The business of
|Sport is no longer
just play. It is a high-stakes game driven by money and politics,
write Abhijit Chatterjee and M.S.
the not too distant past playing international cricket matches
(especially between India and Pakistan) in offshore venues of Sharjah,
Dubai, Toronto and Singapore was frowned upon. The matches there were
‘fixed’, the pundits said.
and other games
cricket is the 'king' then other games are mere 'courtiers', children
of a lesser God. The money generated by cricket is mind boggling.
Other sports federations have to beg and borrow to survive, a few
meal for thought
Babu Kandula on the world’s largest kitchen that provides
mid-day meals to 75 lakh poor children in 70,000 schools of Hyderabad.
Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, may soon find an entry into
the Guinness Book of World Records for setting up the world’s
largest kitchen. Spread over two acres with a built up area of 14,000
sq ft, this biggest central kitchen located at Uppal in Hyderabad
caters mid-day meal to 880 schools in the twin cities of Hyderabad and
Secunderabad, benefitting 1.5 lakh children on all school days.
association with Prakash Tandon who passed away recently covered
nearly four decades. He was my boss at one time during my stint with
the State Trading Corporation (1969-73). Later, he became my friend,
philosopher and guide who inspired me to turn into a freelance writer.
who loved India’s soul
Many celebrations in India
and abroad are being held to celebrate Svetoslav Roerich’s 100th
birth anniversary year. Shakti Singh Chandel
on the man and his work
foreigners imbibed the spirit and ethos of India, especially of life
in the mountains, the way the Roerichs, father Nicholas and son
Svetoslav, did. They lived in India at a time of political, social and
cultural ferment. E.B. Havell, Sister Nivedita, Helena Blavatsky and
Ananda Coomaraswamy, among others, were reviving and projecting the
spirit of Indian art and cultural heritage to the West.
The poet lives on
Hayee, alias Sahir
Ludhianvi, was born on March 8, 1921, in Ludhiana. He began writing
poems when he was doing intermediate from Government College,
Ludhiana. He was barely 19 when a satirical verse on Emperor Shahjahan
— Ek Shahensha Ne Daulat ka Sahara Lekar Hum Garibon Ki Mohabbat
ka Udaya Hai Mazaq — that he recited at a college function
created a pandemonium in the literary circle.
actress of substance
With Morning Raga,
Shabana Azmi proves, once again, her credentials as an ageless star,
writes Surabhi Khosla.
has a style that is extraordinary, beauty that is classic and
intellect that keeps ticking. She is a social activist, politician and
versatile actor all rolled into one. Which is why a meeting with
Shabana Azmi can affect you in different ways.
Ervell E. Menezes
Christopher Reeve died recently, he was only 52 but the back injury he
sustained in a riding accident in 1995 had left him struggling for
almost a decade. Fate dealt a cruel hand to the one who had played
Superman and shot to instant stardom in 1978.