Patiala is the peg
Shift Rift
The proposal to relocate the National Institute of Sports from Patiala to Bangalore and set up a defence university in its place has not found favour with the sports fraternity. Ravi Dhaliwal from Patiala gives reasons why it is unfeasible to relocate the premier institute, Jangveer Singh reports that Bangalore is far from an alternative, and M. S. Unnikrishnan finds out the Sports Authority of India’s stance on the issue
HE Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s announcement in December last year that the Union Government was seriously considering the setting up of a defence university in place of the NIS, a vibrant sports body and widely perceived to be Asia’s premier sports institute, has opened a hot debate among sports administrators in the region.

SAI not game for move
M.S. Unnikrishnan
UNJAB Chief Minister Amarinder Singh may nurse the ambition to turn NIS Patiala into a defence university, but the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will have none of it. It has, in fact, big plans to upgrade the infrastructure there to make it a "focal point" for the coaching programme of the Indian sportspersons for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Pressed for space
Jangveer Singh
UGGESTIONS of national sports activities being shifted to Bangalore in case the NIS, Patiala, becomes a defence university as is being touted by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh are met with preposterous stares here.

Spielberg hunts for filmmakers
Andrew Gumbel
Steven Spielberg is taking the plunge into reality television with a show that promises to do for film-making talent what Pop Idol, and its wildly The show, to be called On The Lot, will be modelled on its predecessor — involving a nationwide talent search, a series of elimination rounds in which contestants will be challenged to make a short film and the home audience invited to render its verdict on the outcome and, finally, a meeting between the winner and Spielberg himself at the offices of his DreamWorks production company.

Hrithik eyes a new orbit
The superstar is poised to hit the big screen after a two-year hiatus and the industry is abuzz with excitement, writes Saibal Chatterjee
The turbo-charged power of the special effects-laden action fantasy, Krrish, is ready to be unleashed. And the 32-year-old Hrithik Roshan, the star of the film, is back in business. With Krrish, the superstar is ready to enter the next crucial phase of his life and career.

Banaras has humbled me’
Urmila Matondkar tells Subhash K. Jha that her new film Banaras has made her recognise elements in life that are not discernible to the eye as much as they have made her grow as an actor

Madonna plays ‘hooker’ better
winning director Oliver Stone has slammed Madonna’s performance as the famous Argentinian first lady Eva Peron in the 1996 musical Evita, and thinks that though the Hung Up singer played the ‘hooker’ part of Peron’s to perfection, she failed when it came to playing the ‘saint’ part of her life.

Travolta will pen a tear-jerker
superstar John Travolta has found the ideal way to get rid of his frustration that he is no longer being offered roles that are tailor made for him — he’s going to write the perfect script himself. The Look Who’s Talking star revealed that he was working on writing a love story that was a real "tear-jerker".


‘art and soul: The pain of creation
by B. N. Goswamy

Food TalkMany ways with fish
by Pushpesh Pant

garden life: Treat for the eyes
by Kiran Narain

CONSUMER RIGHTSUnfair trade practice
by Puspha Girmaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTABanker’s check
by Jaspal Bhatti

televisioN: High flier


Exile of the mind
Rumina Sethi
The Inheritance of Loss
Kiran Desai.
Viking, New Delhi.
Pages 324. Rs 495.

Long lived the king
Himmat Singh Gill
The Raja is Dead
Shivani Singh.
Harper Collins. Pages 254. Rs 295.

The world in America’s image
Raghubansh Sinha
The Second Bush Presidency: Global Perspectives
Ed by Amit Gupta and Cherian Samuel
Pearson-Longman in association with ORF, Delhi.
Pages 209. Rs 499.


Inside corporate world
Jaswant Singh
Clueless & Co.
Pratik Basu. Rupa.
Pages 268. Rs 195.

Dan Brown’s Code in Malayalam
hile a movie version of The Da Vinci Code readies for global release in May, a Malayalam translation of Dan Brown’s bestseller will hit the bookshelves in two weeks. This very first translation of The Da Vinci Code—a thriller that depicts Jesus Christ as Mary Magdalene’s husband among other details deemed blasphemous—in any Indian language is the handiwork of publisher D.C. Books of Kottayam district in Kerala.

Real-life figures go fictional
When a fictional character assumes life-like proportions, the thin line between fictional rendering and real life personality blurs, writes Usha Bande

Translates into good reading
Harbir K Singh
The Shoulder Bag and Other Stories
Prem Parakash.
Translated by Rita Chaudhry.
Guru Nanak Dev University, Arnritsar.
Rs 200. Pages 226.

Much more than a Spark
Robin Stummer
remembers the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Girls of Slender Means

Young Fare
Dreams and destiny
Aditi Garg
Dance of the Fireflies
Rucha Humnabadkar.
Frog Books. Rs. 250. Pages 244.

‘Endless Journey’ for adventure fans
oung book lovers are set to have some adventurous experiences, at least that's what the new book Endless Journey promises. The book, released a few days ago by women's chess grandmaster Tania Sachdev and teenage tennis star Ankita Bhambri, narrates how Nikki, a 12-year-old-girl, copes with adverse circumstances and comes out with flying colours.

Honour ahead for writers
Haryana Sanskrit Akademi will honour Haryana-domicile writers and literary organisations under various awards and grant-in-aid schemes.

Portrait of Harry Potter
ans of 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe will soon get the chance to see him hanging, for he is all set to become the youngest person outside the British royal family to have his portrait displayed at the UK's National Portrait Gallery.