June 13, 2004
NRI bride mart
Case of runaway grooms
The lure of a dollarised life spurs on many girls to
seek a foreign husband. Only when they are scorched, does it turn into a
nightmare for them. About 15,000 women in Punjab have been deserted by
NRIs, reports Aruti
attraction of girls and their parents for a husband from a rich western
country exerts a powerful pull in India as in other developing
countries. The enticing appeal of another "advanced",
"modern" culture in a land of "opportunities" is
rich with promise. Aspirations of an emancipated, better life in greener
pastures abroad draw thousands of women to "eligible" NRI men,
like moths to a flame.
one were to look at certain cases where the girls have been
shortchanged by foreign grooms, it is clear that lax laws are a
major reason for the erring grooms going scot-free. Take the
case of Harpreet Kaur of Gurdaspur that has been represented to
the police and followed up too. Married to Manjit Singh s/o
Harbhajan Singh Sandhu of Amritsar on April 26, 2000, Harpreet
spent two lovely months with her husband in India.
script to bind
is surprising and sad that the national dailies and media practically
ignored the 10th World Punjabi Conference held in Chandigarh recently.
Equally sad that many Punjabi poets and writers were left out, and
some were not even informed. But those who came did make the
summer of 1947
Beneath the scenic splendour
of Gulmarg lies the history of the turbulence following Partition,
writes Noel Lobo
of Gulmarg covered in snow with visitors frolicking in it sent me to
look up a description of it in high summer in Wilfridís Russellís Indian
Summer (published in Bombay in 1951). He was writing of the
fateful months following August 1947.
that is Kiwiland
New Zealand, with more sheep
than people, remains a preferred destination for many Indians. Arvind
Bhandari reports on the possibilities in Maori land
you ever heard of such rib-tickling names as Papa Ti Toi and Ota Hu Hu?
These are the Maori names of Sikh ghettos in Auckland, which is the
biggest city of New Zealand. Between them, Papa Toi Toi and Ota Hu Hu
have five gurdwaras.
the heart of mountains
Singh describes the joy of trekking along a popular route in
is a one-day trek on the oldest migratory route followed by shepherds
of Chamba and Kangra. Years ago, the British began trekking to Triund
on this route and today it is a poular trek route with the domestic as
well as foreign tourists.
Itís a copís life
Govind Nihalaniís latest film Dev is another
exploration of the psyche of the men in khaki in a year that has
seen a spate of movies on the force. But will this make the fatigue
factor work against it or will it do another Ardh Satya, asks Saibal
policemanís hyperactive mind is familiar turf for Govind Nihalani. Two
decades ago, the cinematographer-director had authored modern Mumbai
cinemaís first genuine crossover film, Ardh Satya. The
hard-hitting cop drama, a blend of an unwaveringly realistic
storytelling mode and a transfixing narrative core, turned out to be a
feast of thrills
Ervell E. Menezes
POTTER is back with Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.
And because he sends his bullying Aunt Marge ballooning heavenwards,
he is forced to make it on his own into the night. He can't even go to
the Hogwarts because the Ministry of Magic has banned the use of magic
in the non-magic world.
in a salwaar-kameez, she enters the room a bit bashfully. She
looks so demure and vulnerable that one wonders how sheís able to
cope with the rough and tumble of showbiz. However, soon her reticence
gives way to articulation and the soft-spoken Channi Brar, aka Reina,
comes across as a surprisingly strong female.