Photo by Mukesh AggarwalA profile in courage
Staying away from the media strobes, she overcame fear, and with exemplary tenacity refused to give up. On January 21, a Mumbai court awarded life sentences to 11 persons who sexually assaulted Bilkis Bano in March 2002. She had witnessed 13 of her relatives being burnt alive and her daughter being murdered, while she, her mother and sister were sexually assaulted. The court’s verdict was a victory not only for her but also a blow for all those who were killed and violated in Gujarat. Shiv Kumar reports the extraordinary case of Bilkis Bano

Bilkis Bano & Zaheera Shaikh
Justice eludes Gujarat’s Muslims

Netaji: The mystery deepens
What happened to Subhas Chandra Bose in 1945? Maj Gen Himmat Singh Gill (retd) says many questions remain unanswered if we buy the story that he died in the plane crash at Taipei

I have survived it all — Kabir Bedi
Shweta Thakur
Kabir Bedi, who has marked his presence in Western cinema and is set to host a chat show on television, feels proud when he looks back at his career spanning over three decades, three continents and three mediums.

Building marvels
BBC World celebrates buildings and designs around the globe in World’s Skylines today at 5.10 pm as it looks at architecture around the world. It goes through the history of tall buildings and examines the 14 medieval towers of San Gimignano in Italy’s Tuscany region as also the twentyfirst century’s Gherkin building that has become as important a landmark of London as St Paul’s Cathedral.

Mouli in man’s world
As Shaina Sikand, the lead star in Kahin Kissi Roz on Star Plus, Mouli Ganguly was one of TV’s top eyeball grabbers. But she quit the role at the height of her popularity. "I had reached a point of stagnation playing Shaina Sikand and wanted a life outside Kahin Kissi Roz."

Past forward
With Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa-Akbar due for release soon, Shoma A. Chatterji looks at a few historical films
Historical romance across the world holds a special charm for literature and cinema. For Indian mainstream cinema, there is the added attraction of the ‘period’ feel, the lavish sets, the grand costumes, beautiful actors and last but never the least, scintillating songs and a memorable musical score.

Documentary evidence
Ervell E. Menezes checks out the films for the 10th edition of MIFF
The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation Films is being held at the prestigious National Centre for the Performing Arts at Nariman Point in Mumbai from February 3 to 9, an event held every other year and eagerly awaited by filmmakers and cine-buffs alike.

Starry affairs
The highs and heartbreaks of filmstars has been a favourite theme with directors, writes M.L. Dhawan
Affairs in the film industry have always held fascination for movie buffs. Set in the 1950s, Prakash Jha’s Khoya Khoya Chand directed by Sudhir Mishra is the story of writer-director Zafar (Shiney Ahuja) and an actress Nikhat (Soha Ali Khan), an extra who becomes a superstar.


A healthy model
There is urgent need for a massive investment in healthcare, particularly in the northern states. The world-class hospitals in the South which cater to the needy and provide free services could serve as models for setting up medicities in Chandigarh and Punjab, writes Ram Kumar


ART & SOULA cosmic vision
by B.N. Goswamy

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Railways responsible for passenger facilities
by Pushpa Girimaji

FASHION: The Afghan woman has arrived
by Jayalakshmi Sengupta

Garden life: Feast for the eyes
by Kiran Narain

by David Bird

FOOD TALKMeat of the matter
by Pushpesh Pant

ULTA PULTA: Prized names
by Jaspal Bhatti


Revisiting Nayantara
Rumina Sethi
Prison and Chocolate Cake
by Nayantara Sahgal. HarperCollins, New Delhi. Pages 216. Rs 295.
Mistaken Identity
by Nayantara Sahgal. HarperCollins, New Delhi. Pages 239. Rs 295.


Illuminating memoirs
Aditi Garg
About Me
by Panday Bechan Sharma ‘Ugra’. Translated by Ruth Vanita. Penguin Books. Pages 162. Rs 250

Humanity’s desired goals
Satyapal Anand
Peace and Development: Haksar Memorial-Volume IV
Ed. Subrata Banerjee. CRRID, Chandigarh. Pages 486. Rs 795.

For the cause of righteousness
Dharmendra Goel
The Philosophical Perspective on Sikh View of Martyrdom
by Nirbhai Singh. Singh Brothers, Amritsar. Pages XVI+411. Rs 650.

A writer worth £3,000 an hour?
Arifa Akbar

The bare truth
There’s no place for male grooming or fashion in Desmond Morris’s 1950s view of evolution, writes Mark Simpson
The Naked Man
by Desmond Morris. Jonathan Cape. Pages 280. £18.99

Banished within and without
The 45-year-old writer was forced to leave her ‘home’ Kolkata in November last. In a write-up, penned around the time she had to leave Kolkata, Taslima Nasreen shares her love for India

Schooled differently
Frederick Noronha

Bhairava cult and Sikhism
Randeep Wadehra

  • The cult of Bhairava in Nepal
    by Milan Ratna Shakya Rupa & Co. Pages xv+289. Rs 495

  • Relevance of Guru Granth Sahib
    by Shashi Bala Singh Brothers, Amritsar. Pages: 248. Rs 295