Bangalore shaken, not scared
The image of a peaceful, cosmopolitan IT hub driven by productivity has been shattered by the suspected involvement of the Bangalore-based brothers in the failed bombings in the UK. How far will the terrorist link impact the image of the cyber city, its brand value and business, finds out Jangveer Singh
Everyone knows how Bangalore evolved to its present state from a British cantonment to a centre for public sector undertakings. A residential city which acquired the sobriquet of ‘the garden city’ evolved to the status of the present-day IT capital of the country. Bangalore is the idea of a new India which is technologically driven and free from everything we associate with the badlands of the country—caste conflicts, riots, terrorism or simply an undoable business atmosphere.

‘Fighting terror has been low priority’

Mission Munnar
Comrade on a bulldozer
The land-recovery drive led by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan in Kerala has ruffled many a feather in political and business circles. Sajan Mathews on the much-hyped and controversial drive that has at the end of it all even put a question mark over the CM's campaign
erala never ceased to be in the headlines. The world’s first ever elected communist ministry, the first state in India to implement revolutionary land reforms, the first state to achieve cent per cent literacy, pioneer in coalition politics, path-breaking forays in population control and healthcare. Yes, "God’s own country" has accolades a lot and the saga continues.

Journey of discovery
Sudha Jhunjhunwala brings the story of the little known 13th-century Mahadev temple in Goa
Goa — the word today arouses images of sun, sand, palm trees with hammocks, churches and quaint houses. A veritable paradise for lotus-eaters, it also brings a feeling of deja vu.

In the name of the Father
Director Feroz Abbas Khan’s Gandhi, My Father departs from the usual filmy homage to the Mahatma. Shoma A. Chatterji on how this film has created a different buzz in Bollywood
hen Richard Attenborough made Gandhi many years ago, no one would have thought of Gandhi as a good bet for success in Bollywood. But times have changed and so have the average Indian filmmaker’s perceptions about Indian history. Gandhi seems to be omnipresent in many recent Indian films in terms of ideology, metaphor and essence if not in terms of physical presence.

How Hollywood reads
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
is a visual representation of a book in which millions of people are already heavily, even cultishly, invested, 
writes Richard Schickel
I don’t know if Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a good movie — I haven’t seen it. But I’m pretty certain that it shouldn’t be judged as a movie at all. When we see it, we are taking part in a ritual that addresses the old, and to me irrelevant, question of whether a film is "faithful" to its source — in this case, the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling’s series about a brave and resourceful wizard manque. Of course, the picture will be faithful; there would be no point in making it otherwise.

Aamir in the remake of Gajini
fter Kamal Hasan’s Thevar Magan, remade in Hindi as Virasat with Anil Kapoor as the hero, shooting has begun for what will be the biggest Bollywood remake of a Tamil hit film. Shooting and recording are under way for the ambitious remake of the South Indian blockbuster Gajini, with none less than the pioneering Aamir Khan in the lead role.


Fuelling dreams
Megha’s petrol station has seven handicapped employees. She says though they are a bit slow, they make it up with greater effort, writes Aparna Pallavi on the polio-affected woman determined to take up the challenging business
petrol station is not exactly a place where you would expect to get a lesson in social sensitivity. Yet, Megha Kale’s petrol station, located near Sai Mandir in Nagpur, Maharashtra, is an exception.


ART 'N' SOUL: The life of an art object
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Love’s labour lost

GARDEN LIFE: Flowering shrubs
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Egg on your plate
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Timely relief for insured
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Talking point
by Jaspal Bhatti


Sublime thoughts
Ashok Vohra
The Philosophy of Vivekananda
ed. Rekha Jhanji. Aryan Books International, New Delhi.
Pages XX+206. Rs 495.

Great lives, great deeds
Vepa Rao
Nearer Heaven Than Earth
by Girish N Mehta. Rupa.
Pages 815. Rs 995.

Books received

Gentleman’s game no longer
Mohit Goswami
Not Quite Cricket
by Pradeep Magazine.
Penguin. Pages 158. Rs 200.

Violence of our times
Rumina Sethi
From Mathura to Manorama: Resisting Violence Against Women in India
by Kalpana Kannabiran and Ritu Menon. Women Unlimited and International Centre for Ethnic Studies, New Delhi. Pages 201. Rs 300.

Global world – for better or worse
Sridhar K Chari
Bound Together
How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalisation by Nayan Chanda Penguin Viking. Pages 391. Rs 525.

Faulks takes up where Fleming left off
Arifa Akbar
He is a writer known for his emotional insights into human character and it is not uncommon for him to spend up to five years painstakingly researching his books. So when Sebastian Faulks was asked to write a one-off James Bond story in celebration of the centenary of the birth of the spy writer Ian Fleming, he felt he had to reveal his limited knowledge of the genre.

Games Hitler played
David Llewellyn
On the face of it, the XIth Olympiad in Berlin in 1936 was a triumph for the Nazi government and its leader, Adolf Hitler.

More focus on learning Hindi in US
Arun Kumar
A new US study seeks more support from all levels of the US education system to develop an integrated approach to learning certain "critical need" languages, including Hindi and Chinese.

Book hints at KGB’s role in Kennedy killing
A former American spy’s book has reportedly thrown new light on the November 22, 1963 assassination of former U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Tennent H Bagley, a former CIA case officer, has suggested in his book Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games, that Russia’s KGB may have actually had a role in recruiting Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, 44 years ago.

A better pill to swallow
Jeremy Laurance
Better by Atul Gawande Metropolitan Books. Pages 288. `£12.99

Back of the book
by Martina Cole, Headline.
Pages 505.£ 6.