Enter, designer bakers
A handful of European pastry chefs have set up high-end bakeries in India and are giving a new twist to the term cakes and bakes
Pat a cake, pat a
cake, baker's man/ Bake me a cake as fast as you can...
your wishes will all come true, thanks to European pastry chefs who
are setting up shop in India.`A0They have come armed with recipes
guaranteed to get the gastronomic juices flowing. On offer are
golden-crusted Swiss breads, Dutch cookies, Belgian waffles, French
crepes, quiches and tarts. If you can smell the
vanilla, it is probably straight out of the hearths of the bakeries
set up by a new wave of expatriates who are introducing the country to
a variety of bakes made from wholesome ingredients.
Alain Coumont, a Belgian has set up Le Pain Quotidien. His bread cafe in Colaba, Mumbai, has a Belgian, farmhouse-like atmosphere
Apart from some Deccani work, little is known about paintings from the South, which impress with their quality
might have said it before but it bears saying again: in the histories
of Indian painting that we write, the southern part of our land makes
only a fleeting appearance, if at all. Sculpture and architecture are
another matter, for there only the truly ignorant would fail to bring
in the great work done under the Pallavas and the Cholas. For
instance, those seductive bronzes and massive figures in stone, the
soaring temples and carved boulders.
Most of us tend to crave for foods that are not good for health. With a little thought and planning, one can check this fattening habit
The urge to munch can
strike you at any time or anywhere. Without any warning, you can be
overcome by an urge to munch. Try as you might, you just can't wish it
away. You know that you have taken a good substantial breakfast, lunch
or dinner, yet you feel this uncontrollable craving for a bar of
chocolate or a packet of chips.
Family the new friend in virtual times
the growing number of Internet users in India there has been a
concomitant change in familial dynamics too. When everyone’s hard
pressed for time between deadlines and time crunches familial bonding
has now also gone virtual. The virtual connection
that the child shares with his "friend" and
"followers" on Facebook and Twitter has made parents and
families join the many networking sites and add their respective
family members as "friends" on the social media. For the
older generation it is more the case of "if you can’t beat
them, join them".
Isles of evolution
The Galapagos Islands are famous for their large number of endemic species. These islands and species were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of his theory of evolution by natural selection
baby sea lion looks up at us with beseeching eyes as if asking for his
mom. She has gone hunting in the ocean. He seeks us out despite the
fact that the beach is packed with sea lions – mothers, adolescents,
babies all sprawled in groups, their brown coat shimmering in the sun.
Should something happen to his mother, the baby will be orphaned and
face sure death. No other mother will adopt him. One would not guess
that when hundreds of sea lions lie next to each other in great
conviviality as though they are one large family.
Welcome to Zombieland
Zombies have finally arrived in
Bollywood. This is evident from the plethora of films on these creepy creatures that are catching the fancy of new-age cinegoers
If 2013 has one new
genre to boast of in the Hindi film industry, it is the zombie movies.
Two films coming up in the first half of the year have pushed past the
horror genre of movies like Raaz, Cheekh and Ragini MMS
and are generating quite a lot of interest. Indeed, the promo of Go
Goa Gone, starring Saif Ali Khan, has already grabbed more than
two million eyeballs on YouTube.
‘Cinema is changing today’
From Johnny Gaddar to 3G, Neil
Nitin Mukesh has created a niche for himself with unconventional
roles. The actor talks about his latest film and more
How has your journey
in films been?
I am a very simple
man. I have a 9 to 5 job. After that I like to go home and spend time
with my family. I don’t want to be confined in any one territory: be
it a ‘kisser’ or a ‘killer’. My experience in Bollywood has
been very interesting. Though there have been many ups and downs but
it has been an intelligently grafted journey, if I may call it so. I
have been lucky to have had an opportunity to work with the finest
directors of Bollywood. I am looking forward to working with some new