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A new breed of producers and directors are coming up with a string of mint-fresh narratives, literary adaptations and historical recreations. Is this Bollywood shift ó towards meaningful yet popular cinema ó here to stay, asks Saibal Chatterjee
Commercial Hindi cinema is a world apart. In the form we know it today, it is as far removed from the nationís reality, literature and history as our planet is from Mars. But, going by a slew of atypical Bollywood films lined up for release in the weeks ahead, the Mumbai industryís frames of reference seem to be undergoing a sea change.

Balcony of the Himalayas
Partha S. Banerjee travels to the steeped-in-culture Bumthang valley of Bhutan
I
TíS a fabled valley deep inside Bhutan with the prettiest women anywhere. Or so, at least, goes one story about the origin of Bumthangís name. For, bum in the local language means girl. If the women are beautiful, the land is a patch of paradise.

Mrs Robinson and more
Vikramdeep Johal on Anne Bancroft and her unforgettable roles in The Miracle Worker and The Graduate
T
alking about the character that made him a star, Sean Connery once said, "I have always hated that damn James Bond. Iíd like to kill him." This candid remark came from his failure to shake off the 007 tag, despite his best efforts. What Bond did to Connery, Mrs Robinson did to Anne Bancroft.

Pop goes the cause
Janet Street-Porter tells why charity concerts by pop stars make her want to scream
T
HIS will be remembered as the year pop music finally lost any credibility from Bob Dylanís protest songs of the 1960s finally ending up in 2005 in the car park of good intentions and zero content.

COLUMNS

'ART AND SOUL: Colours of protest
by B.N. Goswamy

Television: Archaic show

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Operational hazard
by Pushpa Girimaji

GARDEN LIFE: Backyard bounty
b
y Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: The any-time snack
by Pushpesh Pant

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Fast-paced drama
by Ervell E. Menezes

ULTA PULTA: Doll play
by Jaspal Bhatti

Bridge
by David Bird

BOOKS

Diagnosis of dualisms
Ash Narain Roy
The Future of India: Economics, Politics and Governance
by Bimal Jalan. Viking. Pages: 212. Rs 350.

Books Received Punjabi

Paradoxes of education
Kavita Soni-Sharma
Political Agenda of Education: A Study of Colonialist and Nationalist Ideas
by Krishna Kumar, Sage, Delhi. Pages 223. Rs. 295.

Talking about Shriver
Louise Jury

Bonds apart
Meeta Rajivlochan
Blended Boundaries: Caste, Class and Shifting Faces of Hinduness in a North Indian City
by Kathinka FrÝystad. Oxford. Pages 304. Rs 595.

Continuing crusade
Ivninderpal Singh
Corruption: How to Deal With its Impact on Business and Society
by Godfrey Harris. Viva, New Delhi. Pages 148. Rs 150.

A rewarding walk
Aradhika Sekhon
Roads to Mussoorie
by Ruskin Bond. Rupa. Pages 125 Rs 95.

Buddha demystified
Arun Gaur
A Spoke in the Wheel
by Amita Kanekar. Harper Collins, New Delhi. Pages 448. Rs 395

Distinctive strokes
Punam Khaira Sidhu
Nanak: The Guru
by Mala Dayal. Illustrations by Arpana Caur. Rupa. Pages 48. Rs 195.

Wife was the Lady

Short Takes
Snapshots of years gone by
Randeep Wadehra
Riding Piggyback
by Rajinder Kaur (Translation: Komal Saini Pathak & Clifton Ivan Marques) Kunmun Publications, Chandigarh. Pages: x+225+vii. Rs 195.

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