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Jaskiran Kapoor

Jaskiran Kapoor is a columnist with The Indian Express.

Tree talk: Easy to grow & drought-resistant, Jackfruit trees have global attention
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

Known as Kathal in India, studies say it has potential to solve world’s food problem

Babul tree can be grown in any types of soil, has medicinal uses
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Thorny plant with yellow flowers, a common sight in Chandigarh.

Peepal: The tree of wisdom
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

Peepal tree can cure 50 ailments including asthma, diabetes and diarrhea

Stories on Sikh history and culture: Saakhis get audio avatar appropriate for the youth
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

Four to six minutes in duration, the stories are based on the life history of 10 Sikh Gurus and great Sikh warriors. Each story ends with a message that relates to history with a present-day context

‘I act by observation… the more challenging the role, the better it is’
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Binnu Dhillon, who plays a handsome government servant married to the prettiest girl in the family, flaunts his status by riding his new motorbike around the village.

Film ‘Mission Tiger’ to release on International Tiger Day
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

WITH India committed to save tigers from extinction, Indian Forest Service officer, TR Bijulal, too is a man on a mission to not only protect the national animal, but create awareness among the masses on the same. Come July 29, which is also International Tiger Day, Bijulal is all set to release his debut film, […]

‘Number of women-owned pages on Facebook has increased six-fold in past four years’: Ritesh Mehta
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Mehta, who is on a ten-city tour, conducted his session about the perks of being on FB and how technology removes a lot of barriers and empowers entrepreneurs

Filmmaker hopes to create new wave in Punjabi cinema, restore its lost sensitivity
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Based on two short stories by award-winning writer Waryam Singh Sandhu, Chauthi Koot evokes an atmosphere of suspicion, fear and paranoia in the Punjab of 1980s.

The Freshwater Mangrove
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Tree grows to a moderate height and size

Age just a number for ‘actors at heart’ Revathi and Kirron Kher
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Revathi and Kirron Kher: For these ‘actors at heart’, age is just a number, creativity stumps competition and insecurity, and a good co-actor only enhances one’s performance.

Our film a thriller, doesn’t take audience’s intelligence for granted, says Dishoom actor Varun Dhawan
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Dishoom, also starring John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandes and Nargis Fakhri, will see the comeback of actor Akshaye Khanna in an antagonists role.

Under the spell of Plumeria in Chandigarh
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Low-maintenance plant with pink, white & yellow flowers, the Plumeria tree is drought-tolerant and can be planted from seeds or cuttings.

‘Less is more, music is all about establishing a connect between musician and audience’
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

From silent films to animations and children’s films to magnum opus, the cine concert can be applied to all kinds of cinema.

Punjab and Haryana HC Bar Library: Making a case for restoring appeal of rare books
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

A distinct odour of paint and varnish fills the air and mixes with the musty smell of old forgotten books as Mehla navigates us through the corridors abuzz with activity of carpenters, electricians and the library staff.

CII Session: ‘India needs to design innovative products, fast and with immediate results, to compete with China’
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Explaining his principle, Shiba said: “Jump into the fishbowl (onsite) and swim with fish with intuition, then jump out to understand what the fishes needs are.”

Round & round the Mulberry bush: Tree Talk
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Also called Shahtoot, these trees grow in any kind of soil

Bombay Bassment: A slice of Mumbai music, with a deejay on board, on 5-city tour
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Promoting their new album through a five-city tour, Mendes talks about how the ‘Bombay Bassment x FUNC VIP’ presents Bombay Bassment in a new light and sound.

Randeep Wadehra- ‘My satire does not attack… instead, it focuses on mindsets and actions’
Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Randeep Wadehra's 'Mango man in the republic of Bananas' is set in an imaginary South Asian Republic and casts a sardonic eye on the way democracies function.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

While Udta Punjab turns the spotlight on the drug problem in the state, Punjab’s music scene has been in the centre of controversy for its celebration of drugs, violence, and misogyny.

‘His brilliance is in his ability to touch the sky & yet remain grounded’
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

"Shashi Kapor-The Householder, The Star" unveils chapters of the actor's personal and professional life

Theatre gave me satisfaction that no other job could, says Chandigarh theatre actor and director Surinder Arora
Wed, May 25, 2016

While the larger story is of the eternal struggle between the human heart, mind and body, Arora, has created a new subtext to this deep subject, that of desire.

The Lion In Winter On Stage: ‘Theatre is the clearest of all performing arts’
Sun, May 22, 2016

A 1966 play by James Goldman and Oscar-winning film, The Lion in Winter revolves around a dysfunctional royal family comprising Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children and guests during Christmas.

Summer’s sunny side up
Sun, May 22, 2016

Spring comes to a full circle with yellow splash of Amaltas

Husband-wife duo aims to go beyond classrooms, make students global citizens
Fri, May 20, 2016

An interactive educational programme academy for children, Without Walls, is an initiative of Sumanjit and his wife, Madhuri Anand.

French music trio Piloot: ‘When we make music without rehearsals, we venture into unchartered landscape’
Sat, May 14, 2016

“This is Piloot meets India, two cultures, one confluence,” smiles Guibert.

Chandigarh writer’s debut book Lurking Demons: ‘We can’t choose our birth, but we can control our death’
Wed, May 11, 2016

Cowardice, personal sorrow, terminal illness — while there can be multiple reasons for suicide, for Chauhan, it was an essay by philosopher Albert Camus that pointed her in the direction of a reasoning so absurd that it made her sit up and explore it.

Tree talk: Carrying a flame
Sun, May 08, 2016

Why one literally sees red in the African Tulip tree

The Adulteress, a book by Chandigarh based Suditi Jindal
Thu, May 05, 2016

In her first book, Grow Up Moon, Jindal unravelled the challenges of a married life, the ego clashes, the compromises, the illusions and the reality.

Watching this fearless woman wage a battle for her brother moved me to tears, says Sabrjit director
Wed, May 04, 2016

In town with producer Jackky Bhagnani, actors Richa Chadha and Darshan Kumar, Omung shares the reason for following the 23-year-old journey of a sister, a wife, a family in the hope of seeing Sarbjit free and alive.

Chandigarh Forest dept has no expertise to handle landscape projects: Hardial Singh Johl
Mon, May 02, 2016

A former head of Chandigarh’s landscape wing and adviser to Panjab Urban Development Authority, 83-year-old Hardial Singh Johl designed the entire landscape projects of the city, including the Rose Garden, urban estates of Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala and Bathinda.

Film debut: I am still the same, says singer Yo Yo Honey Singh
Sun, May 01, 2016

Being pitched as one of the most expensive films in Punjabi cinema, Zorawar has been shot in South Africa, London and Punjab and stars Parul Gulati, Gurbani Judge, Pawan Malhotra, Mukul Dev and Achint Kaur.

Tree Talk: The tree of fire
Sun, May 01, 2016

Summer is incomplete without the Gulmohar’s flaming red beauty

Punjabi cinema still hesitant to pay or bring its actresses at par with the leading men
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Why Punjabi cinema is still hesitant to pen for, pay or bring its actresses at par with the leading men, decode its leading ladies

Short film Asmad from city at Cannes 2016: ‘I am drawn to films with kids in it, not children’s films, but deeper subjects’
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

With only three scenes with dialogues out of the 25, and nature as an important character, Asmad, adds Dhamija, is a visual language film.

Just for laughs: Day in the life the ‘joker’ at a Circus in mohali
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Shrinking audiences, competition from TV reality shows and more than a few taunts. The ‘joker’ takes it all with his hand-painted smile

Chandigarh Tree talk: The blue spectacle
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

In the exotic collection of avenue ornamental trees in Chandigarh, the Blue Jacaranda or Neeli Gulmohur as it’s fondly known in these parts, is a native of Brazil and North West Argentina.