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    Bengaluru worries over Amphan

    Theres Sudeep, Cyclone Amphan has wreaked havoc in West Bengal and Odisha. With entire villages being drowned, the cyclone is the worst in decades, and has claimed 72 lives. Several students and young professionals living in Bengaluru are concerned about their families back home. Kolkata native Aishik Purkait says the devastation is unimaginable. 'My 60-year-old mother said she has never seen a storm like this in...

    • 5 days ago
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    Movie theatres fear dark days ahead

    Nina C George, Many of the 615 single-screen theatres across Karnataka are considering shutting down, according to a trade body representing them. K V Chandrashekar, president of the Karnataka Film Exhibitors' Association, says big films going directly to digital platforms will mean critical business going away from cinema halls. 'Even if we open now, we can run only at 50 per cent capacity,' he told...

    • 5 days ago
  • Metrolife - Your Bond with Bengaluru

    Theatres fear dark days ahead

    Nina C George, Many of the 615 single-screen theatres across Karnataka are considering shutting down, according to a trade body representing them. K V Chandrashekar, president of the Karnataka Film Exhibitors' Association, says big films going directly to digital platforms will mean critical business going away from cinema halls. 'Even if we open now, we can run only at 50 per cent capacity,' he told Metrolife. ...

    • 6 days ago
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    Auto drivers are anxious to clear lockdown debts

    Nina C George, Out of action for nearly two months, auto drivers returned to work on Tuesday. Their first concern is to pay off the debts they have incurred since the lockdown began and deprived them of their daily earnings. The Auto Rickshaw Drivers Union (ARDU) has about 30,000 autos under its banner. C N Srinivas, general secretary, says drivers are desperate to resume working. 'We have been...

    • a week ago
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    Sex workers stare at bleak future

    Nina C George, Thousands of sex workers, rendered jobless by the pandemic, are looking for alternative jobs, but stigma is coming in the way. According to Karnataka Sex Workers' Union, they are getting by with rations provided by NGOs, and are staring at bleak prospects. Madhu Bhushan and Shakun Doundiyakhed, women's rights activists associated with Gamana Mahila Samuha, say sex workers, like daily-wagers, are...

    • a week ago
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    Darshinis prepare for dine-in

    Anila Kurian, Bengaluru has 700 to 800 Darshini eateries, many known for quick service, hygiene and affordability. A few were giving takeaways during the lockdown, and are now getting ready to open their doors to dine-in customers. Business loss Most darshini owners Metrolife spoke to said they had just 10 to 20 per cent of their regular business during the lockdown. 'But we can't just not work. We have mouths...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Goodbye to five-star buffets

    Anila Kurian, The hospitality industry thrives on personalisation and warmth. But Covid-19 has changed all that as hotels prepare to maintain social distancing. Since last week, the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), in collaboration with the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), has been conducting training programmes on Covid-19 awareness for hospitality professionals...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Outrage over Bescom billing

    Nina C George, People are up in arms over erratic billing by Bescom, with some bills being inflated by a mind-boggling 16 times. Shekar Krishna (name changed on request), a resident of Hennur, got a bill of Rs 16,267 for two months (March and April) for a house that had remained unoccupied. The bill for January and February had been less than Rs 600. Clearly, Bescom's explanation that it calculated bills on the...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Leelavathi: I learnt everything the hard way

    Nina C George, M Leelavathi has acted in five south Indian languages and has more than 650 films to her credit. Now 83, she lives on a farm just outside Bengaluru. In a chat with Metrolife, she looked back on her childhood, her entry into films, and her rapport with the biggest stars of her time. Tent-cinema experience A native of Mangaluru, Leelavathi grew up as Leela Kiran. She became Leelavathi...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    TV serials prep for comeback

    Nina C George, Television serials will resume indoor shooting from May 25. The Karnataka government has granted permission, according to the Karnataka Television Association. Shooting was suspended on March 22, following the announcement of the lockdown. 'The permission has been granted for shooting, using a minimal crew. We will be using sanitisers, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing,' S V Shivakumar,...

    • 3 weeks ago

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