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Nursing BIG dreams Prospects of high pay and enviable perks abroad seem a quantum leap for underpaid, overworked nurses in Punjab.
Neelam Sharma on our desi Florence Nightingales who prefer to smile all the way to greenbacks and greener pastures instead of slogging it out here.

Awards jury: Saif and not sorry
The National Film Awards bucked the trend of awarding heavy-duty performances and socially relevant themes. Saibal Chatterjee reports on the films and stars that made it.
Controversies
are an integral part of the National Film Awards. After all, no jury in the world can ever please everybody. The 17 persons who sat in judgment on over 100 feature films to select the recipients of the 52nd National Film Awards didnít either.

What a Mann
Nirupama Dutt
Punjabi cinema, which had never quite come into its own after the Partition that meant a large-scale migration from the film city of Lahore to Bombay, is coming to its own. It is a happy moment indeed that National Awards have started coming the way of Punjabi films and the one who has pulled a hat-trick is none other than our Dil da Mamla guy Gurdas Mann.

Pleasure island
A taste of the tropics, long stretches of beaches, casinos and the warmth of the locals make the Bahamas an ideal holiday spot, writes Kiran Soni Gupta

Less
than 100 miles off the east coast of Florida, blessed with the perfect location, perfect climate, averaging 75 degrees, and the perfect surroundings, crystal clear turquoise blue waters and pearly white beaches, the Bahamas consist of over 700 islands and cays.

A stitch in time
Rashtrapati Niwas in Shimla is being given a facelift by the ASI, reports Rajesh C. Bali
The Rashtrapati Niwas, formerly known as Viceregal Lodge in Shimla, housing the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study, is undergoing a facelift.

Horse clay
Shirish Joshi on the popular terracotta creation from West Bengal
Bankura horse from Panchmura village in Bankura district in West Bengal, 185 km from Kolkata, can be seen in most handloom and handicraft emporiums in India.

Top 10 for children
Maxine Frith
A
new list has detailed 33 things every child should have done before they are ten. Rather than notching up overseas holidays and new skills, a panel of experts has recommended a checklist of essential childhood experiences that can mostly be achieved in a back garden.

COLUMNS

TelevisionSting in the tale

FOOD TALK: Low calorie, high value
by Pushpesh Pant

NATURE: Stork-circuit
by Baljit Singh

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Check against forgery
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Spielberg gets the right mix
by  Ervell E. Menezes

ULTA PULTA: Tour de force
by Jaspal Bhatti

Bridge
by David Bird

BOOKS


The Tribune stood up for Bhagat Singh
Nirupama Dutt gives an account of The Tribune reports on Bhagat Singhís last days, which are being documented in the 10 volumes on the martyrís life

Books received: Hindi

The man, the purpose
Chaman Lal
Tryst with Martyrdom: Trial of Madan Lal Dhingra
(July-August, 1909)
by Malwinder Jit Singh Waraich and Kuldip Puri. Unistar. Pages 160.

Up close and personal
R. L. Singhal
On the Fringes of Government
by Arigupudi Premchand
UBSPD, New Delhi. Pages 372. Rs 395.

Excerpt
An extraordinary scientist

Flavour of centuries past
Priyanka Singh

Chasing the Monkís Shadow
by Mishi Saran. Penguin. Pages 446. Rs 495.

The magic still holds
Harbir K. Singh
The Diwali Nose and other Marathi Tales
by Anuradha Khati Rajivan.
Rupa, New Delhi. Pages 75. Rs 70.

Doonesbury wins the cartoons war
Harsh Desai
The Long Road Home
One Step at a Time
by G.B. Trudeau. Andrew McMeel Publishing. Pages 93. $ 9.95

130 years late and a bestseller
Jon Boyle

Back of the book
The Zahir
by Paulo Coelho. Harper Collins.
Pages 342. Rs 295.

  • Soft Target
    by Stephen Leather. Hodder Headline. London. Pages 520. £ 3.00.

  • Singing Bird
    Roisin Mc Auley. Headline. Pages 374. £2.99

  • Book of my Mother
    by Albert Cohen. Rupa. Pages 124. Rs 195.

  • The Rupa Book of Great Escapes
    Ed Ruskin Bond. Pages 195. Rs 95

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