Living byTHE BOOK
Parbina Rashid chats up the proud owners of copies signed by celeb writers
The invitation came with an interesting opening – ‘British Library is booking the city on World Book Day with Grow Your Book Tree campaign’ — and with a promise to promote reading as a fun activity. With so many invitations coming in, one tends to lose interest in keeping track of campaigns or their successes. But this one is attention grabbing — not just for its catch line but also the concept. Anyone keen to share his or her opinion on a book or author can write it down and place it in Book Trees kept at a few strategic places.

Prof Shelly Walia in his library; his autographed books
Prof Shelly Walia in his library; (right) his autographed books. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Go Travel
Where shall we go this Summer?
A large number of people from the region are fleeing from the annual heat spell by holidaying abroad, finds Priya Gill
Need to escape from the searing summer heat? Have more than a few extra bucks in your pocket? Always contemplated foreign lands? Well, you are not alone. As part of a rising nation, more resourceful Indians are rising to the occasion and planning trips abroad. The number of Indians travelling overseas this year has increased says Param Shergill of Shergill Travels, Sector 17. “Nowadays, more families are vacationing abroad and there is an emphasis on learning about the world through travel”, she reveals.

A beach in Malaysia
A beach in Malaysia

Plan a group holiday
Smriti Sharma
Summer vacations are here but the days of spending the break at Nana-Nani’s place, chasing birds in open spaces and flying kites are passé. The world has shrunk to a global village and the vacation options galore. After the honeymooners, it is now the turn for family, friends, kitty members and adventure seekers to head straight to foreign destinations. The reason for opting foreign locales is simple, informs Kapil, director, Ekido tours and travels, Sector 8.

S.D. Sharma
Endowed with a vision and power of expression all artists including painters, writers or sculptors always feel pleasure in depicting the regular experiences of life through artistic creations. But, the budding young painting maestro, Suresh Chandra Jangid has endeavored to share his reminiscences through his collection of sixteen painting in acrylic medium at Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi. The MFA pass out from Rajasthan School of Fine Arts seems to be ‘face to face ‘ with himself in his solo group exhibition. He claims a motivational theme of ‘search within’ for all the untitled displays.

Suresh Chandra Jangid : Photo by Manoj Mahajan
Photo by Manoj Mahajan

Mythical figures                                                                                      
Contemporary strokes
Parbina Rashid
By the standard norm of the city, the art scene should be in the lull at this time of the year. But this year is seems to be different. Not only art galleries are still busy doing business but curators of Art Folio in Sector 9, have decided not to take their usual month-long vacation and go on holding exhibitions.

Radhika Singh
The ancient wisdom, that so far was the prerogative of the learned, has now been made available to the common man. No longer do we need to rely on priests or philosophers for interpretations of the Bhagwad Gita.

On the right path
Since the inception of life on earth the visionary saints and seers of India have given the world virtues of wisdom, humanistic vision and spiritual awakening. An American legal luminary, turned Indian saint, Makhanlal Das Prabhu is spreading the teachings of the Indian seers to encourage mankind to follow the right path.

Treasure Trove
In search of the lost world
This Patiala-based collector values and preserves discarded old stuff, writes Parbina Rashid
For Bhalinder Singh Dhaliwal, it was the callous attitude of the elder generation towards old household goods that ignited his love for collecting them. Yes, he is an antique collector who would not mind searching through the fare of any kabadiwala, if he can find that right piece. “Our elder generations were not even aware of the treasure trove they were sitting on,” says Dhaliwal.

Bhalinder Singh Dhaliwal with his collection. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Bhalinder Singh Dhaliwal with his collection

It is so filmi!
Saurabh Malik
If your little one is bored of putting two and two together in the classroom, forget all about your calculations and get ready to give him a few lessons in fun. Just take him to ‘Fun summer kids’ film festival’ for a bag full of excitement Beginning Friday, the week-long festival at Fun Cinema in Manimajra is all set to open a new chapter of entertainment, education and inspiration for the young innocents.

Films at a glance
Finding Nemo
Nemo, a boy clown fish, is stolen from his home and taken to a fish tank in a dentist’s office in Sydney. His timid father, and a blue tang fish, must follow the East Australian Current to reach Sydney and take Nemo home. April 27

Are you game?
Animal Planet is searching for the next great wildlife filmmaker. The reality series Unearthed will return for a second season of five episodes, following six new contestants on an intensive training course. Renowned wildlife filmmakers Lyndal Davies and Andrew Barron will return to guide the contestants through their tasks on the course.

Little Interview
Every human being dreams of something. And to fulfill that dream he needs to have a set vision, an ambition to accomplish it, hard work and dedication. That is precisely what actor Saif Ali Khan did, and, achieved his goal. Five consecutive widely-acclaimed films later, Saif has earned the lucky mascot tag. On a high about his role in Siddharth Anand’s Ta Ra Rum Pum, Saif Ali Khan speaks his heart out about his career to Life Style.

New Release
Ta Ra Rum Pum
Of great expectations

Yash Raj Films’ first release this year is unlike previous production of the banner. The film’s colourful look and commercial tone catapult it into an entirely different genre. Rajveer Singh (Saif) is passionate about driving and dreams of making it big on the racecourse. He is discovered by his manager Harry (Jaaved Jaffrey). Rajveer meets Radhika (Rani) and instantly falls for her.

Ravi Kishan turns MJ
FILMY has now roped in Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan as a movie jockey on the channel. He will be presenting his hit Bhojpuri film Ganga that will premier on 29 April. Talking about his association with FILMY, he further said, “When they approached me with the offer, I was very excited and took it instantly.”

Rising Star
Theatre is his LIFE
City-based actor Sachin Sharma defines ‘theatre’ in poet Mehroom’s couplet. For him drama is a life-size art and everything comes within its fold. In that sense, life, too, is a stage where one’s joys and sorrows are depicted, he says. Credited with 17 TV serials, films and scores of stage plays, Sachin’s foundation to fame was laid in school. His first play Anjaam-e-Gulistan Kya Hoga won him national recognition and laurels for his school, DC Model School, Panchkula.

FRIENDS to the fore
Joyshri Lobo
Dorothy Parker Riddle wants to stay with us this coming October. She has been invited by her alma mater — Woodstock, Mussoorie — to be honored for her global achievements, which include a huge business set up in Vancouver. It frequently takes her across the world. In fact, she has spent so many hours flying that her legs gave trouble and had to be operated upon.

youth speak
Earn & learn
Shubh Ashish
Largely a western concept, the trend of working during summer break caught up with the students in the city recently; lots of senior students and college students now look out for employment opportunities during vacations.