Virugambakkam resident speaks on life as artist

Art has always been one of humanity’s greatest form of communication. Some of earliest evidence of civilizations appear as cave paintings. Paintings evoke emotions through splash of colours. For Ramya Sadasivam, a resident of Virugambakkam, it has always been an emotional connect. She credits her mother for becoming an artist. Continue Reading

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

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

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

Experts & techies share methods to fight air pollution

On 4 November, when Chennai woke up with hazy skies, residents were surprised. It was unusual. While the meteorological department assured there was nothing to worry, weather bloggers, on the contrary, cried in dismay. Some took on to social media to say that our city is slowing taking in Delhi’s hazardous air. For nearly a week, Chennai’s air quality continues to deteriorate. Continue Reading

Review: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ – Rise of machines

‘The Terminator’ was a game-changer when it hit screens in 1984. It was probably the first time when Hollywood witnessed a humanoid robot hunting humans. Then, we had ‘Judgment Day’ in 1991. We were left in awe by the undefeatable liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000. But later came a series of deeply disappointing flicks that were pedestrian. Continue Reading

Marina Sands at Ramada, Egmore offers delicious seafood

The newly inaugurated Marina Sands at Ramada, Egmore might be the best option if you are planning to eat the finest seafood. Offering a plethora of dishes ranging from fish, lobsters, shrimps, salmons, prawns, among others, the restaurant boasts of several mouth-watering starters. Continue Reading

When Madras came to a standstill during World War 2

World War 2 changed the course of our history as we know it.This week marks its 80th anniversary. The Russian center of science and culture have organised a photo exhibition until 7 September that shows the days of Madras during the great war. Continue Reading