Sunday, January 19, 2003
is a philosophy, a way of life
IN sprawling Navi Mumbai,
huge buildings at the Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge Centre,
reflect the bright sunlight and appear like a space city shown in
Hollywood movies. In just 18 months, dozens of buildings have come up
here to house biotechnology, Infocomm and various life sciences
departments. The centre, which will be completed by 2003-end, will be
manned by nearly 5000 experts from various fields, and function as the
nerve centre of all the activities of the Reliance Industries managed
from the Reliance National Headquarters. The centre, a dream project of
late Dhirubhai Ambani, has been brought to life by 44-year-old Mukesh
Ambani, the current Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the
group. For over 90 minutes, Mukesh took time off from his gruelling
schedule to talk to V. Gangadhar
on how Reliance intends to transform the future of India.
and the Indian marriage bazaar
THE imperial enterprise was a
masculine affair. Until the late 18th century, very few British women
ventured to come to India. The original charters of the East India
Company also forbade women on its trading posts. To rephrase a hoary
catchphrase, it may be said that the ‘Empire was not acquired in a fit
of absence of mind so much as in a fit of absence of wives’. The
company once copied the Portuguese practice and played a matchmaker by
shipping batches of young women for the marriage mart in India.
frescoes get a facelift
THE famous frescoes in the
5000-year-old Buddhist caves of Ajanta have received a facelift.
Neglected for centuries, the horse-shoe shaped world heritage site near
Aurangabad, in Maharashtra now appears cleaner and accessible, thanks to
Japanese funding towards its "environmental upgradation".
philately a dying hobby?
INDIANS are said to be born
with the magpie instinct. From old books and newspapers to matchboxes,
gramophone records, vintage cars, playing cards, calendars, film
posters, ball pens, dolls, coins and paintings, they would collect
anything and everything and preserve for posterity.
In the spotlight
about a woman who’s unashamed of her sexuality”
is boldness personified. Pooja Bhatt has always believed in leading life
on her own terms. Love her, hate her, but you can't simply ignore her.
At a time when Hindi film actresses kept their boyfriends under wraps,
Pooja flaunted her relationships and break-ups in the media with gay