HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Sarika, that grey-eyed beauty of Bollywood

When Sarika married Kamal Haasan, it was nothing short of sensational. Then, after years of marriage and two daughters, they broke up. Now, in her second innings in Bollywood, she is on an upswing. Brunch catches up with the Yudh actor.

How the West was made one's own

Leave the great debate about Indian culture and Western influences to Parliament. Here are some foreign ideas that India appears to be loving.

Aamir will make a great politician, says actor-politician Gul Panag

She's a beauty pageant winner and an actor to boot. Her Twitter page is one of the most engaging celeb pages on social media. In a chat with Brunch, Gul Panag tells what it means to be a star and a politician.

A Pakistan less known

There's no doubt that Indians in Pakistan are followed. But away from the bombs and shrill rhetoric, lies another Pakistan with warmth and friendship writes Ruchira Hoon.

The runway bridegroom

Getting married this year? Want to look as fashionable as your bride on D-day? Here are new trends for men that you might want to follow - or not.

Eid festivities: Eat, pray, shop... eat

The streets around Jama Masjid are almost imploding with activity during Ramzan. Festive delicacies and great shopping make it a must-visit this time of year.

I’d love to dance like Madhuri Dixit: Yami Gautam

Bollywood’s pretty girl loves to gorge on Elaichi chai and bread pakoras. And how does she maintain her svelte figure after that? Well, it’s hot yoga for her. The Vicky Donor actor opens up to Brunch on much more.

Another Jhumpa Lahiri? Not quite

But Mira Jacob's debut novel The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing adds a new dimension to the Indian immigrant experience. If Lahiri's books had Bengali characters anchored in New England, Jacob's novel is a rambunctious tale of a Syrian Christian family unfolding in New Mexico.

Imran Abbas Naqvi, the dude from Karachi

Meet the Pakistani actor who is making a two-fold debut in India - on the big screen with Vikram Bhatt's Creature 3D and the other on the small screen with his 2011 TV show Mera Naseeb which will go on air on new entertainment channel Zindagi.

Monsoon special: it's pouring, pass the grub

Something about the monsoon makes us hungry and self-indulgent. Why fight it? Just dig into the perfect snacks and chai.

Monsoon special: damp-proof your style

You don't need to look purely utilitarian (read unexciting) this season in case you get wet. The trick is to identify the right outfit that can transition from summer wear to monsoon wear with ease.

The Vampire Bites Back

Luis Suarez is not the first athlete to bare his incisors, nor it is the first time he has done that. Asheesh Sharma puts together a short history of athletes who have been accused of biting.

Men Should Watch True Blood Too!

Edward and Bella ruined vampires for men, women and everybody except silly little teenage girls. But True Blood came in the form of a delicious revenge and reinstated the Pale Ones to their former glory. You can't not watch it, writes Indra Shekhar Singh.

I am reverse ageing. I was born a woman, am now a little girl: Vidya Balan

It's been a tough year for Vidya Balan, a year she doesn't understand too well. With Bobby Jasoos opening to good reviews, Balan's life is not looking as dirty as it looked earlier, writes Amrah Ashraf. Photo by Aparna Jayakumar.

Rainproof your tech shelf

That dazzling watch around your wrist, the expensive smartphone in your pocket and those precious earplugs do not share your excitement for grey skies and a deluge. Rajiv Arora lists 5 waterproof gadgets that sneer at the rain.
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