Sunday, 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 Nayar.

Aruti Nayar
HE 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.

Teena Singh
IF 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.

A script to bind
Rakshat Puri
T 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 conference lively.

Unforgettable summer of 1947
Beneath the scenic splendour of Gulmarg lies the history of the turbulence following Partition, writes Noel Lobo
ICTURES 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.

Promise 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
AVE 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.

Into the heart of mountains
Manpreet Singh describes the joy of trekking along a popular route in the Dhauladhars
T 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 Chatterjee.
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 box-office humdinger.

Visual feast of thrills
Ervell E. Menezes
ARRY 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.

Model moves
Randeep Wadehra
RAPED 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.


'ART AND SOUL: Sentinels in stone
B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: More at ease behind lens

GARDEN LIFE: Lend colour with lilies
Satish Narula

FOOD TALK: Rice sublime
Pushpesh Pant

Pushpa Girimaji

LIFE'S LESSONS: Grow great by dreams


DREAM THEME: Chicken out
Vinaya K. Manhas

ULTA-PULTABandits in power
Jaspal Bhatti


Readable and scholarly
Roopinder Singh
by Gurinder Singh Mann.
Prentice Hall, USA. Pages 128. $ 20.

Books received: English

Pipeline politics
Parshotam Mehra

Central Asia: A Strategy for Indiaís Look North Policy
by Air Commodore Suryakant Nijanand Bal, AVSM (retd).
Lancer Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi. Pages 414. Rs 795.

Adventures in life and beyond
Rajdeep Bains

Refugees from Paradise
by Anuradha Majumdar.
Penguin India. Pages 283. Rs 295.

To catch a power thief
M. M. Goel
Electricity Theft: Empowering People and Reforming Power Sector
by Professor Surinder Kumar, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi. Pages 176. Rs 400

Man of the movement
Jaswant Singh

Unfinished Revolution: A Political Biography of Jayaprakash Narayan
by Ajit Bhattacharjea.
Rupa & Co., New Delhi. Pages 467. Rs 795.

Gone Away, Dom Moraes
Rahul Singh

A work of epic proportions
Chaman Lal

The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering
Two volumes, both by Ramesh Menon, Rupa & Co., 2004. Pages 821 and 718.

Institutes of excellence
D.S. Cheema

The IITians
by Sandipan Deb. Viking, Penguin. Pages 375. Rs 425

Signs and signatures
Keatsí ode to the Bard
Darshan Singh Maini

Punjabi review
Earthy rhythms of Punjab
Nirupama Dutt

Taropey: An anthology of Punjabi verse
by Aazim Gurvinder Singh Kohli.
Pages 227. Rs 295.