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Silent victims

Child domestic workers are often exploited and ill-treated in the absence of protective laws. Aditi Tandon recounts some harrowing tales and looks at the organisations helping to better their lot



S
ome time ago, Mumbai woke up to the heartbreaking news of a 15-year-old domestic worker being assaulted by her woman employer. The girl had a fracture in the skull; her head had been brutally shaven; her body frayed with knives and pens, and her back all blue and swollen from a prolonged contact with a heated surface. Too bizarre as it was to be buried under the rhetoric of employers’ intolerance of a worker’s laziness, the case generated the required response.

It is hard to partition tradition
Mela Chiragan or the Urs of Madho Lal Husain is a unique cultural and secular festival of Lahore,
says Nirupama Dutt
W
HAT made Lahore the legendary city was its multi-cultural and multi-religious heritage having been the kingdom of Hindus, Mughals and the Sikhs as well as a prized city of the British after the annexation of Punjab.

Blue marvel Down Under
P. Lal recalls his visit to the Blue Mountains in Australia
A
two-hour drive to the west of Sydney took us to the region of the Blue Mountains. The afternoon sun could hardly pierce the clouds covering the ranges but wherever it did, the sight was spectacular; the blueness of the mountains appeared to be dotted with sparkling diamonds (as the light filtered through the dense foliage).

Doctored to act
Randeep Wadehra
H
IS is a familiar face to the aficionados of Punjabi and Hindi television and cinema. As for his name, he started off as Ranjit Sharma, was rechristened Ranjit Riaz when he starred in a Bollywood movie as hero and finally became famous as Dr. Ranjit.

‘A part of me feels Punjabi’
Paul Mayeda Berges, husband of director Gurinder Chadha, admits in a chat with Subhash K. Jha that he was initially sceptical about Aishwarya Rai playing the main lead—Tilo— in his directorial debut Mistress Of Spices.

The promise of Water
The absence of an authentic locale is a handicap. The romance is rather one-dimensional but the saving grace is the stunning climax, writes Ervell E. Menezes
D
eepa Mehta’s Water, the last of the trilogy (the others are Fire and Earth), made news for the wrong reasons when Hindu extremists disrupted the shooting of the film in Varanasi. She later shot it in Sri Lanka.

COLUMNS

'ART AND SOULHomage to greatness
by  B.N. Goswamy

televisioN: Comic relief

GARDEN LIFERolling greens
by Kiran Narain

Food TalkKashmiri classic
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTSWeb of solutions
by Puspha Girmaji

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Standing joke
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

OFF the shelf
Images of the thinker and activist
V.N. Datta
Postmodern Gandhi and other Essays: Gandhi in the World and at Home
by Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Pages X+252. Rs 575.

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BESTSELLERS

Books received: HINDI

Stirs the spirit and fires the mind
Humra Quraishi
A Celebration Of Progressive Urdu Poetry Anthems of resistance
by Ali Husain Mir & Raza Mir IndiaInk, Roli Books, Delhi. Pages 248. Rs 295

Portrait of a partner
Aruti Nayar
Annamma Mrs K.M. Mathew: A book of memories
by K.M Mathew Penguin Enterprise Pages 67. Price not mentioned

Focus on Punjab peasantry
M. Rajivlochan
Colonizing Agriculture: The Myth of Punjab Exceptionalism
by Mridula Mukherjee. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pages 209. Rs 420.

The social matrix of films
Rachna Singh
Bollywood: Sociology Goes to the Movies
by Rajinder Kumar Dudrah. Sage Publications. Pages 210. Rs 280.

Managerial viewpoint
B.S. Thaur
Winning at Work Against all Odds
by Ashwani Lohani. Wisdom Tree. Pages 168. Rs 295.

Amis lands in fresh controversy
Louise Jury

Rock ’n’ Roll moments

SHORT TAKES
Seamy side of life
Randeep Wadehra

  • First Rain
    by B Vaqar Peacock books, Mumbai. Pages 44. Rs 95.

  • Pen Friendship
    by Dr. Manjit Singh Bal Unistar, Chandigarh. Pages 77. Rs 100.

  • Explore Guru Granth
    by Giani (Captain) Nasib Singh Dhillon Guru Granth Explorative Mission, N. Delhi. Pages 175. Price not mentioned.

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