Parbina Rashid meets up with city’s own science fiction writer who lives and creates in outer space

HE year is 7007. The space has been colonised and human life has spread far beyond the solar system. There is a loose planetary confederacy, presided over by the Earth. 

Fashion jive 
Saurabh Malik
ASHION shows with reed-thin models sashaying down the narrow ramps of life — flaunting wee bit of niftiness and the latest screams in apparels — are simply out of vogue in the late summers of 2006, at least in the city of beautiful.

The balancing act
O many of us find ourselves in the same decorating boat — a home filled with a few family heirlooms, junk market or impulsive sale finds, and may be even one or two treasures from a successful dumpster dive. You love them all, but how do you combine high and low design pieces to create a unified and polished look for your home?

Shiva in new avatar

AMGOPAL VARMA has revealed that he possesses mastery over a variety of cinematic genre. Fifteeen years ago, he debuted with film ‘Shiva’ delving into the disillusionment of youth with our educational system. The very contemporary filmmaker has now returned with another ‘Shiva’. 

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  • Bas Ek Pal

Surging ahead
DVANCEMENTS in the field of sports, education and literacy is not only taking India on the path to social development but the country is taking giant strides in its endeavours to emerge as an well-rounded major economic power.

She will rock you
Parbina Rashid
HE starts her book with an ode to a stone, envying its eternal coldness, its strength, but as you read through her Whispering Rocks, a collection of poetry, the ‘rock’ takes to different layers of human emotions—sometimes signifying the strength of a woman who has survived against all odds and sometimes a mother having a meaningful dialogue with another. And you realise her ‘rock’ is not at all cold, as she had earlier described.

Politics defaced!
N enthusiasm preceding the students’ poll, so many political parties fielding young leaders simply forgot to spare a thought for the students, and the campuses. And even after emerging victorious in the elections held last week, the winning candidates have apparently pushed all “concerns” into the trash can of their memories.

Hanks exposed

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has been revealed to have harassed and attempted to kill his ex-wife Susan Dillingham. According to, the revelations came about when court papers were found and published in David Gardner’s upcoming book The Tom Hanks Enigma. Dillingham had written to a LA court asking for a restraining order against Hanks and said: “My husband has repeatedly verbally abused and humiliated me during the past 90 days in my home.

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  • Prince in Bikini

  • Barrymore upset

Standing tall
Anuradha Shukla
RAKARSH’ in Sanskrit means ‘rising to excellence’ and Prakarsh Singh has been living up to his name. At 21 years of age, he has a list of long achievements. And the icing on the cake is the Alison and Tim Frost Scholarship to do his Master in Research-Ph.D in economics from the London School of Economics.

Blooming Beauty
Gayatri Rajwade

RAGRANCE’ is 17-year-old Inderpreet Bassi’s (Tanya) effort to blossom into the local art scene and that is precisely what her exhibition is all about—flowers. Blooms, earth’s natural works of art, with their inspiring hues seem to have captivated this young girl as well, soft pastels shades, powder blue skies, grassy greens, her world is gentle and beautiful.