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Locked homes, empty schools

Distress seasonal migration impacts many lives caught in the battle for survival, reports Smita as she traces the effects of this phenomenon

Being away from home and village, migrants lead an uprooted life. They do not belong to the places where they go, and increasingly lose acceptance in their own villages. Cut off from their community, culture and traditions, unable to take part in festivals, fairs and religious and social functions, which are an important part of their lives, migrants lose their sense of identity.

The price of poverty
Amartya Sen
T
HE poor in India suffer from a variety of tribulations and afflictions. They are all quite dreadful, but some of them are at least well understood and well analysed, so that remedies can be sought if we manage to get our act together.

Canberra flies into oblivion
Once the mainstay and pride of the IAFís bomber fleet, the Canberra is being phased out this year. Vijay Mohan reports
O
N March 7 at Chandigarh, as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, IAF personnel and select guests assembled on the airfield gazed skywards, the vulnerable Canberra made its last public appearance in the Indian skies during the Presidentís Fleet Review.

Snapshots of Srinagar
Prabhjit Singh
Capturing the old city of Srinagar in frames, Afaq Rasool Gadda brought some nostalgic moments for Kashmiri migrants at the Kala Kendra in Jammu, where he recently held a photo exhibition. Several of his frames depict the temples and mosques dotting the old city of Srinagar along the Jhelum river.

Children of the glitter gods
Bollywood is no exception to the rule of blood being thicker than the water. Sons and daughters of those in the film world never fail to squeeze the bloodline for the mileage it can bring,
writes Shoma A. Chatterji
Look at cinema hoardings or surf channels for film promos and you can count the sons and daughters of Bollywood in Bollywood off your fingers. Who do you see? Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Zaid Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Taneesha, Kaajol, Karishma Kapoor, Raima and Ria Sen, Konkona Sen, Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Ranveer Shorey, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Ajay Devgun.

COLUMNS

'ART & SOUL: Body and mind in the bathing place
by B. N. Goswamy

television: All talk, no bite
by Randeep Wadehra

GARDEN LIFE: Gift of spring
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Good looks, great taste
by Pushpesh Pant

SOCIETY: Pakistan village awaits Manmohan
by Rashmi Talwar

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Insurance firms seldom willing to pay up
by
Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Moving father-son bond
by Ervell E. Menezes

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTAHigh time
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

OFf the shelf
Examining the great divide
V. N. Datta
Partitions: Reshaping States and Minds
by Stefano Bianchini, Sanjay Chaturvedi, Rada Ivekovic and Ranabir. Samaddar. Frank Cass,
New York (First Indian reprint). Pages 176.

Books received: HINDI

Bestsellers

Great books and Ďstupidí readers
Philip Henshaw

Common manís story
Ramesh Luthra
Govardhanís Travels: A Novel
by P. Sachidanandan. Translated by Gita Krishnankutty. Penguin Books. Pages 438. Rs 350.

Requiem for childhood
Santosh Kr. Singh
Childhoods in South Asia
Ed. Deepak Kumar Behera. Pearson Longman. Pages XII+356. Price not stated.

An iconís journey
Harbir K. Singh
Amitabh: The Making of a Superstar
by Susmita Das Gupta. Penguin Books. Pages 187. Rs 250.

A disconnected world
Aparna M Sridhar
Media Plays & Earth and I
Eds Sudhamahi Regunathan and Shriti Nath Foundation of Unity of Religions and Enlightened Citizenship, New Delhi Pages: 338 and 332. Rs 200 each

Truly, a hard-hitting writer

SHORT TAKES
Rich fare, lucid language

  • Hinduism by Karan Singh
    New Dawn Press, N. Delhi. Pages 112. Rs 99.

  • The Ramayana by Bulbul Sharma
    Puffin Books, N. Delhi. Pages 137. Rs 75.

  • Ma Sarada by M Sivaramakrishna
    New Dawn Press, N. Delhi. Pages 128. Rs 99





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