Science, not maya

A visit to the Pushpa Gujral Science City on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road is a leap into the fascinating world of scientific phenomena. AJ Philip visits this wonderland in the hinterland

Twentyfive lakh tiles have gone into the construction of the globe.PASSENGERS, both children and adults, screamed as the Space Shuttle-like vehicle lifted off with unimaginable speed into space and they had close encounters with celestial bodies. Then it plunged into the ocean and the “passengers” came face to face with mountainous whales and menacing sharks.

Twentyfive lakh tiles have gone into the construction of the globe. — Photo by the writer

Vanishing ghariyals
than 90 ghariyal deaths in the National Chambal Sanctuary in India has led ecologists to determine that the species is under severe threat and might be facing extinction. Ghariyals — often confused with crocodiles — are characterised by their long and thin snout and the “ghara” or pot on their head and eat only fish. They are one of the most threatened crocodile species and are classified as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union.

A town gone to the dog
The legend of a dog is an interesting diversion on a trip to a small town in Wales, says Anurag Yadav
Back in the old days travelling to the UK usually meant a trip to just London. The modern tourist now knows better. A weekend in Wales can be a very exhilarating experience. It offers as beautiful a holiday as one can ever aspire for. A holiday away from the hustle-bustle of the big city and close to nature. Indeed, Wales’ countryside has surely to be one of the world’s most beautiful ones.

Knockout effect of TV wrestling
watching professional wrestling on television are more prone to violence, unsafe sex, and other risky behaviours, says a new study. The study led by Robert H. DuRant, Ph.D of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, has found that as the frequency of watching wrestling increases, the rate of risky behaviours also goes up.

Bani sings the big tune
Prachi Desai, best known as Bani, is all set to make her film debut with Farhan Akhtar as co-actor. Manish Ramchandani chats up the actor
How does it feel when you are called Ekta’s baby?
I think Balaji is one of the best production houses. I am in love with it as it was a place where I first worked as an actor at the age of 16.

The perfect Match
Will the coming together of Hrithik and Aishwarya in Jodhaa-Akbar create a new screen pair, asks Derek Bose

Bollywood’s hugely hyped romantic potboiler Jodhaa Akbar is supposed to be the "most extravagant, ambitious and lavishly mounted love story" yet in Hindi cinema.

Small is beautiful
With Dus Kahaniyan receiving a not-too-bad response, Shoma A. Chatterji traces the trend in short fiction films

When Dus Kahaniyan reached the theatres, there was a lot of brouhaha around how 10 short films within the span of 100 minutes can throw up more entertainment and thrills than a long (yawn) feature film with a 120-minute footage.

Rising voices
Festivals like MIFF are bringing films that touch upon social concerns, says Ervell E. Menezes
The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation Films is on at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in South Mumbai. This two-yearly event has weaned an audience of its own, call it opinion-makers, anti-establishment voices or a different view but it surely needs to be heard in a society guided mainly by its marketing and corporate forces.


Beauty from waste
Bengal craftsman Gopal Nandi’s art-wares, produced out of cast-away material, are selling like hot cakes at Surajkund Crafts Mela, says C.D. Verma
In this world nothing goes waste. Everything has its value. What is needed is a discerning eye and expert hands to metamorphose the dross into the worth of an artifact. Ugliness is but skin deep. The business of art is to reveal the beauty underlying all things.

Coping with cancer
The five most common types of cancers in India are colorectal, lung, stomach, breast and cervix. Long and erratic hours at work, little exercise and unhealthy eating patterns are a fertile breeding ground for the disease, says Neeta Lal

Charge your mobile by just walking
of Michigan scientists have found that a new energy-capturing knee brace has the potential to generate enough electricity from walking to operate a portable GPS locator or to charge a cell phone. Arthur Kuo, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the university, has revealed that the wearable mechanism works much like regenerative braking charges a battery in some hybrid vehicles.


’Art & soul: The story of ink
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Robots of the past

FOOD TALKGift from the ground
by Pushpesh Pant

Garden life: Get set for summer splash
by Kiran Narain

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Stock exchange liable for poor service
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Weight & watch
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


Absorbing history
Himmat Singh Gill

India: Definitions and Clarifications
by Reginald Massey. Hansib, UK.
Pages 263. £14.99.

Books received: ENGLISH

Inscrutable Indian market
Harbans Singh
We are Like that Only: Understanding the Logic of Consumer India
by Rama Bijapurkar. Penguin Portfolio.
Pages 281. Rs 495.

Noble profession under the scalpel
Shalini Rawat

A Doctor’s Memoirs: An Inside Story of the Medical Profession
by Dr M. P. Gogoi.
BR Publishing Corporation. Pages 198. Rs 395.

Untold story of a spy
Laxmi Kant Verma
My Years in a Pakistani Prison
by Kishorilal Sharma. Lancer Publishers.
Pages 224. Rs 595.

A life on the road to peace
Moris Farhi
Once Upon a Country
by Sari Nusseibeh, with Anthony David.
Peter Halban. Pages 542. £20.

A revolution whose time has come
Ash Narain Roy
E-Governance – Case Studies
Ed Ashok Agarwal, Hyderabad,
University Press. Pages 437. Rs 495.

A can-do manual for girls

There’s life & a living after rejection
Bestselling authors are among those who struggled to get their first book accepted

Wisdom of the Guru
Randeep Wadehra

Ethico-spiritual dimensions of Sikh philosophy
by Anita Mehrotra
Ajay Book Service, N. Delhi.
Pages 203. Rs. 395

Guru Nanak’s Bani
by SS Bhatti
Harman Publishing House, N. Delhi.
Pages xxii+237. Rs. 500

Guru Nanak
by Kharak Singh
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Pages 163. Rs. 50