Dhruv Ashiana in Dalhousie,
Army’s first rest, recreation and refit centre for its men deployed
in Jammu and Kashmir, has been a success. Vijay
in the cool climes atop the outer slopes of the mighty Dhauladhars at
Dalhousie, the Army’s Rest and Refit Centre is a unique institution
meant for giving a much-needed break to soldiers deployed in
counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Operating on the
lines of a resort, where soldiers can bring their families and
enjoy just about every kind of recreational facility on the
house, the R&R Centre aims to provide troops deployed in
high-risk areas a respite from the stressful routine.
Three-star comfort: Dhruv Ashiana
The Railways are one of the rare
happy outcomes of colonial history. Rajmeet
Singh, on a visit to Rewari, comes across our steam heritage
modern poet recalls the nostalgia of the steam engine of old by
saying, Every good fella out there has a rail, That goes to his
mother’s home, Blowing smoke and whistling away. True, trains no
longer blow smoke or whistle as they once used to but there are many
who like to relive the old charm of the chhuk-chhuk locomotives.
MONKEY BUSINESS: Two monkeys fight for a bottle of drink left by a visitor at a zoo in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province. While 22 provinces in south and east China are suffering from heavy flooding, other areas have been struck by heatwaves and drought. — Reuters
the great sage
Swamy on the ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda in Calcutta.
His 103rd death anniversary falls on July 4
the hundreds of eminent Indians Calcutta nurtured in the past two
centuries, perhaps it is most proud of Swami Vivekananda and
rip-offs are here
Adapting Hollywood hits to
Indian tastes and sensibilities to rake in the moolah is considered a
safe bet by Hindi filmmakers
hard to believe, but this week’s unfunny comedy, Bachke Rehna Re
Baba, is actually a remake of David Mirkin’s hilarious Heartbreakers
with Rekha and Mallika Sherawat altering the original mother-daughter
pair into an aunt-niece one.
In love with
Sinha on Meera, Pakistan’s Aishwarya Rai, her dreams and
than her films Meera is famous for her big mouth, er, unlike Mallika
Sherawat. Her popularity tag shoots high, just because she is from
Pakistan. Her statements keep changing now and then. Precisely, she’s
a treat for the media (on both the sides).
movie on Gandhi
events suggest Indian history is back in fashion. Actor Anil Kapoor is
making a film on the controversial relationship between Mahatma Gandhi
and his son Hari Lal. This is no doubt a sensitive subject.
Manna Dey returns
of singing legend Manna Dey will now rejoice. The doyen with the
mellifluous voice has decided to return to singing after a hiatus of
nearly 20 years. Dey has recently recorded a song for an upcoming
Hindi film, Umar, directed by Karan Razdan.