Rich steal the poor man’s food

As foods such as ragi, lauki, yam, tapioca, a staple of the poor, become fashionable, eating habits of a majority are changing. Pushpesh Pant looks at the trend of poor people losing out to the rich on healthy, nutritious food

AS the old folk tale has it, the prince out on a hunt was bewitched by the beauty of a poor tribal girl and married her. The queen was served the choicest of delicacies but seemed to waste away. The royal physician was called who diagnosed her illness promptly. The lavish palace spread lacked the nutrients she used to get from her rustic fare. A thick bajra roti did what all expensive and exotic medicines could not do. It seems we have come full circle.

Old & beautiful
The cavalcade of 18 vintage cars featuring in the Himalaya Car Rally, on way to Kolkata from Islamabad, via Kathmandu, was a rare delight for any car lover. Vibhor Mohan talks to some of the proud owners of the cars as the rally passes through Dharamsala
hey’re on a long drive, turning heads wherever they go. With their sparkling red-and-black bonnets, it became too hard for the curious onlookers in McLeodganj to guess the age of these rare beauties. The rally halted here this week before heading for Shimla.

Canine capers
Though other creatures have made their presence felt in the animal kingdom of Hollywood during the past decade or so, none have been able to dethrone the dog, writes Vikramdeep Johal
HE lion might be the king of the jungle, but in the animal kingdom of Hollywood, it’s the dog that is the supreme ruler. Since the dawn of cinema, man’s oldest and best friend has been the most saleable creature at the box-office.

‘I am a huge fan of Madhuri’
Vidya Balan, who grabbed attention with Parineeta, chats with Vickey Lalwani about her forthcoming films and more
Parineeta has changed your life?
DADA (Pradeep Sarkar) was very sure he wanted only me for the role. His confidence and faith in me really boosted my energy levels. It helps when someone stands and backs you. I had done nearly 80 ads by the time I came to an acting career, still one needs inspiration from the right quarters.

Whither Ekta
Subhash K. Jha
elevision tycoon Ekta Kapoor is on a new high with her foray into non-fiction programming Kandy Floss paying ‘bitch’ dividends and her new serial Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka, which she describes as a tribute to the Basu Chatterjee brand of working-class comedies.

All Barbra’s men
new biography of singing legend Barbra Streisand has claimed that she not only had numerous affairs with men like Prince Charles and tennis legend Andre Agassi, but also claims that she has a deep rooted fear of being assassinated.


'aRT AND SOUL: In the Name of God...
by B. N. Goswamy

GARDEN LIFE: Make the most of mulching
by Kiran Narain

Food Talk: Prawn pleasure
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Faulty vehicle can be replaced
by Puspha Girmaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Troubled affair
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAChickened out
by Jaspal Bhatti


Socialist to the core
M. Rajivlochan
Crusader Extraordinary: Krishna Menon and the India League 1932-1936
by Suhash Chakravarty. India Research Press, New Delhi. Pages. 816.


Books received: HINDI

‘I have a sense of time passing, and that’s my urge to write’
His early life encompassed Sri Lanka, Manila, and Liverpool. Judith Palmer talks to Romesh Gunesekera about culture clashes, collecting and cricket

Indomitable visionary
R.L. Singal
Sardar Vallabhbhal Patel: India’s Iron Man
by B. Krishna. Rupa, New Delhi. Pages 567. Rs 295.

young fare
Playful mischief
Gaurav Kanthwal
Lord Ganesha’s Feast of Laughter
by Meera Uberoi. Puffin Books, New Delhi. Pages 112. Rs 160.

End of the rule of law
Shelley Walia
Guantanamo: What the World Should Know
by Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray. Arris Books. Gloucestershire. Pages 166. £ 9.

Lending voice to the meek
Priyanka Singh
They Hang
by Syeda S. Hameed. Women Unlimited. Pages 183. Rs 275.

Spirit of running
Kavita Soni-Sharma
The Longest Race
by Tom Alter. India Ink, New Delhi. Pages 181. Rs 250.

Look East, see Japan
Syed Nooruzzaman
Changing Security Dynamic in Eastern Asia Focus on Japan
Edited by N. S. Sisodia and G. V. C. Naidu, pages 648, Rs 1350.

Ghalib’s goes Polish
Surender Bhutani

Fishmonger as corporate guru
Randeep Wadehra

  • Catch! by Cyndi Crother & The Crew of World Famous Pike Place Fish
    Tata McGraw-Hill, N. Delhi. Pages:xiv + 150. Price not mentioned.

  • Story of EDUSAT
    by Marmar Mukhopadhyay, Shipra Publications, Delhi. Pages 112. Rs 250

  • Experiencing the Soul
    by Eliot Jay Rosen, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi. Pages: xix + 280. Rs 250.