time back, Chandigarh-based Beant Kaur, the 83-year-old widow of late
Air Vice-Marshal Harjinder Singh alleged torture at the hands of her
foster son Col Manmohan Singh Bains (retd). The latter denied the
allegations. While the truth is yet to be bared, the fact remains that
the old woman mustered enough courage to make her woes public. She
admitted to have been "tortured" time and again. Whatever
the outcome of the case, it again brought centrestage the physical,
emotional and psychological health of the elderly in India.
is the story of two homes. The old age home, Sector 15, Chandigarh, is
a charity institution funded partially by the government and the Lions
Club, with the latter responsible for managing it. There are 32
inmates, an equal number of men and women.
Bhai Kahn Singh of Nabha was, indeed, one of the towering
intellects of the 19th century, whose writings and actions left a deep
impact on the region and the religion he belonged to. Roopinder
Singh pays a tribute
mice and men
Hindu mythology, mouse (mushak) has a pride of place as the vahana
of Lord Ganesha — one who removes all obstacles and bestows perfect
bliss. The believers insist that anyone who maligns His vahana invites
the wrath of the Lord Himself.
began as a minor diversion meant to provide dramatic relief has now
become an integral part of every Bollywood film. And with it, every
film actress — from Kareena Kapoor to Lara Dutta and Shilpa Shetty
to Esha Deol — has to perform an item number as part of her role.
have done more than politicians in bringing India and Pakistan
Pakistani actress Meera,
who started her career with Chief Sahib directed by Javed
Sheikh, is now eyeing work with Indian directors. She has almost
completed her first film Nazar directed by Soni Razdan.
Excerpts from an interview with Vickey