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Standing The Test Of Time
Vintage cars were a childhood passion for Arun Srinivasan, an IT professional, who says the first car in the family was a Fiat and it continues to command the love and respect of the family. The belief that the Fiat has a definite soul and character that most modern cars lack, is what drew Arun to this classic vehicle that has stood the test of time. The family owns two Fiats. The first is a 1991 model Premier Padmini Economy which was initially bought by his father, N Srinivasan. The second...
'i'd Rather Wait For The Right Script'
Actor Puneeth Rajkumar is popular for his dance and action sequences. The makers of most of his earlier projects, such as ‘Jackie’, ‘Anna Bond’ and ‘Hudugaru’, didn’t forget to showcase these talents of his. Puneeth describes the experience of working in his latest project, ‘Doddmane Hudga’, as ‘fabulous’. It’s not just his character but also the opportunity to work with some of the best names in the film industry that...
The Modern Explorers
The middle class are travelling, not to talk of the millennials — clearly inspired by those picture-perfect Instagram shots, if not anything else. The traditional once-a-year vacation seems to be passe and so are the cookie-cutter packages. As another ‘World Tourism Day’ arrives, the urban nomads are looking for unique experiences. Globe-trotting has become their staple, and indeed their necessity! The antidote to it, they claim, has not yet been foundKitty Iyer, for...
The Eye Behind The Lens
An assignment from a filmmaking workshop 23-year-old Shilpa Johar took last April is now winning her laurels — her three-minuter has been awarded the Gold under the students’ category at the prestigious International Independent Film Awards, California.The one-shot film ‘Nange Pair’ plays out a day in the life of a victim of marital abuse backwards and features two characters. “I needed to say more in less because we had a time limit — and people have a...
Wearing Many Hats.
The trailer of ‘Badmaash’ was recently released by Shivarajkumar and actor Dhananjaya who sports ten different looks in the film, confesses that he couldn’t think of a better person, to release the trailer than Shivarajkumar. Dhananjaya says the trailer will give the viewers a gist of the movie and will arouse the curiosity of any movie buff. One will get a clear insight into the colour, drama and romance that has been carefully woven into the film. The release date for...
Spectrum

From Here &Amp; There - Rare Portrayal Of The Mahatma
In a rare attempt, Karnataka Shilpakala Academy, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Arasikere and Karnataka Gandhi  Smaraka Nidhi, Bengaluru collaboratively organised a state level sculpture workshop and designed a series of sculptures depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. The unique sculpture park is located near Kasturba Gandhi Mission School in Arasikere, Hassan district. A team of 30 artists led by sculptor Kashinath, under the guidance of Y Kumar of...
Beautiful Paintings Adorn This Chapel
St Aloysius College Chapel in Mangaluru gets its name from St Aloysius Gonzaga and its fame from Antonio Moscheni S J. Brother Moscheni, a native of Italy, was a talented artist and was assigned to paint churches within and outside his country. With this objective, he came to India in 1899. He completed painting the St Aloysius Chapel in two and a half years. The interiors of this place of worship reveal the magnitude of Moscheni’s achievement. The chapel’s high walls, lofty...
Hands That Create Gods
The vehicle slows down on the shaded road lined on either side by spreading banyan trees. The cluster of freshly painted modern houses to one side, that is the village, does not seem very remarkable. Once outside the car, it is difficult not to notice the piled up blocks of rough granite blocks and heaps of stone chips that lie at intervals along the road. Entering the village, one is overwhelmed by the sight and sound of sculptors’ activity. The whine of a motorised polishing tool in a...
Miscellany - Literary Gem Of Princely Mysore
The visionary rulers of the Wadiyar dynasty ensured that the Princely State of Mysore flourished in all fields. It was during the reign of Maharaja Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, that the state witnessed a number of developmental activities. One of the major areas the rulers focused on was that of the industrial development. As a result, during World War I, a number of industries were initiated. In order to boost economic development, ‘Mysore Economic Conference’ came to be constituted...
Strong Pillar Of Support
Sharath (name changed), a two-year-old, who was unable to make eye contact and had delayed language development, was diagnosed with mild autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He studied in a special school in Mumbai for two years after which his parents enrolled him in ASHA Trust, Bengaluru. Kavitha Manjunath, special educator at the trust, says, “It was challenging in the beginning as he used to run near the window when he was given some activity. Reinforcement...
Science & Technology

Dna Hints At Earlier Human Exodus From Africa
Hints of an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans. People outside Africa overwhelmingly trace their descent to a group that left the continent 60,000 years ago. Now, analysis of nearly 500 human genomes appears to have turned up the weak signal of an earlier migration. But the results suggest this early wave of Homo sapiens all but vanished, so it does not drastically alter prevailing theories of our origins. And two separate studies failed to find...
Quarks: A Work In Progress
Today, the subatomic world is very well explained by the Standard Model of particle physics. The basic tenets of this model are conservation laws that give rise to various types of symmetries and four types of interaction (gravitational, electromagnetic, strong nuclear and weak nuclear). Further, all particles are divided into two types, depending on the value of quantum mechanical spin. The particles with half integer values for spin are called fermions and the rest are bosons. The model...
Looking At Mars Through Earth
A  mile down in an unused mine tunnel, scientists guided by helmet lamps trudged through darkness and the muck of a flooded, uneven floor. In the subterranean world of the Beatrix gold mine, South Africa, they shed their backpacks, taking out tools and meticulously prepared test tubes to collect samples. Leaning a ladder against the hard rock wall, Tullis C Onstott, a geosciences professor at Princeton, USA, climbed to open an old valve about a dozen feet up.Out flowed water chock-full...
Juno, All Set To Explore Jupiter
C Sivaram discusses the Juno spacecraft that was sent to Jupiter earlier this year, its numerous functions and predecessorsThe Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on July 5. Juno was launched in August 2011. The five year-long trip to Jupiter involved a time of two years looping through the inner solar system with a slingshot past Earth (October 2013) to increase its speed sufficiently. While orbiting Jupiter, it would pass close to the surface to escape the lethal radiation belts surrounding...
Pollution Particles 'get Into Brain'
A new research that provides evidence of pollution particles in the brain tissue raises a host of new questions about the health risks of air contamination, writes David Shukman Tiny particles of pollution have been discovered inside samples of brain tissue, according to new research. Suspected of toxicity, the particles of iron oxide could conceivably contribute to diseases like Alzheimer’s — though evidence for this is lacking. The finding — described as “dreadfully...
Environment

Snippets
Penguins adapt to changesOn any given night, as the sun sets, dozens to hundreds of people gather along the pier at St Kilda Beach, just off the coast of Melbourne, Australia. They’re not here for the sherbet sky. They’re here for the penguins.Little penguins, the smallest penguin species, are supposed to return to their nests after dark. But city lights mean there is never a moment of true darkness here, so these penguins parade home at all hours of the night. At St Kilda, little...
Are Lion Hunters Shooting Tame Animals?
The guide whistles as the large, dark-maned lion walks just a few metres from the car. It looks around to face the American hunter and a single shot rings out in the South African bush. The lion cartwheels from the force of the bullet — shocked and confused it roars, turns and quickly limps off into the bush. “Shoot him again, shoot him again, shoot him again,” the professional hunter frantically urges, as the hunter reloads, firing into the trees. The video cuts to see the...
Decoding Plant Communication
Human beings talk using one of the most complex systems of communication ever developed — languages. Animals howl, bark or hoot to be heard. A few are special: peacocks fan their feathers, dolphins slap their tails and bees dance. There are some who use their sense of smell to pick up another’s message. All animals, humans included, have mastered a lingo best understood by members of their own species. It is, of course, an essential prerequisite for survival. Plants, unlike...
Forest Interrupted
The proposed Nanjangud-Nilambur railway track would affect the ecology of the region, disturbing the spatial distribution of grazing resources and movement of wild animals, opines Arun VenkataramanSome recent reports that the proposed Nanjangud-Nilambur railway track is being revived is the worst recurring nightmare that a conservationist can suffer. In a Kafkaesque scenario, the railway line will pass through the core area of Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park, disastrously dividing...
The Bonobo World &Amp; Female Camaraderie
Female bonobos often bond together to fend off male aggression, and that too in patterns that defy the standard primate rule book, reports Natalie Angier The female bonobo apes of the Wamba forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo had just finished breakfast and were preparing for a brief nap in the treetops, bending and crisscrossing leafy branches into comfortable day beds. But one of the females was in estrus, her rump exceptionally pink and swollen, and four males in the group were too...
Movie Guide
Darshan in 'Mr Airavata'

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A girl and her father kick a pinata representing Donald Trump...

A girl and her father kick a pinata representing Donald Trump...

Children pay tribute to Indian soldiers killed in Uri strike, during an event...

Children pay tribute to Indian soldiers killed in Uri strike, during an event...

Tourists celebrating World Tourism Day in Pushkar on Monday...

Tourists celebrating World Tourism Day in Pushkar on Monday...

Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs for India, speaks during the 71st session...

Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs for India, speaks during the 71st session...

College students paying tribute to Uri attack martyrs in Mumbai...

College students paying tribute to Uri attack martyrs in Mumbai...

Indian team players celebrate their victory over New Zealand on the final day...

Indian team players celebrate their victory over New Zealand on the final day...

Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture with message 'Keep It Clean: Happy World Tourism Day'....

Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture with message 'Keep It Clean: Happy World Tourism Day'....

Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla during the inauguration of a cancer initiative...

Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla during the inauguration of a cancer initiative...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C35 carrying SCATSAT-1...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C35 carrying SCATSAT-1...

'Thousands Hands' Goddess Durga being prepared at a community puja pandal ahead of the Durga Puja...

'Thousands Hands' Goddess Durga being prepared at a community puja pandal ahead of the Durga Puja...

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