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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Arun Govil: the first Ram

Arun Govil, who played Ram in the original Doordarshan series Ramayan, talks about how the role put him permanently under a magnifying lens and caused much embarassment (and was also a reason why he quit smoking).

My only obsession is housekeeping: Sonali Bendre

Mother of a 9-year-old, Sonali Bendre is one of the most gorgeous actresses in Bollywood, having starred in films like Sarfarosh and Hum Saath Saath Hain. She is making a comeback on the small screen with Ekta Kapoor's Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Ye.

When Shah Rukh Khan became Sita

A 19-year-old Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of Sita in the 'second largest' Ramlila of Agra. The irony is, he hates his name, doesn't quite like his namesake in Bollywood and worships Salman Khan.

Dressing up the malls

From an outline of Banaras ghats in rope lights to a giant Ganesha statue, mall decor is never so dazzling as it is for big festivals and Diwali, Christmas and Valentine's Days are the festivals that call for the most out-of-the-box thinking.

Brush up on your Ramayan, the entertaining way

If you are looking for a short cut to know more about the greatest Hindu epic, here is a list of some animated movies and feature films centred around the Ramayana, recreated in an entertaining manner.

On the Brunch radar

Brunch loved Rekha in Comedy Nights With Kapil (we love her, anywhere!) and the German recreation of the Kal Ho Na Ho title song. Here's a round-up of things we loved and shoved this week.

On the Brunch radar

Brunch loves the way Hrithik Roshan dances MJ style to Bang Bang and shoves how people seem to be obsessed with AbRam. Here's a round-up of things we love and shoved this week.

Ten things only douchebags do on Diwali

You thought it was cool to set off your neighbour's car alarm off or brag about the number of fire-crackers you lit in one go? Breaking news! It's NOT. We bring you a list of ten things only doucebags do in Diwali.

The big deal about 'Gone Girl'

Nobody thinks that the cheating, lying Nick Dunne in Gone Girl is representative of all mankind. But Amy Dunne is seen as a reflection of all womankind. Does writing about an anti-heroine make an author anti-feminist? Seema Goswami finds out.

Wonder how celebs celebrate Diwali?

Seven interesting people – celebrities from the worlds of music, film, fashion, books, sports and food – tell us what keeps the festive spirit twinkling in their hearts and wardrobes.

Battle of the fitness bands

A fitness band is about its ecosystem, the app and software, as much as it is about the band. Tech brands are waging war - and your wrist is the battleground, says Rajiv Makhni. Which fitness tracker should you buy?

How to look pretty this Diwali

As you flit from one party to another, and smile for your 389th Diwali-wali group photo, make sure your make-up keeps up. We've tackled a few problems you might encounter while you put your game face on this year.

The Ramayana reading list

We love books and the Ramayan is definitely a great read, every single time. We bring you 14 books based on the Ramayan. These are translations and adaptations - for every possible kind of reader. Take your pick.

Why Indian food has the English lining up

The Chinese run the best hotels in London and Indian food, cooked the way it should be, has the Brits lining up for more. Who would have thought it? This truly is turning out to be the Asian century, writes Vir Sanghvi.

It's raining cakes and chocolates this Diwali

Bored with plain laddoos, dry fruits and barfis every Diwali? Yes, they are so last century. Try the new-age Diwali sweets, like MOD's Motichoor Donut, Haagen Dazs' ice-cream mithaai, or Khandani Rajdhani's apple jalebi.
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