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DISCOVERY OF INDIA
FOOTLOOSE & FOODWISE


An amazing array of tastes, aromas and flavours will be discovered by those who embark upon a culinary voyage of Indian cuisine and its regional variations. Pushpesh Pant initiates us on to the great Indian foodtrail and its delights

Conversation, writings and reflection focusing on Indian food normally swing between the two poles of fabulous and fantastic to plebian and platitudinous.

Jungles of his mind
Rousseau is a typical obsessional "outsider" artist. He makes images of intense, elaborate, repetitive, decorative density. There is no distance between artist and subject, writes Tom Lubbock
T
HE paintings of Henri Rousseau are tangled in a thicket of legend as dense as any of his famous jungles. A great legend it is, much of it true, and it is extraordinary and so popular. Rousseau, the naif of genius.

Gaddi goes global
Vibhor Mohan meets Shunyam Vidhi Bogdanovskaia, who experiments with fusion of Himachali and Egyptian dance forms
D
ancer-choreographer Shunyam Vidhi Bogdanovskaia realised that a common string seems to run through Italian dance and gaddi. She showcased this fusion with an Egyptian dance rag-sharki in different countries. Little wonder, she’s now back for more.

Soulful story of loss
The acclaimed film Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), which was banned in Bangladesh (for a few months), is now available on DVD, writes Malavika Karlekar
T
HE award-winning Bangladeshi film Matir Moina is as much a political documentary as it is a child’s perception of loss and estrangement, and a sensitive portrayal of a woman’s resentment. It is also, as director Tareque Masud said, self-therapeutic.

Isabelle Huppert
No ordinary diva
The French actor has built her screen, and stage, career around the sheer the power of unpredictability, writes Saibal Chatterjee
W
IDELY regarded as one of the most consummate actresses of her generation, 50-year-old Isabelle Huppert combines her plain Jane looks with her smouldering sensuality with deadly effect. She seems to be able to burn up a corner of the screen each time she walks across it.

‘Aamir is perfect choice’
Rakeysh Mehra chats with Vickey Lalwani on his second film Rang De Basanti
Are you imparting a social message via Rang De Basanti?
Yes and No. Yes because—there is a hard-hitting message in the end. It will make you think. The film intends to speak to the youth and the nation and maybe the universe as a whole. No because—there is lots of entertainment in the film.


COLUMNS

televisioN: This one is for love

GARDEN LIFE: Ways to multiply plants
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: The dark beauty
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Unfair terms
by Pushpa Girimaji

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Style struck
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

OFF the shelf
Blueprint and its architect
V. N. Datta
Ideology of Pakistan
Dr Javid Iqbal. Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore. Pages 208. Price not stated.
Ifkar-e-Iqbal (in Urdu)
Tashre-i-Hat Javid. Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore. Pages 160. Price not stated.

The best of a literary giant
Jasbir Jain
Sant Singh Sekhon: Selected Writings.
ed. Tejwant Singh Gill. Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Pages 578. Rs 300

Confetti

Books received: hindi

BestSellers

Many-seasoned delight
The poet in naturalist Diane Ackerman invests her writing on the seasons with a lyrical grace, writes Harsh A. Desai
Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden
by Diane Ackerman. Perennial. Pages 257. Rs 507

Foundations for an Eastward look
Sridhar K Chari
India and Southeast Asia Towards Security Convergence
by Sudhir Devare ISEAS, Singapore/Capital, New Delhi. Pages 252.

Pop goes the classical
Hindustani Music, A Tradition in Transition
by Deepak Raja, D.K. Printworld, Pages 432. Rs.490

When tales dog humorists
Randeep Wadehra
Wit and Humour of Haryana
by Rajbir Deswal Books For All, Delhi. Pages 124. Rs 60.
Jokes Apart
by Chetana Vaishnavi. Unistar, Chandigarh. Pages 128. Rs 40.

Rite gone wrong
Elizabeth Nash

Bestselling author grilled on TV
Howard Kurtz

Back of the book

  • John
    by Cynthia Lennon Hodder & Stoughton. Pages 404. £ 8.15

  • The Big Over Easy
    by Jasper FForde Hodder & Stoughton Pages 398. £ 12.99

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