among the Kikkars
Camping in luxury tents among the
kikkars on a cold winter night and waking up to a bright sunny day can be
quite an experience, says Nirupama
Shakespeare in a song called for
a return to nature, away from the toil and trouble of earning one’s
bread, called for a soul mate, who would love to be with him under the
greenwood tree. The bard wished to turn his merry note unto the sweet
bird’s throat and eating the food he got: The only enemies envisioned
were winter and rough weather.
WILD RETREAT: Holiday makers and Chef Sukhdev Singh (below).
— Photos by Anisha Dutt
All of 23 years,
international tennis player, Akash Sharma, is already the Managing
Director of his own company, Rudra Remedies, manufacturing Ayurvedic
medicines. The topping on the cake, so far for this city lad, has been
getting the Bharat Udyog Ratan award, conferred by the Indian Economic
Development and Research Association, on December 20 in Delhi.
Naresh Pandit enthuses present truths
onto his canvases that have elements of Pahari art, says Parbina
Naresh’s paintings seem familiar, yet not. Since they come under the
title ‘An Exhibition of Pahari Art’, we try to relate his works to the
usual Pahari paintings we had seen earlier. The two-dimensional forms,
trademarks of a Pahari painting, are there, but the expressions are not
what one would expect. The earthy beauty of Himachali women is not lost,
but the usual soft and dreamy expression is being replaced by harsh
reality, what one can safely describe as the face of a workingwoman. That,
in a nutshell, is the changing face of Pahari art.
Having designed our surroundings all year, let’s chill out with a New
Year’s party design this week. Welcome the New Year with these ideas for
party favors, napkin folds, centerpieces, and pretty table settings to wow
your guests. Create dramatic tall displays of food adding a Victorian
flavour to your buffet table in the garden or your sideboard if the party
is inside. These stacked cake pedestals lined with flat cedar sprigs and
piled with fruit and cookies will tempt all age groups without the hassle
of serving the guests individually.
Australia’s most famous couple, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, have been
reunited in the Oscar-winning actress’ hometown of Sydney, just days
after a woman claimed she’d had an affair with the country music star.
New Zealand-born Urban flew into Sydney after spending two months
rehabilitating in the United States for alcohol abuse.
of the valley
The folk music of Kashmir and
serenity of Sufiana kalam, even when its philosophy was not fully
within his grasp, urged Masoom Thakur to take to singing, that too in the
lap of nature. “Out of sheer innocence, I used to presume that the
hillocks are listening to my songs with rapt attention,” shares Jammu-bred
and now Delhi-based maestro Masoom Thakur, reminiscing the good-old
childhood days in the Kashmir valley.
The year 2006 ends with the release of I See You and the stage is all set
for more surprising entertainers from young filmmakers. The film brings
together many a new comers right from Arjun Rampal debuting as a producer,
Vipasha as lead actress and director Vivek Aggarwal.
Arjun Rampal and Vipasha in I See You