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Back to Lahore

In his evocative book Lahore: A Sentimental Journey, Pran Nevile reminisces about the land of his birth, once called the Paris of the East. The memoir recaptures the atmosphere, ambience, mood, lifestyle that existed in this bustling city in the 1930s and í40s.



MY visit to Lahore, the city of my birth and upbringing, in December 1997 was a pilgrimage to the past. It was my first visit since Partition, after a lapse of fifty years. I belong to the fading pre-Partition generation who were forced to leave their homeland but carried it in their hearts like the memory of a first love.

A bazar scene, Lahore, 1920
A bazar scene, Lahore, 1920. Photo courtesy: India Office Library and Records, London

Chiang Mai the land of pagodas
Inder Raj Ahluwalia
T
hailandís Chiang Mai comes across as a city that is ever growing, yet wrapped in layers of courtesy. Old timers say it emerged from the mists, a symbol of natural beauty and social graces. Chiang Maiís history is old, its past eventful and its character colourful.

The Siachen saga
Lieut-Gen Harwant Singh (retd) tells about the capture of Pakistani post Quaid in Siachen
T
HE conflict at Siachen appears to be coming to an end. While we await the closure of the Siachen chapter, one of the greatest feats of endurance, sacrifice and valour played out at those impossible heights and in terrible weather conditions, need recalling.

How nasty is a lizard bite
Wendel Broere
M
ORE lizard families than previously believed are venomous, including several species that are popular pets, scientists said. Until now, pain and swelling from lizard bites, assumed to be non-venomous, was attributed to the bacteria that thrive on bits of meat left between their teeth from their scavenging diet.

Gross humour
If the Big Fat Greek Wedding was any inspiration for Date Movie, it is indeed a big fat insult to that comedy, writes Ervell E. Menezes
Dating seems to be a popular subject for Hollywood these days. Hitch, with Will Smith doing the honours as a sort of Date Doctor, was an enjoyable comedy. But not Date Movie, which is pathetic to start with, and whatís worse, it never even hints at getting better.

Magic of VOICE
Cinema is meant not only for the eyes, the audiences have ears too. Such was the pull of sound on screen when the talkies arrived that even the blind thronged the cinema halls showing Sikander to hear the booming voices of Sohrab Modi and Prithviraj Kapoor, writes M. L. Dhawan
T
HE arrival of sound in cinema with Alam Ara (1931) put paid to the careers of those stars of the silent era that did not sound ear-friendly. On the other hand those stars that had a roaring and booming voice became the heartthrob of film fans.

Reshammiya turns down film role
I was always a singer. But one has to wait for the right moment to do things in life, Himesh Reshammiya tells Subhash K. Jha
I
T looks like he is unstoppable. After fobbing off several offers to face the camera, composer-singer Himesh Reshammiya was seriously tempted by an author-backed role that gave him a chance to play a musician. "But I said no finally. I have seen what has happened to other musicians who have attempted acting.

COLUMNS

'ART AND SOUL: A great collection in a small place
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Full House again

Food TalkFish curry is fast and healthy
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: When law protectors turn flouters
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUESSuper reality
by Ervell E. Menezes

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Paper chase
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

The end of an era
Rumina Sethi
Raja Rao nativised English and let his words convey his spirit. Indian writing will be poorer without him

A Renaissance man
Gary Lachman
The Devilís Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science
by Philip Ball. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Pages 448. £26 Heinemann £20 £18

Darwinís daring champion
Thirty years of the selfish gene
Kuldip Dhiman
Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think
Ed. Alan Grafen and Mark Ridley. Oxford University Press. Pages 283. Rs 425.

Double take on reality
Rachna Singh
The Open Frame Reader: Unreeling the Documentary Film
ed. Rajiv Mehrotra. Rupa and Co. Pages 162, Rs 250

The best time to live
B. S. Thaur
Changing Panorama of Life since Independence
Dr R. L. Singal. Abhishek Publications. Pages 236. Rs 495.

Time at last for some stress-free reading
Kanchan Mehta
The Power of Relaxation
Tanushree Podder. Viva Book. Pages 221. Rs 195.

The chronicle retold in short
Jyoti Singh
Babur Nama: Journal of Emperor Akbar
Ed. by Dilip Hiro. Penguin. Pages 385. Rs 350

Recognition to master storyteller
Murali Krishnan

Tribute to Premchand
Girish Kumar Dubey

SHORT TAKES
Nehruís impact on intellectuals
Randeep Wadehra

  • The Legacy of Nehru
    by K. Natwar Singh Rupa. Pages 115. Rs 195

  • The French Collection
    by KJS Chatrath Indian Publishersí Distributors, Delhi. Pages xiv + 155. Rs 295

  • Sun Signs
    by P. Khurrana Rupa. Pages xiv + 298. Rs 195





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