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    The Neemrana group brings its debut fabric and home dA�cor collection to the city.

    THis festive season, add a dash of regal to your wardrobe and home interiors with the Neemrana hospitality branda��s first line of clothing and home linen. Designed by Aude Priya Wacziarg, daughter of Francis Wacziarg, one of the founders of the hotel chain, and Santhya Malik, who helms the Neemrana Shop in Khan Market, New Delhi, the collection comprises of two lines: Architectural Muse and Styled from Stone. The formera��inspired by the geometry of the architectural structures and curvatures of Delhia��s Neemrana Forta�� offers minimal linen and cotton kurtas, tops, palazzos and more, with traditional embroidery, hand-block prints and pin tucks. The latter, their festive collection, takes a leaf out of 15th centurya��s fashion books with kurtas and lehengas in flowing georgettes and chanderis, with gold embellishments. Expect simple cuts, with a focus on motifs.
    For those looking to bring the Neemrana aesthetic home, try their two home linen options. Sleeping Palaces transfers the forta��s grandeur on to superior cotton bed linen, with a floral palette and geometric designs complete with jaali mosaics. Dine Define, designed with Indu Kapahi, artist-founder of Inka Homecrafts, a Delhi-based textile design studio, has screen-printed table linen in bright, earthy colours. a�?My father co-founded the Neemrana Group because of a love we all share for India, its culture and heritage. This collection came about on the same ground. Ita��s a tribute to his philosophy,a�? says Delhi-based Aude, who has her roots in France.
    Rs 2,250 onwards. August 27-30
    atAmethyst. Details: 43042099

    a��Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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      The Leela Palace presents a four-course menu in its first seafood festival at China XO.

      OPULENCE gets a new meaning at The Leela Palacea��s specialty restaurant, China XO. As though to reflect the deep blue, amber, coral reds and golds of the dA�cor, the night sky is spread out like a Chinese emperora��s robe. Silver tipped waves crash against the Bay. The August moon is a ripe melon sliced in half. a�?Wea��ve called it Seafood by the Bay,a�? explains Dharmen Makawana, the Executive Chef at the Leela, as he introduces Chee Soon Hoong, a young Malay-Chinese chef who is from Ipoh. Gopi Chopra, the regular China XO chef, stands by his side. Between them, the three chefs have cast their nets into the ocean and drawn in an exotic variety of seafood.
      Plating points
      Each dish is presented as delicately as a brush and ink painting by a Chinese calligraphist. Tiny morsels of crab and lobster have been artfully steamed in a variety of dim sums, laced with truffle oil, or the scent of morels. They are served with an array of robust sauces taken from a Singapore-Malay-Japanese repertoire so that they burst upon the tongue like a firework display. Chef Makawana for instance favours the curry-like smoothness of laksa paste, that combines the best of South Asian flavours from dried chilies and prawn, galangal, lemon grass, ginger and turmeric. It gives a whole new colour to the steamed crab and prawn dumplings.
      All about the bass
      Crispy fried enoki mushrooms appear like versions of the cartoon character Dilbert on the plate. They come wrapped in green sheets of Japanese sea-weed or nori, flash fried, the mushroom waving like curly strands of hair at the top and served with a sweet chili sauce. Not to be outdone, the next item on the dim sum parade is even more exotic. Chilean sea bass has been rolled in delicate nets of Egyptian kunafa pastry that we eat dipped in a Japanese wasabi mayonnaise. We did not think of air miles when eating the Chilean sea bass, but remember another Chinese delicacy called The Dragona��s Beard, that we once sampled in Hong Kong.
      A Flower Crab filled with a fine broth of barely-steamed egg white follows. We soothe our palate with a hearty crab soup and prepare ourselves for platters of whole lobster; a white snapper, the catch of the day, is still looking surprised at landing on a plate. We end the meal with Singapore-style noodles.
      Rs 3,500 per head, plus taxes and wine (dinner). Today, till September 11. Details: 30958037

      a�� Geeta Doctor

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        A guide to the latest cafes, restaurants and food stalls in your neck of the woods .

        This part of the city, with its ornamental twin arches, has its share of ice cream parlours, chaat counters and biryani pit-stops to fill every belly. If at all there is something it lacks, it is a bar. A decent one. While budding restaurateurs chew on that one, we round up the newest eateries, from cafes and dried fruit shops to grill houses. Fairly recent entrants like Double Roti (from Cenotaph Road) and Brick House Bistro have regulars queuing up, while the culinary experta��s haven, Gourmei Market, offers everything from homemade mutton pickle to Japanese golden macha tea. There is a Brownie Heaven stall for your sugar fix and restaurants opening up on Shanti Colony almost every fortnight. Here are the latest places to look up.

        Amadora: pineapple sorbet1
        The citya��s fourth outlet of Amadora Gourmet Ice Cream opened last month, quietly in the back lanes of Shanthi Colony main road. But clearly not quietly enough, as we find the Vanilla Raspberry stick has sold out and we are in a queue for their new flavour, the Pineapple Sorbet! Other new additions include the salted crack caramel that is addictive with delightful chewy caramel bits. Rs 150 onwards. Details: 45565312

        Sigree: green apple jalebis

        Educated at Lancaster University, Anirudh Chand, 26, decided to take up the franchise of Sigree a�?a�?because Anna Nagar lacked a good north Indian fine-dining restauranta��a��. Discreetly located behind the CromaA� store, the restaurant is packed to overflowing. Offering North West Frontier cuisine and affordable buffets, the bestsellers here like Lucknowi biryani and signature creamy black dal (cooked for 19 hours) jostle for attention with new entrants like Lamb Chops and Paneer Afghani. The pricing is a big draw a�� whole grilled prawn in a Konkan marinade is Rs 450, the buffet starts at Rs 554 (veg).A� The mutton is tender and the kulfi and green apple jalebis are polished off in seconds. Buffet: Rs 604 (non veg) on weekdays. Details: 26201122

        Moti Mahal: kebabs & tikkis2
        With the opening of the 96-seater Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail three months back, Anna Nagar now has authentic signatures from the brand that began in Delhi in 1920, and has a branch in Shollinganallur. Partner, Mohamed Mohshin says, a�?This brand pioneered the Tandoori chicken. It is juicy and tender a�� different from the other versions available.a�? Expect other North Indian staples including their famous butter chicken gravy and daal makhni. A meal for two will cost Rs 800 onwards. Details: 45493234

        Pistachio: dates andA� baby oranges
        Stock up on dried fruits from Thailand and 13 varieties of dates at this spice and nuts store on Second Avenue. There are baby oranges and lemons for tang and mamra almonds for crunch. Gift packs from Rs 400. Details: 45532244

        Cafe Arabica:baklava and tea3
        Owned by the Sea Shell group, popular for their filling shawarmas, this cafe next door has wraps, bakes and flavoured teas. They are mighty proud of their baklava. Meal for two approx Rs 700. Details: 30637528

        Bombay Kulfi:5pistachio and date flavours
        The Coimbatore-based chain sources authentic kulfi from Mumbai. Theya��re all set to open their first outlet in Anna Nagar on September 1, with over 30 flavours, including new ones like choco hazelnut. Details: 7708859752

        Brunchies:cake and pancakes
        From working with JetBlue and MetLife, it has been quite a jump for 36-year-old, Uday Ranganathan who left his corporate life in America to open Brunchies All Day, down Second Avenue last month. Featuring favourites from his seven year stint in the USA, expect a lineup of hoagies like the buffalo-style chicken sandwich with hot sauce and blue cheese (Rs 270), Philly-inspired chicken cheese steaks (Rs 265) with provolone and parmesan cheese, among other dishes at this 40-seater American diner. a�?We are going to go by the reaction of the patrons and alter the menu according,a�? says Ranganathan, adding that the California Berry Crepe is already a hit. Plus, there is Namma Oruu Chicken with biryani (Rs 250) on weekends.
        Details: 45575337

        Spice Crush:combo meals6
        From the Kairali team down Second Avenue comes the 50-seater Spice Crush. Offering wholesome Indian meals, Udhay Nayar says, a�?It has all the options of sapaad without the fuss of a banana leaf!a�? Try the chicken curry meals. Rs 150 onwards. Details: 26205151

        Desert Fruit: Ajwa dates
        Another address for dates, especially the Ajwa variety from Saudi Arabiaw, this dry fruit store also stocks pistachios, juices and cold pressed oils from Gilld.A� Ajwa dates at Rs 2200/kg. Details: 43512140

         

        Text: Sabrina Rajan & Rosella Stephen

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          When a station pulls off something unique, it shows that great ideas can still be churned out if one really feels the a�?truenessa�� of the concept. Radio Mirchi did something which is not only magnanimous, but also extremely thoughtfula��last Saturday, at Sathyam Cinemas, they held a special screening of Kabali for the visually-challenged.
          The station has organised this before, but for the first time it hasA� managed to do it with a film that is currently running to houseful shows. This is how it works: an audio description is recorded over parts of the movie, to explain what is transpiring when there are no dialogues. The narration is by RJ Senthil and the narrative has been penned by Latha Venkatraman.
          The film was made ready for the visually-challenged in just three days, with Illavenil (sound engineer) mixing it to 5.1 surround sound with assistance from Four Frames and Real Image. This unique CSR initiative, aptly named Cinema for Everyone, was a resounding success as more than 700 visually-challenged individuals enjoyed a film that they might have never been able to catch.
          This is a massive step towards inclusiveness. The same frenzy and jubilation that surrounds a Rajnikanth movie was experienced at this special screening. The station is hopeful that, at some point, audio description will become a process of movie making, just like subtitling. This will set a trend for others to follow.
          Film producers who were invited to the screening also seemed very keen on replicating it. This should be an eye-opener for other stations and a reminder that people out there, whether visually-challenged or not, will appreciate and salute such unique initiatives.
          See you next week with more radio talk.

          Niladri@radiowaveA�

          a�� talkingradio@gmail.com .
          The writera��s views expressed here are entirely in his personal capacity.

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            On its eighth anniversary, Chipstead celebrates with music, movies and some old favourites.

            Great ambience, popular and rare spirits (courtesy Vault) and hard-to-resist deals for their InnerCircle membersa��Chipstead has been consistently winning hearts through the years. Now, on its eighth anniversary, it is giving back with a four-day celebration. While the party kicked off on Wednesday (with a Bollywood night that saw DJs Ankit Ramchandani and Ashok Bajaj in control), the fun will pick up once again today. a�?We have curated a small menu with Chipstead favourites, like the whisky-based Chipstead Makeover, Cherry Julep and Spiced Old Fashioned, and the vodka-based Relish Kick. These are cocktails that are not on the current menu, but for which we constantly get requests,a�? says Prateek Kalra, director of food and beverages, Taj Coromandel. a�?We have also invited popular DJs from across the country to enhance the experience,a�? he adds. Expect names like DJs Praveen Achary and Pooja B (deep house, techno) and DJ Ivan (EDM). To end things on a light note, Sunday will host Pocket Movies with Cyrus Dastur. a�?Ia��ll be screening the shorts Cupidity, The Butterfly Circus and the 2016 Oscar winner, Stutterer,a�? says the founder of Shamiana, the Mumbai-based platform for short films.

            Till August 28, from 9 pm. Cover charges at Rs 1,500.
            Details: 66002827

            a��Surya Praphulla Kumar

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              Looks like ita��s cricket mania time again, as a brand new wave hits us with the Tamil Nadu Premiere League. With freshers alongside players from the Indian teama��who will be battling it out across the statea��it goes without saying that the fans are already in a frenzied state. The launch of the home team, Chepauk Super Gillies, at ITC Grand CholaA�on SaturdayA�saw it raining Kollywood starlets, proclaiming their allegiance to the team from South Chennai. Samantha Prabhu, Hansika Motwani, Rai Lakshmi and Vedika were a few names on the rather glamorous list. Along with the formalities, the players also did a small catwalk for the crowd, joining the models on the ramp. The same venue, earlier in the week, had seen the official launch of the TNPL anthem and trophy, with the eight team captains, and chief guest MS Dhoni, helping to kick things into high gear. All it took from a�?Captain Coola�� was a couple of words of Tamil, apologetically strung together, for the audience to go crazy. He also spoke about the importance of tournaments like this to highlight talented players from smaller cities.
              Saturday saw the launch of Feathers, a luxury hotel in the city by the Radha Group of Hotels. Chennaia��s bold and beautiful were invited to enjoy the new space over drinks, dinner and, of course, a fashion show. The sequences started off with bridal wear, moving to a corporate vibe, a concept built around the various avatars of the new ballroom. One sequence even had the models showcasing plates of food, dressed in chefsa�� whites. For the finale, it was designer Asif Merchanta��s signature piecesa��a range of white gowns with feather accents. Post the show, the party moved to Vapor, the bar on the upper level. The guest list saw a heavy expat crowd with a sprinkling of page three regulars.

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                Lifea��s a beach
                August 26 | Covelong Point
                All roads will lead to the Surf, Music and Yoga Festival at Covelong Point this weekend. Promising music by Thaikkudam Bridge, Abhijeet Tambe and others, along with sports by the beach, blindfold yoga, outdoor camps and more, the event is not to be missed. On the food front, you will have local seafood, dosas, kathi rolls and organic juice. August 26-28. Details: covelongpoint.com

                Stage and screen
                August 27 | British Council
                William Shakespeare and Chennaia��s lakes will be in focus at the British Council tomorrow. For Madras Week, the organisation will be hosting a play by college students who will be enacting their version of the Barda��s play of their choice. Thereafter, the Environmentalist Foundation of India will screen a documentary on the citya��s lakes. At 4 pm and 5.30 pm, respectively. Details: 8939831722

                Open call
                August 29 | New York
                A win at the Wimbledon, an Olympic gold medal, and now a favourite at the US Opena��Andy Murray is the man of the moment, despite Rafael Nadala��s Rio resurgence. There is defending champion Novak Djokovic too, who can go all the way. And, of course, Roger Federer makes for an evergreen contender. Can any of the Big Four secure another Slam? From August 29. On ESPN. Details: usopen.org

                At the movies
                August 26 | SPI Cinemas
                Cats may have nine lives, but for Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) it is now or never. In Nine Lives, the comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld that releases today, the 57-year-old actor plays a business magnate who is trapped inside the body of the pet cat he had bought for his daughter. With time against him, he must reconcile with his family or he will stay stuck as a feline forever. Details: 42244224

                Changing tunes
                August 26 | New York City
                With Beyoncea��s singles like Formation and Hold Up nominated under 11 categories, this yeara��s MTV Video Music Awards looks like it belongs to Queen B. Also on the dais is Adelea��s music video Hello, with seven nominations. This, coupled with performances by Nick Jonas and Britney Spears, ensures that this gala will be quite explosive. At Madison Square Garden. On VH1. From 9 am onwards. Details: vh1.in

                Turning 40
                August 28 | Radisson Blu Temple Bay
                Ita��s time for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT). The two-day event will see a mela conducted at the NGOa��s park in Mahabalipuram (with activities like snakes and ladders, treasure hunts, and more), followed by a programme at the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram (Rs 3,000 per head), which will see trustees, including founder Romulus Whitaker, and guests attending. August 27-28. Details: madrascrocodilebank.org

                Perfect catch
                August 30 | The Leela Palace
                China XO, at The Leela Palace, will be hosting its first-ever seafood festival. The special menu curated by executive chef Dharmen Makwana features specials like scallop dumplings with flying fish roe, crispy soft shell crab fragrant with garlic onions, stir-fried mussels and much more. Till September 11. For dinner only. More on P 9

                Flower power
                August 31 | Collage
                Starting today, Collage is showcasing the Autumn/Winter collection of Delhi-based label, Madsam Tinzin, and Manish Gupta from Noida. Inspired by the red silk-cotton tree flower, the collection features bold floral artwork and delicate motifs. Colours are mostly rustic, with embroidery on silk, organza, chiffon and the like. Rs 20,000 onwards.A� Details: 28291443

                The sticky factor
                September 1 | The Park
                The Park presents Meal on a Stick, a 10-day promotion featuring Thai-styled satays, with marinated vegetables, tofu, meats and seafood skewered, grilled and seasoned to perfection. In the menu, expect signatures like Thai issan tofu satay, Vietnamese soya meat on sugarcane sticks or lobster meat satay, Taiwanese scallop satay and Brunei tenderloin satay. From Rs 425. Today, to September 4. Details: 42676000

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                  John Turturro on playing a lawyer in The Night Of, and takeaways from the show

                  WITH news doing the rounds that a spinoff movie of The Big Lebowski is on the cards, Italian-American actor John Turturro is all over social mediaa��the first look of his character Jesus Quintana is already out. Here, the 59-year-old actor talks to us about playing defense attorney John Stone for the miniseries The Night Of where he represents Pakistani-American Nasir Khan, a college student charged with the rape and murder of his mysterious date. With the series garnering critical acclaim, the Emmy Award winning actora��s performance has been praised for his portayal of the street smart lawyer suffering from a serious case of eczema

                  Your research for the role?
                  I meet people, I tape them, I interview them, I go to the court, I watch them and see if they can reveal themselves.

                  What about attorneys in television/films that inspired you?
                  You know when Paul Newman was in The Verdict? That was a movie that I was blown away with. This is how a guy can be what he could be but he hasna��t been for a long time. Stone is like thata��hea��s like a test case of human problems.

                  Your thoughts on what the show reflects?
                  I think ita��s about the costs of entering into the judicial system. I think ita��s about the system and the human cost that goes on within it for the accused, for the people who defend, prosecute, investigate and even for the families who are involved.

                  Might there be a further series?
                  Yeah, well people have mentioned that they wanna see more of Stone and I was like a�?wow.a�� It all depends upon the quality of the writing, but yes, hea��s a character that you just want to spend more time with.
                  The Night Of finale is on Star World Premiere HD, August 31, 10 pm

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                    Our pick of new shows in the ninth month that promise to keep you occupied

                    From Ganesh Chaturthi to Onam and Bakrid, September is sure to strike off more days from your working calendar. With the monsoon also in the air, we recommend you cosy up on your couch with these shows high on crime, action and technology. Therea��s even a new movie channel, Sony Le Plex HD, thrown into the mix .

                    Narcos, season two
                    This popular crime web series is gaining renewed attention after its season two
                    trailer was trending with the hashtag #WhoKilledPablo. The series explores the rise and fall of real-life Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier PeA�aa��s (Pedro Pascal) attempts to hunt him down. The season will pick up from where it left off, when Escobar escaped confinement in La Catedral and was being
                    hunted by the DEA and Cali Cartel.
                    Premieres September 2 on Netflix

                    Quantico, season two
                    If you are a fan of Priyanka Chopraa��s American TV debut Quantico, then you will surely love what season two has to offer, with the stellar cast including Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis and Johanna Braddy. After being fired from the FBI, Alex Parrish (Chopra) finds herself at the CIAa��s mysterious training facility, The Farm. Navigating through the world of espionage, she comes to know of a conspiracy threatening the lives of people the world over. Premieres mid-September on Star World and Star World HD

                    Hestona��s Dinner in Space
                    Celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, is known for adopting theories of chemistry in his cooking. Catch the Michelin star chef as he prepares a full-course menu that comprises dishes fit for consumption in an International Space Station and if humans were to spend a day on Mars. Premieres September 12 on TLC

                    Supercar Megabuild
                    Car buffs will have a field day as this popular UK automotive show is hitting Indian screens. Follow renowned automobile designer Afzal Kahn, known for designing the Aston Martin Vengeance, host this 10-part series, which will show him put a luxurious Rolls-Royce through drifting, tweak a Nissan GT-R so that it even beats the Bugatti Veyron in a quarter-mile race, and make a Range Rover Evoque into a rally car. Premieres September 26 on National Geographic Channel

                    a�?Great movies and great storytelling is
                    what I constantly chase, and this is exactly what
                    Sony Le Plex HD channel has to offer. The channel will also create a community of movie lovers who will drive great conversations around movies (through social media).a�?
                    a��Zoya Akhtar, filmmaker and community ambassador of the new channel, which will soon be premiering movies like Spotlight, Ex Machina, Foxcatcher and Straight Outta Compton. Details: sonyleplex.com

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                      The Voice India Kids, &TV,
                      Saturday and Sunday, 9 pm
                      The auditions have come to an end and the three coaches, Shaan, Shekhar Ravjiani and Neeti Mohan, with 18 contestants each, are ready to enter the battleground of singing. Watch music industry biggies like Amit Trivedi join the coaches in training the youngsters who are ready to go the extra mile to win the audiencesa�� love and votes.

                      Quantico, Star World HD,
                      Monday-Friday, 10 pm
                      Revisit Alex Parrisha��s (Priyanka Chopra) trials and tribulations at the FBI training academy. In this episode from season one of the American thriller series, Quantico, the terrorist gives Alex a pill bottle to swap with the one in Senator Claire Haasa�� purse. Alex also discovers who rented the car in which agent Shelby took Simon and Will.

                      Law and Order, Colors Infinity,
                      Wednesday, 11pm
                      With its clever twists and turns, Law and Order never fails to live up to the reputation of being one of the most compelling legal dramas on television. Dona��t miss new episodes from season 13, as commanding officer Olivia Bensona��s half brother comes looking for help when child services threaten to take his children away.

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