message of love bought solace to mankind
the land of diverse religious faiths, has produced many saints, among
them Buddha, whose teaching inspired the people to follow the path of
Buddhism. Thailand has adopted Buddhism as its national religion. An
estimated 94 per cent of the Thai population follows Buddhism.
from the top of a tree
the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a
tree one day a Princess and after having what she described as her most
thrilling experience she climbed down from the tree next day a Queen —
God bless her."
of staying together
a psychiatrist and family therapist, he often spends his days listening
to the details of other people’s love affairs. Why would someone would
be willing to risk so much for so little? Narendra Chauhan interviewed
100 couples who came to him because one or both partners had become
involved outside the marriage.
forest wealth goes up in flames
the arrival of summers, reports about forest fires keep pouring in from
the Shivalik Hills, lower Himalayas and the plains until the outbreak of
the monsoon. Forest fires are a constant cause of worry as they are a
significant factor in the degradation of forests, which have already
importance of being Gauhar Jan
Jan of Calcutta, who became a legend at the turn of the 20th century was
one of the most renowned and charismatic performing artistes of her
time. The first artiste to be
recorded in India by the famous Fred Gaisburg way back in 1902, Gauhar
Jan recorded her song only a year after the invention of wax recording.
ON THE SANDS OF TIME —
explored new vistas
Ketan Mehta’s Mirch Masala, the peace and calm of a
Gujarati village is disturbed when a despotic subedar Naseeruddin
Shah makes life hellish for the women of the village. The menfolk dance
to his tunes as he caresses his extravagant moustache.
1982 when he set out to be a hero along with the likes of Anil Kapoor,
Jackie Shroff, and Kamal Haasan, he had a distinct advantage. He was a
star son. And no mean star son at that. His mother, Nutan, was one of
the most brilliant actresses to have ever graced the silver screen.
rude rajas & whimsical despots
as rich, wilful and despotic rulers, many Indian maharajas in their
heyday often displayed a contrary nature which was puzzling and
interesting. For example in the early 1900s, the most famous astrologer
of Bombay was invited by the Maharaja of Indore to come and foretell his
Buddha and the
long time back I had read about the statue of Lord Buddha which was
proposed to come up at a suitable site in Bihar. From the Press reports
I had also gathered that it was going to be the highest statue anywhere
in the world and its height would be about 150 metres.