Sunday, February 15, 2004


Netaji Inc
Charge of the family brigade

Politics is the most enduring son-rise industry. Here GenNext literally means next of kin. As more and more sons, daughters, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and in-laws enter the electoral arena, constituencies are made to look like estates that are only to be handed down. Amar Chandel takes a look at the parivaars.

THERE is no business like politics. Investment is ridiculously low, returns are astonishingly high and the gestation period is unbelievably short. Rags-to-riches miracles are an everyday happening. That is why anyone who enters the sweepstakes is there for ever. Conventional wisdom is that politicians and asses never change their profession.

Portraits of feminine mystique
Pran Nevile
RT is the creation of beauty", says Will Durant. "It is the expression of thought or feeling in a form that seems beautiful or sublime." Indian art is a mirror of femininity which is visible in the wealth of sculptures and paintings where the female figures dominate the scene.

Raghav strikes the right notes
He has mastered the chords of the keyboard, strings of the guitar, percussion beats of the bongo and notes of the flute. This Delhi boy is fluent in 19 musical instruments, writes Avinash Kalla.
SITTING among the clutter of musical instruments, Raghav Sachar asks solemnly, "Can I play for you?" Before you can say yes, the strains of the flute begin to flow slowly and soulfully. He makes an earnest attempt to enthrall the listener.

Serve without sacrifice
I.M. Soni
O you identify yourself with Parvati of Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kumkum in the serial of that name, Karishma of Kehta Hai Dil, or Pushpa of Bhabhi? If so, chances are that you too are suffering unconsciously though, from a self-sacrifice syndrome, more aptly called the martyr complex. These characters show and prove one thing: it is dangerous to be too good!

Humour at work
Kunal Khurana
NDIANS are said to be very serious as a race. The pressures of day-to-day survival, a deep-seated rooting in philosophy and the anxieties of catching up with the rest of the world have apparently left little room for humour in their lives. It is even said that Indians have forgotten to laugh.

Shaadi Ka Laddoo seems tempting
Raj Kaushal hit the marquee with Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi. While Shaan still cashes in on the success of the film’s Khushi song, Kaushal did not make it big until now. The director is back with Shaadi Ka Laddoo, which may well be his tribute to wife Mandira Set Max Bedi.
VELOCITY had people speeding towards to it last week, all with just one question in their heads—To eat or not to eat Shaadi Ka Laddoo. If the words of director Raj Kaushal are anything to go by, they would have all agreed that the best thing to do is khakar pacchtana (Repent but taste it nonetheless).


TELEVISION: A prized jewel, Josh & just magic

NATURE: The Great Arctic survivors
Nutan Shukla

TRAVEL: Call of the mountains
P.M. Das

RELATIONSHIPS: When children lack empathy
Taru Bahl

HOLLYWOOD FLICKS: Too much action, too few thrills
Ervell E. Menezes

DREAM THEME: Dreaming of the moon
Vinaya K. Manhas

Jaspal Bhatti


Globalism’s malcontents
Shelley Walia
Chomsky and Globalisation
by Jeremy Fox. Icon, Cambridge, UK. £4. Pages 80.
The Sorrows of Empire
by Chalmers Johnson. Verso, London, UK. £20. Pages 389.

Heads and tales of Sikh history
Roopinder Singh
Sikh Coinage: Symbol of Sikh Sovereignty
by Surinder Singh. Manohar, New Delhi. Rs 995. Pages 283.

A complex narrative
Tejwant Singh Gill
The Eye of a Doe
by Mohan Bhandari and translated by Rana Nayar. Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Rs 70. Pages 164.

The hand of Gandhi
Jitendra Mohan
Social Exclusion: Essays in Honour of Dr Bindeshwar Pathak (Volume I & II)
edited by A.K. Lal. Concept Publishing Co., New Delhi. Rs 1,500 per set. Pages 617.

The last Viceroy’s revelations
R.L. Singal
Mountbatten’s Report on the Last Viceroyalty
edited by Lionel Carter. Manohar. Rs 850. Pages 398.

Girl power that inspires
Aradhika Sekhon
Not Just Girls
by Deepa Agarwal. Rupa. Rs 90. Pages 112.

Educating teachers
Jaswant Singh
Fifty Years of Higher Education in India: The Role of the University Grants Commission
by Amrik Singh. Sage Publications, New Delhi, Pages 250, Rs 560.

Regional writings
Little known writers steal the show
Aditya Sharma
Modern Hindi Short Stories
translated by Jai Rattan. Srishti. Rs 295. Pages 286

Short takes
Mantras for the manager
Randeep Wadehra
Creativity in Management
by Srinivas Shirur & N.U.K. Sherwani. Deep & Deep, N. Delhi. Pages vii+174. Rs 450.