Wages of inaction
Price rise

A food security system based on indigenous produce can alone combat the rising prices in India, reports Vibha Sharma
Wearing vegetable garlands, housewives in Hyderabad protest against the UPA government’s failure to curb prices of essential commodities
Is 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

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In 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 Podder
he 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.

Lion 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.

There’s 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 Miglani
ilmmakers 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.

I’ve 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

‘I am not a star’
Kay Kay Menon talks to Shweta Thakur about his forthcoming films
e 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.

Jiah’s new role
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.


Maid to order
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
f 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.


'Art & SoulSacred journeys
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISIONPower of five

NATUREThe deadly ants
by Richard Hackensacker

FOOD TALKBoard the egg boat
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Court redefines burglary
by Pushpa Girimaji

Hollywood hues: Fair farce
by Ervell E. Menezes

ULTA PULTAThe King arrives
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


The best and the mediocre
Tejwant Singh Gill
The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature (Vols. I & II)
Ed. Mehr Afsan Farooqi. OUP. Pages 325 and 349. Rs 795 each.

Books received

Catalysts of change
Jyoti Singh
Dreams Die Young
by C. V. Murali. Frog Books. Pages 95. Rs 145.

Saga of a young faith
Nirbhai Singh
History of Sikh Gurus Retold (Two Volumes)
by Surjit Singh Gandhi. Atlantic, New Delhi. Pages 1,171. Rs 2,100 (set)

Days of maharajas
B. S. Thaur
Itehas Riasat Jind
by Krishan Betab. Mahan Printers, Sangrur. Pages 134. Rs 600.

Thinly-guised political story
Arun Gaur
We the People of India: A Story of Gangland Democracy
by Maloy Krishna Dhar. Vitasta, New Delhi. Pages X+443. Rs 395.

Walking the razor’s edge
Aruti Nayar
Muslim Modernities
Tabish Khair’s Essays on Moderation and Mayhem
Compiled & edited by Renu Kaul Verma Vitasta Publishing. Pages 302. Rs 295

‘Writers should hold their heads high’

Sons of Babur strikes a chord
Dipankar De Sarkar

Women in politics, and at its receiving end
Randeep Wadehra
Reservations for women
edited by Meena Dhanda; series editor: Rajeswari Sundar Rajan
Women Unlimited & Kali for Women.
Pages: xl+390. Rs 600

  • Lali
    by BS Thapliyal.
    Selective & Scientific Books, N. Delhi. Pages 241. Rs 295

  • Pratibha Patil
    by Kumar Pankaj & Ayushma Sharma
    Diamond Books. Pages 176. Rs. 95