The bleak picture of the widows of Vrindavan is changing slowly. Usha
Rai reports on the economic independence and the life of
dignity which is slowly replacing the old attitude of helplessness and
living off charity.
Food for independence: The
members of the Aamar Bari guild making wadis
to the 2001 census, nine per cent of the total female population or 34
million are widows in India. In 2004 there were 3.72-lakh war widows.
Every fourth house in India has a widow but there have been few state
of the finest music
composers in Indian cinema, Naushad was equally at ease with both
Indian and Western classical music. Awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award
in 1981, he leaves behind an unforgettable legacy
Ervell E. Menezes
11 Israeli athletes were
massacred at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, the Israelis decided to
take revenge by eliminating the 11 Palestinians believed to have
planned the Munich massacre. Steven Spielberg’s Munich is
about how they go about doing it. But is it the best way of reacting
to the crime?
art: No returns for the artist
The lack of a droit
de suite excludes artists from future income reflecting increases
writes Uma Nair
artists be paid something
every time their work is sold?" asks Paris-based abstract artist
S.H. Raza, echoing many other Indian painters.
Lisa’s smile demystified
people have been trying to find the magic behind Mona Lisa’s
enigmatic smile. Now, a new study has suggested that it may be due to
a technique as old as the ancient Romans.
your way in Lahore
A trip to Lahore is
incomplete without a visit to the Food Street, says Harbans
liaison with taste, in
food or fabric, is legendary. Since time immemorial, Lahorians have
been attracted to food and food craft.
Bard: As you like it & all of it
troupes from as far afield
as Japan, Poland and South Africa will perform during the Complete
Works Festival which opened in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 442th birth
anniversary of William Shakespeare.
be wearing his trademark white gloves, red shorts and yellow shoes,
but Mickey Mouse, one of the world’s most beloved cartoon characters
will now be stepping into the 21st century by going 3D.