Three parents have gone to court against entrance exams for nursery and kindergarten classes. These admission tests subject children to mindless stress and pressure is their case.
Gitanjali Sharma reports.
schools call them interviews or admission tests, others pointedly
refer to them as friendly interactions. Pressure with a capital P. The
pressure comes in various forms and, in some cases, assumes
demonic proportions when parents feel traumatised by the
requirements of the schools or become obsessive about getting a
child admitted to a particular school.
candles formed a significant part in every household prior to the
advent of electricity, today these form an important part of our
festivities. Talking of candles, one cannot forget mentioning the
famous candles of Nanital. A little known attraction of the town is
the wide variety of pretty candles it offers.
Churdhar holds attraction for the adventurous as well as the religious, writes
in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh is Chooddhar, once known as
Chood-chandni, which holds attraction for its picturesque locales as
well as its association with mythology. Legend has it that Bhima’s
grandson Barbareek witnessed the Mahabharata war from this summit
which rests at 12,000 feet above the sea level.
Army’s royal ribbons
Paul’s Cathedral London is one of the compulsory "to do"
sights. The not-so-well informed know it as the huge dome seen from
the upper deck of the hop-on, hop-off buses. The well informed know it
as one of the indestructible symbols of British resilience in World
Shwaas aims for an Oscar
Shwaas, which won the National Award for 2004, will be India’s official entry to the Oscars
next year. Vimla Patil on the effort that went into making the film.
films made in Bollywood these days are made by huge banners and are
phenomenally expensive, mounted on huge canvases, with high priced
stars playing lead roles. The technology is top class, the locations
are glamorous and the cost sometimes goes above Rs 80 crores.
goes to Goa
Ervell E. Menezes
International Film Festival of India, or IFFI, comes to Goa for the
first time and all eyes, especially of film buffs, will be on this
quaint former Portuguese colony. Until recently, the film-fest was
held at the Siri fort in New Delhi every other year and in any major
city in India in the intervening year as it was hoped that this would
help spread film culture to the rest of the country.
Melodies from the
past come alive
years back, Music India released LPs/cassettes of songs recorded by
the late composer Madan Mohan for films which have eventually been
shelved. The popularity of the songs encouraged Madan Mohan’s son
Sanjeev Kohli to use thousands of tunes composed by his father on
harmonium, hummed or sung by the composer on ‘dummy’ lyrics.