Do Punjab stud farms
make horse sense?
to an official announcement,"Punjab will have an equine farm,
funded by the central government, to preserve and export the Sindhi
breed of horses`85 Farmers can benefit by adopting horse-breeding as an
allied profession." D. S. Jaspal, Financial Commissioner, Animal
Husbandry Department, Punjab, maintains that since there is potential
for the export of these horses, the government is keen to promote horse
breeding and equestarian culture in the state.
fair and the legend of Sipur
at places, for once it was a proper road the steep path to Sipur
plunges down the hillside. Exposed tree roots snake across the deeply
embedded boulders that lie under the fine dust. Prised loose from the
rock, some small stones tumble away as unsure feet hit them.
From a kitchen boy to a
was hardly 10 years old when his father gave him, like his other brothers, in
dowry to a daughter of sardar (feudal lord) from a village near
Ganganagar in Rajasthan. His father had been working as farm hand with the sardar
for decades. When the sardar married his daughters, he also gifted
them with "servants" in the dowry. These gifts were sons of those
working in his farm.
work of art
recent times, for Indian women folk embroidery formed a major medium
of self expression. For them an embroidered piece of cloth was not
just a decorative pattern of mechanical workmanship but "an
animation of cloth for happiness".
Rock bands go
the populist way
ace Rahul Sharma is not the only Indian tunesmith to be creating a
different kind of music, with Parisian piano man Richard Clayderman.
All kinds of musicians, from classical maestros to Indi-pop stars and
rock bands, are experimenting with newer forms and idioms, if only to
reach out to a larger audience.
centuries, salt has been revered as a flavour enhancer and food
preservative. Our appetite for salt has not diminished either: many of
us add salt during cooking or at the table, and salt has a ubiquitous
presence in pretty much every processed food.