Symphonies in concrete

Charles Correa stands tall and rock solid, like his work. Rajnish Wattas writes
about this architect of Indian renaissance

CHARLES Correa, eminent Indian architect, recently completed a personal landmark — 50 years of extraordinary practice. This icon of Indian architecture with an international presence and imprint, has reasons to smile. His personal growth has been almost synonymous with India’s journey into finding its post-Independence architectural idiom.

CORREA ‘S CREATIONS: A view of the Champalimaud Centre in Lisbon

A view of the Champalimaud Centre in Lisbon

The moon man of Punjab
Madan Lal, from Budhlada in Mansa district of Punjab, designed and fabricated the MIP (Moon Impact Probe) that was recently released on the moon by Chandrayaan-1. The road to success wasn’t a smooth one for this pioneer, who has played a pivotal role in almost all missions of ISRO till date, and has carved a niche for himself among top international scientists, writes Chander Parkash
HE humble and unassuming persona of Madan Lal belies his achievements. Born in the dawn of Independence, this former deputy director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been a key player in propelling the country into the big league in the field of space research.

Trousseau for men
The idea of a male trousseau is pretty simple. Men just want to look as good as their brides on their wedding day, writes Hector Choksi
TILL a few years ago, the very idea of a male trousseau was greeted with amusement. The traditional Indian groom had very few choices, and his standard wedding day wear were straight-cut dark suit, a brocade sherwani or a silk dhoti- kurta.

Bollywood masala a hit in Venezuela
There is growing interest in Hindi films among the students of cinema in Venezuela, writes Shakuntala Rao after a visit to the Department of Cinema Studies at Caracas university
Universidad del Central Venezuela (UVC) is one of the largest universities in South America with 85,000 students and sits in the heart of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

Celluloid baddie in a pious role
AFTER portraying negative characters in Bollywood for over three decades, noted actor Raza Murad will now be seen playing a pious Sikh in a new TV series Meet Mila De Rabba.

Indian Summer in Britain
Treasures from Rajasthan will be showcased for the first time in British Museum, writes Arifa Akbar
HE British Museum has announced plans for a spectacular six-month season showcasing Indian art and culture to mark the country’s emergence as an economic superpower.

Return of the Showman
Subhash Ghai’s latest film Yuvvraaj reinforces his reputation as the maker of some
of Bollywood’s most opulent, larger-than-life, feel-good extravaganzas, writes
Derek Bose

HEN a filmmaker hits 64, has a track record of over a dozen jubilee hits to his name and calls himself a "showman", you automatically look up at him in awe and with loads of expectation. True, of late, Subhash Ghai has been going through a lean patch at the box-office. But still, you cannot write him off in a hurry.

Chandni Chowk to China is not about my life: Akshay Kumar
KSHAY Kumar has said his upcoming film Chandni Chowk to China was not a biographical account. "The only similarity is that like myself in real life, the protagonist also works as a cook," Akshay, who is originally from Delhi and worked as a cook in Bangkok before making it big in Bollywood, has said.

John Abraham the sexiest Asian
OHN Abraham has been adjudged the sexiest Asian man in the world in 2008. In the annual round conducted by Eastern Eye, a leading British Asian weekly, Abraham emerged the top in a shortlist of 10, with Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan at second and third places, respectively.


'ART & sOULThe golden era of theatre
by B. N. Goswamy

GARDEN LIFE: Lovely lily
by Kiran Narain

TELEVISIONFriends are not forever

FOOD TALKMushrooms once more
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Banks must provide security to clients
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAFall for love
by Jaspal Bhatti


Potter(ing) through new wizarding tales
Gayatri Rajwade
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
by J. K. Rowling. 
Children’s High Level Group in association with Bloomsbury.
Pages 109. Rs 599.

Books received

One for the road
Roopinder Singh
Traffic: Why we Drive the Way we do (And What it Says About us)
by Tom Vanderbilt.
 Allen Lane/Penguin.
Pages 402. Rs 395.

Enigmatic genius
Nonika Singh
Ten Years with Guru Dutt — Abrar Alvi’s Journey
by Sathya Saran.
Pages 203. Rs 499.

Sagas of Partition
Belu Jain Maheshwari
Humanity Amidst Insanity — Hope During and After the Indo-Pak Partition
by Tridivesh Singh Maini, Tahir Malik and Ali Farooq Malik.
UBSPD, New Delhi.
Pages 186. Rs 295.

On the trail of mysterious Blue Koran
Alev Adil
The Blue Manuscript
by Sabiha Al Khemir.
Verso Books.
Pages 288. $ 24.29.

Pint-sized romance guru
David Usborne 
N the world of boy-meets-girl dating, you don’t have to be old — or even the right side of puberty — to be wise. This we know from the newfound fame of nine-year-old Alec Greven from Colorado, author of America’s latest self-help book that is now set to become a major Hollywood film, How to Talk to Girls.

Le Clézio inspired by Mahabharata 
Alfred De Tavares
RENCH writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, who has won the 2008 Nobel prize for literature, says the Mahabharata has been a sustaining factor in his life, especially as a storyteller.

Nobel Prize dedicated to Qurratulain

The story of Punjabi chutzpah
Randeep Wadehra
Have guts...!!! the Untiring Truth
by Jaswin Jassi.
Diamond Pocket Books.
Pages 144. Price not mentioned.
by Samir Amin (Translation: Russell Moore).
Pages: xiii+152. Rs 195.
Indian Government and Politics
by Bidyut Chakrabarty & Rajendra Kumar Pandey.
Pages: xxviii+359. Rs 295.