Assault on innocence

Educationists need to assess their contribution towards moulding children, writes J.S. Rajput

WHAT has happened in Gurgaon School on December 11 is no less than the warning of an educational tsunami that is building up. One is shocked and sad at the loss of a precious life and the damage that the system will inflict on the other two budding lives. There are sufficient reasons that the trend if not responded to professionally and seriously, may become uncontrollable in coming years. No society can ignore such clear warning signals.

Lesson for teachers
Teachers need to deal with aggression by becoming more aware of disruptive behaviours and managing them at an early stage, says Simmi Waraich
HY does a 14 year old boy kill a classfellow? Story has it so far that the boy bullied the assassins. Another newspaper reported that the boy who pulled the trigger had "Bad boy" or "Ziddi boy" written all over his books. So was the child an aggressive stubborn child who as a result of his behaviour received harsh criticism from parents / teachers? Where does the "bad boy" self projection come from?

Wake-up call
The recent shooting incident in a school has brought the role of parents and schools centrestage, Aarti Kapur reports from Gurgaon
HE recent incident at the Euro International school, Gurgaon, where class VIII boys killed their classmate with a revolver in the school campus as he used to bully them is an eye-opener. We are forced to think about the environment in which children are growing up under the influence of arms and money. Money and the status of parents is the criteria for the admission of children to the top schools of the city.

Somerset serenity
Rajbir Deswal & Chander Koumdi visit a quiet coastal village in south England that maintains its own rhythm and pace. Even the sun seems to go down in Porlock as if it is not in a hurry...
E started from London early to avoid the morning rush. A couple of hours’ drive took us to some of the most scenic slopes. Initially we had planned to visit the three most beautiful counties of south England — Somerset, Devon and Dorset. But information collected from a tourist centre on the way changed our mind and we decided to zero down on an English village in Somerset close to the sea.


Few takers for serious cinema
Films based on women issues like Gauri – The Unborn and Provoked have failed to click with the masses, says Vimla Patil
Marketing is the soul of success of a Bollywood film today. "Today, with the network of multiplexes spreading their tentacles into the entrails of smaller towns, the ‘life’ of a movie is barely five to seven weeks after release," says a leading distributor, "Thus, a film has to wrap up its collection within the first week of its release and book its full investment and profit immediately within the next week."

New-look Hanuman
Hanuman in shirt and knickers and Narada doing a jig while chanting Om Shanti Om on his guitar are all set to storm the kids’ world with Hanuman Returns, says Randeep Wadehra
Sooner or later this was bound to happen. With the wealth of Pauranic and other mythic tales and well-honed craft of storytelling as part of our culture, it was only a matter of time before these found the right medium for reaching out to the national as well as global audience.

Star-struck Aamir
Taare Zameen Par is the most important film on children to come out in India, says Aamir Khan about his directorial debut
Aamir Khan, who has lately been in the media spotlight for slamming the award winning film Black, says his upcoming directorial debut Taare Zameen Par is the most important film on children to come out in India. "In my opinion it is the most important film on children to come out of India. I mean in its content," Aamir has written in his blog

German TV takes on death
Tony Paterson in Berlin
HE Germans will soon become the first TV viewers in the world to enjoy the dubious privilege of watching a "This was your life" series about their deceased relatives and friends on a channel devoted exclusively to old age, death and dying. Etos TV, which takes its name from the Greek word for a year, will feature documentaries about graveyards, televised obituaries, retirement home tips and even advice about installing in-house stair-lifts for the elderly or infirm.

Enduring entertainers
Randeep Wadehra
HERE are TV shows that are ‘long running’, they appear to be eternal. With the dawn of satellite television in India, new paradigms for entertainment were set. During the DD days certain limits were prescribed for the portrayal of women characters and family conflicts. Anger was muted even in such bold serials as Aur Bhi Hain Rahein. But Zee TV’s Tara came up with a bolder and yet vulnerable version of womanhood.


Games that sharpen your mind
Chennai-based organisation Kreeda has revived several traditional games to give
children and adults an alternative to electronic entertainment and a means to bond,
writes Ambujam Anantharaman
concerted effort is being made by Kreeda, an organisation in Chennai, to revive the traditional games of India so that they do not die out. Through such efforts, Kreeda also hopes to give children and adults an alternative to electronic entertainment and a means to bond, while also exploring ways to use such games to teach, impart life skills and facilitate corporate training.

Xmas is all about giving
Selecting Christmas gifts for friends is difficult because homes today are cluttered with all kinds of consumer items. Ultimately, what matters is the sincere thought and genuine affection that wrap the gift, says Anju Munshi
O what are you doing this Christmas? What to wear? What gifts would be the most unusual and cherished by your loved ones? Admittedly, you are under pressure to live up to their expectations as no one likes mediocrity these days. Every year around this time, these thoughts nudge you to do things differently this year— different clothes, a different party theme, different venue, different gifts.


'ART & SOUL: Of dice and men
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Xmas treat

GARDEN LIFE: Colours in shade
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Priceless pulao
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Treat citizens with respect
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTADoggy days
by Jaspal Bhatti


Battlefield lessons
Vijay Mohan
Significant Battles Since Independence
by Brig H. S. Sodhi (retd). Pages 386. Rs 540.

Books received: ENGLISH

Tales of varied hues
The sentimental parrot, the gay fling and other stories of human experience reveal Gordimer’s craft, writes Jonathan Gibbs
Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black
by Nadine Gordimer. Bloomsbury. £14.99.

When pictures speak louder than words
Deepika Gurdev
Vanishing Giants: Elephants of Asia
by Jason Gagliardi. Photos by Palani Mohan. Didier Millet. Pages 120. US$26.40

The untold story of Iraq
The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary American Soldier, Joshua Key
as told to Lawrence Hill. Roli. Pages 237. Rs 395.

Candid assessment of Indo-Bangla ties
Paramjit S. Sahai
The Jamdani Revolution: Politics, Personalities and Civil Society in Bangladesh, 1989-1992.
by Krishnan Srinivasan. Har-Anand Publications. Pages 386. Rs 595.

Unnaturally TOGETHER
G. S. Bhargava
Divided we Stand: India in a Time of Coalitions
by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Shankar Raghuraman. Sage Publications. Pages 524. Rs 650.

Master of rough crossings
Paul Bailey
The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad
by John Stape. Heinemann. Pages 372. £20.
Joseph Conrad: A Life
by Zdzislaw Najder, trans. Halina Najder. Camden House. Pages 745. £30.

Goa's reel connection
Frederick Noronha

The Taj legend and campus capers
Randeep Wadehra

  • In the shadow of the Taj
    by Royina Grewal Penguin. Pages x+267. Rs 295

  • Sumthing of a mocktale
    by Soma Das Srishti. Pages 205. Rs 100

  • My honeymoon with a pinch of salt
    by Virender Kapoor UBSPD. Pages viii+185. Rs 175