Rohini Nair

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A classic reloaded

Fans of Hindi litterateur Dharamvir Bharti can now experience a version of the writer’s most-loved work Gunahon Ka Devta on stage. Theatre group Smokingod have put together Ice, Water, Vapour, a Hindi play inspired by Bharti’s seminal work.

Are men mamma’s boys?

Irish men are living at home well into their 30s, says a new study. Greek men are indeed mamma’s boys, says another. And stories also abound of the Indian male, tied to his mother’s pallu. The depiction of men as mamma-dependent creatures has been around for ages. Bollywood heartthrobs Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor in fact, wear the tag proudly, admitting that when it comes to decision-making, mom knows best. But is this too much of a generalisation for the male species?

30 years and still going musically strong

In an age when marriage—considered the most sacrosanct of all relationships—does not last for too many years, the Endellion String Quartet has lasted for over 30. David Waterman (cello), Andrew Watkin and Ralph D’Souza (violin) and Garfield Jackson (viola) comprise the world’s leading string quartet and Mumbai had the pleasure of hearing them play early last week.

A ‘crooked’ debut for Neha

Neha Sharma is extremely excited. She’s also very nervous, and with good cause. Her first Bollywood film Crook was released on Friday and Neha is awaiting the audience’s response to the film. But mixed in with all the anxiety is a huge dash of happiness. “Happiness and gratitude,” Neha amends. “My first Bollywood film is finally out!”

Dark, bizarre & elaborate designs dominate Day 5


Spectacle reigned supreme on day five of the LFW. The ramp saw plenty of drama, not just in the choreography, but also in the clothes themselves.

Revelations galore on Day 2


A REVELATION. That’s what day two of the LFW Winter/Festive season was.

Classic, subtle, yet futuristic on Day 1


The futuristic and classic, structured and the fluid, subtle and heavily embellished — all found a place on the ramp on day one of the Lakme India Fashion Week winter/festive season.

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