How safe are our young sportsmen?

Recent findings on injuries on playfields in India show that about 5 per cent of all students are seriously hurt during physical education every year. Is there a system in place in Punjab, known for its sports-friendly culture, to ensure timely medical aid in the event of an emergency or near-fatal injury, investigates Prabhjot Singh
hen 17-year-old Balwinder Singh went to the MES Cricket ground in Patiala on July 30, he could hardly imagine that the bold endeavour to master rising deliveries as a batsman would prove fatal. An unintended beamer for this helmetless batsman proved catastrophic.

Young players need to be nurtured and protected. Punjab under-14 championship at Bhaini Sahib, Ludhiana
Young players need to be nurtured and protected. Punjab under-14 championship at Bhaini Sahib, Ludhiana

Special attention for basic care
Olympian Pargat Singh, Director Sports, Punjab, outlines the department’s plans for better healthcare to youngsters
Growing incidence of injuries on playfields is a major area of concern for us. The country in general and Punjab in particular have lost the services of a number of outstanding sportsmen and women because of crippling injuries incurred either during training or even during competitions. It is unfortunate that we lost young Balwinder Singh in July this year and Deep Dogra a couple of years ago. Both were budding, talented sportsmen.

Perfect platform
Art galleries can transport visitors to an altogether different world. Artistic creations, combined with the ambience, can spell magic, writes K. D. L. Khan
HE art market in India, for the sale and purchase of paintings/sculptures by 20th century and contemporary Indian artists is booming. The Indian Art section manager of the famous international auction firm of Christies estimates that in the recent times, the potential of the market has risen from Rs 600 crore (2005) to Rs 1100 crore (March 2006) and is still rising.
The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

History in coins
Indian numismatists think a correct interpretation of the engravings on the ancient coins could reveal much more information about the culture of that era, writes Anil Sharma
JAY Dev, a 12th century ruler of the Chauhan dynasty whose kingdom was in Ajmer, loved his wife so much that he had coins issued engraved with her name. Some of his coins were among the over 500 on display at an exhibition of old coins at Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur recently.

Call of the wild
Hadoti in Rajasthan is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, says Chandan Sen
he little known Hadoti region of Rajasthan is a wildlife paradise and an oasis in the desert state. The jungle, the vast stretches of forest, the sprawling golden rocks, the graceful Chambal and ravines in the area have created some of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries of the region. Kota, located along the eastern bank of the Chambal river, with its blend of nature, rich wildlife and splendid outdoors is a dreamland for wildlife enthusiasts.
Darrah (Mukundara), spread over 266 sq km, was once the hunting ground of Kota maharajas
Darrah (Mukundara), spread over 266 sq km, was once the hunting ground of Kota maharajas 

New find: Age of Nefertiti
er 3,300 year-old bust has firmly established ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti as one of the most beautiful women who ever existed, but it seems that like every other woman on the planet, even she had to deal with the problem of wrinkles and bags under her eyes, reveals a new investigation on the bust.

A South Asian story
Adapted from Brick Lane, Monica Ali’s critically acclaimed book, Seven Seas is a British film about people of Bangladeshi origin with an Indian cast, writes Saibal Chatterjee
inema has the power to travel across distances and cultures. So it isn’t unusual for a British film with an Indian cast and London neighbourhood locations to be about people of Bangladeshi origin.

Tannishtha Chatterjee, lead actress in Seven Seas
Tannishtha Chatterjee, lead actress in Seven Seas

Will Shahrukh become Dulha?
Manissha Despaande
Though actors Shahrukh Khan and Sushmita Sen are yet to sign on the dotted line, producer Viveck Vaswani seems set to cast them in his film Dulha Mil Gaya. Vaswani’s Insight Productions will shoot this big budget film in Trinidad and Tobago, reports Bollywood Trade.

Boman strikes Lucky
Dr Asthana is back as Sardar Lucky Singh. In an animated conversation with Vickey Lalwani, Boman Irani talks about Lage Raho Munnabhai, a- gangster-meets-Gandhi sequel to the immensely popular Munnabhai MBBS.

Witty comic take
It is a clever plot and the script is littered with sparkling wit. There is a good blend of action and humour, writes Ervell E. Menezes
With Superman taking to the New York skies why shouldn’t a woman do likewise. Catwoman is not counted; she merely climbs. So, enter Jenny Johnson, alias G. Girl (Uma Thurman), and her romantic liaisons are the subject of an irreverent, hilarious comedy, which goes by the name of My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Yash Chopra’s magic on Channel-4
ne of the most successful directors, he has given crucial breaks to two of Bollywood’s biggest superstars — Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.


Food Talk: Blend of tastes
by Pushpesh Pant

TELEVISION: Galli Cricket with Mandira

NATURE: Butterfly effect
by  Steve Connor

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Claim by the book
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Out of orbit
by Jaspal Bhatti


Pain of being a Kashmiri Muslim
Shahira Naim
Manufacturing Terrorism: Kashmiri Encounters with Media and the Law
by Syed Bismillah Geelani,
Promilla & Co publishers in association with Bibliophile South Asia and
Poles Apart
Pages 234. Rs 450.

Intrepid warrior queen
Jyoti Singh
Raj of the Rani Tapti Roy. Penguin. Pages 236. Rs 295.

Anatomy of a way of life
Roopinder Singh
The World According to Sikhi
I. J. Singh The Centennial Foundation, Ontario. Pages 170. $ 20.

The Enid Blyton mould
Rachna Singh
3 Novels
Shashi Deshpande. Puffin Books. Pages 379. Rs 295.

An absorbing treat
Arun Gaur
The Library of South Asian Literature series:

The Second Wife
translated by David Rubin.
Pages 206. Rs 175.

Land of Five Rivers
Stories selected and translated by Khushwant Singh Pages 199. Rs 175.

Phatik Chand
Satyajit Ray translated by Lila Ray.
Pages 112. Rs 150.

All titles: Orient Paperbacks, New Delhi.

Epic quest
The Mahabharata: An inquiry in the human condition
by Chaturvedi Badrinath
Orient Longman. Pages 683.
Rs 1095.

New-Age Brahmastra
Ashok Malik
Soochnadhikar : Naya Loktantra, Nayi Patrakarita
Arvind Kejriwal and Vishnu Rajgadia, Lohia Granthalya, Ranchi.
Pages 112. Rs 225. (HB) Rs 65.00 (PB)

Portraits by a killer
Andrew Buncombe

Young fare
Pirates make for a hearty read
Laurie Muchnick

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