A food security
system based on indigenous produce can alone combat the rising prices
in India, reports Vibha
there a food crisis in the country? On the basis of
government-disbursed facts and figures, the answer to the question
would be a ressuring "no". We appear to be sitting on a
comfortable food grain stock, procurement is progressing well, and if
need be we can always buy whatever we need — food grains, pulses or
edible oil — from the international market.
Wearing vegetable garlands, housewives in Hyderabad protest against the UPA government’s failure to curb prices of essential commodities
the heart of the Alps
Glacier 3000, bathed in
virgin white and ethereal silence, offers a host of activities like
skiing, sledging and hiking to tourists and sports lovers, says Tanushree
cable car was full of skiers clad in parkas and snow boots, and
holding their ski gear atop shoulders. The heavy ski boots and the
gear made a thunder-like noise as everyone moved into the vestibule.
We were surrounded by giggling teenagers, bright-eyed toddlers, and
silver-haired senior citizens. Everyone was on their way to the top of
Glacier 3000, the ski region in the heart of the Vaud Alps.
safari in Jaipur
Tourists in Rajasthan can
now enjoy an African style lion safari in a new layout at the
Jaipur’s Nahargarh Biological Park. "The Central Zoo Authority
has approved the layout of a safari and we would commence work on the
project from March or April," said a forest department official.
a lot in a name
The names of characters in
movies are often well thought out and, at times, the actors are known
more by their reel names, says Surendra
and storywriters often give fictitious names to the characters
in their movies. So we have Ashok, Raj, Sunita, John etc on the
screen. But such names are not always a figment of their imagination.
Sometimes they are well thought out and given with a purpose.
the choice to experiment
From Roja, Bombay,
Dil Se, Lagaan, Taal, Rang De Basanti and Guru to the
recent Jodhaa Akbar, A.R. Rahman has redefined Bollywood
film music with his unique style. Sreya Basu catches up with
the master of melody
am not a star’
Kay Kay Menon talks to Shweta
Thakur about his forthcoming films
ventured into films after doing an MBA and stints in theatre
and TV. But Kay Kay Menon has carved a niche for himself by doing
unconventional roles in movies like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
and Corporate. However, he does not like to be called a star.
"There is a difference between a star and an actor. Anyone
leading a flamboyant life can be a star, for instance (entrepreneur)
Vijay Mallya. But he is not an actor," Kay Kay said.
Subhash K. Jha
Jiah Khan, who after Nishabd
had virtually gone underground, will resurface with Aamir Khan in the
Hindi remake of the Tamil film Gajini. "It’s
not that," said Jiah, who was born in New York and raised in
London. "I was looking at several offers. I chose what I liked
best," Jiah said.
Housemaids are beginning to
get organised and are demanding an improvement in their working
conditions, along with formal rights. Documentary film Lakshmi and
Me is a reminder that these invisible workers must get their due,
writes Geeta Seshu
women in middle class and upper class Indian homes can afford
the luxury of freedom from the rigours of domestic chores— dusting
and sweeping the house, washing utensils and clothes and, sometimes,
even cooking the daily meal—the credit for this must go to the
'other' woman in their lives.