Month: August 2020

Walk the chowk – Leisure News

Omaxe Connaught Place in Noida draws its name (and little else) from Delhi’s famous colonial shopping plaza. Inside, Oh!Max, billed as the country’s largest indoor theme park, has a replica Taj Mahal, a holographic show about Shahjahan, a ‘6D’ movie theatre and a Mughal garden. Fifty kilometres away in Shahjahan’s actual capital, Omaxe is building …

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The Real Deal – Leisure News

Now conducted online, the ‘walks’ organised by Heritage Walk Calcutta are an antidote to hollow nostalgia. Illustration by Siddhant Jumde Much of the heritage-walk industry in India peddles nostalgia and notions of a romantic past. Calcutta is a prime site for such soft-focus confections. Even as the city’s built heritage continues to be vandalised and …

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Out of the ordinary – Leisure News

Tanuj Solanki’s quietly savage third novel digs for high-stakes drama under the surface of dull office life. The machine is learning by Tanuj Solanki A work of Indian literary fiction has rarely engaged with the office. Unless it’s glamorous or powerful milieus like big business, entertainment, crime or law enforcement, fictional workplaces often remain unidimensional …

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Finding her place – Leisure News

There’s a curious coincidence in Diksha Basu’s latest novel Destination Wedding. The protagonist Tina Das works for a streaming network in New York, in charge of finding content from India. While in Delhi for her cousin’s lavish wedding, her friend suggests she make a reality show on matchmaking. “The last thing the world needs is …

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Tied up in knots – Leisure News

Weddings Sambit Dattachaudhuri, 30, and Disha Kapkoti, 28, are not ones to be defeated by a pandemic. Despite Covid-19, the couple are busy checking items on their 2020 to-do list. The homestay they had planned to open in Uttarakhand’s Nathuakhan recently welcomed its first guests, but, more significantly, Dattachaudhuri and Kapkoti were able to get …

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A Sound and Light Show – Leisure News

Rahat Indori’s lyrical ability, and glimpses of depth, show through in his written work. But his popularity springs from histrionics. Search his name on YouTube, sort the results by view count. Rahat Indori dies at 70 Photo: Facebook The top hit (22 million views) is his 2012 Dakhani-style rendition in Dubai of ‘Bulaati hai magar …

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