The Telegraph
| Sunday, February 28, 2016 |



Bespoke shoemakers are offering well-heeled men the chance to step out smartly in a mix of classic and trendy creations, says Sushmita Biswas

It was the discomfort of wearing ill-fitting shoes that prompted Pranav Bhalla to launch a bespoke footwear portal for men. Bhalla had size 11 feet and always had to hunt high and low for shoes that would accommodate his large tootsies. “My... | Read»

A regal makeover

Bikaner House, in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, has been given a smart makeover and is being turned into a cultural hub, says Saimi Sattar

It was a royal dwelling that had fallen on hard times. Bikaner House, in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, was best known for decades as the bus terminus from where to catch the Rajasthan State Transport buses to Jaipur. Now, it’s been... | Read»

A cool canvas

Author-curator Ina Puri’s home is a beautiful blend of old inherited treasures in a contemporary setting, says Anupma Mishra

My home is an extension of my personality,” says Ina Puri, author and curator whose love for art finds the perfect canvas in her Gurgaon home. Spectacular paintings by famed Indian artists, digital prints on canvas and rare... | Read»

Brewing up a sweet storm

Exotic varieties of coffee like Monsoon Malabar and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe are making their way out of cups to the dessert plates of food lovers, says Rahul Verma

My friends from Calcutta returned from their holiday to Vietnam with a packet of Vietnamese coffee for us. I would have told you more about the coffee if the text on the packaging had not been all in Vietnamese. What I can tell you, though,... | Read»

Riding into the sun

Cruising through Rajasthan on ultra-comfortable Harley-Davidsons was a breeze, says Rishad Saam Mehta

The moment I pressed the starter button I was rewarded with the sound of lethargic mechanical cranking as a gigantic engine turned over and fired up. And, this shimmering curvaceous black and chrome mechanical beauty came alive like a slumbering... | Read»

Baroque magic

Imperfection can be beautiful — and unique. Oddly-shaped baroque pearls, which are very different from the much sought after ivory, rounded and smooth pearls, are creating waves nowadays. They are appearing in statement jewellery... | Read»

Snappy snapper

The Asus ZenFone Zoom uses innovative technology to pack in an optical zoom into a slim form factor, says Tushar Kanwar

For all the talk about smartphones killing off cameras, the average mobile comes up woefully short when it comes to taking pictures with any amount of zoom.  You’re left to rely on digital zoom, which leads to grainy, soft images. | Read»

Turning to crime

Piyush Jha has switched course from making ad films to feature movies and he's now also writing crime novellas

From ad film-making to writing crime novels has been quite a journey for me. I began my career in 1995 with the ad agency Trikaya Grey, now called Grey Worldwide, where I worked in both the account planning and client servicing departments. A year... | Read»