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‘I am not a bimbette’

It would be easy to dismiss Sophie Choudry as just another PYT (pretty young thing). She’s always seen at the hippest soirees, perfectly turned out in outfits that enhance her glamorous image.

Soulful renditions by Pak’s Raga Boyz

When other children were busy playing cricket, the sons of Pakistan’s iconic musician, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, would sit at home and do their riyaaz.

Scrap gets mukti through art


What purpose does art serve? That’s an oft-asked question.

A fine romance

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Some writers have a flair for a turn of phrase, for articulating an idea in a way that seems outlandish and yet, just right. Deborah Baker, Pulitzer Prize finalist, novelist Amitav Ghosh’s wife and biographer extraordinaire, has that gift.

The monk who found the third eye in life

The two great passions of Nicholas Vreeland’s life can, in a superficial sense, be termed contradictory.

Feelin’ the Blues


After the stellar success of its first edition, the Mahindra Blues Festival is back, and it’s bigger and better in its latest avatar. Scheduled to take place over February 11 and 12, the line-up for the fest this year includes the legendary Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal Trio, John Lee Hooker Jr and Ana Popovic — what festival director Owen Roncon calls a dream come true.

Bitten by the acting bug

She was popularly known as “the Bru girl”, based on a coffee ad she starred in, but Megha Burman is ready to move beyond the world of ad films.

There’s plenty of room for everyone in here

Aradhana Seth’s work  is assembled into different rooms each telling a story of their own; The Living Room;

Everyone carries a room about inside him. This fact can even be proved by means of the sense of hearing.

Future of fat books


When Charles Dickens began his Tale of Two Cities with the lines, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” to portray France on the cusp of its historic revolution, little did he know that circa 2011, those very same

Walk on the wild side

I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, to find if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover I had no

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.