The Day of the Bull
On October 29, India became the 20th nation to have seen its stock market benchmark touch the 20,000-point milestone. The BSE Sensex breached the 20k level in intra-day trade for the first time in its over two-decade history. Shiv Kumar looks at the amazing, unprecedented bull run and how many made huge money from stocks

Investors and brokers in Bhopal cut a cake to celebrate the 20,000 mark reached by the Sensex. — PTI photo
Investors and brokers in Bhopal cut a cake to celebrate the 20,000 mark reached by the Sensex.


Stock smart
Homemakers and students are taking advantage of the boom, reports Shveta Pathak

61-year old Sudesh Jalhan, a couple of months ago the stock market only signified a place that caused "unnecessary" excitement among over-enthusiastic people. None of the stories she heard about ‘fast money’ attracted her. It is this very market that is a source of income for her.

When networking scores
are the days when even smart investors relied on tips from brokers and friends to bet on the hottest scrips. Rumour-mongers and freelance tipsters have moved their trade online.

Fall Collection
Varinder Singh
travelled across Canada to capture the kaleidoscope of colour that arrives with autumn
To catch the colourful, fascinating and inviting colours of autumn in Canada, I decided to undertake a road journey of more than 4,000 km from Toronto to Calgary and Great Falls (in the US) via cities and townships of Barrie, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Nipigon, Kenora, Winnipeg, Brandon, Regina, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.

Church that Begum Samru built
Tanushree Podder
Sardhana, a small and dusty town, just 22 km from Meerut, does not figure on the itinerary of most tourists except the pilgrims bound for its famous church. The historical town has a romantic past in which Begum Samru played a key role.


Road to hell
About 70 per cent of the population of Haryana’s Sirsa district bordering Punjab and Rajasthan is addicted to drugs. The situation is a cause for concern because many fall prey to the menace in their early teens, writes Kiran Deep

Director’s cut
As Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear prepares for its Indian release, Shoma A. Chatterji explores the world of self-reflexive films

With the impending Indian release of The Last Lear, the question of filmmakers taking a look at the industry and the people within it offers an insight into cinema as an art form, cinema as a mirror to the society, cinema that reflects social concern and cinema as a tool of expression for the filmmaker.

Hollywood Hues
First-rate thriller
Good lines, taut action and spine-chilling suspense make The Contract a must-see, says Ervell E. Menezes
Take a cop-turned-teacher Ray Keene (John Cusack) who is having problems with his teenage son Chris (Jamie Anderson) and have the two of them run into a ruthless contract killer Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman).

Dante’s inferno
Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr Lazarescu is a starkly realistic drama that offers no hope, says Vikramdeep Johal
Do you have relatives?" a doctor asks an ailing old man. "I have ulcer," comes the curt reply. This dialogue sums up The Death of Mr Lazarescu, a much-acclaimed tragic farce directed by Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu. The ending can be guessed from the title itself. However, what’s more significant is the protagonist’s final journey rather than the inevitable destination.


’Art & soul: Weaving life into crafts
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Strangers in the city

FOOD TALK: Spicy spinach
by Pushpesh Pant

Garden life: Winter pride
by Kiran Narain

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Make airports safe
Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTALoan rangers
by Jaspal Bhatti


Academic’s analysis of 1947
G.S. Bhargava

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
by Yasmin Khan.
Penguin Viking.
Pages 242. Rs 495.

Hell’s angel
Vikramdeep Johal
Tohellwithyou Mitro
by Krishna Sobti.
Trans. Gita Rajan and Raji Narasimhan.
Katha, New Delhi.
Pages 120. Rs 200.

A vivid account of Guru’s martyrdom
Roopinder Singh

The A Saga of Supreme Sacrifice: Martyrdom of Shri Guru Arjan Dev
by Harbhajan Singh. Developers India. Chennai. Pages 162.
Price not mentioned.

Whirlwind adventures
Jyoti Singh

Where Angels Face the Heat
by Edel Weis. Pilgrim Publishing, Varanasi.
Rs 250. Pages 337.

Essence of Indian spirit
Manmeet Sodhi

The Indians: Portrait of a People
by Sudhir Kakar and Katharina Kakar.
Penguin. Pages 226. Rs 395.

Air power for the Army
Vijay Mohan
Indian Army Aviation 2025
Ed. Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi (retd)
Published by Centre for Land Warfare Studies and K.W Publisher, New Delhi. Pages 173. Rs 460

Economy and sex ratio

Randeep Wadehra
Public Sector Reforms in India
by Chandan Sinha. Sage, N. Delhi. Pages 331. Rs 395

The Indian State and Political Process
by C.P. Bhambri. Shipra, N. Delhi. Pages vi+360. Rs 950

Female foeticide in Punjab
by D.P. Singh. Paragon, N. Delhi. Pages xiii+166. Rs 750

In a word
Cahal Milmo Tsonga

Freedom Song
Salil Tripathi on the novelist and singer who has redefined how to be a modern Indian