Friday, February 16, 2018

Priya Prakash Varrier is Google’s most-searched taken over the popularity of Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif


Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier is internet’s new darling, courtesy her record-shattering wink. The teenager melted a million hearts with her facial expressions in a viral video — a film clip from her upcoming debut film ‘Oru Adaar Love’. Varrier saw an unprecedented craze for her video and expressions within few hours.

The song clocked millions of views in a short span while Priya bagged the laurel of becoming the first Indian celebrity to have registered 6,10,000 followers on Instagram on her very first day on the platform. And now she has landed another feat in her kitty. Priya, who shot to overnight stardom, has elbowed aside the stunning Sunny Leone to become the most-searched celebrity on Google search engine.

Besides Sunny, Priya has also taken over the popularity of Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif on Google. Based out of Thrissur in Kerala, Priya is a first-year B.Com student studying at Vimala College. Her following on Instagram has skyrocketed ever since the film clip went viral. She is now being followed by over 3 million users on the photo-sharing portal.

She is also a trained Mohiniyattam dancer and loves to sing and travel. While the nation is busy crushing on the gorgeous girl, her viral clip has invited opposition from a Muslim youth in Hyderabad. A complaint has been registered against Priya and the producer of the viral song for hurting sentiments. This came even as Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan openly supported the viral song ‘Manikya Malaraya…’ saying “intolerance, from any section of the society, was unacceptable”.

“The song and its visualization have led to a big controversy and debate. Some Muslim fundamentalists in Hyderabad have now filed a police complaint saying this Mappila pattu amounts to blasphemy. This is sheer intolerance against free thinking and artistic expressions,” Vijayan said.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy Thai Pongal! Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wishes all Tamilians


Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who never fails to seize any opportunity “to celebrate the many cultures, languages and beliefs that make our country such a wonderful place to live”, has wished Tamilians in Canada and around the world a happy Thai Pongal on Sunday.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who never fails to seize any opportunity “to celebrate the many cultures, languages and beliefs that make our country such a wonderful place to live”, wished Tamilians in Canada and around the world a happy Thai Pongal on Sunday.



In the video, posted on his social media, he begins with a Tamil greeting “Vanakkam!” and says, “Over the next few days, Tamils in Canada and around the world will gather with loved ones to celebrate Thai Pongal. Each day of this festival has its own special meaning and traditions which are tied to abundance, peace and happiness.”

“In 2016, the House of Commons voted unanimously to recognise every January as Tamil Heritage Month. I encourage everybody to reflect on the strong heritage of Canada’s Tamil community. Our nation is stronger and richer because of Tamil-Canadians,” he adds.

Sharing his views on how to make Canada a “wonderful place to live”, he says, “This year also marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, and we should seize every opportunity to celebrate the many cultures, languages and beliefs that make our country such a wonderful place to live.”

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone marking Thai Pongal a joyful harvest festival,” he concluded.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Virtuous Retail to open VR Chennai Mall in 2018


Virtuous Retail South Asia Pvt. Ltd., India’s largest institutionally owned developer-operator of lifestyle shopping centers, has announced the brand launch of its flagship retail center VR Chennai at a gala event held at the India Retail Forum 2018.

Following the successful launches of VR Surat in May 2013, VR Bengaluru in 2016, and the acquisition of North Country Mall, now known as VR Punjab – in early 2017, VR Chennai is an exciting addition in the series of developments under the Virtuous Retail umbrella.

Inspired by the soaring Gopurams of the temples of Chennai, and the technicolour of the Madras Check, this striking contemporary addition to Chennai’s rich heritage will redefine the city’s landscape.

To bring the flavour of the centre alive, VR Chennai presented an interesting entertainment mix for the visitors at the India Retail Forum 2017 – stand-up comedian Aravind SA, as well as a fusion Bharatanatyam performance. Arvind, the popular Internet sensation, is one of the leading stand-up artists from South India. These engaging performances not only had the audience enthralled, but also highlighted to the retail community in India, the essence of Chennai’s unique charm – how today’s Chennai holds onto its traditional heritage but also embraces the elements of the modern world to its lifestyle quite seamlessly.

With over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of retail, community, entertainment and leisure space, VR Chennai offers a mix of the best of local, national and international retailers and programmes to connect communities and attract residents and tourists of every age and aspiration.

Some of the brands that will have their retail stores at VR Chennai include H&M, Aeropostale, Sephora, Forever 21, PVR (with IMAX), GAP and a flagship Apple store. National favourites like Lifestyle, Home Centre, Louis Phillippe, Allen Solly among others will also set up shop at VR Chennai.


The residents of Chennai are sure to appreciate the multitude of easily accessible entertainment options. The unique F&B concepts and intense local flavours fuse to deliver an unforgettable dining experience. A public realm buzzing with carefully curated programmes and activities, facilitates a social and community hub. Tapping the city’s rich cultural fabric, visitors will enjoy an events program that includes the best of traditional dances, local theatre, Jazz recitals, Rock concerts, book reading clubs, TED Talks, awards shows and many more.

“We envisage VR Chennai as a lifestyle destination where people will congregate for all kinds of celebrations and events. VR Chennai is a community destination where we will institute cultural programmes along with world-class retailers and brands. We are very proud that VR Chennai is going to be an economic, social and cultural landmark.” said Managing Director, Virtuous Retail South Asia, Rohit George.

Building on the success of the previous flagship Centres, Virtuous Retail will introduce its innovative ‘Master Retailer’ formats, including a premium luxury hotel and thoughtfully designed community event spaces ‘The Sanctum, The Sacred Precinct and the Holy Garden’ tastefully curated with art installations that celebrate Chennai and the rich culture and heritage of Tamil Nadu. VR Chennai will also introduce ‘Foodbox’ which offers multi-cuisine, all-day dining options for an unrivaled experience to make every family outing special. Strategically located in Annanagar, VR Chennai will be the state’s first experiential lifestyle destination. With a flourishing cosmopolitan population, the buzzing suburb of Annanagar comprises of the upscale residential neighbourhoods of Kilpauk, Mogappair and Nungambakkam townships.


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