Saturday, April 20, 2002  

A historic 150 years’ track record
V. Gangadhar


IT is still a mystery why the Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Falkland, was not present at the inaugural Boree Bunder (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, though popularly known as Victoria Terminus)-Thane run of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway (now Central Railway) on Saturday, April 16, 1853 at 3.35 pm. It was a historic event, being the first ever passenger train service in the subcontinent. The First Lady, Lady Falkland, presided over the ceremony.

Train tales from a bygone era
by Ajay Banerjee
RITISH love for luxury of the hills in the summer months coupled with the strategic importance of North India (including what is now Pakistan) helped develop the railway system in these parts of the country immediately after trains were introduced in India 150 years ago.

The proud inheritor
Anjum Sayad
AT 20, Anoushka is no longer her papa’s daughter. As she jets around, carrying the sitar through countless concerts and music conferences around the globe, she has come to be recognised as the most deserving inheritor of Pandit Ravi Shankar’s legacy.

Eight painters, all in a family
by Sanjay Austa
ENERALLY speaking, one artist is just about enough in a family. Considered a black sheep, his or her vocation is usually regarded as an eccentricity. But what if a family has a whole set of eight painters? What if all of them practise their trade under the same roof and have the same artistic medium?