The 1965 India-Pakistan War
IAF’s ground reality

In more ways than one, the 1965 India-Pakistan War was a watershed for the Indian Air Force.
Air Commodore Jasjit Singh (retd) looks at the many dimensions of this conflict. Exclusive extracts from his new book
The Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 was the first time in the history of Independent India when our military power was confronted by a hostile air force at a time when Pakistan had launched a surprise invasion into India and, hence, also achieved substantive strategic and tactical surprise.

His plays have fed many a film
Ervell E. Menezes
Neil Simon!`A0 Does the name ring a bell? May be not for`A0the rookies in literature or movies. But to this writer it rings a gong and every year since I saw his Barefoot in the Park (Robert Redford and Jane Fonda) in the late 1960s, I looked forward to his new play-turned-film. Oh was he`A0prolific! A new play each year, almost.

Pulse of a city
Life in a Metro
is a jet-paced film that captures the perpetual rush in the urban concrete jungle, writes Shoma A. Chatterji
Passion. Loyalty. Romance. Lust. Love. Stress. Sex. Emotions tend to run amok in any metro city in India. Anurag Basu’s Life in a Metro is all about this and more. Life becomes a roller-coaster ride of emotions that run a race against each other, against time, against people who may or may not be your near and dear ones.

The many shades of conflict
M. L. Dhawan
Cinema has revelled in the various opportunities of drama and emotion offered by conflicts. In fact, it has thrived on it for conflict is the muse around which many stories have been woven. Where there is proximity, there arise conflicts. Most dramatic conflicts arise within the family and there is too often love underlying it all.

Rahul’s jumbo passion
Actor Rahul Khanna has joined the ‘save the elephant’ campaign and stars in the new anti-zoo ad made by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

To the rescue of children
Ambujam Anantharaman on the Chennai-based organisation Tulir that tackles child abuse
Child sexual abuse (CSA) and its prevention have become major problems in all countries, particularly in India, with the absence of specific laws against CSA and the lack of awareness on the subject. CSA can occur both within families, social groups and in underprivileged situations, such as in orphanages. The abuse of children by tourists also falls under CSA.

Family turmoil takes toll of teens
A new study has found that teens who are chronically exposed to family turmoil, violence, noise, poor housing or other chronic risk factors show more stress-induced physiological strain on their organs and tissues than other young people.

Tussaud’s Indian connection
K.D.L. Khan
How much does an Amitabh Bachchan cost? Just $ 30,000 ! How much does a Shah Rukh Khan cost? Well, nearly five times the amount—-$ 150,000. Before Big B’s fans bash me up, let me confess that what I am referring to is the making costs of wax statues of these two famous stars for the Wax Museum of Madame Tussaud’s in the U.K.


TELEVISION: Two of a kind

GARDEN: Garbage to manure
by Kiran Narain

NATURE: Birds go pub-crawling

FOOD TALK: Mushrooms for all seasons
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Go for a ‘safe’ inverter
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: A fading star’s tale

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Girl shortage
by Jaspal Bhatti


Myth unveiled
G.S. Bhargava
The Year of the Rooster by Guy Sorman. Full Circle Global. Pages 302. Rs 495.


Horror of Gujarat revisited
Guy Mannes-Abbott
Fireproof by Raj Kamal Jha. Picador. `A312.99

Pilgrim’s visit within
Himmat Singh Gill
Standing Alone in Mecca by Asra Q. Nomani.
Harper Collins Publishers India/The India Today Group. Pages 413. Rs 395.

Secrets of success
Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
The Starbucks Experience by Joseph A. Michelli. Tata-McGraw Hill. Pages 209. Rs 299.

Master storyteller
Jyoti Singh
Snake Catcher by Naiyer Masud. Penguin Books. Pages 243. Rs 250.

The Twain legend
S. Raghunath

The poet of love’s longing
Rooma Mehra pays a tribute to Jalalu’ddin Rumi in his 800th birth anniversary year

Book on princess of wails

Boozy flirty chronicle

Back of the book
Martyr Bhagat Singh: An intimate View
By K. L. Johar Sneh Prakashan. Pages 368. Rs 600