This oneai??i??s for all the Porsche fans out thereai??i??especially in crowded cities and on a ai???budgetai??i??. The coming of the Porsche Macan signified the German sportscar manufactureai??i??s foray into the constantly flourishing compact luxury SUV space, but then the price tag northward of `1 crore meant that it was accessible to only a select few. Well, Porsche has now launched the Macan R4 which is being hailed as the most ai???affordableai??i?? variant of all Macanai??i??the S Diesel, Turbo and Turbo with the performance package being the other three on sale in India. Now, ai???budgetai??i?? and ai???accessibleai??i?? or ai???affordableai??i?? are all relative terms, but the `76.84 lakh (ex-showroom) price tag does bring it awfully close to the Jaguar F-Pace, doesnai??i??t it?
Under that very illustrious Porsche bodywork is a 1,984cc, inline 4-cylinder petrol engine that is good for 252 PS of power (5,000-6,800rpm) and a whopping 370Nm of torque that peaks as low as 1,600rpm and stays there till 4,500rpm. This, and the fact that it is coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, means that it is perfect for urban use. The Porsche Macan R4 is claimed to be able to reach a top speed of 229kmph and sprint to 100kmph in just 6.7 seconds. Not bad for an inline-4, isnai??i??t it? Of course, it has all the bells and whistles and Porsche is offering the car with tons of customisation options as well. So if youai??i??ve got that kind of a ai???budgetai??i??, what are you waiting for?
A three-day conference will signify Venkatappaai??i??s dominant position in Indian art history
Indian history is marred by the North versus South bias. Indiaai??i??s past records have focused on the North of India, while the South has frequently been ignored. This absurd dichotomy has significantly influenced chronicles of art history as well. The sparse records on K Venkatappaai??i??s contribution to modern realistic art is enough validation of this unfairness ai??i?? a reason that nudged artist Pushpamala N to organise an international conference that celebrates the artist and his contribution to modern art in India.
The Mysore Modernity, Artistic Nationalism and the Art of
K Venkatappa ai??i?? a three-day conference, will attempt to throw light on lesser-known facets of Venkatappaai??i??s life, in the context of the progressive Mysore governmentai??i??s policies and their patronage of art.
Life and times
ai???Itai??i??s the right time to talk about Venkatappa, particularly now, because of the open-ended tussle between the government and the
artists community, on whether the
K Venkatappa Art Gallery should be privatised or not,ai??? says Pushpamala. Though Venkatappa has written 48 diaries recording his life, not much is known about him, and Pushpamala is striving to showcase the influential art practitioner and his critical
contribution. ai???He was a kind of an eccentric. Though he wrote about himself, he was averse to socialising. Yet, he was a national-level artist who easily navigated between the Bengal school of art (he was Abanindranath Tagoreai??i??s student) and modern realism.ai???
While a major chunk of history records the nationalistic art contributions from other parts of India, Karnataka finds mention only in the latter part of the century,
during the 1980s. This conference aims to bring Karnatakaai??i??s modern art contribution to the fore, with a focus on Venkatappa. ai???He hasnai??i??t been given his due nationally, though his work is archetypal of Karnatakaai??i??s art,ai??? says artist and art historian, Suresh Jayaram.
ai???Mysore was a modern state that emphasised on progressive and self-conscious art and Venkatappa was a perfect fit in that context,ai??? says Jayaram. ai???His connection with the Bengal revivalist school of art and his later work that evokes nationalism in the regional context is important, and thatai??i??s why he is a seminal figure,ai??? he adds. Jayaram will present a paper on Venkatappaai??i??s use of line in his work. Apart from Jayaram and Pushpamala, 10 other speakers ai??i?? Partha Mitter (Professor Emeritus, Sussex University, UK) and RH Kulkarni (Professor of
Art History, Chitrakala Parishath) among others will present
various papers on the historical context of Venkatappaai??i??s art and his relevance today.
The conference will open with a performance by artist Abhishek Hazra. ai???Abhishek will lead the audience through the Venkatappa Art Gallery, narrating pieces from the life of the artist. Some of these stories were shared by Venkatappaai??i??s neighbours who still reside in Malleswaram,ai??? says Sumana Chandrashekhar,
programme executive at the India Foundation for the Arts, who are funding the event.
Entry free. Today, 5.30 pm. At Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road. To register for the conference (held at NGMA, Vasanthnagar) send an email to email@example.com
Ice cream gets a healthy
twist at Yataii with their Matcha Ice Cream, which brings together milk, whipped cream and a dash of matcha powder. Not a fan of dessert? You can instead ask for their Matcha Fried Rice ai??i?? an aromatic creation thatai??i??s a blend of Japanese rice, butter, soy sauce, baby corn, carrot, onion and matcha powder. At Shangri-La, Vasanth Nagar.
Apart from a Matcha and Tofu ice cream, The Leela Palace offers a wide selection of dishes that hero the Japanese tea. Choose from the Matcha Choux Croustillant (choux cases with pistachio and matcha ganache), Raspberry and Matcha macaroon (with a center of dark chocolate and raspberries) and Matcha chocolates (flavoured with ginger and mango). Ice cream is priced at `450. Other desserts are made to order. At Old Airport Road. Details: 25211234
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Located on the busy 80-foot road in Koramangala, this little tea room boasts an extensive list of tea-infused dishes. We suggest you opt for their matcha and broccoli soup to keep you warm this winter.
The flavours from the tea and the vegetable complement each other perfectly, making for a dish thatai??i??s a hit with both health nuts and food obsessors. `220++. Details: 9686444366
Japanese chocolate manufacturing company Royce is known for its offbeat flavour pairings (think potato chip chocolate) and luxurious
offerings. Taking inspiration from
the country of their origin, Royceai??i??s Chocolate Wafers Maccha is a must-have. It features matcha cream
sandwiched between wafers and coated with matcha chocolate.
`1,295 for a box of 12. At Food Hall, Trinity Circle. Details: 22086533
Packed with antioxidants,
matcha tea seems to be the flavour of the month, quite literally. Chefs and restaurateurs in the city offer everything from matcha-infused ice cream to fried rice flavoured with a dash of the powdered tea. Hereai??i??s where you can get your fix.
We took the redesigned Skoda Rapid armed with the new 1.5-litre TDI engine for a spin, and hereai??i??s how it betters its predecessor
The mid-size sedan is an important segment for every carmaker that does business in India. This is the kind of car most people graduate to after their first hatchback or compact sedan, and is also the stepping stone to luxury cars. Itai??i??s important to have not just great performance in varying conditions, but also the right amount of equipment at an affordable price. The Skoda Rapid managed that quite well since its launch in 2011, but it always had a ai???softai??i?? feel about it. Well, that has all changed with the 2016 Rapid that now comes with a new diesel engine too. Here’s whatai??i??s better.
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Gone is the curvy design of the Rapidai??i??s bodyai??i??the new Rapid is edgy, geometrical and in line with the new Skoda design language. That itself makes it look so delicious. With a combination of projector lamps and LED daytime lights, the more pronounced, vertical slat grille and the sculpted hood, the front end looks mean and aggressive. Along with subtle changes to the rear, there are dashes of chrome at the right places in the right amount. On the inside, the Rapid now gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with a mirror function for your smartphone as well.
The 1.5-litre TDI diesel unit in the Rapid now delivers 110PS and 250Nm and thereai??i??s a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. While the DSG autobox is more entertaining to drive (and convenient), the manual is extremely driveable too. Torque being made low down in the rev range makes sure shifting gears is at a minimum, though we did think it could have done with a 6th gear on top. Regardless, this oneai??i??s bound to be a hot favourite for buyers.
Yes, we say
Armed with a 4-year, 1 lakh km warranty from Skoda, the Rapid has moved into the new age with lots going for it. It is spacious, comfortable, powerful and rather efficient. There are well-thought-out, innovative features in the cabinai??i??like the credit card holder, which add even more value to this car. And yes, it is now one of the best looking cars in the segment. This oneai??i??s got our two thumbs up!
Rs 9.65-Rs 12.89 lakh
For a detailed review of the new Skoda Rapid, log on to Ai??www.motorscribes.com
Smoke House Deli hosts the Burger and Beer Festival. On the menu are treats such as Southern fried chicken burger (buttermilk fried chicken with tempered mayo), Meat and egg burger (grilled lamb patty, egg, balsamic glazed onions and horseradish mayo) and more. `430++ upwards. Till December 4. At Lavelle Road.
Starbucks brings back its Christmas
specials ai??i?? Toffee Nut Crunch Latte, Mocha Praline Latte and Christmas
Cookie Latte. Also making their way
back are their special holiday cups.
At Church Street. Details: starbucks.in
At California Pizza Kitchen, customers
can now select from their two new combo offers. Enjoy a mocktail, an appetiser,
salad, pizza or pasta and dessert at an easy price. `699 upwards. Until December 30. At Indira Nagar. Details: 65696569
Howard Johnson launches their new menu by Chef Dev Bose. An interesting mix of dishes like Figs & Mozzarella Salad, Methi Matar Makai aur Anjeer Ke Sheekh (Fenugreek Peas Corn and Fig Kebabs), and Greek Yogurt Cheese Cake with Figs have been introduced. `1,500++ for two. At HBR Layout. Details: 30407000
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Coffee blends get an imaginary
twist this season with Cafe Coffee Dayai??i??s Magical Brews. A selection of variants
like Cranberry Latte, Red Velvet Latte, Gourmet Hot Cocoa, and Cranberry Hot Cocoa will be whipped up for coffee
lovers. `91 upwards. At Cunningham Road. Details: 9343969340
Zzungry organises a culinary
workshop titled Junior Chef For Children. Chef Rajeev Bhadani will host a no-fire cooking class for kids aged 3 to 14 years. He will help the children learn quick and easy-to-make healthy dishes. November 26. At Trio Tots Preschool, HSR Layout. Details: 9591998844