The novel path to cinema

Literature and cinema make for good companions. Can the screen version stray from the original and adapt itself for celluloid, asks Shoma A. Chatterji as she examines this unique relationship
WHAT do films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara, Bimal Roy’s Sujata, Guru Dutt’s Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam, Vijay Anand’s Guide and Shyam Benegal’s Sooraj Ka Satvan Ghoda have in common? They are all adapted from literary fiction—classic, contemporary and international. Literature describes visuals in words.

Bastar craft goes places
Sujeet Kumar
FTER decades of neglect, traditional handicrafts from the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh such as those made of wood, terracotta and bell metal will now be globally marketed by the central government. The move will also ensure that artisans benefit directly from it.

Bid for the masters
Madhusree Chatterjee
RT lovers can now bid for masters like Tyeb Mehta and M.F. Husain in India’s first simultaneous online and live auction to be held in Kolkata on February 23, which will see a cache of 89 works go under the hammer. The auction is a debut venture by the latest entrant in big-time auction mart, Kolkata-based Emami Chisel Art, a tie-up between the Emami Group and Chisel Craft.

A treasure from the past
Significant excavations dating back to the Harappan period have added to the lure of Sanghol, near Chandigarh, says Seema Chopra
OW many of us are aware that the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation stretched into and beyond Punjab? A drive on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road leads to Khamano tehsil and finally to the tranquil beauty of Sanghol (Uchha Pind) where time stands still.

Agra all set for religious tourism
Brij Khandelwal
OST tourists flock to Agra to see that ever-beautiful monument to love, the Taj Mahal, but the city is a treasure trove of many religious monuments as well. Now the Agra Hotels and Restaurants’ Association has released a new tourist guide map, highlighting centuries-old shrines in the city.

‘We should stick to our roots’
Binita Ramchandani
OWADAYS each and every song in a movie looks almost the same, says dancing queen Saroj Khan, who’s currently part of Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan, a reality show on television. Some years back this was not the case, the choreographer asserts.

I do what I believe in
His films are just as good as his characters — authentic and powerful. Aditi Tandon meets Shyam Benegal, the master filmmaker who stamps reel with the real
HYAM Benegal, it seems, is ready for a fresh start. Exuding a childlike exuberance, he puts age behind him to celebrate life and all that comes in its wake. Life, after all, has been a constant source of inspiration for the filmmaker’s magical reels.

Action queens
Stunts are the new craze for Bollywood heroines, writes Shweta Thakur
LEXING muscles, swinging a sword or jumping from one building to another is no longer the forte of heroes as Bollywood actresses are increasingly embracing action-oriented roles.


Symbol of justice
Irom Sharmila, a sensitive young woman imbued with traditional ethics of honesty and simple living, has been shocked by the extent of human rights violations in Manipur. She wants the Armed Forces Special Powers Act to be removed from the state, writes Deepti Priya Mehrotra
HY does Irom Sharmila Chanu (35) refuse to eat? What motivates her to continue the fast she began years ago? Vijaylakshmi Brara, convener, Manipur People’s Union for Civil Liberties, explains: “Malom, near Imphal, witnessed the cold-blooded killing of innocent people by the 8th Assam Rifles recently.


TELEVISION: Kishore all the way

NATURE: Saving the Dolphins
by R.K. Luna

FOOD TALK: Mushroom masti
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Lifts must be kept in proper order
by Pushpa Girimaji

FASHION: Stylish jewellery for the male
by Vimla Patil

HOLLYWOOD HUESFemale bonding at its best
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Colour of the cop
by Jaspal Bhatti


Global guruism
Rachna Singh
Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language
by Srinivas Aravamudan. Penguin Books. Pages 330. Rs 395.

Books received: HINDI

Whiff of the North-East
Lunatic in my Head
by Anjum Hasan. Penguin. Pages 291. Rs 295.

Paying a price for progress
Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
Development-Induced Displacement and Human Rights
by Ashirbani Dutta. Deep and Deep Publications, New Delhi. Pages 248. Rs 750.

Glitz and glamour unveiled
Amarinder Sandhu
A Girl Named Indie
by Kavita Daswani. Puffin Books. Pages 189. Rs 200.

Life of the chosen one
Kuldip Dhiman
Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic An Authorised Biography
by Mayank Chhaya. Mapinlit, Ahmedabad. Pages 342. Price not stated.

Sultan of the story
A. Saj Mathews pays a tribute to legendary writer Vaikom Muhammed Basheer in his centenary year

Katha tales for kids

What makes a person desirable
In their new book The Psychology of Physical Attraction, psychologists Viren Swami and Adrian Furnham claim, at last, to have unlocked the secrets of attraction.
Esther Walker explains what they discovered Are looks everything?

No to stereotypes
Syed Nooruzzaman
Rising India: Friends and Foes
Ed Prakash Nanda. Lancer Publishers. Pages 392. Rs 795.