Clubs battle spades
a government order for the eviction of three clubs on the premises of
Ram Bagh in Amritsar was passed because the Company Bagh, as it is
popularly called, is a heritage property. This has stirred a hornet’s
nest since the clubs have been an important part of the social life in
Varinder Walia looks at the
The heritage building in Ram Bagh
where The Service Club is located. — Photos by Rajiv Sharma
Centres of community life
gives a different view of the evolution of the clubs
the beautiful public garden (now called Ram Bagh) marks the site of a
mud fort, the stronghold of the Bhangian misl. The grounds were
encircled by masonry walls some 14-feet high, and a rampart carrying
guns, while outside the wall, was a moat filled with water from the
with the Buddha
Ngong Ping on the scenic
Lantau Island is a careful recreation of a period Chinese village,
which offers market-driven tourism with old-world charm, writes
more from Van Gogh
historians had known of
the Van Gogh drawing, stored at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. But
they had always wondered whether it was a copy of a completed
painting. Now, at last, the
painting itself has been discovered concealed under another painting
in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Van Gogh Museum said.
Birthday bash for tigers
was a birthday bash with a difference. Three white tigers, Rishi, Sitesh and Prachi, who turned three recently, had a memorable day at Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, complete with a cake-cutting ceremony.
Driving licence for
Men in the kitchen
Male roles in Hindi films have undergone a change. In many a recent film, men appear as cooks and gladly so.
Shoma A. Chatterji looks at how filmi heroes are donning the apron
India comes alive in Hollywood
is showcasing its
developments in independent cinema, arts, technology, business and
spirituality to Hollywood. India Splendor, a unique
festival running from August 10 to 15, will convey the progresses the
country has made in these fields to the Hollywood beat.
Vidya’s new look
Karisma Kapoor and Urmila
Matondkar’s makeover in Raja Hindustani and Rangeela
respectively, it’s now time for plain Jane Vidya Balan to turn glam.
Ever since her debut film Parineeta and until recently in
Lage Raho Munnabhai and Eklavya, Vidya Balan has always
portayed a simple Indian girl-next-door look.
with the blind
has an all-women team of 75
volunteers. Despite the fact that none of them is specially trained to
deal with visually-challenged students, the women have become an
irreplaceable part of their students’ lives, writes Hema
With blessings from Ravana
the mythological demon king, is generally remembered as an embodiment
of evil. But for residents of Madhya Pradesh’s Khonpura village,
their 45- foot Ravana idol is a god. Built in the village’s open
ground, the Ravana idol is said to be 250-300- years-old.
MIT students of
Washington claim to have developed a new technology that
transforms energy generated by human movement, such as walking
or jumping in crowded settings, into electricity.