The Superstar turns 64 today, and his fans get a double birthday treat with Lingaa, says Saisuresh Sivaswamy. At almost three hours Lingaa is perhaps a tad too long, but the producer and director’s compulsions are understandable. THE Superstar, as Rajinikanth is known to his legion of followers worldwide, returns to the silver screen in flesh and blood after a three-year hiatus (Shankar’s Endhiran/Robot in 2011 was his last); in the meantime there was only that ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'It is, after all, Saturday night, and the group of men have just come through a fun but tough trip to the roof of the world. What can we possibly do in this one-lane town, we wanted to know. 'The answer begins to appear before us in the dusk as we head back to our hotels.' Hardcore Mumbaikar Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com discovers some startling facts about Tibet's nocturnal activities. Given its Himalayan heights where, perhaps, ‘not a blade of grass grows’, you couldn’t be ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'The impression I get is bread and butter matters more than freedom and choice. And China is providing bread and butter in plenty.' Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com takes the road less travelled -- to Tibet. Image: A Tibetan family makes its way home in the evening. Photograph: Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com Fifty-five years have elapsed since China annexed Tibet and made the region its own. We in India have a constant reminder of the unpopularity of the armed takeover and the popular will ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
"As you take in the moment, soak it in, freeze it in your consciousness, realise the power of simple, stark nature that stands before and above you in all its majesty, and wonder how to savour the moment, your reverie is broken by a voice next to you.' "Excuse me please, can you please take my photograph?" Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com glimpses the majesty of the tallest peak on the planet. Day 1 A date with eternal beauty: Everest Day 2 Here's driving into Tibet Day 3 The world's highest post ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'The post office sells Base Camp certificates that serve as proof you were indeed at the spot, if doubting Firdauses ranked among your friends for whom a simple selfie from the spot is not enough.' Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com continues his awesome road journey... Day 1 A date with the eternal beauty: Everest Day 2 Here's driving into Tibet Day 3 The distance from Tingri to Rongbuk, the closest halt to the Everest Base Camp, is a little over 100 km. But the journey took around four ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'The road from Zhangmu via Nyalam to Tingri is everything a Himalayan drive should be. With tall peaks as the backdrop, switchbacks yielding to roads that stretched into eternity, passing by some of the most scenic views on the planet.' Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com who took a road trip to the 5,200-metre Everest Base Camp crosses into China... Day 1 A date with the eternal beauty: Everest Day 2 The second day of our road trip saw the convoy wind its way to the border crossing ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The thrill of offroading in Himalayan heights! Photograph: Priyanka Koijam To gaze upon Mount Everest and not have the tectonic plates of one's inner core shift is an impossible task in a human being, says Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com after a road trip to the 5,200-metre Everest Base Camp. What does one do when one day, out of the blue, one is told to go on a road trip to the Everest Base Camp? Not just any road trip -- which ordinarily would mean leisurely drive along highways -- but one ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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