A view of Dalhousie and (right) Kynance House. — Photos by the writer
Set up 150 years ago, Dalhousie was conceived as a retreat for convalescing troops. Not much has changed, but how long will this idyllic town remain
unspoilt? As the sesquicentennial celebrations get off to a low-key start,
A.J. Philip visits the hill station and talks to old-timers
|BEFORE I set out for Dalhousie, I did a Google search on the town named after Lord Dalhousie, whose policies precipitated the First War of Independence, and I found to my amazement a huge list of links. There are as many Dalhousies as there are countries.
script for success
For a scriptwriter who made an
international name with her very first film, Salaam Bombay, Sooni
Taraporewala is all set to turn Jhumpa Lahiri’s Namesake and Hari
Kunzru’s The Impressionist into film scripts. Vimla
Patil catches up with her
Taraporewala’s career as a photographer-writer began with a strange event.
"Most Indian women complain that their parents hound them to get married as
soon as they enter their mid-twenties these days. My parents were different.
are now talking about a "futuristic dress sense" — wearable clothes
that would be relevant not just for 2005 or 2006, but for at least another
decade. Significantly, there’s nothing
avant garde or out-of-the ordinary about such speculation. Head propellers and
breastplates, for instance, are recognised as no more than absurdities meant to
make a fashion statement.