World of Paresh Maity

Stylised forms, flowing colours, movement and stillness co-exist in Paresh Maity’s work. For absolute luminescence, interplay of warm hues and vibrant colours and a criss-cross of the figurative, representative and stylised art, topped with academic technique, Maity has a unique place on the Indian art scene. There is the unmistakable ‘soulfulness’ of mood and memory, sweep and slash of colours and the transparent depth of his watercolours that makes Maity’s artistry a wonderful coalescence of art and thought. Like Turner,

Paresh Maity: I wanted to be known as a hardworking artist
Paresh Maity: I wanted to be known as a hardworking artist

who pioneered the great age of British watercolours, Maity weaves into his psychological stream the many faces of nature — the colours of the sea, the pitter-patter of raindrops. He talked to Uma Nair on the eve of his show at CIMA in Kolkata in 1993, and then later in August 2005 just before this book went into print. Excerpts:

Signposts lost in history
C.D. Verma
Kos Minars, that is Mile Stones, or say Mile Pillars, were erected by the Mughal Emperors on the main highways across the empire to delineate the route and mark the distance. They played a significant role in the system of governance during the Mughal period. But over the years these significant road monuments have gone into a state of disrepair and are almost lost in obscurity.

Evergreen Asha
By adapting to the changing tastes and constantly reinventing her music and her image, Asha Bhosle, even at 73, has successfully endeared herself to the new generation, writes M. L. Dhawan

Black Friday: In search of truth
The movie is a peek into the plotting of the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Thanks to the censors and courts, it has not yet seen the light of the day in any film theatre, writes Shakuntala Rao
Black Friday. Many people have not heard of this movie, completed in 2004, since it has not yet seen the light of the day in any film theatre. What audiences don’t know is that this movie is a peek into the plotting of the 1993 Mumbai blasts, giving viewers a blow-by-blow account of why and how the blasts took place and how the Mumbai police unearthed the entire plot.

Kareena’s dream come true
earning rave reviews for her sensitive performance in Omkara, Kareena Kapoor is now wowing everyone with her sensuous dance number in the promos of Don, a remake of Chandra Barot’s 1978 action-packed thriller.

Kabul Express is an anti-war film’
Kabir Khan, a film graduate from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, has already made his mark as a documentary film-maker. His documentary The Taliban Years and Beyond was premiered at the Cork International Film Festival, 2003, Ireland, and was telecast on the Discovery Channel.


'art and soul: The old skill of marbling
by B. N. Goswamy

Food Talk: Stuffed bananas
by Pushpesh Pant

GARDEN LIFE: Scent of sorrow
by Kiran Narain

TELEVISIONTales of terror

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Take the right interest
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Delightful comedy
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Lively house
by Jaspal Bhatti


Tangles of conflict
Himmat Singh Gill

Holy Warriors
by Edna Fernandes.
Penguin/Viking. Pages 332. Rs 450.

Right stuff
Joy to read
Sridhar K Chari
John Wright’s Indian Summers
With Sharda Ugra and Paul Thomas
Penguin Viking, New Delhi, 2006.
Pgs 243. Rs 495.

Song Divine
Rekha Jhanji

The Gita Govinda of Sri Jaidev
by A.K. Tripathy and P.C. Tripathy
Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
Government of India, 2006.
Pages 187. Rs 450.

A story of grit
Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
Chasing Daylight: How my Forthcoming Death Transformed my Life
by Eugene O’Kelly. Tata McGraw-Hill.
Pages 179. Rs 250.

A wordsmith at work
Shalini Rawat
Pursuit of Meaning
by Rakshat Puri.
Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd.
Pages 188. Rs 300.

"Poetry is an ascetic art of doing without, rather than doing with indulgence".
R. Parthasarthy

Divided opinions

Punjab Politics-1 January 1944-3 March 1947. Last Years of the Ministries, Governor’s Fortnightly Reports
and other Key Documents
Compiled and edited by Lionel Carter.
Manohar. Pages 392. Rs.950.

Wages of a spurned vision
G.S. Bhargava
JP on Jammu & Kashmir
by Balraj Puri. Gyan Publishing House.
Pages 276. Rs 690

Labour of Love
Amy Joyce

Last of the titans