The City of the Future

Bangalore is a city that’s cool and colourful in more ways than one, with a distinctly international vibe. Home to the largest concentration of expatriates in any Indian city, this is indeed the “united colours of Bangalore”. Multitudes of skin colours, facial features, styles of … Continue readingThe City of the Future

Comfortably Coorg

Staying at Tata Coffee’s plantation bungalows and living the Kodava life holds a charm all its own Waking up to birdsong and the smell of coffee. Having a hot cup of coffee in the sprawling verandahs. Sleeping in large bedrooms made of woodwork and period … Continue readingComfortably Coorg

One city, many worlds

Check out Hampi, the world heritage site and come away mighty pleased The charm of leaving home has always been that it transports you into new places and vivid moments; it makes you slow down and take note of your new surroundings. That is what … Continue readingOne city, many worlds

Blue mountains

The Gateway Hotel is a welcome abode for the body, mind and spirit There’s something about The Gateway Hotel in Coonoor. Forget that it’s 6033 feet above sea level. Forget that it’s right above Ooty, the ‘queen of hill stations’. Just remember, it is more … Continue readingBlue mountains

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Pondicherry calling

United colours of Pondicherry. Where foreigners and Indians live in harmony. Where French architecture is as appealing as Indian. Where things appear dream-like. Where nothing appears to stress a tourist, the least being the weather. Even if it rains without warning, you don’t mind because … Continue readingPondicherry calling

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Volkswagen Passat ‘wows’ you like no other

Tear drop dials, ornamental wood for the dashboard and doors, headlamp washer system, electrically-controlled exterior mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirrors, touchscreen music system, bluetooth telephone, rain sensing wipers… the list of attention-grabbing features in the all-new Volkswagen Passat is endless. When I took the fully automatic … Continue readingVolkswagen Passat ‘wows’ you like no other

Need for speed

The newest Lamborghini Gallardo is heaven on wheels The fog was so thick, my aircraft leaned on it and refused to take off. After a two-hour delay, I was finally at the Madras Race Track to test the latest from the house of Lamborghini, the … Continue readingNeed for speed

By the river Cauvery

Bheemeshwari and Doddamakali fishing camps pack so much in your day that you lose count of time and keep going back for more fun under the sun When the going gets tough, the tough go to Bheemeshwari. At least that’s what I did the other … Continue readingBy the river Cauvery

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To the camera born

Pushing the envelope comes easy for Manoj Masand (31) – whether it’s using dido lights (which picked up an Oscar for light innovation) or highlighting a small area of Venetta Cuicine’s ready kitchen and reducing the intensity of light or employing a technology used in … Continue readingTo the camera born

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Bacchus callin’

Kapila Chandran is dreamy; bites her nails and loves her friends. She believes she’s always surrounded by fairies; has even named her dog Magic. And she hastens to add that Kapila means ‘the wise one’ in Sanskrit, though people around her think she’s a ‘dumb … Continue readingBacchus callin’

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Soul sanctuary

Go Goa and don’t forget to check in at the Radisson White Sands Beach Resort to be pampered their way, with air conditioned deluxe suites, a mini bar, banana boat rides, jet skiing, parasailing, go carting, Mediterranean food and ambience… the list is endless. It’s … Continue readingSoul sanctuary

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Summer popcorn

In terms of summer popcorn, it’s a far chunkier offering than Jurassic Park 2, I said last week when I wrote about the Suchitra international film fest. Now that I have seen some of its cinematic offerings, I can also add the word refined. And … Continue readingSummer popcorn

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Das capital

I respect women and consider them superior to the male species, says master lensman Prabuddha Das Gupta (45), when you ask him how he gets women to shed their inhibitions (remember his best-selling book on nudes in 1996?). “Women are more rooted and therefore more … Continue readingDas capital

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Taking the rupee all the way

If you’re in a creative business, you should be constantly accumulating references and material,” says Jaisingh Rathore, 30. “I’d really like a plasma screen for the new studio or maybe a projection system would be cool.” He was similarly seduced by a bike last year … Continue readingTaking the rupee all the way

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The good vibes

Have feet. Will dance. That’s Vibes, the eight-member band that’s into jazz, salsa and dances from cinema. Within four-and-a-half years, the band has trumped up quite an encore by notching assignments for such entities as Microsoft, Levi’s, TVS, Philips, Britannia, Airtel and Touchtel, among others. … Continue readingThe good vibes

The five stars

Bangalore’s best general managers of star hotels about their work ethic First, you have the VVIPs. Then you have the other hotel guests. And both are as important. The challenge for the general manager of a hotel is not to inconvenience either. And that demands … Continue readingThe five stars

Log in to Vani Mahesh

From a software engineer to running an online library, it’s been quite a career swing for Vani Mahesh (31). It’s a job she loves doing: reading books, buying the good ones and recommending them to others. And that’s in addition to software development and maintenance … Continue readingLog in to Vani Mahesh

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Sonal’s Solo

Variety rules Sonal Ramrakhiani’s life. She’s got a Gujarati name, but both her parents are Sindhi. And she was named after Odissi danseuse Sonal Mansingh. When she is not in the Titan Industries office at Golden Enclave on Airport Road holding fort as brand manager, … Continue readingSonal’s Solo

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Reporting is much like life. So many people and attitudes swim by you, sometimes affecting you, and sometimes ignoring you. And reporters have a foible. They record just about everything: the social butterflies and the snooty touch-me-nots. Here then is a broad classification of the … Continue readingSpecies

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Man at work

Bhushan Bagadia (21) met 700 people to pick 34 of the very best for the Femina Miss India semi finals early this year. The organisers were looking for 18 smart people to manage the control room, the hospitality desk and the travel counter. It was … Continue readingMan at work

Motor mouths

He is talking a mile a minute. The show is proceeding smoothly. And suddenly…chaos. He is hosting the wrong show. He is at the wrong venue. His head begins to swim… he hears a loud scream. He wakes up. It was the clock that had … Continue readingMotor mouths

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The woman in the Attic

It’s all things New York for Sasha Castelino, 28, MD, Phoenixx Apparel Services and Attic, the clothes store on Lavelle Road. Castelino is the buying agent for AXIS, NY. As an intern with Winona, NY, she designed mood boards and sourced fabrics and trims. With … Continue readingThe woman in the Attic

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Building blokes

Attitude and a little bit of latitude. And something that’s intelligent and inspirational. That about sums up the work of architects we have picked for this story. Open-to-sky courtyards, free-standing stone monoliths ensuring cross ventilation and security, tiled walkways, semi-circular verandahs, stepped dividers between the … Continue readingBuilding blokes

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Speaking of auras

He is good at coining one-liners. ‘A lot can happen over coffee’ for Café Coffee Day. ‘The heart has its reasons’ for C Krishniah Chetty & Son. ‘Crafted from desire’ for Vanity Fair. That’s what Tarun Cherian does as creative director of Scion Advertising. And … Continue readingSpeaking of auras

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