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Shyam Benegalís making of Bose
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero is a valiant attempt to capture the freedom fighterís life and charisma on screen. Deepa Gahlot catches up with the veteran director.
The biographical picture is not a popular genre in Hindi cinema, while three of this yearís Oscar-nominated films were based on the lives of real heroes.

Havelis of Jaisalmer
Anuradha Thakur
Among the various tourist delights that Jaisalmer offers, the carved havelis stand apart. The stone carvers of Jaisalmer have transformed these huge mansions into exquisite works of art.

Marvel of time
Shirish Joshi
The Chichen Itza pyramid, or El Castillo, besides being one of the greatest monuments, also indicates the occurrence of a spring equinox. At the exact time of the spring equinox (vernal equinox in astronomerís language), the rays of the sun highlight a plumed serpent, which seems to slither down the steps towards the well of sacrifice.

Delights of Vizag
D.B.N. Murthy
Nestling in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, with a natural harbour formed in the Bay of Bengal and beaches, Vishakhapatnam has lots to offer. One can begin exploring the city by going up the Simhachalam temple nestling on the top of a hill, 26 km from the city.

Bollywood tests the West
Negar Khanís deportation due to lack of papers has brought other foreign artistes under the scanner, writes Sukhdeep Kaur
Until recently, the script ran the other way round. The promise of big bucks and international fame had always been an overwhelming allurement for Indian actors to taste foreign shores. But all that seems to be changing now.

Straight from the heart
Rani Balbir Kaurís tribute to Kaifi Azmi revives the power of his poetry and personality. Aditi Tandon reports
Kaifi Azmi was essentially a poet of the world. Much ahead of his times, he could step into the future and talk of a world that had lost the capacity to foresee and forestall. Tormented by sectarianism, Kaifi did everything in his power to arrest the trend. Most of all, he wrote with a heart that cared and wrote not of rosy fictions of life but of its painful realities.



COLUMNS

Television: Speed thrillers

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Put on your dancing shoes

Food Talk: Bitter is better
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Perilous passage
by Pushpa Girimaji

NATURE: Winged visitors
by B.D. Gupta

ULTA PULTA: Sticky wicket
by Jaspal Bhatti

Bridge
by David Bird

BOOKS

Rupture and recovery
Rumina Sethi
No Womanís Land:
Women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh write on the Partition of India.
Ed. Ritu Menon. Women Unlimited, New Delhi. Pages 202. Rs 300.

Intimate enemy
Parshotam Mehra
The Lion and the Tiger: the Rise and Fall of the British Raj 1600-1947.
by Denis Judd. OUP. Pages. xiv+234. Rs 345.

Punjabís Unhoye
Roopinder Singh
The Survivors
by Gurdial Singh. Translated by Rana Nayar. Katha India Library, New Delhi.
Pages 248. Rs 250.

Beautiful & brutal
Baljit Singh
Wild tales from the wild
by Saad Bin Jung. Roli Books. Pages 203.

First-hand accounts
Arun Gaur
Essays on the History of the Mizos
by Sangkima. Spectrum Publications, Guwahati and Delhi Pages 299. Rs 550.

Behind the scenes
Kavita Soni-Sharma
City Flicks: Indian Cinema And The Urban Experience. 
Edited by Preben Kaarsholm. Seagull Books. Pages 274. Rs 300.

Fun, fact and fusion
Chetna Keer Banerjee
Role Call Again
by Poile Sengupta Rupa & Co. Pages 131. Rs 95

Book Notes
Hitler redux

  • Llosaís new love
  • Sequel to Peter Pan

Scottish crime fiction goes global
Martin Roberts

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