The zero-minute recipe
Ready-to-eat food has
become the flavour of the times. The mind-boggling variety dished out
in tetra-packs and sachets is more than passable, almost gourmet
stuff. This zero-jhamela fare has made life easier for those
pressed for time, says Pushpesh
Aamir Khan slithering and swaying seductively in a reptilian courtship
dance hissing ‘Aati kya Khandala?’ Well, we think if the
question had been popped a wee bit differently, ‘Khaati kya zero
jhamela?’ the assent would have followed earlier.
Painter of people
Though Sobha Singh
belonged as much to Himachal Pradesh as to Punjab, the Himachal
Government has done little to keep the memory of the renowned painter
alive, writes Vibhor
paintings are descriptive—as if he could close his eyes and see
every detail, from the faces to the intricacies of the background.
Sobha Singh has painted some of the best-known paintings in Punjab and
Where ice is nice
The scenic Chamonix
valley in France is one of the world’s most visited natural sites, writes
the middle of the valley, there’s a town. Wedged between Lake Geneva
and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the Northern Alps, and at the
intersection of an international communication network, it is just 20
km from Switzerland and linked to Italy by the Mont-Blanc Tunnel.
Statue of Liberty, standing outside the New York harbour, is
universally regarded as the emblem of the United States of America.
The Lady with the Torch stands still, tall and proud. Below the statue
is inscribed, "Give me your
tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the
wretched refuse of your teeming shore".
Bizarre happy endings
is common among Rabba Ishq Na Hove, Sarrrkar and Miilee?
The three serials have concluded their respective sagas in the first
half of 2006. And, more important, all three had unexpected if not
unlikely happy endings. In reel, or rather, digital life serial makers
contrive happy endings any which way they can. To please the God of
TRPs, of course.
Johal on how several
Hollywood actors turned directors and even went on to win awards
Hackman once quipped that actors evolve into either directors or
drunks. Hackman himself has never tried his hand at direction, but
there have been several top actors who have taken the plunge. A few of
them have even established themselves as renowned filmmakers, winning
plaudits and awards.
‘Curiosity for epics
Ravi Chopra, son of
film-maker B.R. Chopra, in a chat with Santosh
Mehta says he does not wish to make poor quality films or
television serials because that could spoil his famous father’s
is making Viraasat—Nafrat ke Khel Mein, Do Dilon ki Chahat,
a star-studded TV serial for primetime viewing on Star Plus in the 9
pm slot. He said in an exclusive interview: "We enjoyed making Viraasat.
My father always says we must keep the audiences’ interests in mind.
So I keep his advice uppermost in my mind.
of sex change
The film treads new ground,
breaking psychological barriers
amazing, that plastic surgery can heal a mental disorder," is one
of the lines thrown up in Transamerica, a stunning, revealing
story of sex change. Another is "we’re not gender challenged,
we’re gender gifted." In fact there is so much about the grey
frontiers of sex that GG, which stands for genuine girl, is a bit of a