Fact & Fiction

With the focus on Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, a former terrorist ‘rehabilitated’ by the Punjab police, the ghost of terrorism — because of the methods adopted to counter it — has once again come to haunt Punjab. Prabhjot Singh reports

Terrorism, according to an adage, never dies. There could not be a better example than Punjab where the smouldering of its remnants frequently become apparent in debates, both in and outside the state assembly, over the root causes as well as methodology adopted in combating the turbulence that took more than 20,000 lives in a little over two decades of the last millennium.

Wassan Singh Zaffarwal with cops after his “surrender”

Wassan Singh Zaffarwal with cops after his “surrender”

Daya Nayak: Hero is Villain
Vibha Sharma
HE media has been following the downfall of Daya Nayak from the hunter to the hunted. TV channels that once showed him brandishing a mean Smith Wesson revolver with a swagger now air images of a not-so-confident man. With tears in eyes, he explains how he has been a victim of the vendetta of his former friends, bosses and colleagues.

Sea levels rising twice as fast
Much of the rise in sea levels over the past century has been due to the thermal expansion of the oceans caused by rising temperatures, writes Steve Connor
EA levels are rising twice as fast as they were 150 years ago and man-made greenhouse emissions are the prime cause, according to a US study. Tide lines around the world are climbing by about two millimetres a year on average, compared to one millimetre a year in 1850, said Kenneth Miller, professor of geology at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Dance is language of worship
avtej Johar revives an ancient concept in dance which he terms ‘free-flow,’ that is dancing from the depths of pure-consciousness, from a unity of body, mind and consciousness. Johar is an eccentric combination, a Sikh from Punjab who wandered to Kalakshetra in Madras and became a master exponent of Bharatnatyam.

The triumph of real cinema
With low-budget, independent-spirited films like Crash and Brokeback Mountain dominating the Oscar awards, big-buck entertainers took a back seat, writes Saibal Chatterjee
HE 78th annual Academy Awards night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles had one unifying theme. The glittering, wit-laden ceremony celebrated the power and spirit of American independent cinema, cinema that, in actor Samuel L. Jackson’s words, "was confrontational, passionate and more than entertainment".

Cash comes alive
Walk the Line is a rounded portrayal of the American musician, Johnny Cash,
writes Ervell E. Menezes
Johnny Cash, one of the big names in American music for decades, comes vividly, near throbbingly, to life in James Mangold’s Walk the Line. That he blazed a trail in rock, country, punk, folk and rap music is now history but we also see the trials and tribulations he, like most musicians, experiences, to provide a candid picture of the man and his chequered career.

Sights and sounds from THE continent
uropean cinema has always had a fair following among Indian cineastes. But for the general moviegoer in this part of the world, international films begin and end with Hollywood blockbusters. In recent years, however, films like German director Tom Tykwer’s experimental Run Lola Run and French filmmaker Francois Ozon’s intriguing Swimming Pool have made it to urban multiplexes around the country.

Bollywood goes Swiss
ollywood not only means big business to the Indian economy, but it seems like it also means a lot to European countries such as Scotland, which is worried that it’s losing the battle to attract the lucrative Hindi film industry to countries such as Switzerland.


'ART AND SOUL: Guardians of the sacred word
B.N. Goswamy

televisioNBig splash on small screen
by Komal Vijay Singh

GARDEN LIFE: Summer annuals
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Splendid spinach
by Pushpesh Pant

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAJokes apart
by Jaspal Bhatti


Symbol of spirituality
Roopinder Singh
Sri Harimandar Sahib: The Body Visible of the Invisible Supreme
by Daljeet and P.C. Jain.
Sri Harimandar Sahib: Adrish Nirakar Shakti da Drish Swarup
by Ma Anand Bharati, Daljeet and P.C. Jain. Photographs by Rajbir Singh
Prakash Books, New Delhi. Pages 176 each. Rs 1,595 each.


Books received HINDI

Painful story of Palestine
Janine di Giovanni
City of Oranges
by Adam LeBor Bloomsbury 18 £

Critical multiculturalism
Harbans Singh
Multicultural America: Conversations with Contemporary Authors
by Nibir K. Ghosh. Unistar. Pages 208. Rs 395

More Bollywood fare
Rachna Singh
The Essential Guide To Bollywood
by Subhash K. Jha. Roli Books. Pages 176. Rs 395.
100 Bollywood Films
by Rachel Dwyer. Roli Books. Pages 251. Rs 295.

Sanity vs strife
Komal Vijay Singh
Tremors of Violence: Muslim Survivors of Ethnic Strife in Western India
by Rowena Robinson Sage. Pages 262. Rs 295.

Matter of honour

Double delight of jungle world
Rubinder Gill
The Thama Stories
by Kamala Laxman. Puffin Books. Pages 124. Rs 150.

Discourse on separatism
M Rajivlochan
Religion, Identity and Nationhood: the Sikh Militant Movement
by Paramjit S. Judge. Rawat Publications, Jaipur. Pages 272. Rs 550.

Dan Brown in the dock
Cahal Milmo

Enjoyable tales
Randeep Wadehra

  • Shielding Her Modesty & other stories
    by Sita Bhaskar Frog Books. Pages: 135. Rs. 200.

  • Death demystified
    by Isher Singh Sobti. Pages: viii+149. Rs. 150.

  • Glow of the Setting Sun
    by Virendra Menhdiratta (translation: MM Mathur) Unistar. Pages: 136. Rs. 250.