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Where faith unites

Nestling in the Nilgiri hills is a place where religious unity, love and compassion rule the heart of people. Usha Rai visits Abu Vishwa Complex near Ooty and shares  the vision behind this unique effort

AT a time when communal conflicts across the country have led to paroxysms of violence and sullied the name of India, in a serene corner of Ooty (Udhagamandalam), the Abu Baba Religious and Festival Mission Trust has been inculcating respect for all religions.


The Abu Vishwa multi-religious temple  complex

The Abu Vishwa multi-religious temple  complex

Business of babies
Renting wombs is an easy and cheap option in India, where the low cost of services and lack of regulation are attracting foreigners and NRIs to sperm banks and surrogate mothers, writes Anil Malhotra
A
FTER business process, knowledge process and legal process outsourcing, genetic pool banks are the latest outsourcing industry from India.

Grace and dignity
Kamal Davar
T
HE Lord above is perhaps rather selective and not overly liberal about his myriad benedictions, no matter what the faithful may wish to believe.

Truth about lying
Steve Connor
A
TTEMPTS at detecting whether someone is telling the truth is as old as humanity itself. Indeed, one theory about the origins of human intelligence is that manís relatively large brain evolved out of the need to recognise deception in other individuals living within the same social group.

Canvas of nature
Jangveer Singh visits Naggar which offers a beautiful view of the Kulu valley and was home to the famous Russian painter Nicholas Roerich and his family
THE erstwhile capital of Kulu, Naggar is situated on the left bank of River Beas. It is a popular tourist stop-over, just 25 km away from Kulu.

Amrapali: Buddhaís gorgeous disciple
B
URIED in the sleepy little village of Ambara in Bihar lies the legend of Amrapali, who was a rare combination of beauty and talent with unmatchable skills in classical art, greatly admired 25 centuries ago.

Laptops can ruin your vacation
T
HOUGH laptops and wireless Internet connections are considered inseparable tools for the new-age executives, they are spoiling their holidays and increasingly ruining their family relationships, a psychologist has warned.

Tajís filmi connection
Shakuntala Rao recalls how Mumbaiís Taj Mahal Hotel, was a popular location
for romantic films of the 1960s

BE it CID where Dev Anand cheekily follows his love interest on Marine Drive or Rajesh Khanna ambling on Juhu beach in Anand, some places of Mumbai have been immortalised on the celluloid screen. So has been the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Folk music was his forte
Harjap Singh Aujla on Sardul Singh Kwatra, the music director from Punjab who simplified  classical ragas in his songs
M
USIC director Sardul Singh Kwatra was among the most colourful personalities of the film industry. Six feet tall, with a stylish beard, well-starched moustache, he was fair-skinned and handsome. His friends called him a Ďladiesí maní.

COLUMNS

NATURE: Jewels of the bird kingdom
by Rajiv Kalsi

TELEVISIONOn the Sufi trail

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Majidiís magic at work
by Ervell E. Menezes

FOOD TALKEggs on the plate
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: No claim if licence invalid
by Pushpa Girimaji

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTAThought for food
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

Tender moments, touchingly told
Roopinder Singh
I too had a Love Story
by Ravinder Singh.
Shristi.
Pages 213. Rs 100.

Books received
hindi

Poetry of revolt
Amarjit Chandan recollects his conversations with noted Urdu poet Habib Jalib
Habib Jalibís poetry, along with that of Faiz, was invoked in the recent pro-democracy agitation in Pakistan. He visited London twice ó first in the summer of 1988 when his collected works were launched.

When Mandy becomes Mandeep
Aradhika Sharma
Indian by Choice
by Amit Dasgupta.
Art by Neelabh.
Wisdom Tree.
Pages. 93. Price not stated.

An insiderís take on NE
Parbina Rashid
Writing on the Wall
by Sanjoy Hazarika.
Penguin Books.
Pages 161. Rs 225.

Warm-hearted comedy
Kavita Soni-Sharma
White Man Falling
by Mike Stocks.
HarperCollins.
Pages 302. Rs 250.

Bengal in the 19th century
Arun Gaur
Rajmohanís Wife
by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
Rupa.
Pages viii + 125. Rs 150.

Why Indian books are missing in Pakistan
Debaprio D Choudhury
W
HAT perplexes Pakistani writer Mohammad Hanif, who won the first Shakti Bhatt award beating Booker winner Aravind Adiga, these days is the unavailability of Indian books and magazines in his country when he is able to watch Bollywood blockbusters there.

Votary of freedom
Boyd Tonkin looks at the legacy of the epic poet John Milton
N
EVER before have I dared to suggest that Simon Schama might be ó not wrong, but in sore need of an extra footnote. Viewers and readers of his The American Future may recall its fervent praise for the "Statute of Religious Freedom" that Thomas Jefferson drafted for the state of Virginia in 1779.

Metro on your coffee table
O
NE can now flip through the success story and the behind-the-scenes technological marvels achieved while constructing the Delhi Metro network, thanks to a book launched recently by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).





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