200 years and going strong
The State Bank of India stands for trust, security and stability. Shiv Kumar traces the origin, rise and reach of the institution that is visible in every part of india, and abroad, too. Its iconic status over two centuries makes it an unrivalled superbrand the nation can bank on.
ANY one researching a bank as ancient as the State Bank of India can always count on the odd customer to recall a forbear who bequeathed DNA and school house blazers along with banking relationships.
Imperial Bank of India, Bombay The majestic stone building of the Imperial Bank of India at Apollo Street (now Mumbai Samachar Marg) with Ionic columns, fretted windows and pedimented entrance was erected in 1924.
Imperial Bank of India, Bombay The majestic stone building of the Imperial Bank of India at Apollo Street (now Mumbai Samachar Marg) with Ionic columns, fretted windows and pedimented entrance was erected in 1924. 

Curtains for puppetry
Lata Phadkar
HE curtain lifts to reveal a white cloth stretched across the stage. It serves as the backdrop, against which Haribhai and Meeraben go through the motions of marriage for the umpteenth time. Standing behind the cloth, Kailash Sinh puts them through the paces with practiced ease.

Nibbling for health
Genevieve Roberts on the multiple benefits of eating nuts
ONY Blair munches through a daily supply of pistachios and Dame Kelly gold. Nuts, it seems, are becoming Britain’s nibble of choice, while sales of crisps, crackers and poppadums are declining, as people react to fears of obesity.

Passage to England
Punam Khaira Sidhu on the Queen’s country and its sights, the attitudes and lifestyle of the Britons and the Asian immigrants
HEN we took off from New Delhi, it was with a head full of Noddy-inspired images, envisioning England as a country of villages with rose briars on gates, gnarled apple trees and green meadows with fluffy sheep. When we landed in Manchester, it was anticlimactic.

Seed of the faith
K.S. Bains on the first Sikh martyr, who changed the course of Sikhism
HE martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev changed the path of progress of the Sikh religion. While paying homage to him on his martyrdom day, we generally highlight the compilation of the Adi Granth and the construction of the Golden Temple as his main contributions.

Moore the merrier
Director Michael Moore’s project for a festival of independent cinema in Michigan has kicked up a controversy. Saibal Chatterjee reports
HE life and times of the confrontational American documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore, are such that nothing he touches is ever free from controversy. His latest hobbyhorse, something as innocuous as a small-town festival of quality films in his native Michigan, has raised more then a few eyebrows.

Upbeat about Bollywood
Not many may know it, but Lord David Puttnam, the Oscar-winning British producer, who has made films like Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, is a dedicated Indophile.
HE 64-year-old, who has even adopted an Indian girl, has a deep love for things Indian. And this shows in his concern for the country’s culture. "The rapidly growing Indian middle class is in danger of losing contact with traditional values. Can a successful India be built on the abandonment of its traditional value base?"

The last moghul of Indian cinema
How many directors can boast of possessing a complimentary letter from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru? Baldev Raj Chopra, better known as B. R. Chopra, does. After Nehru saw Chopra’s classic, Naya Daur (1957), the Prime Minister congratulated him for beautifully depicting India’s rural life.


Television: This guy’s serious about comedy

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Strike a fare deal
by Pushpa Girimaji

FOOD TALK: Arbi all the way
by Pushpesh Pant

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Best of Batman
by  Ervell E. Menezes

NATURE: Stork tales
by Mehran Zaidi

ULTA PULTA: Licence to kill
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


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