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This Week
INTERNATIONALCRICKET: The first Test between India and West Indies in Antigua is scheduled to end on Monday. The second Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford is scheduled for a Tuesday finish.  Sri Lanka take on Australia in the first Test at Pallekele from Tuesday.TENNIS: WTA tournaments at Stanford, Baastad and Washington and ATP events at Washington DC, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel and Umag conclude on Sunday.The Toronto Masters and the WTA event in Montreal begin on Monday. ...
Take Charge Of Central Squares
The central squares e4, d4, e5 and d5 are power controlling squares in a game of chess and the pieces can cause maximum influence on the game from these squares. Generally the player who can occupy these squares can attack and defend and usually end up winning the game.In the game which follows Black turns the tide in his favour after his queen is placed on the d5 square. From there on the queen controls the game and Black has no problem in winning the game.White: Eric Lobron (2585) –...
Sprightly Raider Banks On Fitness
Longevity in sports can be a tricky phenomenon. If the desire to tick all the boxes of one’s career can keep a sportsperson going, the age-factor and the growing challenges in sport can force him or her to contemplate quitting.After a 13-year-long career in kabaddi, former India captain Mamatha Poojary has managed to strike a balance in this regard, keeping her determination and enthusiasm for the game intact. Hailing from Hermunde village in Karkala Taluk, Udupi, Mamatha, who made...
Drawing The Line, Firmly
When a tennis ball bounces outside the court lines, the play is over. When a soccer ball goes off the field, the play is interrupted. But when a Formula One car drives outside the limits of the track, the race continues — sometimes, in fact, to the advantage of the driver who strayed out of bounds.For most of Formula One's history, that has been how races were run. However, as Formula One prepared for the Hungarian Grand Prix near Budapest, it was embroiled in a controversy as to how,...
Indian Touch To American Dream
Kanak Jha is not sure when he made the change. He thinks it was maybe when he was 9 or 10. He does not remember the precise moment, but he knows it was significant all the same."I think it was sort of all of a sudden," he said recently. "I just started doing it. I said, 'table tennis' instead of 'Ping-Pong.'"He paused. "I guess because that's what I was playing."The distinction may seem to be only semantics. But the difference between Ping-Pong (a game largely...
Sunday Herald

A Reflection Of The World
There is a method to the madness. In the heart of a Berlin winter, not long ago, libretto blared from six charred luxury cars that lay in a wasteland adjacent to the Skulpturenpark. For six weeks, the contractor who was overseeing a construction nearby had his nerves racked, listening to this seemingly pointless opera. He complained to the police. The policewoman who arrived on the scene had a more artistic bend of mind and upheld KUNSTrePUBLIK’s freedom to present their artistic...
The Art Of Serious Comedy
“He’s so awesome man...and damn funny!”“Isn’t he so f *@#ingly witty!”“She’s amazing, humorous!”“Hilarious, but also so inspiring, isn’t he?”“She really talks sense, but is so amusing!”These are only a few babbles that one often overhears at clubs, bars, meet-ups, hangouts, college classrooms and even while commuting in a metro. The youngsters, after initial high-fiving excitedly, ask: “Arreey, did you...
Shall We Dance?
India has a rich variety of dance forms. From bharatanatyam to manipuri, garba to bhangra, chhau to santhali, every community has a unique dance tradition of its own. Geeta Varma takes us through the incredible vibrancy of our diversity in dance.It is said to have begun a very long time ago. When Shiva as Nataraja did the thandavam, it was a cosmic dance lacking rhythm. Parvathi joined him with lasyam, and thus created thalam (‘tha’ of thandavam and ‘la’ of lasyam)....
Behind Enemy Lines
England was the first country in the world to acquire a modern industrial economy, based on growth and the application of science and technology to productive process. This resulted in the creation of wealth and affluence at an unprecedented level. In becoming the first affluent country, England gave a new message to the world — in order to become rich and richer, a country needed wealth and resources which could only be obtained by a conquest over other countries, and by controlling...
A Wing &Amp; A Prayer
Day breaks early in the world’s busiest desert. A herd of goats driven out at dawn grazes in the distance, bells tinkling from their collars. Flocks of short-toed larks and sparrows dart between the thorny khair trees. Off the main road a pack of wild dogs feasts on the body of a gazelle taken down overnight. Griffon and cinereous vultures wait silently in the wings. On the top of a nearby ridge stands a lonely silhouette of a giant bird overlooking the morning rush. It is close to 4...
Sunday Herald articulations

All In The Lying Game
It’s a human weakness, as old as civilisation itself, to which most of us succumb frequently. Thanks to lying, it’s so easy to wriggle out of a sticky situation that we seldom have any qualms about it. So much so that it’s now a polished art, perfected by constant use, and practised without compunction.Confident that we can get away with it, we are tempted to lie repeatedly. It’s no doubt unethical, but lying is here to stay. Given its undoubted usefulness in bailing...
Tabish Khair - Quick Take
Born in 1966 in Ranchi, Tabish Khair grew up in Gaya, and did his Master’s in English from the local Magadh University. He worked as a reporter with a newspaper in Delhi before moving to Copenhagen, where he pursued his PhD. His first collection of poems was My World, and his first novel, An Angel in Pyjamas, both of which were published while he was in Delhi. His other notable works include Where Parallel Lines Meet, a collection of poems, and novels Babu Fictions, The Bus Stopped, The...
Hungry Merlion
Singapore’s status as a serious food destination can be gauged from the fact that 10 of the Top 50 restaurants in Asia can be found here. This is where celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay met his Waterloo in a street-food challenge; his chicken rice lost out to the original at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Road Food Centre. Overnight, the tiny stall became a sensation. Chef Anthony Bourdain considers their chicken rice so good that you can have it all by itself, even without the...
What's In A Name?
The name Kumuda in South India refers to a female, but Kumud in North India refers to a male. I knew at least one such name — Kumud Khanna. He was a journalist. But more interesting is the name Jayanti. In the south, Jayanti is a she, but in Gujarat, Jayanti can only be a he. So they have Jayantibhai, Jayantilal et al. When my colleague, Jayanti, received a letter, the postman would not deliver it to her; he was looking for a male Jayanti. He was convinced that my colleague was not the...
The Circle Of Biryani
I started writing a book in 2009, aiming to make it a non-fiction collection of recipes that would showcase to the world at large that Muslim food is more than just biryani. My brother got excited when I shared the idea with him, and he wanted to co-write it with me. That, of course, lasted all of three days, I think, because we never could agree on anything right from the time we were kids, so I shoved him off the project unceremoniously.Nevertheless, I squeezed out 9,000 words approximately...
Sunday Herald entertainment

Many Intrigues Of Jason Bourne
Paul Greengrass couldn’t have been clearer. He was done with Jason Bourne. And that meant his loyal star, Matt Damon, wouldn’t be returning as the covert operative for the CIA who unravelled agency conspiracies while he recovered his memory.As late as 2013, Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, insisted he had no desire to return to the Universal Pictures franchise inspired by the Robert Ludlum novels. “I certainly didn’t expect to ever...
Real Stories On The Reel
One film that stood out in KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival was Anjali. Although it didn’t win awards, the interpretation of Anjali’s sheer beauty, her grit to survive and claim her gender identity, was what caught the attention of viewers. Anjali, a transgender-turned-model, is from Nepal, and bringing her live to the celluloid is Mohan Rai, a Nepalese filmmaker. Through his production house, Middleway Films, he has made more than 25 films, and is happily adding...
Packing A Punch
They play the latest buddy cops in Hindi cinema in the action-heavy thriller Dishoom: John Abraham, blessed with one of the best bodies among today’s stars, and Varun Dhawan, the youngster best known for his schoolboy looks, come together to save the Indian cricket skipper in this Rohit Dhawan thriller.We narrowly miss meeting them together, so we have to collate what both of them said. Ask him why he thought director Rohit cast him again (after the director’s 2011 debut Desi...
Top 5 Must-Watch Art Biopics
Surviving PicassoThe passionate Merchant-Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso, who was strong enough to withstand his cruelty.KlimtJohn Malkovich plays Austrian painter Gustav Klimt in this movie that primarily focuses on Klimt’s love life, including his pursuit of Lea de Castro, and his death.FridaSalma Hayek is captivating in this film, which tells the story of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her turbulent relationship with fellow artist Diego...
Art Of Movie Making
One of the best experiences to be had on a film set is to visit the studio before and during the shoot. While the first visit will show you the harsh reality of the film world, the second will transport you into reel life. However, few know about the people who are behind this metamorphosis — the art directors. They work day and night to convert a barren studio floor into a lush green park or a snow-capped mountain or anything you can dream of. But not many can put a face to these...
Sunday Herald art & culture

Deconstructing A Seascape
In a few weeks, as TV cameras swoop over the Olympic Park in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, viewers will glimpse what looks like a colossal seascape mural encircling the new aquatics stadium.But what appears to be ancient, cracked decorative tile is actually a scrim of 66 panels of perforated canvas, each 90 feet high — the largest contemporary artwork commissioned for Rio 2016. And the blue-and-white work is steeped in a complicated provenance that is typical of...
Wooden Wonders Of Varanasi
Colourful wooden toys of the 10-headed Ravana lined the front row, while cute Russian dolls of Lord Ganesh, and pretty women named Lal Banno and Peeli Banno adorned the back row. Between these two rows were numerous toys including elephants, birds, bullock carts and various characters from the Mahabharata. Well! I was at a toy shop in Varanasi, and pretty amazed. For, I only knew that the town of Varanasi was famous for its temples, musical instruments, and the renowned Banarasi sarees. As...
Carrying A Legacy
Her resume reads like the idyllic dream. Dancer, respected art critic, winner of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar, writer, publisher, columnist, TV anchor, producer, actor, former secretary of the Madras Music Academy and currently on the panel of Indian Council For Cultural Relations! The list just seems endless.Nandini Ramani — a strong, self-contained but humble artiste who has excelled in all her chosen fields — ensures that her innumerable laurels rest lightly on her...
Behind Masks
The Sanskrit treatise on the dramatic arts, Natya Shastra, includes a section on masks, as they were considered a natural extension of the performing arts. Masked performances continue to play a significant role in transforming the performers’ identity to that of the character portrayed across rituals, carnivals, theatres and dances, whether in the classical, folk or tribal traditions. One such continuing tradition is the ritual martial art dance-drama of chhau that depicts the epic...
Candid With A Comedian
Comedian Kaneez Surka had early beginnings in comedy. As early as high  school. Playing the role of an amnesia-ridden nun, Kaneez received a loud applause from the audience (including her proud mother), which only strengthened her resolve of becoming a comedic actor. With the acting bug alive and kicking in her all through high school and university, things really started to work for her when she took a year off and came to Mumbai to do some, in her words, ‘NRI-stuff like charity,...
Sunday Herald books

Book Rack
Brand ShastraMainak DharPenguin, 2016, pp 225, Rs 399From losing weight to implementing better work-life balance to how we incentivise conduct in our friends and colleagues — there are lessons and insights in the book that you’ll find yourself relating to and applying in life.Preparation for the next life Atticus LishPan Macmillan, 2016, pp 432, Rs 550Set in the underbelly of New York, this novel exposes an America as seen from the fringes of society in devastating detail, and...
Of Haunting Imagery
The Gun RoomGeorgina Harding Bloomsbury2016, pp 211, Rs 499The Gun Room, Georgina Harding’s latest offering, grabs you by the throat from the first few pages. It begins during the Vietnam War, and is told from the perspective of a young freelance photographer, Jonathan Ashe, from Norfolk, England. He is waiting for a chance to photograph the death and destruction in the green, war-torn paddy fields. A chance encounter with a helicopter pilot in a Saigon bar one evening gets the...
Love, Near &Amp; Away
The YardAliyyah EniathSpeaking Tiger2016, pp 272, RS 350Set in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Aliyyah Eniath’s debut novel, The Yard, depicts the childhood friendship of two loners, Behrooz and Maya, also the adopted children of Father Khalid. The Yard, a large compound, houses six families — Father Khalid and his four siblings, and Sakina, their widowed and old mother.Eniath presents the lives of the East Indians whose forefathers came from India to Trinidad through the...
Just The Way He Is
With Chris Gayle, what you see is what you get. And his autobiography — aptly named Six Machine - I don’t like cricket… I Love It — is everything that you would expect it to be. It’s a racy, evocative and pompous narrative of a life of a cricketer who is unapologetic, unabashed and unpretentious.The self-styled ‘World Baaass’ begins by stating in his prologue, “I am going to enjoy life endlessly” as he recovers from a heart surgery in a...
Of Maternal Bond
Hot MilkDeborah LevyBloomsbury2016, pp 217, Rs 497Restless, listless, sleepless and penniless, Sofia Papastergiadis, the heroine of Deborah Levy’s gorgeous new novel, Hot Milk, feels about as miserable and alarmed as it is possible to feel. We meet her just after she drops her laptop on the floor, shattering both the screen and the illusion of well-being.“My laptop has all my life in it,” she says. “If it is broken, so am I.”At 25, Sofia is a half-English,...
Sunday Herald travel

Beauty In Solitude
The wide vistas of the Shivalik Mountains and the Yamuna gurgling down below greeted me, as the vehicle swerved a bend on the steep road. I was heading to Sankri, a nondescript town in the lap of the mountains in Uttarakhand. This was the take-off point for a trek to the valley of Har Ki Doon. Rated as one of the moderately tough, but mesmerisingly beautiful walks in the Himalayas, I had chosen to venture here not only to bask in its beauty, but to escape the heat and dust of the plains....
Cascades Come Calling
When one thinks of Goa, the first few things that come to mind are the sun-kissed beaches, sparkling seas and swaying coconut palms. But on a recent visit, I saw an extremely beautiful and rare side of the tiny state. Mighty mountains carpeted with lush greenery of thick deciduous forests, and cradled amidst this breathtaking scenery is the spectacular Doodh Sagar Falls. Situated near the Goa-Karnataka border, in the Sanguem Taluka, this waterfall is counted among one of the tallest cascades...
A Holy Tryst
I’ll admit it. I’ve wandered off the straight-and-narrow. I was keen to visit Israel initially for the immense cultural history that she comes with. The cobbled streets of old-town Jerusalem for instance, sing with antiquity. Here — the Jewish, Christian, Armenian and Muslim quarter. There — the enticing bazaars. Everywhere — monuments of the world’s three gigantic, monotheistic faiths. But I end up losing my heart quite as much to what lies beyond the...
A Valley Of Wonders
Much before a part of it got the prestigious World-Heritage tag, this mesmerising valley of gurgling crystal waters, apple orchards, sleepy hamlets, psychedelic birds, trout fish and adventurous treks, invited me to witness its mind-clearing calm.Tirthan Valley is the land of a pristine river, a pond with an intriguing fable; of clan deities and beautiful architecture. It’s dotted with tiny villages where womenfolk laboriously weave their own gorgeous woollen wrap-around skirts....
Beauty In Bhutan
I am flying on a magic carpet that takes me across the Himalayas. Sheets of ice wrap the mountains and I can feel the cold breeze on my face. I open my eyes just as the aircraft hovers over the Everest, while we cross Kathmandu. My destination is the happiest country in the world — Bhutan.The snow-white mountains towering towards the sky holds me enthralled, as I watch wide-eyed like a kid in a candy store. The wings wade through the sky, as the plane nose dives into the valley and...
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Darshan in 'Mr Airavata'

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Actress Aindritha Ray performing during Shatha Sambrama -University of Mysore Centenary...

Actress Aindritha Ray performing during Shatha Sambrama -University of Mysore Centenary...

School students sit in the formation of a plane as they pray for the Indian Air Force plane...

School students sit in the formation of a plane as they pray for the Indian Air Force plane...

Indian Army soldiers rescue flood affected villagers near India-Bhutan border of Chirang...

Indian Army soldiers rescue flood affected villagers near India-Bhutan border of Chirang...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the children at the launch of the Reliance...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the children at the launch of the Reliance...

Flamingos fly over Chandlai Lake in Jaipur on Saturday. Flamingos travel thousands of miles...

Flamingos fly over Chandlai Lake in Jaipur on Saturday. Flamingos travel thousands of miles...

Director Porsche India oavan Shetty with new Porsche 911 car during the launch in Bengaluru...

Director Porsche India oavan Shetty with new Porsche 911 car during the launch in Bengaluru...

Women on a boat wade through flooded area after heavy showers in Mayong village in Morigoan...

Women on a boat wade through flooded area after heavy showers in Mayong village in Morigoan...

Kite club India fly's 300 kite during Kite festival 2016 as the part of Income Declaration...

Kite club India fly's 300 kite during Kite festival 2016 as the part of Income Declaration...

Villagers along with their cattle wade through a Banana raft from the flood affected village...

Villagers along with their cattle wade through a Banana raft from the flood affected village...

A fan sports painting Rajinikanth's Kabali on his body at the release of his new film 'Kabali' ...

A fan sports painting Rajinikanth's Kabali on his body at the release of his new film 'Kabali' ...

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