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In a video titled ‘Simple Kerala Style Chicken Fry’, uploaded on YouTube channel ‘Village Cooking Kerala’, the sound of heavy rain mingles with the sizzle of chicken cooking in a heady spice mix of coriander, red chilli and pepper. In the videos, shot in Pothupara in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, birds chirp away as 66-year-old Omana amma expertly crushes whole spices on an ammikallu and cooks on a wood-fired stove.In Palakkad, brothers Sebin and Ebin P.K. shoot videos atop a hill overlooking the Mangalam dam, for their channel ‘Hilltop Kitchen by PK brothers’. The videos begin with a panoramic shot of…

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If you have an interest in food and are on Instagram, it’s likely you are already following chef Thomas Zacharias. The former executive chef of The Bombay Canteen in Mumbai has the kind of feed that will first make you salivate and then want to cook. It might also make you want to hit the road. When travelling through India to discover ingredients and recipes in its nooks and crannies, Zacharias uses the hashtag #ChefOnTheRoad. His recent posts from Utta­rakhand also prove he is as fond of people as he is of food. The chef clearly likes his journeys. His…

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It has been a long journey for Kuldeep Shashi. The 33-year-old started out as a young parkour enthusiast in Faridabad. Watching him demonstrate his acrobatic skills on his YouTube channel ‘KuldeepParkourist’, choreographer Shruti Merchant decided to feature him in the Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) hit track ‘Thug Le’. In 2012, Shashi moved to Mumbai and found work as a stunt double. Today, of course, if filmmakers want to work with Tiger Shroff, they know they have to hire Shashi, too. Having risen up Bollywood’s ranks in only seven years, Shashi is now an action trainer. He ensures that Shroff,…

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In January this year, actor Janhvi Kapoor had social media transfixed with a video that saw her belly dance to Kareena Kapoor’s ‘San Sanana’ from Asoka (2001). Sanjana Muthreja, the choreographer responsible for those flawless moves, credits the actor for her unwavering dedication. “During the lockdown if Janhvi would call and request a class or practise at midnight, I would be on board because that girl is just so committed to everything she does,” says the international belly dance and Tahitian instructor.Muthreja, 31, also counts Janhvi’s cousin Shanaya Kapoor as one of her “most dedicated students”. It was through Shanaya,…

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While Audrey Truschke has recently been subjected to grievous trolling, threats, and intimidation by national and international factions of the Hindu right, her latest book, The Language of History: Sanskrit Narratives of Muslim Pasts, proves her scholarship is masterful. In it, the historian provides an account of Sanskrit historical texts (ranging in genre between poetry, play, biography, essay) that describe the varied experience of Muslim rule. Truschke offers a cautionary note to the reader to not impose modern historical categories onto these texts and their authors’ historical efforts. She attributes them with a ‘historical energy’ that transcends the genre difference…

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Gargi and her husband Nachiket sit down to eat with her parents, Lopamudra and Dharma Raj. They have wine with their missal pav. As they banter, they quote Sigmund Freud and Jaggi Vasudev. There’s something artificial about the way they speak, something contrived about how their conversations shift from the Chinese Communist Party to Icarus and then to the Mahabharata. The imagined exchanges of this family, hammy as they are, make up the pages of Dharma, a book the author Amish has written with his sister Bhavna Roy. Aimed for self-help shelves, the book aims to decode the epics and…

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A new rivalry between two Spanish coaches is coming to define the Indian Super League Before the seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL), Antonio Lopez Habas and Sergio Lobera had two trophies each in their cabinet. It soon turned out to be a battle of wits between the crafty Spaniards, Habas, working with his old Atletico de Kolkata that had now been rebranded ATK Mohun Bagan FC (ATKMB), while Lobera tried to bring out the best in Mumbai City FC, his new club after a successful three-year spell with FC Goa.Habas held the upper hand, given that he…

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With his new film, Haathi Mere Saathi, having arrived in theatres, Rana Daggubati hopes to make audiences more mindful of the world and the environment in which they live. Rana DaggubatiQ. Bahubali, The Ghazi Attack and now Haathi Mere Saathi. You lean towards multilingual projectsWhen I was young, I never had an issue watching films in different languages. I began my career by doing films in whatever language they came to me. With Bahubali, we saw a pan-India film which was understood by everybody. But Haathi Mere Saathi is different. Localising it to each village was a must for this…

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The six-time host of MTV Splitsvilla, Sunny Leone is not one to be complacent. A decade after having moved to India, she knows relevance is hard-won. Sunny LeoneQ. You’re hosting Splitsvilla again. In the age of OTT, do you fear reality TV has lost some of its appeal?MTV is adapting to the digital market very well. Their own digital platforms, like Voot, have helped that. Also, because it’s MTV, they are up to date with everything young, fresh and hip. I think we are in a good place.Q. You have one of the busiest Instagram accounts. Does having to regularly…

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