virtual, fear real
The cyber world offers
almost unlimited freedom of expression. This has obvious advantages
but it can also be damaging if misused. At present, there is concern
about the Internet turning into the medium of fear and a clamour for
legal checks. But the best filter, says Subimal
Bhattacharjee, would be a balanced and responsible approach
towards keeping cyberspace free from unwanted content.
in the sands
The Desert Festival at
Jaisalmer is the highpoint of the tourist season, reports Chandan
and festivals reflect the multifaceted beauty of Rajasthani culture.
Jaisalmer helps one witness the essence of the desert and the annual
Desert Festival makes it more special. Once a year in winters, the
great Thar Desert comes alive during the Maru Mahotsav or the Desert
Encounter with the
A visit to Coober Pedy,
the opal town of Australia, is a never-before experience,
this for something different. As many as 75 per cent of locals
actually live underground. Why? Not as a fad, but because its ‘cool’.
Literally so. There’s more to chew on. Which other town can offer 47
nationalities out of a total population of 4,500?
1926 – 2007
The genius of
was an obsession with O.P. Nayyar. He became an AIR artiste at the age
of 11. He was barely 17 when he composed Preetam aan milo and Kaun
nagar tera door thikana, sung by his classmate C.H. Atma. The
records of these were released by HMV in 1943.
pushes the goal when it comes to his actors"
It was much tougher to
play Gurubhai in Guru than the character of Lallan in Mani
Ratnam’s earlier film Yuva, confesses Abhishek Bachchan in an
interview with V.
ought to complement Abhishek Bachchan for slipping effortlessly into
the skin of the character of Gurukant Desai in his latest release,
Mani Ratnam’s Guru in which he has been cast opposite
Aishwarya Rai. Abhishek, who has given an award-winning performance in
the film, is quite excited about having been a part of Mani Ratnam’s
The focus on pressures of
modern life makes A Thousand Kisses a good watch,
reports Ervell E. Menezes
the writer hero Giph is told that "You’ll be embraced by a
thousand arms," one gets the significance of the title A
Thousand Kisses but the story moves along two fronts. One is the
hero’s tempestuous love affair with medico/model Samarind and the
other his mother’s wish to go in for euthanasia.
Suneel Darshan has a reputation for making movies that have high
emotional content. Most of his flicks generally dwell upon
relationships. For example, Jaanwar was melodramatic, Talaash
was full of passion and Ek Rishta dealt with generation gap.
Perhaps, the movie that could have brought him laurels as director was
Mere Jeevan Saathi had its release not got overly delayed.
way to fight eating disorders
it comes to battling eating disorders, two psychologists have found
that a psychological technique based on Buddhist philosophy and
practice may provide a solution for women in the West. Griffith
University psychologists Michelle Hanisch and Angela Morgan have come
up with a technique known as ‘mindfulness’, which is currently
being taught to women in Queensland, Australia, to help them
understand and deal with the emotions that trigger their binges.
carbon dioxide levels
of ice extracted from deep under the Earth’s surface has revealed
substantially high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Scientists have said the in-depth analysis of air bubbles trapped in
the 3.2 km-long core of frozen snow in East Antarctica, the longest,
deepest ice column extracted till date, shows carbon dioxide levels
are at an unprecedented high, higher than at anytime in the last