Monthly Archives: June 2016
Audia��s A and Q cars may be popular,A�but the German manufacturerA�has even more powerfulA�sportscars in its stable
R8 V10 Plus CoupeA�
This one needs no introduction. Audia��s flagship supercar can reach 330 kmph
and does the 100 kmph sprint in just 3.2 seconds, thanks to the massive
5.2-litre TFSI V10 petrol powerplant mid-mounted in the R8, which also gives
it great weight distribution coupled with precise handling. As if that wasna��t
enough, the R8 V10 Plus also gets laser headlights. This isna��t just a cara��ita��s
an experience that will stay with you for eternity.
2.2 crore (ex-showroom, Chennai)
If you arena��t a big fan of the RS 6 Avanta��s estate-style body, the RS 7 offers all
the performancea��from the same four-litre TFSI engine in the venerable
Sportback rear end. Therea��s a lot of technology coming in straight from Audia��s
racing exploits at Le Mans, including lightweight construction and permanent
quattroA�(four-wheel drive) to keep things tightly in check no matter what the
road condition. Rs 1.4 crore (ex-showroom, Chennai)
RS 6 AvantA�
Before you size up the LED matrix headlights or the RS badge on the boot lid,
youa��ll notice that the RS 6 Avant is actually a station wagon. Powered by a fourlitre
TFSI V8 petrol engine, capable of 700Nm and over 550bhp, it will get to 100
kmph in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph and,
when youa��re just puttering around in the city, only four cylinders will be operational
for better efficiency. All that extra room in the back can haul loads of luggage,
and at high speeds. Rs 1.4 crore (ex-showroom, Chennai)
Stepping up from performance-tuned-road cars to the realm of proper sportscarsA�is the Audi TT Coupe. Refreshed in 2015, this hot favourite makes do withA�a two-litre TFSI inline-four petrol engine that makes almost 230bhp and 370Nm,but its super lightweight construction, quattro drive system and small footprintmake it extremely agile. A 0-100 kmph comes up in 5.3 seconds, but theTTwillblitz around a racetrack extremely well and cruise through town in superiorstyle, too. Rs 61.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai)
Zeven, a brand that pledges to
transform sports in India, has launched quality shoes called Joule for kids. They are comfortable and provide strong supports the feet. The shoes are flexible and well-ventilated, which is apt for long school hours. `2,450. Details: zevenworld.com
Fun in the sun A�
Wrangler launches its Sun Shield range of apparel which reduces the absorption of heat and keeps the body cool even under the harsh sun. The new range includes shirts, tees, jeans and non-denims that protects the skin from UV rays by the new sun-
reflection technology. `1,395 upwards.
At Indiranagar. Details: 25214393
Spawake launches three products in the UV range. Spawake UV Cut Silky Milk comes with SPF 50+ and protects the skin against UV rays and prevents dark spots and freckles. Spawake UV Protext Aqua Gel is a gel with SPF 30 and Spawake Whitening Clear Toner is a toner that purifies the skin pores and reduces the melanin production. `249 upwards. Details: spawake-shop.com
Hone your skills anytime, anywhere with this initiative by GiMA
The Global Indian Music Academy is entering the digital world with an initiative called GiMA 101 Lessons, which makes music more accessible to everyone. Launched at the 6th Gionee Colours GiMA Awards by playback and ghazal singer, Hariharan, it involves famous artistes and musicians sharing their tips and musical knowledge. Sabbas Joseph, director of Wizcraft Entertainment, says, a�?The idea is to create a platform for everyone to help them understand what they can focus on. We hope to fill the void that exists between fans and celebrities, by giving them tips and lessons from the stars themselves.a�?
a�?The gurus of music will share their insights, their learning process, their journey to stardom, online. Everyone has access, so they can watch and learn whenever and wherever they want to on their own time,a�? he adds. The first few lessons will be given by Hariharan. He will be followed by artistes like Akriti Kakkar, Monali Thakur, Papon, Arijit Singh, Kanika Kapoor and others.
a�?We will have 52 lessons by the end of one year, because we will be releasing one lesson/episode per week,a�? says Joseph. a�?The formats of the videos vary according to the talent. Sometimes it can be a three-minute video, and sometimes it can be a little longer,a�? he adds. The first webisode of GiMA 101 Lessons will be released on GiMAa��s YouTube channel on June 4.
Ayush Arora will delight you with his DnB beats tonight
Drum and Bass India, a movement to promote Indian DnB (Drum n Base) artistes and DJs, brings UP7T aka Ayush Arora to the city tonight. The New Delhi boy is passionate about bass music and plays drum a�?na�� bass, dubstep, grime and footwork. The artiste tells us how he was drawn into the world of DnB. a�?I grew up listening to Bollywood and Hindi pop. One day, a friend introduced me to Bob Sinclair and David Guetta. Since I am also a dancer, I was instantly drawn to their brand of electronic music,a�? he reveals
But the first gig that he played in 2010 was far from encouraging, he recalls, adding, a�?But I have been trying and I think Ia��ve come a long way.a�? He also draws inspiration from Om Unit, Break-age, 16 Bit, Ramadanman, Calibre, Mark Pritchard and Zomby, among others.
June 3. At Church Street Social. 9. 30 pm onwards. Details:7899012855
a�� Monisha Bhat
Pure Products is organising a food mela where products that are 100 per cent organic will be sold. The mela includes fruits and vegetables, apart from healthy snacks and ready-to-eat dishes will also be
available at the venue. June 4. At Green Path Organic State, Malleshwaram. 9 am. Details: 23569777
Punjab Grill presents Kashmir
On Your Plate, a celebration of Kashmiri
cuisine. Guests will be served a wedding feast, called Wazwan. Curated by chef Bashir, the dinner will include Yakhni Pulao, Kashmiri Dum Aloo and many more. `1,200. June 5 onwards. At Koramangala.
Summer scoops A�
Arun Ice Cream launches new flavours and this time, the bars come with a centre made of rich creamy icecream with a sorbet twirl. Choose from muskmelon, butterscotch & apple, and wild berry, vanilla and pineapple. `25 upwards. At Banashankari.
Taste of ThailandA�
Are you in the mood to dig into
some Thai food? Walk in for dinner at
OKO for their Think Thai promotion. Chef Surya Phusirimongkhonhai from Thailand has rustled up street food specials such as pad thai, som tam, BBQ meat-on-a-stick and massaman curry. Till June 5. `3,000 (or two).
At Lalit Ashok, Kumara Krupa High
Grounds. Details: 9980158286
With the arrival of masterchefs, Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan, FreshMenu is celebrating Gourmet Week by sharing tips and recipes. Signature dishes like Braised Duck in Red Curry will be added to the menu along with desserts such as Chocolate Rum Tart, Anzac Cookies and more. `150 upwards.
Summer is still here and to help
you enjoy the mango season for longer,
Re:cess celebrates the Mango Dessert Fest . Open for 24 hours, it offers sweet delicacies like Mango Mascarpone Pot, Mango Mousse Cake and more. `1,200 for two. At Hilton Bangalore Embassy Golf Links, Domlur.
The city got a new rooftop bar and lounge in A�the form of Hype last weekend. The much-awaited A�launch was attended by the citya��s social set. DJ Franke took charge behind the console, and brought the guests to their feet, even as they nibbled on canapes and sipped on exotic cocktails. The 130-seater is perched on the 19th floor of the Shangri-La and offers panaromic views of Bengaluru.
A gala dinner was hosted to mark A�the fifth edition of the Louis Philippe Cup.
It was attended by golfers from the city, as well as A�members of the film fraternity, from Mani Ratnam to R Madhavan. Cricketer Ajit Agarkar, cricket commentator Charu Sharma and comedian Papa CJ were A�also spotted at the gathering.
Go the distance with the newest eco-conscious labels from India, as they invest in design and textiles of the future.
With Emma Watson, a regular champion of sustainable fashion, rising to the Green Carpet Challenge in a Calvin Klein gown made of Newlife fabric (made of recycled plastic bottles), at the Met Gala in New York last month a�� the movement gets an elegant nod from the fashion gods. Closer home we have Mumbai-based Anita Dongre with her organic clothing brand, Grassroot, besides labels like p.e.l.l.a of Bengaluru and Upasna from Auroville a�� all supporting eco-conscious fashion. Here we identify and explore the work of four sustainable design brands in the country that have made a mark. Employing energy and resource conservation, fair trade principles, organic farming techniques, chemical-free dyes and more, these inspired and inspirational designs come at little cost to the environment and at no cost to the soul.
No Nasties by Apurva KothariA�
Apurva Kothari decided he wanted to create a a�?consumer movement for ethical fashion in Indiaa�� when he heard about the cotton farmer suicides and started No Nasties back in 2011. The founder and ethical entrepreneur extraordinaire works with only organic farming collectives and supports women farmers in Maharashtra (with the highest rates of suicides). Today, the brand has also grown aesthetically with the advent of a new design team. a�?Shweta Deliwala joined us last year and oversees all of the design. Since then, wea��ve had some fantastic collections,a�? says the Goa-based former techie. a�?We now use not only jersey, but also slub and melange knits, and woven fabrics for shirts and scarves, too.a�? No Nasties offers chic, modern apparel for men and women. We love the quirky prints on mena��s shirts, the classic Oxford polo tees and the lovely womena��s dresses. Look for geometric-printed maxi dresses to sleek pencil skirts and shift dresses with a raven logo.
Rs 799 onwards.
LataSita by Meghna NayakA�
a�?At LataSita, wea��re all about sustainability,a�? enthuses journalist-turned-designer Meghna Nayak. Making garments from antique saris, their pieces are made using only lost and found items (except the thread and fastenings). The 30-year-old native of Kolkata says, a�?We practise zero waste cutting or we donate our fabric scraps to Goonj, a charity that turns them into low cost sanitary napkins for distribution to rural women (to counter fabric pollution).a�? They also have handwoven, organic, natural-dyed pieces. Their a�?Send Your Sareea�� clinic got a remarkably positive response. a�?We have women of all ages coming over every week with their old saris, which we turn into something new,a�? Nayak adds, saying that it takes upcycling to another level and gets women to engage with their wardrobe to see what they can make out of pre-existing items. Rs 1,000 onwards. Details: facebook.com/latasita
Roha byVibhuti Behl
It was all in the family for Warwick-graduate Vibhuti Behl (26). The Mumbai-based design entrepreneur, inspired by her familya��s polyester recycling business, launched her eco-conscious label, Roha (meaning a�?to risea��) last year, and found her collections selling out at exhibitions in Bengaluru and Mumbai. With no formal design training, the Panipat-born confesses to being an intuitive designer. a�?The idea is to give you something that will help you slow down and savour the beauty of our age-old fabrics and weaving techniques. Most of which are completely environmentally friendly, by the way!a�? We love her colourful shift dresses with ethnic prints and longer anarkali-style kurtas in earthy prints and panelling. a�?What we need to be more conscious about is how we use our resources. We dona��t need to fill the void with blind consumption, but make smart choices.a�? There are plans of a a�?Babya�� Roha line of organic cotton clothes soon.
Rs 4,800 onwards. Details: facebook.com/rohabyvibhutibehl
Knots by Sonal ChananaA�
For 29-year-old designer Sonal Chanana, her sartorial and design journey has an element of the spiritual. The Delhi-born who graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (Gandhinagar, Gujarat) in 2006a��and who also finished a course at Leedsa��says, a�?I was troubled after seeing a leading designer not paying wages to his artisans. I was also bored by the designs, quite frankly!a�? Leaving her well-paying job as an assistant designer in Delhi behind, Chanana took a sabbatical and reached out to grassroot workers in remote villages with no roads, in Kargil and in Ladakh. The trail-blazing designer spent six months last year, teaching women artisans in Ladakh how to knit adhering to quality and uniform sizing standards. The results were organic woollen sweaters, sweater dresses, scarves, tops and dresses from organic cotton with artisanal embroidery a�� showcased at an exhibition at Khan Market in New Delhi last December. Currently speaking to us from Kargil, the designer shares that her collaborators and her designs require no electricity (all her winter clothes are knitted by hand), no chemical dyes or machines. Chanana, who has now learnt to speak Ladakhi, signs off with, a�?These are the textiles of the future.a�? Rs 250 onwards. Details: facebook.com/knotsinindia
Text: Shibi Kumaramangalam
Chris King on the success of Penny Dreadful
GOTHIC horror TV drama Penny Dreadful has swept awards aplenty, for being the most exciting TV series to shining in the makeup and hair department. Set in 19th century Britain, it tells the story of Vanessa Ives, and her association with literaturea��s iconic characters, explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American sharp-shooter Ethan Chandler and Dr Victor Frankenstein. Together they are trying to crack a murder mystery. Its executive and supervising producer, Chris King, based in LA, lets us in on the experience of creating this creepfest, and soon-to-be-aired Season 3.
Is it hard to maintain the balance between telling your own story, and of these iconic literary characters?
Yes, absolutely. Wea��ve always wanted to stay as true to these characters, but ita��s also nice to create new versions of them. For example, for season 3, we introduce Dr Jekyll (from the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). He is of mixed race; he is half-Indian and half-British.
The most challenging episode .
We shot an episode halfway through season 3, inside a padded cell. We tried creating the drama and scope of the a�?biga�� Penny Dreadful show in a 10X12 room, with a smaller crew, and just three characters. That was the only episode that we shot in continuity, in a story order, because it builds to such an emotional climax for Ives.
What makes the show so successful?
We always treated this as a drama first before looking at it as a typical horror genre series. Then therea��s John Logana��s incredible use of language (from Victorian era). The production design, the costumes, the hair a�� everything about the show is of the highest caliber and it shows.
Tune in Monday-Friday, 11 pm on AXN
a�� Team Indulge
As an increasing number of eco-activists are devoting themselves to saving our planet, we pick a few whoA�are making headlines this year. By Team Indulge
WE are biting the very hands that feed us. Global expansion is so rapid-paced that, in a short while, wea��ll be running on empty. A few statistics should put things in perspective: every eightA�seconds a child dies due to contaminated water; six billion kilos of garbage is dumped into our oceans every day. But ita��s not all bad news. For the second year in a row, global energy-related carbonA�dioxide emissions have remained flat (with respect to economic growth) thanks to the adoption of stricter emission laws. We possess thousands of years worth of geothermal powera��in fact,A�one per cent of Australiaa��s geothermal power potential can provide energy to last 26,000 yearsa��and the amazing potential of renewable energy is at our fingertips. So, to commemorateA�World Environment Day (June 5), we meet regional environmental superheroes, who are making a difference and inspiring us to join in.
RAGS TO RICHES
Name: Kriti Tula, Paras Arora and
Vaibhav Kapoor | Location: Delhi
It only took a few years of experienceA�in the fashion industry for Kriti Tula
to realise there was an abundance ofA�wasted fabrics that were simply beingA�thrown away. a�?I thought we couldA�still make chic clothes, while promotingA�a sustainable lifestyle byA�working purely with waste,a�?A�shares the creative director.A�Joined by co-founders ParasA�Arora and Vaibhav Kapoor,A�Doodlage was born two-and-ahalfA�years ago. They sourceA�their fabrics from factoriesA�and textile houses fromA�across the country, ensuringA�the raw material is uniqueA�for each collection. WhileA�they do have their own line,A�they also work withA�Fabindia, BrahmakarmaA�and Avaran to create collectionsA�with fabrics theA�brands do not want toA�part with. From turningA�jeans into denimA�jackets, to creatingA�patchwork jumpsuits,A�the styles are very current.A�a�?It feels good thatA�wea��re doing our little bitA�for the planet,a�? concludesA�Tula. Details: facebook.com/doodlage
Name: Adrian Pinto | Location: Mumbai
The planet consumes close to 60 billionA�bottles of wine every year, whichA�amounts to over 33 million tonnes ofA�winery waste. This fact inspiredA�Adrian Pinto, senior manager-wines atA�Pernod Ricard India, to develop a processA�that converts the waste into paper.A�a�?Since pomace (which ends up asA�compost) in the form of seeds, stockA�and grape skin has high fibre, IA�knew it could be upcycled to be aA�good alternative to wood in paper,a�?A�claims Pinto, who has applied for aA�global patent (pending) for a�?PaperA�Made from Organic Waste andA�the Process Thereof a��. With thisA�paper, the 45-year-old hopes toA�reduce the wine industrya��s carbonA�footprint and, in the future,A�create a circular economy whereA�materials and resources are recycledA�endlessly.A�Details: greenpaperworks.com
ONE WITH NATUREA�
Name: Sujith Pulpara | Location: Kochi
Triba is a 90-day-old initiative thatA�dreams of a carbon-neutral country.This open-to-all nature conservationA�group helps peoplea��who join them onA�treks to areas like Tiger Hillsa��gain aA�deeper understanding of sustainable livingA�by interacting with regional tribals.A�a�?This weekend, wea��re headed toA�Pampadum Shola National Park for anA�eco-restoration project. We will removeA�water-absorbing eucalyptus, make contourA�bunds from fallen trees to preventA�landslides and help recreate green meadowsA�from the seeds found in wild buffaloA�manure,a�? says co-founder Sujith PulparaA�(33), a biometrics professional. In July,A�they intend to help tribals in Munnara��sA�Wildlife Division and develop a districtwiseA�Nature Volunteer Database to supportA�the government. Details: facebook.A�com/TRIBA-Walk-With-A�Nature-1037487096316342
Name: PVS Suhasan ReddyA�and Harika Meka | Location: Bengaluru
PVS Suhasan Reddy and Harika MekaA�have been on their a�?say no to plastica��A�mission since 2011. a�?When my wifeA�and I started seeing a surge in the useA�of plastics, we left our jobs to conductA�awareness drives. Then, when peopleA�started asking a�?If not plastic, whatA�else?a��, we began working on alternatives,a�?A�explains Reddy. Thanks to theA�MBA graduatesa�� e-store, SaveGlobe,A�theya��ve been getting invites from corporateA�houses, hotels and food vendorsA�to discuss greener ways of doing business.A�The store sells eco-friendly, biodegradableA�food packaging, kitchenware,A�flower pots, shopping bags andA�more. While their food packets areA�made from sugarcane bagasse andA�bamboo fibre, they also sell plates andA�bowls crafted from rice husk. NowA�they have a line of edible spoons andA�forks fashioned from wheat, cornstarchA�and water, and baked. InA�the comingA�months, theyA�want to replaceA�plastic garbageA�bin liners withA�those madeA�from wood celluloseA�and kraftA�paper. Details:A�saveglobe.in
Name: Iris Maju | Location: Shillong
Former Mrs India World 2015 and greenA�movement advocate, Iris Maju states thatA�she is not a model. a�?I participated in theA�Mrs India World pageant to make contactsA�around the country to further myA�cause,a�? explains the educational counsellorA�(originally from Kochi), who has beenA�promoting sustainable living for 15 years.A�She cycles 15 km a day and joined DrA�Sarojini Montero (on the Kochi leg) ofA�her ride from Leh to Kanyakumari, toA�promote cycling. She also teaches childrenA�in the Army Schools in Jaipur, Leh,A�Pune and Patiala about recycling, creativeA�composting, starting organic gardensA�and saving water. a�?My Re CyclothonA�initiativea��workshops conducted acrossA�the country, where I promote cycling andA�greener commutinga��was inspired byA�the Army, as they startedA�practising the a�?NoA�vehicle to worka�� dayA�almost two decadesA�ago. Ita��s great to seeA�the increase ofA�cycling clubs, and IA�hope to start womencentricA�bicycle clubs inA�Shillong, Kochi andA�Delhi soon,a�? says theA�kalarayapayittu artiste.A�Details: facebook.com/Green-OGreen-390459731148301
Name: Sivaraj Muthuraman | Location: Tirupur
Four years ago, Sivaraj MuthuramanA�made waves in the city when he rode his
cycle rickshaw-turned-pedal bike atA�Marina Beach. The zero-emission conceptA�vehicle, now a solar and batterypoweredA�one, caught the attention ofA�many, but its lack of a licence raisedA�roadblocks with the police. a�?I own five ofA�these vehicles, out of which two haveA�been donated to Sathak EngineeringA�College (Chennai) where students areA�working on them for research and developmentA�purposes,a�? says the 31-year-oldA�MBA graduate from Heriott WattA�University, Singapore, adding, a�?I amA�looking to improve the design now, getA�my licence and hit the roads in sixA�months,a�? he concludes. Details: facebook.A�com/sivaraj.muthuraman.5
Name: Anu Tandon |A�Location: Mumbai
While on a holiday in Greece, textileA�designer, artist and sculptor, AnuA�Tandon, met an elderly woman whoA�had retired from a cushy job inA�America to set up a loom in her home,A�to make the most beautiful fabrics.A�a�?That struck a chord as I had beenA�working as a freelance designer forA�years. I started thinking about theA�larger picture and wanted to make aA�difference,a�? begins Tandon, whoA�started her furniture brand, The
Retyrement Plan, three years ago.A�She uses the waste from tailoringA�units, old tyres and packaging, toA�handcraft cane furniture that is bestA�described as a riot of colours.A�Ottomans, arm chairs, stools andA�couches make up her quirkyA�collection. a�?I also wantedA�to give local artisansA�and craftsmen a living.A�I currently workA�with small-timeA�craftsmen inA�Gujarat, Rajasthan,A�Bihar and WestA�Bengal,a�? explains theA�artist, whoa��s excited toA�be participating in theA�London Design Week inA�October. Details:facebook.A�com/TheRetyrementPlan
Name: Abhijit SinhaA�|Location: Bengaluru
It was late 2013 when Abhijit SinhaA�decided he had had enough of city life.A�So the engineering graduate moved toA�Banjarapalya, a little hamlet about 30km south of Bengaluru. When the villageA�children, fascinated by his smartphoneA�(something theya��d never evenA�seen before), figured out how to use it inA�no time, he realised here was somethingA�he could tap into. a�?With the help of theA�NGO, Jaaga, I helped them learn fromA�the Internet and adopt DIY methods toA�invent things out of unused, upcycledA�material (think robots made with usedA�toothbrushes and drones with plasticA�bottles). Thata��s how Project DEFYA�(Design Education For Yourself) wasA�born,a�? he shares, adding it has twoA�makerspaces now, equippedA�with computers, tools andA�raw materials. a�?It costsA�me about Rs 25,000 aA�month to maintainA�each space, which isA�not much, and the
rewards are priceless,a�?A�he smiles.A�Sinha hopes to set upA�similar makerspacesA�in Kochi, Bihar andA�Uganda (in collaborationA�with local outfits), by nextA�year. Details: facebook.com/ProjDEFY
A�TEXT: ANOOP MENON, RASHMI RAJAGOPAL, BARKHA KUMARI, SURYA PRAPHULLA KUMAR & KARAN PILLAI
Follow the beat
Join the party tomorrow at The Leather Bar where Pune-based DJ Nakul aka Sequ3L will be weaving a blend of tech, progressive and trance beats along with in-house DJs Akash and Faezal. Also relish signature drinks like the mirchi and park martini. At The Park. Couple entry Rs 1,000 with redeemable covers charges Rs 500. Details: 42676000
Join the fun at The Arena this Saturday with city-based DJ Arjun Hora playing contemporary dance music, tech house and deep funk. Also sample cocktails like berry tequila punch. At the Hyatt Regency, Teynampet. Drinks from Rs 700 onwards. Free entry. Details: 61001234
Tech and shrooms
Groove to the tunes of city-based DJ Sameer Shroff who will be playing deep and progressive tech house tonight at Ma��bessy, Besant Nagar. Look out for fire tricks by in-house bartenders Dilip and Britto. Snack on in delicious signature dishes like mozzarella stuffed mushrooms and pizza bianca. Rs 350 onwards. Free entry. Details: 45510111
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