Monthly Archives: September 2016
Lime Soda pop-up gives you affordable options for the season.
For all things fun and florala��from clothes to accessoriesa��head to The English Tearoom next weekend. The first edition of Lime Soda pop-up, curated by entrepreneur Soundariya K Anil, has English florals as the theme. a�?It felt fresh and right, and luckily, the decor of the venue went well with the theme,a�? begins Anil, who also owns Thai Sabai spa and Little Lavish, a retail store, with her mother Rema Devi and sister Anjana Krishnaswamy.
At the pre-Diwali exhibition, find products ranging from Indo-western clothing, personalised gifts, lamps, cakes, jewellery, handmade soaps and home dA�cor. a�?There is Indian wear by ace city-based designer, Bandana Narula and Indo-western collection by Tadka, a Chennai-based brand. We will also have jewellery from Delhi-based Achint Jewellery by Vinny Mehra, and eco-friendly accessories for men from Monk Story by Abhinandan Jain,a�? she says, adding that she is also excited about personalised gifting from Avec Amour by Shivani Rajesh Ram (Delhi). While there, guests can enjoy a set lunch (soup of the day and a main course like grilled chicken/vegetables, Rs 380). The 29-year-oldA� concludes that is all goes well, she will hold another pop-up in December.
Rs 150 onwards. October 7-8, at Kasturi Rangan Road.
Meenu Subbiah Diamonds gets a new name and a collection.
Last week was a good one for city-based jewellery designer Meenu Subbiah. She launched herA� new line, Collection Q, and rebranded her 23-year-old label, Meenu Subbiah Diamonds, as MSD. The sleeker name, which reflects the branda��s move towards a contemporary language, is also reflected in the collection. Subbiah tells us that her collection, which combines two distinct lines, celebrates a�?the queen within usa�? by catering to both traditional and contemporary aesthetics. The former is inspired by nakashu-velai, a technique used in the Chola period, where gods and goddesses were depicted on jewellery. a�?The collection has a lot of kemp, rubies, emeralds and diamonds, with 22, 23 and 24 carat gold,a�? she begins. The latter is contemporary, drawingA� inspiration from flowers and leaves. Expect rings, maangtikas and neck pieces, in rose gold. Talking about recent trends, the Gemological Institute of America graduate says, a�?Chennai is all about its culture and tradition. While youngsters might like something trendy now, as they grow older they go back to traditional jewellery.a�? Subbiah picks a diamond and ruby pendant, with a nakashu peacock, as her favourite from the new line. Meanwhile, the designer shares that she is already working on her next collection, which will haveA� a�?a lot of colours and semi-precious stones that are not known to manya�?.
Rs 10,000 onwards. MSD, T Nagar.
Mount Rivieraa��s first restaurant comes late, but is letting its global barbecues do the talking.
IT TOOK a year for Triplicanea��s Mount Riviera hotel to open its first restaurant. The occasion, marked with a soft launch earlier this week, was well attended. I find the 90-seater restaurant, Grill Oa��Phillic, packed with friends and family of owner Mohammed Ali Jinnah, before I head to the kitchen to catch up with their head chef, Saikh Raja, about all things food and sundry.
The unassuming 32-year-old, who hails from Orissa, candidly tells me that he has never enrolled for a hotel management course in his career spanning 17 years. The self-made chef has worked at properties like the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi and Lemon Tree Hyderabad. At Grill Oa��Phillic, he has introduced barbecues from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and more, besides desi kebabs, in their buffet menu.
The live grill at my table (ala Barbeque Nation) is laden with skewers of mushrooms, paneer and chicken. My first option, the paneer, doesna��t hold my attention for long as it is rather chewy. But Raja has me back on track with a basa fish sizzler, served with vegetables and jasmine rice (rather bland). Meanwhile, Jinnah tells me to expect dishes like Thai khao soi, tom kha kai and others to be the top draws soon. I wrap things up with a deliciously sweet rabri.
Buffet from Rs 450 onwards. Details: 7667777864
a�� Karan Pillai
Ditch the ramen for Tiffin To Goa��s instant meal in a cup
WHEN away on work or travel, we often find ourselves craving home cooked meals. Entrepreneur and travel enthusiast Shuchi Jain is no different. Co-founder of the Capricorn group, one of the countrya��s largest manufacturers of purees and concentrates, her need for a healthy meal on the go inspired her to start a line of frozen ready-to-eat vegetarian meals. Called Tiffin To Go, they launched last December with three trial flavours, and have now added another 12 variants in the last 45 days. As I sit down to try their instant rajma chawal, all it takes is a cup of hot boiling water and eight minutes, to chase away my doubts. My next pick.the dal chawal reminds me of my mothera��s lunch staple. Jain says their formula is simple. Traditional recipes are standardised by a team of chefs. The prepared food is then frozen, dehydrated (extracting close to 90 per cent of its moisture), popped into oxygen-proof packages, and sealed with nitrogen, giving it a shelf life of close to a year. a�?Compared to traditional preserving methods, freeze drying retains the original characteristics of the food,a�? says Jain. The 15 flavours range from Rava UpmaA� to exotic dishes like Moroccan Couscous, as well as millet and options for the diabetic and calorie conscious. Tiffin To Go, available now in cities like Bengaluru andA� Mumbai, is also a popular food option on airlines like GoAir and AirAsia. Five new varieties are expected to join the list by the end of the year.
Rs 120. Details: tiffintogo.in
a�� Lavanya Lakhminarayanan
Jamavar opens for Sunday lunch, with dishes that showcase the countrya��s best cuisines.
Until now, Jamavar at the Leela Palace only opened its doors at dusk, inviting diners to take a seat under Turkish glass chandeliers and dine on some of the best fare curated from both North and South Indian cuisines. Last Sunday, however, saw a shift. The 66-cover restaurant has rolled out Jashn-e-Jamavar, a lavish three-hour dining experience that not only gives you a lunch menu that offers a mix of six kebabs, four mains courses and two desserts, but also showcases chef de cuisine, Debdash Balagaa��s culinary journey around the country (in a career spanning 15 years). Moving from Kerala to Rajasthan and Kolkata to Tamil Nadu, the flavours straddle spicy and sweet (and everything in between), but first therea��s some crunch.
A beaming chef Balaga leads a trio of servers bearing drinksa��masala chaas, shikanji and jal jeera (you can choose from beer and wines, too)a��and a selection of seven condiments, six varieties of papads and four dips. Thata��s a mini meal in itself! I pace myself, trying a spoon of tongue-searing Rajasthani mirch ke tipore, then putting out the heat with some Bengali karela choda chodi and Maharashtrian kothimbir vadi. Meanwhile, the kebabs are trotted out. The flaky zafrani mahi tikka made with Scottish salmon is the perfect foil for the Spanish saffron, while the galouti kebab, as the menu boasts, literally melts on the tongue. My favourite is the raan e Jamavar. Marinated for eight hours before it is cooked in the lagan (a heavy-bottomed pan), the meat separates at the lightest touch and the caramelised bits reveal a subtle flavour, which Ia��m told is thanks to a dash of rum.
a�?Ia��ve gone back to the flavours I tasted, created and love, from the cities and states I worked ina��from Awadh and Lucknow to Kashmir,a�? the chef tells me, explaining that even the meat and spices are sourced from the people he met while there. Like the lamb, which is flown in from Rajasthan, because a�?it has the softest, tastiest meata�?. This attention to detail shines through in the indulgent main course. I scoop up the dal Jamavar (cooked for 24 hours, chef Balaga tells me) and the butter chicken with some mint rotis and garlic naans. The Hyderabadi lamb biryani is spot on, with the spices not overpowering the tender meat or the fragrant rice. As I feel myself slipping into a food coma, the desserts arrive. The freshly-made kesariya jalebis with lachhedar rabri wakes me right up, while the malai kulfi served on rose-scented glass noodles ends things on a cool note.
From 12- 3 pm. Rs 2,500++ (with soft beverages) and Rs 3,250++ (with alcohol). Details: 33661234
a��Surya Praphulla Kumar
Missed an opportunity to taste some delicious Malayali delicacies this Onam? E-Hotel gives you another chance, with their Kerala Food Festival starting today. Enjoy sadhya staples like olan, ulli theeyal, aviyal and mambazha pullisery, among others. The soft Malabar parotta served with kadala curry is not to be missed. Till October 9. From Rs 525++ onwards. Details: 28463333
Go beyond your usual bhel and dahi puri as Indiska Magic brings you popular chaats from across the country, including Amritsari Bhalla, Chowpatty Cheeseling Bhel, Lucknowi Galouti Roll, Shakaharand Chaat and more. Try some malai lassi and masala chaas, too, while youa��re at it.A� No more long drives to Sowcarpet to grab a good plate of chaat. Rs 70 onwards.
If you think you are a baking expert, put your expertise to the test at Bake Off Madras, a live baking contest at Ahavaa Cafe this Sunday. Show your mettle in categories including cupcakes, jarcakes, half-kilo cakes and brownies, and stand to win exciting prizes and gift vouchers. Register for Rs 1,000. Details: 8428443333
In the last couple of years, there has been a surge when it comes to radio stations embracing social media platforms. Each has its own digital channel to push its product, not just locally but also globally. Social media has cut down distances and enabled radio units to have an increased proximity with their consumer. Herea��s what our RJs have to say.
Ajai Titus, Radio Mirchi
Radio took on a new avatar with the launch of private FMs and, today, it is going beyond being confined to a box and just audio content. Ita��s no more like the famous song, Video killed the radio star, rather social media and radio together are creating an all-round star. Radio has so beautifully integrated itself with new-age media. It is so important for a radio unit to be omnipresent. Proper use of social media helps with gathering more information from a wider audience on a particular subject. It expands the reach, which is otherwise very area specific and distance bound.
Sulabha Santhosh, Radio One
Today, social media is deeply integrated with our everyday lives. Radio cana��t be far from that trend. During the floods, we realised the connect and power of radio. But it was a success because we were able to leverage the power of social media, too. When people opened up their hearts and homes, they also opened up their home pages, sharing information, essential commodities and a lot more. From celebrities to commoners, we could see posts reflecting that emotion. Also, a lot of stories about the people of our city is sourced today from social media.
Arthi Varanasi, Suryan FM
A medium to convey and express is always powerful and it can be made meaningful through right channels like social media and radio, which have a cross section of people using it. If put to use effectively, they can be instrumental in making and bringing about huge changes. The power is in our hands.
See you next week with more radio talk.
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The writera��s views expressed here are entirely in his personal capacity.
Our pick of feminist expressions going viral.
THE last few months have seen women take centrestage, with several socially-oriented online campaigns dealing with issues like body shaming, eve-teasing and hypocrisy over sexuality. Monica Dograa��s Shivera��from her latest album, Spita��is one of them. The video features a girl (dancer Reshma Gajjar) who goes to audition at an old theatre and performs a range of a�?feminine expressionsa�?. It also has appearances by well-known hair stylist Adhuna Akhtar and the out-of-the-closet hair and makeup artist, Elton Fernandez. With Gajjara��s powerful performance and Dograa��s haunting narrative, the video pushes for decriminalising consensual relationships, irrespective of gender. a�?This project is an attempt to start a conversation about issues we often stay quiet about. It is also a call for a sisterhood of sorts, of women to celebrate their spirit, however different they may be,a�? says the 33-year-old singer and actor.
Meanwhile, Put Chutney, along with Taapsee Pannu, released Yes Na Yes No Naati No, a music video set to Santhosh Narayanana��s popular song, Come Na Come, from the movie, Soodhu Kavvum. The peppy-yet didactic video, written by Sofia Ashraf, talks about the issue of consent, taking forward a conversation that the movie Pink reignited recently in public forums. Rajiv Rajaram, creative director of Culture Machine, of which Put Chutney is a part, addresses criticism about how we are trivialising important societal discussions like feminine expression by making it a social media trend. a�?We, and others like us, are only trying to trigger a dialogue and if thata��s going to be called cashing into a trend, so be it. As long as the video achieves what it set out to, nothing else matters,a�? he says, asking us to expect more women-centric content from the digital channel in the coming months.
a�� LavanyaA� Lakshminarayanan
They say I suffer from FoMoa��not to be confused with the more common MoFo. This weekend my FoMo is peaking.
Firstly, I have to clarify to all my suspicious friends that Bay 146 is not paying me to hustle their scene. Honestly. It just happens to have created a brand for interesting and varied live acts, and till Krish Kumara��s Slate (an experimental performance space being created within Sir Mutha Hall) opens, I will swear by it. Where else can I get to see a Mumbai-based hard rock band called Arquebus! Firstly, I love names that need Googling. It takes me back to the days of Hoobastank, Gwar, Sepultura, Steppenwolf and Rammsteina��when there was no Google to Google on. And, after a month of deep house and EDM, that was just what Dr Feelgood had ordered.
Unfortunately, that night, ArquebusA� needed the doctor more than I did. All bands have bad nights and this was theirs. Revathi and her sound engineer husband, Sean Bout, were there celebrating their wedding anniversary and kept the banda��s hopes alive by asking for solosa��from everyone other than the singer, though. Thankfully, the evening was saved by the earlier set performed by hitherto unheard of local band, Kodari.
At the end of the day, I guess Chennai always rocks. Because at one end the Leela hosted an exclusive champagne dinner by the pool and under the moonlit sky, featuring some heady champagnes like Taittinger Brut, Taittinger Prestige Rose Brut and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, all paired with a delectable four-course meal. Needless to say the pick of the evening was the real deala��Clovis Taittinger himself.
And at the other end was the first-ever rendition of the epic Aurangzeb, in Tamil. I took my 10-year-old daughter for it and while our collective understanding of Tamil is limited to a�?Madras bashaia��, the play held us both in rapt attention. I had been warned that director Bala always starts on time and this time was no exception. A minimalist set at the super-comfortable auditorium of the Alliance Francaise was converted into a sound and lights treat for children and grown ups alike. Kudos to the crew at Theatre Nisha for some excellent casting and very smart sound work.
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October 1 | MaalGaadi
MaalGaadi is back with a festive edition, the KaMaalGaadi Trunk Show. At the Besant Nagar store, expect a curated showcase by over 30 brands like Delhi-based Nappa Dori and Fizzy Goblet from Mumbai. Free entry. Today and tomorrow, between 11.30 am and 8.30 pm. Details: 42103242
Believe it or not
October 2 | Sir Mutha Hall
Get a hilarious sneak peek into ace comedian Vir Dasa�� personal life, courtesy his Unbelievablish tour, that comes to the city this Sunday. Some of the stories he will recount may or may not be true, and it is for you to decide what to trust. Tickets from Rs 750 onwards. At Sir Mutha Hall, from 7 pm onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
October 3 | Kathmandu
If stepping foot on the Himalayas figures prominently on your bucket list, herea��s your chance. Cox & Kings has introduced a special Everest base camp trek. The 10-day itinerary includes treks to trails like Phakding, Tengboche and Kala Pattar. Guided by local sherpas, you can also visit little-known markets in the region. Rs 66,000 inclusive of flights and accommodation. Details: coxandkings.com
October 5 | Savera Hotel
Dona��t miss Dutchess Utsav, the two-day shopping festival at Savera. Featuring a lineup of clothing, accessories and home decor, expect names like Meshira-Luxury Handcrafted, Payal Kumar,A� Eartheque, and more. At the food counter, try to see Snackraft and Gulabs. October 5-6. Details: 28114700
At the movies
September 30 | SPI Cinemas
Showcasing the life of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, current captain of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is directed by award-winning filmmaker Neeraj Pandey. The plot tracks Dhonia��s ups and downs (played by Sushant Singh Rajput)a��from an aspiring cricketer growing up in Ranchi to becoming the leader of the national team. The filma��s teaser has already amassed over 5,760,924 views on YouTube.
The grand spread
October 2 | The Leela Palace
Jamavar, the Indian fine dining restaurant, is serving up an all-new lunch on Sundays. Featuring kebabs like raan-e-Jamavar to mains like Hyderabadi lamb biryani, the expansive menu also features favourites like the kesariya jalebi and malai kulfi. More on P 8
October 4 | Kolkata
After a fantastic victory in the first test match of the series, India will be looking to continue the momentum into the second. All eyes will be on R Ashwin, who took his 200th scalp last week. But perhaps the biggest newsmaker will be Gautam Gambhir who returns to the test squad after two years. On Star Sports, from 9.30 onwards. Details: starsports.com
October 6 | Amethyst
Amethyst has lined up a series of events this week. Starting with the Wild & Festive pop-upa��featuring a curated mix of apparel, accessories and jewellerya��the event will also see the introduction of bespoke blouses as part of their new initiative, The Blouse Room. Rs 1,299 onwards. Also expect a showcase of coffee and tea sets by Episode, till October 16. Details: 45991630
September 30 | Museum Theatre
Paying tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi, the face of Burmaa��s democratic struggle, Prakash Belawadia��s play, Lady of Burma, will explore the political figurea��s life as a mother, daughter and wife. Featuring renowned dancer Rukmini Vijayakumar (who plays Suu Kyi), the solo show is an
adaptation of Richard Shannona��s play of the same name. At the Museum Theatre.
Today, at 7.30 pm. Tickets from Rs 500 onwards on eventjini.com
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