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Rо̄mal Lāisram

THIS ONE SCORES ON CHOICE
You don’t go to pub and expect great food. That’s just something you’ve always been told or convinced yourself about. But times-are-a-changing and restaurant/pub owners are basically very politely showing their middle finger to reviewers (like me) around the world. Rules are meant to be...
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MEN CAN CUDDLE TOO
It was one of those rainy nights during the Mumbai monsoon, the sky outside seemed angry with the city… thunder, lightning, trees falling, random politico-religious songs playing in the background — you get the picture, right? Somewhere in some part of this large metropolis a...
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WHEN THE BEST OF CHENNAI CAME TOGETHER
The Provoke Awards 3.0 was the talk of the town all of last month and for good reason too. It wouldn’t be wrong for us to call our three-year -old baby the best awards show in Chennai! And this is not something we’re assuming. We’ve...
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I AM NOT A COMEDIAN: SV SEKAR
I clearly remember his amazing comic timing in Shankar’s Jeans, and even though he considers his role in the film as nothing more than a cameo (which we strongly disagree with), SV Sekar is one of those faces from Tamil theatre and cinema that you...
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FREEDOM IS SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD ENJOY, SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO: VARALAXMI SARATHKUMAR
Holiday Inn, Chennai OMR, IT Expressway, was gracious enough to host a few differently-abled footballers and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as we shot the cover for this edition that celebrates freedom. This was also our 50th Edition and so we were happy that we could shift focus...
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THE SITA YOU DIDN’T KNOW
It’s impossible for you to be aware of the Bangalore Bharatanatiyam scene and not hear about Parshwanath Upadhye. A guru and a celebrated dancer in his own well-deserved right, he is often the reason performances by Punyah Dance Company (run by him) are always housefull!...
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I DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO LIVE WITHOUT PASSION
Being around someone as passionate as Gautami is an experience in itself. Absolutely devoid of star tantrums or the air of obnoxiousness we expect from film stars today, Gautami is down-to-earth, well-grounded and speaks with the wisdom of a lifetime full of experiences. “I have...
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BY THE SEA, IN THE RAIN
The monsoon is the most beautiful season in India. Unless, of course, you hate rain. But for many people like me, there’s nothing more adventurous and romantic than a quick getaway to the beachside amid a violent tropical storm. The rough seas won’t allow you...
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“FINDING MY SPACE HASN’T BEEN EASY. BUT NOW THAT I HAVE, I KNOW I’M HERE TO STAY.”
How long have you been in the industry? I entered just yesterday *bursts into laughter* But you’ve been around for quite a while, no? I remember you from ‘Ganda Hendathi’? You should never ask a woman such questions, okay? *laughs* I think you have a...
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WHERE DID SHE GO?
I come from a family of strong women and yet, all these strong women that I look up to are faithful followers of a religion that has no place for the Goddess. Monotheism has no place for a female deity and I could wax eloquent...
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