Basking in glory, non-resident Indians want to return
wee bit of sunshine to their native land not just by opening offices, but
by changing the work-attitude of so many resident professionals, in the
60th year of Independence, says Saurabh Malik
Sachin Tendulkar’s doctor was here. No ordinary doctor
this, as you can well imagine. He has, after all, riding on him (albeit
vicariously!) the hopes and dreams of an entire nation pondering deeply on
the Master Blaster’s tenuous ‘State of Health’! But Dr Anant Joshi,
Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialisation in Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine
and Fitness Management, comes across as breezily sporty (a badminton
player at the university level, he swims, cycles and scuba-dives) as the
sportspeople (think P. T. Usha, Dhanraj Pillai et al) he treats.
It’s August and still sweltering. As sunbeams bounce off
the skies and begin frolicking on the city environs, every building seems
to light up. Standing tall among this cluster is a 2040 square feet
laboratory-cum-institute. Perched on the 2nd floor of Swastic Vihar, Mansa
Devi Complex, this Wi-Fi lab’s brimming with 20 enthusiasts. Amidst the
crackling bustle of this classroom sits Kunal Dixit—a young teacher.
Totally disconnected from the hushed hubbub of his students, even
disconnected from his own self. For, all he’s connected with is his
It’s about 10.30 pm. As the dusk softly gathers the day
into its arms, the city seems to fade away into a numb darkness. Ominous
monsoon clouds looming over the horizon seem thickening this blanket of
darkness are the. But just when it seems like the city’s going into a
deep slumber, there’s a sudden outburst of activity.
roll into the mouth
Want to give into the temptation of something hot ‘n’
spicy? Go desi and satiate your huger pang with lip- smacking roties.
Missi roti, which every Punjabi loves, is
prepared with besan and flour, something that reminds you of makki
ki roti. Ajwain and finely chopped onion with green chilli
increase its taste. Flour is added to the dough. Try out Missi roti in
Hotel Taj. "We add a dash of turmeric powder for some tinge and it
has proved to be quite a hit with our customers," says Dhan Singh,
Chef of the Taj. Khasta (crispy) roti, another favourite
item in the Punjabi dish, is the crusty and crunchy variety, which can be
munched any time. Semolina is added to make it crispy. Baked in tandoor,
it tastes good with vegetables. You can try it out at home too. Add
semolina in besan and knead with gee, it and have delicious roti to soothe
your rumbling stomach. Khasta roti, akin to kachori, is
popular among children.
I wonder what the delicious
corn-cob did wrong for the derogatory ‘corny’ to be derived from it. I
also wonder what it is about the sight and fragrance of roasting bhuttas
that makes even the most stuck-up homo sapiens apply brakes and wait
patiently, watching the chosen ones spitting and sputtering over the
glowing charcoal pile. At times like these, we suffer total amnesia,
throwing hygiene and caution to the winds, overlooking the grubby fingers
rotating the hot cobs around while smearing blackened lemon halves across
the blistered pearls. If you enact this outside Debenhams on Oxford
Street, they would not taste half as good. The roadside dust, adding to
the final flavour, would be conspicuous by its absence!
Bulbs require well-rained soil and plenty of light. The
minimum light hours required are four to five, so choose your spot well.
As Chandigarh has clayey soil, lighten it with sand, moss or powdered, dry
leaves and sterilisd cow dung. All these make the soil porous.
the IELTS ladder
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System,
is an examination of intellect and understanding. It’s not a runway
victory, which anyone can have. No doubt, luck has a crucial part to play
but one can’t keep waiting for the fickle deity called good luck. Its
better to believe that there is no substitute to hard work and put in
one’s best for clearing this exam. No doubt, many students are burning
midnight oil for clearing IELTS. KiranBir of Patiala is staying as a
paying guest in Chandigarh, in a hope to clear IELTS. He says, “ This
examination is not difficult but can only be cleared if you are good at
A click of perfection
Sony India today unveiled its first Digital Single Lens
Reflex (D-SLR) camera, a100 under the a (pronounced “alpha”) brand.
The name ‘a’ represents the highest level of quality, as well as a new
beginning for Sony. The a100 combines advanced SLR features with
technologies that broaden users’ creative possibilities while assuring
superior results for it audience of amateurs and families.
Conquer the fizz, cuddle the juice! Calorie-beater and
health-booster, fruit in its many avatars is a dieter’s delight, a
health-fiend’s best friend and a food junkie’s tooth sweetener! And
preening and priming the good word (fruit!) is Orchards Bagicha in Sector
8, Panchkula. No verdant garden this but yes, the fruit is ripe and fresh
for picking for this is a one-stop shop of juices and shakes, salads and
creams in the most agreeable permutations and combinations. Think papaya
shake or a small glass of ghia or karela juice to refresh your beleaguered
digestion or perhaps a Kiwi thingamajig, if exotic is your path!
FILM & FASHION
Phone tapping goes on
It seems that the heir to the British throne Prince
Charles is not the only one whose phone conversations have been tapped,
for stars Keira Knightley and Hugh Grant are reportedly keeping him
company in the illegal phone hacking scandal in the UK. Journalist Clive
Goodman, the Royal Editor for the News of the World newspaper, who is said
to be involved in tapping phones at Prince Charles’ London home Clarence
House, has been charged with eight counts of illegally intercepting
telephone voicemail messages at between January 3 and May 30.
The whole of Bollywood at the snap of his fingers. His
bio-data lists even his height and the colour of his eyes and hair. It
mentions his skills as “singer, actor, dancer, choreographer, director,
music composer and lyricist.” To which Shimak Davar has now added the
tag of a jury member along with Mast Mast girl Urmila Matondkar of Sahara
One ‘s new reality show Superstars.
music a child’s play
Sushant Sharma, an upcoming Chandigarh-based music
composer, always nursed a dream of creating a different kind of music. And
his dream is slowly being realised in the form of musical scores for the
children’s educational audio-visual aids. In fact, the young maestro has
virtually made the music a child’s play if his track record is any
indication. Till now, the musician has scored music for over 30 cassettes,
CDs and DVDs for children brought out by the Golden Ball music company of
the musicologist Dr Tripat Singh.