Saturday, February 23, 2002  

Lagaan’s Ultimate Test
Will the latest Indian nomination Lagaan appeal to the Oscar jury and clinch the award, asks V. Gangadhar, while maintaining that the western world has traditionally ignored Indian films, particularly those from Bollywood.

A century-old temple in Chandigarh
H.C. Gera
HE Basanti Devi temple was built in Vikrama Samvat 1959 in Krishan Paksha of the month of Chaitra (Hindu calendar) in Kailar village, the present Sector 24 in Chandigarh. The temple was built on Basant Panchmi that is why it is known as the Basanti Devi temple. Goddess Sheetla, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, is worshipped at this temple.

Shimla’s Afghan connection
Roshni Johar
HOUGH many miles away, the high Himalayan town of Shimla has had Afghan connections but of a different kind. Perhaps the most interesting was the visit to Kabul by Shimla’s British dentist named A.O’Meara. In the 1850s, Ravenswood, which houses Himachal Pradesh’s High Court today, was his property.