Defenceless on the streets
Illegal hawkers have reappeared in the Sewa Nagar area in Delhi where earlier, due to Manushiís intervention, only licenced vendors were allowed.More than one crore people earn a livelihood by selling wares on the streets. Yet there is no adequate national policy in place for them, and they are at the mercy of extortionists and rusted rules. With help from organisations like Manushi, street vendors are putting up a fight for their rights. Harvinder Khetal reports on their struggle in Delhi.

Illegal hawkers have reappeared in the Sewa Nagar area in Delhi where earlier, due to Manushiís intervention, only licenced vendors were allowed. Photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Splendour of Sheesh Mahal
The Faridkot fort depicts the architectural style that developed in Punjab in the 19th century, says Subhash Parihar
The historical buildings of Faridkot, once the capital of the Sikh state of Malwa, represent the architectural style that developed in Punjab during the mid-19th to mid-20th century. After the decline of the Mughal empire in the 18th century, the chaudhuries, who were the local officials of the Mughals for collecting revenue, became the virtual rulers of their territory. The successive rulers adorned the 638-sq-miles of the town with forts, palaces, gardens, gateways, guest houses and a clock tower. Of these, the fort of Faridkot is the most significant.

Stories set in stone
The ruins in Mamallapuram near Chennai are a fascinating storehouse of mythological tales, writes C.D. Verma
The ruins make the ancient seaport of Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) one of the most popular haunts of the foreign and domestic tourists. The white sand beaches are lined with pretty resorts. It is the kind of place where you can wander around monuments in the morning and retire to the sun-warmed beach in the afternoon.

Losers on a roll
Winners on various music shows may fade away. But often losers on these shows have made their mark in Bollywood, says Vijay Vedala
Even as television channels gear up for an all-new season of music-based reality shows, promising new superstars year after year, the past winners have faded into oblivion, unable to live up to the hype generated by these shows.

On the food trail
Food items that figure in movie titles usually have little to do with the story of the film, says Shoma A. Chatterji
What do films like Mirch Masala, Garam Masala, Cheeni Kum, Hope and a Little Sugar, Chocolate, etc. have in common? The films are as different as chalk from cheese but they generously borrow an ingredient of food for their titles even though this spice or condiment has nothing to do with the theme or story except in rare cases. Perhaps, they are pointers to the average Indianís passion for food and everything that goes into its making.

Staying Alive at Stuttgart fest
Director Anant Mahadevanís Staying Alive, based on a true story of a journalist and an underworld kingpin, has been selected for a screening at the 5th Stuttgart Bollywood and Beyond film festival starting July 16 in Germany.


Women with a Ďhealthyí attitude
A television programme has inspired women in Chhattisgarh to start a movement for health awareness in villages, writes Swapna Majumdar
In Kunra, a small village in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh, a group of women were so inspired by Kalyani, a bi-weekly television programme on health produced by Doordarshan, that they decided to get together to tackle illness and disease in their village. But they didnít know how to go about it. So they approached the programme producer, who gave them the idea of forming a Kalyani Club.

Death of a supermodel
David Usborne
Like every supermodel, Ruslana Korshunova had to grow up a lot faster than the rest of us. Plucked from her native Kazakhstan by a London fashion of New York and on the cover of Vogue. Her almond eyes and "fairy-tale" features had given her a life of almost instantaneous success that, we might imagine now, became overwhelming.


TELEVISIONMonsoon magic

FOOD TALKPlateful of paneer
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Banks bend fair practices code
by Pushpa Girimaji

Garden life: Deadly oleander
by Kiran Narain

HOLLYWOOD HUES: It dares to be different
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Banish shyness
by Jaspal Bhatti


History comes alive
Rumina Sethi
Sea of Poppies
by Amitav Ghosh. Viking. Pages 515. Rs 599

Meeting every consumerís need
D.S. Cheema

The New Age of Innovation
by C K Prahlad and M S Krishnan
Tata Mc Graw-Hill. Pages 278. Rs 695.

Books received English

Hindi review
Poetic prisoners
Harbans Singh
Kshitij Ke Us Par Hashiaye Par Latka Bhavishya Ė Himachal Pradesh Ke Karavason Se Niklee Kavitayan
Edited and collected by Saroj Vasishth.
Pages 67. Rs 100.

Thereís something about Amitav
Humra Quraishi

Laudable indigenous initiative
Jayanti Roy
Learning from Children: What to teach them
by Malavika Kapur.
Sage. Pages 198. Rs 395.

Age of problems
Randeep Wadehra
Anti-Ageing ó Let The Silvers Sparkle
by Dr R. Kumar. Deep & Deep, N. Delhi.
Pages: xii+251. Rs 780.

Twin tributes to Twain

Prequel to solve Treasure Island mysteries
Paul Bignell

Spice and spirituality
Madhusree Chatterjee
City of Love
by Rimi B. Chatterjee. Penguin. Rs 295

Rebecca Millerís novel set to become a bestseller
Sarah Marcus