There’s time to check out Salvador Dali exhibition still on at DIFC

By Anamika Chatterjee

What is it about artists’ personal lives that fascinate art connoisseurs? Is it that their angst gives birth to great art? Take Salvador Dali. Today, the Spanish surrealist’s tumultuous life and flamboyance evokes as much interest as his art. An exhibition of his artworks as well as some rare photographs of the artist, taken by his secretary (and photographer) Robert Descharnes, is currently on (till April 22)at the Conference Hall, Dubai International Financial Centre. Juxtaposing the art with glimpses of the artist himself has been a useful exercise in that it helps a viewer to understand Dali with all his complexities. In a conversation with Khaleej Times, Nicolas Descharnes — the photographer’s son, a Dali expert and guest curator of the show — peels off some layers of Dali’s persona.

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Would you go see a van Gogh painting made into a carpet?

By Nivriti Butalia

There is no difference between a rug and a carpet. It’s like soccer and football. This is just one of the things I learn on my visit to Samovar, a carpet store at City Walk in Dubai. Yousef Hindi, owner and managing director of Samovar Carpets, has just returned from a remarkably short trip to Kathmandu. Hindi just about exited the airport, picked up an 18kg piece of folded craftsmanship in a duffel bag, entered the airport, and took the next flight back to Dubai. That duffel bag just had to reach Dubai on March 6 to be made ready for March 11 when it will be revealed to the public. Continue reading Would you go see a van Gogh painting made into a carpet?

I dreamt of Disney and it came true

By Sherouk Zakaria

It all started with a mouse that came from a dream. But Walt Disney initially failed when he created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character that Charles Mintz took credit for. Disney went back to his studio and, determined not to give up, started sketching what would become the most recognisable symbol of Disney: Mickey Mouse. Continue reading I dreamt of Disney and it came true

How I deal with tech problems at home

By Purva Grover

What’s the first thing you do on waking up? There’s a high probability that you reach for the phone. You rub your eyes and begin to scroll — news feed on Twitter, check-ins on Facebook, and stories on Instagram. If you’re a morning person, you even reply to a few messages and e-mails, whilst still in bed. Your day has begun. On the right note, the technology note. Our home and mornings are no different. The husband and I share our space with technology. Continue reading How I deal with tech problems at home

We Malayalis learnt ‘Manglish’ by writing love letters

By Suresh Pattali

Why did a Malayali cross the road? We have all heard this joke. The answer is “zzimbly” (just like that). Here is another one: How does a Malayali learn English? The answer is — believe it or not — by writing love letters. That’s what emerged from a recent compatriot get-together where humour was served on a platter, beside beef dry fry with coconut. Continue reading We Malayalis learnt ‘Manglish’ by writing love letters

Don’t care for most new films but great dialogues in the classics get me going

By Bikram Vohra

used to love going to the movies. Now it is like planning an expedition. Climbing Everest would be easier. I have become so accustomed to the six-inch iPad or the smaller mobile phone that the huge screen and the 24-speaker sound system leave me exhausted. Add to that folks who saunter in late in groups like they are doing you a favour, stamp on your toes, giggling and yakking. Behind you, the crunch munch of crispy food, and you wonder why you spent so much money to torture yourself.

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