Daily Archives: Oct 23, 2015
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New cocktails, workshops and someA�retail therapy a�� the next few weeks willA�encourage you to eat, shop and play
In the spotlight
Herea��s a chance to bring out the actor in you.A�Theatre group Adishakti is organising aA�10-day residential workshop that will teachA�you eye movements and breathing techniques,A�besides body and vocal exercises.A�Taught by resident artistes Vinay Kumar andA�Nimmy Raphel, it is open to all above 18. Rs.35,000 (inclusive of accommodation andA�food). Details: 9047530689
Enjoy the graceful tribangi postures of GokulsreeA�Das at an Odissi recital today. A disciple of popularA�danseuse, Durga Charan Ranbir, the dancerA�from Bhubaneshwar has been mastering the traditionalA�form since the age of three. Drop by theA�Alliance Francaise de Pondicherry, at 7 pm, toA�catch the performance. Details: 0413 2338146
Style your hair, get a relaxingA�body spa or treat yourself to aA�luxurious facial. Toni & Guy hasA�launched its first EssensualsA�salon in Pondicherry just inA�time for the festivities. BesidesA�beauty services, you can alsoA�get inked at the salona��s tattooA�counter. At Mission Street. Rs50A�onwards. Details: 0413 4300053
Play Clan, the citya��s apparel, accessories and decorA�store, adds a new range of T-shirts, bags, eye masksA�and wooden wall hangings to its collection. TheA�quirky line will be themed on the holy city ofA�Varanasi. Find motifs of sadhus (hermits) and LordA�Shiva on the quirky pieces. At Rue Suffren Street. Rs.500 onwards. Details: 0413 4200499
Herea��s a good reason to drop by the Satsanga restaurantA�this week. Pierre Elouard, the Pondicherry-based FrenchA�restaurateur, has added combo meal options to the menu.A�Now enjoy fish soup, moussaka and steak, among otherA�options, and finish things off with caramel custard or chocolateA�mousse. At La Bourdonnais Street, between 12 pmA�and 3 pm. Rs.200 onwards. Details: 0413 2225867
Get creative at the two-day marbling and lampshadeA�workshop. Conducted by Mohanam CulturalA�Centre, the hands-on classa��taught by in-houseA�resource person, Elumalai Sundaramoorthya��willA�kick off sessions on marbling. Participants will learnA�how to create the patterns and imprint them onA�paper. The following day, the paper will be used toA�make lampshades. On October 29-30, from 2 pm to 4
pm. Rs.1000. You can also opt for just the marblingA�workshop, at Rs.500. Details: 0413 2623806
Till October 25, Online
Soaring airline charges? AirAsia has affordable options to fly to different destinations, across the country and world. Travelling from Bengaluru to Kochi or Goa will cost only Rs.1,299. Also, connecting flights from Bangkok to Bengaluru or Chennai will be priced at `4,499. Book before October 25, for travel between March 1 and October 29, 2016. Details: airasia.com
10, Uddup StoreA�Celebrate the festive season with Uddupa��s new range for women. The city-based boutique (also the manufacturer) offers hand block-printed saris and salwars in cotton, kota and tissue silk. Drop by their store in Anna Nagar. Till November 10, between 9.30 am and 9.30 pm.Rs.1,350 onwards. A�Details: 9790941799
Shine with wine
All season, Angels Cosmetics
Ayurvedic cosmetics company Astaberry Biosciences has introduced a range of skin and hair care products rich in wine. The face wash has red grape extracts that hydrates the skin, while the shampoo has grape seed oil to fight dandruff. The facial kit has a cleanser, scrub, creme, and pack. Face wash at Rs.85 (100 ml). Details: 42170875
Bake a cake
Sunday, Haagen Dazs
Herea��s your opportunity to create a little masterchef. At the workshop that Haagen Dazs is organising, their chief chef Anand Dravid will teach children to bake and decorate a cake. Participants will get vouchers from outlets like Haagen Dazs and Jonaha��s Bistro. For children aged between five and 15, on Sunday, at Khader Nawaz Khan Road, from 12 pm to 3 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm. Rs.1,200. Details: 30853854
By the page
Childrena��s book, Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why, illustrated by city-based Satwik Gade and written by Sowmya Rajendran traces the journey of our countrya��s first law minister, Dr BR Ambedkar. Published by Tulika Publications, it will be launched by the author and narrated by storyteller Sandhya Ruban at Hippocampus, at 11 am. Free entry.
October 26-30, Russian Centre of Science & Culture
At the Korean Film Festival this Monday, watch the multiple award winning film, The Journals of Musan, that deals with problems of a North-Korean refugee in Seoul (South Korea). The five-day film festival will screen other films including Closer to Heaven. It is jointly organised by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation and Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi. Details: 28212652
October 24 | Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Table toppers FC Pune City face hosts Chennaiyin FC in a crucial encounter for the latter. A victory here will see them tied at the top with Pune, both teams holding nine points each. Can Dhonia��s side contain Punea��s strikers, including star man Adrian Mutu? Find out tomorrow, at 7 pm on Star Sports. Details: indiansuperleague.com
October 27 | Azure
Azure presents its Festive 2015 collection, inspired by the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Themed around roses, the collection of kurtas, dresses, tops and pants feature colours like vibrant saffron, teal and red, juxtaposed with black. Choose from designs in materials like cotton, linen, and silk. Priced from Rs.990 to Rs.5,900. Details: 24670452
Taylor in the house
October 25 | Hilton
UK/Berlin-based DJ/producer xxxy, alias Rupert Taylor, is on his debut tour of the country. Presented in collaboration with Red Bull Music Academy, this is your chance to check out his dubstep influenced basslines, and his interpretations of UK garage, house and deep techno music. On October 25 at Q Bar, Hilton, from 6 pm onwards. Details: 30205638
Now at Ottimo
October 28 | ITC Grand Chola
Visiting chef Vittorio Greco has come up with a new menu at Ottimo, promising a fresh spin on classic Italian fare. Expect fine cheeses, plenty of vegetables and food that looks like art. Read about our experience on Page 8.
At the movies
October 23 | SPI Cinemas
Featuring an ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson, Rock The Kasbah is about rock manager Richie Lanz (Murray) who spots a young Afghan girl with a sensational voice and takes it upon himself to guide her through Afghanistana��s version of Indian Idol. Directed by Barry Levinson. Details: 42244224
October 24 | Sir Mutha Hall
Papa CJ, the winner of Asiaa��s best Standup Comedian Award, is coming to Chennai with his autobiographical show, Naked. The comedian will talk about everything concerning his life, with anecdotes from school and work, and his romantic life too. Tomorrow, at Sir Mutha Hall, from 7 pm. Tickets from Rs.500 onwards on eventjini.com
October 26 | Manjal
With Diwali just over a fortnight away, visit Manjal, the crafts store of city-based NGO M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation, for gifting options like fruit baskets, kottans, sari and gift boxes, wooden trays, candy pouches and more. The Diwali rainbow collection borrows from the colour of fruits, while the Peacock collection features colours of the national bird. From Rs.125 onwards. Details: 24622505
October 29 | Goa
Fashion enthusiasts must make time for the second edition of the India Beach Fashion Week, which will witness Made In Goa clothing designed by some of the top names in the industry. Expect to see designers like Wendell Rodricks, Rocky S, Anupama Dayal, James Ferreira, and Manoviraj Khosla. From October 29-31, at the Lalit Golf & Spa Resort. Details: indiabeachfashionweek.com
Making us think
There are few Hindi films that garner a unanimous reaction and leave the audience as affected as Talvar has. Meghna Gulzara��s film, based on Vishal Bhardwaja��s script about the Aarushi Talwar murder case, has enjoyed tremendous support from critics and a strong word-of-mouth. Ita��s interesting that the filma��s English title is Guilty because that is what many viewers have said they felt when they left the cinema, questioning how quick they too were to adjudge the Talwar couple guilty of killing their own daughter. What works in the filma��s favour is the portrayal of the key characters as part of the investigation and without any spotlight on their backstory or time outside of the context of the investigation. Besides the screenplay, one of the other aspects being acknowledged is the casting, among them the actor playing Talwara��s Nepali Man Friday. Sumit Gulati was previously seen in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Phantom, and will be seen in Kanu Behla��s Titli releasing later this month.
Brand new act
Ita��s been a while since we heard of her, so herea��s an update on Chitrangada Singh who was last seen in a sizzling item number in Gabbar is Back. Besides her acting jobs in films such as Babumoshai Bandookbaaz with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Band of Maharajasa��in which she plays a pop star on a crazy musical journey from Punjab to Pakistana��Singh is also turning producer. She is believed to have a couple of projects on the anvil, including one on hockey player Sandeep Singh.
Juggling time zones and projects on two continents and in two languages can make anyone dizzy, but not Priyanka Chopra. The current toast of American television is balancing both sets of commitments with poise and professionalism. While she admits that she misses the a�?sights and sounds of Mumbaia�? when she is shooting Quantico in Canada, she is lucky to be surrounded by family and friends in Montreal who a�?feed me ghar ka khaana and make sure I dona��t miss home per sea�?. Besides the drama series, in which she plays FBI agent Alex Parrish, Chopra has just completed shooting Sanjay Leela Bhansalia��s Bajirao Mastani (which releases on December 18) and Prakash Jhaa��s Jai Gangaajal (which releases on March 4 next year). She admits that she is finalising two other projects at the moment and will begin work on her next music album. What remains to be seen is whether her next projects include something international.
Kapura��s family album
The biggest Bollywood wedding is finally being unveiled today and director Vikas Bahla��s latest film, Shaandaar, is certainly primed for success. The youthful love story, aimed at the smart phone and Instagram generation, focusses on two characters, AliaA�(Alia Bhatt) andA�JagjinderA�JoginderA�(Shahid Kapoor).A�Aliaa��s father BipinA�(Pankaj Kapur) is the thorn in the side of their fledgling romance as, like many doting dads, he believes no man is good enough for his daughter. Besides father and son, Pankaj and Shahid, Shaandaar includes a third Kapur, Shahida��s sister Sanah. Sanah plays second lead in her debut, as Aliaa��s sister. It seems the Bollywood bug bit Sanah early but she chose to earn her stripes her way, rather than get a boost through her familya��s connections. In the glamour-driven Bollywood world, where almost every newbie actress boasts of her painstaking regime from fat to fit, Sanah took a different waya��she took a leaf from Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) and added 15 kilos to her frame to play Esha, more popularly known as Gulabo, in Shaandaar.A�Of course, once the shoot was over, Sanah got to work getting back to her pre-Gulabo shape.
A new restaurant on Aurobindo Street serves up classic Malabar dishes and some jackfruit treatsA�as we enter Malabar Cuisine, we are greeted by a life-size picture of a Kathakali dancer. As we take in the interiors of the month-old restaurant on Aurobindo Street we are distracted by the aroma of coconut oil and spices that waft in from the kitchen. P Manoj Kumar, the owner, quickly shows us to our table, even as he explains that everything on the menu is authentic Malabar fare. We run our eyes down the staples like beef curry, Thalassery biryani, kappa (tapioca) biryani and Kerala parotta, before choosing the appam, puttu and fish frya��an odd mix ordered on a whim! The appams are soft with crisp edges and the puttu (with its coconut shavings) and chickpeas curry, goes perfectly with the crisp and spiced pomfret.
But what sets the 48-seater apart is that they are also trying to serve the lesser-known Malabar specials. Like the elai adai that is stuffed with jackfruit and jaggery, and traditional iftar specials like the pazham nirachathu and unnakai (bananas with a sweet stuffing). Kumar, who has 15 years of experience in catering, explains that a lot of care has been put into the sourcing of their ingredients. a�?The healthier version of the tamarind, kodumpuli, which we use in our kozhambu (curry) comes all the way from Wayanad. The coconut oil is sourced from farms in Thalassery, as is the pepper,a�? he says, adding that some of the spices like the sun-dried chillies are freshly ground every day. Up next, he is planning to introduce elaneer juice, a blend of tender coconut water and its flesh.
Home delivery is available for orders above Rs.500. Rs.350 for a meal for two. Details: 7200671990
Pics: Pattabi Raman
Food lovers Rocky and Mayur talk about their new journey where they aim to shed some extra pounds
THEY are Indiaa��s most popular food enthusiastsA�on televisionA�andA�have the coveted jobA�ofA�sampling delicious cuisinesA�across the country. RockyA�SinghA�and MayurA� Sharmaa��whoA�shot to fame as anchors ofA�Highway on my Plate, on NDTV Good Timesa��are back with a new show, Get Fit with Rocky and Mayur.A�Turning their back on kebabs and gulab jamuns, they willA�be seen sweating it out. a�?We will be working out while on a journey across India. Wea��ll be eating too, but this time it will be to stay healthy,a�? says Singh.A�The duo aims to show that getting healthy does not mean quitting your favorite meals, but substituting them with healthier ones.
Speaking about their 15-week shoot, Sharma says, a�?We put in a lot of effort. We are known for eating tasty yet fatty foods, and this time it is completely different. At the beginning of the journey, my aim was to shed at least 10 kilograms and I have lost five already. However, Rocky has lost 15 kg.a�?
The show, which premiered last Sunday will compriseA�13 episodes this season. Hoping that their fans will accept their new image, Singh says, a�?We aim to tell people that if we can stay fit with some focus and a few alterations in our diet, then anyone can be fit. And it is fun to stay fit, too.a�? The show will also follow Singh and SharmaA�as they try their hand at yoga, pilates, spinning and gym training, with special instructors.
Every Sunday, atA�9.30 pm,A�on NDTV Good Times
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Pankaj and Gulan Chetan enter the e-tailer race and tap into Indiaa��s thirst for affordable jewellery
THIRD generation jeweller Pankaj Chetan has just joined the e-tailer race with ilovediamonds.com. Launched last month, with its registered office in Chennai and flagship store in Bengaluru, it hopes to appeal to a�?a�?the modern Indian woman who may or may not be married, is net-savvy and is a first-time diamond jewellery buyer.a��a��
With about 1,500 designsa��including necklaces, earrings, rings and braceletsa��Pankaj is most excited about their jhumka collection. a�?Our store in the city, Khwaaish, is renowned for its diamond jewellery,a�? he explains, a�?We have diversified from the heavy, traditional jhumkas and created miniatures with a comtemporary feel. If a good quality jhumka from a reputed jeweller starts at Rs.2,50,000, ilovediamonds will have a range for contemporary styles.a�?
The brand has three brick-and-mortar stores in Bengaluru and Coimbatore, besides Chennai (Teynampet), where customers can examine and buy jewellery. Pankaj, an internationally-certified gemologist, and his wife Gulana��s portal feature lightweight versions of traditional jewellery. The a�?satin finisha��, and gemstones like mozambique rubies and tanzanite from Australia and Tanzania add to the glamour of the otherwise ruby-and-emerald dominated Indian jewellery. Plus, if the purchaser is not satisfied, there is a return policy within 30 days of purchase.
Rs.4,100 onwards. Details: ilovediamonds.com
Lucky number three
Ita��s tough for a heroine to break into the male dominated industry and leave an impact. But with fortune smiling on her this year, Nayanthara has managed to do just that. Both her recent films, Thani Oruvan and Maya, have garnered praise for the actress. Naanum Rowdy Thaan (an Ayudha Puja release)a��where she shares frames with Vijay Sethupathia��could well end the year with a hat-trick of successes for her.
Mixing it up
Satisfied with the fairly positive response that his debut directorial, Masala Padam, received, cinematographer-turned-director J Laxman has already begun scripting his next film. This time the concept is love, he says. a�?There will be seven protagonists, each from a different age group, spanning 17 to 70 years,a�? says Laxman, adding that the lead cast will be a blend of seasoned actors and newcomers. Shiva, who was part of Laxmana��s earlier venture, is likely to be included in the cast.
Catch a star
a�?Ita��s a sophisticated version of my earlier film Goli Soda,a�? says director Vijay Milton, about 10 Enrathukkulla that has just hit theatres (October 21). The filma��with the fresh pairing of Vikram and Samanthaa��has the actor playing a car driver. About his vibe with Vikram, Milton says, a�?Goli Sodaa��s remuneration was 10 Endrathukkulla. And 10 Enrathukkullaa��s salary is Vikram.a�? That says it all.
Papa CJ takes the comic route with Naked and his musings on rasam
When it comes to English standup in India, one person has helped define the concept: Papa CJ. The internationally-renowned comedian, who has been making people laugh for more than a decade now, is coming to town with his latest show, Naked. a�?It is a unique show that straddles the genres of standup, theatre, storytelling and improv. Or maybe it doesna��t and I just like using the word a�?straddlesa�� and a�?nakeda�� in the same sentence,a�? chuckles the 38-year-old.
The comedian says that he intends to tell an entertaining story to his audience through the show. a�?In Naked you will see multiple aspects of my personality. In addition to the best bits that my audience has known me for, they will also get a chance to see aspects of my personality that Ia��ve previously never brought to stage. This show has a lot more honesty and truth to it,a�? he adds.
The veteran who has done over 1,000 shows around the globe, is visiting Chennai after two years. When asked about his expectations from the city, Papa CJ jokes, a�?Groupie sex and rasam. But just not together.a�? On a serious note, he says he is a�?really happya�? to see how the city has embraced standup comedy in recent years. a�?Standup comedy has grown exponentially and will continue to do so. As someone who made an early effort to propagate the art form, it is very heartening to see. And it isna��t just standup, it is other forms of comedy, too, like sketch and improv. Comedians are also using multiple channels to reach audiencesa��including live, audio and video. The future is bright and the future is funny,a�? he concludes.
On October 24, at Sir Mutha Hall, from 7 pm. `500 onwards. Details: eventjini.com
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