and victim of his time
The hostile reaction of
Muslims in many countries to the knighthood for Salman Rushdie,
midnight’s favourite child, has shown that the 60-year-old author
will never be able to put the fear of fatwa behind him. He will
always have to be wary about being misunderstood and demonised. He
will never be free like other men, says Pratik
the Jaipur Literature Festival this January, Salman Rushdie had
mourned the passing of the days when the book was out there while the
author stayed safely home. "The title page of Robinson Crusoe
has Robinson Crusoe in large type and ‘Daniel Defoe’ in
very small print," he said.
originals’ of the masters
you have got a new flat and would like to hang the painting of M. F.
Hussain or Anjolie Ela Menon on the drawing room walls to impress your
guests? With these maestro’s works costing in crores of rupees,
unless you are a Mittal or Mallya, the chances are not much for you to
fulfil your desire.
new moon, Eris, discovered by astronomers in the outer solar system
which resulted in Pluto being ignominiously demoted to ‘dwarf planet’
status, has finally been weighed.
Popular in all
In addition to its famous hot
water springs, Glenwood Springs in the US offers a horde of
recreational activities like fishing, skiing, hiking, river rafting
and mountain biking, say Rajbir Deswal &
in mystery, Glenwood Springs in Colorado, US, appears as if it has for
a long time been a favourite haunt of wanderers and holiday-makers.
Today, the place is an economical and family-friendly stopover to the
almost unaffordable Aspen, known worldwide for its skiing sites. Aspen
is about 40 miles from here.
half-day trip through forests, dangerous bridges and small tribal
villages to the waterfall at Kuang Si is interesting. The waterfall is
29 km from the town of Luang Prabang, Laos. Water from a mountain
stream splashes down limestone formations into a series of cool,
Woody to direct
Woody Allen is set to direct his first opera with Giacomo Puccini’s
comedy Gianni Schicchi. According to Placido Domingo, the Broad
general director of the Los Angeles Opera, the director was approached
for the project four years ago and it’s only now that he has agreed
to work on it.
identity in cinema
Few Indian films have
explored the identity of this minority, abandoned by the British and
isolated in post-Independent India, through either character or theme,
writes Shoma A. Chatterji
Anglo-Indian, a minority ethnic group, is in the news. Bow Barracks
Forever directed by Anjan Dutta, is about to be released. Pritish
Nandy Communications’ Bow Barracks Forever offers an insight
into the real life story of a tiny but resolute Anglo Indian community
right in the heart of bustling North Kolkata actually called Bow
redefined popular cinema’
Ram Gopal Varma’s
last film Nishabd did not exactly set the cash registers
ringing but he is not looking back. He chats with Vickey
Lalwani about two of the most ambitious projects of his career,
Ramu Ke Sholay and Sarkar 2, and more.
ravishing in your swimsuit
Your swim gear must make the
most of your positive features and cleverly camouflage all those parts
of the body you wish were not yours, writes Dipti
the heat wave sweeping North India, what could be better than stepping
into a pool for an invigorating soak after a hard day’s work? Those
luckier still could even be planning an extended holiday at some
beachside resort if only to burn out those extra calories and get the
body back into shape.
for mother and child
The Tamil Nadu Government has
directed that all pregnant women be tested for gestational diabetes
mellitus (GDM). The step to check blood sugar is expected to reduce
infant mortality rate (IMR) in the state as GDM can harm both mother
and child, writes Ambujam Anantharaman
help expectant women to enjoy the arrival of their sweet little ones,
the Tamil Nadu Government has directed that all women be tested for
gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
kids more brainy
Elder siblings really are
more intelligent than the younger ones. An analysis of more than a
quarter of a million teenagers found that the first-born children have
a noticeably higher IQ on an average than their second-born siblings.