of the past
Independence Day marked the dawn of freedom from indignity for the
rickshaw-pullers in Kolkata. Attempts to pack off the hand-pulled
rickshaw had failed on earlier occasions but this time the West Bengal
Government is determined to see the ban through.
Subhrangshu Gupta looks at ‘human
horses’ that ferry people and wonders if it will be a final goodbye
to the hand-pulled rickshaw.
hand-pulled rickshaw is to disappear from the streets of Kolkata, the
last big Indian city to still have spindly-legged, rag-clad men
straining to earn a few paisas a day carrying passengers.
conservation is a way of life
Rashid recounts her visit to the Kaziranga National Park which
is celebrating its centenary year
we drove along the narrow, water-logged road of the Kohora range of
Kaziranga National Park in Assam, little did we know that we would
soon be face to face with the famous one-horned rhino.
Joshi on Adhai Din Ka Jhompra, which is believed to have been
built in two and a half days
15-centuries-old city of Ajmer in Rajasthan reminds most people only
of the famous dargah of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti,
which attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the world.
The combination of cricket
and cinema has often failed to make an impact on the Indian audience,
writes Vikramdeep Johal
and cinema are two passions that ignite and unite Indians. Both are
about big bucks and big-time fame. Their combination ought to be
unbeatable. Look at those celebrity couples — Tiger Pataudi and
Sharmila Tagore, and Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani.
man among boys
Post-Sarkar, Kay Kay
Menon, one of Bollywood’s finest actors, is finally on a roll,
writes Saibal Chatterjee
Kay Menon does not possess the airs of an overnight star. But that
personality trait has nothing to do with the fact that the one-time
theatre actor’s climb up the Bollywood ladder has been somewhat slow