A mela in America

For the past three decades, every year on the first Sunday of November, Sikhs from all over the USA converge on Yuba City, California, which reverberates with the spirit of sewa. A witness to the unique nagar kirtan, Asha and Ramesh Seth recount their experiences.

F all the sights my wife and I witnessed during our long trips to America, the annual nagar kirtan of Yuba City in California was unique.

They had a dream...and they realised it
Three IT engineers from the region have brought to fruition their vision of doing sewa for their community. Through Sahibzade, they have made available a slice of Sikh history to the younger generation, reports Aruti Nayar
ahibzade: A saga of Valor & Sacrifice’, the first of its kind depicting an event from Sikh history, leaves one spellbound. An animation film that portrays the events leading to the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh’s sons, Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, the youngest martyrs in history, it was a labour of love for Navneet, Sukhwinder and Bakhtawar, three IT professionals from the region.

The irrepressible spirit of being
Ravi Bhatia is bowled over by the sheer poetry in bronze of K. S. Radhakrishnan’s sculptures.
HE lush, green, meticulously manicured lawns of the India International Centre, the focal point of the glitterati of the Capital, recently came alive with painstakingly crafted bronze sculptors by the well-known artist, K. S. Radhakrishnan, The occasion was the unique exhibition of his creations which virtually converted the expansive lawns into an open air art gallery, much to the delight of both the regulars as well as chance visitors.

Precious Bazaar creates a buzz
recious Bazaar: Love is not for Sale" is a raunchy, daring piece of work that first saw the light of day a year ago in Britain. Now, it has been reworked by its creator, Samir Bhamra, from something that was originally quite light, into something altogether more hard-hitting and serious.

‘Punjabi Idol would be a different show’
Shveta Pathak
HEN Indian Idol set Sony TV’s TRPs soaring, coming up of a couple of more similar shows on television was quite expected. Yet another music-based talent show was the reaction when we heard of auditions for Punjabi Idol, to be aired on Doordarshan.

A starry family affair
Whether Abhishek Bachchan as an actor will outshine the Big B, only time will tell but there have been a number of examples in Bollywood when star daughters or sons have outshone their gifted parents, writes Surendra Miglani
am Gopal Verma, who directed Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan in Sarkar, has said that he found Abhishek to be more talented than the Big B. One really does not know whether time will prove him right or not.

In a class of his own
Today is Sanjeev Kumar’s 20th death anniversary. He had the rare ability to get under the skin of a character. M.L. Dhawan pays a tribute to the actor par excellence
T has been 20 years since Sanjeev Kumar passed away on November 6, 1985, at a comparatively young age of 46, but he still rules over the minds of his fans who throng the cinema halls showing his films. Harihar Jethalal Jariwala, popularly known as Haribhai, started as an actor with IPTA.


'ART 'N' SOUL: Peep into a little-known world
by B. N. Goswamy

televisioN: Return of the famous five

GARDEN LIFE: Ferns lend freshness
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Doubly sweet
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Recover your losses
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUESHorror for horror’s sake
y Ervell E. Menezes

ULTA PULTA: ABC of stress
by Jaspal Bhatti



Off the shelf
Heads that rose, heads that rolled
V. N. Datta
VIVA—Facts on File: Biographical Dictionary of Modern World Leaders 1900-1991.
ed John C. Fredriksen Viva Books, New Delhi. Pages 534. Rs 2,685.

Books received: ENGLISH


Fantasies of a fading master
In the latest offering by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the scenes and descriptions when the writing ignites are fewer and further between than in any earlier Marquez. Review by Amanda Hopkinson
Memories of My Melancholy Whores,
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated by Edith Grossman Jonathan Cape, £ 10, Pages 115

Separated at birth
A.J. Philip
Divided by Democracy
by Meghnad Desai and Aitzaz. Ahsan Roli Books. Pages 144. Rs 295.

A different Central Asia
South-Central Asia: Emerging Issues.
ed Dr Kuldip Singh. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Pages 295. Rs 350.

urdu review
Courage strikes back
Amar Nath Wadehra
Samandar Ab Khamosh Hai
by Kashmiri Lal Zakir Educational Publishing House, Delhi. Pages: 144. Rs 125.

Beauty redefined
Shubhshil Desraj
Skin Deep
by Nergis Dalal. Penguin Books. Pages 301. Rs 250

Nirmal Verma (1929 — 2005)
Ahead of his time
Pioneering Hindi novelist Nirmal Verma who changed the face and foundation of Hindi literature, was a truly global writer much before it was fashionable to be called one. Pratik Kanjilal pays a tribute to the eminent novelist who passed away recently

Short Takes
On reforms & revolutions
Randeep Wadehra

  • Reforming the United Nations
    by Nazrul Islam Viva Books, N. Delhi. Pages: xvii + 133. Price: Rs. 395.

  • Revolutions
    by M.S. Swaminathan & Daisaku Ikeda EastWest Books, Chennai. Pages: v + 138. Price: Rs. 300

  • Punjab Today
    by Mandeep Singh & Harvinder Kaur Deep & Deep, N. Delhi. Pages: xv + 292. Price: Rs. 480/-