Sunday, April 18, 2004


Fruits of labour, a bitter harvest

For the past two years, India has replaced Brazil as the largest producer of fruits in the world. But what is the use of producing 4.64 million metric tonne of fruit, if we are going to waste 70,000 crore of the produce annually. This produce perishes due to lack of infrastructure and post-harvest management, writes Aruti Nayar

THE karma theory teaches most Indians to do their karma and not bother about the fruit of their effort. Perhaps that is why the government expects our fruit growers to remain stoic in the face of all apathy. Or else why is it that in a country that is the largest producer of fruits at 4.64 million MT, out of the world’s total production of fruits at 45.37 million MT, thereby accounting for 8 per cent of the world’s total production, consumers cannot enjoy the fruit of the producer’s labour?

Encounters with magic
A.J. Philip
do not know why the magician’s eagle eye fell on me and he asked me to come on stage. When I hesitated, he himself came down to my seat in the front row and gently pulled me to the stage. This was at a Russian magic programme at the BHEL township in Bhopal years ago.

Devoted disciple, chosen successor
Today is the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev
Roopinder Singh
E polished the Gurmukhi script, took further the concept of sangat, pangat and langar devoted himself to teaching children how to read and write. Guru Nanak hand-picked him to be his successor, over the claims of his sons, knowing that he alone would be the right person to lead the fledging faith.

Shimla awakens to spring
Once again we can feel the fresh shoots of grass blades under our feet. All the trees are covered with tender leaves. The Rhododendrons are bursting into flames, the plum trees are laden with delicate white blossoms — looking like a bride all dressed in white to go to the altar, and the cherry blossoms are like a poem in pink, says Shivi N. Sekhri
N East Berlin, Isaw a ballet put up by small children in which the advent of winder and snow was depicted by a fairy, dressed all in white with a silver wand in her hand and swish....the whole scene turned snow-white and all the kids went into a deep and peaceful slumber.

Hazards on the highway
H. Kishie Singh
T is not enough to build roads. You have to build safe roads. Though the National Highway 1 has been widened and resurfaced but its alignment stays as it was during the days of Sher Shah Suri. Congestion, confusion and chaos reign supreme on the road, which runs through towns like Panipat, Gharaunda, Kurukshetra and Samalkha.

The art and life of Kelucharan
In a glowing tribute to her guru, Kelubabu, Sharon Lowen unveils interesting, lesser-known facets of the dancer and the man.
ELUBABU, as the great Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was respectfully called by audiences and students around the world, was one of the most distinguished figures of the past century in the revival of classical Indian performing arts.

Remembering Khurshid
Pran Nevile
ELEBRATIONS of singing legend K.L. Saigal’s centenary cannot but revive memories of Khurshid, a singing star of the 1940s who attained fame and popularity after teaming up with the maestro in Ranjit’s hit Bhakat Surdas (1942). A charming personality with extraordinary acting talent, Khurshid was also an accomplished singer.


'ART AND SOUL: Arts of the people
B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Mauli’s new dreams

GARDEN LIFE: Plain chance for hill plants
Satish Narula

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Credit cards a ticket to debt
Pushpa Girimaji


DREAM THEME: Show of anger is a good omen
Vinaya K. Manhas

ULTA-PULTANothing to declare
Jaspal Bhatti


The politics of truth
Shelley Walia
Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror
by Richard A. Clarke.
Free Press, London. Pages 305. £ 18.99.

Travels through the outsourcing hub
Peeyush Agnihotri
What’s This India Business? Offshoring, Outsourcing and the Global Service Revolution
by Paul Davis.
Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Pages 233. £ 9.99.

Agonising quest to belong
Rashmi Kalia
Turtle Nest
by Chandani Lokuge. Penguin Books. Pages 241. Rs. 275.

He has struck a classical note in films
Shalini Rawat
Notes of Naushad
edited by Shashikant Kinikar. English Edition. Pages 203. Rs 495.

Many moods in modern poetry
Kamaldeep Kaur Toor
He Who Was Gone Thus
by Thachom Poyil Rajeevan. Yeti Books, Kerala.
Pages 95. Rs 125.
Rain Rising
by Nirupama Menon Rao. Rupa, New Delhi.
Pages 89. Rs 195.

A second look at Laloo’s Bihar
Jaswant Singh
Bihar: Myth and Reality
edited by Ramendra Kumar Yadav ‘Ravi.’
Hope India, Gurgaon. Pages 112. Rs 150.

Life cannot be learnt by heart
Gitanjali Sharma
A New Friend
by Nacho Blanco. Frog Books, Navi Mumbai.
Pages 24. Rs 30.

The underbelly of development
B. B. Goel
Good Governance in India
by C. P. Barthwal.
Deep and Deep, Delhi. Pages 302. Rs 750.

When Central Asia was the prize
Parshotam Mehra
Small Players of the Great Game: The Settlement of Iran’s Eastern Borderlands and the Creation of Afghanistan.
by Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh Routledge-Curzon, London. Pages 263. £ 65.

Inside militant minds
Inderdeep Thapar
Militant Monologues
by Pradeep Thakur. Parity Publishers. Rs 180.
Pages 163.