In The True Face of Jehadis, Amir Mir, Pakistan’s well-known investigative journalist, focuses on the militant Islamic groups, their links with the military and intelligence establishment of Pakistan, and how terror charities are thriving in the aftermath of the earthquake in October 2005

Despite being decl- ared as terrorist support organisations by the United States and having their bank accounts frozen by Pakistan for their alleged al-Qaeda links, three banned Islamic charities — Al-Rashid Trust, Al-Akhtar Trust and Ummah Tameer-e-Nau — took full advantage of the October 8, 2005 earthquake in the Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir, using it as an opportunity to come out in the open, revive themselves and resume their so-called social welfare activities.

Musharraf’s real face

Threat to caves of Bombay
The Maharashtra Tourism Department has adopted the Trimurti statue of the Elephanta caves as its logo. But little has been done to ensure that the sculptures inside these five groups of caves are well protected, writes Vinaya Kumar
aves of Bombay! Yes! I am referring to more than two hundred heritage caves with sculptures rivalling that of the famous Ellora, within 20 km of the city centre of Bombay! Does commerce alone makes a global city? This is the question the Archaeological survey of India or the Tourism Department of Maharashtra and the city planners of Bombay have to decide, for around Bombay are six groups of caves — Mandapeshwar, Kanheri, Jogeshwari, Karla, Mahakali.

Wonder at Bijapur
Usha Bande
ijapur, a tiny historical town, is all geared up to welcome its visitors with a display of its architectural grandeur. There is something for everyone—tourists, archaeologists, historians, art lovers, architects, and students of culture, religious studies and literature.

Hair’s key to Cleopatra’s power
hink of Cleopatra and immediately you can conjure up an image of the Egyptian queen in her characteristic hairdo adorned with a cobra headgear. But apparently there was more to Cleopatra’s hairstyles, as she used them in calculated ways to enhance her power and fame.

And the Oscar goes to... someone else
Shakuntala Rao
S the 78th annual Academy of Motions Picture and Science awards, popularly referred to as the Oscars, ended for another year, it was interesting to read and watch sections of the Indian media lament as to why Indian films have made so little impact on what is considered by many as the world stage of cinema.

Directors’ act
Are some of our top-notch directors looking at an alternative career? Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar and Shaad Ali have all proved themselves closet-actors.
elp!" moans Madhavan. "If all the big-shot directors of the country turn to acting what will we do?" He has a point. First it was only Subhash Ghai who dug the idea of doing flash appearances in his films. We couldn’t blame him. Ghai had come into the industry with the express purpose of being an actor.

Sharon Stone happy to strip again
asic Instinct star Sharon Stone has revealed that she will be happy to strip in a movie again, but only in her original flesh sans digital enhancements. The stunning actress recently stripped for racy scenes in the new movie Basic Instinct: Risk Addiction, and admits she is prepared to appear nude in future films.

Rahman rocks
HE trademark curly locks are gone but A. R. Rahman continues to be as shy as ever. Ask him about the new look and he mumbles "I had shaved my head before leaving for Haj in January, so my hair is still growing back".


televisioNLonging for laughter
by Randeep Wadehra

NaTURE: Death of a tortoise

Food Talk: Mysore pulav
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Baggage trouble
by Puspha Girmaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Culture contrast
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAMean machine
by Jaspal Bhatti


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Five rivers, five centuries
V. N. Datta
Pre-colonial and Colonial Punjab: Society, Economy, Politics and Culture:
Essays for Indu Banga.
Five Centuries of Sikh Tradition
ed. Reeta Grewal and Sheena Pal, Manohar, New Delhi. Pages 498 and 394. Rs 1195, 975, respectively.



In step with tradition
Sridhar K Chari
Indian Classical Dances
by Shovana Narayan Shubhi Publications, Rs 3500. Pages 240.

Making a woman's life worse
Meghan Daum

Unshackled thoughts
Ramesh Luthra
My Sainted Aunts
Bulbul Sharma. Penguin. Pages 176. Rs 200.

Shakespeare for children
Marylou Tousignant

Recipe for dumbness
Candy Sagon

Mind matters
Rajnish Wattas
The Joy of Mental Health: Some popular writings of Dr N.N. Wig
Edited by Dr K.J.S.Chatrath. Mental Health Forum. Servants of the People society. Pages 215. Rs 250.

Books bowled out

Verse gets better
Surinder S. Tej

  • Ik Kuknoos Hor
    by Pritam Singh Rahi Ravi Sahit Prakashan, Amritsar Pages 352, Rs.300

  • Parchhavian Di Khushboo
    by Sukhdev Singh Grewal Lokgeet Prakashan, Chandigarh Pages 107, Rs.100

  • Udai Ton Ast Hon Tak
    by Jagmohan Singh Prageet Prakashan, Mohali Pages 112, Rs.125

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  • The Critical Space Studies in Literature, Theory, Nationalism and Diaspora
    by Manjit Inder Singh National Publishing House, Jaipur. Pages 259. Rs 575

  • The Complete Indian Wine Guide
    by Dr Aakash Singh Rathore Roli books. Pages 175. Rs 295