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The Bose I knew is a memory now - Lakshmi Sahgal

Shyam Benegalís film on Netaji has triggered a fresh debate on Subhas Chandra Bose. Lakshmi Sahgal, Netajiís former associate and Commander of the INAís Rani Jhansi regiment, was involved in the making of the film. In an exclusive interview with Shahira Naim, she throws new light on the issues that have surfaced again.
Ninety years sit light on her shoulders. After a hard day at her dispensery in Kanpur attending to patients, she relaxes in her well-appointed sitting room with her swollen feet immersed in a tub of soothing warm water.

Picture perfect
Poonam Batth and Priyanka Singh discover the umpteen delights of Switzerland on a recent trip
Y
OU just canít get enough of Switzerland. Land, water and sky merge with each other in a series of master strokes by an invisible hand. Picture-perfect, you think. Pine-forested valleys, rolling meadows dotted with multi-hued tulips, clear lakes and snow-dusted mountains roll across the sight.

The spirit of Goa
Ervell E. Menezes on what makes feni, the heady Goan brew, so special
G
OA today is known as the land of fish, feni and football, not necessarily in that order. With manís early romance with Bacchus, feni may well get top billing. Feni (whether caju or coconut) is a quaint, exotic spirit that wafts through the Goan air and is as much sought after as tequila in Mexico or chasasa in Brazil. One must acquire a taste for it. Like caviar.

Khushi for gum brigade
The dreams, hopes and fears of the bubblegum brigade are all finding a place of their own on the big screen, writes Asha Singh
B
ollywood film-makers are getting youth-obsessed. From Dhoom and Kaal to Kya Kool Hain Hum to Kal Ė Yesterday and Tomorrow and Rang De Basanti, the mantra is now to celebrate body oil and bikes, lots of cleavage, sex jokes, SMS and of course foreign locations.

Black is my Best
The Babli of Bunty Aur Babli is working with some of the biggest banners. Rani Mukherjee has a candid conversation with Vickey Lalwani
What is Bunty Aur Babli all about?
Bunty and Babli are two avid dreamers. Together, they team up as spiritual gurus, bureaucrat and secretary, gangster and moll, business partners, hen-pecked husband and pregnant wife, lawyer and sexually harassed client, vagabonds, caught-in-a-downpour lovers and lots, lots more.

Miracle of the mind
Bibhuti Mishra reports on a dancer who rose above tragedy to stage a grand comeback
S
udha Chandran had done it years back. And the film Nache Mayuri was a tribute to the miracle she wrought in her own life by making a comeback to stage as a dancer after losing one leg in an accident. Nityananda Dasí story is eerily similar. He lost his right leg in a road accident five years back at the peak of his career as a dancer-choreographer.

Doctor at large
In these days of scarce humour, Hitch stands out
H
eard about a "date doctor"? Well, heís an improvement on the matchmaker, a sort of event manager whose main purpose is helping countless men to woo the women of their dreams. He does charge a fee for it, but thatís secondary, he loves his work. Hitch is all about this guy and his modus operandi.

COLUMNS

TelevisionNightmare in the city

NATURE

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Phone troubles
by Pushpa Girimaji

FOOD TALK: Beat the heat with nimish
by Pushpesh Pant

HOLLYWOOD HUES: A robot rap
by Ervell E. Menezes

ULTA PULTA: Smoke screen
by Jaspal Bhatti

Bridge
by David Bird

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