
        Until April 30, online
        The Alliance Francaise opens applications for its FA?te de la Musique. A citywide celebration of music, the festival spans various venues and genres of music. If youa��d like your band to get on stage, submit your applications online (with links to samples of your work) by the end of the month. The celebration will take place on the weekend of June 21. Free entry. Details: bangalore.afindia.org

        Green theories
        April 4, Koramangala
        Ayurvedic natural healing remedies have been passed down the generations for
        centuries. This session aims to reintroduce city kids to some traditional wisdom, focusing on simple and scientifically supported techniques. Ita��s run by the team at Svaasth Ayurveda, and is aimed particularly at children and their parents. Suitable for ages three to 15, with one accompanying adult. `200. At Atta Galatta. Details: 41600677

        Side splitting
        April 3, Whitefield
        Catch the best in Indian stand-up comedy at the latest edition of Laugh Ok Please. Comedians Sorabh Pant, Aditi Mittal, Karthik Kumar and S Aravind will keep you entertained with anecdotes and skits inspired by marriage, family relationships, work and much more. At The Courtyard, Phoenix Marketcity. Tickets (`300 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

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          Sing it loud
          April 3 | Windmills Craftworks
          Known as the Norah Jones of the Middle East, Farah Siraj has performed across Europe, North America and Asia. Adept at combining jazz with Arabic influences for a distinctive sound, shea��ll be accompanied by Carolina Calvache on the piano and Karina Colis on drums. At Whitefield. Tickets (Rs.500 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

          Silver screen
          April 4 | Chowdiah Memorial Hall
          Iconic stars, Waheeda Rehman and Sharmila Tagore come together on stage for The Rendezvous, a retrospective celebrating some of their best work. They will be in conversation with National Award winner Brahmanand Singh, and the evening will be interspersed with songs performed by winners of Indian Idol and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. At Malleshwaram. Tickets (Rs.1,000) on indianstage.in

          Check mate 1
          April 6 | Dice n Dine
          Gather together with friends or colleagues and unleash your competitive spirit, for the Dice n Dine Table Top Festival. Promising to be a mega celebration of board games, expect everything from Cluedo to Monopoly, via Risk, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuits. Starts today, until April 11. At Koramangala. Details: 41302255

          New innings
          April 8 | Kolkata
          If youa��re already missing the excitement of the Cricket World Cup, the fever will return with a vengeance, as the new IPL season gets underway today. Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders take on 2013 champions Mumbai Indians this evening, and the first match for
          the citya��s Royal Challengers is tomorrow. 8 pm on Set Max.

          Now showing
          April 3 | PVR Cinemas
          Based on a true story, The Woman in Gold narrates a Jewish womana��s battle to reclaim a Klimt painting stolen from her family by the Nazis. Directed by Simon Curtis, it stars Helen Mirren in the lead as Maria Altmann, with Ryan Reynolds playing her young lawyer. With widespread critical acclaim after its screening at the Berlin Film Festival, this onea��s already tipped to be on next yeara��s award lists.

          Egg that counts
          April 5 | London
          If youa��re spending the weekend in London, be sure to pick up whata��s easily the best Easter egg of the year a�� the Bulgari Alain Ducasse Easter Egg. Inspired by the shaping of clay on a pottera��s wheel, this 75 per cent dark chocolate egg costs GBP45 for 400gms. The egg is available at bulgarihotels.com. But if youa��re going to be in town, then our pick of feasts on Page 8 should keep you happy this Sunday.

          Heaven sent 2
          April 7 | C Krishniah Chetty & Sons
          Heritage jeweller C Krishniah Chetty & Sons launches a new range inspired by the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Called Dashavatara, the collection gives tradition a contemporary twist, and all of the pieces are made from 18 karat yellow or white gold, embellished with cut natural gemstones like rubies, emeralds and sapphires, as well as cognac diamonds, rose-cut and round brilliant cut diamonds. Rs.1 lakh upwards. At Commercial Street. Details: 40001869

          Book worm
          April 9 | Online
          Amazon announces the IndianA�launch of the Kindle Voyage, the most advanced e-reader in their range. The Voyage has a higher resolution and
          contrast display with a new adaptive front light and reimagined page turns, promising a reading experience without any eye-strain. Ita��s also Kindlea��s lightest device, at just 6.4 ounces. Rs.16,499 on amazon.in


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            After the reign of caped crusaders in print, creators talk about the future of characters in pixels as they converge at the third edition of the Bangalore Comic Con, that begins today. By Aakanksha Devi

            IN THE three years since its inception, the Bangalore Comic Con has turned into the highlight of the year for geeks. More so after tying up with Reed Exhibitions (of the New York and Chicago Comic Con fame, among others). From the first ever Comic Con in India, in the capital city which brought in a humble `25 lakh and 20,000 people to `1.25 crores and double the visitors in Bangalore alone in 2014, the boom has come as a pleasant surprise, says Jatin Verma, organiser. a�?Fans have evolved from obsessing over superheroes to enjoying edgy even borderline weird content,a�? he says. a�?Character entertainment is a multi-billion dollar global industry and Indians or Indian themes are just a micro-percentage,a�? Sharad Devarajan, co-founder, Graphic India, echoes. It is currently a `75 crore industry, but expected to burgeon to `300 crore in the next 10 years, and both are confident that the internet has magnified the intimate act of buying a comic book into a global phenomenon. Abroad, creators are working to change the story-lines of characters that have been around for over 60 years. a�?Indian artistes are keeping up as well, by moving away from mythology towards sci-fi, anthologies and even desi manga,a�? Verma adds. Confident that vibrant gatherings of pop culture like the Comic Con will give the future of speech bubbles, bobble heads, comic books and graphic novels a boost, we meet some of the key people whoa��ll take us into the digital age.

            Mark Millar
            Creator, producer, writer

            EVEN non-comic buffs would get a thrill on meeting the upbeat Mark Millar. Most of his creations have been made into top feature films (think Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service, released as 1Kingsman: The Secret Service) as he turned his boyhood fascination for James Bond, or crime fighting superheroes into edgy yet relatable characters. a�?Write characters you know really well and stay away from those you dona��t absolutely love,a�? Millar says, explaining that when you like a character as a fan, when you recreate it, you do it with passion and towards an end which you will like as a writer and fan.
            On the rise and fall of superheroes, the Scotsman feels it has and always will be cyclical. a�?I dona��t think wea��ll ever get bored with superheroes. Theya��re tales of hope. As long as we are human with emotions, turmoil will always be just around the corner with a caped crusader following closely,a�? he says. a�?My stories on paper still give me happiness as if they are my children, so will any other form of my work. The online world is an endless tool for creativity. We can use it any way we want,a�? he concludes.
            Millar will chat with fans and discuss his work via Skype

            Holy Cow Entertainment

            AN integral part of the Indian comic book scene, Holy Cow founder, Vivek Goel, says he built his company like a true fan, a�?working from the ground up with solid plots and strong charactersa��. His colleague, Anirudh Singh, who collaborated on their latest book Shaitan, releasing today, tells us that it centres around an American black-ops team making their way to the island of Astola in Pakistan, to look for the mysterious Shaitan who has made the land uninhabitable. Moving on to the changing medium of books and global trends, Singh feels, a�?While the touch and feel of paper is great, nothing beats the reach of digital access. America and Japan are saturated markets now, while India offers both cultural and creative diversity. The future is all about being current. Who would have thought that a female Thor or a freckled Archie dying for a gay friend would be so well received,a�? he says. Goel ensures that one series is always completed before tackling the next projecta��a�?unlike Japanese series which tend to tantalise the reader with cliff hangers and, boom, suddenly wrap upa��. Comparing his writing and releases to his morning allergy sneezes, he jokes, a�?I do 12-14 at one go and then ita��s over.a�?
            Sketching stages
            Fans can anticipate their first colourful female characters, a dragon from Bhutan. And another named Viridian, a Latin word for green. a�?All I will say is that the character is green and from Arunachal Pradesh,a�? hints Goel. And while most readers are familiar with fantastical places like Krypton and Asgard, the HC Universe brings the action home with relatable characters from Goa, Mumbai, and a�?little villages in Indiaa��. a�?We dona��t always need to identify with Starling City or Gotham. By being culturally relevant, we connect better with a range of wider readers,a�? he signs off.
            Catch Goel at the HCE kiosk

            Paul Azaceta
            Creator, artist, publisher

            New Jersey-based artiste Paul Azaceta started his graphic career with Captain Marvel for Marvel Comics, and has since worked on characters for Punisher Noir, B.P.R.D. 1946, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Conan, and Northlanders. His latest project has him collaborating with writer Mark Sable, on two novels a�� Grounded and Graveyard of Empiresa��plus hea��s working on his first ongoing horror story Outcast with Robert Kirkman from Image Comics. a�?Robert has come up with a twist on The Exorcist a�� about a young man, Kyle who decides to deal with the demonic attacks hea��s been plagued by his whole life only to discover ita��s bigger than he ever realised. Ia��m already eight issues in and I love it,a�? he says, adding that doing a creepy horror book has always been on his bucket list. Graveyard of Empires is a tale about zombies in Afghanistan, and is a visual, literary treat as well as a pithy social commentary on war, he promises. a�?We took a fun zombie action story and set it in Afghanistan against the tragic reality of war,a�? says Azaceta who feels that storytelling must be reinvented through technology even if it threatens the very existence of comic stores.
            a�?I see the future in a monthly digital comic with collections and trades coming out in physical books,a�? Azaceta says. He hopes that it will open up the market to a�?anyone with internet accessa��, thus boosting the reach of creator-owned comics and providing a glimpse into the world of the creator. a�?I make each character unique by adding my own tastes, interests and emotions I once experienced personally,a�? says the artist.
            He will be travelling to the city for a discussion at the Comic Con.

            Mukesh Singh2
            Illustrator, graphics and game artist,
            CG modeler and animator

            IF A single picture can evoke an immediate response from the viewer, the impact is enhanced greatly with comic books and their extensive imagery,a�? begins Mukesh Singh, illustrator and artist who has worked with the likes of Marvel, Virgin and Liquid Comics, and is currently finishing two books with an undisclosed European publisher. a�?They are a combination of words and pictures that deliver a story in unique ways that neither writing nor pictures alone can do,a�? he says, describing his favourite pop cultural genre of literature.
            Looking ahead
            Although cautious about the changing medium of reading from physical to digital, he too believes that the latter is here to stay. Plus, for graphic novels, where art is the real calling card of the medium, the colours are really brought to life in the digital format while a�?print often takes away so much of the subtlety of colours and shadesa��. a�?But then, there is something special about physically holding a well-loved book. The sheer joy of holding something tangible in your hands, of discovering hidden pearls in a library or a book store, the smell of newly printed paper. Or cherishing a gift copy with its signatures and inscriptions, of possessing a unique first edition, is sheer magic,a�? he tell us.
            Comics can transcend language, he says and the future in India is a�? very brighta��. a�?Because we dona��t already possess a long established comic culture in India, with emergent technologies like tablets and smartphones and their ability to reach a wide audience, the opportunities are endless,a�? Singh foresees.
            His illustrated works will be available at The Entertainment Store stall

            Top priority

            Wading through the merchandise,
            workshops, photo-ops and discussions, we zero in on the highlights:

            ? Game of Thrones fans will definitely want to meet and greet Daniel Portman, our favourite squire Podrick Payne, and Natalia Tela (who plays loyal wildling Osha) who will be at the event. Then, head to the replica of the Iron Throne specially created in a tie up with series producers HBO
            ? Mark Millar and Greg Cappulo (creator of the
            current series of Batman) will participate in
            discussions via Skype
            ? Celebrate your inner nerd at the Science Series. Kicking off the series is Vandana Verma, a NASA Mars Rover driver who develops software for robotic space exploration. She speaks live from NASA on Saturday at 1 pm
            ? The Cosplay contest is taken to the next level with five categories this year a�� comic book or graphic novel, animated series or film, manga or anime, sci-fi or fantasy and gaming
            ? Gamers ahoy! India eSports League will set up an extreme gaming arena with `1.5 lakhs up for grabs if you win. Plus, casual competitions on FIFA14 and Counter Strike Go

            Campfire Graphic Novels

            AIMING to entertain and educate through lively illustrated books on human values and unforgettable heroes, Campfirea��s catalogue of over 75 titles covers classics, mythology, biographies and history. In the past six years, theya��ve become leaders of the growing graphic novel industry in India. Girija Jhunjhunwala, director at Campfire Graphic Novels describes the graphic novel as a�?a sequential telling of a story in its entirety as opposed to a comic that may or may not do so.a�?
            Highlighting the importance of technology in storytelling, she describes the work as a creative collaboration between the artist or penciller, the inker, the colourists and the desk top publishing operator but credits technology with making it a streamlined process. a�?We have artists who work the traditional way and those who prefer to work on a tablet that allows them to draw, colour and use digital ink,a�? Jhunjhunwala says.
            As Indian readers are moving from Archies, Tintin or Asterix towards graphic novels with a perfect balance of text and visuals, for leisure reading, she hopes that even The Centre of Secondary Education may move beyond the prescribed historical Campfire graphic novels on Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr and World War One to topical material in the future. a�?And while nothing can replace the joy of flipping pages, we are embracing a digital future with our e-books and apps,a�? she says.
            Check out all their works at the Comic Con

            Greg Capullo
            Greg Capulloa��s work on Batman
            has redefined how one looks at Gothama��s saviour. Illustrator of the all-new The Dark Knight, he has reinvented the way we look at superheroes, focussing on the human side. While appreciative of the talent that is out there, what he likes least about the shift to digital is that there is a growing dependency on photos and leanings toward photo realism. a�?I believe comics are better served, in my opinion, by being something larger than life. Otherwise, why dona��t we all hang up our pencils, pens and styli and pick up cameras,a�? he
            critiques, adding that often, it isna��t illustrators who need to change with the digitalisation of comics, but marketing. a�?At the most, I try and make very tiny faces more detailed so that people can blow them up in digital format!a�?

            Saurav Mohapatra

            One of the few Indian names to make it big in the global scenario, Saurav Mohapatraa��s credits include writing for Shekhar Kapura��s Devi, Deepak Chopraa��s India Authentic plus the graphic novel Mumbai Confidential, now available in a digital format. Some of his more recent work include The Way of The Warrior: The legend of Abhimanyu and Moon Mountain for Penguin and Gabbar, a prequel graphic novel to Sholay (from Graphic India/Westland). Clearly a trend-setter, Mohapatra happily credits his collaborators like Samit Basu, and artists Mukesh and Abhishek Singh for pushing boundaries. a�?Therea��s a lot more diversity in the genre now. Earlier, it was either all very juvenile or childish like Tinkle or Chacha Chaudhury, predictable superheroes and mythological tales. Now, we are tackling variety in comic themes and genres,a�? he begins.
            Fast forward
            Digital art has allowed him to collaborate and iterate over the production process of a graphic novel / comic book long distance, a�?and by 2020, comic books will be digitally read on cell phones or tabletsa�� he predicts, adding, a�?In a few years, printed books will become luxe collector items, valued mostly as personalised gifts.a�?
            Sadly, he doesna��t see comics becoming mainstream in India anytime soon. a�?It will remain niche but ita��ll take us a while to become a mature market,a�? shares the creator, reiterating that print distribution is a very different ball game to online consumption. a�?The inventory alone will kill any fledgling business. My advice is to focus on digital and create print editions for proven properties along with merchandise,a�? he says. Crowd-funding could be the way forward for independent publishers apparently and his advice is, a�?Just write! Everybody has ideas but the hardest part about writing is writing itself. Artists need to build digital portfolios and get their art out where ita��s seen.a�?
            His graphic novels and comics will be on display and sale

            Finding merchandise
            ? For anime and manga stuff, head to Japanese brand IINEa��s stall which will be stocked with tees, mugs, toys, posters and home decor

            ? Kidrobot, Mimobots, Funko and National Entertainment Collectibles Association, all premier creators and dealers of limited edition art toys, gadgets, vinyls and lifestyle merchandise will be on hand, too

            ? Hot Toys is set to showcase and sell their trademark Sixth Scale collectibles
            featuring film-based memorabilia

            ? Indian merchandisers including The Entertainment Store, Band Box, Wacom,
            Art Beat, Bewakoof Brands, Hysteria, Wear Your Opinion, Kudi Firang, Planet Superheroes, F Gali, Sky Goodies, Bollyscope, Lazy Ninja, GraphiCurry, Below the Belt will also
            be part of the line-up

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              Playing Jesus.
              When I found out I would be
              playing Jesus, I was both excited and completely overwhelmed. How can I possibly play a more significant role? Ita��s probably ruined me for life! But unlike any other character Ia��ve played, I love and believe in everything that this
              character stands for. So Ia��m seeing the world from a lens that isna��t darkened by judgment and my views seem limitless. This was the ultimate experience
              as an actor.

              Preparing for the role.
              As soon as I found out, I called my friend who is my mentor and spiritual guru. I called him specifically because I think of him as a person who reminds me of Jesus. Ia��m not saying he is a prophet, but to me as a person he has Jesusa��s qualities. I was so heavily influenced by him even before I got the part. So for me to have the opportunity to tell this story is like a dream come true.

              Hardest part of the filming.
              I looked at a lot of videos on the Internet about crucifixion and what happens to the human body, literally in a physical sense. How fast does it fall apart? How much blood does one lose? How do you breathe when youa��re on a crucifix? It was a lot of stuff that I had to think of technically and then be emotionally available for the truth of the moment. It was incredibly difficult.

              Describe the film in short.
              This film is for everybody because
              Jesus never excluded anybody. Ita��s also very entertaining; ita��s a thriller about someone who challenged the system. Ita��s so timely and inspiring. This story is a celebration for our humanity and ita��s beauty. That is what Jesus was trying to show us even if you are not religious.

              Being Herod
              Well, ita��s Herod; ita��s not really the big guy! Being a part of it was a pleasure. Bill Oa��Reilly wanted to update these stories, make them contemporary, give them intrigue and lay out the political ramifications of what was happening at the time. Ita��s a good way to tell a story. It was a magnificent experience. Herod was just a guy who had to do some despicable things to maintain a balance of power and I do think, I did something special for Herod. We will see if anybody else agrees!

              Youa��re religious. Did this strike a chord?
              Ia��m a religious person. Ia��m not a fundamentalist. I was raised as a Christian Scientist. So Ia��m a devoted student of the Christian principles and I carry a great sense of faith and reassurance in that relationship. My understanding of the film in terms of its comparison to other storytellings of this particular story is kind of a journeymana��s understanding.

              Take away from the film.
              I think ita��s for people who are curious. It was such a vital time in terms of geography meeting political concerns and what was happening in that part of the world. It was a transitional period. And of course, it was a ripe time for a redemptive act from a human being, being Christ. That was an extraordinary thing. I mean this man born in a very humble place changed the world through peaceful means.

              Working with the ensemble cast…
              It was great! I had never worked with the director Chris Menual before. It was a first time experience. I really enjoyed working with him. He works like me, so we didna��t spend a lot of time discussing things. If I needed a dagger under my bed it was there. No questions asked. And the Director of Photography is a great storyteller himself, so the evenings while shooting were filled with really interesting discussions and conversations and storytelling. There was a big international cast so it was really fun.
              Premiers April 3, at 8 pm on
              National Geographic Channel.
              a��Aakanksha Devi

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                Occupying the spacious bungalow that once housed Cinnamon on the buzzing Walton Road is the new Good Earth store, their flagship address for all of South India. Spread across 10,000 square feet, and two floors, with a juice and salad bar, bakery and flower shop on its premises, the store is designed by the renowned Sandeep Khosla. CEO, Simran Lal, lets us in on the details.

                Moving house.
                It is primarily to showcase our in-house handcrafted apparel line, Sustain more prominently. Ita��s a much bigger space than our store at UB City, which is shutting down. From our farshis to odhnis and lines like Mogra, Syahi, Rosana to Kinari, you can expect fine handcrafted garments widely displayed here.

                On the design.
                Wea��ve used a lot of reclaimed and distressed wood, chandeliers and textiles for a multi-layered and textured effect. The colour scheme is neutral with shades like charcoal, ivory and grey to better showcase the products. The projection screens, a first for Good Earth, will play our short films, like Pehchaan, which is about the making of a luxury quilt.

                The online space.1
                We get orders from across the globe. We have no idea how they hear about us but ita��s an indication that therea��s a massive untapped market out there. So wea��re also focusing on our web boutique.
                What the future holds.
                In January 2016, we will be sponsoring the Fabrics of India show at the Victoria Albert Museum in London. Wea��ll also be setting up a small pop up at their exhibition shop. This is a huge deal for us. And since our store in Ankara, Turkey, is doing well, we are in talks to open one in Istanbul.

                he kalamkari craft
                This year, Good Earth shines the spotlight on Machilipatnam kalamkari, which uses vegetable dyes in its prints. Christened The Cabana Collection, it features sarongs, odhnis and home textiles all crafted by small time artisans from the region. a�?We retain these artisans forever as ita��s a struggle to convince them to continue their craft,a�? shares Lal, adding, a�?Our director Beenu Bawa, is at Machilipatnam filming the process, as we speak.a�?

                Take a break
                ? Fresh Pressery is a start up known
                for their cold pressed drinks. At their first cafe, they will be serving organic sandwiches, salads and more
                ? Rolling Pin, an Indo-German bakery offers everything from blackforest cakes to lemon squares.
                ? Flower Box will offer a range
                of flowers and bouquets, like tulips and agapanthus sourced from
                around the world

                At Walton Road. Details: 41738870
                a��Rashmi Rajagopal

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                  EARTH Song, the latest exhibition at Kynkyny Art, unites 20 contemporary artists to reflect upon the environment. Showcasing eco-sensitive mixed media works, the paintings and installations should spark conversations about climate change and recycling, resource deficits and pollution to present a�?a vision of a greener, happier futurea��.
                  Mother earth 1
                  Explaining that the team at Kynkyny a�?are committed to sustainability in all formsa�� co-founder and curator Namu Kini says that, a�?We need to re-use, reduce and recycle and rethink the way we live.a�? When curating the show, the Kynkyny team honed in on works that raise important environmental questions. These include collage art, watercolours, mixed media artworks, tempera, acrylic and oil paintings. Collectively the artists a�?conjure up a spectacular universe of folk imagery, abstract caricature, surrealist collages, anthropomorphic beings, haunting landscapes, magic-realist settings and a kaleidoscope of nature overflowing with life, colour and beauty,a�? says Kini.
                  Looking forward
                  The centerpiece will be an installation by Karnataka-based artist Dhananjaya. Known for working with environmental issues, he generally works with salvaged, non-recyclable material to make a statement about how we interact with our eco-system. Here hea��s chosen to work entirely in natural wood, depicting a mother and child playing with Channapatna toys, a nod to his childhood. a�?My wife and I are preparing for the birth of our first child,a�? says Dhananjaya. a�?We need to preserve our natural and cultural heritage for the future,a�? he elaborates. Also look out for work from Ganapati Hegde, taking ordinary natural objects into the realm of fantasy, and Devdatta Padekara��s sensitive depiction of a treea��s joyous reaction when birds make a home amongst its branches.
                  April 10 a�� May 2. At Infantry Road. Details: 40926202
                  a��Maegan Dobson Sippy

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                    ITTING with the mother-daughter duo of Malati Srinivasan and Geetha Rao and chatting about their new cookbook, The Udupi Kitchen, centred around the satvik (pure) vegetarian cuisine of the Madhwa Brahmin community, I was transported briefly back to a time where purity of ingredients and simplicity of flavours ruled. And the world-famous food of Karnatakaa��s temple town of Udupi wasna��t yet as famous as it is now.
                    Dose, idli, bisi bele hulianna, thindi (snacks), saaru, palya, an array of masale pudi and chutneys made with simple yet unusual ingredients, delicious raithas, gojju a�� these are made in many households even today, but for many younger people or those living abroad, the food remains something of a dream, lost in the frenzy of modern existence.1
                    Not so for Srinivasan, who grew up observing the daily kitchen rituals of her aunt, Padmavati Bai, called Athi. Watching from the kitchen door as she wasna��t allowed in, Srinivasan grew fascinated by the food she saw her aunt cook daily. After she married, she began cooking herself. Soon her children and later, her grandchildren began clamouring for her recipes. The entire family consists of excellent cooks and passionate foodies, including her sons, admits Rao, who started cooking herself while posted to Australia, desperately missing her saaru anna.
                    It seemed a natural extension of this love for their own cuisine to create a cookbook a�� based on the 170 plus recipes Srinivasan had jotted down in a large notebook, which grew over three years into The Udupi Kitchen. This wasna��t her first foray into the cookbook universe. Madhur Jaffrey, grande dame of Indian cooking consulted Srinivasan for her cookbook, A Taste of India. a�?The perception of Udupi food is idli-dose but therea��s much more,a�? points out Rao, whose favourite among the 12 sections in the book is on the fragrant vegetable curries or gojjus, a Madhwa specialty, particularly the kitle hannu sippe gojju, made from orange peel in a sweet- sour gravy. a�?And I love the sweets,a�? confesses Srinivasan. Truly, the mouthwatering photos of the Mysore Pak and payasam are enough to send any sweet lover into a rapturous sugar high.
                    Of course, writing a cookbook on traditional cuisine into something easy enough to be used anywhere in the world isna��t a breeze, so the duo spent time researching equivalent weights, measures and terms a�� seeme badnekai or chow-chow translates quaintly into a�?foreign brinjala�� but rather than confound newbies, ita��s listed as chayote squash. Similarly, tappele became saucepan, kadhai became wok, and nearest equivalents to Karnatakaa��s famous Byadige chillies were found.
                    Rao expects the book to evoke childhood memories in those who are familiar with the food (a�?I remember bore chittu a�� sweet-sour berries mixed with red chillies, jaggery and asafoetida Ia��d eat at my grandmothera��sa�?) and introduce those unfamiliar to it, to the delicious food of their homeland.
                    m firstimpressionbangalore@gmail.com

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                      Connecting talented home chefs to hungry customers is Masalabox.com, a venture by Harsha Thachery and Liya Verghese. About seven months old in Kochi, the portal was soft launched in Bangalore last week. The Kochi model took off with close to 300 dishes served to date. Fifteen chefs have already signed on in Bangalore, but the duo is still looking for more. a�?Within the first two days, we received 230 applications, but our curating process is elaborate so ita��s going to take more time,a�? shares Thachery.
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                      With strict quality checks, the menu changes daily, offering light business lunches and heavier dinners with healthy options too. The food is eclectic a��from traditional South Indian puliogare, akki roti and neer dosa with Kundapur chicken to shepherda��s pie, Moroccan couscous salad and pavlova. a�?We have chefs specialising in Mangalorean, Kerala, Karnataka, Mughlai, Coorg, Bengali and Continental cuisines, and even a health conscious cook, who uses things like flax seeds in her dishes,a�? reveals Thachery.
                      The packaging is made from plant-based fibre, which is microwave safe and decomposable. All dishes come at room temperature with detailed heating instructions. In Bangalore, the focus is on the app, available for Android and iPhone. The site is set to launch on April 6.
                      Details: masalabox.com

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