Age of living life to the full

These senior citizens have added meaning to their years by doing things they are passionate about. The zest of these golden oldies proves that the later years can be as beautiful as the summer of their lives, writes Usha Rai

A lot of people believe that life is over with retirement. But today people are living longer and enjoying the time given to fulfill desires, ambitions, hobbies they could not indulge in when they were caught in the nine to 5 routine of a working life. Nothing demonstrates that age is all in the mind than some remarkable golden oldies who have a zest for living. Krishna Satyanand works with the Sisters of the People, the women’s wing of the Servants of People Society
Krishna Satyanand works with the Sisters of the People, the women’s wing of the Servants of People Society

Creation is the only proof that I am there: Satish Gujral
Humra Quraishi
he last time I had spoken at length to Satish Gujral was in the spring of 2006 when the National Gallery of Modern Art had organised a retrospective of his works. Conversation with Gujral cannot be limited to just art or art forms. He feels intensely about life and everyday living, and, definitely about the political scenario. He expresses himself with such an abundance of feelings, gestures and facial expressions that the conversation simply flows.

On the banks of Avon
Rachna Singh finds herself transported to the Elizabethan Age at Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare
s a student of literature, I often wondered how Shakespeare, a playwright of the 16th century, retained his popularity in the modern world. I would spend hours in the library or on the Net hunting for titbits on the Bard. So in Birmingham for a holiday, I decided that my British sojourn would be incomplete without a visit to Shakespeare’s home.

What’s in store this year
Sansar Chandra looks at the new Samvatsara, beginning tomorrow
he Samvatsara shall start its life on Monday, April 7. The first spring Navaratra will also fall on the same day, while Baisakhi, the first day of the new solar year (Mesh Sankranti), shall come on Sunday, April 13. How auspicious will be the coming year? This will depend on the varshpati or the king of the year who is the custodian of all powers. Instead of one ruler, this time we will have two rulers — Sun and Moon — functioning simultaneously.

Forget history, enjoy the film
The spectacular scenes in Jodhaa-Akbar will keep the viewers riveted, says Shakuntala Rao
o one has tried a revisionist take on irate elephants, sweaty-torso, and clanging-steel epic as cleverly as Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar. All the brouhaha about the lack of authenticity in depicting Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar’s story is a misnomer: this film (contemporary in its display of Tanishq jewellery, designer haircuts, and picture postcard resort hotels) is an allegory for the present day.

Mark of Madhubala
The release of a five-rupee stamp on Madhubala is a tribute to her timeless appeal, says M.L. Dhawan
he only actress other than Nargis to have a postal stamp in her name is Madhubala. Through the stamp, which was released on March 18, this year, Madhubala will be remembered forever. Madhubala was one of the most beautiful stars of the film industry. When Madhubala swirled her skirt, flashed that 440-watt smile and crooned Aaiye meherbaan she enamoured one and all.

No serious cinema, please
atrina Kaif, who gave the maximum hits among all Bollywood actresses last year, says she is having a ball doing commercial films and has no plans to venture into "serious" cinema right now. "I am pretty clear about what I want to do. I don’t want to go down the road doing serious cinema. I am happy doing commercial films.

‘John is the best’
Subhash K. Jha
hat John Abraham is director Deepa Mehta’s blue-eyed boy is an open secret. After Water, the Toronto-based director has now roped in John for a mainstream Hollywood film Luna. "After working with John I realised what a wonderful human being he is. He just brings so much positive energy to the location. And he’s so willing to learn and participate," Deepa said.


A dream come true
The national rural employment guarantee scheme in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district has ensured a regular income to the poor, including the elderly, of the area, reports Shubhadeep Choudhury
or Bhagwati Bera, whose village Bari falls in Makdadav panchayat in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district, eating a square meal at the end of the day has suddenly become a reality, courtesy the launching of a scheme under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in the area.

The scent of a man
Modern colognes add to the way you present yourself. You should have more than one scent to call upon, writes Vijay Bose
et us agree that the word cologne does not convey much to most of Indian men. At the very best it brings in memory of those small bottles of eau de cologne, commercially made by the different pharmaceutical companies and priced at less that Rs 30 per ounce. This is mostly dabbed on the shirt collars and hands by men rushing out for weddings and other social functions.


TELEVISION: Gripping show

GARDEN LIFE: Lily of the day
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALKSay it with cinnamon
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Don’t submit false affidavits
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTACheers to cricket
by Jaspal Bhatti


Off the shelf
Reflections of a Ghadarite
V. N. Datta
The Art of Living and Karma and Dharma
by Bhagwan S. Gyanee. Ed. Surinder Pal Singh. Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana. Pages 164 and 104.


Books received

Quest for the carnal
Harbans Singh
Yayati: A Classic Tale of Lust
by V. S. Khandekar. Orient Paperbacks. Pages 251. Rs 195.

Search for Sheikh Farid
Wazir Singh
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Wale Sheikh Farid di Bhal
by Prof Pritam Singh. Singh Brothers, Amritsar. Pages 368. Rs 650.

Tale of two woeful worlds
Shalini Rawat
by Saikat Majumdar. HarperCollins. Pages 293. Rs 295.

Roget's life of pain pain, grief & sorrow
Arthur Spiegelman

Magnificent memorial
The evocative memorial erected for Takazhi Sivasankara Pillai, the grand old man of Malayalam literature, is the first for any author in the country. An eight-day Takazhi Sahitya Sammelan is scheduled in Shankaramangalam from April 8 to 17, reports M.S. Unnikrishnan

Mapping the terror trail
Madhushree Chatterjee

What the Dickens
Dickens’ family seeks to overturn the writer’s dying wish, reports Arifa Akbar