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75 years of cinema

Sound has lent more grace, character and meaning to movies. Surendra Miglani traces its role since its advent in Alam Ara, which remains a milestone

A
lam Ara, India’s first talkie made by Ardeshir M. Irani, exhibitor–turned-filmmaker under the banner of Imperial Movietone, was released on March 14, 1931 at Majestic cinema in Bombay.


Sounds unusual
After Alam Ara…

Samvatsara 2063
Jupiter’s reign: Perils and promises
Sansar Chandra

T
he
new Samvatsara-2063 commences its journey at 3.45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2006. According to a proviso in our scriptures, the first bright lunar day (Pratipada) of chaitra should operate at sunrise and is designated as the new Samvatsara day.

Pragati’s progress
Randeep Wadehra
Child prodigies are rare. Rarer still are the gifted kids who get breaks, encouragement and recognition at the right time. Pragati Trikha, a student of class V at the sector 15 DAV Model School, is one such bundle of talent who is getting all the inputs conducive to her flowering into a successful star.

Mosaic of old and new
Paramvir Singh Bains
The proverb speaks a lot about Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh — a balance of scenic beauty, historical monuments and urban planning. Situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojapal, which was founded by Raja Bhoja, Bhopal was made a reality by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammad (1708-1740).

“I long to work with Hrithik Roshan”
I’ve been very lucky to work with experienced actors early on in my career, says Katrina Kaif in an interview to Vishnu Makhijani
Actor Katrina Kaif says Amitabh Bachchan has been the greatest influence on her during her brief career in Bollywood but the one star she longs to work with is Hrithik Roshan.

COLUMNS

‘art and soul: Guardians of the sacred word
by B.N. Goswamy

Food Talk: Tasty torai
by Pushpesh Pant

televisioNSoap queen’s bubble

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Tips on taking loans
by Puspha Girmaji

garden life: Glowing bulbs
by Kiran Narain

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Compelling thriller
by Ervell E. Menezes

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Fail-safe schools
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

India’s geopolitical importance
Parshotam Mehra
The Future of the Great Game: Sir Olaf Caroe, India’s Independence and the Defence of Asia.
Peter John Probst. University of Akron Press, Ohio.
Pages xx + 199. $ 15.

Learning through teaching
Amrik Singh
The Narrow Corridor: Moments in a Woman’s Life
by Muriel Wasi. Promila & Co, New Delhi.
Pages 117. Rs 295.

In good company
Deepika Gurdev
The Paradox of Excellence: How Great Performance Can Kill Your Business
by David Mosby and Michael Weissman. Josey Bass — a John Wiley Imprint.
$ 23. Pages 202.

Confetti

From living to dead
Aradhika
Strangely Like War
by George Draffan and Derrick Jensen. Natraj Publishers, Dehradun. Rs. 250.
Pages 185.

5 million more Da Vinci Code
Josh Getlin

P
repare
for the onslaught: For anyone who somehow missed picking up one of the 43 million hardcover copies of The Da Vinci Code that have been sold around the world in the last three years, the publisher is finally getting around to releasing the paperback—in a big way.

TRENDS
New South Asian magazine on the Net

Where distant lands come alive
Other Routes
1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing
Edited by Tabish Khair, Martin Leer, Justin D. Edwards and Hanna Ziadeh
Foreword by Amitav Ghosh
Signal Books Pages 421.

That sense of wonder
Amitav Ghosh

Verse beyond space and time
Tabish Khair

Stories of strife
A.J. Philip
These Hills Called Home: Stories From A War Zone
by Temsula Ao Zubaan/
Penguin Pages 147. Rs 195.

Short Takes
Laudable effort
Randeep Wadehra
The Death of Common Sense
by Vinish Garg
Arun Publishing House, Chandigarh. Pages 194. Rs 160.

Development of Physical Education and Sports in India
by Dr. Daisy Sheokand Unistar, Chandigarh. Pages 200. Rs 395.
Glimpses of My Life
by Balbir Singh
Trimurthy Enterprises, Delhi. Pages 191. Rs 195.

“You can psychoanalyse yourself and be paid for it”
Nibir K. Ghosh

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