the parched earth laps up the rain, monsoon is a season to rejoice for
the connoisseurs and the health-conscious alike. One can feast on
snacks that are special for this time of the year
announcing the arrival of the monsoon are eagerly awaited as the
mercury continues to soar leaving our throats parched, body sapped of
all energy and appetite all but gone. According to Ayurveda, the
year is divided into seasons that either gift us vim and vigour or
mercilessly drain energy out of our bodies. Aptly, they are given the
names adaan and graham. You don’t have to be a rocket
scientist to match these epithets with summer and monsoon.
the rain, Capital style
upon a time, till not very
long ago, we used to have the monsoon. Now, barring coastal areas, in
most cities across Upper India, we have the rains. The difference is
not simply one of etymology but of a change in lifestyle, urban
planning, global warming, shifting weather patterns, in short a whole
new cityscape that bears only a passing resemblance to what once was.
The monsoon is a glorious burst of rainwater, preceded by damp masses
of moisture-laden clouds scudding across the skies, bringing darkness
at noon and followed by days upon days of uninterrupted deluge. The
rains, or the rainy season, is a much shorter affair, bringing
waterlogged streets, traffic jams and irater-than-usual city-dwellers.
The rains have always
inspired painters, writers and artistes. The mystique and flavour of
season that provides succour from heat and dust comes alive through
these pictures from The Tribune lensmen
@ 24 frames a second
Canadian filmmaker Sturla
Gunnarsson is chasing the trajectory of the Indian monsoon for a new
documentary feature. His intention, as the promo of the
under-production film indicates, is to understand the centrality of
the rains in the life and culture of the subcontinent.
you have a good body, flaunt it'
With her bikini scene in Housefull
2, Shazahn Padamsee has become the new hot-bod of Bollywood
You kissed Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket
Singh: Salesman of the Year and donned a bikini in Housefull 2.
How comfortable are you with bold scenes and characters?
I am from the theatre and my
father (Alyque Padamsee) has always told me from the beginning that
forget about everything, think there is an interesting role for you to
play. So whether it is a bold or an innocent character or whatever, as
long as the character appeals to me and I think I can bring my
uniqueness to it, I will go for it.