Balbir Singh Seechewal is a man with a mission. By spreading the message of conservation and education in the hinterlands of Punjab, this environmentalist has given a new meaning to spirituality, reports
is the sangat (people) and without them I would not have
been able to achieve anything, says Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal.
Recently, Time magazine named Sant Seechewal as one of
the activist "Heroes of the Environment–2008".
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal (second from right) works
with volunteers to clean the Kali Bein
concrete buildings are being raised with the help of truck jacks in
parts of Punjab. The idea is to prevent rain water from entering
houses, reports Sanjeev Singh Bariana from
I saw a unique sight at a house in Kasabad village along the Sutlej in
Ludhiana district. A big workforce was engaged in fixing truck jacks
under a concrete building. On a closer look, I discovered that the
existing building was being lifted off the ground, slightly, and a new
layer of bricks was being laid to create a new basement.
than a beach holiday
The Indonesian island of Bali
offers much more than its famous beaches, writes Nivedita
Bali and the immediate images, which conjure up, are of spectacular
beaches. But the island has much more to offer than that.
in London underground
back to the early 1940s in London, a city under siege from the German
Luftwaffe bombings. People used to spend most of their time in bunkers
and the underground tube stations to escape the raids from the skies.
Akram on a different pitch
has been in the news of late not for his exploits on the cricket field
or the commentary box, but for his role as a judge of a dance show
involving some of India’s top cricketers and celebrities from the
world of glamour.
I’m not a
superstar: Boman Irani
his first movie Josh, he had a fleeting appearance. Eight years
later, Boman Irani is known as a niche actor with the ability to pull
life stories of US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack
Obama hit comic book stands recently and the company behind the
illustrated bios hopes plenty of adults will buy them.