When quarter-life crisis strikes
We live in an age of over-reaching ambition, with the desire for instant success and of killing deadlines and high expectations. Thanks to our instant virtual ‘status update’ there is no place to hide! In this “40-is-the-new-30” era; mid-life crisis has now advanced to one’s early adulthood
Swati Rai
HE signs and symptoms of quarter-life crisis are akin to those of the more usual, midlife crisis. This phenomenon is characterised by disenchantment, insecurities, disappointments, loneliness and depression. “Fast results faster” has become the motto of the present generation gasping to catch up with the latest technology, fad and trends!If you are fat you’re no good, if you don’t pocket a fat pay you are an outcast and if you aren’t fluent in English, then God save you!
Increasing consumerist and cut-throat competitive culture at a very young age leads to emotional wear and tear

Rhinos in trouble
David Randall & Jonathan Owen
Rhinos are being killed in such unprecedented numbers that there are realistic fears they could be wiped from the face of the planet within a generation. If this happens, it will be the first major extinction of an animal in the wild since the worldwide conservation movement began. The bare statistics are horrifying. In South Africa, more rhinos are being slaughtered for their horns in a single week than were killed in a whole year a decade ago. 

MUM’S NOT the word
The middle-class Indian woman has come a long way from the time her role was confined to home and hearth. However, mindsets have remained caught in a time warp. She might have traversed a long distance but societal and cultural expectations are still to catch up
Aruti Nayar

COME Mother’s Day and there will be a lot of hype and hoopla about the occasion and the sale of greeting cards, discounts in eating joints and deluge of syrupy messages and advertisements. Sample this: Rushing from a meeting at office for a parent-teacher meeting, the doctor skips her breakfast and returns to the clinic to attend to her patients. She could not persuade her husband, also a doctor, to step in for the PTM because he had to attend a conference.

In sync with spirituality
An ancient mysticism mixed with savvy tourism, makes Rishikesh a place where opposites co-exist 
Aradhika Sharma
ONCE you’ve been to Rishikesh, it summons you back again and again. It’s a magic city that weaves you into its fold, never really letting you go. The gorgeous Ganga, the narrow, winding, buzzing street across Ram Jhoola where most of the major ashrams are situated, small restaurants and shopping kiosks selling religious gee-gaws, all create different energies in the ancient city. 

On Olympic track
Grappling glory
Gagan K. Teja
Geeta Phogat is the first woman wrestler to represent India the Olympics Photo: Rajesh SacharHaryana
wrestler Geeta Phogat made history when she became the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics. Phogat won a gold medal in the Wrestling FILA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament that concluded at Almaty, Kazakhstan recently. Phogat, who plays in 55-kg weight category, feels that Olympics is just the beginning. 
Geeta Phogat is the first woman wrestler to represent India the Olympics Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Out-of-the-box hit
Ayushmann Khurrana is neither a star kid nor did he follow the conventional path to success. With a debut film on sperm donation, this Chandigarh boy is making headlines with Vicky Donor, which grossed a profit of Rs 13.4 crore in its first week. Excerpts from an interview:
Seema Sachdeva

Vicky Donor
handles the sensitive issue of sperm donation, a topic which is still under wraps in mainstream cinema. Was it not a risky subject for a debut film?

Risk is a very relative thing. When I signed the film, I was looking for a strong script where I would be a hero. I didn’t think that it was a risky venture because for me, it was starting from a safe zone. Besides, the responsibility was low as I didn’t carry any baggage of being a star or a star kid. Besides, I had full faith in Shoojit. 

Exploring Tagore’s oeuvre
Mujibar Rahman’s 90-minute documentary Images Unbound — The life and times of Rabindranath Tagore gives a peep into the life of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century
Shoma A. Chatterji

a documentary on India’s greatest littérateur Rabindranath Tagore is a challenging job. Mujibar Rahman, a young documentary filmmaker, decided to take on this challenge and made Images Unbound — The Life and Times of Rabindranath Tagore.

Advent of Bilimbi


ART & SOUL: A restless but calming mind
B. N. Goswamy

Food talk: Brinjal on a plate
by Pushpesh Pant

Webside HUMOUR: Horse race
Compiled by Sunil Sharma

by Karuna Goswamy

consumers beware!: Now, insist on standard pack sizes
by Pushpa Girimaji

GOOD MOTORINGOf lane driving and sane driving
by H. Kishie Singh

ULTA PULTA: Tribal tales
by Jaspal Bhatti

FITNESS MANTRA: Health capsules

globoscopeJuvenile plot
by Ervell E. Menezes


A bouquet of myriad hues
Reviewed by Pooja Dadwal

atna Rao Shekar’s
debut novel, The Purple Lotus and Other Stories, is a bouquet of carefully delved-into emotions which have been arranged together in the shape of 13 stories.

A Queen’s Gambit 
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur

ITH knowledge comes understanding and it is interesting to revisit the past with this advantageous perspective that endows us with the ability to appreciate the causes, effects and consequences of the choices made by history’s chosen ones. The Feast of Roses recreates the turbulent times of 17th Century India under Mughal rule.

Spoonful of sugar did not help
Reviewed by
Adam Sherwin 
HE fractious relationship between Walt Disney and PL Travers, the author and her magical nanny, will be dramatised in a new film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

Mosaic of life on the street
Reviewed by Deepti
on the streets can be dangerous but it can be exciting too. Seeking not just the adventure but to gain an insight into the inhabitants of the streets, the author takes the readers into the bylanes of Mumbai and its various red-light districts with houses in a shambles but human spirits concrete, colourful and rich as reflected in clothes, loud makeup and cat calls. 

Short takes
Tales of love and adolescence 
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra

a bit of literature is being churned out on matters that are not merely spiritual but introspective and aspirational too. At some stage in life, one confronts certain fundamental questions, viz., who am I, what is the purpose of my life, etc. 

Woman who made folk rock
Nonika Singh 

is no one word that can describe Ila Arun. Certainly, she is a special voice. Sure enough, she has made raunchy acceptable. 

He made nonsense popular
Nivedita Ganguli

HE iconic British novelist Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth. To mark the occasion, bicentennial celebrations were held across the globe. In comparison, the bicentennial celebrations of nonsense writer Lear (1812-1888) are a subdued affair. 

The minister and the muse
N what can be a double-edged sword, Kapil Sibal’s political role is the reason for the focus on his poetic self. This can lead to either adulation or unsparing scrutiny that ignores the fact that he is merely dabbling in it to nurture his creative self and is not a pro.

And the prize for great literature goes to nobody
John Walsh 
OR the first time in 35 years, the Pulitzer Prize board recently announced that there’s no fiction prize for 2012. US publishers are in uproar: the prize board announced there’s no Christmas this year.