Dance is No 1 hit
From merely add-ons or extras to the storyline and characterisation, song and dance sequences have graduated to the status of a hero, becoming the heart and soul of films. Srabanti Chakraborty looks at how the ‘dance master’ has turned choreographer and occupies centrestage

to the new world of ultra-specialisation in Bollywood which has resulted in the master-ji metamorphose into the director of choreography.

Women’s way in art
It took almost half a century after the pioneering work done by Amrita Shergil for a whole slew of women artists to rear their heads in cities, says Yashodhara Dalmia
By the early 1970s, women artists were more than a presence on the art landscape, and had attained important positions in the art world. Many, in fact, like the sculptor Meera Mukherjee, archived folk and tribal consciousness and fashioned her own propensities to make pungent, witty statements about city life.

And quiet flows the Godavari
The scenic Godavari as it flows through Papi Hills is nature in all its glory. The proposed Polavaram Project, however, poses a threat to their very existence, reports Ramesh Kandula

Where you can shop till you drop
Ramesh & Asha Seth take a trip to the Dubai Shopping Festival, a consumers’ paradise
recently my wife and I visited Dubai for an 11-day-tour, it was my first visit. My wife, who had visited Dubai earlier in 1974, was surprised to see the change. It was not the Dubai that she had visited more than 30 years earlier.

Marry in haste
Buddhist youth have rushed in to marry before the first dawn of the Year of Pig, writes Rajiv Kimta
we are ready to welcome the year 2007 with open arms, many youngsters who believe in the Buddhist philosophy are ensuring that they get married before the new year, which they believe will be the Year of the Pig believed to be inauspicious by many individuals.

New twist to Everest love story
A Nepali couple who tied the knot on top of the world’s highest peak has now released a book on their adventures. The book Motinaya Sagarmatha (The Everest of romance) — is written by Kathmandu girl Moni Mulepati, 27, and Sherpa boy Pem Dorjee Sherpa, 26, who married atop the peak on August 30, 2005.

‘No film is an end game in itself’
Celebrated film-maker Shekhar Kapur was in Mumbai, recently.
Vickey Lalwani caught up with him for a free-wheeling chat.
What brings you to Mumbai?
Nothing special. I just wanted to take a break before moving on with the challenges in life. I had also to sort out some legal matters here. So it’s a business-cum-pleasure trip.

Deadly Diamond
Blood Diamond
director Zwick churns out an indelibly forthright and elevating story of three characters whom fate brings together, reports Ervell E.Menezes
are forever" and "diamonds are a girl’s best friend" are some of the eulogies attributed to that wonder stone but the price one pays to get it and the ordeal, nay the hell on earth, the locals are subjected to in the process, is graphically, even horrifyingly brought to light in Blood Diamond, a candid, thought-provoking drama set against the backdrop of the civil war that engulfed the Sierra Leone of the 1990s.

Star trap
winner Cate Blanchett refuses to be stressed out by paparazzi photographers, because she understands the attention comes hand in hand with being a Hollywood star. The actress’ new film Babel recently picked up a Golden Globe award for Best Picture while she was also nominated for her supporting role in Notes on a Scandal.

Babul shows the way
|The theme of widow remarriage that Babul deals with has been attempted before.
M.L. Dhawan takes a look at the socially relevant films

the years the film makers have considered their social obligations and used the power of their medium to provoke the viewers to react to the issue of rehabilitation of a widow. Through their landmark films on the issue, the film makers have used potential in their hands for the social changes our politicians can never dream of accomplishing.


GARDEN LIFE: A cut above the rest
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Say it with spinach
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Boycott poor service
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Playing Big Brother
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


Revisiting Gandhi
R. L. Singal
Gandhi, Gandhism and the Gandhians
by Thomas Weber.
Roli Books, New Delhi.
Pages 361. Rs 395.

The Great Indian Elections
Shastri Ramachandaran
India’s 2004 Elections: Grass-roots and National Perspectives
Ed. Ramashray Roy & Paul Wallace Sage. Pages xvi+341. Rs 720.

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Dilemma of Indian immigrants
Manju Joshi
Bye-Bye Blackbird
by Anita Desai. Orient Paper Backs.
Pages 224. Rs 175.

Manage with trust
Amarinder Sandhu
Sociology of Organisation
by Jaspal Singh. Kanishka
Publisher, New Delhi. Pages 250. Rs 595.

Restless man of letters
Kashmiri Lal Zakir

Terms of eco-friendly trade
J. Sri Raman
Environmental Requirements and Market Access: Reflections from South Asia.
Ed. Nagesh Kumar and Sachin Chaturvedi, Academic Foundation. Pages 264. Rs. 695.

Happy ending to Ian McEwan story
John Walsh

Spiritual lessons
Arun Gaur
Reflections in a Sacred Pond
by Murad Ali Baig.
Tara Press, New Delhi.
Pages 217. Rs 295.

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Nuremberg: Evil On Trial
by James Owen
Headline Review
Pages 376. £12.99

Development Under Stress: Sri Lankan Economy in Transition
by Saman Kelegama
Sage. Pages 305. Rs 850.
My Fabulous Divorce
by Clare Dowling
Headline Review.
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