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Thinking On Their Feet
Yes, she is real. Her propensity is to discover the world -- on her own terms. That ‘she’ is the woman who is travelling the world solo, without her significant other (read married, in a committed relationship, or somewhere there). Many a time, she is asked ‘And why would you do that? Sans famille?’“Travelling solo is a revelation, it gives you confidence, prepares you for unanticipated situations and gives you charge of them, reminding you that you are on your...
'i Prefer To Sit At Home, Work On My Dreams'
Expatriate Pieter Petros has a purpose in life and that is “to make this world a better place”. It may sound a bit cliched but his stay in Bengaluru has allowed him to make a difference ‑ one suit at a time.He owns a fashion label that makes luxury suits for men called ‘Pieter Petros’ and a digital marketing company. These are the products of his two-year- stay here. Hailing from Belgium, Pieter got an opportunity to work as a sales manager here and rest is...
Fall For Folds
Your life starts with paper,’ believes Alekhya Yeluri. An assistant brand manager, this youngster has been creating artefacts from paper for some time now. And there has been no looking back since then.As a child, Alekhya’s mother ingrained the importance of a hobby in her. “After being exposed to multiple activities, I knew that I was more drawn to crafts. I soon realised that working with paper gave me a rush like no other medium did,” she said. She doesn’t...
'it Was Always Music For Me'
The world of sound has always been a mystifying one for music composer and sound designer Anish Ponnanna. The young artiste, who started of as a lead vocalist during school days, soon moved to peppy college bands and has now traversed into experimental film music. In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, the musician talks about the world of tunes and sound effects. Your journey into music...I was 13 when I started singing ‘bhajans’ at my boarding school in Coorg. I also taught...
Tress To Impress
Getting drenched in the rain is fun but it should not be at the cost of one’s hair. With the city experiencing sudden showers at the moment, it is extremely important to keep a close check on your hair as much as your skin. With damp, frizzy hair and split ends being the common problems, people go for expensive treatments.However, with a little care, you can get a clear scalp and healthy tresses at home. Keep your hair dry Though we do try to keep our hair dry during...
Economy & Business

Purpleyo Revolutionises Real Estate Market Through Technology
When it comes to real estate, there is no transparency as well as lack of information. When Karan Chopra and Amit Banerji were thinking of how to find a solution to these two big issues, they came up with an idea of PurpleYo, an online platform that brings real estate owners- developers, landlords and big commercial project developers and buyers, and office seekers on one platform.It’s close to two-and-a-half years now since PurpleYo was launched, and since then, there’s no...
Going Places With Wandertrails
A chance to curate a unique travel experience in Kerala for attendees at a wedding, led to a eureka moment of sorts for five friends.In 2016, those friends — Vishnu Menon K, Hari Gangadharan Nair, Narayana Menon K, Pranav Kumar Suresh, and Sruti Ramesh Chander — hit upon an idea to tap their commonality, which was love of travel, and coming together in the form of Wandertrails, with Vishnu as Chief Executive Officer.“Incidentally, we were able to put together a fantastic...
Indian Banks' Recovery Still Far Away
Recovery in the banking sector seems to be far away, going by the recent report released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The latest Financial Stability Report of the RBI, for the six months ended June 2017, brings to fore the low Return on Assets of the banks in India. While profitability ratios of Scheduled Commercial Banks showed a marginal increase, public sector banks as a group continue to show a negative return on assets (RoA).The banking industry has low RoAs globally, unlike the...
Gst: Game-Changer For Manufacturing Sector
The great American statesman Benjamin Franklin had once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except Death and Taxes.”The biggest tax system reform — Goods and Service Tax (GST) — has just been executed in India from July 1, 2017. The manufacturing sector of any country is a foremost important economic driver of all developing economies across the globe. However, unlike its neighbours, India’s manufacturing industry is still scrambling with...
Reverie To Add More Languages
To bridge the language divide in the digital world- three people —Arvind Pani, Vivekananda Pani and S K Mohanty — founded Reverie Language Technologies in 2009.This Bengaluru-based company works with OEM and chipset manufacturers across millions of devices, the consumer Internet space (online retail, ecommerce marketplaces, travel, media and entertainment), banks and financial services, e-governance, and the developer community. Its platform provides localisation services such as...
Art Review

Saama Festival
Saama festivalSri Academy of Music and Arts conducted the annual Saama Festival with music concerts, painting (Astothara Shata Kuncha Sammilana) and dance performances. H N Suresh received the Saama Puraskara-2017, and following persons were felicitated on the occasion: G R Jaya, M S Srinivasa Murthy, Vasudeva Rao and Achyut Rao Padaki.N Ravikiran, senior Chitra Veena player, is a exceptionally talented musician, able teacher and composer. His Gotu Vadya recital was a fitting finale to this...
Music And Dance Reviews-Sparkling Purandara Festival
Sparkling Purandara festivalThe Karnataka Fine Arts Council - a federation of ten organisations of Bengaluru - conducted a unique programme last week. During the three-day “Purandara Darshana,” nearly 500 artistes presented Purandara Dasa compositions in vocal and instrumental music, individually and in groups. Dance and discourses were also held on all the three days. Backdrop of the ancient Karanji Anjaneya Swamy Temple added to the serene atmosphere, to create a perfect...
Beautiful Bharathanatya
Beautiful BharathanatyaThe Nair sisters - Veena and Dhanya  - who gave a dance recital for the Bangalore Lalithakala Parishat, are the disciples of Narmada of Shakuntala Nrithyalaya. They have also learnt Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi and music.  They are recipients of scholarship from the Government of India and have performed under few prestigious banners many a time.Veena and Dhanya showed a certain flair, emphasised by firm “Thattu-mettu,” right from the beginning. Ganesha...
Music And Dance Reviews: Melodious Flute
Melodious fluteCurtains came down on the Ramanavami music festival at Sree Seshadripuram Rama Seva Samithi on Sunday, with a solo violin concert of Kanya Kumari.Chandan Kumar, who gave a flute recital here, hails from a great musicians family. Over the years he has established himself as a good flautist, through his hard practice and talent. Chandan Kumar proved his accomplishment in the opening “Vinayaka” itself, for which he added a brief ‘swara’ also....
Melodious Mandolin
Melodious mandolinRabindranath Tagore Nagar Cultural Association is conducting music programmes every month punctually, from the last 25 years. It also conducts music competitions, Harikatha, Namasankeerthana, etc apart from a music festival, every year.The 26th annual music festival of the RT Nagar Cultural Association was held last week with vocal, mandolin performances and Namasankeerthana concerts at the Sri Vinayaka Cultural Centre of Vinayaka Devasthana. Another name for the instrument...
Cyber Space

Q &Amp; A - Buying A New Fond Online
Q:  I want to buy a new font online for my Mac, but how do I get it on my system?The Mac operating system includes a utility called Font Book that you can use to add, remove and organise the fonts on your computer. You can find the program in your Mac’s applications folder. After you download a new typeface from an online font shop, double-click the file you received. Font Book should open automatically and display a sample alphabet or character set in the new font. Click the...
The Latest In Web Design: Retro Sites Inspired By The '90s
To navigate the website for Arcade Fire’s coming album, “Everything Now,” users need to click through a cluttered cascade of Windows 98-style pop-ups. Balenciaga’s new website looks as stripped down as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, with plain black boxes and no-frills Arial font. And the DIY-looking home page for Solange resembles the desktop of a candy-coloured iMac, complete with QuickTime windows and rows of blue folders. Web designs have come a long way in 20...
Lessons From y2k To Fighting Climate Change
Last week, New York magazine published a riveting and frightening look at the future of the planet we call home. Now that global warming is well underway, we are in for an apocalyptic awakening, and “parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century,” the writer, David Wallace-Wells, argues.The article captured the public’s attention, quickly becoming the most-read piece in the...
Going Low-Tech To Solve Everyday High-Tech Problems
How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Brian X Chen, The Times’ personal technology writer, who is based in San Francisco, discussed the tech he’s using.You explain, highlight and solve everyday tech problems for readers. How do you use tech to keep track of the issues and new tech that is coming out? Twitter, Facebook and Techmeme.com are useful for keeping up with new gadget trends. But when it comes to staying in tune with...
Q&Amp;A: Mail Drop In I Phone
Q: I was trying to mail a video clip on my iPhone to a friend, but the Mail app said the file was too big and I should try sending it with “Mail Drop.” What is this?Mail Drop is a feature that works with the Mail app on many iOS devices, Macs and through a web browser pointed to iCloud.com. The email account you are using must also support the IMAP standard. Mail Drop temporarily uses iCloud server space — instead of the mail provider’s servers — to store file...
Ugadi Special Feature

When The City Comes Alive
There is magic and mystic during Ugadi in the City, which comes during spring, says Michael PatraoBevu Bella thindu sukhavagi iri', which means eat need and jaggery and enjoy life. This is the underlying sentiment of Ugadi which prevails in the traditional parts of Bangalore like Basavanagudi and Malleswaram, Chamarajpet and the surrounding areas.In market areas like Malleswaram, Gandhi Bazaar, Srirampuram, Jayanagar 4th and 9th Blocks, Ulsoor and Madivala, people thronged to buy the...
Beginning Of All Times
It is believed that the Lord Brahma started creation of the universe on Ugadi day. Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the New Year, new month and new day. The onset of spring also marks a beginning of new life with plants acquiring new life, new shoots and leaves. Spring is considered the first season of the year hence also heralding a new year and a new beginning. Along with Ugadi comes jasmines...
A Resplendent Time For Nature
In Maharashtra, soon after the festivity of Holi, comes the celebration of a new year called ‘Gudi Padwa.’Come March and the winter sun amidst the grey howling wind whirling with golden brown crusty leaves, disappears into a gloaming sky,  to usher in a green dawn shimmering on dew dotted flower buds and tiny leaves on squirrels scampering trees.The period also heralds fertility rites festivities woven in myths, annual constellations and the beginning of a new season called...
Harbinger Of Good Tidings
Chaitra Suddha Padhyami is a day of excitement as it is termed the New Day of the New Year as per the Hindu calendar. The day marks the onset of spring with plants withered in harsh winter springing back to life.The festival is also a harbinger of hope for the agrarian community in Malnad region, with stacks of newly harvested crops, ready-for-sale piled up on one side of the verandah. The community, unperturbed by the losses that might have been caused due to natural vagaries or fluctuation...
Ugadi In City Of Palaces
Ugadi is much more than just a change of calendar or season in the old Mysore region. Mysore city has been the home of authentic ‘panchangas’ or the Hindu almanacs. Ugadi being the start of the Hindu calendar year, it is obvious that the almanac is an inseparable part of the festivities. The most famous of the ‘panchangas’ are the ‘aramane panchanga’ or the palace almanac that is published by the palace astrologers and the more popular ‘vontikoppal...
Tech Weekly

Robobee - The Drone To Perch And Save Energy
Flapping two tiny wings, the small, thin robot wobbles its way towards the underside of a leaf, bumps into the surface and latches on, perching motionless above the ground. Moments later, its wings begin to flap once more and it jiggles off on its way.The little flying machine, dubbed a ‘RoboBee’, has been designed to perch on a host of different surfaces, opening up new possibilities for the use of drones in providing a bird’s-eye view of the world, scientists say.Known as...
How Blizzard Redefined The First-Person Shooter
Overwatch, the new team-based first-person shooter from World of Warcraft developer Blizzard, has been out recently, but it’s already fairly clear that the game is a hit.Its short, open beta, which concluded recently, was popular enough to spark a meme in the intervening period detailing all the things players were doing now they couldn’t play the game. Then, on release day, the Overwatch subreddit briefly drew more traffic than the front page of Reddit itself, seemingly a result...
Five Of The Best Meditation Apps For You
The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can often feel like they amplify our daily stress.Turning to your smartphone for respite from the digital clutter may feel as ridiculous as holding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a pub, with your inbox, social networks and Candy Crush Saga just a couple of taps away.Still, mobile meditation apps are trying to help. There...
Warhammer, A Blend Of Strategy And High Fantasy
Warhammer is a range of tabletop strategy games; Total War is a series of historical battle simulations. Combining the two should have produced a black hole of nerdiness so unapproachable it would crush all mortals. Strangely, however, this is probably the most accessible each game has been for years.Typically taking place over the surface of a continent, the Total War games have taken in medieval Europe, the Napoleonic era, the Roman world and the warring states era of Japan. Like the...
Family Finance

Democratising Health Insurance In India With Data Analytics
As the second most populous nation and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, India is tasked with meeting the burgeoning expectations of people in providing basic services, such as infrastructure, housing, healthcare, transportation and job opportunities. With the population expanding by almost 450 million people in the last 25 years, the burden of service delivery has increased, especially in the healthcare sector. With increasing healthcare costs and unaffordability of quality...
The Perils Of Illusory Diversification
Practically every investor is aware that diversification is something that is good for his or her investment portfolio. However, unless we care to get into the matter further, diversification is just a word. Most people have a vague idea that it means that one should invest in a large variety of stocks and funds. However, the way people put this into practice often leaves a lot to be desired — some things that pass for diversification are ineffective, or worse.Recently, I received an...
Robo Advisory: A New Age Of Trading
We all are living in a digital era. The more the teams at Intel, AMD, AWS, and Microsoft work hard and innovate on processing power/flexibilities, the more room it opens up for the world to explore new domains of compute.Cloud computing has been a big game changer for the compute world where there doesn’t exist a need to provision or buy servers anymore for test activities or production. Capex has converted to opex and this has helped us leverage or try out new ideas which were...
When Mutual Fund Investors Can Sell A Fund?
The dilemma faced by some mutual fund investors on when to sell off an investment made in a fund often seems greater than the one they face while choosing a fund to invest in. The problem is that most — if not all — of us, who are active and involved investors, have a bias for action. We equate being good investors with doing something, often anything. Unfortunately, this translates in practice to not just buying more funds than we need, but also to be ever ready to sell.I...
Millennials Should Learn How To Invest Smartly
India today stands at a pedestal when it comes to demographic advantage, beating major geographies of the world. Half of our country’s population hasn’t placed 25 candles on their birthday cake yet. Our country is slated to be the youngest by 2020 with an average age of 29 years (37 for China, 48 for Japan), as per the projections of UN.A bulk of the current workforce pyramid is also formed by the millennials, who are essentially those born between early 1980s and 2000. Being the...
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A Hoolock Gibbon in an enclosdure inside the Delhi zoo...

A Hoolock Gibbon in an enclosdure inside the Delhi zoo...

President Pranab Mukherjee gestures after his speech during his farewell ceremony...

President Pranab Mukherjee gestures after his speech during his farewell ceremony...

Members of All India Porters Union Kargil War stage a protest against the government...

Members of All India Porters Union Kargil War stage a protest against the government...

A view of Parliament after heavy rains in New Delhi on Sunday...

A view of Parliament after heavy rains in New Delhi on Sunday...

People wading through a water logged street after rains in Kolkata...

People wading through a water logged street after rains in Kolkata...

Villagers of Thiba gather to look at the broken barrage after it was broken on by heavy...

Villagers of Thiba gather to look at the broken barrage after it was broken on by heavy...

Kanwariyas carrying holy water of river Ganga from Gadmukteshwar to offer Lord Shiva...

Kanwariyas carrying holy water of river Ganga from Gadmukteshwar to offer Lord Shiva...

MiG-35 in action at MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky, Russia on Sunday. Russia is keen...

MiG-35 in action at MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky, Russia on Sunday. Russia is keen...

Bollywood actress Sunny Leon at an event in Mumbai ...

Bollywood actress Sunny Leon at an event in Mumbai ...

Women sizing up a painting put on display as part of an art exhibition against communalism...

Women sizing up a painting put on display as part of an art exhibition against communalism...

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