Was Bhagat Singh shot dead?

A new book on India’s most famous revolutionary who was hanged by the British on March 23, 1931, claims to have unearthed “hidden facts” showing that Bhagat Singh was not executed by hanging. Chaman Ahuja examines the facts revealed in the book.

n Punjab, the spirit of Bhagat Singh is rising again: preparations have started to organise big events to commemorate in a befitting manner the 75th anniversary of his martyrdom on March 23, 2006, and his birth centenary the following year, on September 28, 2007.

Ramayana to films, Indonesia still loves India
The ties between Indonesia and India date back to the times of the Ramayana, writes Somvir
The recent visit of the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, opened a new chapter in the relations between Indonesia and India. The president’s name is of Sanskrit origin. India’s success in technology, sustainable economy and education has impressed Indonesia.

Now ‘Heritage on Wheels’ for Rajasthan
new heritage train on the lines of the luxurious Palace on Wheels will soon ramble through Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, in collaboration with the Railways, will start this new train “Heritage on Wheels” to tackle the rising number of tourists in the state, official sources said.

Rhythm divine
Dhananjaya Bhat
f all the religious artefacts in India, the one most coveted by foreign art connoisseurs are the Chola bronze images of dancing Nataraja. It was Fritjof Capra’s Tao of Physics that launched Lord Nataraja as a global icon. In his book, Capra wrote the dance of Shiva was “the dance of subatomic particles.”

The pull of Hitler
Louise Jury
eter Morley was once the golden boy of ITV. As a television director of just four years’ experience he flew to Munich in 1959 to carry out the only his pilot. The resulting programme, Tyranny-the Years of Adolf Hitler, the first one-hour documentary on the comparatively new ITV, won 10 million viewers.

Enter risque comedies
What used to be C-grade, forbidden-for-kids stuff in the good old days is now mainstream family entertainer, writes Randeep Wadhera
In the 1970s, the subject in B. R. Isharaa’s Chetna and its portrayal scandalised staid cine buffs. The most talked about, and "retailed", scene in the Press was a pair of uncovered female legs framing Anil Dhawan’s visage. The movie savagely shook the existing cinematic canon, but failed to impel the mainstream cinema to follow suit, albeit temporarily.

A torrid affair
La Planista or The Piano Teacher is centred on Erika (Isabelle Huppert), a hard-as-nails disciplinarian who teaches at the famous Conservatory in Vienna and also gives lessons at home. She is single and lives with her equally strong-willed mother (Annie Girardot).

Online movie channel soon
The audience for Indian movies abroad is at least 10-million strong. An online channel for film buffs worldwide will be launched next year.
ilm buffs worldwide will soon be able to download digitised versions of Indian movies from an online channel that will be launched in Mumbai next year. G.V. Films Ltd., a production house associated with many south Indian hits and some Bollywood ones too, will launch the facility to satisfy the voracious global demand for Indian movies.

Aamir sings again
emember Aamir Khan’s hit number Aati kya khandala in Vikram Bhatt’s Ghulam? Seven years later he’s back at it with another full-fledged song in Rakeysh Mehra’s Rang De Basanti. Aamir’s singing was so good in Ghulam that even Lata Mangeshkar had commented on how tunefully Aamir sang the Jatin-Lalit number.


televisioN: On the role

NATURELittle soldiers of ice
Steve Connor

FOOD TALK: Tikka goes green
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTSWeight and watch
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTABehind closed doors
by Jaspal Bhatti


A difficult trade-off
Ash Narain Roy
World Trade Organisation: Implications for Indian Economy
P. K. Vasudeva. Pearson Education, Delhi. Pages 530. Rs 599.

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Ground realities
Punjab Today
Mandeep Singh and Harvinder Kaur. Deep and Deep. Pages 292. Rs 480.

The hate triangle
Usha Bande
Religion, Power and Violence: Expression of Politics in Contemporary Times
ed Ram Puniyani. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pages 332. Rs 380.

Magic mirror and flying carpet
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives
by Michael Buckley. Illustrated by Peter Ferguson Abrams, Harry N Inc. Pages 284. $ 14.

Voicing women’s concerns
Ambika Sharma
Sexuality, Gender and Rights
eds Geetanjali Mishra and Radhika Chandiramani. Sage Publications. Pages 313. Rs 350.

Flakes that warm your heart
Deepika Gurdev
by Orhan Pamuk. Translated from Turkish by Maureen Freely. Vintage Books, a division of Random House. Pages 425. US $14.95.

Yogic journey
Harsh Desai
Light on life
by B.K.S. Iyengar with John Evans and Douglas Abrams
Rodale International Rs.495. Pages 270

Crusade like a song
Sara Wilson
High in the Clouds
by Paul McCartney (With Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh) Faber, £ 312.99

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