On the road to
unravel the ascetic world of monks and the Buddhist
Sanghas in Himalayan Buddhist Monasteries. They capture the
mystique of lands, far from civilisation, where time stands still and faith thrives
Little is known about
the monasteries that dot the region of the Himalayas. Spreading from
Ladakh, Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur to Sikkim and Bhutan, a mystic value
is attached to these places even today.
Statues of the Buddha in various poses at the Thikse monastery. Each gesture signifies an abstract principle; the hair is done in a distinctive Gandhara style
Canada’s city beautiful,
Vancouver, has been voted the world’s most attractive and liveable
destination, writes Ramesh Seth
in Canada, is one of the most attractive cities of the world. Located
on both sides of the Burrard Channel, a sea inlet, with a distant
mountain range in the background it is a sheer tourists’ delight. Surrounded
by water on three sides and by the coast range, the mountains that
rise abruptly to more than 1,500 m, on the fourth. It has an
agreeable climate the year round.
| A scintillating nightlife, agreeable climate and recreational activities make Vancouver a prime tourist spot
All sound, no
Wadehra on how raucous background scores sound anything but
musical when they become intrusive
watching television soaps one can’t help harking back to the days
when theatre, radio and cinema were popular mediums of mass
entertainment. Theatrical props were generally modest — a suitably
painted canvas to provide background, sparse furniture for indoors and
a rock or two, generally made of cardboard, by the side of a drooping
tree to give the impression of outdoors.
High-decibel music drowns all dialogue in Millie
Shyam Benegal, whose next film is a musical, says, "For me, the primary purpose behind making films is to entertain the people. However, other issues also come in."
film-maker Shyam Benegal made his first film at the age of 12 with a
camera given by his photographer father. Today,
having already spent more than three decades in the Indian film
industry, he has made 24 feature films, over 45 documentaries and
1,500 advertising films.
Double Oscar winner Shelley
Winters, who died on January 14 this year, was able to stay afloat in
Hollywood for over half a century, at times making a splash with her
hard-hitting performances or her affairs, writes Vikramdeep
Shelley Winters was a kid, she received swimming lessons from Olympic
champion and big-screen Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller. No wonder she was
able to stay afloat in the turbulent waters of Hollywood for over half
a century, at times making a splash with her hard-hitting performances
or her affairs.
Less rags, more
Celina Jaitley, who has
had five releases till date—Jaanasheen, Khel, No Entry, Silsilay and
Jawani Diwani—talks at length to V.
Ananth about her latest film, her role in it, and her career
Celina who had sashayed in on the big screen with Feroz Khan’s Jaanasheen
opposite Fardeen Khan is agog with excitement when she talks about
her role in Jawani Diwani opposite Emran Hashmi. "I play
the role of Roma Fernandes, a young Catholic girl who looks quite mod
but is a very simple girl who dreams of being married to her guy for
the rest of her life. The character which I have played in the film is
quite close to me and hence I could identify with her to a large