Insaniyat amidst insanity
Some recollections of 1947

Usha and Rajmohan Gandhi travel to Lahore to talk to people about the Partition and the memories it has left behind: some painful and others that recount acts of courage and compassion. This unearthing of the dark and the noble, they hope, in the first of a series of articles, will assist in the healing of the subcontinent.

A date with the moon
Anuradha Thakur
N October, when you find the markets stocked with colourful beautiful bangles, clothes, bindis, sindhoor and mehndi, you realise it is time for that special day — Karva Chauth. On this day women keep a fast to express eternal love for their spouses and to pray for their well-being. The word karva means a clay pot and chauth stands for fourth.

Devastating e-waste
EVEN when India is emerging as a major technology powerhouse, the availability of cheap labour is making it an ideal place for the dumping or burning of electronic waste. This is proving to be a health hazard for hundreds of workers. E-waste, as it is commonly known, is one of the fastest growing waste streams around the world these days.

Lure of being all at sea
Luxury cruising can now be enjoyed in India with Star Cruises home-porting its SuperStar Libra in Mumbai. Gitanjali Sharma checks out the new option of holidaying on the sea.
night of sailing on a luxury liner promised to be an exciting prospect. The expectations were high. It was going to be a 14-hour rendezvous with the sea, said the itinerary. Board the Star Cruises’ship — the first to kick off cruise tourism in India — in Mumbai at 5 pm. Set sail at 8 pm on the Arabian Sea and again touch the metropolis at 10 the next morning.

Ghar ghar ki kahani
Shirish Joshi on Dakshina Chitra which offers a peek into the diverse lifestyles of Tamil Nadu and Kerala during the past two centuries
akshina Chitra (vision of south), situated by the sea, 21 km from Chennai, is a project of the Madras Craft Foundation that promotes art and culture. It offers a glimpse of the diverse lifestyles of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and Karnataka (work underway) and Andhra Pradesh (still to be started), in the last two centuries.

Censor trouble
The new censorship policy proposed for film festivals and the national film awards has come as a shock to independent documentary filmmakers, says Saibal Chatterjee.
bitter censorship row is brewing between New Delhi’s power wielders and the nation’s independent film professionals. But this standoff is not over any particular film. In the eye of the storm is the entire new censorship policy framework, a draft of which has already been submitted for the final approval of Information and Broadcasting Minister S. Jaipal Reddy.

‘I was different from other actresses’
Sharmila Tagore has never been out of the news despite her long absence from films till recently. Debuting with a Satyajit Ray film, she still retains that extra aura, says Shoma A. Chatterji after meeting her in Kolkata recently.
legance personified several times over. That is how one would describe Sharmila Tagore. The beauty of Kashmir ki Kali has mellowed into quiet dignity. Gone is the young lady who, after a dream debut in Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar as a child bride, did a volte face by posing in a two-piece bikini for a magazine cover at a time when it was nothing short of blasphemy.

His gems are forever
Vikramdeep Johal looks at the work of the French master Truffaut
T’S over four decades old, yet it is still worthy of being called the "new wave". The early works of French film-makers like Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle and Alain Resnais seem fresh even today, retaining their power to provoke, enthral or move viewers worldwide.


televisioN: Mother of all saints

NATURE: Arms and the dolphin
by Peter Marren

FOOD TALK: Fast feast
by Pushpesh Pant

by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Maya puja
by Jaspal Bhatti



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