Made for maharajas
A look at the splendour of royal life by Amin Jaffer
HE types of western objects that excited the imperial imagination included not only paintings, sculpture, musical instruments, weapons and exotic animals, but also examples of European clothing.

You’d love being led up this garden path
A visit to Wisley is a delightful experience with a surprise at every corner. Daksha Hathi takes a tour of the friendliest garden in England
nap alongside a mound of yellow-golden roses under sunshine that played hot and cold, looked like cosy therapy that morning in July, at Wisley, which is one of the friendliest gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society of England.

A cool getaway
Subathu’s moderate climate, calmness and cleanliness makes it a haven for nature lovers,
writes Madan Gupta Spatu
F you are fed up with visiting Kasauli, Shimla, Manali, Chail and are in search of a picturesque holiday spot, then Subathu, a 120-minute drive from Chandigarh, should be your destination. This little hamlet, on the banks of the Gambher rivulet, is a haven for those who wish to escape the humdrum of city life.

World’s oldest ritual found
Researchers have made a startling archaeological discovery, which has thrown fresh light on how earlier did man start performing rituals. In her study, Associate Professor Sheila Coulson from the University of Oslo, found that modern humans, Homo sapiens, performed advanced rituals in Africa for 70,000 years, 30,000 years than what was earlier believed.

The high and low of Everest
Sudeshna Sarkar
film on Mount Everest by Discovery Channel has revived a controversy over a climber’s death, with critics calling it the "most shameful act in the history of mountaineering". The channel aired the first episode in a six-part series - Everest: Without Limits - Tuesday, featuring an expedition to the 8,848-metre peak led by Himex, a commercial agency that guides climbers.

So, what’s news?
Television news channels are giving long slots to crime and glamour to increase their TRPs,
says Randeep Wadehra
Certain images keep gnawing at your grey cells. Like that of Prince at the bottom of a 48 or 60 feet — depending on the news channel one was watching — deep pit. Was it really worth the airtime it got? Pushing back all other stories this one became a primetime national tamasha.

Once is not enough
Sequels are being lapped up by audiences like never before, even if some of them pale in comparison with the originals, writes Vikramdeep Johal
Nothing succeeds like success. And what is it that succeeds a success? A sequel, of course. However, it’s a hard task to make one that matches the popularity of the original film, let alone emulate its excellence. Surprisingly, several Bollywood directors have managed to pull it off this year.

It flatters to deceive
Ervell E. Menezes
alayalam cinema has earned for itself a great reputation in the last three decades, what with stalwarts like G. Aravindan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Shaji Karun. But Shashi Paravoor’s Nottam is not in the same league as the classics made by those Malayalam maestros.

More film fests with Indian flavour
From Pusan to Lyons, and from Singapore to Florence and Dubai, Indian films are increasingly hitting the screens of festivals across the globe. Opportunities are on the rise and talent from India is valued. Besides domestic festivals, Indian filmmaking talent is trying its hand across the globe, according to the journal Film India Worldwide.

How a super star is born
number of books have been written on Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan but Susmita Dasgupta’s Amitabh - The Making of a Superstar is probably the first to analyse the sociological impact of his popularity.


'ART & SOUL: Old maritime images
by B. N. Goswamy

NATURE: Return of the TIGER
by Anil Sharma

Food Talk: Chill out with chillies
by Pushpesh Pant

Consumer rightsInsurers must simplify policy forms
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Ganguly’s googly
by Jaspal Bhatti


Historic epistles on Kashmir
G.S. Bhargava
Jammu and Kashmir, 1949-64. Select Correspondence between Jawaharlal Nehru and Karan Singh
by Karan Singh. Penguin/Viking. Pages 374. Rs. 595

Books received: ENGLISH

Celebrating the Golden Gate
Twenty years after Vikram Seth’s book created waves in India and abroad, Harsh A. Desai doffs his hat to the Golden Gate

‘Authors do not write with the audience in mind’
Vikram Seth, in a telephonic interview from London, talks to Harsh A. Desai about the process behind the writing of his first novel

Press and pressures
A.J. Philip
The Goenka Letters: Behind the scenes in The Indian Express
by T.J.S. George East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Ltd. Pages 239. Rs 250.

Teenager's dilemma
Gaurav Kanthwal
Sumit Runs Away
by Mahesh Suvarna Frog. Pages 249. Rs 300

Recipe to STEM backwardness
M. Rajivlochan
Muslims in Indian Economy
by Omar Khalidi. Three Essays Collective. Pages 240. Rs. 575

Return of a classic
Deepika Gurdev

Encounter with inner spaces
Arun Gaur
Over the Edge
by Randhir Khare Rupa. Pages 288. Rs. 295.

Psychology & spirituality
Randeep Wadehra

  • Margaret Atwood
    by Rama Gupta New Dawn Press. Pages 166. Rs 500.

  • I Believe
    by Karan Singh Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. Pages: XII + 75. Rs 90

  • Exploring Speech Language
    by Medha S. Rajadhyaksha National Book Trust. Pages: xiii + 124. Rs 55