20-30 CC bigger engines pass off as upgrades

Chennai: India has come a long way when it comes to automobiles. Right from HM Ambassador to the Tata Safari, some very good vehicles were made in the country. Even in the two-wheeler division, we had some amazing machines. But unlike those days, it seems, the strategy adopted by manufacturers at present is not quite healthy. Yes, I am talking about the models that come with a minor increase in

From San Francisco with love, Swensen’s opens in Chennai

Opened in 1948, Swensen’s, a tiny ice cream outlet in San Francisco has won the hearts of many. It has culminated into one of the most famous ice cream brand around the globe. Now they have finally opened in Chennai. Swensen’s has become a hit with the city folks for its mouthwatering menu and affordable rate. The company’s three mottos are – quality, quantity and value for money. This they

Designer's tips for choosing wedding trousseau

Every girl dreams to look the best on her special day. Finding the right wedding dress with the perfect colour, fabric and style is a tough task for many brides to-be. A wedding saree, gown or a lehenga is an expression of the bride’s personal style. Every minute detail adds a certain element of class to the overall look. In spite of the growing number of fashion labels, there are

Hondo WR-V official reveals interesting details

Chennai: Honda Cars India Ltd introduced its new model, the WR-V in the city at Rs 7.9 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 8.94 lakh for the diesel variant. At an event held in Chennai yesterday, officials stated that the WR-V is the first model developed by Honda R&D India along with Honda R&D Japan, to match the needs and aspirations of young Indian customers who are looking for

Copycat vehicles don’t give run for your money

Chennai: I never really liked copycats. When somebody tries to be what they aren’t, it doesn’t seem right somehow. Indians seem to like those kind of people. The automotive industry suffers such copycats which are present in every segment that the car and bike industry had toiled to create. This happens especially when two companies form a merger. They just produce copycats of the same car and give it different

Tradition of Chettinad comes to Chennai

Chettinad cuisine is about the masalas. Spices grounded into powder, mixed with every dish transform it into the perfect delicacy. The city of Madurai is famous not only for its temples but for its array of Chettinad hotels; the one in particular, Kumar Mess, has opened its door in Chennai. The restaurant located is Vadapalani serves traditional items like Nattu Kozhi, Kola Urundai, Varutha Kari and many more. “When I

Dessert lab in Alwarpet chills up a storm

More and more people are dining out – for various reasons. Restaurants and cafes seem to be springing up at every street corner, making this even more interesting and rewarding. Many of these eateries and kiosks are trying up to please the beast (customers) with more innovation in their food. One of the newer entrants is 196 Degrees Below – a dessert destination. HOW DOES IT STAND OUT? This dessert

Bags every girl should know about

Any woman who follows fashion should know what the name of a specific kind of bag is, especially if she’s looking for it in a store or talking with her friends about her newest procurement. Still, there are instances where it can be difficult to remember the name of every one of them. Therefore, the list below is to assist women in knowing the various kind of bags available on

Hercules opens ‘Experience Centre’ at Nungambakkam

Chennai: An all-new Hercules Fitness Experience Centre was inaugurated by actor Arya and Asian Champion and Olympian Renjith Maheshwary at Nungambakkam here yesterday. A part of TI Cycles, the centre introudced a range of high-end fitness strength series called ‘Evost’ in south India. The centre supplies products specially designed and strengthened based on guidance from leading fitness industry professionals aiming at home gyms, fitness centres, sports clubs and more. The

What is truly a 'hot' hatchback?

In 1975, the Mk 1 Golf GTI was launched and the world went crazy about it. The small car had around 100 hp and because it was very light (only 810 kg), it could really go like stink. The term ‘hot hatch’ was first coined for Mk-I Golf GTI. The Germans were very clever to see the potential market for such a car. A small hatchback with a bigger engine,

Rudraksha exhibition to be conducted at Nandanam

Chennai: To create awareness about the mystical powers and therapeutic properties of the divine bead Rudraksha, Rudralife organisation is conducting exhibition-cum-sale of Rudraksha at Central Cottage Corporation of India Ltd, Temple Tower, 672, Anna Salai, Nandanam. According to a press release, the exhibition which commenced on 24 February will go on till 6 March, between 10.30 am and 7.30 pm. Special features of the display include: Indra Mala, combining 1 to