The migrants from UP and
Bihar form the bulwark of faceless workers who sustain the services in
the metro. Incidents of violence targeting North Indians by supporters
of Raj Thackeray are a blemish on the cosmopolitan character of the
metro. Mumbaikars have taken the trouble in their stride, reports Shiv
|WHEN Alok Mishra arrived
in Mumbai five years ago seeking a job as a security guard in one of
the many housing societies that dot the suburbs, violence was
something he was willing to live with. "Regardless of Raj
Thackeray or Bal Thackeray, Mumbai is far more peaceful.
And life goes on
Amity in Punjab
Mutual interest has
ensured peaceful co-existence in Punjab, reports Jupinderjit
from UP and Bihar are under "hate" attack in Mumbai.
Provoked by politicians harping on on rights of the natives, with an
eye on garnering votes, the very fabric of Indianism and the idea of
co-existence has been sadly given a go by. It is not the first time
that this kind of forcible effort to drive away migrants from UP and
Bihar has been seen in the country. Nor has it been confined to Mumbai
The Chinese wear Prada
The best of brands have
come to stay and compete with one another in China. The country, known
for its manufacturing skills, is emerging as a hot market for fashion
says Shastri Ramachandaran after a recent visit to
shopping centres of any city are a good guide to how globalised the
place is. The brands on display and the styles in vogue reveal more
than the play of market forces and the sway of consumerism. The
shopping hubs reveal how aspirational a city is and, often, its
cultural image. Beijing is no exception.
down on Appu Ghar
Sharma traces the
24-year-long roller-coaster ride of the popular amusement park that
closed shop last week
February 17, 2008, India’s first amusement park Appu Ghar closed its
doors to visitors. Located adjacent to Pragati Maidan in Central
Delhi, it was an important landmark for Delhites, several of whom have
grown up enjoying fun-filled days on its rides in the past 24 years.
Old is the new young
Actors nudging 50 and
above continue to corner lead roles without relying on hair dye and
heavy make-up, says Derek
65, Amitabh Bachchan remains the hottest, biggest, most enduring and
influential film icon ever. I am yet to meet anyone in Bollywood who
does not want to be in Bachchan’s shoes — if only for a few hours.
His critics are singing
praises for a very unlikely reason: R. Balki’s Cheeni Kum.
I don’t grab films:
The director tells V.
Ananth that he is geared up for a romantic comedy
Heyy Babyy, Sajid Khan is planning to direct a romantic comedy,
once again with Akshay Kumar in the lead. Besides Akshay, his film
will have three more top leading women.
in olden times
finds in Iran have suggested that women and men applied makeup and
arrayed themselves with ornaments approximately 10,000 years ago.
According to a report in Press TV, archaeologists have discovered
various instruments of make-up and ornamental items in the Burnt City,
which date back to the third millennium BCE.
space for coral reef
world’s largest marine protected area has just come up in the small
Pacific island nation of Kiribati. The coral reefs and rich fish
populations of the area are under threat from over-fishing and climate
mart: women on top
Women art dealers of Kolkata
have built an excellent reputation that attracts buyers from across
the globe. Most art galleries here are owned by women, writes Soma
Mitra Mukherjee from Kolkata
are sensitive. Beauty or tragedy moves them tremendously. They
identify quickly with others’ emotions. Signs of weakness? Not at
all. Women art gallery owners in Kolkata are using these very traits
to wheel and deal in the highly competitive art market and are making
a success of it, too. Kolkata boasts of a number of art galleries that
are run astutely by women.