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    From Cara Delivingne to Liam Hemsworth, here’s a look at celebs and their pooches

    This week, Kim Kardashian West revealed on her
    app, a list of all the pets the Kardashian family has ever had — including dogs, rabbits and even a peacock! The reality TV star keeps her fans posted about her life through her app and website. Incidentally, West also recently revealed that she might buy an island from the sales of her app. From pets on the red carpet to them gracing talk shows, read on for the latest on a fresh batch
    of celebrities and their four-legged companions.

    Cara Delevingne
    Cara Delevingne just caught some
    flak from the media for using an unethical anti barking collar on her dog. Fashion royalty, Delevingne who made it to the cover of the 2016 September edition of Vogue, recently claimed that she wanted to satisfy her maternal cravings and hence got a dog. Leo, named after her star sign, goes everywhere with her. This Suicide Squad actress even brought the dog with her to the front row to a Chanel Couture show this summer.

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    Amanda Seyfried

    Amanda Seyfried recently opened up about how rescuing her dog has changed her life. The Mama Mia star is a great mom to her Australian Shepherd, Finn. She is also the ambassador for the animal welfare organisation, Best Friends Animal Society and promotes the charity every chance she gets. Though we have to concede that the actress’s taxidermy collection, which includes an owl and baby horse borders on creepy!

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    At the premiere of his film, Legend,
    Tom Hardy walked the red carpet with his
    mutt Woody, who clearly stole the show. This British star made news when he was cast as Batman’s nemesis, Bane in the Christopher Nolan flick, The Dark Knight Rises. The Oscar nominated actor is so famous for his love of dogs that there is an Instagram account dedicated to pictures of him with dogs. He even appeared on the British
    chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man and posed
    with several breeds of dogs.

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    Kylie Jenner turned 19 this Wednesday
    and was gifted a puppy, Penny. The young
    lady has her own makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics and a fashion line with her sister, Kendall + Kylie, and a huge following on social media. On the show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, we have seen Jenner with various pets, but Norman and Bambi, both Italian greyhounds, are her favourites. While they make appearances on her Instagram page, Jenner has created an
    exclusive page for the two of them.

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    Hemsworth and his fiancee, Miley Cyrus
    recently shared videos of him cuddling up
    and going on road trips with his dogs, on social media. Hemsworth who has moved out of his big brother Chris’s shadow, has made a name for himself with movies like Hunger Games, The Dressmaker and more recently, Independence Day: Resurgence. A true dog lover, Liam has two rescue dogs Tani and Dora. This Australian hunk’s social media accounts are filled with pictures of the pooches with the
    latest being one a selfie on ‘take your
    dog to work day’.

    — Compiled by Anagha M

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      Make Your Move (Dance/Drama), HBO Hits, 5 pm

      Cast: Derek Hough, BoA, Will Yun Lee
      Inspired by the Shakespearean story of Romeo and Juliet, Make Your Move sees Donny (Hough), a New Orleans-based tap dancer and Aya (BoA), another performer, struggling to find their place in New York. While Donny works in his brother Nick’s club, Aya is part of Cobu girls, who specialise in a combination of Taiko drumming and tap dancing. Even as the duo finds that they have feelings for each other, they get caught in the middle of a dirty turf war between Nick and Kaz (Lee), Nick’s former partner. With Aya being Kaz’s sister, their relationship gets more complicated. Make Your Move marks K-pop singer BoA’s feature film debut

      Brothers (Action/Drama), UTV Movies, 8 pm
      Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Akshay Kumar, Jackie shroff
      At the prospect of street fighting becoming a legalised sport under the title Right To Fight (R2F), former MMA instructor and ex-con Garson Fernandes’(Shroff) sons, David (Kumar) and Monty (Malhotra) are among those ready to enter the arena. The father and sons are estranged after the death of their mother and now Monty is trying to be a professional fighter, while David is also forced to join that league as he loses his job and needs the money for his sick child. With R2F pitting the duo against each other, the story takes a darker turn. Brothers is inspired by the Hollywood movie, Warrior.

      13 Cameras (Horror), Netflix India
      Cast: PJ McCabe, Brianne Moncrief, Neville Archambault
      When Ryan (McCabe) and Claire (Moncrief), a newly-wed couple, moves from New York to California owing to the prospect of a new job, they stumble upon a posh two-bedroom villa managed by Gerald (Archambault), an old loner. Excited by their find, Ryan and Claire are over the moon as they move in. But soon, they realise that they’re being spied on in their own house with Gerald misusing the security camera circuit. With Ryan’s affair with his secretary Hannah adding to the issues, the situation soon escalates into an unpleasant one. Critically acclaimed, 13 Cameras, previously known as Slum Lord, is Victor Zarcoff ’s directorial debut.

      The Colony (Action/Sci-Fi), WB, 8.30 pm
      Cast: Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton
      Set in 2045, The Colony explores the grim possibilities of global warming, where mankind has come up with weather controlling
      machines to help bring the temperatures down. However, an unprecedented failure in the system turns the weather extremely cold, with Earthlings trapped in bunker colonies. One of them, Colony Seven, headed by Briggs (Fishburne) and Mason (Paxton), tries to help the inhabitants of Colony Five, who have been raided by a pack of cannibals. With Mason not happy with some decisions made by Briggs, will they be able to overcome their personal issues and do the right thing? This is the first movie to be filmed at the decommissioned North American Aerospace Defense Command, Ontario.

      Azhar (Biography), Sony Max, 8 pm
      Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Nargis Fakhri, Praachi Desai
      Based on the life of the cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin (Hashmi), Azhar documents the life of the
      sports star and his ups-and-downs. Kicking off from the peak of his career, when he scored a century in his 99th test
      match, the film goes back to his earlier career challenges, his marriage to Naureen (Desai) and the complications that arise when he falls in love with Sangeeta (Fakhri), a former Miss India winner-turned-actress. With his career on a downward spiral, Azhar has to figure out how
      to keep his personal life intact. This is the second film with Hashmi and a match-fixing plot. The first one was Jannat.

      Hotel Transylvania 2 (Fantasy), Sony Pix & Pix HD, 1 pm and 9 pm
      Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez
      Having reconciled with his son-in-law Johnny (Samberg), Dracula (Sandler) has finally opened the doors of his hotel to humans. But his worst fears come true when his daughter Mavis (Gomez) gives birth to Dennis, who doesn’t display any vampiric characteristics, like fangs. Puzzled by the delicate nature of his ‘human’ grandchild, Dracula tries outrageous stunts to frighten him into turning into a vampire. But this just convinces Mavis to start thinking of moving to Johnny’s home town, to bring up the child. To make matters worse, Dracula’s father Vlad, who still hates humans, turns up for Dennis’s birthday party. Hotel Transylvania marks Sandler’s first animated sequel.

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      Whether two wheels or three, electric mobility isn’t restricted to just e-bikes

      We look at the three hottest vehicles that allow all the joys of walking, albeit with battery-aided speed, range and convenience.

      Trikke T7CF
      This electric-powered tricycle offers the perfect combination of fitness, mobility and thrills. The standee rider is balanced with one foot atop each of the two rear wheels, while the handlebar allows one to manoeuvre it. Weighing just 11 kg, with a small frame, it makes running errands more fun and a lot faster than your regular cycle. `13,000. Details: shopclues.com

      Freego U3
      This two-wheeled self-balancing scooter is rather high-tech. It’s operated with two wireless remote controllers. The speed settings can be altered electronically, while the 36volt Samsung lithium-ion battery can be monitored through an LCD display. With speeds up to 15 kmph and a range of 30-35 km, it makes a good case for that price tag. `1.37 lakh. Details: freegoindia.com

      Freego S1
      The second product from Freego is also a fun, off-beat two-wheeler. This remote controlled hoverboard comes with an LCD display. Despite its compact size, it weighs a 100 kg and the motor allows you to hover at speeds close to 10 kmph. When fully charged, you can go up to 20 km and even take it on slopes inclined up to 15 degrees. `25,875. Details: freegoindia.com

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      Volta Motors’ newest electric bicycle bridges the gap between a cycle and a motorbike

      Electric bicycles are the perfect balance between convenience, sustainable technology and sporty looks. They offer all the mad thrills of a cycle sans the sole reliance on pedalling to power the bike. And with speeds limited to 25-32kmph, they’re safe and don’t require licences or registration. The e-bicycle thus qualifies as a cheaper alternative to a motorbike rather than a more expensive bicycle. That is how Chennai-based startup Volta Motors is promoting its first offering. The Volta Zap is a ‘crossover electric bike,’ which is claimed to cost less than 10 paise per kilometre. And because it must fight as a replacement to motorised bikes, the product comes with lightweight construction and a lighter battery pack, this will let riders cycle longer distances. Add to that, with each full rotation of the pedal, the wheel of the cycle rotates three times, offering better mechanical advantage too.

      Charge to ride
      The Volta Zap also allows users to easily remove, recharge and reinsert the 3kg battery. Features include LED reflectors for night-time riding, integrated facilities for smartphones and customisable body panels and a wide range of colours. Since the bicycle qualifies for government subsidies on electric vehicles, the price would be competitive too. Besides, its makers have emphasised that since the product is completely designed and built in India, it will be able to take on the unique road conditions that India offers. Volta Motors is also offering free test rides on the Zap, which could be booked on the startup’s website. We don’t see a reason to wait.
      Details: voltamotors.in.

      — Team MotorScribes@MotorScribesInd

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        Cement mix up
        Catch episode seven of the first
        season of mystery drama American Gothic. The Hawthorne family, who own a cement business are in deep trouble when one of their tunnels collapses. It gets worse when the remains of a victim of the Silver Bells murder is also found in the tunnel. Sunday, 10pm. On AXN.

        Trusting mates
        The American legal drama, Suits is in its third season. In the sixth episode, the college dropout genius, Mike Ross is in jail and decides to snitch on his cell mate to get out. He has to extract as much information as he can from his cell mate. Saturday, 10 pm. On Comedy Central.

        Gastronomic galore
        India’s Megakitchens on Nat Geo takes a look into the huge kitchens in our country. This Independence Day, the show goes to the kitchen of Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara on the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla. The gurudwara is visited by nearly 5 million people on this occasion. Monday, 10 pm. On National Geographic Channel

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          When designers gravitate towards the World Wide Web to catch the eye of next-gen clients

          It’s intriguing that online shopping has come of age in India, to the extent that people are willing to spend big bucks for designer wear online without batting an eye or wanting a trial. As online portals bloom and the consumer is spoilt for choice, it behoves understanding the thought process behind our new-age interest in buying haute couture at the click of a mouse. Not a kilo of tomatoes, but a designer ensemble worth `30,000, perhaps.
          As designers have discovered online sales success, websites like the designer-centric apparel portal exclusively.com are now well-established. Exclusively.com now boasts a gaggle of big name designers, showcasing their signature styles. From Shantanu & Nikhil to Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Krishna Mehta, Zubair Kirmani and others, you can find sarees, ethnic and Western ensembles, embellished jackets, kurtas and wedding wear. A new entrant is menswear specialist, Paresh Lamba who has been dressing Bengaluru society the last 20 years.
          I dropped by at his large office-showroom, where it was clear that there are still plenty of people who want to chat and choose, touch and feel before they buy. So why go the online route? I asked.
          “This is the future,” he says, “Everything we order is via an app nowadays. The convenience of shopping at a click is exciting, and it’s a huge market. People are busier than ever, so why visit a store when you can find a website and shop online?” There’s also the advantage of reaching a large consumer base outside metro cities: smaller towns teeming with youngsters who are no less aspirational than big city spenders. “Technology has reached everywhere – everyone today can access the Internet, see what’s in style. They are ambitious. You see this most during weddings. You know, Indian designers survive on weddings, business-wise,” he tells me. Lamba’s online range, priced from `7000 to `30,000 will include jackets, bandis, shirts, kurtas and other signature designs.
          So what trends has he observed during his decades in men’s fashion, I ask. “Men have become more flamboyant, fashion conscious, pay attention to design, and particularly colour. They are realising that just one style of shirt won’t fit all seven days of the week and every event they’re invited to.” Cities like Bengaluru and Hyderabad are particularly cosmopolitan cities. “There’s an eclectic mix of people to be found here from all over the country, even the world. Influences are varied as are backgrounds. And so much depends on appearance these days,” he says, adding, “A well-groomed, well-dressed man strikes confidence at the first business meeting. A shabby, ill-dressed guy might have you thinking: if he can’t look after himself, how can he be trusted with my business? Today, impressions are created in the first 15 minutes of meeting a person. So you need to present yourself well.”
          Shakespeare said it best after all, clothes do make the man.

          m firstimpressionsblr@gmail.com

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            Stock up on Indian handicrafts at these flea markets

            This weekend, steer clear of the malls and shop at these indie flea markets. Bringing together the best of the country’s handlooms and handicrafts, these are the perfect places to binge on some gifts and knick-knacks for the home.

            The Big Desi Flea Market
            The Big Desi Flea Market at Whitefield is a great place for some much needed retail therapy. Mamtha Kiran, the director of the event says, “Shopping is now restricted to malls. I felt the real market experience has drastically decreased over the years. This is an attempt to bring that back.” The bazaar will showcase a variety of authentic products from all across India to mark Independence Day. Choose from chikankari kurtis from Lucknow, and handblock-printed textiles from Jaipur. A range of saris from Kanchipuram, West Bengal and Rajasthan will also be on display. If you’re looking to update your jewellery collection, stop by stalls selling exquisite handmade pieces, sourced from Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
            At VR Bengaluru, Whitefield.
            August 13-15. Details: 9900087189

            All Night Flea Market
            Give those parties a miss and head to
            this moonlit shopping extravaganza, at The Symbiosis School of Media and Communi-cation. Spic Macay teams up with the media school for the All Night Flea Market, Symbi Bazaar this Sunday. Apart from hosting an array of designers and artisans, the bazaar has given space to local entrepreneurs to share their crafts. Online aggregators will also be bringing in handmade products from different parts of the country. Those looking for a quick bite can stop by the numerous bakery popups, or the food court, courtesy Hotel Crowne Plaza.
            7 pm to 7 am. Sunday and Monday. At Electronic City. Details: 9634202103

            —Anagha M

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              Fatty Bao brings in its second birthday with a culinary tour of Asia

              FATTY Bao turns two and they have decided that the celebrations will take us all on a gastronomic journey through 10 East and Southeast countries. Ringing in the birthday with Fatty’s Travel Tales, till August 28, this culinary journey may just land you some actual travel deals too. A travel contest will see diners stand a chance to win return tickets to Singapore, courtesy TigerAir.
              Whether you get lucky with the draw or not, you can stuff yourself on dishes from Fatty’s special birthday menu. Start with the Kimchi Fries, a Korean inspired rendition or the Lo Bak Go, popular street food from Hong Kong. These crisp, little roundels, are stuffed with radish, mushrooms, steamed and then pan fried and served with Sriracha and garlic sauce to amp things up. Team your starters with Master Po — Vodka, Whisky, Lapsang Souchang Tea-infused vodka and Pineapple juice.
              Stop by at Cambodia, where you can dig into a bowl of Chilli Eggplant and Tofu tossed up with chilli peppers, tomatoes, sambal and scallion. A dish that can convert the eggplant hater, if not the Tofu one. If Bengaluru’s weather stays true to what it is famous for, you will want to nurse a Singaporean specialty, the Cheung Fung. Rolls of rice dumplings dunked in a bowl of steaming coconut heavy yellow curry, topped with scallions.
              The Tiger Sushi Roll, with spicy salmon, Tamaki, cucumber and delicate orange gel wrap is the one that warrants repeats, sans the comical looking Tiger head.
              The by-now famous Raindrop Cake has made its way to Fatty and you have this in the dessert section with a miso soil, soy caramel sauce and fruit confetti. The dessert to indulge in is the Sakura Winter comprising a dome filled with vanilla, cherries, citrus and yogurt.
              Rs 2,500++ for two. At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Details: 44114499

              — Ruth Dsouza Prabhu

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                Toast to freedom
                Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru
                will host a celebratory brunch on
                August 15. Unwind over tri-colour-
                themed treats from the elaborate spread. You can take part in a karaoke or cooking session, while your kids participate
                in fun games. `2,299++ upwards.
                At b Cafe. Details: 45126420.

                Breakfast shift
                Bak Bak Bar introduces its
                Beer and Breakfast menu. Tuck
                into a sumptuous breakfast, with
                beer of your choice. Choose from English, Parsi and Lebanese options, apart from freshly baked bread with fresh fruits,
                fruit preserves, herbed butter and
                more. `99 upwards. At Koramangala. Details: 8792000390

                Superstar spread
                Bonsouth pays tribute to superstar Rajnikanth with the Magic of Thalaiva
                festival. Sample dishes like Hyderabadi Biryani, Andhra Steamed Tofu, Pazham Pori, and Guntur Chicken Masala. Till August 25. `610 upwards. At  Koramangala. Details: 25526363

                Mid-day feast
                TGI Fridays announces its ‘New Look’ two- and three-course lunch meal menu to cash in on hungry working professionals looking for a quick bite. This menu offers over 25 dishes such as, American Potato Skins, Country Fried Chicken Wings, and Garden Spaghetti Vegetali Pasta. Rs 199++ upwards. Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 5 pm. At Trinity Circle. Details: 25307301

                Snack break
                Hatsun Agro Product Limited introduces Oyalo’s new range of ready-to-cook snacks and gravies. Options include treats such as Samosa, Masala Vada, and Paneer Pops. With no trans-fats, artificial colours or preservatives, this is a good way to satiate those sudden cravings. `30 upwards (for 125g). At Gourmet Food World, MG Road. Details: 32466586

                Japan via Mexico
                Shiro brings to the city, the
                concept of ‘Sushirito’, a combination of sushi and burrito. Experience this interesting innovation by asking for the Sushirito meal box, available in six flavours, such as Summer Chomp (greens, basil and tofu with Hoisin peanut sauce), and Thai Crunch (red cabbage, chili with wonton crisps, waterchestnuts in Thai basil sauce). Rs 345++ upwards. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 9066025211

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