January 15 | Multiple venues
There’s no denying that the best part of the harvest festival Pongal, is the many varieties of the rice dish that come with it. This year also sees a healthy version of the dish featuring oats.
At the movies
January 15 | SPI Cinemas
Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl releases today. Set in Copenhagen in the year 1926, the story revolves around an artist’s husband who attempts to change his sexuality after one of her portraits depicting him as a woman gains fame. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, the movie is based on a book of the same name by David Ebershoff. Also releasing, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, starring Samuel L Jackson and Kurt Russel. Details: 42244224
January 16 | GRT Convention Centre
Want to photograph food like a pro? Don’t miss the workshop by ace photographer Sharad Haksar and Michelin star chef Alfred Prasad. You get to learn how to shoot with available light and plate your dishes properly too.
Murder, they wrote
January 17 | Delhi
The last day of the Crime Writers Festival in Delhi will feature a session by Kathryn Harkup (A is for Arsenic) that celebrates the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie, followed by talks with funny crime writers Zac O’Yeah and Shovon Chowdhury, among others. At the Oxford Bookstore in Connaught Place. Details: crimewritersfestival.com
January 18 | Alliance Francaise
Catch the four-piece group, Indian and Creole Project, as they give the city a taste of their fusion style. The group includes creole musicians Rene Lacaille (accordian and singer) and Marco Lacaille (bass and singer) and Indian musicians Debashish Battacharya (Indian slide guitar) and Subashish Battacharya (tabla). At the Edouard Michelin Auditorium, from 7 pm. Details: eventjini.com
January 19 | Chamiers
Launched yesterday at Chamiers, Linen Trail specialises in men’s clothing made of natural linen. Expect five-pocket jeans, formal trousers, and more, besides their bird collection that will carry prints of photographs of South Indian birds like the blue jay roller, signed by the lensmen themselves. Priced from Rs. 2,100 onwards. Details: 24311496
Book your holiday
January 20 | InterContinental Chennai
Formally launched on January 15, this stylish new hotel on ECR has been getting hordes of curious visitors over the last few months. Now you can find out what the fuss is all about. Spend the night at a room overlooking the sea or sign up for a bespoke meal on the beach. The executive chef is from Ananda in the Himalayas, and you are in for a surprise.
The book stop
January 21 | Jaipur
The Jaipur Literature Festival is back at the Diggi Palace Hotel. The five-day event will see speakers such as Andres Barba, Timothy Minto, Shyam Saran and Shatrughan Sinha, with a keynote address by Margaret Atwood, followed by talks, book launches and competitions for bloggers and writers. TIll January 25. Details: jaipurliteraturefestival.org