The fine art of
is said a tea-taster must simultaneously use four of the recognised
five human senses. The senses of smell, sight and touch are as
essential as is the sense of taste. I was lucky to stumble on a
tea-tasting session in progress purely by chance, and have come away
suitably impressed and somewhat awed by the whole process, and the
expertise required to tell the difference among so many different
types by just a sip from a cup.
girl is 14. She attends the best girls’ school in Pune; at least she
did from lunch time on, and then went dutifully home. "Did no one
notice that she was not there in the mornings?," I asked. "No.
She is such a quiet girl that she attracts no attention
whatsoever." "But did the teacher not notice her
absence." Again no. And this in a school so strict that it had not
a single second class pass: every one got a first.
Nizam’s jewels in
Rs 2000 crore worth of jewels of the former Nizam of Hyderabad are in
danger! Bought by the nation as national heritage in 1994, the treasures
were displayed shortly in the National Museum of India at New Delhi on
August 14, 2001, and are to be later on permanent display in the Salar
Jung Museum in Hyderabad.
economics comes of age
is a joke among economists about how a nation’s GDP (Gross Domestic
Product) gets diminished when an employer marries his secretary. Even if
she continues to do the same work as before, her inputs do not get
reckoned as ‘work’ because only paid work constitutes ‘production’
in economic parlance.
ON THE SANDS OF TIME: 1976
Such films are
made kabhie kabhie
Benegal’s Manthan depicted how the prejudices of politicians
and middlemen are overcome to create and popularise milk co-operatives,
with new technology. Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah, who represented
the voice of progress among the peasantry, earned an inalienable place
in movie history for their assured performances.
LAKME FASHION WEEK
controversy, less about fashion
the Indian fashion design come of age? This was one query that was on
the mind of every person associated with the Lakme India Fashion Week
2001. This year, the second since its inception, the Fashion Week took
place in Mumbai from August 6 to 12, at the Taj Mahal Hotel. In the
event were showcased works of 44 of India's leading designers, which
were displayed by 48 of India's best models.