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    With the Cursed Child releasing this Sunday, a roundup of all things Potter.

    The wait is finally over as JK Rowling is back with her new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, releasing worldwide this Sunday. Based on a two-part play of the same name which officially opens at the Palace Theatre in London on Saturday, it is a rehearsal script and traces the lives of Harry and his younger son Albus Severus Potter. With the launch around the corner, we bring you up to speed with how the world is celebrating the series:

    Wizard Party @ Phoenix MarketCity
    Platform 9 3/4,Hogwarts Express and the wizarding school are not just parts of the books and movies anymore as Phoenix MarketCity brings on Snitches and Cabinets of Curiosity to ring in the launch of the book. Dona��t miss an opportunity to dress up as your favourite character, engage in quizzes and duels and win goodies at the Wizards and Witches party at the mall.A� The party will also have free breakfast for those who have preordered the books . `754 at the Starmark store. 9 am onwards at lower ground floor.
    Details: 30083007

    Signed copies @Hachette
    As Hachette India releases the Cursed Child in the country, they are also giving away copies of the book signed by Rowling. Make your love for the saga count and tell them how much the series means to you and you could be one of the lucky ones winning an autographed copy. On till August 5.Details: hachetteindia.com

    A book a day @ Odyssey
    Getting your hands on that elusive eighth book may not be so hard after all with Odysseya��s #harrypotterodysseycountdown. With a question a day posed on their Twitter handle and Facebook page, you are one right answer away from winning your own copy of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Details: facebook.com/odysseybookstore

    Cupcakes @ The Brew Room
    Hogwarts-inspired interiors, a special wand and robes station, themed culinary treats and copies of the book A�a�� ilovereadina�� Library and the Brew Room have a magical Sunday planned for Potter fans. Go dressed as characters from the series and stand to win exciting prizes. Brunch ( `499) includesA� sandwiches, cupcakes and beverages among other goodies. Details: 28114700

    Photobooth @ Lightroom
    Lightroom Bookstore, Bangalore is calling out to the wizard or witch in you with their party celebrating the launch ofA�the eighth Potter book. Get a picture taken at their very own cupboard under the stairs, prove your wizarding prowess in their themed quizzes and stand to win exciting prizes while enjoying some yummy treats from Patisserie Nitash to ring in the magic. Details: 08025460466

    Potter talk @ Antisocial
    Celebrate Rowlinga��s new book with a literature and writing workshop organised by Antisocial cafe. Join guest speakers like Gurcharan Das, Meenakshi Madhavan Reddy among others as they discuss the series. In New Delhi. Details: 07838652039

    Stamped copies @A� London
    Go dressed in your best wizard attire and enjoy themed drinks, food, games and quizzes bringing the Pottermania alive at the midnight launch of the book at Waterstones, one of UKa��s leading bookstores. Entry at 15 pounds includes a stamped copy of the new book. Details: waterstones.com

    Contests @ Landmark
    Visit the Landmark website for their Potter Quiz, a seven-stage contest with each level having 10 questions, each right answer worth 10 points and just five seconds to get it right. Fans who collect 100 points get vouchers worth `100. You can also register to pick up your preordered copy on day one on their website. Lucky ones might also get to take home an exclusive sling bag. Till July 31. Details: pottermania.in (quiz); seamonkey.in/hplp/ (to register)

    Quidditch @ Trilogy
    Quidditch for muggles, costume parties and much more awaits fans at the Trilogy Bookstore, Mumbai, at their party on Sunday.
    Those who want a copy of the book sans the long queues outside stores can now just download the Scootsy App which promises to deliver your pre-ordered copy to your doorstepA�in Mumbai on Sunday. Available on iOS
    and Android

    Signed copies @Hachette
    As Hachette India releases the Cursed Child in the country, they are also giving away copies of the book signed by Rowling. Make your love for the saga count and tell them how much the series means to you and you could be one of the lucky ones winning an autographed copy. On till August 5.Details: hachetteindia.com

    A book a day @ Odyssey
    Getting your hands on that elusive eighth book may not be so hard after all with Odysseya��s #harrypotterodysseycountdown. With a question a day posed on their Twitter handle and Facebook page, you are one right answer away from winning your own copy of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Details: facebook.com/odysseybookstore

    a�?Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it, I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift.a�?
    a�� Emma Watson, played Hermoine Granger in the movie series

    a�?Do attempt the O.W.L examination (Harry Potter Quiz) that will determine your worthiness for a `20,000 gift prize!a�?
    a�� Murugan Rajan, Centre Director, Phoenix MarketCity

    a�?These are stories that people have lived with for their whole lives, theya��ve grown up with and now theya��re adults re-joining the tale, picking it up where they left off and Ia��m one of them.a�?
    a�� Jamie Parker, plays Harry Potter on stage

    a�?This will be such an incredible theatrical experience that Ia��d love us to be able to surprise people and move people, in the natural way that a story should surprise and move people.a�?
    a�� JK Rowling, author

    Text: Lavanya Lakshminarayanan A�with inputs from Kairvy Grewal and Barkha Kumari

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        returns with over 65 designers under one roof.

        If you are in the mood for some festive shopping, head on to Hyatt Regency on Monday. Having completed 25 successful years of exhibitions in the city, Vimonishaa��a collaboration of Vimal Shivdasani with her daughter Monisha Gidwania�� is back with its latest edition. This showcase will see over 65 booths with design labels from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and other citiesa��offering the latest in pret and bridal wear. In addition to being a platform for upcoming designers, the exhibition is also hosting designers featured at Lakme Fashion Week like Sidharth Sinha and Preeti Jhawar. Talking about her weakness for retail therapy, Gidwani says, a�?My personal favourites are Weavers Story with Benares saris and dupattas, Nazar by Indu Abbot (Delhi) with gorgeous anarkalis and suits, Radhaa��s Traditions from Mumbai with beautiful hues and cuts and N&S Gaia with their fusion wear.a�? With a host of contests and free gifts in addition to the apparel and jewellery, this event has something for everyone.A� Herea��s what two first-timers have to say: Vow of style
        Mumbai-based brand Kalki deems itself as a bridal specialist. Talking about what they are bringing down for the exhibition, director Nishit Gupta says that the focus this season is on contemporary Indian silhouettes. From elegant sari drapes to contemporary fusion wear, the range promises chic, modern cuts and constructions with hand-worked embroidery and surface ornamentation. The design label works with a diverse range of fabrics from silks such as tussar and Benarasi to French lace, velvets and net jacquards. (Rs 5000 onwards approximately)

        Comfort fit
        From the bridal couture labels to comfort clothing, Kolkata-based Vaayu which was launched a year ago by designer Adarsh, the creative director of design label OSAA, will be showcasing its pret collection. Using light and luxe fabrics like voiles, chanderis and mulsa��the brand, whose name means aira��aspires to provide women a�?easy to wear silhouettes in easy to breathe in fabrics,a�? says Adarsh.(Rs 5000 onwards approximately) At Hyatt Regency. August 1-2. Details: 61001234

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          Labour of love
          July 30, Glowworm Club
          This Rakhsha Bandhan, surprise your brother by making your own personalised rakhi. Join the Glow Worm Club, Anna Nagar for a Rakhi Making Workshop and use coloured paper, ribbons, sequins and shimmer to make a crafty wrist adornment. Rs 375. 11 am to 1 pm. For four years and above. Details : 99400333055

          Rock with KK
          July 30, Forum Vijaya Mall
          This weekend sway to the beat of popular Bollywood tunes at Forum Rocks LIVE with KK. Watch as Mumbai-based Krishnakumar Kunnath aka KK belts out some favourites for 90 minutes.A� Expect him to perform hits like O Meri Jaan from Life… In A Metro, Yaaron from his album Pal. Tickets at Rs 750. 6 pm onward. Details: 49049000

          Craft central
          Till July 30,
          Sri Sankara Hall
          Pick up handicrafts and handloom products from across the country at the National Craft Expo by Kala Handicrafts, an exhibition-cum-sale. Look out for the Bengal cotton saris, the Banjara bags and terracotta dolls from West Bengal and Karnataka. Also avail a discount of 20 per cent on handlooms and 10 per cent on handicrafts. Rs 250 onwards.
          10 am to 8.30 pm.
          Details: 9043644486

          Chanderi crush
          July 29-August 19, Amethyst
          Pamper yourself with the new monsoon collection by Shades of India, Romashka. Take home tunics, kurtas, pajamas, dupattas, tops and shirtsA� made of chanderi, voile and gauze flax in hues like forest green, ecru and dim grey. Rs 2,000 onwards. Details: 45991630

          Fashion plus
          August 24, Online
          LakmA� Fashion Week Winter/Festive, 2016 is all set to host the first ever plus-size show in collaboration with aLL and designer Shilpa Chavan of Little Shilpa. The auditions for the show will be held at St Regis, Mumbai today. Show to be held on August 24. View it online on lakmA�fashion

          Shop and aid August 3-4,A� Mayor
          Ramanathan Chettiar Centre
          It is the right time to go shopping as Friends of DakshinaChitra present Vastra Utsav 2016. The exhibition will feature apparel and accessories by weavers and craftsman from across the country. Expect to see pure pashmina shawls by Kashmir-based designer Firdose and contemporary jewellery by New Delhi-based CVH Studio. Proceeds from the exhibition will aid the various activities of DakshinaChitra. Rs 500 onwards. 10 am to 7 pm. Details : 9840074196

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            Shantanu Maheshwari gears up for Season 9 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

            WITH celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (JDJ) rolling out season 9 tomorrow, with a mix of actors, dancers, and even a chef as contestants. We spoke to Shantanu Maheshwari about his JDJ outing. The 25-year-old is most remembered as the shy Swayam of Dil Dosti Dance TV show, and founding-member of Desi Hoppers, the first Indian troupe to win the World Of Dance championship in LA last year, since its inception in 2008. His Desi Hoppers also became the first Indian crew to be invited to perform (their East-meets-West recital) on Americaa��s Got Talent reality show, last month.

            Eye on Hegde
            Maheshwari, known for his popping and waving skills, is aware of the past JDJ results, which havena��t been in favour of professional dancers (like Lauren Gottlieb). a�?What I have understood about the show after joining it is that a contestant is marked on his/her progress as a dancer. It doesna��t matter if I am a better dancer than others, what matters to the judges is if I perform better than what I did in the previous episodes.a�?
            In the opening episode, he will put up a freestyle act, and admits he wants to impress singer, choreographer Ganesh Hegde, who is one of the panellists. a�?Hea��s a tough nut to crack,a�? reasons the actor, currently seen as singer Sahir Bhasin on MTVa��s Girls On Top.
            While Maheshwaria��s Americaa��s Got Talent outing is yet to be aired on Indian TV (wea��re two seasons away from the 11th he was invited for), he tells us that it is worth the wait. a�?We got a thumbs up from all the four judges, including the difficult-to-impress Simon Cowell, and a standing ovation from the audience. Above all, we represented India on the world stage,a�? says Maheshwari about the act which fused street hip-hop with Indian classical dance, and Hindi song Tukur Tukur with the Turn Down For What single. a�?We are hoping that they will call us again for Level 2 of the competition,a�? signs off the Kolkata boy.
            Premieres July 30, 10 pm on Colors.

            a��Barkha KumariA�

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              Manoj N Shyamalan on why Wayward Pines was never meant to be a movie

              THE FICTIONAL town of Wayward Pines, its denizens living within an electrified fence under the close watch of Sheriff Arnold Pope (played by Terrence Howard), has been keeping viewers on their toes for the past nine episodes. It all ends here as Wayward Pinesa�� season two finale goes on air today. The final episode, Bedtime Story is all set to have the Abbies (creatures fenced out of Wayward Pines) descend upon the town and wreak havoc. Known for his supernatural plots like Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, director Manoj N Shyamalana��s realistic visualisation of the Blake Crouch novel saw him nominated for the best science fiction television series award at the 2016 Saturn. At the end of the season, Shyamalan revealed his take on the series and the difficulties of getting a novel to television.

              Why a television show and not a movie?
              Blakea��s novel is a set of giant ideas. If we did Wayward as a movie, Ia��d have just two hours to do all of that. Thata��s so hard. And now we get to do the opposite, which is talk about this premise, what is it like to be the last group of people at Wayward Pines. Wea��re blessed to be making television or at least joining television for both of usa��it was the first show, Waywarda��at a time where the formats were not prescribed to you.

              What is it with you and Blakea��s novels?
              I read his most recent book. Finished it in three days over the weekend. I wona��t say anything about it except that it was a killer. Wait till it comes out, ita��s another giant, giant idea.

              Putting together the showa��s writers?
              It was originally tricky. Everybody that wrote on the show has their own shows. Everybody just took off and did their own stuff. Even actors Carla, Melissa and Terrence have their shows. This is ridiculous. a�?Why didna��t we lock all these people up?a�� I thought. Even the twinsa��The Duffer Brothers, who wrote five of the episodes in season onea��ended up with their own show. So the challenge was, leta��s do the exercise all over again. Find a whole new group of writers and directors to work with. Eventually we found and have them all locked up and if we do a final third season, that comes handy.

              Airs tonight at 10 pm on
              Star World Premiere HD

              a�� Team Indulge

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                Get Rio ready with limited edition merchandise

                With the frenzy for Rio Olympics 2016 gaining ground, who would not like to flaunt some cool limited edition official merchandise ahead of the summer games? A�With brands like Adidas, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Omega, Speedo and Oakley having already launched their limited edition merchandise, we are also hopeful to see a Champagne brand join the club to celebrate the many victories. Our pick:

                The official timekeeper for the Rio Olympics 2016 has recently launched its limited edition watch, Seamaster Diver 300M a�?Rio 2016a�?. This timepiece has a uni-directional rotating diving bezel made of black polished ceramic and the numbers on the watch are written in the colours of the five Olympics rings. Embossed with the a�?Rio 2016a�� logo. Rs 2,68,100. At the Omega store, Express Avenue Mall. Details: 28464092

                The official designers for the Team USA gear for the Rio Olympics 2016 has revived many classics for those looking for exclusive Olympic merchandise a�� like their Air Presto range of footwear. The Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit, initially launched in 2000, also gets an update. Rs 10,769 approximately. Details: nike.com

                The latest Rio Olympics 2016 themed eyewear with chrome iridium lenses and silver black polished frames is perfect for the Brazilian summer. Priced at Rs 12,180 approximately. Available at Sunglass Hut, Phoenix MarketCity.
                Details: 30083389

                Cut through the water in Team Australiaa��s limited edition replica of one-piece suits for women by Speedo. Made of high-stretch, chlorine-resistant fabric, it is front lined and has adjustable straps. The green and yellow colour with the Olympic logo will keep you in the spotlight. Priced at R 5,000 approx. At the Speedo store, Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083425

                a�� Saloni Sinha

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                  Athletes are not the only ones gunning for gold this time around, with fashion conglomerates and big names in couture designing their official gear. As the 2016 Summer Olympics draw close, we tell you whata��s hotA�and whata��s not at Rio de Janeiro this year. All official gear are available for sale in stores and online in their home countries.

                  Team France – Felipe OliveiraA�Baptista for Lacoste
                  Felipe Oliveira Baptista from Lacoste has brought their signature style into play in their Rio 2016 collection. Their second collaboration with the French team has a crisp collection of thigh-length navy Macintosh and skinny white ankle-baring trousers, a windbreaker and sweatpants in white or blue and white shoes for the podium. Baptista, known for his athleisure expertise has focussed on functional aspects with zip-up sweaters and rain-resistant ponchos carrying the French flag colours of blue and white.

                  1Team Cuba – Christian Louboutin
                  Cuba joins the likes of USA, GB and Italy on the list of fashionable athletes at Rio with Christian Louboutin from France at the helm of the teama��s official apparel. Teaming up with former French professional handball player Henri Tai, the French accessories designer has tried to integrate the classical clothing styles of the 50s with bold iconography in this pop-meets-athletic-chic collection with Guayabera shirt-inspired jackets in red for men and beige for women. The Cuban team will also see high top sneakers and loafers for the men and kitten heels for the ladies,flaunting Louboutina��s signature red sole.

                  Team Italy – Giorgio ArmaniA�2
                  Having pioneered red carpet fashion for over 30 years, Giorgio Armani is back with the Italian Olympic contingent for the third time (at London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014 previously). For the Rio 2016 collection, Emporio Armani 7 carries a strong minimalist vibe in its range of tracksuits, waterproof jackets with short and long sleeves, polo T-shirts, Bermuda shorts and cargo pants among others. The apparel come in signature Armani midnight blue bearing the EA7 and national Olympic committeea��s logos. a�?Fashion represents a great Italian flag for the whole world and it is a beautiful idea to combine it with sports,a�? says the ace designer, even as some expressed disappointment that the green, white and red colours of their A�flag were not incorporated.

                  Team GreatA�Britain – StellaMcCartney for AdidasA�3
                  Designer Stella McCartney and Adidas who are styling the British Olympians for the second time after 2012 have rung in a bold yet light collection to get athletes to the podium in style. While some find it a�?skimpya��, Tom Daleya��s extra-short trunks did catch everybodya��s attention. And McCartneya��s new coat of arms for the collection and Union Jack-inspired palette has ticked all the right boxes.

                  Team USA – Polo Ralph LaurenA�4
                  Olympic regulars Polo Ralph Lauren have a beach chic vibe going in their official ceremonial collection for USA at Rio this year. While the maritime-inspired look with button-ups over striped tees and chino shorts has been criticised for its generic designs, the funky calfskin boat shoes get a thumbs up. Rounded toes, rawhide laces and a padded leather insole, we like.

                  Team Canada – Dsquared2A�5
                  While Hudsona��s Bay has brought out their Rio sport gear, Canada turned to Dan and Dean Caten from Dsquared2 for their ceremonial wear . The team will walk out into the Maracana in a red tailored single-breasted blazer with a high-low cut, black rubberised buttons, ribbed cuffs and a zip pocket on the chest.

                  6Team Sweden – H&M
                  H&Ma��s Olympic gear-inspired line, For Every Victory, merges technical prowess and style. The collection brings the best of Olympic couture to their activewear with sports bras, jackets and graphic leggings among others using a muted dusty pink, grey and black colour scheme coupled with quick breathable material.

                  Team Australia – Toms
                  While the candy-stripe green seersucker jacket with white bottoms look has received lukewarm response, the white brogues by Toms, a socially conscious American accessories brand has caught our fancy from Australiaa��s Rio gear. Proceeds from sales go towards the benefit of disadvantaged children and communities.

                  7Functionality in fashion is a powerful marriage especially in the world of sports. The benefits and aesthetics are endless along with the pride of wearing the best from the country. Ita��s high time India puts up a power presence at the Olympics. a��Shivan&Narresh, fashion designers


                  9Athleisure has been a big trend and of course emphasis on sportswear is evident. Ita��s like wearing your workout wear all day long; think printed leggings paired with a denim jacket. H&M has created a specific line dedicated to Olympics. I dona��t think an event like this is about playing out fashion trends as much as it is to look cool and stylish.a��Malini Banerji,fashion director, Elle India


                  I like the track and field look by H&M. The colour palette will work well with all skin tones. The collection speaks greatly about aggression with fluidity and stealth-like speed. a��Nikhil Mehra, Shantanu & Nikhil

                  Text: Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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                    Spice box
                    No more scouting for podis and pickles in vain to send to relatives abroad, thanks toA� Panakama��sA� assorted goodies packagea�� The Madras Box. Packed with vadams, chutneys and syrups plus a range of other authentic homemade products, there are enough flavours here to make for a good gifting option. At By Hand From The Hearta��s Makers Market, in Crowne Plaza next week. Details: 24994101

                    Tart times
                    Fancy confectionery Kitchen E Lazeez is conducting classes on tarts, donuts and more. Learn how to make your very own tiramisu, banoffee pie and other savoury twists like chicken with bell pepper or corn and cheese tart among others. July 30(doughnuts), August 6 (tarts). Rs 1,000 onwards. Details: 9094500466

                    Taco twist
                    As part of their Creative Things to Eat series, Mamagoto presents their Asian TA-KOH Festival with an unusual menu. Dona��t miss the chance to relish their array of diverse specials such as soft-shelled tacos with crispy smoked chicken and green chilli mayo, panko encrusted goat cheese, artichoke sliced radish in mango sauce, crispy duck in plum sauce, among others. Rs 350 onwards. Details: 33999610

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                      Hamsa brings fine desi flavours from across the country.

                      AFTER dedicating most of his life to his familya��s silver jewellery business (Sukra Jewellery), Nithin Kalkiraju forays into hospitality with Hamsa. Situated at Gandhi Nagar, the 48-seater vegetarian restaurant offers a carefully curated array of North Indian and South Indian delicacies. We find 108 handmade bronze bells at the entrance, along with walls with alternating brass panels and beige sandstone jaalis (windows). Prepare to be awed by the intricate pink sandstone pillars inspired by the Fatehpur Sikri palace and furniture inspired by the Nagarathar Chettiars. A fine silver bowl awaits with a saffron modak to start our meal for the evening. Kalkiraju, 29, who travels extensively, offers a long line of starters and I am impressed by the melting paneer saunfiya and the crisp cheese kurkuris. The wait for our mains is spent sipping on refreshing glasses of sweet and spicy strawberry chilli sherbet and the traditional thandai loaded with the richness of almonds. The hot idiyappam biriyani thata��s best had with their vellai kolambu (boiled vegetables in thick coconut-cashew curry) is worth the wait. The mave ki paratha from their Delhi-inspired parathewale galli menu, with its sweet aftertaste is complemented with the kamal kakdi kofteh(lotus stem dumpling in A�tomato gravy). Desserts include a gulab jamun brulee and the anjeer aur adrak ka halwa, a jammy delight A�topped with slivers of almond.
                      Rs 1,800 for two, Details: 30637519

                      a�� Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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