Line of division

In this excerpt from Scoop, Inside Stories from Partition to the Present,
Kuldip Nayar recalls his meeting with Lord Cyril Radcliffe, Chairman of the Boundary Commission which marked the dividing line between India and Pakistan

I nearly gave you Lahore." Lord Cyril Radcliffe, Chairman of the Boundary Commission, told me. "But then I realised that Pakistan would not have any large city. I had already earmarked Calcutta for India." Lahore had Hindus and Sikhs in a majority and way up in assets, he said. Yet he had no option because of paucity of big towns in Pakistan. The conversation took place at Radcliffe’s flat in London towards the later half of 1971. 

Oldest gurdwara in US
Asha Seth & Ramesh Seth
During our travels of North America we came across a number of strange cases about the buildings of various gurdwaras. Among them is the interesting case of the founding of the first gurdwara in America, at Stockton, California. This was also called, "Gadari Babeyan da Gurdwara"—(the gurdwara founded by the members of the Hindustan Gadar Party.) Both these factors make it unique.

Writers’ paradise
Inder Raj Ahluwalia recalls a day out at the Chiltern Hills and the Thames valley
John Milton found his Paradise Lost here. Mary Shelley was inspired to write Frankenstein. Jerome K Jerome lived besides the river and thought up the classic comic novel Three men in a boat. Thomas Gray composed his still resonant Elegy in the same churchyard where his bones now lie.

Queen of cadence
Lata Mangeshkar’s inimitable voice reigns supreme conveying a wide and varied range of emotions. So much so that music lovers look for it in every female playback singer, writes M. L. Dhawan as Lata turns 77 on September 28
Lata Mangeshkar is not just a name; she has become an institution. Connoisseurs of music point out that Goddess Saraswati sings through her voice. Since Paa lagoon kar jori from Aap Ki Sewa Mein (1947), she has done nothing but sewa to the seven notes.

Banking on Shiva
Ram Gopal Verma’s latest finds—Nisha Kothari and Mohit Ahlawat—seem to have struck the right chords with the audience, says Srabanti Chakrabarti
T’S not a good time for Ram Gopal Verma. A string of flops and only one hit—Sarkar—in the last couple of years has made the film-making factory think twice about his strategy. And the new strategy seems to be to follow in the footsteps of mega-hits and make remakes. The cases in point are Shiva and Sholay.

‘I can be a little picky now’
Akshay Kumar is smiling from ear to ear with his "high success ratio regardless of bad career choices". Vickey Lalwani chats up Bollywood’s most dependable hunk of the moment
How are you feeling after the success of Phir Hera Pheri?
I am feeling that I have put fuel in a plane. It’s great to see money coming into the film industry. I hear that the film is set to break some records in certain territories.


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by  Kiran Narain

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CONSUMER RIGHTS: Civic bodies to pay for neglect
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The rainbow war
Himmat Singh Gill
The Weather Makers
Tim Flannery Allen Lane/Penguin Books. Pages 341. £ 6

Books received: english

Hindutva unravelled
Shyam Chand
Religious Dimensions of Indian Nationalism: A Study of the RSS
by Shamsul Islam. Media House, Delhi Pages 383. Rs 360.

Pre-empt and win
D. S. Cheema
The Power to Predict
Vivek Ranadivé Tata Mcgraw-Hill. Pages 239. Rs 299.

Indian book industry growing by volumes
Prashant K. Nanda

Libyan Kite Runner
Deepika Gurdev
In the Country of Men
Hisham Matar. Viking. Pages 256. £ 13

FRANKFURT book fair
A colourful canvas
Shinie Antony

She, the citizen
G.V. Gupta
Women, Citizenship and Difference
Ed by Nina Yuval-Davis & Pnina Werbner: Zuban (An imprint of Kali for Women). Pages 271. Rs 495

Taut tale
Sridhar K Chari
Year 7007 – Fable of a forgotten planet
by Vijayakumar Punya Publishing. Pages 180. Rs 145

Forever at war

House where Christie lived

Divine notes
Randeep Wadehra

  • Bismillah Khan
    by Neeraja Poddar Rupa. Pages 60. Rs 195

  • India Smiles
    by Penguin. Pages 157. Rs 195

  • Sikh Meditations
    by Harchand Singh Giani Dit Singh Memorial Trust, Ludhiana. Pages 208. Rs 60