the martyr in Pakistan
On Bhagat Singh’s
birth centenary, Chaman Lal
recalls the sites and incidents associated with the freedom fighter in
my recent visit to Pakistan, it was an added attraction to visit sites
related to Bhagat Singh’s life. Accompanied by Zubair, a well-known
progressive storywriter of Punjabi, I first went to Bradlaugh Hall. The Hall is now in a
dilapidated condition and some training school is being run from
there. From the shape of the building, one could make out that it must
have been a grand building once.
A Kashmiri youth rows a boat through weeds in the centre of Dal Lake in Srinagar. Raw sewage, land encroachment and years of neglect have been threatening the survival of the lake.
— Photo by AFP
Making of a memorial
K. S. Bains
was Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, in 1967. Two of my predecessors
had tried to mobilise funds by donations to construct a memorial but
nothing worthwhile emerged. I tried to do the same but realised that
my efforts would not succeed. Lachhman Singh Gill, who belonged to
Ferozepore, was the Chief Minister of Punjab at that time.
Many colours of
Pahari, Mughal and
Rajasthani miniatures influenced Punjab Sikh paintings over the
paintings from Punjab have not been able to create a separate
identity. Most paintings from the state can be categorised as Pahari,
Rajasthani, Mughal, Kashmiri or even English. These paintings, with
multiple themes, were based on illustrations from manuscripts,
miniature paintings on paper, cloth or canvas and murals or wall
the golden sand
Bhimli, near Vizag, has
one of the safest beaches for swimming and water sports in the
country, says Tanushree
those who rave about the beaches of Goa, here’s a secret, go South
and travel around the unexplored sandy stretches and you will be
delighted to discover that they are as good, if not better. My chance discovery of a
place known as Bhimli, short for Bheemunipatnam, came when I was
visiting Visakhapatnam or Vizag, as it is popularly known.
Changing face of
The four-day Chhapar Mela,
beginning on September 25, is losing its cultural appeal. It is now
being used more as a platform for political parties to address
gatherings, says Mahesh Sharma
was till some years ago a purely religious congregation to worship
Gugga, an embodiment of Nag Devta, is now a mega socio-political event
in Mandi Ahmedgarh. The administration has failed to preserve the
original character and sanctity of the four-day mela, which now
seems to have been hijacked by entrepreneurs and politicians.
a travel hotspot
India has been voted as the favourite country to travel to by readers
of Conde Nast Traveller, a major travel magazine, during its
10th annual awards that honour the most popular destinations at home
and around the world.
From the 1950s Jagriti
to the recent The Blue Umbrella, children have essayed
significant roles in Hindi films, writes M.L.
movie buffs, stories from the world of children are fascinating. The
most recent being Vishal Bharadwaj’s The Blue Umbrella that
won the National Award for the Best Children’s Film category for
2005. The film is an adaptation of the novella of the same name by
‘Making films is my
The evergreen hero Dev
Anand has had a life-long romance with cinema. Mohan
Sahay on the actor whose autobiography will be released by
the Prime Minister on September 26
does not necessarily means flirting with young girls or having a
fling. There is romance in being amid hanging clouds and mists in a
hill station. I am excited and find it romantic to sport a red scarf
and loaf around in a shopping mall in New York or Paris", Dev
Anand told this writer a few years ago in a one-to-one chat.
to make Punjabi film
Subhash K. Jha
Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta is set to return to India to shoot her
first Punjabi film, Heaven On Earth, which chronicles the life
of Amandeep, a victim of domestic violence in Toronto. But no
comparisons with the Aishwarya Rai-starrer Provoked please.
"No it’s not Provoked, please!" Mehta told this
reporter from Toronto.
Men and make-up
Over 70 per cent of
India’s urban males visit a salon at least once a month for
hairstyling, facials and skin-lifting treatment to make them look and
feel good, writes Gagandeep
you scoff at the advertisement of ‘Fair and Handsome’, a fairness
cream for men, and if the image of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan
immersed in a bath tub filled with rose petals took you by surprise,
then chances are that you haven’t noticed the change in young urban
men in the recent times.
all in the jeans
The perfect fit and the right
style are the key to your jean wearing, writes Hector
the days when for you the most valuable dress in your wardrobe was the
jeans? For you their versatility mattered more than their price (which
was often very high), as it was the garment you can wear around the
house/workplace/ casual outings.
with 65,000 recipes
housewife in Bhopal is an ace culinary expert with knowledge of
recipes of nearly 65,000 dishes. She is all set to have her unique
talent enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records. According to
Krishnaveni Mudliar, she was drawn to cooking at a tender age which in
due course became a sort of hobby for her, as she continued trying her
hands experimenting with a variety of recipes.
every day, Alfie, a three-year-old Shetland pony, makes his way to the
village pub in Woodmansterne, Surrey, for a glass of Guinness and
cheese crisps. His owner, Sharon Sutherland, revealed that the little
pony started accompanying her to the pub three months ago after he
started squealing when he was left in his stable.