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Varanasi – A Travelogue

“Varanasi” is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together” ~ Mark Twain Varanasi also called Beneras and Kashi (the city of lights) has a spiritual history connected with Hinduism that dates back over 3000 years and is rightly referred to one of the oldest cities in the world. An eclectic mix of spirituality, tradition, culture and more, there is something that will appeal to everyone irrespective

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Vaibhav Arekar and Sushant Jadhav – The Dancing Duo

Love – a four lettered word that has so many meanings and interpretations that it can be mind boggling. And when expressed through a dance musical, it can take things to a new dimension all together. Urvashi, a dance drama is a unique interpretation and celebration of Love and Womanhood through the eyes of Vaibhav Arekar and Sushant Jadhav, Directors/Choreographers is an introspective journey to uncover the meaning of true love. Named after the celestial nymph who is caught in

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Bundi – where walls speak

I am standing at the edge of a road overlooking a sea of blue buildings. The sight unfolding in front of me is ethereal. Beautiful blue painted buildings, an old temple complex and so many architectural details makes me stop my journey and get trigger happy with my camera. I am at Bundi, a small town in Rajasthan known for its miniature paintings and the 14th century Taragarh Fort that houses what can easily be called the best example of

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Natural Dye Artist – Ruby Jagrut

Did you know that UNESCO has announced ‘Natural Dyes’ as one of the intangible heritage properties in the cultural ecosystem? Well neither did I to be honest till I spoke to Ruby Jagrut. She is one of rare few natural dye artists with close to two decades of experience in painting with only natural dyes on canvas. Rewind Hailing from a traditional Gujarati family that gave a lot of importance to disciplined lifestyle, Ruby loved painting as a child. However

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Interview with actor Vivek Dahiya

For someone who started acting in 2013, he has made a name for himself on the small screen. After debuting in Yeh Hai Aashiqui, he also starred in Ek Veer Ki Ardaas…Veera. He is currently acting in two shows Ye Hai Mohabbatein and Kavach…Kaali Shaktiyon Se. Meet Vivek Dahiya, who is the toast of the small screen. Looking Back Vivek admits that although he liked to act, it was always at the back burner. “I went to UK and did

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Interview with actor Faisal Khan

The Dancing Star He has won two dance reality shows on television and has played the lead in a historical series on Maharana Pratap. This speaks volumes for his talent. And make no mistake he is only 18 years old. Meet the young and dynamic Faisal Khan. Rewind Faisal started his television journey when he was only 13 when he participated in the show    Dance India Dance (DID) Li’l Masters 2 which he eventually went on to win. So

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Interview with actress Apoorva Bharadwaj

You may have seen her as the female lead in the serial Anuroopa aired on Star Suvarna or as an anchor on shows in Chandana, Kasthuri Kannada, Zee Kannada and Colours Kannada and other stage shows. She also played the supporting lead in the 2015 film Mirchi Mandakki Kadak Chai. Meet Apoorva Bharadwaj who has several interesting projects in the pipeline. Past Perfect Apoorva admits that she never really had acting on her mind as she always wanted to be

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Interview with Actor Ganesh

The Actor with the ‘Golden’ Touch – Ganesh He has completed a successful decade in Sandalwood, crossed the 25 film mark and says “he has just started”. Rightfully given the title Golden Star, Ganesh is also easily the most affable and amicable star and actor who makes this conversation seem like a breeze. A self admitted bundle of energy who has the need to be doing something all the time, Ganesh is a delight to speak to as he tells

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Telly review – Get the Look NDTV Good Times

Do you want to give yourself a makeover? Are you looking for professional advice for your skin and hair, clothes and makeup? Well if you answered yes to either or both of these questions, your answers are in the newly launched new season of the show Get The Look on NDTV Good Times.  The best part? Get The Look gets a whole new look this year. Being the longest running fashion makeover series on Indian television, the show is donning 

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Interview with actor Ramesh Aravind

He has completed 30 years in the film industry and this year he completed shooting for his 100th Kannada film Pushpaka Vimana. He is amongst the most loved anchors on Kannada television and a director par excellence. Well, the legendary Kamal Hassan himself requested to be directed by him. Capping a year of many achievements, his directorial Sundaranga Jaana released in December 2016. Meet the super talented and yet very down to earth Ramesh Aravind who shares his journey in

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