January 18, 2004
world as our village
India is rapidly becoming more attractive to do business with. What is
more heartening is that the Indian story is not limited to services
but is steadily enveloping the manufacturing sector", writes Aziz
Premji, Chairman of premier IT company Wipro, in his assessment of the
pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Vaishnodevi in the Trikuta hills
has been made high-tech as the number of pilgrims touched the record
figure of 54,00,296 during last year. An
increase of 9,68,118 pilgrims over the figure for 2002 has been
achieved despite the terrorists, for the first time, targeting Katra
town where four pilgrims were killed.
from a scrap
hailed by art critics and others as "a symbol of hope and
aspiration", "a barefoot artist" and "a collagist
of torn hopes", Shakila Sheikh, wife of a vegetable vendor from
obscure Noorpur (about 64 km from Kolkata), is blissfully oblivious of
how different she is from the other people in her village.
of a dead tradition
long-forgotten tradition of vedic chanting has received a fresh lease
of life with the UNESCO recognising it as a ‘masterpiece of oral and
intangible heritage’, on a par with China’s Guquin music, the
Wayang puppet theatre of Indonesia, Cambodia’s royal ballet, Belgium’s
Binche Carnival, Tonga’s Lakalaka dances and the sand drawings of
Kareena Kapoor marks her entry in the realm of parallel cinema. The
actress now looks forward to doing both candy floss and serious roles,
writes Avinash Kalla.
are calling her a later day Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. One
look at her and you’ll agree.
Puffing away at a cigarette in a windswept, rainy night under an arch
of Mumbai’s Flora Fountain, she is the picture of a streetside
parents in the film industry, no hype about his splash, yet John
Abraham got noticed in his very first film. Today, his kitty is
sufficiently full. Vickey Lalwani
caught up with him at the music launch of the forthcoming Lakeer.