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    Three hot shows to keep technophiles logged in  

    From waging wars on nations with computers to going on a technology trail, our line-up of shows—high on the innovative quotient, cryptography and cyber warfare—is bound to keep you hooked.

    Smart China
    Follow famous hacker Josh Klein as he travels through China and reveals innovative prototypes developed in the country that could change the world in the coming years. From an electric tram that could travel 10 kilometres with just 10 seconds of charge to data transfers 10,000 times faster than an average WiFi, the show will break the myth that China uses ‘copycat’ technology. Tomorrow 11 pm on
    Discovery Channel.

    Scorpion
    Based on the exploits of real-life technologist Walter O’Brien, a genius with an IQ score of 197, Scorpion will see O’Brien (played by Elyes Gabel) recruited by the US Homeland Security. With complex high technology threats from around the world, O’Brien has a formidable four-member team which includes a person with the arithmetical skills of a calculator, a mechanical prodigy, a Harvard-trained behaviorist and a former waitress with extraordinary intuitive skills. Monday to Friday 10 pm on AXN.

    MacGyver reboot
    A re-creation of the hit 1980s action and science series, MacGyver reboot will return with X-Men star Lucas Till playing Angus MacGyver, the head of the clandestine Department of External Services. The show, like its original, will feature MacGyver using his superior skills in science, mechanics and engineering to solve everyday issues—sometimes with something as little as a Swiss army knife. Premiering October 15 on AXN.

    Mr. Robot
    With each episode named after computer files like eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc, Mr. Robot is back with season two. Catch hacker Rami Malek as he breaks into corporate systems and don’t miss the revelation of Darknet, Internet’s very own cryptomarket this season. Thursdays 12 pm on Colors Infinity.

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    More than just a custom-made motorcycle, the MV Agusta expands the boundaries of automotive design

    When teasers started appearing, no one was sure whether it was just a concept or a showcase of the Italian manufacturer’s future design direction. Turns out, it was neither—the F4Z is in fact a one-off motorcycle built by MV Agusta for a wealthy Japanese businessman who is also a motorcycle connoisseur. MV has never done something like this before and if you thought that’s the only thing unique about it, then here’s more—it is designed by Zagato.

    Milanese magic
    Zagato is an Italian design house that is known for having sketched some of the most striking cars through its history such as the Lamborghini 3500GTZ and the Lancia Fulvia Sport. The F4Z is Zagato’s foray into motorcycle design and they’ve done an awesome job indeed. The F4Z is a timeless classic—its design not only seems to draw inspiration from old school fully-faired Grand Prix bikes, but also from simplicity and rationality. Various elements of the motorcycle still reflect Zagato’s experience in designing cars though—such as the flyscreen, and the mesh linings on the air vents as well as the hooded headlight. The MV Agusta Zagato F4Z is truly one of a kind and reflects its Japanese owner’s personality as much as it reflects the tradition and history of both MV Agusta and Zagato.

    —Muntaser Mirkar
    @BullSpeech

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      Vinyl, Star World
      Premiere HD, Friday, 6 pm
      The period drama based in 1973 revolves around the life of New York-based Richie Finestra, president of American Century Records Music Company, who is struggling to make his identity and find a niche in the musically diverse country. Follow his journey to find out if he sells his company or keeps it.

      Citizen Khan (Eid special),
      Comedy Central, Monday, 1 pm
      Celebrate Eid-al-adha with Citizen Khan. This family drama based in Sparkhill, Birmingham revolves around the life of a British-Muslim family that includes
      Mr Khan, a patriarchal and loud-mouthed man, his wife Razia Khan and their children.

      Ray Donovan (season four), AXN, Sunday, 1 pm
      This crime drama series starring Liev Schreiber as Raymond Donovon who works for a powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, sees Ray and his team members manipulating the outcome of each case. Watch how Ray strategises to use art from the Kovitzsky gallery as leverage when confronted with a crisis involving one of their own.

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        Patient Zero
        Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
        Cast: Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci
        A global epidemic turns people across the world into ‘The Infected’ — strange, violent creatures. A gifted man who is well versed with the language of The Infected must do whatever it takes to stop this disease and save mankind.
        Did you know: The script sparked off a bidding war between several studios including Fox Searchlight Pictures, Silver Pictures and Davis Entertainment.

        Brother Nature
        Directors: Osmany Rodriguez, Matt Villines
        Cast: Jillian Jacobs, Bill Pullman
        With a plan to propose to his girlfriend, an uptight politician who is also about announce his own congressional campaign, is forced to spend time with her brother while staying at her family’s lakefront home.
        Did you know: The comedy film is produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels and features the cast of the show.

        Sully
        Director: Clint Eastwood
        Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart
        Sully is based on the true
        events of pilot, Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger played by Tom Hanks. In January 2009, Sullenberger had to perform an emergency landing of his aircraft in the Hudson river due to a flock of geese. The movie looks at the challenges the pilot had to overcome.
        Did you know: This is the first collaboration between Eastwood
        and Hanks.

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          Nine Lives
          Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
          Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner
          Tom Brand (played by Kevin Spacey) is a billionaire workaholic who gets trapped in the body of a cat. The movie is as ridiculous as it sounds even though it boasts a star studded cast and crew (Spacey, Garner and Christopher Walken). The plot is a cliched gimmick replete with bad one-liners.

          Akira
          Director: AR Murugadoss
          Cast: Sonakshi Sinha
          The plot of this female-driven drama revolves around a college student, played by Sonakshi Sinha, taking on a corrupt police officer to prove she is innocent. While Sinha has done a great job, the action sequences are uninspired. The plot suffers from predictability and the other characters in the movie are weak.

          War Dogs
          Director: Todd Phillips
          Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller
          This comedy war movie
          is based on true events
          related to arms deals in Afghanistan. The movie can be construed as a commentary on war. Jonah Hill has given a commendable performance as protagonist, Efraim Diveroli. But the movie also has the typical Hangover brand of humour
          that Philips is known
          for.

          — Team Indulge

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          Using wool as his canvas and Dutch painters as inspiration, Nachiket Barve brings his latest to the city

          WOOL can be cool in summer as designers and previous winners Rahul Mishra and Suket Dhir have proved in the past, at the International Woolmark Prize. Mumbai designer Nachiket Barve continues the story. Collaborating with the Australian wool behemoth to showcase merino wool’s trans-seasonal capablities, he is among the finalists for the big International Woolmark Prize in January 2017. “It’s a big deal,” agrees the pragmatic Barve, about winning the regional India-Middle East round. Known to champion longevity in design, he says, “I like to be clear and precise, and this collection, Tulipmania, has a graphic boldness to it.”
          A Bollywood favourite for years, with everyone from the Bachchan family to fashion forward star Sonam Kapoor singing his praises, Barve easily meets multiple requirements. Tulipmania features asymmetric drapes, fit and flare dresses and glamorous blouses with cutaway sleeves. “We can do up to 4XL or 5XL sizes,’’ he says, modestly.
          Taking a breather from the endless rounds of Ganesh Chaturthi events his city is famous for, Barve explains why he decided to turn to 17th century Dutch masters Rembrandt and Ambrosius Bosschaert for this collection. “I was looking through the still-life paintings by these artists and decided to use the tulip as a metaphor, from a period when a single tulip bulb cost as much as a house in Amsterdam. The phenomenon was called Tulip Mania and it inevitably crashed.”
          The collection, he chuckles, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to how ‘it’ bags or shoes become “garbage” 10 months after they are trending. At Evoluzione this weekend, Barve will be catering to brides, regular clients, even little girls for bespoke lehengas! His brand of ‘discreet luxury’ celebrates history and context, but thumbs its nose at logos and in-your-face fashion. Earlier collections like Chiaroscuro and Maia (channeling the fierce warrior woman) follow the same cues, with some of his “wearable art” featuring over 1,200 hours of handwork. “My flowers, be it the tulip, ottoman carnations or desert thistle, aren’t cutesy,” he says with emphasis, adding that “the best inspirations come from places you have never been to”.

          Getting up close
          The garments feature applique with handcut merino wool felt, zardosi and thread embroidery, some of the work resembling pointillist paintings (painting with dots). “My tulips have an element of cross-stitch to it,” he shares. They come in jewel tones like deep lapiz lazuli and merlot red.

          The designer will be at Evoluzione on September 15. Collection from `11,000 to `20,000 and bespoke on request.
          Details: 28333627

          — Rosella Stephen

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            Laugh riot
            That Comedy Club is presenting
            an evening of stand-up comedy with Radhika Vaz and Nitin Mirani. Vaz is known for her one-woman specials, whereas Mirani from Dubai was part of the Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World competition in Las Vegas. Tickets (`499). Tomorrow. 7pm. At Church
            Street. Details: 9620155001

            Urban conversations
            Maraa, a media and arts collective launches their first book on arts and the public space — Imaginarium of Sensuous Experiments: Field Notes from a City in Flux. The launch will also see a performance by Sumathi Murthy. Tomorrow. 5.30 pm. At Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road. Details: 9880755875

            Coastal rock
            Kerala-based Thaikkudam Bridge
            who gained popularity with the song, Fish Rock will perform on the occasion
            of Onam. Though they do not prefer to
            be confined by one genre, they are renowned for their rock compositions. Tomorrow. 7.30pm. At Phoenix Marketcity, Whitefield. Tickets (`499 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

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              Ooty’s first literary festival has over 80 books and insightful discussions.

              Ooty finally has a literary festival of its own. The picturesque hill station is preparing to welcome the first edition of the Ooty Literary Festival, with titles by over 25 eminent authors. Coimbatore-based author, Yash Muthanna, is the managing trustee and the brain behind the two-day event. “It all started last year when Muthanna initiated the process of setting up a trust for the event, with an aim to put the hill station on the literary map,” says Greaves Henriksen, the convenor.
              Over the two days, expect a good mix of poetry, fiction, short stories, novels and more. Day one begins with Mansoor Khan (of Acres Wild), who, along with CV Ranganathan (former Indian ambassador to China), will talk about the development of economies, personal health and so on. Topics will range from the flipside of translation and writing for children to writing about Ooty. One of the highlights is the talk by Sir Mark Tully, BBC’s former chief of bureau, who has covered major historical events like Operation Bluestar and Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
              “Most of the books have been brought down by Higginbotham’s,” shares Henriksen. Authors like Tanya Mendonsa (The Dreaming House), Aroon Raman (The Shadow Throne) and Gillian Wright (The Presidential Retreats of India) will be among those presented. While there, also read about the toda tribes, in The Toda Landscape, by Tharoon Chhabra
              Free entry. September 16-17.
              At the Nilgiri Library.
              Details: ootylitfest.com

              —Karan Pillai

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                What’s your view on necronyms?Share your spirited take to anantha@albertdali.com.

                Consider this: You’re flying an international airline, full of foreigners. There are only two Tamilians on the plane. You and another guy seated in business class. As you try and catch a wink, you hear a kerfuffle. The other Tamilian is trying to take lurid pictures of the airhostess and she’s creating a ruckus about it.
                Although you’re in no way related to him, being a Tam, it is but natural to feel utterly embarrassed by his actions, right? There’s a German word for this vicarious sense of shame. It’s called ‘fremdschamen’.
                There are many lovely words like this that have somehow remained cloaked by our collective ignorance. It’s time we sought them out like a heat-seeking missile.
                ‘Sillage’ is one such beauty. It’s the trail of fragrance that lingers in the air after someone has passed you by. Haven’t you felt the sillage or at least spotted it in ads? Another potent term is the ‘Baader-Meinhoff Phenomenon’. It’s the uncanny ability of something new that you’ve learnt, to pop up everywhere, all of a sudden.
                I’ve experienced this when I first learnt about the ‘27 Club’ — the belief that some of the most talented musicians die at 27. The death of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison & Kurt Cobain fuelled the urban legend. The year, I learnt about the club, singer Amy Winehouse eerily died of alcohol poisoning at the unripe age of 27!
                ‘Pareidolia’ is another phenomenon you’ll fall in love with. It’s the tendency to see faces in the unlikeliest of places and objects. People who see Ganesha in a tree, Jesus on a toast, Buddha in a cloud, and Chandamama on the moon are the type who’ll relate to it.
                Then there is ‘Nominative Determinism’ which is a complicated way of stating the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards professions that fit their surnames. Usain Bolt, William Wordsworth and Tiger Woods are famous examples.
                My personal favourite though is ‘Mondegreen’. It’s the propensity to misinterpret lyrics due to mishearing. Mondegreen, simply put, is singing Aap jaisa koi mere zidagi me aaye toh baat ban jaye as baap ban jaye. Curiously, author Sylvia Wright coined it when she misheard a line in a Scottish ballad. ‘Laid him on the green’ felt like ‘Lady Mondegreen’ to her ears!
                I’ll sign off with one new word. What do you call the infinity
                symbol? ‘Lemniscate’. That’s the good word!

                -Anantha Narayan

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                  A new portal seeks to put you in touch with top culinary artistes across the city

                  While food-based portals are a dime a dozen, the newly launched Chef Post comes as a breath of fresh air. The brainchild of Sneha Chandrashekhar, the site seeks to give users a more immersive experience with sections dedicated to special events, chefs, restaurants and more. “What is unique about Chef Post is that users can follow renowned city-based chefs on the site, keep track of special food festivals, sift through recipes and save their favourites,” says 30-year-old Chandrashekhar, a seasoned entrepreneur.
                  Talking about the idea behind the bootstrapped company with a team of 25 members, she says, “I thought there was a real need for something like this. There are sites where you can book tables, make reservations or order food, but a platform where one could get to know the hands that made their food was lacking.”
                  Among the top chefs who’ve already signed up with the site are favourites like Marouane Rahali (Alba, JW Marriott), Naren Thimmaiah (Karavalli, Gateway), Giuseppe Lioce (Bene, Sheraton Grand Bangalore), Atsushi Yonaha (Yataii, Shangri-La) and Selvaraju (Vivanta by Taj, MG Road). “They’ll mostly post about their experiments in the kitchen, new promotions, or just what keeps them ticking in terms of food,” she says. Each chef also has a write up talking about his / her journey with food.
                  Apart from tracking what your much loved chefs are up to, their ‘features’ section will have interesting write-ups that add to the curated experience. Titled, Eating your Way Through Italy, one of the first features saw an Italian couple sampling the fare of Italian restaurants across the city and chronicling their experiences. While the rest of their journey will be added eventually, for now you can read about their thoughts on Alba at JW Marriott.
                  To be officially launched today, the event will see a fashion show in which city chefs will walk the ramp. Within the next three months, Chandrashekhar plans to introduce more features, such as ‘live offers’ — where prices for certain curated experiences will fluctuate depending on the time of booking. Currently an online portal, it will be available on Android and iOS in the next two months.

                  Details: chefpost.com
                  — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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