Letters of a martyr

Bhagat SinghIn his birth centenary year, there is a revival of interest in Bhagat Singh, leading to new revelations and perspectives on his activities. Chaman Lal presents another facet of the revolutionary as revealed by his letters to family members and friends
march 23, 2007, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev completed 76 years of martyrdom. With effect from September 28, 2006, birth centenary programmes of Bhagat Singh started nationally. This happened more at the non-government level as compared to the government level. Memorial programmes on Bhagat Singh have gained momentum since, there have been a lot of publications brought out in this period in Hindi, Punjabi, English and many other Indian languages.

Symphony in Wood
Driftwood, natureís spontaneous creations, can lend an artistic touch to your living space, says Prabhat Kumar
lives can yield pleasure in so many ways. It would be interesting if we had an aesthetic taste in artistic creations and natural surroundings. Art changes its style from time to time. In modern times, it has become trendy and fashionable. Oneís imagination may give birth to mind-blowing creations.

Building a vision brick by brick
Noted British-born architect Laurie Baker, known as the Ďbrick masterí of Kerala and one who built and popularised construction of low-cost houses, passed away some time back at 90. Laurence W. Baker, was born in Birmingham on March 2, 1917 and started off as a social worker, especially helping those suffering from leprosy.

Periyarís salute
Extracts are from the editorial of Periyar E.V. Ramasami in Tamil Weekly Kudi Arasu dated March 29, 1931
As far as we are concerned, let us tell the truth: There are idiots and fools in this land. They do not think of the pros and cons of a course of action, but selfishly seek their own honour.

The town that lives with history
It is known by many names: Town of Romanticism, Germansí Dream City, and Franconian Rome. Inder Raj Ahluwalia visits the German town Bamberg, famous for its museums, cathedrals, monasteries and even brewries.

Critic with a cutting edge

He always spoke his mind. Artistes both feared and loved him, the media idolised him, and readers lapped up every comment of his. Lada Guruden Singh on the legendary dance and music critic Subbudu, who has left behind a legacy of words that had the power to make or mar artistes

Boy meets girl
Twist in the tale
M. L. Dhawan
have always been portrayed on the screen in different shades and textures in our films. Generally, boy meets girl, falls in love and with or without the consent of her parents gets married.

Booking fame
Vidhi Upadhyay
If the movie is expected to do well why should the book lag behind? With the recent release of Mira Nairís Namesake, retailers are stocking up on Jhumpa Lahiriís Pultizer prize-winning novel of the same name that serves as the script for the movie.

Story of a loss in victory
In 1971 India won the war against Pakistan but a large number of Indian soldiers were held captive in various jails in Pakistan. Amrit Sagarís film 1971 attempts to capture the chilling reality. Shoma A. Chatterji reports


FOOD TALK: A good starter
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Dealer also in the dock
Pushpa Girimaji

SOCIETY: From despair to hope
by Archana K Sudheer

hollywood hues: Pointless horror
by Ervell E. Menezes

NATURE: Roses rich in vitamin C
by Daksha Hathi

Television: Engaging host

ULTA PULTA: Beautiful lie
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


Going beyond Goa
Shalini Rawat
Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa
Ed. Jerry Pinto. Penguin Books.
Pages 295. Rs 395.

Poetic voice of the Valley
Ehsan Fazili

Victimís tale of destiny
Deepika Gurdev
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid. Hamish Hamilton. Pages 184.

Turbulence documented
Ranjit Powar
The Sikhs and Transfer of Power
by Dr Kirpal Singh. Punjabi University, Patiala. Pages 174. Rs 180.

Unsung heroes
Jyoti Singh
What Happened In 1971: The Sinking of INS Khukri
Survivorsí Stories
by Maj-Gen Ian Cardozo.
Roli Books. Pages 197. Rs 350.

Cryptically coherent
Randeep Wadehra
Lost Torn Forlorn
by Arun Dhadwal & Belma Bojic. Author House. Pages 88.

Judas: Not such a bad guy after all
Peter Stanford

The end of Life
Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles

Back of the book
Can India grow without Bharat
by Shankar Acharya.
Academic Foundation
Pages 187. Rs 395