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An exclusive visit to chef Vikas Khanna’s new museum celebrating Indian culinary arts | brunch | feature

Vikas Khanna loves the Sri Krishna Matha at Udupi for its purity and the sense of peace it offers him

After a beautiful drive from Mangalore to Manipal, chef Vikas Khanna, in a cream kurta pyjama, is exhausted because of his tiring schedule. As I try directing the driver towards the museum that we’ve come to explore, Vikas interrupts, and directs him to The Udupi Shri Krishna Matha, about a ...

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Sachin Tendulkar at 45: A man of easier charm and stronger beliefs | brunch | feature

Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday has been more about his fans than his family and friends.

It’s been nearly five years since Sachin Tendulkar retired from cricket, yet the crowd outside his Bandra, Mumbai, home on April 24 is so thick that I am convinced there must have been a pile up of cars in the vicinity. It doesn’t take me long to find out, however, ...

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“If not a chef, I’d have been a DJ!” Chef Ritu Dalmia cracks up! | brunch | feature

For Ritu Dalmia, there is nothing better than kachori and aloo petha sabzi to lift her mood on days she is feeling low

If not a chef, what would you have been? I would have been a DJ! Two things you can do better than cooking…? Making playlists and drawing cartoons. The worst and the best thing about being a celebrity chef is…? The attention one gets. And what do you love about ...

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Murakami Monologues brings surrealism to the stage | art and culture

Japanese author Haruki Murakami is known for his works like  A Wild Sheep Chase, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84.

“I just can’t sleep. Not for one second. Aside from that simple fact, I am perfectly normal.” That impossible thought, from Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s Sleep, goes to the heart of his work and its appeal: an effortless juxtaposition of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Here was a 30-year-old Japanese ...

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The return of Rani: Despite occasional releases, how the queen continues to reign | brunch | feature

She’s  has had just five films out in seven years.  But Rani Mukerji continues to rule. Dress: Warehouse; Shoes: Chanel; Pendant: Alex Monroe; Styling:  Leepakshi Ellawadi; Make-up: Vidyadhar Bhatte; Hair: Susan Emmanuel

Rani Mukerji, who apparently turned 40 last month, has the energy and ebullience of a 20-year-old. Her recent outing in Hichki as an aspiring teacher struggling with Tourette syndrome is earning her rave reviews, something she must be used to by now. Whether she played the quintessential Bollywood heroine in ...

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BNHS workshop at Karnala: This weekend, learn to name the birds around you | mumbai news

Youngsters during a previous birding trip to the Karnala sanctuary. Asif Khan of the BNHS says, wherever you live in Mumbai, there are likely to be varieties of birds around.

Bird identification for beginners WHEN: June 3 and 4 WHERE: The audio-visual talk is at Hornbill House, Kala Ghoda, at 3.30 pm on June 3. The field trip to the Karnala bird sanctuary is on June 4 COST: Rs 3,000, inclusive of travel to the sanctuary TO REGISTER: Call Hornbill House ...

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The islands of the East | brunch | feature

If you have been to Andamans and Goa, you could probably skip the beaches of Langkawi 

Like many Indians, I start my Malaysia vacation from Langkawi. It’s with the hope that the gentle sea, the tropical sun, myriad small islands popping up from the Straits of Malacca and fresh seafood will sweep Ruchira (my wife) off her feet and she’ll not frown at my rendezvous with ...

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“I didn’t like The Humma Song”, says Shaan | brunch | feature

Shaan is these days addicted to playing Candy Crush!

Date of birth: September 30 Sun sign: Libra Place of birth: Mumbai School/college: Jai Hind College, Mumbai First break: Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi… (1999) High point of your life:The year 2000. Along with the release of Tanha Dil, it was a good year for me in films too. It’s also ...

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Review: Doctor Socrates by Andrew Downie | books | reviews

Legend: Scotland’s John Wark marks Brazilian captain Socrates at the 1982 World Cup Finals in Seville, Spain on June 18, 1982.

He was the most unlikely athlete ever. He smoked and drank, he hated running, training, and the gym. Erudite, well read, informed on a wealth of subjects, he was in many ways an antithesis to those he shared a dressing room with. Socrates, captain of Brazil at the 1982 football ...

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Nepal for the novice | brunch | feature

The rays of retreating sun on Phewa Lake dotted with country boats and pedal boats offer a magnificent view with hills in the backdrop

Royal Nepal Airlines flight RA206 from New Delhi to Kathmandu is about to land. All six women in our group are eagerly looking out through the windows for snow-clad mountains. But a thick blanket of clouds disappoints us. The Tribhuvan International Airport is dealing with above capacity summer traveller numbers. ...

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