Search for a soul
A government-appointed committee has recommended a massive upgradation project to make the country’s most important museums in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai more popular for visitors. The Tribune reporters check out the situation at the ground level
A museum is more than mere artefacts on display. The Chennai museum.Old museum, new look
Shiv Kumar
he Bhau Daji Lad Museum, formerly the Victoria and Albert Museum, the oldest in Mumbai got a facelift as part of a joint effort by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). The museum was originally built in 1872 after the one in London by the former British colonial rulers as a mark of honour to Queen Victoria.
A museum is more than mere artefacts on display. The Chennai museum. — Photo by Sriram Selvraj

Highs and lows of cricket telecast
Amar Nath Wadehra and Randeep Wadehra
uring the 1981 Melbourne test, Sunil Gavaskar staged a walkout, dragging fellow-opener Chetan Chauhan with him. Since, in those days, we in India did not have the benefit of live TV coverage and advanced technology, it was accepted that Gavaskar had done so because of the manner in which he was given out and not because Dennis Lillee had let loose a barrage of invectives against him. Were some of those remarks racist? We do not know.


The land was their life
The West Bengal Government promised to give 1,000 acres of land to the Tatas in a bid to encourage the setting up of industries in the state. The decision has not only adversely impacted the peasant population of Singur but has also endangered the livelihoods of landless labourers and small tradesmen, reports Aparna Pallavi
e used to love the land. He was a good farmer," says Sandhya Das in a tremulous voice as she talks about her late husband Prashant, who took his life at the age of 35 as a result of losing his farmland. Sandhya’s is just one of the many families of Singur in Hooghly district of West Bengal, who recently lost their fertile farmlands when the state government decided that their lands would be used to set up industrial giant Tata’s small car factory.

Towering genius called Vivekananda
He dazzled the world with his impeccable lectures and stormed the West with his practical Vedantic philosophy. His success revived the unprecedented sense of national pride among Indians, writes Rashi Sharma
ho can forget the indomitable mammoth task of the great warrior monk Swami Vivekananda? As an envoy of the spiritual legacy of India, he has embossed his name with perfect emollient on the annals of world religious history. Today we are celebrating the 145th birth anniversary of this legendary figure. Born on January 12, 1863, Vivekananda was the proud son of Vishawanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi. In his childhood he was known as Naren.


Death of formula
The style of storytelling is undergoing a change. Cinematic clich`E9s and stereotypes are being challenged and whosoever is prepared to push the bar can have a winner in his hands, says Derek Bose
ollywood is no longer a place where movies are made with six songs, two rapes, five fights`85 and the hero crashing through glass to rescue a damsel in distress. Many movies are made without songs these days. A lot more do not have heroines. The villain too is getting edged out, as have the comedians. And not all films are having happy endings.

‘My fame has nothing to do with TV’
Shweta Thakur
hile most celebrities would agree that television remarkably increases the visibility of a star, Bollywood actor Vinay Pathak refuses to give credit to the small screen or theatre for his soaring popularity.

‘I have worked on my own terms’
Pankaj Kapoor talks to V. Ananth about his latest film Halla Bol
hough Pankaj Kapoor has been in the film industry for the last 27 years, it is for the first time that he has worked in a film under Rajkumar Santoshi’s direction. "It may sound strange but Halla Bol is my first film with Raji," says Pankaj. According to Pankaj Kapoor, ‘Halla Bol’ means to make a noise and then attack. "The film is about an individual’s journey to come to terms with truth.

Honour for Bertolucci
talian director Bernardo Bertolucci will receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The honour for the 67-year-old director will be revealed on February 19 in front of Mann’s Chinese Theatre during the Los Angeles Italia pre-Oscars Italian cinema showcase.

Seema’s comic act
Subhash K. Jha
Finally, Seema Biswas of Bandit Queen fame lets her hair down for NRI filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s comedy Stella. Mehta and Seema have one thing in common. They both badly need to loosen up. Seema has been doing an unbroken series of stern, wretchedly unhappy characters, including the unforgiving mother in Sooraj Barjatya’s Vivah and the profoundly grieving widow in Deepa Mehta’s Water.


ART & SOUL: Ensigns of royalty
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Hot models

NATURE: Spare the bustard
by Lt Gen Baljit Singh (retd)

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Follow simple procedure in deciding cases
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

FOOD TALK: Arbi all the way
by Pushpesh Pant

ULTA PULTANewsmaker Nano
by Jaspal Bhatti


Powerful narration of history
Amar Chandel
In Search of a Future: The Story of Kashmir
by David Devadas. Penguin. Pages 381. Rs 495.

Selling products in our villages
D.S. Cheema
Advertising and Marketing in Rural India
Advertising and Marketing in Rural India by Tej K Bhatia. Macmillan India. Pages 327. Rs. 465.

Books received

Learning more about North-East
Himmat Singh Gill
Frontier in Flames
Ed. Jaideep Saikia. Viking/Penguin. Pages 205. Rs 450.

Myriad colours of life
Jaishree Rana
The Strawberry Sun and Other Poems
by Manjit Kaur. Writers Workshop, Calcutta. Pages 57. Rs 120.

Why we did not win those wars
Vijay Mohan
Unlearned Lessons: An Appraisal of India’s Military Mishaps
by Lt Col Gautam Das (retd). Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi. Pages 352. Rs 595.

Celebrating the martyr
Aruti Nayar
Martyr As Bridegroom: A Folk Representation of Bhagat Singh
by Ishwar Dayal Gaur. Anthem Press. Pages 198. Rs 495

Rules of the game redefined

A kiss in words
The golden rule of writing love letters is ignored by this gang of professionals, writes Emma Hagestadt
Four-letter Word: New Love Letters
Ed. by Joshua Knelman & Rosalind Porter Chatto & Windus, £312.99.

Men prefer tear-jerkers

Voices from the stage
Randeep Wadehra
Woman consciousness and Indian ethos
Ed Alka Sharma. Omega Publications, New Delhi. Pages: xx+190. Rs 450.

  • Theatre of the streets
    Ed. Sudhanva Deshpande. Jan Natya Manch, N. Delhi, Pages 160. Rs 120

  • The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi
    by Himendra Thakur Antarjyoti, New Delhi. Pages xxii+90. Rs 100