verything is not strictly black or white or right or wrong when one treads the complex terrain of human relationships. With changing social codes and a new-found sexual freedom, Indian society is waking up to the reality of relationships that are not defined under the ‘pious’ institution of marriage. Thus live-in relationships have become a reality to reckon with. A recent Supreme Court verdict has put it on a par with marriage, leading to the debate whether by recognising one woman’s (live-in partner) rights of security and stability, it has put those of another (legally wedded wife) in jeopardy.

Brave face of India
The Menin Gate memorial in Belgium is a reminder of the sacrifices made by thousands of our countrymen who laid down their lives during the World War I. Seven out of 10 names engraved on the marble are those of Indians, and out of these, five names are of Punjabis, says Lt Col (retd) Chanan Singh Dhillon
T was my short, hurriedly conducted visit to the World War I memorial in Belgium in I994 along with some of the old British officers who served with the Indian Army. Later, when I was invited to attend the 60th year celebrations along with World War II veterans in 2005 in London, I decided to visit again the historic Menin Gate memorial where thousands of our countrymen laid down their lives.

Swiss surprise
Dazzled by the Alps, many tourists often overlook Berne, the Swiss capital that has still retained its medieval charm, writes Nivedita Choudhuri
LAND-LOCKED and ringed by beautiful mountains, Switzerland has been attracting travellers for centuries. Its striking topography provides plenty of opportunities all the year round to the sports-loving tourists, who can spend their summers hiking and mountaineering, and the winters racing the ski-slopes.

Brocade making waves
Brocade weaving, a craft that was on the decline, is being revived as modern designs are being introduced, says Dhanvati Keshavrao
HE golden brocade of India was known the world over as kimkhab, nothing less than a dream. The name itself conjures up a sense of pure luxury which, in ornamentation, matches only the splendour of jewellery.

How Boney M fans were conned
Jonathan Brown
ITH their gold-lame suits and leopard-skin posing pouches, Boney M helped bring a much-needed touch of the exotic to Britain. The year 1978 was their high-water mark; a year in which they sold more than three million singles in the UK as well as notching up a platinum album.

I don’t want to be typecast
Ritesh Sharma chats up Lara Dutta, who is back in action with her latest film Billu
IT’s quite some time we have seen a big release from you except for a special appearance in Om Shanti Om and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

Star tantrums part of the act
Geoffrey Macnab
hat is the point of becoming a movie star unless you are allowed to lose your temper? Look back into cinema history and you’ll find plentiful incidents of big-name actors becoming furious at something or other. Sigmund Freud’s phrase ‘His Majesty the child’ springs to mind when you consider the antics of actors who eat garlic before love scenes, yell at technicians, sit in a sulk off-camera or wreck their trailers.

Priyanka in 12 roles
Subhash K. Jha
OT only is Priyanka Chopra playing as many as 12 different characters in Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Raashee? she has also stunned everybody by dancing non-stop for 22 hours for a special song in the movie.


'ART & sOULGreetings with elegance
by B. N. Goswamy

NATURE: Avian visitors to the Valley
by Pervez Butt

TELEVISIONColours of Raj

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Canine capers
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Dry delight
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Second-hand goods should be safe
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTALabour of love
by Jaspal Bhatti


Blueprint for a better India
Amar Chandel
Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century
by Nandan Nilekani.
Penguin/Allen Lane.
Pages 531. Rs 699.

Voice without illusions
Race, family and sexuality are the big themes of Hanif Kureishi’s era-defining fiction – but he also stands accused of misogyny and exploitation. He tells Johann Hari about psychoanalysis, fundamentalism, and disillusionment
VER since I read his first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, I have imagined Kureishi to be a living version of the novel’s protagonist, Karim. He is a beautiful mixed-race boy from the suburbs, determined to dream and shag and saunter his way to the big city.

Books received

Intricacies of urban life
Ramesh Luthra
Tomorrow’s Promise
by Bubbles Sabharwal.
Penguin Books.
Pages 132. Rs 199.

A luminous, lyrical tale
Baljit Singh
The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry.
Faber & Faber. 
Pages 312. Rs 295.

History of Nabha
Aditi Garg
Kinship and State Formation: The Gills of Nabha
by J. S. Grewal and Veena Sachdeva.
Pages 141. Rs 395.

Tips for winning executive battles
D. S. Cheema
Executive Warfare: 10 Rules of Engagement for Winning your War for Success
by David F. D’Alessandro.
Tata McGraw-Hill.
Pages 265. Rs 350. 

Swayze’s story
Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze, who has been in the news for his agonising battle with cancer, is all set to pen a tell-all memoir with contribution from his wife Lisa Niemi, which will throw light on his "deeply personal" details.

Men of the millennium

Randeep Wadehra
1000 Years, 1000 People
by Agnes Hooper Gottlieb, Henry Gottlieb, Barbara Bowers and Brent Bowers.
Flywell Publications & Mosaic Books. 
Pages: xx+331. Price not mentioned.

  • Rainbow
    Translated and edited by Karamvir Singh.
    Pages 80. Rs 150.

  • Hindu Nationalism
    Eds Shyam Khosla & BK Kuthalia.
    Shree Natraj Prakashan.
    Pages 214. Rs 495.