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Book Review: The Buddha Of The Brothel By Kris Advaya

For the starters, I love the cover and the title of the book The Buddha of the Brothel; both invoke a fair level of curiosity. The book is a true account of Kris’s journey. Also, The Buddha of the Brothel is part travelogue, part biography, and part romance. I would highly commend Kris’s observing ability. Like few foreign authors, he hasn’t painted India black, through his sarcasm and witty English, he has shown the underbelly of Indian mafia, but on

Criminal Chronicles – Veerappan: Chasing The Brigand


Crime seems to always make for good copy. Whether in a book or a newspaper or magazine. I don't get any macabre thrills about reading about the crime, but I am intrigued to know what makes a person a criminal. Of late, I have been devouring books written on criminals and their psychology. The book, 'Veerappan: Chasing The Brigand' was released last year, almost 13 years after the dreaded smuggler was shot dead in an ambush by a Special Task

Sandhya aarti at Vishram Ghat, Mathura

Evening aarti, as soon as we hear these words, visuals of oil lamps circled about by the priests in praise of River Ganges in Rishikesh, Haridwar or Benares come to our minds. The extravagance, the opulence and the sheer serenity of the daily ceremony appeal deeply to the pilgrims as well as the travellers. But on my last visit to Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna, I witnessed a calming experience while attending the Sandhya (evening) aarti of River Yamuna. The longest

A visit to Madame Tussauds Delhi

Salman Khan at Madame Tussauds Delhi

Madame Tussauds, the famous wax museum has opened in New Delhi recently. I went with my relatives staying in Delhi to see the Delhi version. It is situated in the same building as the Regal Cinema in Connaught Place. I found the approach to be a little crowded and was simply following my mother. Suddenly, there was a doorway next to a café and I was surprised to note that the entrance to such a famous place was ordinary and plain.

Five Ways to Make The Most Out Of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF)

All roads lead to Jaipur this weekend. Thankfully Padmaavat or Padmavati has nothing to do with it. It is the annual literary cornucopia that is the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). It is estimated that approximately three lakh people with be attending it this year. Like any other festival, this rather popular festival can get overwhelming, confusing and borderline frustrating. So I can say from personal experience that there are a few things that, if kept in mind, and followed, will

Book Review: Padmavati – The Queen Tells Her Own Story

Padmavati has always fascinated me. And no, not just the movie. Allow me to say this that I find it significant and remarkable how everyone – right from protestors to activists, politicos to filmmakers seem to be piggyback riding on the sudden fame of this queen in light of the controversy surrounding the film. For me Padmavati was such a remarkable character – I am not even getting into the debate of whether she was factual or fictional. And this is

Artists of Talent Street Kala Ghoda add to the Mumbai Night Bazaar

Artists of Talent Street Kala Ghoda are going to be part of the first-ever Mumbai Shopping Festival’s night bazaar or flea markets in Worli, Malad and Powai. The Talent Street Kala Ghoda, a creative initiative supported by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) exhibits budding talent across the city. Night bazaars or flea markets will be created at three non-residential areas during the weekends.These will be held in Worli on January 13-14 from 4 pm to

Jewels Galore At Jaipur Jewellery Design Festival

Jaipur Jewellery Design Festival

Did you know that major international luxury jewellery brands such as Bvlgari, Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels and several others not only look up to the royal magnificence of Jaipur and its Maharajas for jewellery inspiration but also seek the finesse and expertise of craftspersons here to execute their high-end designs? This was a major reason why The Humming Notes travelled to Jaipur to attend the Jaipur Jewellery Design Festival (JJDF) to see the synergies between craft, design and business.

Last Paintings by MF Husain at Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting a special installation in its efforts towards the celebration of the 70th anniversary of India’s independence. The exhibition, which is the centrepiece of the Art Institute is titled "India Modern: The Paintings of MF Husain" and is on display through March 4, 2018. The exhibition has eight large triptychs from the Indian Civilisation series by the legendary painter MF Husain (1915–2011). Displayed prominently across five of the museum’s Asian art galleries, the exhibition

Photo Journey: Baha’i Lotus Temple, New Delhi

Since its inauguration to public worship and visits in December 1986, the Bahá’í House of Worship, known as Lotus Temple, in New Delhi, India has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited edifices in the world. On an average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the Bahá’í House of Worship each day. These visitors have admired its universal design in the form of a lotus and have been fascinated by the Teachings