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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Metro Plus Thiruvananthapuram
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Booked for all seasons
Books still have many takers says Anupama Raju
Sudheer N.E., an ardent book lover, feels that readers in the city are aware of the latest releases in the literary scene thanks to websites and blogs that provide information on books and writers from all over parts of the world.
“MetroPlus gives readers a clos-up view of Ananthapuri. Articles on people are my favourite read. It feels good to read about people you know or have seen. I turn to it to keep me updated on what's happening in the city, especially after ...
Rock ‘n' the city
The music scene in the city has always been rocking, finds Harishanker R.
What are the current hep bands in the city?
MetroPlus — the 10-year journey
MetroPlus was launched as a four-page feature supplement on November 15, 1999 in five cities — Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram.
The first issues of what was then a weekly supplement on Mondays contained ...
C ome evening and there is a rush of people to this street (opposite MLA Hostel, Palayam). Zam Zam, Noor Mahal (currently closed for renovation) or Saphire is one of the restaurants that they enter. Arabian cuisine (read Shawarma and Shawai ...
Frothy lassis, ghee-laden stuffed parathas, melt-in-the-mouth paneer butter masalas… the list is endless at Sharmas. This restaurant serves authentic North Indian vegetarian fare. And the best part is that each dish has its own distinct ...
We the people
Thiruvananthapuram is also the home/foster-home to innumerable film greats down the ages. The All India Radio station in the city incubated many cine-talents including Nagavalli R.S. Kurup, Jagathy N.K. Achary, K.P. Udayabhanu and Padmarajan. ...
Glimpses of a rich, lush heritage
Achuthsankar S. Nair recalls the Thiruvananthapuram of old when ponds, paddy fields and charming buildings dominated the cityscape
Kashmiri food festival is on at Uday Samudra, Kovalam
TEN ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS
Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple
The topper of architectural splendour is undoubtedly this one. It's a veritable emporium of art and culture. Splendid stone sculptures and murals complement the majestic splendour of the temple architecture, which is a fusion of Dravidian and ...
A long came famous designer Robert Fellowes Chisholm from the Madras School of Arts leaving his creative signature for the city – the Napier Museum. It seamlessly fuses Venetian windows and gable that is typical ...
Fine Arts College
I t was built under the aegis of Sree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma. Formerly known as H.H. Maharaja School of Arts, it was the brainchild of Sree Vishakom Thirunal Rama Varma. Built in 1888, it has open verandas and tall classrooms with ample ...
University College exudes grace when contrasted against its surrounding buildings. William Barton designed the old block and it was refurbished under the guidance of the then Principal John Ross and Professor Robert Harvey. The physics block's ...
Centre for Development Studies
The CDS building, designed by Laurie Baker, is an exercise in harmony as it blends the design with nature and its topography. Cost-effective building had always been the niche of Baker. Schooled in the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, ...
Old Engineering College
T he old Engineering College or the present Post Master General's Office at PMG junction was constructed by William Barton for accommodating the Chief Engineer's office then.
William Barton also played an important role in planning the ...
I t has an obvious Greco-Roman or Palladian style. The quaint European charm didn't go well with the people then. Then it was known as Hajjur kacheri, which was an amalgam of two Persian words, meaning Husoor's or King's ...
The post-Independence period witnessed a fall of true assimilative architecture in the city and saw the rise in concrete mounts like Tagore Theatre, Cooperation building, Vikas Bhavan building and so on. Exceptional cases were there. The ...
One church that stands out for its architectural superiority is the Christ Church in Palayam. It was specially designed for European officers of Travancore army, then under the name of the Nair Brigade. It also has history on its grounds. ...
Government Model School
I t was built under the aegis of Sree Moolam Tirunal Rama Varma (1885-1924). The Model School, Fine Arts College and the University College share similarities as the ruler wanted the buildings to have architectural continuity. It was set up as ...
WHAT OUR READERS SAY: WE ASKED A FEW OF OUR READERS WHAT METROPLUS MEANS TO THEM. THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID
Technocrat, founder CEO of Technopark, Member Secretary Asian School of Business
I enjoy reading MetroPlus for three reasons: Unlike many pullouts, MetroPlus has an identity of its own. It stands out with its interesting mix of reading ...
MetroPlus and Metro Weekend are something to look forward to every week. It has a variety of articles and information for every one. As a foodie, I look out for write-ups on new restaurants and eateries. My wife, Sangita, likes to read about ...
It is classy and aesthetically packaged. It is colourful, attractive and the colours never jar. The many articles on women and achievers are empowering. Just like THE HINDU, it maintains high standards of ethics and each line is worth ...
MetroPlus is a classic; the package, the stories, pictures… everything is well planned. Being a foodie, I enjoy the eating out columns and recipes. I do try out the recipes and they come out ...
Dr. S. Venu and Sarada Muraleedharan
Dr. Venu: It is very good and gives me many interesting inputs about the city that helps me keep in touch with what is happening. Several items meant for the youth help oldies like me get a feel of what is the latest fad amongst ...
Ghulam Samdani and Jana Samdani
General Manager, Muthoot Plaza and Regional Director-South, Sarovar Hotels
MetroPlus provides readers information regarding the city, its people, events that are happening… The stories are all well-written and it is easy ...
Bina Paul Venugopal
I look forward to MetroPlus every week. It helps me plan the week and gives me an overview of all that is happening over the week. I like reading the profiles of people, known and unknown. It is an interesting ...
Aswathy Thirunal Rama Varma
Having been a reader of THE HINDU for more than two decades, it is nice to find this classical newspaper reinvent itself and move with the times. It is admirable that during the recent years, the Metro Plus offers readers a product that is ...
MetroPlus has an interesting format and it is a guide to what's happening around you. You know who is making waves.
I am not a regular reader of MetroPlus. But what I like about it is that it is attractively packaged. It has got lovely pictures and we got a tremendous response when my band Avial was featured in ...
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