After remaining in neglect for over 60 years, the Old Silver Mint of Kolkata
is all set to be resurrected as a currency and coins museum and an ‘edutainment centre’. Subhrangshu Gupta traces the history of the grand Grecian structure
THERE stands on the Strand, facing the Hooghly, an old and yellowish dilapidated building, with its imposing frontage designed as a replica of the Temple of Minerva in Athens. Kolkata’s Old Silver Mint, a landmark that has seen the city change dramatically over the past 184 years, is a crumbling symbol of the city’s rich heritage.

Kolkata’s Old Silver Mint will be revamped to house a currency and coins museum
Kolkata’s Old Silver Mint, a landmark that has seen the city change dramatically over the past 184 years, is a crumbling symbol of the city’s rich heritage.

In search of truth
Sadhus from all over the country come to Harisar Dera in Ludhiana district of Punjab to meditate. The colony, which has been in existence for more than a century, can accommodate over 200 visitors, who also attend spiritual discourses and hold discussions on religion,
writes Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Harisar Dera at Kila Raipur in Ludhiana district is a classic congregation of distinct regional identities of the country. The colony compound is a unique ensemble of an ever-floating population of sadhus, who come here and meditate till they want and leave for other destinations as a part of their unending search for the ultimate truth.

Get set to party
Planning and preparing for a party can be as enjoyable as eating the tasty stuff,
says Pushpesh Pant 

AS we enter the new year and bid adieu to past, our thoughts turn to partying. There is, arguably, no joy greater than sharing good food with family and friends.

Music’s healing touch
Music can contribute a great deal to medical science in relieving stress of the mind and body. It has a direct impact on a person’s mood and well-being,
 says Nutan Sehgal

S a typical young teenager, Sakshi had her highs and lows. Once after a massive brawl with her sister, she stormed into her room, turned on the music and closed her eyes. Always very fond of music, she felt the vibrations flow through her body, soothing her frayed nerves and calming her mind.

Star Trek-2009
Nirmala Sewani predicts what the stars have in store for you
(March 21 - April 20)
ou may sign a new contact on reasonable terms with a big organisation in January. Those who are keen to set up their own business will receive financial support from their elders. Simple economy measures will relieve you of worries in February. You can pick up new interests and communicate more widely in March.

Shows actors watch
Smiti Munwani checks out what leading telly artistes like to watch on TV
THE television industry in India, with hundreds of channels having countless soaps and other shows, has come of age. The rising popularity of the small screen stars can rival that of the Bollywood stars. But what do they do in their spare time?

‘Aamir, the perfectionist, stunned me at shoot’
Jiah Khan, who created a buzz with Nishabd, talks to Ritesh Sharma about her
latest film Ghajini
SO don’t you feel luckier compared to others to have started your career opposite two of the biggest stars of Indian cinema?
Lucky! I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with them. And after working with them I realised why they are called the biggest stars.

‘The film was not made for political reasons’
Shoma A. Chatterji on Kamaal R Khan, whose Deshdrohi, based on attacks against north Indians in Maharashtra, has been a big draw
amaal R. Khan’s name would never have rung any bell before his maiden film Deshdrohi hit 50 television channels with high-end promos hitting you every other minute.


'ART & sOULMatters of faith
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISIONRescue on the final frontier

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Action all the way
by Ervell E. Menezes

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Tough year for the common man
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Shoe time
by Jaspal Bhatti


Philosopher in classic sense
Ashok Vohra
The Philosophy of Dr B.R. Ambedkar
Ed. Pradeep Gokhale.
Sugarva Prakashan and Indian Philosophical Quarterly
Publications, University of Pune.
Pages xiv+241. Rs 300.


Limitations of delimitation
Harbans Singh
Loaded Dice? — The 2008 Elections in J&K
by Sant K Sharma and Dipankar Sengupta.
ESS ESS ESS Offset Press, Jammu.
Pages 166. Rs 150.

Haryana’s cultural dilemma
Rajbir Deswal
Haryana at Crossroads: Problems and Prospects
by D.R. Chaudhry.
National Book Trust.
Pages 143. Rs 60.

Spirit of Delhi unravelled
Amarinder Sandhu
Capital Vignettes — A Peep into Delhi’s Ethos
by R.V. Smith 
Rupa and Co.
Pages 204. Rs 295
THIS book is a collection of captivating and warm pieces by R.V. Smith that have appeared in various newspapers over the years. The writer has painted a compelling, lively potrayal of the social and cultural milieu of Delhi.

A heady cocktail
Andy Martin
by Manjit Kumar.
Fourth Estate
Pages 400. $ 44.58.

From crap to carrots
Upamanyu Chatterjee talks about his next book after getting a French award
UTHOR Upamanyu Chatterjee, who has been honoured by the French government with the prestigious Officier des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), says he is working on a new book that will hit bookstores late next year.

Date with Delhi
nterested in knowing about the rich past and the fast changing face of Delhi? A coffee table book released recently may end your search.

New Year and stars
A number of annual horoscope and forecast books have hit the stands in the new year. These give week-by-week forecasts, a compatibility chart with other signs, lucky numbers, days, alphabets and colours and a lot more.

History revisited

Randeep Wadehra

  • Rethinking 1857 and the Punjab
    Ed. Dr. Navtej Singh. Punjabi University. 
    Pages: xxiv+267. Rs 280.

  • Violence: A Concern For Peaceful Co-existence
    Ed D.P Singh and Manjit Singh. Punjabi University.
    Pages: xix+283. Rs 300.

  • The Vital Drop: Communication For Polio Eradication In India
    by Gitanjali Chaturvedi. Sage.
    Pages: xviii+319. Rs 750.