Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he considered shelving plans to sign Alisson in favour of sticking with Loris Karius.After seeing his fellow German endure a torrid time in the 2018 Champions League final, serious questions were asked of the goalkeeping department at Anfield.It was later revealed that Karius had suffered concussion during a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid – following a clash with Sergio Ramos – but his display will always be remembered for two costly errors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The criticism he faced led Klopp to weigh up the merits of sticking with an under-fire performer, in a show of faith to those already on his books, but in the end the decision was taken to make a record-breaking £65 million (£83m) move for Brazil international Alisson.The Liverpool boss told Kicker on the dilemma he faced during the summer transfer window: “We simply identified another keeper, who is better, and signed him.“I didn’t tell Karius what he wanted to hear, but how it is. The Champions League final had nothing to do with us getting Alisson. Even if he had won it and Alisson would have been on the market we would have still signed him.“How the people reacted negatively to Karius after the final, tried to isolate him, almost made me not get Alisson and rather stick it out with Karius. But we had to be professional. Our job is to have the best players on every position.“[Karius] is now 25, at an age, in which keepers keep improving. All the best keepers make mistakes. But sometimes timing is important in life. If Loris makes a mistake now it isn’t cool. In eight years nobody will care. We are totally happy with him.”While Klopp eventually opted to bring in a new goalkeeper, he opted against bolstering his defensive ranks.That is because he had already landed Virgil van Dijk for £75m ($96m) in January and remains convinced that World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren can be a reliable Premier League performer.He added on links to other big-money centre-halves: “That is continues discussion that I don’t understand.”There is no discussion when it comes to Van Dijk. Dejan Lovren played the Champions League and World Cup final. To not stick with him after that would be crazy.”He is a world class defender who once in a while, only once in a while, has his ups and downs. But those are exaggerated to such an extent that I want to ask: have you forgotten that he played fantastic for four weeks in Russia?” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chris Hughton warned Brighton and Hove Albion that victory over Manchester United does not mean his side are set for a comfortable season in the Premier League.Brighton fought hard for survival in their first campaign following promotion last term, securing their top-flight status with a win against United in their final home match.Hughton’s men began the new season in the same fashion, defeating United in a 3-2 thriller, but the manager, while welcoming the result and performance, believes Brighton still have a long way to go. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “[The win] shifts the mood, but it doesn’t change anything for this season. It’s going to be a tough season,” he told Sky Sports.”The three teams who came up are capable of taking points and this division is as competitive as ever.”If we think it’s going to the same or easier than last season, it’s not going to be. We have to make sure our level of performance, if not at this level, needs to be somewhere near it to get points.”Brighton looked a very different prospect to the side that meekly surrendered at Watford on the opening weekend, with Hughton acknowledging the players wanted to make up for their previous performance.”I think, within the group, they were that disappointed with the overall performance [at Watford],” he said. “They were that keen to put on a show and redress that balance.”Sometimes you do that, things go your way, sometimes they don’t. I think we forced things our way today with a very good performance.”
Ajren Robben says that he is enjoying his time with Bayern Munich as he approaches his 35th birthday.The Dutch winger began the season on the bench, but has started two of the club’s opening three matches of the Bundesliga campaign.Robben has scored two Bundesliga goals, with his most recent finish coming on a spectacular 20-yard volley in a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As he gets older, Robben says he understands that he will spend more time on the bench than in previous years, but he also feels prepared to go “peddle to the floor” when he is called upon by Niko Kovac.”I’m 34 now, and I just try to enjoy every moment. Sometimes it hits you how lucky you are to be able to play here, at a full Allianz Arena. You just have to enjoy it,” Robben told Bundesliga.com.”I don’t know how long it’ll last, but I don’t feel like I’m 34 right now. I feel very, very fit. Hopefully it’ll stay that way for a long time.”Then I can enjoy playing. I always try to do that. Then you can be successful.”After taking care of business in the first three matches of the domestic campaign, Robben and Bayern are now focused on the start of the Champions League.The German champions start the tournament with a visit to Benfica on Wednesday, with Ajax and AEK rounding out Group E. Robben says it’s “too early to say” what Bayern’s biggest group challenge will be and, while he is looking forward to facing Ajax and the team’s crop of Dutch stars, the veteran winger isn’t overlooking his team’s first test.”It’s the Champions League, it’s a totally different ball game,” he said.”We have to keep going our way, but there’s always room for improvement. We played well in the first half against Leverkusen and also worked hard off the ball. In the second half, we eased off a bit.”We have to watch out for misplaced passes; teams like Benfica can be very dangerous in the transition.”We have a lot of quality and creativity going forward. We have to work hard defensively, only then will be be successful.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to legally notify the BCCI by next week about compensation for India’s refusal to play bilateral series.A top official of the PCB told PTI that the Board’s legal advisor Salman Naseer had visited London recently in connection with the preparation of the legal battle.”He went there to complete the preparations for filing claim for compensation. We have already told the BCCI officials at the ICC meeting that we intend to sue them for compensation,” he said.The official said the compensation claim would be for the revenues Pakistan would have generated by hosting India in two series under the MoU signed between the two Boards in 2014.The official made it clear that it was not PCB’s problem if BCCI failed get clearance from its government to play against Pakistan since the ICC was an independent body and its members had to honour commitments with each other.He said that Pakistan had not opposed the Big Three system of governance and distribution of revenues among member countries from ICC events in 2014 because of the MoU signed with India.”We feel that we are justified and legally in a strong position to now claim compensation from the Indian board for all the losses we have suffered because of their refusal to play us,” the official said.Under the MoU, India and Pakistan were scheduled to play six series – three of them home events for Pakistan between 2015 and 2023.”But that has not been the case and we lost estimated revenues close to USD 200 million, the official said.advertisement
India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami on Tuesday created history by becoming the leading wicket-taker in the one day internationals for women’s.The right-arm medium pacer achieved the feat when she trapped South African player Raisibe Ntozakhe leg before during the Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa.The world No. 2 Goswami finished with an impressive three for 20 from her 7.3 overs as India bundled South Africa out for 119 in 39.3 overs.The 34-year-old Indian all-rounder took her 181st wicket to better Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s 10-year-old record.She keeps breaking records & this is the one to cherish. India’s Jhulan Goswami is now the leading wicket taker (181) in Women’s ODIs. pic.twitter.com/VqbuFNBDVz- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) May 9, 2017Most wkts in women’s ODIs181 – Jhulan Goswami (Ind)180 – Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Aus)146 – Lisa Sthalekar (Aus)141 – Neetu David (Ind)- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 9, 2017Goswami averages 21.76 with the ball and has bagged two five-wicket hauls in her 153 match career so far.In 2007, Goswami was named Women’s Player of the Year. During the course of a landmark 12 months, she averaged 12.40 in Test matches and 21.80 in ODIs while her economy rate of 2.10 in Tests and 3.17 in ODIs showcased her excellent control and ability to contain.Jhulan, who made her ODI debut in 2002, won the Arjuna Award in 2010 and two years later she won the prestigious Padma Shri.ALSO WATCH:
For now no one outside OnePlus knows when the company’s flagship OnePlus 5 will launch. Although the rumours of the June launch have been there. In fact, India Today Tech too has learned of either a mid-June launch, or if there is some delay, then early July launch of OnePlus 5 for India. Now, the company has seemingly confirms it. On Thursday, it said that the OnePlus 5 will be India’s first phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, hinting at an imminent launch. Although OnePlus stops short of providing the launch, the company is actually using the information that Qualcomm has about the impending India launches of phones with the Snapdragon 835 to make an assertion that OnePlus 5 will be the first phone in India to use Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor. Earlier, Qualcomm via a tweet and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau in a blogpost had confirm the OnePlus 5 would be powered by its latest processor – Snapdragon 835. While nice to hear, it is also just a confirmation of what was an open secret. The Snapdragon 835 powers most of the flagship phones and hence it is quite obvious that the OnePlus 5 too will use it. Some other flagship phones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 6 and HTC U11 that were announced recently also run on the same processor. Although in India, the Galaxy phones come with Samsung’s own Exynos processor. Qualcomm on Wednesday via its official twitter handle shared a post which stated — #OnePlus5 is coming soon and we couldn’t be more excited that it’s powered by #Snapdragon 835. The post is followed by an image that includes Qualcomm’s logo alongside the OnePlus brand logo.advertisement#OnePlus5 is coming soon and we couldn’t be more excited that it’s powered by #Snapdragon 835. https://t.co/Q4srf6LrqC pic.twitter.com/DP41b2jtcq- Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) May 24, 2017Later, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau notes in a blog post, “We’re proud to announce the OnePlus 5 will feature the Snapdragon 835 processor, which sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance. With graphically-demanding apps, for example, you’ll notice how fast they load and how well they run.” With this, we are now left with no doubt that the upcoming flagship phone — OnePlus 5 — will be the fastest one among all OnePlus phones.”We also wanted to improve the overall feeling of smoothness,” notes Lau. In order to achieve this goal, OnePlus engineers have reportedly added a feature to OxygenOS to better manage the way apps perform. “The apps you use most are ready to go when you turn on the OnePlus 5. Apps you rarely use are deprioritized and kept from affecting performance.””When we began developing the OnePlus 5, we envisioned a smartphone with flawlessly smooth performance. To illustrate how we made it happen, we’d like to share a bit about our process,” Notes Lau. OnePlus states that with OnePlus 5, the company is focusing on improving its touch latency.Also Read: OnePlus 5 to sport fingerprint scanner and 3.5mm headphone jack, confirms CEO and Co-founder”Our engineers tested why scrolling occasionally differed between phones. There wasn’t a lot of precedent for them to work with – no benchmarks, no industry case studies to learn from. So we used a special high-speed camera to track screen movements and measure input speeds. As a result, apps respond quickly to your touch for a seamless user experience.”Apart from confirming the launch time frame and the processor, Pau also accidentally confirmed that the OnePlus 5 would come with fingerprint scanner, which would be located at the front panel of the device. After OnePlus CEO confirmed the coming of a fingerprint scanner, company co-founder Carl Pie confirmed that the upcoming OnePlys 5 would not ditch the 3.3mm headphone. He confirmed the same on his Twitter account. Further, he also highlighted that the headphone jack on the OnePlus 5 would be placed at the top, unlike the OnePlus 3T that has the audio jack on the bottom edge of the handset.Also, India Today Tech few days ago confirmed that OnePlus 5 will sport dual camera at the rear.OnePlus has a lot of expectations from the OnePlus 5 and is working hard towards making it a perfect smartphone ever by them. With OnePlus 5, the Chinese smartphone manufcaturer is expected to bring the best camera, battery, processor and more. “We’re driven to perfect even the smallest aspects of our products. And when you get your hands on the OnePlus 5, we hope you’ll notice the difference,” says OnePlus.
There’s more misery in store for Pakistan after the humiliating loss against India, as its premier fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the remainder of the Champions Trophy 2017 with an ankle injury.Pakistan’s campaign began on a disastrous note as they lost the first match against defending champions India by 124 runs (D/L) in a rain-truncated match at Edgbaston on Sunday.Riaz went for plenty of runs conceding 87 runs in 8.4 overs at an economy rate of over 10 per over before he was forced to leave the field with the ankle injury. Riaz’s figures are the most expensive by a bowler in Champions Trophy history.India’s superiority over Pakistan was there for all to see at the packed Edgbaston stadium as the Men in Blue completely outplayed the Men in Green in all three departments to begin their title defence on a high.Riding on half-centuries from Rohit Sharma (91), Shikhar Dhawan (68), Virat Kohli (81*) and Yuvraj Singh (53), India posted a huge total of 319/3 from their quota of 48 overs in a rain curtailed match.With the target being revised to 289 from 41 overs, the Indian bowlers then stepped up and bundled out Pakistan for 164 from 33.4 overs with Umesh Yadav (3/30) being the pick of the bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja (2/43) and Hardik Pandya (2/43) supported him ably.Riaz was unable to take the field after his injury and didn’t come out to bat after Umesh picked up the ninth Pakistani wicket of Hasan Ali in the 34th over.Mohammed Amir had also left the field after suffering from what seemed like cramps while bowling just 8.1 overs but he later came out to bat and scored nine runs before being dismissed by Umesh in the same over.advertisement
New Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos Football Club today signed a “technical partnership” deal with Dohas Aspire Academy of Qatar. The partnership will allow Aspire to share its expertise in areas such as scouting, training and sports science with Delhi Dynamos. In return, youth players from the Dynamos will join the “Aspire Residential Programme”, which gives young footballers the chance to train and learn at the Doha academy. Anil Sharma, owner of Delhi Dynamos FC, said: “India and Qatar are two countries with close ties and it is only natural that there is a partnership between two organisations based in their respective capital cities.” The state-funded Aspire Academy has scouted millions of players since being established in 2004 and has gained a burgeoning reputation for sporting excellence. PTI PDS PDS
Figuring out the right school that can be the best fit for your child can be bit skeptical.However, while deciding and selecting the best amid the number of alternatives, parents should definitely consider some of the basic elements that can end up making their child more skillful and accomplished in terms of education and other correlated segments.In an era of the rat race, where most of the children are seen running after marks, it has become highly important for the students to pay an equal attention to their intuitive and creative skills as the competition has made it relevant for the students to acquire an all-inclusive development pattern.Faculty matters Parents build blind trust over schools as they believe that their child would be under the constant guidance of supporting and educated adults. Imagine a scenario where the teacher preaching lessons to your child isn’t educated enough or a situation where she/he isn’t bothered about the level of understanding that the students are gaining for his/her subject?Well! No parent would want to take a chance by sending their child to an environment like such. So we can make out how relevant the role of educated and suitable faculty members is.Also, the teachers should excel in their subject so that no queries from the students have remained unanswered. It’s important to have teachers who have the capability of creating an interest among students for their subject.Infrastructure How many of you would feel gratified after sending your child to a school where the infrastructure isn’t in a proper condition and classrooms aren’t adequately designed with windows that provide proper ventilation to breathe? School buildings, classrooms, playground, and libraries play an important role in school’s infrastructure. advertisementSpacious and renovated buildings do create an impact in the lives of school children. Well-equipped labs help them to perform lab activities in an effective way. Library halls, games equipment, large playgrounds give an extra boost to students for making the most out from such facilities. Assembly area and proper sanitation facilities are other infrastructural elements that speak volumes about the overall level of infrastructure in schools.Though, there is no denial to the fact that focused students tend to perform brilliantly in all plots but even the experts suggest that such facilities provide an extra edge to the potential students. Thus, the infrastructure of schools should be properly planned so that it assures convenient teaching and learning. Healthy Environment Researchers suggest that overcrowded and stressful environment can be a reason behind a decline in the learning capabilities. If the institutions like school are vulnerable to an environment that is stuck around a location that’s noisy and lacks the key elements of an appropriate location, the understanding level gets affected. The environment with sincere and disciplined students encourages various other children to follow the same disciplined pattern. The external conditions play an influential role in fostering child’s overall development. If the environmental features are appropriate, the students will face the positive impact else, the scenario can be the other way round. The parents should make sure that they look up to a school that follows precise regulations while taking in students as it’s yet another factor that tends to make an environment that can be fruitful for their child.Existence of Extracurricular Activities Most of the researchers and educationalists have time and again accepted the role and contribution of extracurricular in the development of children and the fact that they develop the leadership and social skills.Involvement in creative activities can give an extra edge to a student as it fosters the intuitive and intellectual skills. The creative art, music, dance or sports sessions give students a break from the long tiring classes. Thus, extracurricular activities help students in maintaining an interest towards the academics as well. The schools acknowledging this very own fact have inculcated the extracurricular activities in the timetable for each class. Various workshops and student participation in these activities boost the soft and hard skills of the students while fostering their social skills. Parents need to realise that these activities have emerged as the most productive way to utilise the time that students get after their theoretical studies. Also, the students from schools that conduct workshops and classes based on sports and creative activities are more capable of acquiring new skills.So while choosing the right school, the parents should make sure that the school is not just bound to the academics but also lays importance towards the extracurricular wing. advertisementAccess to modernity Gone are the days when parents had to visit schools to know every academic detail of their child.Due to the advent of digitization, more and more institutions are trying to match the pace of this rapid advancement by marking their presence in a digitised way. Schools being such organizations have come up with interactive websites and applications to make themselves easily accessible to the parents and students. These websites also give a platform to the teachers, students, and parents to directly communicate with each other.As students from higher classes look up to the e-books for competitive exams and academic preparations, there are schools that keep their websites updated with such digitized study materials and give parents the option to track the overall performance of their child through the website.The digital classrooms and smart classes are yet another trend that has made the classroom sessions interesting and interactive for the students. So the next time you judge a school’s proficiency, do keep its digital existence and modernity in mind.Here’s what teachers have to say:”Choosing the right school for children is no less than a Herculean task these days. Initially, parents should understand the interest and caliber of their child and then search the schools accordingly. “”Keeping the trending facilities in mind, schools should definitely be in line with the latest advancements in order to keep its students updated with the technological trends. It’s also important for parents to provide an environment to the children that are free from bullying and other negative elements. Parents should also keep a check on the disciplinary norms that the school follows. Infrastructural amenities and availability of academic resources should be one concern that the parents shouldn’t ignore” says GeetaVarshneya, Education Director, Khaitan Public School.Authored article by Geeta Varshneya, Education Director, Khaitan public School, Sector 5, Rajendra Nagar, Sahibabad Read: Startup: Whether to join or not? 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Former India captain Rahul Dravid “will not be available” for the senior Indian team’s overseas tours owing to his commitments with the India A and Under-19 sides, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said on Saturday.While Rai admitted that they are trying to sort out Zaheer Khan’s contract issues as he is still associated with IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils, CEO Rahul Johri informed that the former speedster is likely to be available for India’s tour of South Africa.”Dravid’s contract issues are all sorted. He has two-year full-time contract (India A and U19). He has said that he is not available for tours abroad (senior team). He does not want to hang around,” Rai said after his meeting with BCCI officials.It is learnt that with the Under-19 World Cup next year and some A series also lined up, Dravid will be available if chief coach Ravi Shastri wants him when the senior team camps at the National Cricket Academy.This effectively rules Dravid out of the South Africa tour as speculated in certain sections.Rai also admitted that in case of Zaheer Khan, they are “struggling” to create a template in which his IPL contract can be balanced with his consultancy role.”Earlier, there was no system in place. We are trying to set templates. Zaheer is very much in scheme of coaching various Indian teams but we can only have him after we have a contract in place.”We can’t just tell Zaheer okay we give you a three month or three week contract and these are conditions. We have to also look into his IPL contract, media commitments,” Rai explained.advertisementCEO Johri then added: “Ravi is in touch with Zaheer. In any case, he will be available not before South Africa series.”Rai also wanted to clear the air about the perception that the Cricket Advisory Committee has been insulted in the process.”The remit of the CAC was to appoint chief coach. The CEO and acting Secretary (Amitabh Chaudhary) were present when the presentations were being made and they zeroed in on Ravi Shastri.”However, subsequently they (CAC) recommended names of two consultants (Zaheer and Dravid) and both CEO and acting Secretary were not privy,” Rai said.”That’s the reason there was a lacunae in the first BCCI press release which stated that they have been ‘appointed’.”Rai said that BCCI had full faith in the CAC.”They are busy people and their only intention was to give a good coach.”
One of the greatest joys has to be the thrill of discovery; uncovering hidden gems that peek out from everyday mundanity. So whether it’s a scarcely known fashion designer of Indian descent who has dressed top Hollywood celebrities or a new bar in portside Pondicherry that lives and breathes history,One of the greatest joys has to be the thrill of discovery; uncovering hidden gems that peek out from everyday mundanity. So whether it’s a scarcely known fashion designer of Indian descent who has dressed top Hollywood celebrities or a new bar in portside Pondicherry that lives and breathes history in a carefully curated design cocoon or the scion of a royal family who moonlights as a jewellery designer, our insider secrets unveil some of the most storied vignettes of the design world.Beauty, by designRachel Roy, Fashion designer, US With a passion for fashion, a head for business and a face that makes cameras smile, Rachel Irene Roy makes exotic look cliched. Born and raised in California to a Dutch mother and a Bengali father, Roy started collecting Vogue magazines as a child, using fashion pages as a passport to dream a different life. “I remember as a three-year-old in India, trading my favourite long blue dress for my cousin’s gold sari and feeling like I was completely winning in the trade.” Her love of Indian colours and heritage has been a constant since her childhood and still finds a way into her design aesthetic. The globally-recognised Rachel Roy brand, which she launched in 2004, includes ready-to-wear and accessories business includes contemporary, curvy, dresses, outerwear, jewellery and swimwear. While old Hollywood glamour informs her sense of style, the Los Angeles-based designer has named her daughters after famous Hollywood starlets, Ava Gardner and Tallulah Bankhead. With a client roster that boasts names such as Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson, Sharon Stone, Tyra Banks and Penelope Cruz, Roy believes that fashions feeds “the idea that you can be whomsoever you wish and tell a story without opening your mouth”. Of collections and chutzpah Strong, sexy and cool; we approach each collection the way we live our lives and what we want to wear on our journey to design the lives we wish to live. Strong prints, mixing materials to create individual feeling pieces, and sexy silhouettes with a twist is what sets us apart. Feeling beautiful and confident starts from the inside, but fashion has a transformative power. It can re-frame your perspective on life inside out.advertisementRachel Roy with her daughters backstage after a show On India inspirations: I love mixing prints and bright saturations of colour. All of that stems from my Indian heritage. The idea of dressing up and allowing the clothing and make-up to transform your appearance, is another Indian trait I believe.Fickle fashion; faithful staples: Trench as a dress, tight turtleneck, black blazer, men’s shirts, LBD that makes you feel fantastic, and of course, a pointy toe pump.By Chumki BharadwajMessage in a bottleThe Storytellers Bar, PondicherryOne half nostalgia mixed with one quarter history, topped up with memoriesand stirred with a dash of whimsy; The Storytellers’ Bar is a cocktailof words, sounds and images. Deep in the cavernous belly of thePromenade, a collective of stories woven around the magic of Pondicherry lives and breathes in a special curated space where evenings are givenover to the flow of soul and the accompaniment of spirits. And whobetter than the son of the soil, Hidesign founder Dilip Kapur toorchestrate this movement. Kapur got together with Simran Mulchandani of Blue Frog and designer Ayaz Basrai of The Busride to rope in KapilThirwani of Munro Acoustics.The book-lined ceiling of the Storyteller’s bar stands out As you descend the one floorstaircase to the bar, the neck cranes upwards to the arched ceilinglined with open books that symbolise storytelling. Traditional oxideflooring in blue is used as makeup for the walls with old typewriters as installations. The Wall of Stories-the main feature of the bar-is acanvas painted with a variety of memorabilia, stories, anecdotes, propsand articles about Pondicherry. Here you will discover the pagla sadhu, a Boston Brahmin who was a favourite of The Mother (Mirra Alfassa) butchose to live on a snake-infested island, of the Mother’s talents as aperfumer, of the trials and triumphs of the ‘Take what you need, givewhat you can’ dictum of Auroville.The French-Tamil menu is aloving ode to local organic produce, whether it’s the delightfulcheeses, the fragrant seed breads or the mud crabs. The cocktails havebeen crafted with a similar passion for source local, serve global. Both the organic Piroshka and the chocolate filter Kaapi are disturbinglydelicious. The latter, a decadent combine of Kahlua, whisky, localchocolate and espresso, is served in the traditional dabara. Nostalgiais a dish best served with music and this is where magic happens whenpart of the bar morphs into a performance space for wandering minstrels, jazz bands, book readings and even soliloquies. Fresh as mint (it’sonly about a month old), the bar represents not just the past but thepromise of Pondicherry. Tel: 0 413 222 7750advertisementBy Chumki BharadwajHigh on styleCoco Shambhala, SindhudurgLounge at Coco Shambhala, Sindhudurg With plush villas that offer panoramic 180 degree sea views, massiveinfinity pools with steep drops that mimic the Jurassic-like Sindhudurgcoastline, bespoke crockery and an elegant dining experience, luxuryresort Coco Shambhala is high on design and style. The distinctivefeature of the local vernacular is the four-way pitched Mangalore tiledroof. The villas are built manually by artists from across the countrywithout a crane, JCB or any mechanical device. The steel frames arecreated without a single weld with 3688 holes drilled in physically,making the structure easy to dismantle without leaving any scars on theland. The furniture fits in seamlessly with the local design-48carpenters worked with reclaimed Indian iron wood and coconut over ninemonths. Visit: www.cocoshambhala.comBy Aditi PaiA bespoke space28 Kothi, JaipurThe library at 28 Kothi, Jaipur With gardens, sun-kissed terraces, cozy reading corners and windows withintricate jaali work, 28 Kothi marries traditional Rajasthani designelements with a clean aesthetic and bespoke decor pieces. Whilejewellery designer and owner of the iconic The Gem Palace, MunnuKasliwal had built it as a private residence, his son Siddharth and NewYork and Mumbai-based restaurateur Abhishek Honawar, with creativeexpertise from interior designer Nur Kaoukji, transformed it into amodern luxurious guesthouse with customised furniture, carpets andartifacts. Bathed in earthy neutral colours and adorned by a jaalidesign, hand drawn by the senior Kasliwal to highlight Jaipur’s designheritage, 28Kothi is a delightful flashback. Visit: www.28kothi.comby Aditi PaiAn ode to artJusta Design Hotel, ChennaiRoop corridor at the Justa Design Hotel, Chennai Past the glass facade of Chennai’s most bustling mall is a surprise thattakes you on a journey through Tamil art and culture, one design element at a time. International design and traditional art forms come together seamlessly in each of the four floors (Ati, Maya, Rooh and Nunya) atthe 26-room boutique property. Ati takes inspiration from the ricekolams on doorsteps with rooms featuring gold leafing and vaultedceilings. Roop is inspired by the thousand-pillared Meenakshi Temple ofMadurai. The Maya rooms, with floor to ceiling glass, feature anoriginal Tanjore painting in each room. Designed by Mumbai-based PromitNath, the hotel uses real art and stays away from imitation orreplication. Visit: www.justahotels.comBy Prachi SibalRevival of graceThe Corner Courtyard, KolkataDining at The Corner Courtyard, Kolkata There’s a corner house on Sarat Bose Road that’s literally risen from the ashes to become one of Kolkata’s best loved boutique hotels. Originally built in the late 19th century, The Corner Courtyard was restored and istoday a design haven; the colours, textures and fabrics used give it afitting context. Colour plays a key role in giving the place itsidentity and is part of the design and story of the property. Therestaurant has an entire wall dedicated to antique keys, another room is mirror obsessed and restored period furniture graces the rooms. Theseven rooms draw on the city’s colour palette and are theme-based. Frompaying a tribute to Satyajit Ray to recalling the yellow ambassadorcars, each room tells a unique design story. Visit:www.thecornercourtyard.comadvertisementBy Prachi BhucharFashionBack to Indian rootsShravan Kummar, HyderabadShravan Kummar’s designs draw on heritage For designer Shravan Kummar, fabric is the hero of his design story.Referring to himself as a craftsman rather than a designer, Kummarweaves magic through fabric, merging generations-old embroidery andweaving techniques with wearability and comfort. This heritage of fabric and workmanship, he insists, has always been his design secret. Kumarpromotes the use of traditional handicrafts like phulia, Parsi,Srikakulam khadi, Salem, Jamdhani, Paithani, Kerala, Kanchi, Gadwal,Pochampally, Dharmavaram, Mangalagiri, Venkatagiri, and Uppada, throughhis creations. Visit: www.fashionthereligion.comBy Jahnavi ChakravartyTalking threadsCluny Embroidery Centre, PondicherryThe women are silent, hard at work, at Cluny Embroidery Centre, locatedinside a well maintained 18th century bungalow at Romain Rolland Streetin Pondicherry. The needlework experts here are underprivileged womenwho work under the watchful eyes of the sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.The bungalow itself can serve as a design inspiration, with its 12-feethigh doors, polished wooden closets and chests. Designs here are created on request, and the smallest piece (a kerchief) costs as much as Rs500, but the sisters insist that people who realise the true value ofhandwork will always come back. Visit: www.cluny.inBy Jahnavi ChakravartyInspired by natureJanota, GoaJanota’s shoes depict elves and pixies For 20 years now, a small design boutique has been creating footwear thatcould well be a piece of art. Transitioning from fabric to leather,Janota, taking its name from the Portuguese word for ‘stylish’ has beenhandcrafting shoes in small numbers for a niche clientele. Edwin Pinto,58, with no formal training in shoemaking took to the trade seriouslyafter Wendell Rodricks came to Goa and invited him to design acollection. From creepers to flowers and snakes to butterflies, Pinto is inspired by nature in all its forms. Then there are elves and pixiestaking design to a magical realm. “Comfort comes first but the pair ofshoes must stand out,” says Pinto who is experimenting with hemp for its eco-friendly nature. Janota also customises for size and colour. Visit: www.janotagoa.comBy Prachi SibalAccessoriesThe classic modernistHanut SinghHanut Singh’s jewellery has Mughal influences Royalty’s tryst with all things sparkly has always been part sentiment, partstatement. In the case of Hanut Singh, it was the perfect amalgam ofpassion and provenance that put him on the creative side of the drawingboard. A scion of the royal family of Kapurthala, Singh, 44, designssublime jewellery that has Mughal influences, architectural inspirations with interplay of unusual colours. Although his designs have been wornby celebrities such as Diane von Furstenberg, Wendi Deng Murdoch,Beyonce, and even Madonna, he claims to have had the most fun designingKaty Perry’s engagement ring when she married Russell Brand. Singhcharacterises his jewellery as “whimsical with a distinctive edge thatdrips with sheer glamour and ease.” While gold is the metal of choice,his favourite stones keep changing; he is currently obsessed withParaiba tourmalines and Herkimer diamonds. Exclusive to the point ofbeing reclusive, he retails only through gallery shows or by appointment in India and at Roseark in Los Angeles and Fred Leighton in New York.Visit: www.hanutsingh.comBy Chumki BharadwajDesign meets dramaCheshire Cat Gallery, GoaCheshire Cat Gallery create modern jewellery You could easily miss it, were it not for the bright blue cat signs thatsneak up on you at every lane turn in this Goan village. Launched by the husband wife team of Kees van Andel and Karen Peace in 2009, theCheshire Cat Gallery is truly a hidden gem. Located inside a restoredPortuguese villa in leafy, sleepy Assagao, the jewellery has been lauded internationally because of the remarkable, out-of-the-box designs thatare given life in the studio located on the same premises. The couple(from the Netherlands and UK) is inspired by the sights, sounds andsmells of India and use traditional handcrafting methods to createmodern jewellery that boasts design drama and look exquisite. Usingunusual precious and semi-precious stones, they also have a charmingsilver line and even customise.Call 91 83265 10294By Prachi BhucharCreator of luxeMeera MahadeviaMeera Mahadevia likes to use precious stones in her bags Often referred to as Indian design’s best kept secret, Meera Mahadevia has,for the past 32 35years been creating some of the most innovative,handcrafted luxury handbags. She’s had clients ranging from ElizabethHurley to Freida Pinto sporting her bags. Mahadevia is unafraid of using unusual materials including marble, wooden, precious and semi-preciousstones and silver engravings on her handbags. Anything but leather,which the designer believes is jarring in combination with Indiantextiles. Mahadevia who has tied up with Anthropolgie, has exhibited atNewark Museum in New Jersey as well as the Asian Civilisation Museum inSingapore, has continued to root her work in the Indian aesthetic.Visit: www.meeramahadevia.comBy Moeena HalimRetail13 Spruce upRare Rabbit, ChennaiLaunched about two years ago, the brand aims to influence the Indian man intomaking an extra effort and paying attention to detail when he dressesup. Floral shirts to interesting linear prints on T-shirts are part oftheir design repertoire, but it doesn’t end there. Inspired by histravels across the globe, creative director Manish Poddar ensures acarefully curated collection of ceramic accessories such as lapel pinsand bow ties in metallic colours, luxury and vintage eyewear tooensuring that Indian men dress to impress. Visit: www.rarerabbit.inBy Moeena HalimCurator of chicTeatro Dhora, Jaipur Meant to be a launching pad for the country’s emerging designers, TeatroDhora truly applies itself to the cliche that has become a conceptstore. Marrying traditional designs with contemporary, fashion-forwardcuts and silhouettes, Dhora curates the best of clothes, jewellery,accessories, and houseware. Aavriti Jain and Siddharth Daspan promotethe technicolour culture of Rajasthan through their wares. Jaipur’sfirst concept store also doubles as a theatre space where artists canshare their work. Dhora opened its doors in 2014 and top design picksinclude antiquated cupboards, vintage lamps, quirky paintings,hand-blocked tunics, personalised stationery and handcrafted tribaljewellery. Contact 0141 402 7979By Jahnavi ChakravartyVintage styleThe Gentlemen’s Community, MumbaiIt’s hard to miss Karan Bangera’s sartorial elegance-made to measure linenshirts, tapered trousers, vintage moccasins, lots of beaded braceletsand silver rings and double breasted jackets which he has “a soft corner for”. The handpicked collection at his Santacruz store takes you to the vintage stores and markets of Europe with lapel pins, collar bars,brooches, ties and vintage watches. “Nostalgia is under priced and thatis what I want to bring to my audience. Objects in the past were muchmore thoughtfully designed and made,” says the founder of TheGentleman’s Community.OLD MEETS NEW A vintage watch by The Gentlemen’s Community “I grew up around suits, buttons, threadsand some gorgeous silk and woolen fabric,” says the hospitalitygraduate-fashion entrepreneur who saw his father make bespoke clothesfor his clients in Bandra. He saw world fashion from close quarterswhile he donned various hats from selling beers at a football stadium in London to working with a French celebrity chef in Singapore. Hisenviable collection has vintage silk ties by Ralph Lauren, BrooksBrothers, Ferragamo and Hermes, gold plated art deco cufflinks from the70s, lapel pins, brooches and collar bars and vintage eyewear scouredfrom stores in Italy, Germany, France and Austria. “Vintage watches isalso a fetish that is growing rapidly,” he says. Contact: 91 9819389118By Aditi PaiTryst with traditionSanskriti Lifestyle, PuneCollectibles by Sanskriti Lifestyle Vintage collectibles and refurbished old furniture share space with compactcontemporary pieces as cats sleepily watch customers walk in to browsethe latest collection by owners Sonali and Shalaka Pingale. The duo isknown for their tastefully done up homes in Koregaon Park a s well astheir sprawling bungalow-store. The iconic store is where old meets new; they source from temples, old homes and havelis and restore thefurniture into vintage pieces. “We are built on the concept of upcycling and reusing products,” says Shalaka who shares her mother-in-lawSonali’s love for design and decor and conceptualizes modern pieces like bar cabinets, side tables and drawers in shades of blue, olive, red and distressed white “Utility and looks should go together and along withantique heavy pieces, we also need furniture that is compact to fit into city apartments,” she says. Visit: www.sanskritilifestyle.inBy Aditi PaiCraftThe luxury aestheticVastrakala, ChennaiVastrakala’s clientele is discerning, exacting and is aware of the value ofexpertise. No wonder then, that they are willing to pay the steep pricetag which accompanies individuality. The embroidery atelier is run byFrenchman Jean-Francois Lesage, a third-generation embroiderer of theParis-based House of Lesage, which was acquired by Chanel in 2002.Vastrakala is now counted among the cream of luxury embroidered homefurnishing. Housed in a gracious old bungalow in Chennai, the atelier is home to artisans who work hard to produce perfectly finished pieces for demanding customers. Lesage is passionate about the nuances of design,and is well versed in the art and history of embroidery. He takes pridein the continuity and revival of a 5,000-year-old tradition that hetakes great pains to preserve. Visit: www.lesageinterieurs.comBy Jahnavi ChakravartyPreserving heritageAishwarya Tipnis Architects, DelhiChandernagore is a sleepy French town with a Bengali heart, a testimony to theconfluence of both cultures, a melange of Indo European expressionsuperbly manifested in its quaint meandering streets, its elegantpromenade and homes planned around courtyards with European lookingfacades with intricate stucco detailing. The architectural milieu is abrilliant combination of European planning principles with Indianaesthetics, stucco embellishments in terracotta work, floral patterns,decorative cast and wrought iron railings. The most critical challengein the conservation of urban heritage is balancing the significance ofthe past with the needs of tomorrow. “A large part of the conservationapproach is hinged on creating a climate for conservation, education,and outreach apart from the physical restoration. Each building has astory to tell and we find those clues which help us arrive at a designsolution that is most appropriate,” says Aishwarya Tipnis.Visit:www.aishwaryatipnisarchitects.comBy Jahnavi ChakravartyFacade of Jora Ghat in Chandernagore Cover styleIshan Khosla Design, DelhiA book cover by Ishaan Khosla Ishan Khosla fell in love with book cover design while interning for thepublishing house, Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York. A challenging and largely unexplored field, book cover designing is still finding its feet in India. “Some covers are challenging from the point of view oftranslating a complex concept visually; while others can be challengingfrom the point of view of expressing something mundane in a uniquemanner. Then there are challenges in terms of illustration or in termsof sourcing or creating props and objects to be shot for the cover,”explains Khosla. Ishan Khosla Design has been featured in India:Contemporary Design – Graphics, Fashion and Interiors (The Victoria& Albert Museum) on contemporary Indian design which was part of the V&A show on Indian design in 2015 as well as the VeniceBiennale.Visit: www.ishankhosladesign.comBy Jahnavi ChakravartyBreaking the mouldStarting Monday, MumbaiPicture a lush green patch of trees with the backdrop of the railway tracks, atrain lulling by gently once in a while; butterflies in the spring andthe pitter patter of rain in the monsoon. The view from the StartingMonday office, housed in a century-old building, is poetic and plays ahuge role in the inspiration for the small team of designers led byPratish Mepani. They’re all artists, asserts Mepani, but the art theycreate goes on packaging not on canvases. The six-year-old firm hasdesigned the branding for companies as varied as Anita Dongre, theCotton Association of India and Le 15 Patisserie. The aim is to carve aniche for Indian design, steering clear of cliche and meetinginternational standards. Their old school design for Oye Punjabi, taking inspiration from Indian poster art and good truck art, is perhaps thebest example of this. In stark contrast, but just as impressive, are the clever elevator posters they’ve created for the Trident Hotel inMumbai.Visit: www.startingmonday.co.inBy Moeena Halim
Netherlands captain Arjen Robben has urged his team mates not to underestimate their ability and believe in their potential to upset France on Thursday and get their World Cup hopes back on track.The Dutch sit third in the Group A standings, three points adrift of joint leaders France and Sweden and a second loss of the qualifying campaign to France could effectively end their hopes of a place at next year’s finals in Russia.”Of course, France have, in terms of quality, a really good team, but I don’t want to talk about them. I think we must not think that we are not as good, we must be convinced of our own qualities and believe that we can beat them,” Robben told reporters on Tuesday.”I’m always very positive. We can well say that it will be difficult because France have a better team, but if you think like that, then you might as well stay at home,” he added.”We must go to Paris with conviction. It is a bit like the situation at the World Cup in 2014. If you believe in something and have the requisite ambition, you can go far.”The unrated Dutch finished third in the last World Cup in Brazil after initially being heavily criticised for changing their tactical approach.But they missed out on qualifying for the 2016 European Championship and have struggled in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Defeat in Sofia by Bulgaria in March cost Danny Blind his job as coach with Dick Advocaat returning in his place.advertisement”I want to see conviction, not angst,” Robben said.”And organisationally everything must click. If you don’t have as much individual quality as some of the top footballing countries, then you have to approach games cleverly.”
With the series tied at 1-1, New Zealand are more excited than tense at the prospect of winning their maiden ODI series in India on Sunday, said pacer Tim Southee.New Zealand came close to winning the series last year before going down 2-3 and now they have another shot at beating the formidable Indians in their own backyard.”No pressure, it’s more excitement I would say. There was an air of excitement around the guys today at training. Obviously, we feel freshened up after the day off yesterday. The series is on the line tomorrow,” said Southee ahead of the third and final ODI in Kanpur tomorrow.”That’s what we play for and like I said, good sides have come here and walked away empty handed. I guess it’ll be nice to seal the series here. But India are a tough team in their own conditions as they have shown that over a while,” he added.India have won their last six ODI series in a row after losing at home in October 2015, when they went down 2-3 to South Africa.The cooler weather means conditions here are different to what teams faced in Mumbai and Pune, and Southee said his team would have to adapt quickly to have any chance of winning tomorrow.”The beauty of a series is as it goes on it’s the same for both teams. You get more information about the opposition batters and there’s information going out there as well.”Obviously it’s a different ground and it offers different challenges, so if we can adapt to that quickly and see what is working then we’ll go a long way in terms of a good bowling performance,” he said.advertisementThe pacer himself is looking forward to bowling in the pleasant weather.”Training today was nice; it wasn’t too hot. We know that coming to India, the heat is always a challenge. What we experienced in Mumbai was something some of the players never experienced before — the humidity and the amount of fluids lost. Pune was relatively nice. It is different again here.”Six of the players in the New Zealand were playing with the A team in India before joining the senior squad. Most of the players anyway are familiar with the Indian conditions, thanks to the IPL.Asked if the current side is among the most prepared to tour India, Southee said: “We were involved in a lot of preparations coming into the series. Various guys were participating in different competitions around the world, be it in the Caribbean or in England or some of the guys on the A tour here.”Some of the guys had breaks too. We came together in Mumbai where we had two good warm-up games before that first one-dayer. India bounced back nicely. Now with the series on the line, as I said, a lot of good sides have come here and haven’t been able to move India over, so it’ll be very satisfying if we could do that tomorrow.”
New Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Top tennis official Anil Khanna has decided not to contest the election for the Indian Olympic Association presidents post even though the deadline for the withdrawal of his nomination papers has passed.Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, had filed his nomination papers and was in the fray for the presidents post along with International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra at the time of deadline of withdrawal on December 3.But in a surprise move, Khanna has written a letter to the IOA election commission, informing his decided to withdraw from the contest and support Batra for the presidents post in its elective Annual General Body Meeting on December 14.Khannas decision to withdraw from the contest will clear the decks for Batra to be elected as the IOA president. His election for the top job will be a formality now.Batra will thus become one of a few sports administrators who heads a National Olympic Committee while holding the post of president of an important international federation.A top IOA official said since Khanna, who is the incumbent IOA treasurer, had not withdrawn his candidature by the stipulated deadline, technically the election for the presidents post may be conducted but the members will be inclined to vote for Batra only under the secret ballot system.Khanna said he was withdrawing his candidature to “keep the IOA family united”. He expressed his decision to withdraw from the contest in a letter written on the letter head of AITA.advertisementKhanna is a Life President of the AITA. He is currently the president of Asian Tennis Federation and vice-president of International Tennis Federation.”IOA has been one family so far, and the election this year is creating division. Many (members) do not want a division as they enjoy a warm relationship with both sides and find themselves in a difficult situation to finally decide as to whom to vote for,” Khanna said in the letter. “In order to keep the IOA family united and to ensure that common friends are not put in a difficult situation situation while deciding who to vote for, I have decided to withdraw my candidature as president of IOA from the current election in favour of Narinder Dhruv Batra,” he added.He, however, said that he was initially not planning to contest elections and circumstances had led him to filing nomination papers for the post of president (as well as that of senior vice president).Khanna said that the IOA under president N Ramachandran and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta has achieved milestones in the last nearly four years (office bearers took charge in February 2014) though it has “sometimes faced internal challenging moments”.”I must compliment both the president and the secretary general for improving the financial position of the IOA through sponsorship and better management of relations with the IOC and OCA. This has enabled the IOA to start sharing funds with both the NSFs and SOAs,” he said.”The contribution (of the IOA) has been raised from Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 6 lakhs last year and the Executive Council on 9th November 2017 has already approved payment of Rs 7 lakhs which can be increased by another Rs 2 lakhs depending upon sponsorship income.”Meanwhile, incumbent secretary general Rajeev Mehta will be re-elected for his second four-year term as he was the lone candidate to have filed the nomination papers.But there will be elections for one post of senior vice- president, one treasurer, eight vice-presidents, six joint secretaries and 10 Executive Council members. PTI PDS CM CM
London, Dec 26 (PTI) Seth MacFarlane has said it was “very, very hard” for him to start his music career.The actor-director had made the switch from the movie business into the music industry, and his fourth studio album In Full Swing received two nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals a Grammy Award nomination.”Theres something about peoples appreciation of the music they like thats particularly passionate.”Its like when people are obsessive about sports teams that they like. People are obsessive about musicians that they like. So if you come into that world from a different profession, its oftentimes greeted with folded arms and a scowl,” MacFarlane said, according to Contactmusic.The actor-singer cited the example of Will Smith, who ventured in acting after a successful music career.”For that reason, you see a lot of people, like Will Smith, whove gone from music to acting and been very successful at it.”And the other way around, I cant think of one person. I mean, its a very, very hard thing,” MacFarlane said. PTI RB RB
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged by English Football Association (FA) for commenting against match officials on New Year’s eve.Arsenal were held 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion on December 31 in the Premier League, after which Wenger made his opinion of referees known.According to the statement by FA, Wenger has been charged over his behaviour post the league match in the changing room for the game officials.”It is alleged his language and/or behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the game was abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee,” the FA said in a statement.The Arsenal manager can respond to the charge till Friday.ALSO WATCHOn Sunday, Wenger surpassed former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in managing the most number of matches with a team in the Premier League.Against West Brom, Wenger took his tally to 811 games, even though the outcome was not what he was expecting.It ends in a draw after that late penalty#WBAvAFC pic.twitter.com/1gkIAFg4or— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 31, 2017Dean awarded an 89th minute penalty after Calum Chambers was adjudged to have handled in the area, with Jay Rodriguez converting to deny Arsenal victory and provoke a furious reaction.With the draw, Arsenal finished the year 2017 in the fifth place on the league table.”I did fight many years ago for referees to become professional, but unfortunately their levels do not go up. It is difficult to accept,” the manager told Sky Sports afterwards.advertisementDespite the sour outcome, Ferguson congratulated Wenger for his achievement and claimed that the Arsenal manager’s record will never be broken.In a statement released through the League Managers Association, Ferguson said: “I applaud Arsene on surpassing my record of managing 810 Premier League games.”It is a fantastic milestone which has required the highest standards of dedication and professional management to achieve. I doubt his record, whatever it turns out to be, will ever be beaten.”Congratulations on a truly remarkable career and great service to football and Arsenal FC,” he added.Wenger was earlier handed a four-match ban for misconduct last January for pushing the fourth official after his team’s 2-1 win over Burnley.(With inputs from Reuters)
At first glance, there’s not much in common between actors Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh. If Aamir Khan wears the label of the quiet perfectionist with aplomb, then Ranveer Singh wears the magic cloak of a performer who is never short on energy. During the course of a two-hour conversation,,At first glance, there’s not much in common between actors Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh. If Aamir Khan wears the label of the quietperfectionist with aplomb, then Ranveer Singh wears the magic cloak of a performer who is never short on energy. During the course of a two-hour conversation, however, both actors reveal their meticulous approachtowards their craft. In edited excerpts, the actors talk about theirpassion for cinema and their tendency to equate people with animals.Ranveer Singh: Sir, if you had to walk into any space, what would be the theme music playing in the background?Aamir Khan: For myself?Ranveer: “Haanikaarak Bapu” [from Dangal (2016)]?Aamir: (Laughs) I wanted to ask you. How did you get into films?Ranveer: As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a Hindi film ka hero. Nothing fascinated me more than mainstream Hindi films. I couldn’t think of doing anything else.Aamir: So how did you break into Bollywood?Ranveer: You have gone far ahead, sir. You have started asking questions about me when I have written a very heartfelt introduction about you. I have never done this much homework in my life. Should I start?Aamir: Chhodo na.Ranveer: Main boloon, sir.Aamir Chalo, theek hai.Ranveer: Ladies and gentleman, the gamechanger.Aamir: Arre yaar.Ranveer: The single most powerful creative force in the Hindi film industry.Aamir: Baap re!Ranveer: Perhaps the only star actor in the truest sense who can blend commerce and credibility in films, present it in an entertaining manner and spur a social change. Not bash you in the head with the message but let you make what you want of it.advertisementAamir: Bas ho gaya.Ranveer: No sir.Aamir: You are embarrassing me.Ranveer: One of the most versatile and gifted talents to have ever graced the silver screen in India or in the world.Aamir: Uff!Ranveer: Sir, whenever I meet you I feel very small in front of you.Aamir: Why?Ranveer: By my definition of success, which I learnt from a motivational speaker in an audio book no less, success is the magnitude of the beneficial footprint that you leave on society. So for me you are the most successful person I have come across.Aamir: You are so warm and loving, Ranveer. I can just about get from step to step.Ranveer: You are a fascinating person, sir. You have the most fascinating eyes. I love that you change your look, but your eyes have gone from depth to depth.Aamir: I don’t want any more compliments.Ranveer: Nobody gave you the memo? You don’t know that I am a big fan of yours?Aamir: I want to know about you. How did you get into the industry?Ranveer: I am a TV baby. I used to watch VHS tapes of Amitabh Bachchan films. When cable television came, I couldn’t get my eyes off [the screen]. Entertainment was what fascinated me. In school as well, my day to shine was not sports day or when the report cards were handed out…Aamir: It was drama day.Ranveer: Yes, the annual day. I would participate in debate, drama, elocution and dance. I could see the signs. I was a constant nautanki in class. Always trying to make some mischief and making people laugh. In tenth standard, when you are going from school to college, you start asking questions, ‘Are you really going to make it in films?’ It was around 2000. There was a lot of nepotism at that time and not many successful examples to go by. I thought it was too far-fetched to think I would get a prime opportunity as leading man in mainstream Hindi films. So I did media studies in college and thought I’d become a copywriter in an advertising agency. During my second year of studying in the US, by chance all the slots for classes were full, so for credits I had no option but to take an acting class.I had to perform on the very first day. I picked Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogues from Deewaar (1975). The students didn’t know a word of Hindi but I said them with such passion that they clapped. I knew then and there: this is my calling. I told my dad that what I really want to do is to come to Mumbai and become an actor. He said just get your degree because it is an unpredictable industry and then do what your heart says because that’s what you’ll do your best at.advertisementI didn’t know how to get my foot inside the industry. I tried various things until I got a call from Yash Raj Films saying they are looking for a new boy. I did an audition and that was that.Aamir: How wonderful. I was told to complete college too but by then I was clear that I wanted to be in films. I told my parents I am going to stop studies and start as an assistant director. All hell broke loose. Everybody said you have to be a graduate. I said I am not stopping my studies, I am starting them. I should learn about the field I want to be in. I didn’t listen to anyone.Ranveer: It was very precocious of you to take that decision at 17. So why did you want to become an actor? When did that thought first come?Aamir: It must have been when I was around 15 or 16. What really made me realise that I wanted to be a part of cinema is when I did a short film for a friend, Aditya Bhattacharya. He needed help so I was his actor, spot boy, production manager and assistant director, all rolled into one. The experience made me realise this is where I want to be.Today when I think back, the seed was sown much earlier. When I was a child I used to love to listen to stories. A lot of writers and directors would come to pitch scripts to my dad [Tahir Hussain] and uncle [Nasir Hussain]. Every Thursday and Sunday, I would sit in a corner and listen to them. I must have heard hundreds of them. That was my first training ground of understanding scripts and stories. At the end of a narration, my dad would always say, “Ek line mein bataaiye, aapki kahaani kya hai. Agar ek line mein nahin bata sakte, toh kahaani mein dum nahin hai (tell us what the plot is in one line. If you can’t, your story has no zing).”Ranveer: Did you act in school?Aamir: When I was in Narsee Monjee College, I went to a Hindi play audition where I was amongst 60-70 young boys competing. I failed. It was right also because I was very raw. I went to the notice board and saw there was an audition for a Gujarati play. I don’t know Gujarati but they needed 30 members for a chorus line, so I gave it a shot. I had a never-give-up attitude even then. Two days before the show, the director threw me out because I had missed a rehearsal as my mother wouldn’t let me go because of a Maharashtra bandh. The director said others had come so that’s no excuse.But life is so strange. I was sitting on the lawn and had tears in my eyes over the dismissal and I was so angry because it was not my fault. Suddenly a guy from FTII came saying Inderjit Singh Bansal is making a diploma film and is looking for an actor. That day itself we left for Pune. It was seen by Rajeev Singh, another FTII student who cast me in his film. Ketan Mehta saw that film and cast me in Holi, which in turn was seen by Mansoor Khan who then cast me in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988).advertisementWhen I did my first film, I wasn’t as good. There is a rawness in my performance. The actors of today-you, Ranbir, the girls in Dangal-in the first film itself you all hit the right note, there is no inhibition. I loved your energy in Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). Then I loved you in Dil Dhadakne Do (2015).Ranveer: That’s our first film together.Aamir: Yes, I have lent my voice for it. I wanted to see Bajirao Mastani (2015). I saw five to six scenes on YouTube. What really struck me was the way you got the accent. How did you manage to sound like a Marathi-speaking guy speaking Hindi? There was not a false note.Ranveer: It required a bit of homework. It was not the first time. I did it for Band Baaja Baaraat. Then I worked for Ram-Leela (2013). I did my preparation in Gujarat. For Bajirao Mastani, I used to see YouTube speeches of politicians speaking Hindi with a Marathi tilt.Aamir: That means you can pick up languages quickly?Ranveer: I love phonetics and linguistics. I am fascinated by people’s names and history of words.Aamir: I find it very difficult to pick up accents. It takes me four months.Ranveer: I saw the making of PK (2014). You had the notebook and were sitting, writing and slogging.Aamir: First I write it phonetically by my own hand. Then I learn. I have to really apply myself.Ranveer: I grappled with Sultan Alauddin Khilji for Padmavati. Born in Bengal, he lived in Afghanistan, crossed the Hind Kush and lived most of his life in north India. But it’s all part of the process. Did you have any influences while growing up?Aamir: Dilip Kumar. Absolutely love him. Ganga Jamuna, Azaad, Kohinoor, Mughal-e-Azam, Ram aur Shyam. I have loved Amitabh Bachchan’s work too. These two had a strong influence on me. It was charming to watch Dharamji [Dharmendra], Shammi Uncle was amazing. You learn a bit from everyone.Ranveer: So you have been a lover of films?Aamir: Yes, but oddly I don’t watch that many films, I tend to read much more. We wouldn’t get permission to see films. I’d ask my mom to see one, and she’d say but you just saw one six months ago. I remember wanting to see Bobby (1973) and I was denied because it was a romantic film and it was thought bachche bigad jaayenge (children will get spoilt).Ranveer: When you were a new actor, what were you like-confident in your ability or bordering on arrogance or a babe in the woods?Aamir: Definitely not a babe in the woods because I had a solid background in films. I had been an assistant for four years with Nasir [Hussain] Sahab. I was very hungry to learn about filmmaking and learn as an actor. I was prepared to make mistakes.Ranveer: That’s huge, sir. One would think at that stage the fear of failure would be very daunting.Aamir: It was there but it didn’t stop me from trying. I used to go for it. The more mistakes I made, the more I learned. It’s just that I shouldn’t slip in front of the audience.Ranveer: I don’t know how I managed to pull off Band Baaja Baaraat. It was my one big dream. Adi sir [filmmaker Aditya Chopra] told me this is your one big chance. It was sink or swim for me.Aamir: It’s like that for everyone. Only the people who have some sort of talent, like you, can make it through.Ranveer: I was simply propelled by that feeling of do or die. On the first day, I asked my co-star, Anushka Sharma, why was there a guy holding a boom mic in front of us? I didn’t know anything. I had to be shown what a vanity van was. Every day I learned something. It was like being in school.Aamir: Where do you get this energy from? I can imagine you in the vanity van being like Aaoon, Aa jaoon kya [Should I come now].Ranveer: I don’t know, sir. It is natural disposition. There must be some chemical imbalance.Aamir: It’s a good imbalance to have.Ranveer: After being asked enough times and analysing it, I feel it is just the basic enthusiasm for what I do. Priyanka Chopra articulated it once for me saying I am the guy who can’t believe I became an actor. And it’s true. I wake up most mornings thinking I can’t believe I am a Hindi film actor. I am living the dream. From that stems the need to give my all to everything. For me, every film is my last one. I have no faith in tomorrow.Aamir: I noticed you have no fears. You do things that are bold, you are not afraid to say or do things. You are like a young Alsatian who is very excited.Ranveer: (Laughs) Are you calling me a dog?Aamir: A handsome dog. I always equate people with animals. It gives you an idea of the kind of person one is.Ranveer: I also do that often.Aamir: You have a positive energy and are fearless.Ranveer: You are right about that. I don’t know why I am liberated from that feeling of fear. I feel I have done enough things and been reprimanded for them that I have lost that fear of criticism.Aamir: Is there anyone who you meet and you feel the need to behave?Ranveer: Amitabh Bachchan. And you?Aamir: I am also like this with Amitji.Ranveer: He just has that aura. Which brings me to this question: What animal is Amitabh Bachchan?Aamir: I am too scared to say anything. He is too good. You tell me? Lion?Ranveer: Back in the day. Now elephant.Aamir: A combination of a lion and an elephant. King of the jungle.
TweetPinShare0 Shares In arguably the most bizarre Super Bowl ever, the Seattle Seahawks stunned the high-powered Denver Broncos 43-8.The first offensive play of the game set the tone. After winning the coin toss, Seattle elected to kick off – not a surprise, defense is their strong suit. But the sure-handed Peyton Manning, field general QB extraordinaire, who led the Broncos’ vaunted high-octane offense to the Super Bowl while winning his 5th regular season MVP after throwing an all-time record 55 touchdowns, helplessly watched the first snap sail over his head and behind him into his own endzone. Seattle scored a safety and went up 2-0, within a matter of seconds.Just a fluke, thought millions of fans – after all, Denver was favored to win. But the Broncos, who scored an average of 37 points per game in the regular season, didn’t score their first – and, as it turned out, only – points until end of the third quarter!The safety was hardly the game’s only strange moment. The second half began with another rarity – the usually-steady Broncos’ special teams fell asleep at the wheel as Seahawk speedster Percy Harvin returned the third quarter’s opening kickoff for a touchdown. And even more bizarre: Harvin – a wide receiver, was the game’s leading rusher with 45 yards.Tied as the third-most one-sided Super Bowl in history, Seattle dominated the entire way. For the first time all season, Denver did not even post a threat – not even for a second. Manning did not have a statistically awful game – 1 TD, 2 interceptions, 280 years, and actually set a new Super Bowl record for completions – 34. By the look on his face, though, none of that mattered.He is now 1-2 in Super Bowls, having disappointed in the last two, having won one less than his little brother, Eli, QB of the Giants in whose stadium the Super Bowl was played; Eli was in a luxury box watching the game.The Broncos did get something right, though: they held Seattle’s ferocious and seemingly-invincible running back, Marshawn Lynch, to a mere 39 yards on 15 carries. Lynch did score a TD, after a pass interference call brought Seattle the ball on Denver’s one-yard line, but from that close a distance, stopping a powerhouse like Lynch is next to impossible.The game’s “other” quarterback, Russell Wilson, only in his second year in the league and first Super Bowl appearance, was as cool as a cucumber: 18 for 25, 206 yards passing, 2TDs, 0 interceptions, and 26 yards rushing. All of the Broncos combined only rushed for 27.Seattle’s domination in virtually every statistical category aside, Denver was just a Peyton rally or two away from potentially making a game of much of the way through. In fact, with less than four minutes remaining in the half, the Broncos trailed 15-0; most of the time, Manning can make up those points in the blink of an eye. He’s at his best when he sits comfortably in the pocket, but he was flustered by Seattle’s defense all night. Cliff Avril hit Manning’s arm as he was set to throw, and the ball floated like a hot air balloon right into the hands of Malcolm Smith, who ran it in for a quick six. The Seahawks extended their lead, 22-0. When Harvin began the third with the kickoff return TD, the score was 29-0, and entire second half a mere waste of time.Though Manning’s heralded comeback – he had major neck surgery that almost ended his career, then made a brilliant return last year – has to wait another year (if he comes back again) for a storybook ending, it was a day of vindication for Seattle coach Pete Carroll. Fired by two pro teams, Carroll left the NFL for college football, won two national championships, and came back to the pros to coach the Seahawks. Oh – the two teams that had fired Carroll? The New England Patriots, and the New York Jets – who really play in New Jersey, in the same stadium in which Carroll’s team just played – and won – the Super Bowl.