Game Won
Though online gaming in India is still in a nascent stage, going by the trend set by the launch of the Ra. One game, it has an audience waiting to expand, writes Mehak Uppal

Shah Rukh Khan specially launched a video game as a marketing ploy to entice the young audience into watching his latest movie. T
central idea of Ra.One’s story is how a father specially creates a video game to connect to his young son. Perhaps to show how much belief he had in the concept, Shah Rukh Khan actually launched a video game to entice his young audience into watching his latest movie. Looking at the response, the strategy seems to have worked well. "Ra.One Genesis", the video game, was released across all platforms like the website, iPad, Android, Facebook etc, that, too, free of cost. It is said to have broken records by becoming the most downloaded game and reached the no.1 position on the iTunes store within 24 hours of its release. A special version of the game is also slated to be launched for DTH subscribers.

Shah Rukh Khan specially launched a video game as a marketing ploy to entice the young audience into watching his latest movie.  Photo: PTI

Barking dogs attract leopards
Vishal Gulati

elusive, shy leopard avoids humans but has a special affinity for dogs. The reason? The dog is an easy prey and the feline relishes its meat. This is the reason why the wildcat is increasingly straying into human habitation. It is enticed by the barking of canines. This was the finding of a year-long study conducted by Himachal Pradesh’s Wildlife Department on a fully grown female leopard that was tracked with the help of a radio collar in a forest near Shimla.

Reviving a tradition
The demand for traditional art like phulkari has grown manifold, writes Swati Rai

love or family heirloom, creative outlet or a tool for self-empowerment — these are some of the hues of the creative embroidery of Punjab, phulkari. The main characteristic of phulkari embroidery is the use of darn stitch. The base material for the embroidery is traditionally hand-spun, natural dyed khadi. Imported floss silk yarn from Afganistan or China was used after local dyeing with organic vegetable dyes.

Good old Coffee House
Indian Coffee House is a place where people meet and discuss everything under the sun. Though modern coffee cafes have sprung up, the common man prefers this joint because here the prices of filter coffee and eatables are reasonable, says MJ Raju

was in September 1936 — 75 years ago — that the first Indian Coffee House, started by the Indian Coffee Board, opened`A0at Churchgate in Mumbai. Since then this institution has had many ups and downs. Much like the coffee houses of Europe, Indian Coffee House quickly became a rendezvous for the intellectual and the dilettante alike.

From pig to plate
The Hungary sausage festival is the biggest eating and drinking event in eastern and central Europe — a food-focussed flipside to Germany’s beery Oktoberfest, writes Michael Roddy 

annual Bekescsaba Festival is the place to taste and find out secrets of Hungary’s spicy kolbasz sausages, but strict vegetarians and a few others might want to steer clear. From butchering a pig, complete with blowtorch for searing the bristles, to grinding the meat, mixing it with spices and squeezing it into long, filmy sausage casings that fit just so over the nozzle of a purpose-built stuffing machine, pig to plate is on display with little left to the imagination.

Making music with guns
A Colombian musician has gifted his ‘gun-guitar’ to Gandhi museum in New Delhi, writes Madhusree Chatterjee

guns become roses, it makes music. Colombian rock musician Cesar Lopez, who is in the country to perform at the ongoing Delhi International Arts Festival, sings songs of peace with his gun-guitar — an AK-47 modified into a six-string electric guitar to symbolise the healing power of music.

Queen’s bloomers for £10,000 
pair of ample bloomers, once worn by Queen Victoria of Britain, have sold for under £ 10,000 at an auction in Edinburgh. An anonymous buyer purchased the white silk undergarments that went for £ 9,375, including a buyer’s premium of 25 per cent. The bloomers were expected to fetch £ 3,000, the reserve price put on them by auction house Lyon & Turnbull.

Singing act
The trend of filmstars lending their voices to a host of musical numbers in movies has been catching up fast among the new breed of actors, writes Shama Rana

Songs and dance numbers are an integral part of Hindi commercial cinema. In this scenario, the actor singing his own lines proves to be a bonanza for his fans. The of actors today are just not content with running around trees or flexing their muscles and driving the villains away. They want their share in the musical potpourri as well.

Don 2 is back
Sreya Basu catches up with Farhan Akhtar, who has once again donned the director’s mantle for Don 2: The King is Back
Tell us something about Don 2.

I really don’t know what to say about the film as that way I will be giving out the whole story. It has been fun, challenging yet satisfying journey so far to make this movie. I was guilty of saying that I won’t probably make a sequel of Don, but my obsession with the character got the better of me. With amazing help and support and almost a sharing of vision with Ritesh (Sidhwani, producer) and Shah Rukh and rest of the team, I could not help but make Don 2.



’art & soul : The Peacock Room
by B.N. Goswamy

Insurer bound by cover note
by Pushpa Girimaji

Food talk: Okra delight
by Pushpesh Pant

Globoscope: Honest attempt
by Ervell E. Menezes

TELEVISION: Testing ties

ULTA PULTA: Formula won
by Jaspal Bhatti


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Multicultural minstrel
Australia-based musician Dya Singh talks of how his spiritual music connects to the youth and more
Minna Zutshi

ya Singh
, Australia-based musician, calls himself "the musical interpreter of the traditional Sikh hymns (shabad), with diverse influences from around the globe." In Ludhiana on a recent visit, he talked about the start and spread of his musical journey.

The speed of tradition
Nonika Singh

and eyeball grabbing innovations may have become a norm in the classical tradition; however, eminent kathak dancer Rajendra Gangani steadfastly refuses to be swept away by the prevailing trends. Purity and originality remain the hallmark of his dance and he continues to swear by tradition. He muses, "Indian classical forms have survived centuries precisely because of its original flavour and beauty. So, there is no way you can trifle with its original code."

Hybrid head
Obama is truly America's hybrid president: biographer
Himani Kumar

arack Obama
is America's "truly hybrid" President who represents many continents, races, cultures and histories, his first Indian-American biographer has said. Dinesh Sharma's book is the first full-length book on a sitting President and examines how Obama's early years influenced him.

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