recollections of 1947
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
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.
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.
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
Joshi on Dakshina
Chitra which offers a peek into the diverse lifestyles of Tamil Nadu
and Kerala during the past two centuries
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.
The new censorship
policy proposed for film festivals and the national film awards has
come as a shock to independent documentary filmmakers, says Saibal
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.
different from other
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.
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
Johal looks at
the work of the French master Truffaut
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.