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Birth of HOPE
Be it natural calamities or man-made tragedies, human beings reveal tremendous reserves of resilience and strength. The buoyant spirit of renewal helps us bounce back even in the face of destruction. We pick up our enduring threads and dream on, writes Antara Dev Sen
W
AIT. Donít make those New Yearís promises just yet. The day is young, the year has barely begun. Youíll have enough time for virtuous vows later.

Wanderlust takes over
Travel is on top of the agenda now for Indians who are all set to experiment and sample the exciting destinations of the world, reports Komal Vijay Singh
N
OT a long, long time ago, the average Indian was known for his frugal ways. Anyone who spent money on ghoomna-phirna or travel-shravel was either categorised a dolt or a spendthrift. Vacations translated into going to the place where naanke-daadke (maternal and paternal grandparents, respectively) lived.

From Tibet to Bollywood
Vibhor Mohan
H
ER friends call her a dancing queen, and not without reason. The newly crowned Miss Tibet-2005, Tenzin Nyima, loves to dance on Hindi songs, an unusual obsession for any Tibetan. So when she was declared the unopposed Miss Tibet at the contest held in McLeodganj in October, she could easily set the stage on fire with an electrifying performance on Kajrare to put any doubts about her selection to rest. "I just love the jhatkas in Hindi film songs.

Audience strikes back
Quality over cacophony was the dominant Bollywood theme in 2005 as the industry repeatedly defied box office logic with a clutch of unconventional films. Saibal Chatterjee reports
IN 2005, Bollywood made appreciable amends for all the junk that it had brazenly foisted upon moviegoers in the course of the previous year. It was almost as if a section of the Mumbai showbiz was desperate to seek forgiveness and it said sorry with a clutch of remarkable films that provided quality entertainment without pandering to the marketís insatiable hunger for sleaze fests, vacuous designer flicks and doses of putrid masala. Sarkar was devoid of song-and-dance numbers but still became a blockbuster

Sarkar was devoid of song-and-dance numbers but still became a blockbuster

 

COLUMNS

'ART AND SOUL: Mystique about yellow
by B. N. Goswamy

FOOD TALK: Feast for the eyes too
by
Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTSDouble-check the dose
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: High hopes
by Jaspal Bhatti

televisioN:  Laughterís the best award

BRIDGE
by David Bird

BOOKS

A tragicomic soap opera
Amar Chandel
Doordarshan Days by Bhaskar Ghose Penguin/Viking, New Delhi Pages 238. Rs 395

OFF the shelf
Gandhiís friend and comrade
V. N. Datta
A Clear Star: C. F. Andrews and India, 1904-1914
Daniel OíConnor. Chronicle Books, New Delhi. Pages 300. Price not stated.

Prism of life
Jyoti Singh
Voices in the City
Anita Desai Orient Paperbacks,
Pages 245. Rs 175.

The chosen few
Rachna Singh
25 Eminent Indians: 1947-2005
H. N. Verma and Amrit Verma
GIP Books. Pages 245. Price not stated

Prove you are extraordinary
Bob Thompson

Central Asia centrestage
Parshotam Mehra
Central Asia: Pre-historic to Modern Times,
by B.G. Gafurov Vol. I, Maulana Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, Shipra Publications, Delhi, 2005, pp. xxii + 464, price (2 vols) Rs. 2,500

Tales that left an imprint
Harsh A. Desai on the books that enthused him and fired his imagination in 2005

Picks from the world of non-fiction
Real-life narratives can often be more riveting than fiction. M. Rajivlochan on the tomes that created a buzz

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