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india Updated: Aug 21, 2010 02:37 IST


Rakhi for broke brothers

Ideally, these aren't presents. No sister will not clobber your head at receiving them. Nor are we advocating you give pyari behena a mosquito repellent on Rakhi (Tuesday, August 24). But, but, assuming — and we're on your side here — that you are broke, really college-boy-with-no-bus-fare broke, we've got brainwaves. And we're happy to say that the ideas don't involve flowers, perfume or ram laddoo.
Here are 10 things to get sis so that you are labelled a cheapo forever. 10 things for under R100

Gear up for Pakistani pop

Delhi's music aficionados have a special place in Shafqat Amanat Ali's heart. Each time the Pakistani singer comes to the city he is reminded of one particular concert. Three and a half years ago, Ali and his band had to head to a show at Lal Quila directly from the airport, leaving them no time for a sound check. The singer says, "So there we were trying to put in our best on stage when an elderly gentleman got up in the middle and said loudly, 'Apne tabla-waale ko bolein zara tabla ko sur mein kar lein'.”

Delhiites make for a lively and knowledgeable audience says the 'Rockstar ustad'.

Expect everything from his Bollywood hits such as Bin Tere and Mitwa, to songs from his solo albums and his debut band Fuzon at the show.

At the Siri Fort Auditorium on Thursday, August 26, 7 pm onwards. For more information call Routes2Roots @ 41646383

Want the graphic details?

Appupen aka George Mathen's graphic novel, Moonward, is a territory that follows the worlds of sci-fi authors J.R.R.Tolkein and George Orwell. Kottayam boy, Mathen, who has been published by Blaft, will discuss his book and project frames from it on screen at an event at Yodakin on Sunday, August 22.

Along with Vishwajyoti Ghosh, author of Delhi Calm, Matthen will represent Indian graphic novels at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France this year.

For details log on to or call 41787201, 26863631