Sunday, April 20, 2003
||V.S. Naipaul and Pico Iyer’s engagement with the religion and its people
by Rajnish Wattas
writer and the world have a symbiotic relationship. While the former
gives us his world-view; he in turn is also a creation of the world.
is about Islam.
How did you pick this subject and what were your concerns while
is about Islam in
California, the dialogue between them. When I told my friends
two-three years ago that I was writing about Islam in California,
they looked at me as if I was crazy. But, of course, much has
happened since then.
More than bits of metal
coins could be the most popular hobby in India after stamps. But unlike
philatelists who have countless clubs and associations to take care of
their interests, coin collectors largely operate by themselves in
isolation. It is only through exhibitions that their collection gets
known to the world at large.
Return of the necktie
K. K. Khullar
necktie has staged a comeback. Till yesterday, this great relic of the
Raj was confined to the hotel bearers, plaza salesman, unwilling public
schoolchildren and indeed some car-washers. But look and behold, ties
have reappeared. Work of the decades by some fashion designers has borne
fruit. Ties are on the pavements, in the weekly bazaars and very soon we
can expect to see them in Kendriya Bhandar mobile vans.
A trek that gave insights into hill life
Sahastradhara (a Dehra Dun Tourist spot at 3200 ft) — Dhanaulti-(9000
feet) trail in the Uttaranchal hills was a 26-km-long trek. My companion, Pankaj, and
I covered it in a 10-hour stretch over two days. We started early in the
morning, armed with the normal camping equipment of rucksacks, folding
tent, sleeping bags and ready-to-eat food, snacks and drinks. The start
was steady. We conquered the steep altitude with nimble strides. We were
on our way to Surana, the first habitation on the track.