Like parent, like children
They followed in their parent’s footsteps and made a name for themselves. Was it the home environment or genes at play? Parbina Rashid attempts to find the answer
ver thought why a doctor’s child becomes a doctor (in most cases) or an architect’s kid will prefer to be an architect? Is it the environment at home that determines the children’s choice of career or is it in their genes? Having no patience to sit in a library with a fat volume on genetics or environmental sciences for company, we prefer to do our own research for the city has a large number of such samples to build an indigenous data bank! The first such household we zero in on is architect Aditya Prakash’s. Aditya has been involved with the making of the city ever since it was conceptualised. His son Vikramaditya has made it big in foreign shores as a professor in the history of architecture.
Harleen Kohli & Sukhmani

Why be afraid of Nishabd?
The debate over sexuality is a non-issue. The freedoms provided to the individual to express himself emotionally, intellectually, socially and usefully is the issue says Ashwini Bhatnagar
omance knows no age and the heart knows not any laws. It is all in the mind really, and when it ticks, it causes righteousness to erupt. It channelises people towards socially acceptable stereotypes. Lives are then ordained to be laid out in immaculately cultivated patches and relationships become the well- manicured tapestry of a planned garden. Neat pathways, luxuriantly green lawns and rows and rows of flowers ‘nodding their head in a sprightly dance’ is the design envisioned by the Great Social Gardner.

Dial S for security
Saurabh Malik
ingers pressing the backlit keys of mobile phones will now be able to do more than just receive messages or call up pals. For, three young researchers from The Chandigarh College of Engineering, Landran, have devised an advanced security system that enables you to receive warnings about intruders-and guests-on your cell-phones.

Green Couple 
Starting today, Lifestyle profiles winners of the best garden prize at the Rose Festival. For Subhash and Kavita Marriya, it has been five years of sweat, toil and accolades
Parbina Rashid

e all know the Marriya family and their prize-winning garden. When a garden bags 28 prizes at the Rose Festival and is declared the best garden of the city for the fourth consecutive year, it makes news! So it was not the curiosity to see the vast variety of flowers or neatly laid out flower pots that made me accept Marriya’s invitation for a morning cup of coffee — despite the fact that 9 am is an ungodly hour by any self-respecting journalist — but to find out what does it take a man or woman to amass 2,000 flower pots and 150 varieties of seasonal flowers.

The Marriya couple shares relaxing moments with the flowers in the front garden An ariel view of their backyard
PROUD POSESSION: The Marriya couple shares relaxing moments with the flowers in the front garden (left). An ariel view of their backyard (right). — Photos  by Manoj Mahajan 

Back to faith, via art
B.N. Goswamy’s latest book unveils a whole new world of Sikh art
Aditi Tandon

he very mention of Sikh art brings splendid images of Sikh gurus to mind, the sort of images that flourished during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He patronised a genre of art that painted the faith in golden hues and depicted the glory it had achieved during his times. But splendour was not the only reality of the period. Around the same time when Ranjit Singh was promoting decorative art, painters at the grassroots were doing simple work. Their work focused upon the broader vision of Sikh faith, its open mindedness and its stress on simplicity and equality. For the first time, these images have been brought to life in the latest book by art historian Dr B. N. Goswamy. The book, published by Mapin and titled I See No Stranger:
B.N. Goswamy

The guru of subtlety 
Munna Shukla represents eight generations of the Lucknow kathak gharana
S. D. Sharma

he ancient masters were never content with their dance compositions or presentations but always endeavored hard to project into it the strivings of their innermost experience to achieve an ultimate perfection which veritably reflected their personality and the gharana,” observes acclaimed kathak guru Munna Shukla, torch-bearer of the Lucknow gharana. The guru after a teaching and performance experience in Japan distinguished himself in the realm with a memorable performance at the Festival of Indian in Russia, Singapore, European and African countries between 1988 and 1994.

Dil hai Hindustani
very dance form has its own aura and exhales its characteristic atmosphere, but Kathak is close to my heart” says Tatiyana Nazrova (28), an intrusive Kathak dancer from Moscow. In city with Munna Shukla, Tatiyana says, “Of the all the fine arts, dancing is most attuned to the Infinite, having its essence in nature itself and as I love nature, I had developed a passion and profound love for Indian classical dances.”

Chai with Ayushman
Smriti Sharma
ersatile, energetic and spontaneous is what defines 23-year-old Ayushman Khurana. After winning the coveted MTV Roadies in 2004 and reaching the finals of Channel V’s Popstars in 2002, the guy is back in his new avatar, this time as a radio jockey on Big FM in the Capital. So what prompted you to take up RJaying as career, we ask.

A woman looks at video screens displaying a cosmetic commercial


LUSCIOUS LIPS: A woman looks at video screens displaying a cosmetic commercial. Photo: Reuters

A beggar lay whistling there...
Joyshri Lobo
t was a foggy January morning in Chandigarh. The airlines were in a tizzy as not even a stray pigeon was visible in the swirling mists over the runway; the Shatabadi was late; the Himalayan Queen lost somewhere down the track. Muffled figures in various layers of woollen warmth tried to carry on with their fog-disrupted lives. The cook declared that rations were low. We had to go and pick up mundane things like bread, eggs and milk to justify our cold, miserable, heatless existence. Crawling out of bed, we drove out to Sector 9 and delved into groceries at one of the well-known shops.

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