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Prancing Horse Fails To Keep Up With The Rest
<p><strong>Think Ferrari and you will probably think of a sports car with a massive, powerful, purring engine, in a road car that is about as expensive and inefficient to operate as a private jet.</strong><br /><br />So it is no surprise that of the three engine manufacturers in the Formula One racing series, which is preparing for its fourth race of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai on Sunday, Ferrari seems the least able to benefit from the new...
Shooting For Stars
<p><strong>Quietly but steadily, Heena Sidhu has found her way to the top in the highly competitive world of shooting. </strong></p><p>The 24-year-old dentist from Patiala was named the World No 1 in women&rsquo;s 10M air pistol earlier this month, crowning a series of impressive performances that has put her firmly in the spotlight.<br /><br />In the last one and a half years, Heena&rsquo;s potential has been there for all to see. Her talent...
The Return Of A Phenom
<p>Despite vows to the contrary, Michael Phelps, the most prolific medal winner in Olympic history, will return to competitive swimming after all.<br /><br />His widely anticipated comeback is set to take place at the Arena Grand Prix from April 24-26 in Mesa, Arizona, a move that should make things more frenetic at work for meet director Erin Shields but should also make life easier at home.<br /><br />&ldquo;I have a 6-year-old son who swims who has never...
Transcending A Marathon
<p><strong>By showing his caring side, Lesisa Desisa has struck a chord with the victims of the Boston bombings.</strong><br /><br />It was October, six months after Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the stricken 2013 Boston Marathon. <br /><br />He had returned for another race. On his way to dinner with friends, he had a request. </p><p>He wanted to cross the finish line again on Boylston Street to reclaim in a private moment a triumph made...
Sunday Herald

Tracing Literary Footsteps
<p><strong>There&rsquo;s a light chill in the air as our bus pulls up at the Stratford-upon-Avon bus stop. </strong></p><p>It&rsquo;s a sleepy little town that we&rsquo;re visiting during our two-week Euro trip &mdash; one that includes bits of UK, Switzerland and Paris (the standard package for a whirlwind I-too-have-been-there-done-that sort of trip). </p><p>We&rsquo;re actually on a trip around the Cotswolds; and while our final...
Happy 450th, Mr Shakespeare
<p><strong>Shakespeare has caused a lot of misery and suffering over the last 400 years. Even today frightened high school children wake up from scary midsummer nights&rsquo; dreams about confusing plays and their confused characters. </strong></p><p>Cheerful stage actors throw tempest-tantrums after forgetting memorable dialogues and laudable lines. </p><p>Depressed English professors wonder why they wrote voluminous papers on Shakespearean...
Price Of Democracy
<strong>For a long time urban Indian voters have been accused of being apathetic towards the right to vote. But we know that in these elections there is no voter apathy. Only a dilemma &mdash; on what basis to choose the candidate to vote for? An astounding majority is undecided because they are unhappy with the choices they have. Shefali Tripathi Mehta attempts to feel the pulse of voters.</strong><br /><br />When the three women in the house sit down for a cup of...
Hope Around The Corner...
<p><strong>It&rsquo;s another torrid Indian summer, and the heat and dust raised every year seems heightened by the din and bustle of the elections to the Lok Sabha. They are usually hot and suffocating, these summers in our country, and everything seems tired and jaded.</strong><br /><br />Yet, amidst the rising temperatures, it would seem that winds of change are blowing &mdash; the voters are displaying unmistakable signs of optimism and enthusiasm....
Sunday Herald articulations

Civilised Past
<p><strong>Present-day Lothal near Ahmedabad showcases a past of prosperity, albeit in a museum, which belonged to the admired Indus Valley Civilisation, writes chitra Ramaswamy.<br /><br /></strong>The International Kite Festival took me to Gujarat. </p><p>While in Ahmedabad, I decided on an impulse to take a walk back in time, to the Indus Valley Civilisation. <br /><br />So Lothal it was, 85 km from Ahmedabad, the once prominent ancient...
For Your Ears Only
<p><strong>&ldquo;Lend me your ears,&rdquo; thundered Marcus Brutus at the Roman crowds. What ensued was a Shakespearean tragedy. </strong></p><p>It is possible, though, to lend your ears and not lose them. The advantages of doing so are many. <br /><br />You can listen to and soothe a troubled heart, you can get a whiff of the latest scam doing the rounds or even succeed in getting around a worrying problem of your own. <br /><br...
Dragons Descend
<p><strong>Ancient Vietnamese myth of descending dragons spitting out jewels and jade to protect the country from foreign invaders may seem a little far-fetched to many, but the surreal beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Halong Bay presents a spectacular reality for the naked eye.</strong><br /><br />As the myth goes, the jewels turned into islands and islets dotting the seascape and formed a formidable fortress against the invaders....
Toast To Coasts
<p><strong>A jaunt to Goa is oodles of fun, a lesson in history, a shoppers&rsquo; high and a game of gamble, writes Tanushree Podder.</strong><br /><br />It was a bright February afternoon when we drove into the capital of Goa. The long drive from Pune to Goa, through the beautiful forests of the Western Ghats, was as fascinating as our destination. Our stomach growling angrily with hunger, we stopped to tank it up at Velha, as Old Goa is known.<br...
Caught In A Diet Chain
<p><strong>When you&rsquo;re living with someone who&rsquo;s trying to lose weight, your life is no longer your own. This simple truth hit me a few weeks after I had accompanied my husband to the doctor.</strong><br /><br />Following a routine medical check up, when the doctor asked my husband to lose some weight, I didn&rsquo;t realise that his words would impact my life too. Like a model patient, my husband began to follow the doctor&rsquo;s...
Sunday Herald entertainment

A Smooth Fusion
<p><strong>Traces of You is Anoushka Shankar&rsquo;s seventh studio album and a tribute to her late father, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. </strong></p><p>Her half-sister, Norah Jones, also collaborates on the album.<br /><br />The music varies from Hindustani dhuns and thumri to free jazz and Vedic chants. <br /><br />The music has been arranged by multi-instrumentalist Nithin Sawhney, who plays the guitar, bass and piano in...
War Of The Comic Clones
<p><strong>When a telly show is perceived as an offshoot or close clone of another comedy programme, it comes riding not only on unreasonably high expectations, but also runs the risk of close comparisons and negative scrutiny.</strong><br /><br />Mad In India 100% Desi Show on Star Plus thus comes with a lot of hype and arrives in the shadows of the other laughathon, Comedy Nights With Kapil, by virtue of the fact that one of the protagonists of...
The Tv Tamasha
<p><strong>Even as the Lok Sabha elections are in progress, TV viewers are bombarded with ample poll drama. Rachna Bisht-Rawat gives us a glimpse of the political potboilers on television<br /></strong><br />The Great Indian Elections: Now showing at a television set near you! When grown men brag about sizes, we expect them to be talking about their latest car, or may be a new cellphone; but not NaMo and MuSi (Mulayam Singh). </p><p>When these...
Sweet Take On Life
<p><strong>Actor-director John Turturro talks about the genesis of his new film, &lsquo;Fading Gigolo&rsquo;, in which he and Woody Allen play friends</strong>.<br /><br />Ask John Turturro about his newest project, Fading Gigolo, and he will excitedly tell you about the streetwalker films, like The Life of Oharu or Midnight Cowboy, that helped inspire the idea; the Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories that helped him settle on a tone for the script; and...
Back With A Bang
<p><strong>With the recent death of Suchitra Sen, the iconic romantic heroine of Bengali films, Bengali cine-goers moaned about the long-gone Golden Age of Bengali commercial films. <br /></strong><br />But, has it become a clich&eacute; to say that the days of Bengali movies are a thing of the past?<br /><br />The recent scenario does not prove so. </p><p>True, the hub of Bengali movies, Tollygunge, was down in the dumps for a few...
Sunday Herald art & culture

Meditative Moves
<p><strong>For Korean dancer Sin Cha Hong, meditation is a graceful dance hat allows a person to contemplate about self, writes Hema Vijay <br /></strong><br />This would be the dancing equivalent of Zen philosophy, where less is more. In terms of speed, the movements are slow, often to the point of stillness. <br /><br />In terms of costume, the choreography is executed in a flowing fabric that eschews the simplicity of a monk&rsquo;s robe....
Musical Confluence
<p><strong>A talented and versatile singer of the younger generation, Subhra Guha is a well-known exponent of the Agra Gharana. <br /></strong><br />Gifted with a rich, melodious voice, she is equally proficient in khayal, thumri and dadra. </p><p>In addition, she has a vast repertoire of bandishes.<br /><br />What makes Guha&rsquo;s rendition style unique is her mature juxtaposition of her feminine charm with masculine grandeur...
Taking Shakespeare'S Name
<p><strong>In addition to being a playwright and poet, an actor and artiste, Shakespeare also proved he had enviableentrepreneurship skills. </strong></p><p>In 1599, Shakespeare and some members of the theatre company built their own theatre on the south bank of River Thames, which they named the Globe. <br /><br />(Quite appropriate, since Globe represents the world, as in &ldquo;All the world&rsquo;s a stage&rdquo;.) Shakespeare...
Pictorial Mythology
<p><strong>Artist A S Chitrak converses with Preeti Verma Lal, sharing his experiences as a painter who recreates myths on canvases with a unique colour palette.</strong><br /><br />On the way to artist A S Chitrak&rsquo;s studio in Gurgaon, Haryana, the traffic was crawling, the honks deafening, the crowd hurrying in the mid-afternoon melee. <br /><br />My mind, however, was pulsating with deities. Of mighty gods from the Hindu mythology. <br...
A Long Way From South Dakota
<p><strong>In the cover of her new album, &lsquo;The Future&rsquo;s Void&rsquo;, the South Dakota-raised noise-rocker EMA sports an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but the photograph was shot before that company&rsquo;s recent $2 billion purchase by Facebook. </strong></p><p>And she wrote the song Satellites, which rages against government surveillance, months before the National Security Agency scandal broke.<br /><br...
Sunday Herald books

Book Rack
<p><strong>Chai &mdash; The Experience of Indian Tea<br /><br />Rekha Sarin &amp; Rajan Kapoor|<br /></strong><br />This a journey into the heartlands of tea, across the length and breadth of India, offering a glimpse into the making of the cup that cheers &mdash; the locales, the people, the process &mdash; a visual treat for the tea connoisseur, the casual tea lover, the tea industry enthusiast, the tourist. <br /><br...
Boyhood Diaries
<p><strong>Prawin Adhikari&rsquo;s debut collection of short stories, &lsquo;The Vanishing Act&rsquo;, takes us from the mountains of Nepal to California.Melanie p Kumar reviews the poignant stories.</strong><br /><br />Prawin Adhikari employs an authentic voice in his debut compilation of short stories, The Vanishing Act, with one of them serving as the title of the book. </p><p>His stories are set in California, and also amidst the lakes...
A Thrilling Read
<p><strong>A young woman gets up in the middle of the night sopping wet with sweat. Having been a type 1 diabetic since childhood, she knows what the problem is &mdash; she needs sugar and she needs it fast. </strong></p><p>But as she starts to get up, the room begins to spin. </p><p>She cannot reach out to her cellphone. </p><p>As her situation begins to worsen, she wants to reach out to her fianc&eacute; George, sleeping next to...
Space Odyssey
<p><strong>Human life is a complex web of expectancy, surprises and impulses.While many may prefer to be driven by circumstances, some might like to drive their lives themselves towards their goals. <br /></strong><br />For the latter, every day is a preparation for the realisation of their goals. <br /><br />This preparedness for life is what is advocated by Chris Hadfield in this extremely readable book An Astronaut&rsquo;s Guide To Life On...
A Long Story Short
<p><strong>The short stories in American writer Lydia Davis&rsquo;s &lsquo;Can&rsquo;t and Won&rsquo;t&rsquo; range from one-liners to lists to letters. Dwight Garner reviews the indescribable stories that leave you asking <br />for more...</strong><br /><br />Lydia Davis&rsquo;s short stories are difficult to describe, but people like to try. A friend of mine likens them to mosquitoes. Some you swat away, he says. Others draw...
Sunday Herald travel

Vertical Limit
<p><strong>Anurag Mallick &amp; Priya Ganapathy trek to the highest Shiva temple in the country at Tungnath and encounter mystics, legends and amazing Himalayan views that leave them spellbound.</strong> </p><p>Baba Kidik Bam proudly showed us a faded copy of High Times; his yogic pose captured decades ago by a foreign correspondent. </p><p>The irony wasn&rsquo;t lost on us. We were at Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in India....
A City For All Reasons
<p><strong>Rain spangled the city that had changed the image of the globe. It drenched the 635-metre-high Meseta, the plateau, of Madrid. Framed in the window of our room, that first night, it fell like silver feathers on the highest capital in Europe. </strong></p><p>The nocturnal Madrilenos were in pursuit of their gently ebullient animacion, which they value so much. <br /><br />We were tempted to join them but we&rsquo;d had a long flight from...
Desert That Rose
<p><strong>The bustling capital of the emirate, Abu Dhabi is more than just a desert getaway. Stuart Forster explores the city&rsquo;s changing landscape, high-end golf courses, water parks and more...</strong><br /><br />Abu Dhabi has the feel of a place on the up, and that&rsquo;s not purely related to the rapid changes taking place to the city&rsquo;s skyline. The United Arab Emirates&rsquo; capital has a confident, cosmopolitan buzz and, as...
A Forgotten Danish Past
<strong>It is a crisp January morning. We are at Tranquebar, a sleepy town nestled in the Coromandel coast, 150 km south of Pondicherry. Tarangambadi, its original name, means the land of the singing waves.</strong><br /><br />Nearly 400 years ago, a group of Danish sailors happened to land at this picturesque coastal town that had been the domain of the Cholas and the Pandyas between the 10th and 14th century. When they arrived, it was under the reign of the Thanjavur...
Architectural Tribute To Catalonia
<strong>Perched right at the top of the Tibidabo mountain in the Serra de Collesrole range in Catalonia, Barcelona, is the Temple of Tibidabo or the Roman Catholic church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.</strong><br /><br />Situated at a height of over 500 metres, it is a mix of several architectural styles &mdash; Neo-Gothic, Roman, Byzantine and art nouveau. Though the chief architect was Enrique Sagnier, artists Eusebio Amau, Joan Puigdollers, Jose Miret, Frederic...
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Movie Poster of 'Mein Tera Hero'

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