Let the festival of lights light up our lives and spread joy
is a festival which lights up hearts, homes and the sky.. Fascinating
lights and fireworks enthrall the children, while adults too can feel
the spiritual aura of the festival. Since festivals are an integral part
of Indian culture, Divali is placed on one of the highest pedestals
among them. Feelings of warmth, love and joy pervades through the hearts
and a lot of give and take is one of the highlights of the festival.
impressions of Divali
British were greatly impressed by the hectic gaiety of the Indians at
their fairs and festivals. We come across fascinating accounts of these
joyous events by men and women authors. There is also colourful visual
record of the events left by the British artists. The festivals imparted
intensity to community life and inspired hilarity, feasting and social
contacts on a large scale. People spent lavishly on these celebrations.
ON THE SANDS OF TIME — 1979
When romance rubbed shoulders with realism
M. L. Dhawan
Bhattacharya’s Sparsh, Naseeruddin Shah, a blind principal of a
school for the blind, falls in love with Shabana Azmi, a young widow
whose interest in school is just charitable. They get engaged. Shah’s
apprehension that Shabana is acting more out of sympathy than love
threatens to scuttle their impending marriage. Their friends help them
overcome their pain and pride.
A surprise success
Bhandarkar’s Chandni Bar, which had cost the producers
barely Rs 15 million, was shot on a single set in Hyderabad, does not
have a single song and worse, is dark and depressing. And yet, it has
turned out to be the biggest hit of the festive season.
How about a trout?
air resounding with roar of water gushing into fish tanks and hanging
with a mild ‘fishy’ odour, greets one in Himachal’s Indo-Norwegian
Trout Farming Project, lying amidst lush greenery at Patlikuhl, almost
midway between Kulu and Manali on National Highway 21.
Was this tribe visited by aliens?
IT is a
star in the constellation Canis Major in the southern sky. Its
astronomical name is Sirius. It is also known as the Dog Star. The name
comes from the days when it rose during the dog days i.e. the hot months
of July and August. It is 8.5 light years away from us (one light year
equals 9.46 billion kms).