Sunday, March 7, 2004


Itís cricket, not war
The upcoming India-Pakistan series has stirred tremendous interest. The Tribune team of Abhijit Chatterjee, Ajay Banerjee, Varinder Walia, Shiv Kumar, M.S. Unnikrishnan and Raman Mohan take a look at the expectations and flurry of activity that the tour has unleashed

Driven by passion
Abhijit Chatterjee
HERE are great expectations from Saurav Ganguly and his men in blue. The Indian cricket team embarks this week on what is being described on both sides of the border as a historic tour of Pakistan, the most hyped tour team since the creation of the country in 1947. And for the first time in his career, the Indian captain will not only have to lead a band of cricketers who, barring Sachin Tendulkar, have never toured Pakistan before, but also act, and talk, like a suave diplomat.

Powered by money
Shiv Kumar
AKISTAN is certainly shining for Indian marketers who are crossing the Line of Control to peddle their wares from the cricket grounds of Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Multan and Rawalpindi. Hero Honda was the first to cross the Wagah border, with the Munjals pumping in $ 1.49 million for the privilege of co-sponsoring the event.

Amritsar is all agog
Varinder Walia
HE district administration offices in this frontline city are flooded with queries from sports lovers here who are eager to see their favourite cricketers pitched against arch-rival Pakistan. Visas, accommodation, tickets and travel arrangements are what they want to know about.

Settling scores
Ajay Banerjee
EMEMBER Pakistani batsman Zaheer Abbas with his trademark white handkerchief wrapped around his neck during the days of black and white television and when Doordarshan used to telecast matches directly. He never seemed to get out and went on to score a truckload of runs, at least on Pakistani soil.

Preparing the pitch
M.S. Unnikrishnan
EVER before in the history of Indian sports has a tour kicked up so much political dust. This is only to be accepted as the Indian cricket tour of Pakistan comes after a gap of 14 years. The Indian team were expected to make a return visit, after Pakistan, captained by Wasim Akram, toured India in 1996.

The tough get going
Ajay Banerjee
T is an optimistic Indian team that would be setting out for Pakistan on March 10. The 38-day trip is going to be demanding and pressure is bound to build up. However, pressure like this can lead to individuals giving their best. This time, the Indian team is stronger than any of our previous teams.

Bets, bookies and bhaav

Ajay Banerjee
T is the dark underside of cricket which cannot be brushed away. Crores of rupees are placed on bets on cricket games. Already bookies and punters are rubbing their hands at the prospect of the historic clash between Indian and Pakistan.

Raman Mohan
HE cricket betting industry is looking forward to reviving its fortunes in the forthcoming Indo-Pak series. This industry has been passing through a difficult period recently because of a number of factors.

Militant Majhaís tender imprint on textiles
Divya A.
HE Majha region o Punjab may have hogged headlines in the past for being the hotbed of militancy but these days itís making waves in the world of fashion for its rich textile designs. Once a breeding ground of militancy, it now nurtures and promotes the tender artistic tradition of the area.

Bush larks and red munias
Baljit Singh
OTHING is ever replicated in nature; no two sun rises are alike, neither the sight of a silk cotton tree in full bloom under a full moon nor the muffled sound of a mountain stream can be the same. One knows the ways of nature and yet never ceases to hope and look for a replay of the favourite sight, sound or experience.

Lording over Oscar nite
Ervell E. Menezes
T happened, as expected. Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King swept the Oscars. After all, it was the third in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and they kept it for the finale in typical Hollywood style. But did it have to be so predictable ?

Goldie: Guide for new filmmakers
Devinder Bir Kaur
IS name commanded respect. He was a trusted filmmaker who regaled cinegoers with films that were as flawless and priceless as Guide, Tere Mere Sapne, Taxi Driver, Jewel Thief, Teesri Manzil and Johnny Mera Naam, to name a few. Vijay, aka Goldie, the kid brother of stalwarts Chetan Anand and Dev Anand, was indeed an ace filmmaker, much ahead of his times.


'ART AND SOUL: Cultural flavours of Varanasi
B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Of corporate control & star trek in the desert

GARDEN: Flower shows, a platform for innovation
Satish Narula

DREAM THEME: Leather means setbacks
Vinaya K. Manhas

ULTA-PULTAPublicity for lies
Jaspal Bhatti


Off the Shelf
A forgotten Punjab hero
V.N. Datta
Dr Satyapal: The Hero of Freedom Movement in the Punjab
by Shailja Goyal. PBG Publications, Ludhiana. Pages 271.

A critical assessment of civil services
Belu Jain Maheshwari
Journeys through Babudom and Netaland: Governance in India
by T. S. R. Subramanian. Rupa & Co, New Delhi. Pages 360. Rs 395

Missed opportunities from Simla to Agra
G. Parthasarathy

The secret of happiness
Jaswant Singh
The Art of Happiness at Work
by HH Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler. Hodder Mobius, London. Pages 212. £ 7.99 (UK).

Signs & signatures
Dark and disturbing poetry
Darshan Singh Maini

Power, intrigue & the Taj
Aditi Garg
Taj ó A Story of Mughal India
by Timeri N. Murari. Penguin Books.
Pages 371. Rs 275.

Odd turns in life
Manisha Gangahar
On the Rocks and Other Stories
by Roswitha Joshi. UBSPD, New Delhi. Pages 246.
Rs 175.