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At sea about naval history
No historian, with the exception of K. M. Panikkar, has taken the trouble to chart out how Indiaís seafaring activity helped forge and sustain cultural linkages in this part of the world. Former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash makes out a case for a voyage to explore Indiaís maritime tradition and document it
On the banks of the Kalimas river in the heart of Surabaya, the Indonesian Navy has created its submarine museum; inside a former Russian Whiskey class boat.
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The Indian Navy acquired its second aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, on May 12, 1987
The Indian Navy acquired its second aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, on May 12, 1987

Ajmerís Adhai din ka Jhonpra
K.D.L. Khan
O
f all Indo-Islamic architecture of the 12th century, the mosque known as Adhai din ka Jhonpra near Ajmer in Rajasthan is the most important. This edifice of 1192 came up even one year before construction of Qutub Minar began in Delhi.
It is called Adhai din ka Jhonpra, following an interesting anecdote. After the second battle of Tarain (1192) in which Shahabuddin Muhammad Ghori defeated and killed Prithviraj Chauhan, the victor passed through Ajmer. Ghori was so awed by the temples of the city, that he wanted them destroyed and replaced instantly.

Reelpolitik
There are politicians as portrayed by celluloid heroes and heroes who turn politicians in real life.
Shoma A. Chatterji analyses some films in this genre

B
ollywood has a tendency to portray heroes as political leaders in films, an extension of film stars doubling up as politicians through popular mandate. Is there a difference between the two? Yes, there is. 

ĎI wonít be typecastí
Subhash K. Jha
S
hefali Shah, who plays Kasturba in Gandhi My Father, is not worried about being typecast as an old woman.
"No way, because I play young Kasturba in most of the film. And the cinematographer has made me look better than ever before. I donít think after this role the industry will typecast me," Shefali said.

SOCIETY
Fight for survival
Tribals of Jharkhandís Singhbum district have been slow to take advantage of government schemes. Many of them do not have job cards and bank accounts. The root cause is lack of effective local governance, writes
Nitya Jacob
T
he quality of local governance is directly proportionate to the quality of local natural resources. Where village or town-level governance structures are weak or do not exist, the natural resource base is also weak. If there is a good panchayati system or municipality, water and forests are usually available in adequate measure to meet the needs of people.

Breaking new barriers
Liz Mathew

India got its first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, 40 years ago and its first woman president, Pratibha Patil, this year. But theirs is not the story of the common Indian woman. The past 60 years have been a story of missed opportunities.

Dosa goes global
Gary and Isabel have converted the dosa into an American speciality with a variety of new fillings, writes
Rashmi Talwar

S
ylvia Alexander has revolutionised the great Indian dosa. She uses unusual fillings like with smoked turkey, spinach, jack cheese and balsamic roasted onions. Being the head chef at the famous Hampton Chutney Company, Sylvia, a Trinidad/Tobago national, has converted dosa and utthappam into American specialities, and now these dishes are truly set to go global.

 

COLUMNS

'ART & SOUL: Worldís most famous silver coin
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Time to dance

Garden: Spring collection

FOOD TALK: Salan reigns supreme
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Give quick relief to farmers in distress
by
Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: A ratís-eye view
by Ervell E. Menezes

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTAToken tourism
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

Path to humanism
Ashok Vohra
The Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism: Exploratory Essays
by Hari Shankar Prasad.
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, Delhi.
Pages XVI+602. Rs 795.

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Power of love
Anita Sethi

Starbook: A Magical Tale of Love and Regeneration
by Ben Okri. Rider
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In the middle of creativity
Shiela Gujral
Thatís OK, Tammanna & Other Reveries
by Dr J. Bhagyalakshmi.
Alok Parva Prakashan. Page 176.

Ode to a lively city
Gayatri Rajwade
Ten Heritage Walks of Mumbai
by Fiona Fernandez. Rupa & Co.
Pages 187. Rs 395.

Key to talent management
D. S. Cheema
Toyota Talent
by Jeffrey K. Liker and David P. Meier. Tata McGraw-Hill.
Pages 326. Rs 350.

Snatches of inner strife
Aruti Nayar
To Each Her Own
An Anthology of Contemporary Hindi Short Stories
Compiled and Translated
by Vandana R. Singh National Book Trust, India.
Pages 216. Rs 95.

Lasting Bond with the hills
Rajnish Wattas visits the most famous address in Mussoorie and meets the childlike Ruskin Bond whose latest work is an ode to nature.

SHORT TAKES
Mediation, modernity and terrorism
Randeep Wadhera

  • Settle for more
    by Sriram Panchu, East-West Books, Chennai. Pages: xvi + 98. Rs 250

  • War against insurgency and terrorism in Kashmir
    by Gen. YM Bammi. Natraj, Dehra Dun.Pages 410. Rs 450

  • Articles of faith
    by Major Singh Gurmat Pustak Centre,Ludhiana. Pages: xi+65. Rs 60

  • To be or not to be dumb





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