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Syrian family embrace their homing instinct - Dotemirates
10/05/2019

Syrian family embrace their homing instinct

From the rooftop above his family’s flat, a brown-eyed boy looks out across a broken cityscape. In every direction, there is wreckage. Blocks upon blocks of war-torn ruin. But Abdelmalik, 12, doesn’t focus on the destruction. He is gazing higher, towards a flock of nearly 40 pigeons circling overhead. Moments earlier they were here in their loft, before he let them out to stretch their wings. “We’ve kept birds here since I was very young,” he says. “I like to play with them, especially the baby ones.” Abdelmalik and his family are living in Al-Qusour, a section of Homs that...


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08/08/2019

Arizona man baffled, amused by 'Green Shirt Guy' status

Alex Kack is mystified that video of him simply laughing at a city council meeting in Arizona has captivated the internet. Kack, also known as "#GreenShirtGuy," told The Associated Press on Thursday that social media reaction spawned by a news clip of him shaking with laughter at a Tucson City Council meeting has been "surreal" and "weird." The 28-year-old field organizer was reacting Tuesday to a protester during a vote to put a "sanctuary city" initiative on the November ballot. The protester, wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, is seen blasting the measure that could give certain immigrants protection....
08/08/2019

Review: High-octane cast can't save this messy 'Kitchen'

It happens in even the best kitchens: You bring together top-quality ingredients and a promising recipe, but somehow the end result comes out tasting wrong, just wrong. And that's what's happened, alas, with "The Kitchen," a New York mob story starring, for a change, women — the estimable trio of Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish, along with an intriguing supporting cast including Annabella Sciorra in a key cameo. The film is the debut directing effort of Andrea Berloff, who also penned the screenplay (and was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing "Straight Outta Compton"). And the script, adapted...

Be a stand-up citizen

Three stalwarts of the Indian stand-up comedy scene – Anirban Dasgupta, Azeem Banatwalla and Atul Khatri - are coming together for a fund-raising gig that promises to have Bengaluru rolling in the aisles on August 10. Sales from Ruckus 3.0 will benefit the NGO while the laughter, considered the best medicine, will perhaps cure all your ills! Looking at the amount of good work that this NGO has been doing, Azeem Banatwalla says he has done a number of shows with them. He talks about the upcoming one, “The three of us get along, which is pretty great too. The...

Stir it up

There's no denying that monsoon brings a chill in the air and all you want to do is snuggle up in your bed. This season, spend the rainy evenings indoor curating some refreshing cocktail and martinis that are quick and easy to make using exotic ingredients. Here are four cocktail and martini recipes by Avinash Kumar, Executive Chef at Novotel Imagica Khopoli, to turn on the monsoon blues. Curated Cocktail: Nitro ABC Ingredients Bourbon whisky- 30 ml Cinnamon stick - 1 Honey - 2 bar-spoon Fresh lime squeeze - 1 ½ Boiling hot water - 1 cup Method:- Pour warm...

Tiger on the wall

Even as Relief Art Gallery in the city will host Wild Apart, Sanjeev Siva, the photographer remembers a time when he was a consultant with an IT company, for whom photography was a mere passion. He tells us, how some years ago, during one of his visits to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve along with his friend, he was struck with the idea of capturing the moments and behaviours of tigers in forests. Though it is a task that needs a lot of patience, Sanjeev has been doing just that for the last five years. The photographer, who’s travelled far...

Cherishing life’s twists

It is raining outside and Bollywood singer Shahid Mallaya, who is in Kochi, enjoys the pitter-patter. “It is so cool and green here,” says the singer. Kochi witnesses a twist in his career — his acting debut. “I cannot reveal more details. All I can say is that I play the second lead in this Hindi movie that has been shot in Fort Kochi, Munnar and Alappuzha. And, I am lucky to do this,” he says. Facing the camera has been a learning experience to the singer. “It was excellent,” he says. “We had some hard working local artistes, too,...