Priya J. Adhyaru-Majithia
22
Mar

Pioneer rediscovered, merci Gujarat

State’s Scholar Rekindles Legacy Of Toru Dutt, India’s Francophone Frontrunner ‘Reviving Toru Dutt’ — a 15-minute documentary film conceived and produced by Dr Gita Bhatt, opens each session of the on-going weeklong Francophony celebrations hosted by Alliance Françai...
08
Mar

Real Gulal is more fun naturally

Holi hai, par Gulal kaha hai? First Dhuleti in Ahmedabad since last 150 years when natural Gulal is not available Gulal – the most essential natural colour which is intricately linked with Dhuleti celebrations since centuries – is no more available. The artificial powder sold and...
06
Mar

No Dhuleti for kids facing boards

As Dhuleti and exams co-incide, schools, parents bar students from playing with colours this year. A student of class X, Vishwa Thakkar, is fond of playing with colours, but this year, she plans not to participate in Dhuleti celebrations. Blame it on the board exam pressure, many...
05
Mar

Music to add colours to Holi

Khailo Khailo Nandlala Hum Sang Hori Rangeeli’ — you have the chance to listen to many such compositions that evoke the mood of Holi-Dhuleti festivities. Saptak Archives has organized a two-day live baithak and workshop at Nandan Mehta Art Gallery on March 6 and 7. Classical and...
20
Feb

Locals join hands to restore Shiv temple in walled city

Maha Shivratri celebrations at Ramnath Mahadev at Mandvi ni Pol have remained unique affair since past few centuries. However, this time, the celebrations have a spirit and a new meaning – it manifests a deeper commitment to preservation of its heritage structure and its cultural...
14
Feb

No change of heart even with new heart

Valentine’s Day And his story began in 1982 when he fell in love at first sight. Deepak Patel, builder and business man and an ex-patient of cardiomyopathy, laboured to win love of his lady luck Sapana for about eight years or more. Patel fell for her when she was barely...
14
Feb

Love’s labour is never lost

VALENTINE’S DAY : Purti, Who Fell In Love At 13, Waited A Decade For Her Valentine To Commit To Her Love’s labour is not lost for some fortunate souls. Meet the lucky couple Purti Shah, 36, an architect and Ashish Shah, 46, professor of finance who is to celebrate their 17...
13
Feb

This Valentine’s Day, take a dip in dark chocolate

If you do not get a chocolate bar from your Valentine, don’t worry. He must be planning to surprise you with something more interesting. Take a case of Malay Dave, a communication professional at an MNC, who has gifted his wife Gauri a special gift – a dark chocolate bath. Dave...
12
Feb

V-Day arrives a little early for Amdavadis

Amdavadis can’t wait till February 14. Since the Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, residents have started their themed parties and special get-togethers, which are now being held over the weekend. Besides, Amdavadis are at their creative best when it comes to parties, with...
14
Jan

After 30 years, kites ignite reunion of 375 families in Raipur

This Uttarayan, nostalgia will descend at Shamla ni Pol in Raipur, as the pol will host a reunion of 650 people who had settled down in western parts of the city during the 1980s. Almost 30 years later, 375 families will meet on Saturday over flying kites and gorging on...
27
Dec

Party scene turns kid-centric

As cops crack down on bootleggers ahead of the New Year festivities, Ahmedabad’s party animals are jittery about throwing their booze-filled bashes. But there are no jitters for those planning parties for children on the outskirts of the city. The logic is, if grown-ups...
25
Dec

It’s happy birthday on Christmas for these orphaned children

IT professionals Tula and Sanjay Bhartiya, unlike their friends who chose to settle down in foreign lands for better future, had an uncommon goal. Nearly two decades ago, they chose to return to their homeland after a short stint in the US and settled down in a village near...
24
Dec

Season of piety, party is nigh

Shopping, Festive Gatherings & Carols Herald Christmas From baking plum cakes, to collecting gifts for children’s white-laced red stockings, decorating house with tiny twinkling Christmas accessories, households in the city are enthusiastically gearing up to make elaborate...
26
Oct

Diwali turns home makers into home traders

Manisha Patel’s small kitchen has turned into a small-scale factory making mouth-licking mathiyas, chaulafali and kachoris. She is working overtime to meet the rising demand as the countdown for Diwali festival has begun. And Patel is not alone. Diwali pre-festival fervour has...
24
Oct

Seniors seek thrill at festive camps

For Radhika Parikh, 65, celebrating Diwali once meant cladding a silk sari and serving delicacies to greet guests. Today, Diwali for her means go bag packing to explore untouched spots in Northern India and take a plunge into nature to renew her zeal for life. Parikh, who went...
22
Oct

Many Amdavadis to do Hrithik this Diwali

Inspired by the exploits of Hritik Roshan and his friends in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, Pravin Shah, a city-based businessman, has packed his bags for Spain for a week during Diwali. “I have already visited Far- East and Middle-East destinations, and wanted to explore a new...
20
Oct

This festive season, Gujaratis are rocketing overseas

43% to take off on foreign vacations for the first-time in 2011 Dipen Lathia, 46, middle class textile technician is all set to take off to Singapore. His eight-year-old daughter Diya is excited to explore foreign land for the first time. “This year my long time dream of going...
15
Oct

Don’t eat, just pray and love

Amitabh Bachchan’s romance in Baghban gave this fast new identity and almost every television serial has an episode dedicated to this fast showcasing the love and dedication of wives for their husbands. No wonder then, hordes of young women in Gujarat will join Karvachauth...
06
Oct

Salute to Shakti : Dance all the way to Dubai

Free Overseas Trips Were Most Alluring Prizes Offered This Year. Kathanki Raval, 16, a trained dancer who has been painting the town red with her mean garba moves this Navratri, is all set to fly. She has just an all-expenses paid six-day package to Bangkok for being the best...
04
Oct

Kids get comfy in jewelled chaniya cholis

If you are a garba enthusiast mother trying to make your kid comfortable in chaniya cholis for longer hours, designers in town have a solution for you. They are offering special ready-made outfits with in-built jewellery that is easy for children to wear. The new designs have...
04
Oct

Navratri : SANEDO REACHES CRESCENDO

Gujarat University Takes A Step Forward, Launches Course In Garba Want to learn what are teen taali, taali chapti, popatiyu, dhodiyu and finally sanedo style? Then fleeting interest of nine nights is not enough. If you want to study the nuances of everexpanding style sheet of...
03
Oct

City twirls off its stress as festivities heat up

Garba : Recreation for many, while remedy for some *A Bank employee Maya Shah, 32, patient of insomnia and depression, has been prescribed by his shrink to go out and play Garba everyday for at least one hour. *Kavya, 10, student, patient of dysthymia (type of depression) has...
30
Sep

Bollywood seeks Gujarat glitter

Till now, the Garba organisers had to rope in celebs to promote their Garbas; however it seems to be a reverse trend this year. As celebrities this year are expressing their willingness to be part of the popular Garba events in the state and city, perhaps, to connect with their...
29
Sep

TIME TO GARBA! Fasting and dancing for nine-nights

Day 1 Of Festival Begins With Fasting And Frolic Ankit Trivedi, 30, poet and author, will eat only one fruit daily for the nine days of Navratri. He says abstinence from food will help him concentrate and invoke the spirit of Sadbhavna and Matrubhavna within. Trivedi has been...
29
Sep

Tattoos add to the backless choli lustre

Etchings Mimic Jewellery’s Dazzle. They make curves look swell. They complement the Navratri dress code, making it more stylish, funky and gorgeous. Tatoos have almost replaced heavy and antic jewellery this year, as new look tattoos made with newer techniques using...
25
Sep

‘Betha Garba’ to be recreated

A group of Gujarati poets and literary stalwarts have organized a musical evening in the city on Sunday prior to Navratri to celebrate the richness of Gujarati poetic songs. The main focus will on reinventing the long lost form of Betha Garba- a form of garba singing where women...
22
Sep

‘Munni’ will hitch hemlines higher during this Navratri

Bollywood’s hot and classy number ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ will set hemlines higher this Navratri. Inspired by Munni, the three-quarters classic flared skirts, teamed with skin-tight brocade cholis and semi-transparent shimmering chunnis is all set to make an appearance this Navratri....
19
Jun

Fathers and Daughters : It’s all about that special bond

On occasion of Father’s Day June 19 A TRULY RICH MAN IS ONE WHOSE CHILDREN RUN INTO HIS ARMS WHEN HIS HANDS ARE EMPTY : Anonymous She has him wound over her little finger’ is a common complaint that moms make about daughters and fathers. This Father’s Day, DNA explores...
08
May

In Mother’s Footsteps

The role of a mother has undergone a sea change in recent times. The real challenge lies in the grace with which many multi-tasking moms manage to balance home life and career. Many of them feel their mother-in-law is their anchor and they are able to manage only because of her...
14
Apr

Vaishnav temples to observe Kamada Ekadashi

It is also called the Chaitree Ekadashi and is observed during waxing of the Moon which happens in April