April 25, 2004
A secret mission to Sri Lanka
1989, I got a call from PG Halarnkar, Director General, CRPF, from New
Delhi. He said that T N Seshan, Cabinet Secretary, wanted me to meet him
immediately at New Delhi. When I visited the Cabinet Secretary’s office, he
said, "You have been chosen for a special mission. You are aware of
the ongoing conflict between the Indian Peace Keeping Force and
the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in the northern parts of Sri
general election in India is said to be the world’s largest democratic
exercise. But when this mammoth process remains virtually blind and deaf
to its disabled population’s need to exercise franchise with dignity,
Indian democracy surely can’t be said to be wholly inclusive.
Confluence of spirit and faith
narrates how the Simhastha 2004, the
spectacular Mahakumbha in Ujjain, is a living symbol of a cultural
tradition that has survived down the ages and continues to be sustained
and energised by faith.
the greatest congregations of common people and ascetics in the world,
the Mahakumbha, Simhastha 2004, underway in Ujjain, is a rare spectacle.
Besides the Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists et al
are also associated with this Mahakumbha.
For a glimpse of the elusive Everest
Partha S. Banerjee
gives an account of a trek to get a view of the mountain that continues
to fire imaginations and challenge climbers
Himalayan peaks is no big deal for us Indians. There’s the majestic
Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Nepal’s
Pokhara, the Nanda Devi from Nainital and Almora, the Pir Panjal range
from Dalhousie and Manali.
Recipe for success
ARVIND Saraswat, the author of Professional Chef—The Art of Fine Cooking
is one of the senior-most chefs in the country. He is Director, Food
Production Taj Group of Hotels. In between all that food production he
has been writing books - one book after the other. He has certainly
worked hard, set up food units in some of the best-known luxury hotels
in the world. In an exclusive interview with Humra
discusses his work and writing.
For Ritesh Deshmukh, it’s time for some fun with Masti
in the theatres.
The architect-turned-actor hopes that this film will
draw attention to his acting abilities,
blazing Delhi afternoon sun doesn’t bother him. Nor does the fact that
his new film could clinch his future in Bollywood forever. An enviable
calm marks his visage as he talks about his career switch, films and
more. Ritesh Deshmukh’s mantra is cool and simple:
"I don’t expect anything from anybody. I just do my best and
leave the rest to destiny. What matters to me is the quality of my work
and not the outcome."
look at life behind bars
Ervell E. Menezes
inside Tihar Central Jail in Delhi and filmed over a year, Days and
Nights in an Indian Jail is a powerful, heart-rending story about
characters for whom hope is a mirage and tomorrow is as dismal as
yesterday. It has been made by the Delhi-born, UK-based brothers, Yugesh
and Sunandan Walia.