Sunday, February 23, 2003
Balancing act in the time of second generation of reforms
you ever heard of the Politicians’ Polka? It’s a dance form that the
politicians have invented and subsequently perfected. It goes something
like this: You take one step forward, two steps back and sidestep the
issue. Will it be the Politicians’ Polka that we see when Finance
Minister Jaswant Singh presents his maiden Budget on February 28, or
will it be a concerted fiscal plan to revitalise the Indian economy? Prerana
Trehan discusses the pre-Budget trends and their impact on
the forthcoming Budget.
Mubarak: Celebration of Patiala’s cultural heritage
Gurmeet S. Rai
PATIALA, a city of gardens and
palaces, has a rich architectural and cultural heritage. The oldest part
of Patiala is the walled city within which Quila Mubarak; the oldest
fortified palace of the city, sits on a raised mound. Quila Mubarak
forms the core around which the walled city developed. It dates back to
1763 AD. Baba Ala Singh, who was the founder of the Patiala dynasty
built a kachigarhi (mud fortress) and named it Quila Mubarak.
Later, it was reconstructed in baked bricks.
time for exotic blooms
Kapadia is applauded as "the most creative wedding car
decorator" in Mumbai. At almost all VIP weddings, she is
commissioned to decorate vehicles in the most creative manner for the
bridal couple. She also has contracts for pandal decoration, flower
arrangements for corporates and celebratory bouquets and gift
arrangements sent by clients to their customers during the festive
season. "In the recent New Year season, I sent nearly 700
arrangements made in imported Chinese vases for a client," she
says, "The recipients were famous people like Amitabh Bachchan, the
Birlas, the Singhanias, and Sachin Tendulkar.