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PREVENTING
FUTURE SHOCK
After the October 8 earthquake that brought death and devastation in its wake, the focus is on how safe are buildings in the event of another such major quake. Experts talk about the fallout of flouting building bylaws and constructions that are mushrooming without adequate safety measures. A report by Vibha Sharma

PREVENTING FUTURE SHOCK

Much more than a bookstore
Established in 1844, Higginbothams of Madras is Indiaís oldest book shop which has successfully kept up with the changing tastes of generations, reports K.D.L. Khan
T
HE Rs 3,400-crore Indian book industry is going places. Book stores, it appears, are the flavour of the season. In the last three months, three book store groups have been snapped up. The latest is the Rs 61-crore all-cash buyout of Chennai-centred book retailer Odyssey by Hyderabad-based newspaper publisher Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd.

The mad race for ratings
Randeep Wadehra
C
AN you name the presiding deity of the small screen? It may also be called the God of Mindless Soaps, but is better known as the TRP (acronym for Target Audience Gross Rating Points). Yes, TRP decides the fate of all television shows, and no television channel or producer dare defy it.

Afraid to experiment
It will require a bunch of hits for the nascent Himachal Pradesh film industry to attract cinema buffs to the movie theatres and the quality of films may improve as competition increases,
writes Vibhor Mohan
F
OR those fed up with an overdose of Bollywood masala, the first lot of nearly a dozen Himachali films released during the past one year is like watching your favourite folk tales enacted on the screen.

Humane face of the Empire
Raj Chatterjee on Lord Lytton of Knebworth, the Viceroy of India who issued a Minute criticising the harsh treatment meted out to Indian servants by their British masters.
T
HE year was 1875, the place Lisbon in Portugal. The man, 44-year-old Robert Lytton, Her Britannie Majestyís Minister who had earlier inherited a peerage along with a large estate, Knebworth, in Hertfordshire from his novelist-playwright father, Bulwar-Lytton.

COLUMNS

'ART 'N' SOUL: Men & machines reconstruct past
by B.N. Goswamy

televisioN: Unfair deal

GARDEN LIFE: Magnificent magnolias
b
y Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Jewel in the culinary
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTSReceipt wisdom
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUESMany a punchline
b
y Ervell E. Menezes

ULTA PULTAClock your moves
by Jaspal Bhatti

BRIDGE

BOOKS

Through a looking glass
Rubinder Gill
Alive and Well in Pakistan
by Ethan Casey. Penguin Books. Pages 269. Rs 275

Books received: English

Adventure loversí delight
Usha Bande
Hindu Shrines of the Western Himalayas
by Dr Ashok Jerath. Association for Litterateur, Folklorists and Artists (ALFA), Jammu. Pages 25l. Student edition Rs 700, library edition Rs 950.

In search of self
Shalini Rawat
Shakuntala: The Play of Memory
by Namita Gokhale. Penguin Viking. Pages 208. Rs 300.

Playing the part

Winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for literature, British playwright Harold Pinter
Winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for literature, British playwright Harold Pinter plays the character of Hirst, a 1960sí writer, in a revival of his play No Manís Land in London.
ó Photo by Reuters

Discourse on civil society
Amarinder Sandhu
On Civil Society: Issues and Perspectives
ed. N. Jayaram. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pages 325. Rs 380.

Reign of rhythm
Reed Johnson

India-China ties redefined
D. S. Cheema
China-India Economic Engagement: Building Mutual Confidence
by Swaran Singh. Published by the French Research Institute in India. Pages 205. Price not stated.

Handbook for scribes
Amar Chandel
Essentials of Practical Journalism
by Vir Bala Aggarwal. Concept Publishing, New Delhi. Pages 539. Rs 180.

Crimebytes & reality
Jyoti Singh
Sikandar Chowk Park
by Neelam Saran Gour Penguin Rs 295

Their Permanent son
Priyanka Singh
My Temporary Son
by Timeri N. Murari. Penguin. Pages 231. Rs 250.

Readable tales of valour
Ramandeep Singh
Band of Soldiers: A year on the road with Shivaji
by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay translated by Sreejata Guha. Puffin Books. Pages 179. Rs 199.

Short Takes
When verse gets better
Randeep Wadehra

  • The Circle of Love
    by Debashish Chatterjee Rupa. Pages: ix + 126. Price: Rs. 95/-

  • First Fire
    by Archana Sahni Yeti, Calicut. Pages: 93. Price: Rs. 100/-.

  • As a Fountain in a Garden
    by Kamla K. Kapur Tarang/Hemkunt, N. Delhi. Pages: 62. Price: Rs. 100/-

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