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A Glimpse Of The Past
The lights faded in and out as scenes from a bygone era unfolded on screen. As she walked onto the stage, the audience sat back and stared. The character Gauhar Jaan went on to sing songs of romance and beyond to appreciative cheers. This was during the play ‘Gauhar’, which was staged recently as a part of the Bengaluru International Arts Festival at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.The play ‘Gauhar’ is written by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lillete Dubey and is inspired by...
'i'm Right Where I Want To Be'
Dheeraj Dhoopar had a combination of lucky breaks and sheer talent work for him in the industry. He came to be a model but his good looks and charming attitude soon got him on the small screen. He rose to fame with his role in the television series ‘Sasural Simar Ka’.He recently quit the show and is now working in ‘Kundali Bhagya’, an Ekta Kapoor series. He shares his rollercoaster journey in the industry with Anila Kurian.You’ve been in the industry for a long...
Bonding Over Food
Food is an important part of any celebration around the globe. The mouthwatering delicacies not only enhance the festive spirit but also give a glimpse of how culturally diverse a cuisine can be. On the occasion of this festive season, some foodies talk about the array of traditional festive dishes that have been lined up.“Food is a common identity that unites different communities, especially during a festival. ‘Dasara’ is one such festival where all the nine days are...
Praises For The Mentor
Bollywood actor Aahana Kumra, who gained acclaim with her role in the movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha (LUMB)’, is all praises for Naseeruddin Shah as the veteran has not just been her mentor but had also played a huge role in her career.Interestingly, Aahana started her acting journey in theatre under Shah’s guidance and both are currently sharing the stage together in the play ‘The Father’ which recently also got a houseful response.Earlier, Kumra worked with...
Notes From The Music Room
This picture was taken in 2001 at the Christ College band room. It was clicked just after one of our regular practice sessions.Seen in the picture are myself, Sherin Jacob, Matthew Harris, Ridhi D’Cruz and Nathan Harris. Matthew, Nathan and myself were batchmates at Christ College, and were also the founder members of our band ‘Galeej Gurus’. Sherin and Ridhi were our friends and have sung with us on several occasions. It is the love for music and the urge to form a band...
Economy & Business

Is Time Ticking For Public Sector Banks?
Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Viral Acharya in his speech titled "The Unfinished Agenda: Restoring Public Sector Bank Health in India" at the 8th R K Talwar Memorial Lecture recently suggested that deposit franchise of state-run banks, which are in the 'intensive care unit' should be sold off to private sector banks as the time is running out for state-run banks to clean up their balance sheets.He further added that India may need a Sudarshan Chakra to clean up the banks as...
Ford-Mahindra Alliance Reflects Pressures On Automakers
American Ford Motor Company and homegrown vehicle-maker Mahindra and Mahindra have said that they will launch a strategic alliance to counter challenges posed by fast-changing technology and global competition.The agreement, which builds on a former alliance that was unwound in 2005, is another sign that Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett, who took over in May, has begun to steer the automaker in a different direction.Ford and other global automakers are under pressure as policymakers demand...
Bosch Embraces Change!
German auto components giant Bosch, which set foot on Indian soil in 1922, has now become a household name – be it in automotive components, or building and security solutions. The company, which is headquartered in Bengaluru, has ‘constantly been in a state of evolution’. From a supplier of automotive components and technologies, it has diversified into other business areas such as energy, building solutions, consumer durables and electrified solutions.“Its...
Brewing Healthy Olive Tea For The World
Sita Devi, a 49-year-old farmer of Bassi village, is hopeful that her olive farms will bring in more money and yield, after olive tea production and packaging kicked off in Rajasthan.Like Sita, there are 451 farmer families in Rajasthan who have grown olives in their farms and are sure that their stars will change. The world's first processed olive tea, produced from the olive plants in Rajasthan, was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje last week. The tea is the result of the...
Marching Towards Indigenous Defence Business
Given the fact that India has one of the largest armies in the world and imports most of her defence requirements, it makes the country an attractive defence market globally.As India’s geo-political and economic clout grows, it is imperative that we develop a robust indigenous manufacturing ecosystem in order to achieve self-reliance in the aerospace and defence industry. Owing to the increasing threats we face across our borders and more importantly within our borders, the Government...
Art Review

Music And Dance Review- Graceful Concert
The Rabindranath Tagore Nagar Cultural Association is catering to the cultural needs of the connoisseurs of Bengaluru North, from last 27 years. Apart from the music concerts every month, the association organises, dance, bhajan, namasankeerthana, music competitions and annual music festival. The 27th anniversary was held last week jointly with the Sri Vinayaka Devasthana Samithi, and dedicated to M S Subbulakshmi.The melodic grace that is the forte of duets is unmistakable in the singing of...
Music And Dance Reviews
Gems of Karnatic musicBangalore Lalithakala Parishat presented a vocal concert by Dr Radha Bhaskar on Friday. Dr Radha Bhaskar is a well-known vocalist, musicologist and a music critic. She holds a doctoral degree in music and is a disciple of P S Narayana Swamy. She has performed in many organisations and has conducted music workshops in both in and outside India.She has directed 5,000 schoolchildren and conducted a choral music programme too.Theme of the current concert of Radha Bhaskar was...
Music And Dance Reviews: Kala Padma Award
Kala Padma awardThe Ponnaiah Lalithakala Academy presents the “Kala Padma” award in memory of Padmini Rao, every year. This year, the award was conferred on Dwaraki Krishnaswamy, senior flautist and composer. It was followed by a Bharathanatya recital by Indira Kadambi, senior dancer, teacher and choreographer.A shloka on Saraswathi gave Indira Kadambi a bright start followed by a jathi swara. Any how the piece de’ resistance of the programme was the varna “Entha Nine...
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...
Cyber Space

Amazon 'reviewing' Its Website
Amazon recently said that it was reviewing its website after a British television report said the online retail giant’s algorithms were automatically suggesting bomb-making ingredients that were “Frequently bought together.”The news is particularly timely in Britain, where authorities are investigating a terrorist attack recently on London’s Underground subway system. The attack involved a crude explosive in a bucket inside a plastic bag, and detonated on a train...
Composing Text, Plain And Simple
Q: Is possible to bold or italicize text in Outlook for Android?Microsoft released its Outlook for Android email app in 2015 with a focus on managing your inbox and scheduling your day. While the app can display formatting in messages you receive, you can compose messages on your device only in plain text — which means no bold, italic, underline or other typographical styling.If you press and hold your finger on text in a message you are writing, you get the options to copy and a few...
Apple Iphone 8: A Worthy Refinement
What does one say about a new iPhone? At this point, a decade after the first one sent the earth spinning in directions both magical and ghastly, it can be difficult to summon any fresh wonder when appraising the familiar little slab of digital horror and delight.The problem is especially acute for the two traditional iPhones hitting the market this year, the iPhone 8 and the larger 8 Plus, which are priced at $699 and up and will begin shipping this Friday.The 8s look almost identical to the...
Avoiding Cameras While Shooting Food
How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Pete Wells, The Times’ restaurant critic, discussed the tech he is using.How has tech transformed the world of dining?There are lots of incremental, behind-the-scenes changes that affect restaurants more than consumers, such as more sophisticated reservation systems and point-of-sale software, but I think the most powerful, sweeping change has come from digital photography hooked up to the...
Q&Amp;A, Sep 11
Q: Does Yahoo Account Key count as two-factor authentication for my Yahoo Mail? What exactly does it do?Many two-factor authentication systems require you to first type in your account password and then supply a numeric passcode generated by an app, a website or one sent by text message. Yahoo Account Key, which has been around for almost two years, is “similar to traditional two-factor verification” systems, Yahoo says in its help guide, but “there’s no memorised...
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

Diesel's Disgrace Set Stage For Mass Electrification
Carmakers squeezed between carbon emissions cuts and falling sales of fuel-efficient diesels have used the Frankfurt auto show to spotlight a future generation of electric cars that will largely come too late to help them out of their bind. But elsewhere at the show, suppliers like Valeo and Delphi are lifting the lid on a quicker fix: affordable 48-volt hybrids.These “mild” hybrids, which add some electric power to existing petrol models without a costly redesign, are now being...
At Htc: A New, Or Virtual, Reality
When HTC Corp brought back founder Cher Wang two years ago to turn around the struggling Taiwanese mobile phone maker, investors hoped she could stem a sharp loss in market share to Apple and Samsung Electronics.But the gamble to rebuild the early smartphone pioneer’s reputation failed, as its market share has continued to dwindle - to below 1% from closer to 10% in 2011.Last week, Wang announced HTC was shifting around 2,000 staff, mainly handset engineers, to Alphabet’s Google...
Downtrend Offers Good Investment Opportunity
It is a universally acknowledged truth that greed and fear are the enemies of investing, more so while investing in the equity market because they cloud knowledge and discipline. In the current scenario, investors in the equity market may be anxious about market levels with the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty 50 poised at record highs.Investors should avoid these emotions and stay focused on their financial goals by taking a disciplined approach to investing. Historical trend shows herd...
Equity Savings Funds - A Tax Efficient Alternative To Mip
Equity savings funds aim to generate returns from equities, arbitrage trades and fixed income securities. To retain concessional equity taxation, these schemes restrict the fixed income (debt) exposure to 35%. Besides, to reduce volatility and hedge the portfolio, these funds actively use derivative strategies.Still, some amount of equity is unhedged (pure equity cash market) to prop up the returns of the portfolio. The equity and the derivative exposure is considered as ‘equity’...
How To Protect From Digital Banking Fraud
Digital banking has transformed the way individuals and businesses in India are making payments or carrying out transactions, and managing their finances. Since demonetisation, last November, digital transactions have increased by more than 50% — setting the country on course to a less-cash economy and within reach of the government’s target of 25 billion digital transactions in 2017-18.Digital payments or transactions involve both credit and debit cards; unstructured...
Photo Gallery
An artist decorate the idol Goddess Durga with a saree made of pure gold at a...

An artist decorate the idol Goddess Durga with a saree made of pure gold at a...

Artist perform ballet Swan Lake is the most beloved, classic and quintessential ballet...

Artist perform ballet Swan Lake is the most beloved, classic and quintessential ballet...

Children dressed as Lord Hanuman take part in a procession during Langur Mela at the...

Children dressed as Lord Hanuman take part in a procession during Langur Mela at the...

Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor walks the ramp as showstopper at the...

Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor walks the ramp as showstopper at the...

Bollywood actress Richa Chadda and Kalki Koechlin during the shooting of a song for their...

Bollywood actress Richa Chadda and Kalki Koechlin during the shooting of a song for their...

Women dance on the occasion of Lalita Panchami during Navratri celebrations at a pandal, in...

Women dance on the occasion of Lalita Panchami during Navratri celebrations at a pandal, in...

A pandal, themed on the Jagannath Temple of Odisha, in Ranchi on Sunday ahead of the...

A pandal, themed on the Jagannath Temple of Odisha, in Ranchi on Sunday ahead of the...

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman and the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat...

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman and the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat...

Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu with actress Rakul Preet Singh and director A.R. Murugadoss during a...

Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu with actress Rakul Preet Singh and director A.R. Murugadoss during a...

Armed forces during a multi agency exercise 'Pralay Sahayam' conducted at...

Armed forces during a multi agency exercise 'Pralay Sahayam' conducted at...

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