Balu Mahendra Noolagam at Saligramam offers plenty for budding filmmakers

Tucked in a quiet place on Thilakar Street, Saligramam is a yellow one-floored apartment with a narrow balcony, lined up with pots. A dusty board hanging on the gates informs ‘Balu Mahendra Noolagam’. Continue Reading

Graphic novelist, James Peaty, pens book on Chanakya

As a kid, James Peaty loved comics and was a big fan of Terrence Dicks’ novelisations of Doctor Who. Later, it was Stephen King, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard and Angela Carter. The writers made a big impact during my formative years, he says. Today, James is an author having worked with giants like Marvel and DC. His portfolio includes writing credits for Marvel Heroes, X-Men Unlimited, The Batman Strikes, Justice League Unlimited, Supergirl, among others. Continue Reading

Expat veterinarian pens book on how to care pet animals

As a young child, Juliet Decaestecker grew up in a place that made her connect with nature everyday. She recalls chasing after birds in the garden or learning how to feed horses at her grandparents’ farm. “Even if a pigeon would fly into the window, I would get inside the house and try to heal it,” she says. Continue Reading

Volunteers walk for plastic to keep Chennai clean

For the past few weeks, calls for climate change is echoing across the globe. With pollution spiraling out of control, several activists cry for measures. Numerous environmentalists and citizens in our city have also started initiatives to combat global warming. Engineering graduate-turned-artist, B Gowtham’s campaign ‘Walk for Plastic’ has caught Chennai with volunteers turning up to collect plastic waste on the road. Continue Reading

Review: ‘Frozen 2’ – Visual splendour

It’s been six years since ‘Frozen’ froze the silver screen with its charming plot, cool visuals and music. The song, ‘Let it Go’ stayed in our hearts. Now, Walt Disney Animation Studios, brings us back this magical animated fantasy with its sequel, ‘Frozen 2’. Continue Reading

Koogai library at Valasaravakkam, a place to visit for budding filmmakers

For every budding filmmaker who wishes to make it big in Kollywood, an environment that fosters dream to craft films is essential. Continue Reading

App by fashion designer Purvi Doshi helps you trace a clothes’ origin story

Renowned fashion designer Purvi Doshi known for her sustainable clothing label, ‘Purvi Doshi’ recently launched the ‘Traceability’ app, hoping to bring in transparency among consumers. This unique app offers a user the source map, land where the cotton grew and textile has been woven, names, pictures and beautiful stories of weaver, dyers, spinners, tailors. Continue Reading

Food review: Land of Malay comes to town

If you are planning to taste authentic Malaysian cuisine, The Raintree at St Mary’s Road has organised a Malayasian Food Festival till 24 November, at their restaurant, Chap Chay. With dishes curated by Chef Mat Safiee Bin Haroon, the restaurant hopes to offer true Malaysian food for Chennaiites. The food fest is held on par with the Malaysian Tourism campaign, Truly Malaysia 2020. Continue Reading

NBFCs to soon get Rs 20,000 cr under credit guarantee scheme

Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar said the government is in the process of approving Rs 20,000-crore of lifeline to the fund-starved NBFCs under the partial credit guarantee scheme announced in the budget. Continue Reading

Vadapalani resident collects ancient artifacts

If you step into Samy Durai’s shop on Arcot Road, Vadapalani you are greeted with ancient artifacts. Two large gramophones are placed at the entrance along with a tall telescope that looks as if it’s out of an encyclopedia. Samy’s small store is filled with interesting objects from idols to coins and from tiny toys to old pots and clocks. All his collections come with a story of their own. Continue Reading