India strikes the write note
The Indian presence at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair stirred remarkable interest. Indian authors and publishers drew unprecedented international attention that could translate into more business for them,
reports Pratik Kanjilal
Frankfurt Book Fair, which closed recently, is an annual
barometer of the world book trade. The proportion of the fair’s
100,000 square metres of carpet area booked by a nation is an
index of the energy of its publishing industry. And the deals
worth 600 million Euros which are negotiated in the five days
when Frankfurt becomes the intellectual and cultural capital of
the world set the trends of global publishing.
|FRANKFURT FARE: Kiran Nagarkar with the German translation of God’s Little Soldier. A woman listens to explanations on headphones about Indian languages
Get dressed for office
Sometime back during a seminar on fashion, the question came up as to why the branded office wear in India has not taken off as it should. After some deliberations, it was decided that the powerful women in corporate India, who strode ahead in the corporate ladder like Shobana Bharatia, Naina Lal Kidwai and Anu Aga still stick to the traditional sari and this vitally affects the Rs 1700 crore office wear market.
Bollywood calling for Nitika
Model and former Femina Miss India Universe Nikita Anand is all set to star in Prakash Jha’s love flick, says
Anand, who was Femina Miss India Universe 2003, has just
acquired a brand new feather in her cap. The energetic beauty
has been signed by director Prakash Jha, (maker of films like Mrityudand,
Damul, Gangajal and Apharan together with numerous
award-winning documentaries) for Love Story. Nikita’s
hero in this film is Shreyas Talpade, who made an impact with
his superb debut in Iqbal.
Buddhist philosophy online
Gone are the days when the attendance at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives used to overflow up to the corridors, with students sitting, standing or squatting on the floor to the stairs. Now, in addition to about 100 foreigners here who regularly attend the daily two classes on Buddhist philosophy and practice, hundreds more can join online.
Meet the ‘Manorexics’
You may have heard of women being obsessed with their figures and dieting to fit in skin tight jeans and tops but now a new breed of skinny showbiz men are creating diet-obsessed “manorexics”.