Mark of a martyr

On the eve of Sukhdev’s birth centenary, Aditi Tandon revisits the life of a hero who was Bhagat Singh’s comrade-in-arms and the prime accused in the Lahore Conspiracy Case
He was the principal accused in the Lahore Conspiracy Case of 1930, whose title reads "Crown versus Sukhdev and others". From the sands of time emerges the tallest name of all – Sukhdev Thapar, the revolutionary whose birth centenary falls on May 15, 2007. Born to Ralli Devi and Ram Lal Thapar at Mohalla Arya Samaj, Lyallpur in 1907, Sukhdev rose to fame along with comrades Bhagat Singh and Rajguru. Together, the trio shook the foundations of the British Empire.

In the heart of mountains
Tawang is a picture-perfect hill station with its lush meadows and thick forests. Rajdeep Dutta finds that the magnificent Tawang monastery, the second oldest in Asia, is one the main attractions of this scenic Arunachal Pradesh town overlooking the snow-topped Himalayas
First a warning. The journey is tough, steep and peppered with hairpin bends. If you are not a hardened traveller, by the time you reach Tawang your head is likely to be spinning.

Mahotsava magic moments
Chaman Ahuja looks back at Bharat Rang Mahotsava and recounts some productions, scenes and performances that stayed with him
In a night-long mushaira, they say, one’s real gain (hasil) lies in the lines one hums after the event. Likewise, in a big theatre festival like Bharat Rang Mahotsava that was held some time back in Delhi, one’s hasil lies in what flashes before one’s mind’s eye when one thinks of it later — those magic moments that etch their signatures on one’s memory for one thing or the other.

Actor for all seasons
Peter O’ Toole’s clear diction, telling mannerisms and distinctive persona made him a unique actor. He towered over the others, writes Ervell E. Menezes
Poor, poor Peter O’Toole, surely one of the all-time greats, has never won a Best Actor Oscar despite earning eight nominations.

Of palace intrigues
Curse of the Golden Flower
has an intricate plot. It is the sets that impress but the action is slow.
Set in the 10th century AD on the eve of the Chang Yang (golden chrysanthemums) Festival, Curse of the Golden Flower is a story of Court intrigue in which the Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) returns unexpectedly with his second son Prince Jai (Jay Chou) to celebrate the holiday. Given the coldness between the Emperor and his ailing Empress (Gong Li), it could be a pretext to make Jai his successor.

‘I was waiting for the right film’
Naseeruddin Shah’s son Imaad, who made a miniscule appearance in his father’s film Yun Hota To Kya Hota, talks about his second film Dil Dosti Etc to Vickey Lalwani

  • Big B turns dialogue writer

  • Kidman plays Monroe’s role

Hollyhock for disabled gardener
Daksha Hathi
If you are visually impaired partially or have a friend or family member who is partially sighted, the hollyhock can be the best friend in the garden! It is easy to grow. It will give generous sparklers three-fourth metres tall, studded with 30 to 40 single or double flowers that will remain fresh for almost a month or more.

The child remains innocent
Though a child born out of wedlock is not considered illegitimate any more in the eyes of the law, the same child is not entitled to a share in the property that is inherited by his parents, writes Shoma A. Chatterji
The illegitimate child’s innocence is victimised by the sins committed by others. A child born out of wedlock or of a void or illegal marriage is considered illegitimate. Children pay for the decisions taken by the parents and are denied inheritance rights in principle, if not in terms of the legal statutes, that they now have access to.



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by B.N. Goswamy

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FOOD TALK: Low on calories
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Good product, bad service
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Dog’s day
by Jaspal Bhatti


Elusive justice
Rumina Sethi
Engendering Human Security: Feminist Perspectives
Eds. Thanh-Dam Truong, Sadkia Wieringa and Amrita Chhachhi. Women Unlimited, New Delhi. Pages 331. Rs 450.

Books received: ENGLISH

Man who lived in the future
Shastri Ramachandaran
Vikram Sarabhai: A Life by Amrita Shah Penguin-Viking Pages xiv+248 Price Rs 425

Caste as woman
Aruti Nayar
Gender Justice, Citizenship and Development Ed. Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay and Navsharan Singh Zubaan and IDRC Pages 358. Rs 495.

Of politics and passion
Kulwant Singh
The Splendour of Silence by Indu Sundaresan. Penguin Books. Pages 399. Rs 350.

Path to healing
B.S. Thaur
Finding Forgiveness by Eileen Borris-Dunchunstang, EdD.Tata McGraw-Hill. Pages 268. Rs 250.

An argumentative Indian
Gaurav Kanthwal
Nehru's India: Select Speeches Ed. Mushirul Hasan. OUP. Pages 278. Rs 425.

Crackling with wit
Arun Gaur
The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense Ed. Michael Heyman. Penguin Books, New Delhi. Pages IV+223. Rs 295.

Love in Cairo
Jonathan Brown

Online bargains
Azera Rahman

Poetry and philosophy
Randeep Wadehra

  • The Rain Inside
    by Mangari Rajender ‘Zimbo’ (Translator: D. Kesava Rao) Prose Poetry Forum, Hyderabad. Pages: 71. Rs. 70.

  • Whispering Rocks
    by Thechano Kithan Unistar, Chandigarh. Pages: xiv + 62. Rs. 295.