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The Magic of Romance by Chitra Mahesh

23 Apr

Chitra Mahesh

Just recently Full Circle played host to what people think of romance – does it rule lives? Does it make people better? And does it exist at all, given the hurly burly of life and this fast paced era with no patience and compassion? This came about ostensibly as a book launch of a breezy version of the ‘desi’ romance – when Seema will fall in love with Ajit and a Sita who will probably not be like the proverbial Sita in the Ramayana. But that is an entirely different story.

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Portuguese food in Macau

30 Dec


Sanjay Matta, is a freelance Chef specializing in French Cuisine. Having got his Diploma in “The Chef Course and Culinary Arts” at Institut de Formation (INFA), Chantilly, (France), he has been a consultant chef for Dune Beach Eco Hotel in Pondicherry, 10 Downing street pub & restaurant in Chennai to name a few.

I was in Macau last week on a culinary tour to the region and was being introduced to the food there. The locals are very proud of their heritage and rich influences from their colonial past. I was recalling that this is much the same as at home, where our food has been so much influenced by our colonists that we don’t realize how much. Much of the food that we eat today has its roots in the colonization of the “new world” during the 17th to 19th century. Along with trade and commerce an inter-mingling of culture and architecture was in process. Food habits were evolving thick and fast. Continue reading

Murphy’s Laws of Moving

30 Dec

Kalpana Aswath

Kalpana Aswath manages the Santa Fe India Pvt. Ltd. Office at Chennai, a team dedicated to helping families and individuals with every aspect of the relocation process. Here are her and Kamini Murthy’s helpful tips for those moving to India:

Murphy’s Laws of Moving

1. No matter how many boxes you have, you will never have enough.

2. The more your friends promise to help, the more likely it is they will be deathly ill or out of town the weekend you are moving. Continue reading

Vibrant Chi

30 Dec

Kashmira Daruwalla

Are you in the process of moving home or office, or contemplating a move? Here’s Feng Shui expert Kashmira Daruwalla’s take on moving.

It is always good to shift into a new premises as it signifies fresh Energy which is positive and vibrant. The minute you walk into a new place you begin a relationship with that environment and get connected to its natural energies. Adapting Vaastu and Feng Shui in the premises enhances the quality of Energy flows and the benefits derived are tremendous. Orienting your home to a good direction, proper placement of important rooms, locating the ideal site for water features and landscaping supports the occupants and gives them motivation and strength. For existing structures you can enhance Energy flows with judicious use of positive Feng Shui symbols. Continue reading

T.M. Krishna in conversation with Anuradha Ananth

30 May

T M Krishna

I hastily put the hot, cheese-centered dynabite back onto the plate when TM Krishna walks into Chamier’s Eco café. He looks like he’s easily lost about 15 kgs and his closely cropped hair and new beard gives him an almost rakish look. When he settles down with a garden trio juice, he confides that he woke up one day and didn’t like the way he looked. So he went off sugar, cut down his intake of rice and voila! 15kgs fell off his person in 6 months.

“So do you think this new level of fitness makes a difference to your singing?” I ask. “It definitely does. Singing seems like a very passive activity. But its not”, he says emphatically. Continue reading

An interview with Radhika Menon of Tulika Books

30 Dec

Radhika Menon

Radhika Menon began Tulika Books in 1996, and the imprint has gone on to become a respected name in publishing children’s literature, a pioneering publishing house that has a multi-lingual presence in English and Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati and Bangla. Here are some insights from a chat with her:

Would you say that reading habits have changed since you first began bringing out children’s books in 1996?
I would describe the change not so much in reading habits, as in children’s publishing itself. In the last few years, there has been a buzz about Indian children’s books. We have Children’s Books Festivals and there is a large pool of talent of illustrators, writers and graphic artists working to make children’s books better. It is now an active and vibrant space. Continue reading

If It’s Food…

30 Sep


Sanjay Matta, is a freelance Chef specializing in French Cuisine. Having got his Diploma in “The Chef Course and Culinary Arts” at Institut de Formation (INFA), Chantilly, (France), he has been a consultant chef for Dune Beach Eco Hotel in Pondicherry, 10 Downing street pub & restaurant in Chennai to name a few.

If it’s food, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Food as it is today is not just for the stomach but increasingly becoming a fashion statement. The pundits of high street may call it ‘haute cuisine’ but every thing on the plate is not high in the literal sense. Where did this journey start from? It is rather difficult to pin down the exact date. Continue reading


30 Sep


Lakshmi Vishwanathan is a well known dancer and writer. She has authored several books, the most recent being the best seller : “Women of Pride – the Devadasi Heritage”.

From the beginning of Time, mankind (and womankind) has been hair-obsessed. Fashion, style and other statements were made long before “Vogue” came into the picture. Picture this: Adam and Eve were happily romping around when suddenly they came across a glistening pond of water. They bent over to examine it, saw their faces and exclaimed : “God! How ugly!” They quickly ran their hands through their dishevelled hair, bringing some order to it, looked at each other and fell in love! The rest is of course history!. Continue reading

Happy Dining -The Feng Shui way!

30 Sep

Kashmira Daruwalla

Mrs Kashmira is a Vaastu and Fengshui Consultant who also runs an exclusive Fengshui showroom “Hide Out” at Egmore. For additional information please visit the Website :

The Fengshui of the family dining room is very important if you want to activate abandunce luck for the family. The ideal location of the dining room is in the centre or deep inside the house. When the heart of the home is regularly occupied by the whole family it creates harmony and prosperity Luck. Continue reading


30 Jul

Rangashree Srinivas

Rangashree Srinivas, is in love with Chennai and the Tamil language! Likes to work creatively with children and young people. Taps at a PC, editing and designing for a living.

AFAIK ppl feel F2T in dis way cos dey tlk only thro sms*.

If you cannot decipher this you are a lost case. Yes it is a fast world, the internet and mobile phones are all for rapid fire communication. Who has time for complete sentences even words? Sms lingo is finding its way into dictionaries; it is becoming an accepted norm. Continue reading