The Vaishno Devi shrine
is one the most visited religious seats in the country. A.J.
Philip finds the arduous 14-km climb from Katra to the
temple both exhausting and exhilarating
friend and playwright Omcherri N.N. Pillai, who coined the
slogan garibi hatao which Indira Gandhi used with telling
effect in the 1971 election, shared an anecdote I remember
whenever I visit a religious shrine. He
was in charge of the public relations department of the Food
Corporation of India.
Shops selling souvenirs are dime a dozen along the path.
new road to stardom
Anoushka and Omar may have followed their renowned fathers in
their professions but there are some celebrity children who dare
to dream differently and have become famous in their own fields,
says Gyan Marwah
it has often been a Hobsonís choice. Either follow the
profession of their illustrious parent or be bold and choose
their own destiny. Most like Ravi Shankarís daughter Anoushka,
Amitabh Bachchanís son Abhishek, Husainís son Shamshad,
Gavaskarís son Rohan, Shahnaz Hussainís daughter Nilofer,
Farooq Abdullahís son Omar and others accept this as
preordained and follow their famous parenttracks.