In the Company of Art

The Company School of Painting, or pictures made by artists during the British Raj, refers to the genre of pictures that were specifically commissioned by or made for the John Company officials and other European residents. Pran Nevile gives a vivid account of the socio-cultural practices of the period, replete with rich and rare visuals brought together for the first time in his latest book. Exclusive excerpts:

The most notable artists who captured the Indian panorama in their paintings were William Hodges who travelled to India between 1780-83 producing his Select Views of India in 1787 and the uncle and nephew team of Thomas and William Daniell who toured the country extensively, making sketches and watercolours, which they took back to England and produced their famous six-volume series of aquatints, Oriental Scenery.

Making capital of things ethnic & modern
South Korea, with its progressive yet traditional ways, serves as a model for developing countries. Anand & Madhura Katti visit Seoul, the political and cultural capital of the country
Barren trees with newly blossoming pinkish white cherry flowers on the busy streets of capital Seoul welcomed us to ‘the land of morning calm’, ‘the country of courtesy’, ‘the home of taekwondo’ or to South Korea during spring.

V.R. Patel’s last show
One of the most distinguished printmakers of the country, for Vinod Ray Patel art was a means of self-expression, even self-indulgence. He did not subscribe to the view that ordinary people should either consider art important or take it seriously.

Big appetite for colour
Eminent artist and scholar K.G. Subramanyan on V. R.’s last exhibition
Vinod Ray Patel is an artist who lives up to his name; he seems to derive a lot of amusement from whatever he does. And he has the talent and technical facility to cover a large ground.

Bollywood vs Hollywood
The term to describe Hindi movies is here to stay. Feeling offended by it is a denial of the fact that film stories in this country are often adapted and inspired from Hollywood, writes Shakuntala Rao
What is this incessant comparison with Hollywood?" wrote a well-known critic in a recent issue of Outlook magazine. "Our [Indian] film industry is different and we should hold our head high on our own merit." "Bollywood is a pejorative term," writes Satvinder Rana of BBC Radio.

Indian films a hit in LA
Andy Goldberg in Los Angeles
It could be the plot of a particularly unlikely Bollywood movie. A young Greek girl grows up on the Mediterranean island of Crete and falls in love with movies from faraway India. Every weekend she sits glued to the screen to watch her idols like Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and others.

Lucille Ball honoured
Eighteen years after her death, American actress/comedian Lucille Ball, star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, was honoured with the Legacy of Laughter Award at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards, which are designed to honour classic stars and shows.

TV stars stay abreast of cancer
A path-breaking film on breast cancer by top specialists has cameos by three leading small screen actors, writes Nag Mani
For the country’s best known cancer specialist who has treated and given hope to thousands, this operation took four years of meticulous work. She does not hesitate to add that it has been her most important as well as most precious project.

Love to survive
They cannot afford to fall out of love. Meet the relationship addicts whose life is lost without love and who derive satisfaction by constantly searching for companionship, reports Ritusmita Biswas
It’s sad when a romance ends. It signifies a time of introspection, sadness and most importantly, solitude. But not for likes of Sujoy Basu. Known in his immediate circles as a flirt and incapable of serious relationship, Sujoy, however, denies that he is not so.

Golf and yoga in Himalayas
Here’s some good news for all golfers. If you are hitting the rough every time you raise the club, then try yoga—-that too in the midst of the Himalayas.


Art & Soul: Magic of puppets
by B. N. Goswamy

Television: Tale of two tigers

FOOD TALK: Riddle of a kebab
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Rules for safe swimming
Pushpa Girimaji

Hollywood Hues: History as excuse
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: MP’s choice
by Jaspal Bhatti


The shame of it
Tejwant Gill
Reading Partition/Living Partition
Ed. Jasbir Jain. Rawat Publications, Jaipur. Pages 338. Rs 750.

Books received: HINDI

‘I have met them all’
Roopinder Singh

Poor way to manage water
Usha Ramanathan
Keeping the Water Flowing: Understanding the role of Institutions, Incentives, Economics and Entrepreneurship in Ensuring Access and Optimising Utilisation of Water.
Ed Barun Mitra, Kendra Okonski and Mohit Satyanand, Academic Foundation, New Delhi. Pages 286+index. Rs 695

Exploring puzzles of life
M. Rajivlochan
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner. Allen Lane. Pages 242. Rs 295.

Pride of Haryana
R.W. Desai
Dr Sarup Singh and His Times: An Anecdotal Account
by Bhim S. Dahiya Shanti Prakashan, Delhi. Pages 152. Rs 300

Follies of academic life
Kanchan Mehta
Above Average by Amitabha Bagchi. Haper Collins. Pages 305. Rs 195.

When fundamental rights are violated
Gaurav Kanthwal
13 Dec—A Reader: The Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament
introduction by Arundhati Roy Penguin. Pages 233. Rs 200.

One more from Sir Vidia
Paras Ramoutar

Life of a babu’s wife
Neena Atray
Reflections: Experiences of a Bureaucrat’s Wife by Gita Vittal.
Academic Foundation. Rs 195. Pages 164

Ideal and idyllic
Randeep Wadehra

  • Up in the tree
    by Margaret Atwood Natraj, Dehradun. Rs 175

  • Sunrays for Tuesday
    by Priya and Sanjay Tandon Competent Foundation, Chandigarh. Pages 217. Rs 150.

  • Leading like Nelson Mandela
    by Martin Kalungu-Banda Arvind Kumar, Gurgaon. Pages 136. Rs 150