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Duttís way to blaze a trail

Duttís way to blaze a trail Barkha Dutt, the best-known face of NDTV, has attained iconic status as a reporter. A role model for the young, her appeal cuts across all age groups. Barkha has pushed the limits of intrepid news reporting far beyond the conventional. In an exclusive interview to Nirupama Dutt, Barkha talks of her life and work.

Cho Ramaswamy 50 years of drama
Cho is a familiar name not only in Tamil Nadu but all over India. He is known more as a political commentator who edits a Tamil magazine, Tughlaq. But little do people know about Cho as a Tamil dramatist. Cho and his friendsí drama club, Viveka Fine Arts Club, recently completed 50 years. Arup Chanda reports.

Heritage in ruins
Ramesh K. Dhiman
Nestling in the sylvan surroundings of the Shivalik range, 20 km from Chandigarh, on the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway, is the township of Pinjore, which is steeped in history. The town, besides being a retreat for tourists, has remained the centre of attraction for art lovers and archaeologists who come here to see these rare archaeological findings dating back to the times of The Mahabharata.

A school where self-defence is the first lesson
T
he students learn to crawl into caves and bunkers before they learn grammar. Aditi Tandon travels to a school in Harkabahadur, beyond Kargil, where learning methods of seeking protection from the enemy precedes all other lessons.

Heroine who carried honey in her throat
Kanan Bala was among the first superstars of Indian cinema. Her melodious voice and exceptional acting abilities mesmerised audiences. Pran Nevile pays a tribute to the actress whose death anniversary falls on July 17.

The brand called Brando will live on
Marlon Brando (1924-2004) could be wilful, eccentric and difficult. But his towering performances ensure that he will always be remembered as one of the greatest screen actors of all time, says Philip French.

COLUMNS

'ART AND SOUL: Accessing hidden treasures

TELEVISION: Wedding bells for reel stars

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Delay can mean denial of justice
Pushpa Girimaji

LIFE'S LESSONS: An oysterís tale

NATURE: These fish come out of the water to lay eggs
Nutan Shukla

FOOD TALK: Daal as a delicacy
Pushpesh Pant

ULTA-PULTA: The fine art of discouraging
Jaspal Bhatti

BRIDGE

BOOKS

A story of living hell
M. L. Raina

This Blinding Absence of Light
by Tahar Ben Jalloun.
translated from French
by Linda Coverdale.
The New Press, New York. Pages 195. $ 18.

Mapping the paths of the Gurus
Darshan Singh Maini

Walking with the Sikh Gurus: Historical Gurdwaras of Punjab
edited by Swati Mitra.
Good Earth Publications, New Delhi.
Pages 228. Rs 250.

Images of the chopped half
Samra Rahman

Across the Wagah: An Indianís Sojourn in Pakistan
by Maneesha Tikekar
Promilla & Co. in association with Bibliophile South Asia
Pages 360. Rs 750.

Eternal love, minus the pain of separation
Aradhika Sekhon

The Rupa Book of Love Stories
edited by Ruskin Bond.
Rupa and Co, New Delhi. Pages 211. Rs 295

A perfect ten for Chetan Bhagat
Five Point Someone
by Chetan Bhagat. Rupa & Co. Rs 95. Pages 270.

He brought objectivity to literature
This year marks Russian writer Anton Chekhovís death centenary. Aseem K. Jha looks at his pioneering contribution

Hindi review
Sensitive storyteller
Harbans Singh
Tab Shayad: A Collection of Short Stories
by Madhur Kapila.
Shilalekh. Rs 150. Pages 200

Doctors at large
Deepti Laroia

In the Pink of Wealth
by Sumit Ghoshal. Frog Books. Pages 161. Rs 180.

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