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Living it up
in Ludhiana


Harinder Pal Singh’s sprawling mansion along the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway.

Harinder Pal Singh’s sprawling mansion along the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway.

From a small business centre to being termed the Manchester of India, Ludhiana is one of India’s grand success stories. Ruchika M. Khanna takes a tour of the boom city.
A
city of opportunity burgeoning at its seams and dubbed the most polluted city of the country. A city that is the biggest consumer of liquor in Punjab, and also one where thousands of residents are being forced to drink mercury-laced toxic water. The city with the most ostentatious bungalows and largest number of vehicles in the country as well as the largest slum colonies and the worst traffic bottlenecks in Punjab.

IT amidst palms, pools & food courts
W
ith
its breath-taking landscaping, manicured lawns and enviable swimming pool, the Infosys office in Bangalore is a visual delight. With Chandigarh set to be home to a 20-acre Infosys campus, will the City see an encore of the architectural feat, asks Rajnish Wattas.

Vijayakanth goes the MGR way
Arup Chanda
T
amil
film superstar Vijayakanth seems to have emulated former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and megastar M.G. Ramachandran. His showdown with the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a regional party in Tamil Nadu, after his utterances against the Union Health Minister, Dr R. Anbumani, had led to a situation where PMK leaders had asked people to boycott his films.

Summer sojourn in Manali
Priya Chadha

T
he
former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s week-long summer sojourn in his two-storey red painted roof house in Prini in Manali made news. The panoramic view of spectacular and beautiful landscapes and scenic view of lush green valleys from his cottage veranda, inspires him to write lyrical poetry.

Once is not enough
The tradition of sequels continues with Spider-Man 2, slated to hit Indian screens on July 23. Saibal Chatterjee goes behind the scenes to find out what makes take-two of hit flicks tick. 
S
pider
-Man 2
, Hollywood’s second take on Marvel Comics’ web-slinging crime fighter, has had the biggest opening day US-Canadian haul in the history of American movies, bettering the corresponding collection of the first Spider-Man by a whisker. Spider-Man 2 mopped up $ 40.5 million; the first Spider-Man had fallen short of the 40-mark by only half a million dollars.

COLUMNS

TELEVISION: Shine’s back on Ruby

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Toilet-training on tracks
Pushpa Girimaji

LIFE'S LESSONS: World of smiles

Hollywood huesHard-hitting reality cinema
Ervell E. Menezes

FOOD TALK: Salad days
Pushpesh Pant

ULTA-PULTA: Style check
Jaspal Bhatti

BRIDGE

BOOKS


Books received: Hindi

Catalysts of change
Aditya Rishi
Icons from the World of Science
by S. Ananthanarayanan.
Puffin, New Delhi. Pages 138. Rs 175.

Torchbearers of tolerance
Jaswant Singh

Sufis and Sufism: Some Reflections
edited by Neeru Misra.
Manohar, New Delhi.
Pages 160. Rs 400.

A volatile relationship
Ivninderpal Singh
Flashpoint
by J. Sri Raman. Common Courage Press, Monroe, Maine. Pages 306. $18.95.

The big Afghan question
Padam Ahlawat

The Afghan War and its Geopolitical Implications for India
edited by Salman Haidar.
Manohar, New Delhi.
Pages 197. Rs 425.

Meet the author
Faceless in Oxford
Shelley Walia

Enduring appeal of Greek myths
The War on Troy
by Lindsay Clarke. HarperCollins. Pages 450.

Short takes
Management guides
Randeep Wadehra
Appraisal & Performance Management
by Alison Naisby. Unistar, Chandigarh. Pages 126. Rs 70.

Thrilling tales from wizard of suspense
Chetna Keer Banerjee

The Adventures of Feluda: The Golden Fortress, 
Incident on the Kalka Mail
The Secret of the Cemetery
The Criminals of Kathmandu
Puffin. Pages 119, 95, 110, 89. Rs 99

Those who make a difference
Rajdeep Bains
Prophets of New India
A Man of the Year Compilation from The Week. Penguin Books India, New Delhi. Rs 395. Pages 269.

Punjabi review
Age of regret
Gulzar Singh Sandhu
Kandhi Uttai
by Surjit Hans. 21st Century Publications, Patiala.
Pages 114. Rs 100.

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