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21 Apr 2019

A struggle to assimilate

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

Synonyms is a distinctive film of cinematic craft directed by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid.

When cinema plays healer

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

A character in Widow of Silence, an award-winning feature-length narrative film made by independent producer-writer-director Praveen Morchhale, says: “Living in heaven and hell at the same time is very difficult.

Safe and sound in ‘unsafe’ Lagos

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

The city that borrows its name from a Portuguese word for lakes, Lagos is a land of aquatic splendour.

Guns, gang wars... No thanks

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

Conservative estimates put the total population of Punjabis across the world at 130 million, out of which only 2 million live in the West.

Valuables lost? Role of hotels under a cloud

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

Recently, while on a business trip, I lost my watch as well as my wallet containing Rs 10,000 besides two credit cards and my driving licence.

Allure of Arunachal

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

My predilection for rice, I’m told, is most un-Punjabi-like.

Comedy of politics

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

In a fragile socio-political atmosphere when even drawing room discussion between family and friends can turn volatile, causing us to tip-toe around each other’s political beliefs, Aisi Taisi Democracy, a musical satire of contemporary India and all that plagues it, is a whiff of fresh air.

In South Africa’s diamond town

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

The oldest diamond pipe in the world is located in the town of Cullinan in Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Back in time on the Nile

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

In Upper Egypt’s Aswan, the Nile is a surprisingly clean, blue, flow out of the bustling, impatient present of Egypt into its incredible past.

Six evenings in the temple of tunes

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

On Lord Hanuman’s birthday, a date decided as per the lunar calendar every year, artistes from all over India come to Varanasi to pay musical homage to the eternal bachelor musician.

Sikhs, as the West saw them

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

Eighty artworks, all of them by western artists and all of them around one theme — Sikhs.

TV moves into digital world

21 Apr 2019 | 3:15 AM

Not too long ago, many of us were only too eager to write television’s epitaph.

14 Apr 2019

The Butcher of Amritsar

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

Without any warning to the crowd, Dyer gave the order to fire.

‘Time to apologise now’

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

What was the man who perpetuated the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh 100 years back like? Nigel Collett’s The Butcher of Amritsar is a full-length biography of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer.

Forever scarred

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

As the clock struck five on thirteenth April. They all gather in the Bagh, my friends. Seeking justice fair and honour, they stand Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims together, my friends.

Hospitals must give the promised service

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

Since we did not have a child, my wife and I decided to try out in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) embryo transfer procedure. We chose a hospital on the basis of an advertisement which guaranteed success.

‘Master Moshai’ Nandalal Bose

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

Whether he was able to ‘write the name of our country/on the canvas of the world’ — Tagore’s words — is something that some, especially those immersed in modern and contemporary art, might have something to say about, but without any doubt, Nandalal Bose — ‘Nando Babu’, ‘Master Moshai’, to his peers and countless students — had become something of a legend in his lifetime.

Sharing the pain, beyond the Border

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

The land has been divided into two countries but the sense of shared heritage has remained undivided.

Best of writings from worst of times

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

A father tells his six-year-old there would be a tamasha near the house.

Remembering Jallianwala Bagh via Khoo Korian

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

Jeevan Lata is a woman who worked as a mid-wife all her life.

A conspiracy that stirred a nation’s consciousness

14 Apr 2019 | 12:43 AM

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre was the result of a well-planned conspiracy aimed at bringing together a crowd which could be killed by Dyer, says eminent historianVN Datta in conversation with Nonica Datta.

07 Apr 2019

Of lemon groves & blue sea

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

Cragged cliffs, lemon trees, villas and shimmering sea greeted us on a sunny autumn afternoon. We cruised down the Amalfi coast, from Sorrento, all the way to Amalfi. Proseccos (Italian white wine) in hand, we soaked up the late afternoon Mediterranean sun as the sea sprayed us with its salty waters.

Medieval delight

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

When in the country of the Swiss, a visit to small towns with gorgeous lake fronts, perfectly manicured street gardens, heritage monuments and old town centres is something one should not miss. Stein am Rhein, located in the canton of Schaffhausen and just about 55 km from Zurich, is one such idyllic town.

Heritage under weather

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

The famed emerald green waters of Waghera river, which have, for ages, circled like a necklace across the historic Ajanta caves have dried up. Exactly two centuries after a British party led by cavalry officer John Smith, in 1819, veered into a clearing in the dense forest to stumble upon one of the greatest art discoveries of the 19th century, the heritage village of Ajanta faces its worst drought in years.

Au natural

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

Wellness has a peculiar way of reaching out to you from the most unlikely of places. This time, it was peeking out from a confined space between upcycled cloth jewellery and studio pottery at a pop-up of women apparel and accessories.

Thermometers must mean accuracy

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

My five-year-old son was unwell and when I checked his temperature with a mercury thermometer that I had at home, I was shocked to see a reading of 104 degree Fahrenheit.

Working its way up the pole

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

The name is mallakhamb — a sport as earthy and wooden as the name. Ask its practitioners about the risks involved, and they will warn you of possible death, permanent disability, brain haemorrhage, broken bones and dislocated joints.

The magical thread of creative installations

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

In dark and gloomy times, where art and artists too often succumb to morose subjects imitating despair and angst, he is literally the harbinger of light.

Finding Yayoi Kusama in Las Vegas

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

“Exactly 45 seconds. That is what you have for infinity in a mirrored room. And the aftermath of obliteration of eternity.” A white-gloved woman in nifty black suit stood by a speckless wooden door ushering the curious in.

The new superhit formula

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

Lately, Bollywood has seen resurgence of an age-old genre: nationalistic movies.

No takers in their own land

07 Apr 2019 | 12:08 PM

The Indian cinema is usually synonymous with Hindi films but only 40 per cent films are made in Hindi.

17 Mar 2019

‘Every film is a make or mar film’

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Like a true blue Punjabi, director Anurag Singh, who makes his big ticket Bollywood debut with Kesari next week, is candid, honest and earnest.

The world as they picture it

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

In the synthesis of a rare, sensuous winter and a sunny spring, heavy rains and lightning arrived in Kolkata to welcome a great creative event called the ‘Mahakumbh of Photography’.

Udupi, a numismatists’ delight

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Did you know that when all digits on the serial number of a currency note are the same (like ''555555'' or ''777777''), it is a type of fancy note?

The fort that could not be breached

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

The serpentine wall seemed to go up endlessly, as if to reach out to the clouds.

Colourful palette for the palate

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

As Holi approaches, our thoughts turn to colours of food.

Rang mein bhang

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Holi is also called the festival of colours. The sobriquet makes obvious the integrality of the hues to the celebrations.

How Panchatantra travelled

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

From among those who read a bit, there must be few, very few, who have not heard of the Panchatantra, that great repository of tales and fables, ‘certainly the most frequently translated literary product of India’, which goes a long, long way back into the past.

Fighting hate through music

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

Against the backof the architectural marvel of Humayun’s Tomb permeated with lights, carefully kept diyas, minus any cacophony of advertisements and shutterbugs, the Sufiana kalam and dance performances, all defined the soulful experience called Jahan-e-Khusrau.

When BP fluctuates due to machine’s fault

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

How accurate are the blood pressure instruments used in hospitals and clinics? I had gone for an annual health check up last week and my blood pressure was checked in three different departments and all of them recorded different readings.

The never-say-die spirit

17 Mar 2019 | 1:51 AM

THE documentary filmmakers play a vital role in telling true stories of people and their lives that cut through the clutter and help us to understand the reality of tough situations they face.

03 Mar 2019

Woman, thy name is grit

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

The theme of Women’s Day, 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, whereby the call to women and their supporters is for “collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world.

Behind the glitz and glitter, the substance

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Food, fun and fashion, with a dash of carefully-cultivated chutzpah, and the recipe for a ladies’ club is ready.

Clubbing for a cause

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

The first thing people look for when they migrate abroad is like-minded persons they can depend on.

Pleasure palate, courtesy Assam

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Assam has recently been in news for all the wrong reasons.

Putting period to taboo

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

“Can’t believe it, a film on menstruation has won an Oscar.

Internet & the big Indian gender divide

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Hasn’t the internet driven social networking tools made a powerful entry into our everyday life?

Girls going solo

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

With an upward trend in per capita income, the last couple of decades have shown dynamic changes in the way Indians travel.

Stepping into his uniform

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

India’s patriarchal landscape is evolving.

The Tagores as collectors

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

One knows a great deal about the illustrious Tagore family, for there is such a great deal out there to know.

A woman let loose

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Maya Krishna Rao says Loose Woman is the story of a free spirit that goes through the ordinariness of everyday life but chooses her own direction, and effortlessly blends in her existence, her musings on matters that touch our life and times. She says this solo act, in a way, embodies her life itself.

No room for tears

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Swati dubey is fascinated by women in rural settings and her play, Agarbatti, is essentially about village women and by an all-women crew.

Check policy before sealing it

03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 AM

Three years ago, an insurance agent approached my wife, who was an executive in a private company, for an insurance policy.