Artist in exile

Exile and the artist are something new for a country like ours known for its liberalism and tolerance. Has M.F. Husain actually chosen to flee or is it a new marketing technique by this artist who has always thrived on controversy? Nirupama Dutt probes this question as Husain fails to return home on promised dates

Maqbool Fida Husain, undoubtedly the most popular and prolific contemporary Indian artist, laughs at the word ‘exile’. His is a full-throated laughter of a man who has seen 90 plus one seasons of life and creativity. The irony is that he says this while in exile of sorts, away from his home country. Is it a willing suspension of disbelief when the maverick painter, whose one canvas fetches a crore and more.


Global design in local space
Architectural practice should be a creative process that aims at adopting ideas drawn from the past but rewritten to suit the changing environment, writes Deependra Prashad
Time: Saturday night, circa 2007. Place: a technopolis called Gurgaon. Scenario: a family of four comfortable in their luxury condo waiting for the pizza delivery guy. The children want to eat out but that would mean negotiating through the nightmarish slums outside.

Ruled by compassion
Helpful officials can often act as saviours. R.K. Chhibbar recounts two such incidents
N June 26, 1951, after superannuation from the post of Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor, Amritsar, my father Bakhshi Mulk Raj Chhibbar shifted to Shimla in to start legal practice in the High Court. We rented out a house, Aloka, behind Grindlays Bank on the Mall, close to Scandal Point.

Drive of destiny
Rooma Mehra
Somehow or the other, every time we ventured to Chail, we were never able to include Narkanda in our itinerary. Hence, it happened that we gazed upon the beautiful greens of the Naldehra Golf course so many times; visited the highest cricketing pitch in the world in Chail again and again, but never got to Narkanda.

Computer care, the eco way
Daksha Hathi offers tips on maintaining computers and laptops in an environmentally friendly way
AS your cat decided to sit on your computer, to drive you crazy? Never mind, there are many ways to clean it up and care for it safely.

In the race to be noticed
For the first time in the history of the Oscars, two Hindi movies are vying for nominations in the foreign language category to be announced on January 23. Vikramdeep Johal looks at the prospects of Indian entry Rang De Basanti and Canada’s Water
AN Oscar! an Oscar! my kingdom for an Oscar!" Had Shakespeare’s King Richard III been a film-maker, he would have demanded the coveted statuette rather than a horse. Such is the aura and hype surrounding the Academy Awards that even a nomination is regarded as a great achievement.

Emotional high
Moving along four fronts is ideal material for story telling and director Inarritu grabs it with both hands, writes Ervell E. Menezes
AKE four different incidents (read stories), diverse, disparate and variously located and get these characters, after trudging the wasteland, to overlap. Then try to determine their connectivity. Will these little pieces of a jigsaw puzzle fall into place?

The other face of Rahul Bose
Shoma A. Chatterji
Fresh from the release of his latest film, Pyar ke Side Effects, when Rahul Bose landed in Calcutta for an overnight stay, it was not in his actor persona. He was invited by four organisations that had joined hands to observe the fortnight to stop violence against women and girls.


'ART & SOUL: Mystic symbol of life
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Yet another heist

Food Talk: Peanut in soup
by Pushpesh Pant

Consumer rightsCurb shrill ads
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAWord of wisdom
by Jaspal Bhatti


Engendering resistance
Rumina Sethi
Writing Resistance: A Comparative Study of the Selected Novels by Women Writers.
by Usha Bande. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. Pages 293. Rs. 350.

Matter of faith
Ashok Vohra
The Sikh Vision of Heroic Life and Death
by Nirbhai Singh. Singh Brothers, Amritsar Pages 288. Rs 595

Books received: ENGLISH

Archives made accessible
Parshotam Mehra
The Emergence of India and Pakistan
ed S.K. Sharma. Pentagon Press. Pages XIV+500. Rs 1,250.

Reeds in the wind
Shalini Rawat
Midway Station: Real-life Stories of Homeless Children
by Lara Shankar. Penguin. Rs 150. Pages: 99

Praja Mandal struggle
B.S. Thaur
Freedom Struggle in East Punjab States
by Chander Shekhar Azad Azad Publications. Rs. 200. Pages 233

The world around us
Jayanti Roy
Fourth Estate: Strengthening Environmental Reporting in South Asia
A Handbook on Air, Water and Land pollution
ed. Manraj Grewal and Navdeep Kahol B.R. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi Pages 102.
Price not mentioned.

The Potter before Harry came on the scene
Scott Moore

In praise of Sonia
Mukul Bansal
Sonia Gandhi: Tryst with India
by N. I. Sarkar Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi Pages 169. Rs 350

Set the market free
Rajiv Lochan
Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case For Classical Liberalism In The Twenty First century
by Deepak Lal. Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2006. Pages 320 Rs. 895.

Archer reinvents Judas
Jonathan Thompson

Farmers and Banda Bahadur
Randeep Wadehra

  • Condition of Indian Peasantry
    by G.S. Bhalla National Book Trust. Pages: xvi+94. Rs 40

  • The IITs: Slumping or Soaring
    by Shashi K. Gulhati Macmillan, N. Delhi. Pages: xii+133. Rs 140

  • Banda Bahadur
    by M.S. Chandla Aurva Publications, Chandigarh. Pages: xv+238. Rs 250