A legendary singer of the late 19th century and the first to be patronised by the Gramophone Company.Melodies on record
Much before playback singers entertained listeners, a host of accomplished performers recorded songs and ruled over people’s hearts.
Pran Nevile brings alive a few forgotten celebrities of the gramophone era.

Gauhar Jan: A legendary singer of the late 19th century and the first to be patronised by the Gramophone Company.

Caught in a web of lies
Lalit Mohan on good stories on the Net that eventually die, tainted by the truth
It is sad when a good story gets killed. Two really great ones about the symbiotic father and son relationship, which were doing the rounds on the Net, suffered this tragic fate. The first concerned a man called Easy Eddie. He was the lawyer who kept notorious Chicago gangster of the 1920s, Al Capone, out of prison for long. Eddie was rewarded well for his services.

Ambassador of humanity
He was the country’s first Law Minisiter and the man behind the framing of the Indian Constitution. He was also a socialist who devoted his life to give Dalits their due. Chaman Lal pays a tribute to Dr B. R. Ambedkar, whose birth anniversary falls tomorrow

‘I want to rekindle the anger’
Shekhar Kapur talks to Subhash K. Jha about his next film Paani, which is much more than about water scarcity
After winning over the West with his two Elizabethan sagas, Shekhar Kapur is back in India to "rekindle the anger" over what’s happening in the world. His next film, Paani, is set in 2025 in a city polarised by water scarcity, a world divided into the haves and have-nots — those who have water and those who don’t. "The reason I came back to India is to walk the streets of Mumbai and rekindle the anger that I feel about what’s happening to the world," said Kapur, who refuses to drink bottled water.

Unfair to fair sex
The female actors, more often than not, are merely treated as sex symbols or fillers in a majority of Hindi films, writes Surendra Miglani
Gender bias has been always there in the Hindi film industry. It is all too visible — on the screen as well as off it. The most recent example is Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar. In a novel publicity campaign, two posters of the film were put up side by side in cinema halls. One of them had Aishwarya Rai who plays Jodhaa and the other Hrithik Roshan who essays the role of Akbar.


Earning through ayurveda
This traditional system of medicine has provided employment to women of Kerala on a large scale. The women scout for herbs in forests and farms. They are also involved in the processing and making of medicines in the labs. Some of them are qualified to start massage units of their own, writes Ajitha Menon


'ART & SOUL: The lure of Indian spices
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISIONRomantic thriller

FOOD TALKSweet & sour delight
by Pushpesh Pant

Hollywood hues: Complex ‘issue’ made easy
by Ervell E. Menezes

nature: Of drongos and cuckoos
by Lt Gen Baljit Singh (retd)

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Failed tubectomy: patient must get relief
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Costly affair
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


The rise of middle classes
Sucha Singh Gill
The Making of Middle Classes in the Punjab (1849-1947)
by Sukhdev Singh Sohal. ABS Publications, Jalandhar.
Pages 333+X. Rs 800.

Of love and aspirations
Aradhika Sharma
Gently Falls the Bakula
by Sudha Murty. Penguin Books.
Pages 169. Rs 150.

Head vs the heart
Ashok Vohra

Emotion: The Essence of Life — An Evolutionary Explanation
by Kuldip Kumar Dhiman. Unistar.
Pages. XVI+160. Rs 295

New development mantra
Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal

Community-Based Natural Resource Management: Issues and Cases from South Asia
by Ajit Menon, Praveen Singh, Esha Shah, Sharachchandra Lele, Suhas Paranjape and
K. J. Joy. Sage Publications. Pages 362. Rs 450.

Not guilty, My Lord!
Roopinder Singh

A Prisoner of Birth
by Jeffrey Archer. PanMacmillan.
Pages 431. Rs 253.

Different strokes of reforms
V. Krishna Ananth
India: Some Aspects of Economic and Social Development
Eds S.Mahendra Dev and K.S.Babu, Academic Foundation, New Delhi. Pages 316. Rs 795

Corruption, business & good conduct
Randeep Wadehra
Decentralisation, Corruption and Social Capital
by Sten Widmalm. Sage.
Pages 229. Rs 495

  • Pave your way to good conduct and happiness
    by BD Dhawan.
    Pages xxii+213. Rs 130

  • When the going gets tough
    by VG Patel. Tata McGraw-Hill.
    Pages: xviii+156. Price not mentioned.

After Bitter Chocolate
Rajeev Ranjan Roy

Faith in times of war
Among all the blood and horror of Baghdad, a journalist found many Iraqis determined to laugh, celebrate and cling to normality at all costs. Here, Oliver Poole explains how they inspired his new book