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Om shakti

Thereís no one quite like Om Puri when it comes to versatility. His performances are unforgettable. With the Order of the British Empire now in his cap and King of Bollywood set for international release soon, Saibal Chatterjee traces the journey of our man from Ambala to the world stage

P
iyush Jha, the director of Om Puriís newest film, King of Bollywood, has reason to consider himself blessed. He knows exactly what having the unassuming 54-year-old Ambala-born actor on board can achieve in England.

Om Puri

Celebrating the Yogini cult
Yana Bey sets off to see a group of obscure temples in Bolangir and chances upon the millennium old Chausath Yogini Temple
D
EEP in the heart of Orissaís Bolangir district, with its red clay soil contrasting with the lush green of paddy and dotted with whitewashed temple spires rising dazzlingly above fields of crops and clusters of village houses, lies an exquisite temple built in the ninth century that is still a centre for worship of Shakti and tantrism.

In a class of her own
Wired teeth and all, she warms the cockles of your heart with her good-natured simplicity and girl-next-door charm. The bespectacled princess of prime time, Jassi now graces a Special Cover issued in her honour by the postal department, writes Aditi Tandon
Jasmeet Walia, aka Jassi, is entering the second year of her screen existence with renewed confidence. A year ago she was still a dream protagonist for the creative heads at Sony who wanted to digress from the traditional route of old-fashioned love stories and nonsensical family dramas.

COLUMNS

TELEVISION: Small wonder

NATURE: Vanishing cat
by Ruchika M. Khanna

Food Talk: Donít chicken out
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Check medical frauds
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Engrossing mind games
by Ervell E. Menezes

LIFE'S LESSONS: Colour of friendship

ULTA PULTADope Olympics
by Jaspal Bhatti

BRIDGE
by David Bird

BOOKS

Activists beyond borders
Shelley Walia
We are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-capitalism
edited by Notes From Nowhere.
Verso, London. Pages 527. £10.99.
Globalization/Anti-Globalization
by David Held and Anthony McGrew.
Polity, Oxford. Pages 158. £12.99.

Quest for a better life
Shastri Ramachandaran
Sri Lankan Society in an Era of Globalisation
Edited by S H Hasbullah and Barrie M Morrison. Sage. Pages 296. Rs 560

History is often over-simplified
Upinder Singh has written well-received books on history, a subject that she teaches at St. Stephenís College, Delhi. Her latest book, The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology, has recently been released by Permanent Black. She spoke to Roopinder Singh, about bringing alive the 19th century archaeologists and recreating their dynamics, as well as what she expects from the book.

Canvas of the familiar
Archana Shastri
My Brush With Art: An Anthology of Contemporary Indian Art
by Lakshmi Lal.
Rupa. Pages 164. Rs 495.

Ruskin bonds with poetry
Aradhika Sekhon
A Little Night Music
by Ruskin Bond.
Rupa. Pages 54. Rs.150.

Hard-hitting satire
Lalit Mohan
Bullís Eye!
by Rajinder Puri. Hope India
Publications, Gurgaon. Pages 328. Rs 495.

In the footsteps of Hieun Tsang
Kamaldeep Toor
Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud
by Sun Shuyn. Harper Perennial, Hammersmith. Pages 478. £7.99.

Uprisings revisited
Kavita Soni-Sharma
Peasant Movements In Post Colonial India
by Debal K SinghaRoy. New Delhi: Sage.
Pages 275. Rs 295.

punjabi review
Not quite a dirty old man
Shalini Rawat
Mauj Mela
by Khushwant Singh.
Translated by Amarjit Singh Deepak. Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh. Pages 446. Rs 250.

Short takes
Multi-hued nuggets
Randeep Wadehra
Selected Gujarati Short Stories; Selected Malayalam Short Stories; Selected Punjabi Short Stories; Selected Tamil Short Stories.
Edited by Rajendra Awasthy. Fusion Books. Pages 143, 172, 134, 177. respectively.
Rs 95 each.

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