Freedom 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 just over a decade, that the medium of Internet has been known in the public domain this country, it has created a large impact among the users. It has been able to reach people in different walks of life and has become a companion either in work or at home.

Controls & checks
Law on blocking sites
Content filter: Top picks

Celebration in the sands
The Desert Festival at Jaisalmer is the highpoint of the tourist season, reports Chandan Sen
Fairs 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 Festival.

Encounter with the Outback
A visit to Coober Pedy, the opal town of Australia, is a never-before experience,
writes Inder Raj Ahluwalia
RY 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?

TRIBUTE: 1926 – 2007
The genius of O.P. Nayyar
M.L. Dhawan
USIC 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.

"Mani 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. Ananth
OU 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 film.

Love & conflict
The focus on pressures of modern life makes A Thousand Kisses a good watch,
reports Ervell E. Menezes
HEN 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.

For GenNow
Randeep Wadehra
Writer-director-producer 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.

Buddhist way to fight eating disorders
HEN 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.

Scary carbon dioxide levels
TUDY 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 8,00,000 years.


'ART & SOUL: The measure of form
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Lethal show

FOOD TALK: Methi with mutton
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Curb ads that promise health cures
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Political tunes
by Jaspal Bhatti


Their home abroad
Roopinder Singh
The Encyclopedia of Indian Diaspora
ed. Brij V. Lal. Oxford. Pages 416. Rs 2,500

To the rescue of small holders
S. S. Johl
Agricultural Diversification and Small Holders in South Asia
Ed P. K. Joshi, Ashok Gulati and Ralph Cummings Jr Academic foundation. Rs 995. Pages 626


Pull of memories & home
Gitanjali Sharma
The Silence of Time and Other Stories
by Kripa Nidhi. Rupa. Pages 189. Rs 195

A way of life, with words
Aruti Nayar

City of legends
Harbans Singh
The Last Bungalow: Writings on Allahabad
ed. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. Penguin. Pages 331. Rs 395.

A sure-fire winner
M.S. Unnikrishnan
Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2006-2007
Ed Glenda Rollin and Jack Rollin Headline Publishing Group Pages 1056. £ 12

Of hapless women
Kanchan Mehta
The Betrayal and Other Stories
by Sivanskari. Transcreated in English by Aneeta Agnihotri and Geeta Radhakrishnan.
East West Books, Madras. Pages 250. Rs 150.

In the heat of war, a literary refuge

Struggle for a normal life
Randeep Wadehra

  • One Full One Half
    by Neela Satyanarayana Rupa and Co. Pages: xv+113. Rs 195.

  • I am fully awake
    by Suganchand Muktesh (Translator: Puran Mudgal) Shilalekh, Delhi. Pages 70. Rs 100)

  • Removal of turban in France
    by MS Rahi Singh Legal Foundation, Chandigarh. Pages: viii+105. Rs 245.