The movie isn’t a patch on Slumdog Millionaire or any of Boyle’s previous films. It’s 93 minutes of torture, really. So what comes unstuck here? Several things. 1. The film makes for a 10-minute short film to be exhibited at film festivals and competitions. Not … Continue reading127 Hours
Many senior actors abhor the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards, particularly when they are still happy acting out their real-life fantasies in reel life. Some find it embarassing. Some absent from it, the moment they hear that they are nominated. And others, don’t want to show their … Continue readingLifetime Achievement Awards
Aamir Khan set the trend by not attending any of the award ceremonies being trumpeted about by such luminaries as Filmfare, Screen, Stardust and so on. Today, every other entity wants to award filmstars, be it a publication, a film guild, a fan group, an … Continue readingFilm awards: Are they a scam?
Both the films released recently are not doing great. Blame it on the waning stars of Akshay Kumar for Patiala House, but what’s wrong with Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji? However, Patiala House might still be profitable to its makers – Yash Raj Films – … Continue readingDil To Bachcha Hai Ji and Patiala House going slowww
2010 could well be called the year of Indian journalists in Bollywood. Two journalists did the industry proud even though they didn’t belong to any filmi khandaan. I am talking about Anusha Rizvi and her successful film Peepli [Live] and Subhash Kapoor’s Phas Gaya Re … Continue readingWhen journalists become filmmakers…
The other day, I saw Phas Gaya Re Obama on TV, and was quite impressed. It’s an engaging drama about thieves stung by recession and how they realise the NRI they have kidnapped for ransom is of no good. What follows is a series of … Continue readingPhas Gaya Re Obama impresses
As we move into 2011, I thought of sharing my key moments of the year gone by. 2010 was a special year. A lot happened in my life. I got even more comfortable working independently. I focussed a tad more on my writing and reading, … Continue reading2010: The year in review
Leander Paes is getting the heebie-jeebies with his debut role in Rajdhani Express. Aamir Khan going underground to guard his new hairstyle for his upcoming film to be directed by Reema Kagti of ‘Honeymoon Travels’ fame. Manisha Koirala is breaking up with her Nepalese businessman … Continue readingBollywood whispers…
It looks like the Congress is losing its sheen. It has already lost it in Karnataka, and now it’s losing it across the country with the 2G spectrum scam. Allocating frequencies at much lower price than the market value, former telecom minister A Raja is … Continue readingCongress: Free falling?
Tron Legacy pioneers a parallel digital universe of what goes on inside computer circuitry. It’s a novel concept where the protagonist gets sucked into it completely. His vision is to create a world of a perfect universe. But his partner has other plans. The result: … Continue readingTron Legacy is a tech gimmick
It has been a disappointing fortnight for me. All the films I saw have dampened my new year spirits. First off was from Hollywood: Tron Legacy. Though the film was a fantastical sci-fi adventure, there was nothing else to keep me glued to the big … Continue readingGuzaarish & Tees Maar Khan disappoint; Band Baaja Baaraat continues to do well
Tees Maar Khan, the third directorial film from Farah Khan disappoints. Scripted and written by her husband Shirish Kunder, this film is a wash-out after the impressive title sequence. The film is a no-brainer, but that is fine so long as it’s entertaining. But even … Continue readingTees Maar Khan disappoints hugely
Going by the box office data available so far, these films are among the top ten. Not necessarily in the same order, though. How many have you watched and loved really? I will tell you mine against each film… Dabangg: This would qualify as the … Continue readingTop 14 movies of 2010
Tees Maar Khan, Farah Khan’s next directorial magnum opus after Om Shanti Om in 2007, is already proving to be a monster hit. PVR sold over 10,000 tickets on Wednesday, the first day of the film’s advance booking. And today, reports mention that most multiplexes … Continue readingTees Maar Khan, a hit already?
Rab Ne girl Anushka Sharma is proving to be Bollywood’s newest ladyluck after Katrina Kaif. And the best part? Anushka can act and she is not stereotyped in a role. From her bubbly and poignant portrayal of a bored housewife to a hottie smuggler in … Continue readingAnushka Sharma third time lucky
The other day, I read a newspaper report that two women were burnt alive for practising witchcraft. Which brings up the question? Is it a sane thing to do? And does witchcraft really hurt people? That it has stood the test of time from the … Continue readingPerils of witchcraft
Fiscal deficit is killing our country… in the long run. There was subsidy on diesel to benefit farmers in India, so they could run their pump sets and generators. But today, most farmers rely on electricity, making the diesel subsidy a farce. So who is … Continue readingWays to rollback petrol price hike?
Bollywood superstar is busy writing his autobiography even as he performs at award functions and shoots for RA1, his sci-fi film slated for 2011 Diwali release. A biography on him has already been done, and film critics find it “really good” and much to their … Continue readingShah Rukh Khan’s autobiography
Heard that Yash Raj Films’s latest small budget movie Band Baaja Baaraat is doing well after a slow start on Friday. What’s more, it is supposed to have already doubled its profit through music, cable TV rights and so on. With the theatrical earnings crossing … Continue readingBand Baaja Baaraat is drumming up an audience
Golmaal 3 has grossed over Rs 100 crore after taxes from Indian theatrical business alone. Surprising because it is no patch to the first part. Surprising coz it lacks story depth. Surprising coz it is just a series of gags masquerading as film. Surprising that … Continue readingGolmaal 3 surprises
There are few things in life that genuinely scare you. Rash drivers, snakes, darkness, ghosts and spirits. But not every horror film really sends a shiver down your spine. Which is why it’s surprising that Paranormal Activity, a low budget independent film, has worked so … Continue readingParanormal Activity and why it scares you
When the daggers are drawn, it becomes only a question of survival. And so it was when Preity Zinta was told categorically by her beau Ness Wadia to quit acting for good. Unwilling to lose her independent status, Preity replied in the negative, and Ness … Continue readingPreity Zinta prefers acting over boy friend; breaks up with Ness Wadia
Agreed Anjelina Jolie is doing some really good work through her humanitarian efforts to alleviate the pains of refugees, but it’s early days yet for her to make a serious bid at politics. However, news is that she finds Hollywood boring and has now set … Continue readingAnjelina Jolie: America’s first female president?
Yes, it’s official. The youthful Saif Ali Khan you see in the film Love Aaj Kal is courtesy Botox, the wonder treatment. It has not only removed the wrinkles, bird’s feet and the laughlines but has made him look ten years younger. But pray why? … Continue readingActor Saif gets botoxed
Aishwarya Rai is always in the news for one thing or the other. If it’s not her envy rearing its ugly head when Sonam Kapoor was supposed to walk the ramp at Cannes, it’s her questionable land deals hogging the limelight. The latest is Thakre, … Continue readingAishwarya sued by a farmer
Rumour is rife that Jennifer Aniston is dating Bradley Cooper who starred with her in the latest He’s Just Not That Into You. The news spread like forest fire when the two were recently spotted at a romantic Italian restaurant in New York. But the … Continue readingJennifer Aniston finds a new paramour?
Yup. Have seen the so-called sexy Amrita Rao in the film Short Cut. But no, she lacks oomph. And she’s definitely not sexy. So what ails Amrita? Well, it’s her attitude and her curves both. She lacks the form that can catapult her to superstardom … Continue readingAmrita Rao lacks sex appeal
Michael Jackson is no more, but he still lives on. The king of pop is managing to keep the flicker of flame alive with his innumerable songs, dances and his very own autobiography Moon Walk. If you were to decode his life of ups and … Continue readingMJ was a great leveller
Yup. The storylines seem quite similar but director Imtiaz Ali of Kal Aaj Kal isn’t confessing just yet. And he may never do. But here’s the dope anyway. The gossip is that it’s a straight lift from the Taiwanese film Hao De Shi Guang (Three … Continue readingKal Aaj Kal is a copy from a Taiwanese film
Mention Lindsay Lohan and you will think of her lesbian connection and her naked news spreading across the universe. So what’s quicker than a Facebook or LinkedIn to get your visuals around? No, not Picasa or Flickr, but Twitter. Yes, Lindsay has discovered this new … Continue readingNaked news – Lindsay Lohan goes a-twitter
Hottie Trisha Kannan is now in Bollywood, starring alongside hearthrob Akshay Kumar himself. Looks are not just it. She’s talented to boot with an attitude that’s hard to beat. However, her jump from Kollywood (read Tamil films) to Bollywood is not without some inside stories. … Continue readingSouth siren Trisha steps into Bollywood
Yup. Irfan Khan became Irrfan Khan more than a year ago. But he reaping the results of this name change only now. Not only has he starred in international ventures like A Mighty Heart where he shared screenspace with hottie Anjelina Jolie, but he is … Continue readingIrrfan Khan’s numerology trick works
It’s official. Gangster star Shiney Ahuja did rape his maid. And no, he wasn’t under any influence of alcohol or drugs. That’s confirmed, too. This leaves little room for Shiney to plead guilty on grounds of not knowing what he was doing because he was … Continue readingRapist Shiney’s heart of darkness
Many of you might have heard of lucid dreaming, but not many might know what it really means. So here it is. If you are dreaming and realise that you are indeed far removed from reality and continue to dream, you are lucid dreaming. For … Continue readingLucid dreaming, anyone?
First things first. There’s a book called The Hologram. And no, this is no artificially-induced simulation of reality, but reality itself. And the upshot? That reality is much more fluid and changable. Which means, we are literally making reality as we go along by probing … Continue readingYou are a hologram!
Statistics reveal much about the society we live in. Now there is a study that says married women sleep better than singletons. Though, I am not sure if many women I know agree (haven’t asked yet), I am wondering how such a thing can be … Continue readingSleeplessness doesn’t bog married women?
I thought Kareena Kapoor had learnt the ropes of staying afloat in the film industry. But just the other day, at the press conference to announce the film, Kambakkht Ishq, Kareena did the unthinkable. She stormed out of the press conference when a journalist asked … Continue readingNudity question makes Kareena storm out of a press conference
Everytime, there are experts telling the government to increase outlays to education, reduce fiscal deficit, grant more tax holidays to new age industries like IT, insurance and so on. I will do none of that. I will just reproduce what Ninad Karpe, CEO & MD … Continue readingPre-budget expectations
There’s one corner of cyberspace that dishes out the best pictures and videos on the most salacious lives of Hollywood celebrities. From being the first to air the nude pictures of Britney Spears shot in 2007 to supermodel Giselle Bundchen’s nude pictures to Anna Paquin’s … Continue readingSexy side of celebrity gossip
Yup. The filmmakers of Kambakkht Ishq and Love Aaj Kal are trying to outdo each other in getting the best initials for their film through some eye-grabbing promos. If Akshay is pecking Kareena in Kambakkht Ishq, Saif is going the whole hog with Deepika Padukone. … Continue readingSaif’s butt act in Love Aaj Kal
Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone will now be starring with Amitabh Bachchan in a film titled Lost Love. She is to start shooting either by the end of this year or early next year. Though she is yet to sign the dotted line, it will … Continue readingSex symbol Sharon Stone paired with Big B
King Khan does everything in style. But importantly, he ensures his key people are happy and so it was when he learnt his decade-old bodyguard Yaseen Khan was getting married. Promptly, he made enquiries to buy a flat for him in Bandra, so he is … Continue readingShah Rukh gifts a flat to his bodyguard
Aamir’s second wife Kiran Rao is not only pregnant, she is now a victim of high fever and lung infection. Doctors suspect tuberculosis. After the emergency treatment at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, she is back at her Pali Hill home and recuperating. But doctors are … Continue readingAamir Khan to be a father
Yes. Neil Nitin Mukesh of Johnny Gaddaar fame has literally dropped his pants for his upcoming film, Jail. Could it be his desperation after his last film Aa Dekhen Zara failed to click with the masses or is it his bid to ensure his next … Continue readingActor Neil Nitin Mukesh drops his pants
Yes. Not only has Deepika Padukone kissed Saif Ali Khan in the upcoming film Kal Aaj Aur Kal, she’s non apologetic about it. When asked if her beau Ranbir Kapoor approves of such a thing, all she says is both are clear about their personal … Continue readingDeepika’s kiss and tell
After Kareena, Shahid Kapoor is heading to Heartbreak Hotel again after his failed affair with Priyanka Chopra. Though I am still not sure if this is all a publicity stunt for the twosome’s new film Kaminey, I am sure there’s no smoke without fire. Apparently, … Continue readingShahid breaks up with Priyanka?
Sex bomb Antara Mali and former muse of Ram Gopal Varma has secretly married Che Kurrien, the 29-year-old editor of GQ India magazine. She happens to be veteran fashion photographer Jagdish Mali’s daughter whose movie career didn’t really go anywhere, except her link ups with … Continue readingSex bomb Antara Mali hooks up with GQ editor
Accused of raping an 18-year-old maid, Shiney Ahuja (Gangster, Haraaron Khwahishein Aisi, Life in a Metro) is in a big soup with medical reports saying that he has indeed raped his maid. What could further escalate his fears is that the maid could well be … Continue readingGangster star Shiney in a soup!
Cyrus Broacha is many things to many people. The thirty-seven-year-old is a VJ, a theatreperson, a TV anchor, a writer and also the guy who made you ‘kangal’ (penniless) if you had stuck to the adage ‘Ignorance is bliss’ and shared the stage with him … Continue readingMTV veejay Cyrus Broacha: I am an out of work actor
What were Wipro chief Azim Premji, former Miss India Vani Ganapathy, writer Dilip Thakore, disc jockey Vehrnon Ibrahim and stand-up comic and foodie Ajit Saldanha doing on Saturday night at Bangalore’s premier five star hotel Windsor Manor way back in 1999? They had all come … Continue readingActress Dimple Kapadia wants to marry Richie Rich even if he’s 90-years-old
In another place, at another time, model-writer-actress and one-time MTV veejay Shenaz Treasurywala would have been a successful photographer. “But since there was more money in veejaying,” she stuck to her second love for a while and later moved on to hosting shows, travel writing … Continue readingModel-actress Shenaz Treasurywala has her feet in many boats
Despite all the negativity and controversy surrounding the making of his Shahid Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza starrer, director Ken Ghosh has wrapped up principal shooting of his yet untitled film (no, it is not called Yahoo). Slated for early 2010, lets hope he recreates the … Continue readingDirector Ken Ghosh on the casting couch, God and Lisa Ray
Yup. King Khan is back to his Fauji days albeit as a superstar cum idiot box entertainer. And the best part? He will be starring alongside Bollywood babes Priety Zinta and Rani Mukherji. So who has managed to create this casting coup of sorts? Yash … Continue readingShah Rukh is back to television
While Akshay Kumar starrer Kambakkht Ishq is hyped too much and might not work, there are two films that might just work because of their themes and its unconventional cast (John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Irrfan Khan). Ofcourse, the filmmaker matters too like … Continue readingNew York and Love Aaj Kal are eagerly awaited
After a drought of good movies, Bollywood is back with the Akshay Kumar starrer Kambakkht Ishq. The makers are leaving no movie fan undisturbed with their hype and hooplah. So what’s the film all about? A love story set between two people who hate each … Continue readingKambakkht Ishq set to sizzle
News is spreading like wildlife about Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s alleged hardcore sex tape doing the rounds of the video libraries in Canada. Apparently, the news originated out there and said to be the handiwork of malcontents who captured two lookalikes doing the most … Continue readingSalman-Katrina’s sex video
Yes, it’s official. Shahid Kapoor is often seen in the arms of a much happy Anushka Sharma who recently debuted in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. After his unhappy break-up with Kareena Kapoor, Shahid has found his new love, albeit … Continue readingShahid Kapoor romancing Anushka Sharma
It’s now well-known that Amitabh Bachchan has been hiding his bald days for some time now. That he wears a specially made wig for his public and personal avatar is fairly well-known in filmy circles. But since no one has been able to catch him … Continue readingBig B goes bald
After a British publication wrote that the King Khan has been signed in to play the pivotal role of a villain in Dhoom 3, the producers have come out in the open to deny any such news. Don’t know if it’s a strategy to keep … Continue readingSRK is not in Dhoom 3
Hottie Nayantara has married dancing sensation Prabhu Deva? Well, the news could well be wrong because Prabhu is still married. Though his marriage has been on the rocks for a while now, no legal proceedings have been made by either of the parties concerned. Two, … Continue readingHottie Nayantara marries Prabhu Deva
Bollywood hottie Kangna Ranaut is the newest entrant to the world of blogging (http://blog.realkangnaranaut.com) after Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, Shilpa Shetty and who have you? So what’s different? For one, she’s the hottest girl on the movie ramp. Two, she’s a victim of mischievous … Continue readingKangna discovers blogging
Yup. Today saw Bollywood’s first ever dance reality show on Indian television, courtesy Headlines Today. Their programme, Saas & The City, showcased ten Bollywood stars competing for the title by taking snapshots of celebs dancing on different TV shows… From SRK and Salman Khan to … Continue readingKarisma Kapoor wins Bollywood’s first ever dance reality show
It’s such a bad deal for beautiful models and actresses. Not only are they forced to put up so many irritating layers of makeup to hide the slighest of warts and moles on their faces, but they are made to keep it on between shoots … Continue readingKatrina shuns makeup
I am not sure, if Kareena Kapoor is a style icon though her publicist insists she is. But I do agree that she deserves me in the race for the style icon tag. After all, which other species loses and gains weight in a jiffy? … Continue readingKareena Kapoor’s footwear fetish
Okay, his retake on Sholay didn’t work, but his horror film Phoonk did set the cash registers ringing long after the show was over. Which is good. What’s more, director Ram Gopal Varma also ran a contest alongside. Whoever manages to watch the film alone … Continue readingBollywood beckons: Work with Ram Gopal Varma
Okay, okay. The news is not as dire as it appears to be. My sources tell me that Celina was equally to be blamed for this. Apparently, the two were rehearsing dance steps for Govinda-starrer Run Bhola Run, when Tushar bruised her. The story goes … Continue readingCelina Jaitley manhandled by Tushar Kapoor?
Their long distance relationship soured after papa Suman seized the opportunity to influence his son on calling off the much strained affair. … Continue readingKangna-Adhyayan split: Shekhar Suman behind it?
Looks like age does matter, even if size doesn’t. Ask Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu these days. If Aishwarya was replaced with the younger and lissome Sonam Kapoor in L’Oreal’s Indian advertising campaign, Bipasha Basu has lost out the sequel of Corporate to anothe newcomer … Continue readingAishwarya, Bipasha losing out to younger actresses
Here is what I found on Big B’s blog the other day. Among the many rants and ramblings, Big B sometimes makes perfect sense as these quotable quotes will attest. No, these are definitely not his coined phrases, but stuff that he found in one … Continue readingAmitabh Bachchan’s guide to life
There’s news that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle met Aamir Khan recently in Mumbai to persuade him to be part of his next film. Though, nothing is finalised just yet (we know how long it takes for a film from start to execution), one hopes … Continue readingAamir Khan should work with Danny Boyle
Rumour has it that Sonam Kapoor of Saawariya and Delli 6 fame is dating MTV veejay Cyrus Sahukar (not Cyrus Broacha who is supposed to be happily married and gay). I have not met Sonam, so can’t talk much about her. But yes, Cyrus comes … Continue readingSonam Kapoor dating Cyrus?
Not that Anupam Kher is any lesser known than Woody Allen in India. But the fact that two stalwarts are coming together in a Hollywood film is great news. Kher is a consummate entertainer that I have the highest regards for. He slips into any … Continue readingAnupam Kher teams up with Woody Allen
Yes, SRK is back to his Darr days when he wielded an axe and didn’t hesitate to chop off the hero if only to get his girl. And while Darr was produced by Yash Raj Films, his next film will also be helmed by them. … Continue readingShah Rukh Khan is the villain of the piece!
News is that the Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif affair was never destined to be remembered for long. Apparently, the pair has split and the reason is yet another actor. John Abraham seems to be the man coming in the way of their long flourishing relationship. Though, … Continue readingKatrina-Salman part ways?
Sania is only 22 and the person she is to marry is only a year older. This pairing has more probability of going wrong than right for the following reasons: 1. The age gap should be atleast three years, and it’s scientifically proven that girls … Continue readingSania Mirza should not marry just yet!
Yup. My dear friends Tarun and Celia have stumbled upon a shamanistic practice that is truly unique. The way to have a great glowing aura is to simply go naked and get someone to cover you with mud. If that is a bit difficult to … Continue readingOchre-ing – the secret to a glowing aura
>Yup. My dear friends Tarun and Celia have stumbled upon a shamanistic practice that is truly unique. The way to have a great glowing aura is to simply go naked and get someone to cover you with mud. If that is a bit difficult to … Continue reading>Ochre-ing – the secret to a glowing aura
Yup. Anushka Sharma is yet another Bangalore girl who has made it big on the India map, after Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone, Vaishali Desai, Rani Jeyraj (Miss World) and Nafisa Joseph (late MTV veejay) among many others. When she came to me many moons ago, she hadn’t … Continue readingAnushka Sharma was a non-starter
Deepika Padukone who serenaded Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om and later Ranbir Kapoor in Bachna Ae Haseeno (both onscreen and offscreen) is someone I knew more than six years ago. She was at the time inching her way to stardom on and off … Continue readingDeepika Padukone is catty!
I know her. Vaishali Desai. Ever since she took those baby steps to modelling and later acting. On one of those photo shoots for the publication I was working for at the time, she said that she was famous director Manmohan Desai’s grand niece. I … Continue readingVaishali Desai is Manmohan Desai’s grand niece
She looks completely different from what she looks like on screen in Hey! Ram. For that matter, Vasundhara Das, 31, also looks very different from the schoolgirl I used to know, following her parents around to department stores or social gatherings. Here is an interview … Continue readingSinger, actress Vasundhara Das speaks her heart out!
Between the two gorgeous babes, I prefer Kim to Giselle anyday. For one, Kim looks healthy while Giselle looks malnourished. But the reason I like Kim more is her great tips for bikini freaks… here are some of them picked from Kim’s official blog (http://www.kimkardashian.celebuzz.com). … Continue readingGiselle Bundchen or Kim Kardashian?
World-famous athlete, actor and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (his second name is always such a pain to spell that I have to triple check) is taking a bow, ladies and gentlemen. No, not in front of a mammoth crowd in CA, but in cyberspace. Digg, … Continue readingDigg Dialogg with Arnold Schwarzenegger
One look at the all-time hits in UK convey the best news that SRK can thank god for. Out of the nine all-time Hindi blockbuster films in the UK, eight have him in the cast… The only other film also had another Khan. We are … Continue readingShah Rukh Khan is a hit in the UK!
A lot of paper has been wasted on how Bollywood hearthrob Hrithik Roshan’s marriage could be in trouble because of a certain Mexican actress pairing up with him in his next film, Kites. Sure, Barbara is endowed with everything a woman would ask for in … Continue readingBarbara Mori-Hrithik Roshan affair: Much ado about nothing?
Don’t know why Aishwarya Rai is so insecure. Rumour is rife that she asked L’Oreal guys to stop newcomer Sonam Kapoor (the daughter of Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor) from walking the red carpet at Cannes film festival. Don’t understand how the pairing of the two … Continue readingAishwarya Rai is insecure
True, Shah Rukh Khan is still King Khan and Akshay Kumar is fast catching up with him and yet so far from him. But here is why I think both of them are going wrong with the way they are perceiving themselves and their star … Continue readingShah Rukh and Akshay miss the plot!
Last night, I got to meet my favourite story teller at a book reading in Bangalore. I have always believed that Jeffrey Archer is a better story teller than a writer. Yesterday proved it. With his subtle digs at Indian films, the state of Indian … Continue readingJeffrey Archer in Bangalore
While the LTTE spokesperson still would like to believe that LTTE chief Prabhakan is very much alive and kicking the Sri Lankan army’s butt, the disturbing visuals being released by the Sri Lankan army give a different picture. Though there are rumours that this could … Continue readingLTTE Prabhakaran still alive?
Genetic engineering has entered Bangalore’s marriage market. No longer will prospective marriage partners seek knowledge from the stars… horoscopes, gotharams, panchaangams and so on… to determine if the baby will be bouncy and healthy. Instead couples will have to get ready to reveal the secrets … Continue readingMatrimonial centre in Bangalore uses ‘genetic tests’ to determine compatibility
According to Dr. Satwant K. Pasricha of NIMHANS in Bangalore, “Yes, there is life after death.” A professor of Clinical Psychology at NIMHANS, she has worked with A.N. Stevenson, a world authority on reincarnation. According to her, a human being is made up of physical … Continue readingBangalore’s own X-Files?
For ITI employee Muniyappa (51), Gowramma was more than a wife. She was the motivating force and, as he says tearfully, “she was the Goddess who transformed me from a wayward alcoholic to a responsible family man. A person who gave new meaning to our … Continue readingBangalore’s Own Taj Mahal
PS Arora (45) wanted to become a doctor. But destiny had other plans for him and today, he is a pilot. Flying for Indian Airlines over the past 10 years, Arora is a happy man. This writer caught up with him at Computer Shop on … Continue readingMeet a pilot
Sai Sethuram (58) has spent most of his life on the pavements of Bangalore’s Kamaraj Road, providing balm for both the body and soul of people who stop to seek his counsel. His ‘office’ is under a tree in the car park and for the … Continue readingA swamiji who sees the future, heals people and smokes beedis
These are scams you are likely to see on the Internet. Be aware and avoid them like the plague. Business opportunities scams: These offers make it sound like it is very easy to start a business that will earn piles of money without much work, … Continue readingOnline scams
In my 12 years in journalism, this 1999 story on the scams perpetrated by the American Biographical Institute, stands out… Sadly, this scam continues to happen till date though the frequency is much less now. Here is an extract from my 1999 report for a … Continue readingYou can be ‘International Man (or Woman) of the Millennium’ for a few dollars more!
Shoot them dead with your look. Remember a garment company called Viagra, that ‘stood up’ in the market with shirts for men. What’s in a name, you may ask. Plenty, says Shekhar (320 who owns Jeans Sequence in Alankar Pearl Plaza on KG Road. “I’ve … Continue readingNow it’s ‘RDX’ and ‘AK 47’ Jeans!
At Bangalore’s famous sperm bank, demand far exceeds supply. The thirteen-year-old Cryo Bank in Jayanagar has been approached by childless couples from politicians to scientists, film stars and CEOs of big companies, all of whom have one objective. A child to complete the picture of … Continue readingBangalore’s sperm bank needs more donors
Old Poor House Rd, near Commercial St, is where you will find one of the oldest working clocks in the city. On a wall in the Jumma Masjid is a clock that has been keeping time since 1907. It was presented to the mosque by … Continue readingGrandfather clock in Bangalore
Here are a few vignettes I came across that I find extremely handy. Try them out. * Your tools will stay corrosion-free if you apply automobile paste wax on the steel parts. * Some chalk pieces and a few moth balls in the tool box … Continue readingDo it yourself tips