Daily Archives: Feb 17, 2017
We just celebrated Valentine’s Day and I hate this so-called special day. Not because I’m single mind you. I’ve had many Valentine’s Days with romantic partners and I still hated it. Christmas has a long history and is just as commercial, but I can get on board with it because it’s for everyone.Valentine’s Day just makes me sick because it’s really just about fancy dinners and lame gifts. And if you’re the type of person who succumbs to buying roses and chocolates and showing up at her home or office with the same, well, I feel sorry for you too.
If I sound like some jaded bachelor, it’s okay. I’m in my thirties and I’ve learned a lot over the years. One of the biggest lessons you’ll also learn in your adventures in love is that the movies and pop culture aren’t telling you the truth. Dancing around Bollywood starlets with 300 men isn’t romantic, it’s creepy and scary. Showing a girl how much you like her with things like cool shades and other hackneyed materialistic gifts isn’t a formula for a lasting love life either. I mean, there are probably guys and girls who like that stuff. But if that’s what makes them not shout at you or gets them to give you whatever physical or emotional company you seek, that’s not healthy.
India is funny because modern dating, just like our movies, comedy world, pub life and so on take a few years to catch up to worldwide trends. Guys in the United States and United Kingdom are realising the age old adage that while nice guys may not finish last, they’re not exactly running the same race. Or better said, if you truly like a girl and want her to like you back, doing things like spending all your money on dinners and gifts isn’t going to get her to like you. In fact, she probably won’t even respect you. These days we pretty much have everything we want on our phones and a girl or guy will prefer someone who is more interesting or charming than a person who has money, fancy clothes or a nice car.
If you’re this type of guy, all I can say is welcome to the club, you’re not alone. The good news is that it’s not too late to change. The bad news is it’s not super easy to either. I’m not advocating being a jerk or a playboy you think you need to be. I’m just saying don’t succumb to society’s pressures of what you think you have to do. Those are all designed to make you buy things that advertisers so creatively put in all the movies and music videos you see. Anybody who likes you for those things doesn’t like you at all.
(Sanjay is a stand-up comedian who performs all over India. When not performing, he is an IT geek who makes funny videos )
Many of us can easily recall the Telugu remake of the epic Hindi hit, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, the movie and the title song, and its Telugu equivalent number, Aanati Hridalaya. In a single song in the film, three long-lost brothers reunite in a melodramatic fashion. It also set up the greatest film leitmotif of all time, and the styling, of an emotional homecoming – a theme we love since its echoes with our great epic, Ramayana.
Hence, when it happens in real life, instead of a natural rapprochement in the relationship, it gets amplified with a heightened sense of drama because of a rerun of all those movie moments in our head, and a desire for a larger screen projection of the every day in all our hearts. For the cineaste folks, therefore, after a mega cinema comeback by matinee idol Chiranjeevi, an announcement that a multi-lingual will feature him, and his young brother Pawan Kalyan, better known as the Power Star, was more than just an announcement of a possible movie.
It was the setting of a context of a complete emotional tearjerker in the making – estranged brothers reuniting on screen, in life. As every Telugu person knows, industrialist, politician and producer T Subbarami Reddy can pull off amazing coups, especially when it comes to bringing cinema stars together.
Announcing Trivikram Srinivas as director for this reunion drama of a generation gives not only confidence that the coup will be pulled off, but that it will be brilliant and will have multiple threads – personal, emotional, social, political, and ethereal – all rolled into one plot, dramatic on screen, and creating possibilities for real life. A genius of a storyteller in Tollywood, a close friend of Kalyan, a magician of words, Trivikram can weave the magic that will not only be a hit but the greatest manifesto for Jana Sena, a la 2019. Since politics is a heady cocktail of cinema and life in the region, it is bound to be dramatic for all of us.
Now, for a slight chest-beating moment – almost on cue after my piece a few months ago, Tollywood star and legislator Nandamuri Balakrishna, elated with a humungous hit for a 100th movie, has announced a biopic on his father’s larger-than-life legend. As a son’s tribute to father clashes sometime closer to elections with a saga of brothers coming together, you can guess what impact it will have on the other parties.
Tailpiece: What should YS Jaganmohan Reddy do in such times? Sponsor a biopic on dad, the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy and make it grand. Simple.
(Sriram Karri is author of the bestselling novel, Autobiography of a Mad Nation. He writes for international media such as The New York Times and BBC besides organising debates at
The Harvest Festival at Amara, Trident Hyderabad features cereals, wheat, jaggery, coffee seeds and more, to keep it healthy
ThE month of February is all about the celebration of love. To accompany the mood, a grand food fiesta is on at the Trident Hyderabad. The Harvest is a food festival starting today till February 25. It is an annual celebration of freshly grown crops. Many countries including India, honour the season of harvest by associating a festival to it. The crops grown are regarded auspicious which are used in preparing the banquet. “It will not just be Indian, but a special combination of dishes from around the world,” says Manik Magotra, Executive Chef of Hotel Trident.
On offer are delicious Foot Long Sandwiches and Pressed Coppa Sandwiches with Broccoli Rabe Pesto, Lamb and Brussel Sprout Pie, besides Bouillon, and Butternut Squash and Beans Minestrone. Fennel and Pomegranate Salad, Sicilian Harvest Salad and Quinoa Salad, bringing the spread a welcome freshness and crunch. Meanwhile, to keep the warmth there is Winter Harvest Veggie Roast and Apple strudel.
The menu is dominated by the edibles made of harvested crops like cereals, wheat, jaggery, coffee seeds and grains. Feel healthy, already? “These dishes are low in fats and calories. As the fest is all about healthy food so everything would be taken care of,” notes Magotra, adding that there are vegan options available too. Besides North Indian staples, do try out cuisines of Israel, Italy, Indonesia, United States, China, Portugal and also Greece The desserts include Meringue, lentils pudding and Indian sweets made of rice and jaggery. Bedecked with hay and tiny baby plants around the ornamented setting, the ambience is all poised to give you a newly harvested touch.
Also, fetch yourself a drink while you are in the live evening bar. “We conducted a detailed research before the execution of the fest idea. The motive is to promote flavours of the world and create a feeling of nostalgia by taking people back to their roots through food. Authenticity is well-maintained along with an element of surprise”, explains Magotra.
Price: The range starts from
Rs 1,375 per head inclusive of taxes.
Time: 7.30pm to 11 pm
— Monalisa Mahanta
Zaiqa-e-Hyderabad is all set to carve a niche with home style Hyderabadi delicacies
Noticed the stunning black, vintage Chevrolet automobile bang next to the TV 9 office on Road no 3, Banjara Hills, lately? That showstopper marks the entry to the new multi-format restaurant, Zaiqa-e-Hyderabad and the four-wheeler, we find out is soon going to serve as a food truck. Describing his journey from the industry of biotech to biryani, owner, Khalil Ahmed, says,“In the last 22 years that I have been in Hyderabad, I have been invited to lunches and dinners by several eminent people in the city and that’s where I met celebrity chef, Pradeep Khosla, with whom I decided to partner with on this venture”.
Old World Decor
The ambience is reminiscent of the bylanes around Charminar. The mural at the entrance to mask the eye sore of water pipes, add to the charm of the place that is further enhanced by the exposed metal ceilings, the refurbished cane chairs, glass plates with traditional etchings, you are likely to spot in traditional Hyderabadi homes and the old school lanterns that go with the atmosphere the owners set out to create in the first place. The wall next to the entrance has classic photographs by multiple lensmen who have captured the city’s iconic sights like a cafe near the Charminar.
True to taste
To stay true to the ‘zaiqa’ or flavour of traditional delicacies from this part of the country, the team of chefs here believe in the art of slow cooking on charcoals, in bulky handis. Although there are many places in the twin cities that serve regular Hyderabadi fare, this place serves food as close as it gets, to the hearth of the traditional Hyderabadi home. “We pay a lot of attention to the quality of ingredients and ensure that everything, be it the zafran, the badi elaichi or tender meat, are the best of the lot,” adds Ahmed.
From starters, the Marag, comes strongly recommended. The warm, wholesome mutton soup with almonds and pistachio is a clear winner. If you are craving fish, you could dig into the Tali hui Machli, a deep-fried, delicious fish. “I have picked up food secrets from the local families in the city, like the famous food connoisseur Nawab Mehboob Alam Khan,” says corporate chef and chief executive officer, Pradeep Khosla. Surprisingly, the Paneer 65 we tasted was remarkably different than the standard fare as no artificial food colours were used and there not a smidgeon of refined flour. For the vegetarians, the Subz Biryani and Tamatari Paneer come highly reccomended. Don’t miss out on the scrumptious desserts. We finished our meal with Gazar ka Rishta, Qubani ka Meetha and Double ka Meetha. There couldn’t be a better way to end the meal than these deliciously fragrant, melt-in-your-mouth indulgences.
Price: A meal for two is Rs 1,100 Details: 23606677
— Paulami Sen
Think luxury home decor and giant walk-in wardrobes fitted with LED lights. We are talking exquisite Italian furniture for which discerning Hyderabadis often make trips overseas. But now bringing all those coveted home finds to the city is a new address – Scasa – that has opened up in the posh locality of Road Number 12, Banjara Hills.
Nisha Manghnani, founder of the label, says, “Hyderabad is our first flagship store in the country where I have brought some of the finest of Italian brands under our label and in the months to come I will be expanding to Chennai, Bengaluru and other cities.” Here you can shop for well-known Italian furniture brands such as B&B Italia, Rimadesio, Molteni&C, Armani Dada, Reflex Angelo, and Lualdi could easily be the preferred stop for architects, interior decorators and grand furniture shoppers alike.
The three-storey outlet looks like a premium residence in itself, with lush rugs on display, bar cabinets with leather interiors, and cosy beds in which will lull you to sleep, even when you haven’t taken your shoes off. As you enter the ground floor, you can spot contemporary furniture from B&B Italia, which includes a section for the outdoor area of your home as well. The furniture are washable and built to withstand harsh sunlight. The first-floor that houses furniture from Rimadesio, has sophisticated modular systems which are an apt fit for villa-style living rooms. There are swing doors, walk-in-wardrobes and more.
As you walk up to the second floor, you can spot brands likeMolteni&C and Reflex, and the sheer opulence is tangible. The chandeliers are eye catchy with some heavy traditional flower-like patterns and others in avant-garde shapes, are absolute show stealers. Depending on the colour of your walls and doors, you could opt for neutral white lights or those in varied shades. That apart, from this wing you can shop for LED-fitted wardrobes, mirrors with lights, custom-made bar cabinets, sofa sets and dining sets. The richness of the modern workmanship meets tradition of the pieces from Molteni&C and the exquisite furnishings from Reflex certainly make this the most luxurious wing of the store. These specialised furnishings for customers, architects and designers alike, will certainly add value to the thousands of villas under construction in the twin cities.
Price: The starting range of vases is Rs 2 lakh.
Last week started on a pretty note with an event called Luscious Lips. Dr Rummy Azad and Sameer Mahendra, in association with LeJeune Skin Clinic and Hair Transplant Centre, celebrated 26 years of Mahendra Dental Hospitals at Blanc Glace café. Dr Shuba Dharmana was roped in for an
interactive session on cutting-edge beauty techniques while, make-up artist, Pooja Bagga, gave a demo on lip art.
Meanwhile, members of Divinos Ladies Club came together for a pre-Valentine bash at Playboy Beer Garden. Balloons and red roses made for a romantic background. Moving on to sartorial soirées, The Label Bazaar, one of the most talked about exhibitions, was back with its third season at HICC Novotel Hyderabad. Although brand ambassador Sania Mirza was missing in action, her sister Anam Mirza played the perfect host to the city’s fashion enthusiasts. The exhibition had a great collection of premium fashion brands under one roof, making it difficult for shopaholics to choose from the plethora of options.
This week, Monday turned into a Friday as socialite Manisha Kapoor and Radisson Blu Plaza hosted a four-course luncheon to celebrate the Chinese New Year. As per the dress code, ladies arrived in all black ensembles and relished the authentic Chinese delicacies that were plated up. Kapoor’s friends Neetika Singh, Saru Mehta and Bhavna Bagga were seen having a nice time.
(The writer is a yoga exponent and co- founder of Touch a Life Foundation. She loves connecting with people)
Leader in you
February 17 | IPE, Shamirpet
Want to be an entrepreneur? Startupedia 2017 tells you how. The 37-hour programme will focus on grooming the participants to define, refine and execute their ideas into viable businesses. Day one is dedicated to mentoring and grooming. On day two, participants can pitch their B-Plans to a jury comprising industry tycoons and prospective investors. The list of experts include Ramesh Loganathan, Professor IIITH and Innovation Outreach Head, Srini Chandupatla, co-founder Manjeera Digital and Sanju Pillai, founder and CEO, Movingdneedle, among others. Entry free.
February 18 | Kruparambagh
Udaan Performing Arts presents Fursat Ke Pal acting workshop. The weekend course is divided into eight sections with every session lasting two hours. The programme will cover different and latest aspects of acting like techniques while facing the camera, yoga, warm-up games, physical exercises to improve body awareness, control and language. Also, instructions will be given on posture, facial expressions, gestures, voice exercises and improvisation. Registration fees: Rs 3,500 per head. Details: 9290013166
February 20 | Qube Cafe
Enjoy some butter-drenched delicacies from Punjab. Attend the ongoing Punjabi Food Festival and relish your meal with dishes like Dal Makhani, Jeera Rice and different kind of Parathas. For the non-vegetarians, there are dishes like Butter Chicken, Punjabi Meat Masala and Lemon Chicken. Lastly, do try the Lassi.
Entry: Rs 599 (++) per head.
February 22 | Phoenix Arena
A South Korean survival drama, The Tunnel is directed by Kim Seong-hun. The film is about Lee Jung Soo (Ha Jung-woo) who is driving back home with a cake for his daughter. As he passes through a tunnel, the structure collapses. The story is about how Lee manages to escape through the debris and survives. The screening begins at 6.30 pm. Details: 7893656789
At the movies
February 17 | Inox: GVK One
Directed by debutant Sankalp Reddy,
The Ghazi Attack is an Indian war film based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi submarine during the 1971 Ind-Pak war.
Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, and Atul Khatri play the lead roles. Amitabh Bachchan has lent his baritone for the Hindi version of the film while Chiranjeevi has narrated the Telugu version. The film focuses on the Naval officers who were on INS S-21 submarine that destroyed the Pakistani submarine that was deployed to destroy INS Vikrant, off the coast of Vishakapatnam. Tickets: Rs 150 per head.
February 19 | Necklace Road
This weekend, join other pet lovers along with your pet for a 5K Marathon. The run is on the occasion of World Pet Lovers Day. The run will begin from Necklace Road. The winner will be rewarded with a scooter and a side car. Look forward to fun prizes like a bicycle, a skateboard for your pet and a kennel and even a pet bed. Entry free. The run will begin at 6am. Details: 9849866533.
Riders on board
February 21 | Hyderabad Horse Riding School
The school has gained recognition as one of the training centres where people can enjoy horse riding as a recreational and therapeutic activity. While amateur riders can get a formal initiation into the sport, the professionals get to exchange notes with their peers on the tracks of the equestrian facility at this experiential event. Entry: Rs 400 per head.
February 23 | Beats Per Minute
Known as El Maestro all over the world, Hernán Cattáneo from Argentina will be in the city for a performance. Cattáneo gained popularity for putting out more than 11 albums, 50 remixes and 30 singles over the course of a 30-year-long DJing career so far. Expect tracks like Imaginarium, Fugazzi and Rapideye.
The events begins at
5 pm. Entry: Rs 700 for couples. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
The great wide open
February 18, ECR
Tent N Trek is organising a fun night out, which includes strolling by the shore, camping, a barbeque dinner, campfire, music, star gazing, volleyball, frisbee and a tug of war, on East Coast Road. The best part? Wake up to a glorious sunrise the next day. A kit (including sleeping bags and head lamps) will be provided upon registration. Rs 1,600 per person (inclusive of food and accommodation). Limited entry. Details: 9159544544
Mixed media art
February 24-26, Alwarpet
A three-day structured watercolouring workshop for beginners is being organised by city-based artist Sadhu Aliyur. In its 11th edition, the workshop will focus on teaching the basics of sketching, colour theory and composition. Limited seats available. Shivapriya Apartments, TTK Road. Details: 7676006006, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 27, TTK Road
Fuse a variety of artistic and performance styles at the Partner Acrojam workshop, this weekend. The one-hour workshop, organised by Salsa Madras, will be conducted by Austrian acrobat and instructor Julia Parker.
Limited registration. Rs 500. At Sada Skill and Fitness Centre. Details: 8122072572
February 22, Phoenix MarketCity
Art Tour 2017, organised by Phoenix MarketCity, is being curated by award-winning artist Vaishnavi Ramanathan. The event will focus on works of the artistes Gigi Scaria, LN Tallur, Ravinder Reddy, Sunil Gawde, Thukral and Tagra, Philippe Murphy, Arunkumar HG, TV Santhosh, Anjum Singh, and Vishal K Dar.
Between noon and 9 pm. Details: phoenixmarketcity.com/chennai/promo/art-tour
Art & drapes
February 24, Luz House
Six yards of fabric turn into a canvas at the Kalamkari festival at Luz House. From handmade organic cottons and silks saris to georgette anarkalis and dupattas, find playful prints, vivid colours and mythological motifs at this sale and exhibition.
Rs 1,800 onwards. Details: 9248025432
February 24, T Nagar
The 13th edition of Pause for a Cause brings a range of traditional saris in ikat, kalamkari, chikankari, Benarasi and warli designs to the city. Promoting handloom and artisan communities around the country, the exhibition and sale will also feature contemporary apparel like long kurtas, palazzos and shawls, besides jewellery.
At GRT Grand. On February 24 -25. From 11 am to 7 pm.
January 27, TTK Road
Peekaboo Patterns, in association Birth Basix, is hosting a free talk by Dr Sonali Santhanam, a certified birth educator, where mommies-to-be can learn about the impact of stress on pregnancy and childbirth. Also learn relaxation exercises to eliminate stress, fatigue and sleeplessness. Details: 43012042
A conspiracy is brewing
February 18, Neelankarai
Thespian en, a theatre group in the city, will stage The Spartan Conspiracy, a play written by Dr Vithal Rajan and directed by Ajit Chitturi. It is a humourous take on the alliances of the kingdoms of Sparta, Mycenae and Ithaca, who are preparing for the conquest of Troy. 8 pm, at Tryst Garden Theatre, ECR. Limited Seating.
Toeing the Nile
Embark on an inspiring journey with former British Army paratrooper Levison Wood as he literally goes Walking The Nile —
from source to sea — to become the first person ever to endure something of such extraordinary magnitude. No one has ever made this journey on foot. Just as you can’t afford to miss this show. Premieres on February 22 at 9 pm on Discovery Channel.
Fight club in the wild
Animal Fight Club on National Geographic features same-species battles in the animal kingdom. In Animals Gone Wild, find
out how how rough, unruly and lawless Mother Nature’s creatures can be, from the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea
to the jungle’s untamed edge. Monday to Friday, at 7 pm on National Geographic.
Featuring Homeland’s Damien Lewis in the lead, Billions returns for its second season on TV, and will premiere in India alongside its run in the US. Follow Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod as uses his considerable resources to exact revenge on the US Attorney Chuck Rhoades. Season premiere on February 25 , airs every Saturday at 11 pm on AXN.
If you relate to dysfunctional families with a crazy sense of humour, you’ll love this
Ever thought of your childhood as inspiration for a TV show? Well, American producer Adam Goldberg (in pic), who growing up, documented over a hundred tapes, worth of family meltdowns, ironically, didn’t. That is, not until he showed them to co-creator on the show Doug Robinson. Incidentally, Goldberg, who was the youngest in the family, has changed one of his brothers (real life) into a sister (for the show) for a little bit of diversity. Talk about the most epic prank to pull on your older brother.
Here’s a snapshot glimpse behind-the-scenes of The Goldbergs, with its Season 2 airing this February.
At what point did you realise that Patton Oswalt was the voice of your adult self?
The minute I heard his stand-up and him talking about how in college, he had a ‘Star Trek,’ there’s a whole routine about how his physics professor gave him a Star Trek question, and then he went up and complained to the teacher that Captain Kirk wouldn’t say that. Yeah, he’s fantastic.
Why did you decide to turn one of your brothers into a sister for the show?
I wanted to torture my oldest brother. No. I thought adding a daughter into the mix would just open up the whole world and bring us different kinds of stories, and we always joked that my brothers, my oldest brother Eric turned to Erica, is like a girl anyway. So it was a perfect match.
How many members of your family want to kill you for exposing their 25 years-ago selves?
The only one was Barry, his issue was that ‘he does not run like a tool’. He wanted everyone to know that.
Season 2 – 3 of The Goldbergs airs on Star World and Star World HD in India, Monday to Friday at 10 pm.
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