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    Headed to Hampi
    January 9 | Hampi
    Celebrate the glory of the Vijayanagara empire at Hampi Utsav 2015. With 2,500 artistes performing from January 9-11, expect puppet shows, kite flying, water sports, dance and musical events. Himesh Reshammiya, Mika Singh and Richa Sharma will be part of the three-day festival. Hampi by Sky, a helicopter ride, is a unique aspect this year.
    Details: hampi.in/hampi-utsav-2015

    Court action
    January 11 | SDAT Stadium
    While defending champion Stan Wawrinka looks like a favourite to win the finals of the first tennis tournament of the year — Aircel Chennai Open 2015 — we would want to pin our hopes on Indian favourites Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni. Don’t miss the action at the SDAT Stadium. Telecast from 9 am on Ten Sports. Details: aircelchennaiopen.org

    Krishna in the spotlight
    January 12 | Amethyst
    At the Pichwai Painting Exhibition curated by Delhi-based Pooja Singhal, you will find paintings on cloth and paper, illustrating the life of Lord Krishna with bold colours depicting the flora and fauna around him. Organised by Amethyst, from January 12-23. From `10,290 onwards. More on Page 10

    Reason to grill
    January 14 | T Nagar
    Burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and steaks — Black Smith Grill in T Nagar offers plenty of American fare with a selection of hearty salads to begin with. Be sure to try classics like the Fish and Chips, JD Pork Ribs and the Bacon Cheese Burger. Read our review on Page 8

    At the movies
    January 9 | SPI Cinemas
    Directed by Olivier Megaton
    (of Transporters 3 fame) and written by Robert Mark Kamen, action thriller Taken 3 has Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace in the lead. The story revolves around an ex-detective Bryan Mills and the murder of his ex-wife. Details: 42244224

    Weekend at ITC
    January 10 | ITC Grand Chola
    Yet another excuse to celebrate the New Year.  Make the best of ITC Grand Chola’s Staycation — a host of special stay and food packages till January 11. With a buffet, happy hours (from 6 pm to 8 pm) and 20 per cent discounts on food, soft beverages, salon and spa services, the package is available at ITC One, The Towers and Executive Club. From `6,499 plus tax per night onwards. Details: 22200000

    Reader’s digest
    January 13 | YMCA
    Great news for bookworms. Be prepared to lose yourself among 700 stalls featuring close to five lakh books of various genres (both fiction and non fiction). Organised by The Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India, the 38th edition of the Chennai Book Fair takes place from January 9-20 at the YMCA College of Physical Education. Entry at `10. Details: 28155238

    Market bound
    January 15 | Spar International
    Spar International has collaborated with Max Hypermarket (Landmark group) to introduce the largest hypermarket (95,000 sq ft) in the city, at Forum Vijaya Mall. In addition to products ranging from fruits and vegetables to water purifiers, they also have a food section, offering biryani, tandoori chicken and more. For more on Spar, turn to Page 13

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