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The Ladies Park in the Bhawanipore area in south Kolkata was unusually active and sprightly on the morning of May 2. Youngsters, mostly girls, with their parents, relatives, and friends stood around a boxing ring, held hands, and swayed to an upbeat tune. The first-ever Meyeder Para Kickboxing Championship (Girls’ Neighbourhood Kickboxing Championship) was about to begin.
I met Savitri Natarajan on the afternoon of 22 April, as she was filling plastic boxes with food: fresh lemon rice, homemade gram and rice-flour chips, pickles, fries and curd. She was helping her family get ready for a journey of almost 900 kilometres, from their home in Yanam town, on India’s eastern coast, to the city of Pondicherry—the capital of the union territory Puducherry.
Each workday at around 10 am, Surat Balakrishna reaches his office by way of a serpentine lane behind the newest mall in Vijayawada—the “business capital” of Andhra Pradesh.
Chess boxing was invented in 2003 by the Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh, who was inspired by an imaginary sport illustrated in a graphic novel by the French cartoonist Enki Bilal, in
Four of Kolkata’s residential skyscrapers are completed and functional while the remaining seven are at various stages of ongoing construction. Out of these, six are structurally topped out, and the highest one goes up to 252 metres.
"It’s a beautiful sport. When we are playing, the opponents are not friends or enemies. There are strategies and tactics to learn and practice beforehand, and presence of mind to apply at the ring. It made me strong in body and mind, it made me confident, and I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to learn and practice,”...
On a Sunday morning in late December, inside a small gym room in a modest three-storey building in Kolkata, Jayashree Adhikary, an eleventh-grade student, moved around briskly in red boxing headgear.
It’s touted to be India’s first underwater and war-at-sea film. It’s probably the first of its kind high-budget project coming out of Tollywood sans the regular serving of item numbers, full-time female leads and comedy stop-gaps.
The second-hand book stalls at the Vijayawada Book Festival intrigue customers with a dose of nostalgia.
Creativity knows no bound. An artist may find muse amidst the most mundane stuff; it can even be a teaspoon of instant coffee powder. And with some enthusiasm and sincerity, one can make an occupation out of it.
On August 3, the upper house of the Indian Parliament witnessed an eventful day, one that will be remembered for a long time to come. The most significant set of tax reforms in Indian history since 1947 was unanimously accepted at the Rajya Sabha, after seven long hours of heated deliberation and some humour.
Better aesthetics, safety, sound and thermal insulation, energy efficiency, and low maintenance are features that are driving acceptance of new age materials in the construction of doors and windows in modern buildings..
Kondapalli has a heritage of toy making. The ancestors of these artisans, it is believed, migrated from Rajasthan and chose to settle in this region in the 16th century, establishing the art they had brought with them.
Zentangle was meant to be a meditative drawing form, a way to develop spiritualism. But some of its practitioners are selling the resultant art.