per cent cases go unreported’
sex is still considered a taboo, societies have often reacted with an
ostrich-like attitude towards abuse of the young ones. They either close
their eyes to child sexual abuse or label it as "mere
imagination" of the child.
sermons in stones
appears a story in the Old Testament (Genesis 28.22) that Jacob,
on his way to Haran, reached a certain holy place. There he took a
stone, used it as a pillow, and went to sleep. God appeared to him in
his dream, and said, "I will give to you and your descendants this
land on which you are lying." When Jacob woke up, he took the stone
that was under his head, and set it up as a memorial. He called the
place "Beithel," which in Hebrew means House of God.
Appetising aromas from Awadh
rich, savouring everything was a full-time occupation in the erstwhile
province of Awadh or Oudh as it is sometimes called. Reminiscent of PG
Woodhousian England, the bankas or the gentlemen and the begums
or the ladies made sure each season and nuance produced richness in all
aspects of life.
survived while others faded away
World War I. Fleeing from the Germans, a prim-and-proper spinster
hitches a boat ride with a scruffy, boozy skipper. Showing remarkable
presence of mind in a perilous situation, she first empties his liquor
bottles into the Congo river and then persuades him to sink a German
gunboat with torpedoes. On top of that, she falls in love with him!
A marriage of muses
THEIRS is not a conventional
marriage where the husband and wife exchange neighbourhood and office
gossip, discuss in-law troubles and haggle over buying vegetables. Instead,
here’s a marriage where the couple discuss various ‘isms’
(socialism, Marxism or secularism) over a cuppa adrak tea which
Javed cannot make and Shabana loves. it’s another matter altogether
that their rare disagreements lead to heated debates. shabana Azmi and
Javed Akhtar’s is a marriage of intellect, and like true believers in
democracy, they agree to disagree.