Life in the last lap
Loneliness, neglect and physical and financial infirmities are just some of the companions of seniors in India. Nonika Singh on how India’s grey population needs a helping hand from the State and the family
OLD may be gold, but going by the condition of the elderly in our country, it is hard to say that old age is the golden age. A vast majority of the 81 million senior citizens in India battles failing health, financial constraints, loneliness, emotional stress and abuse in the dusk of their lives, leading many to end their lives in depression or to lead a pitiable existence.

Age of neglect

The elderly deserve a better deal from the State and family
DUSK OF LIFE: The elderly deserve a better deal from the State and family Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Girl child in danger
Incidents of female foeticide continue to be reported from Punjab and Haryana, where there is a strong bias against the girl child. This prejudice has its roots in the days of the Raj. The existing laws have proved ineffective and more has to be done to reverse the trend, reports Purnendu Ranjan
F we go by the recent hair-raising incidents of female foeticide unearthed at Patran in Patiala district of Punjab and Pataudi in Gurgaon district of Haryana, we cannot help thinking that most of our policies and strategies aimed at arresting the crime have failed yet again.

Queen of the Adriatic
Romance, art, history — Venice, the City of Canals, has something for every kind of traveller, writes Harender Raj Gautam
OR centuries, Venice, a dream destination of many a tourist, has captivated travellers with romantic images of gondola rides through glistening canals and old palaces and villas painted in vibrant hues of periwinkle and plum.

Arctic kings feel the heat
Rising temperatures and shrinking sea ice are making it difficult for polar bears to eat enough to build up necessary fat reserves that can see them through the winter, writes Steve Connor
They may look cute and playful but these polar bears are the biggest land carnivores in the world and, as the top predator in the Arctic, they have a reputation for actively hunting humans.

‘Classical music losing to TV’
His touch can make a sarod produce magic. Maestro in the truest sense, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has collaborated with Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a fusion concerto Samaagam, which was held in six Indian cities this February. Sreya Basu in conversation with the legend in Kolkata  
Do you still feel nervous before a performance?
I do pray to God to help me play the music that will be successful in entertaining my audience.

Stories from the slums
The slums of Mumbai have been the subject for many a filmmaker much before Danny Boyle came up with Slumdog Millionaire, which bagged eight Oscar awards recently, writes M.L. Dhawan
Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which has been getting accolades all over the world for spinning a rags-to-riches fable, has been criticised for the way it has depicted India’s poverty.


'ART & sOULA Persian epic in Jaina style
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISIONMillion-dollar match

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Time to be gay
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Spicy treat
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Two sides of a contract
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTACredit crunch
by Jaspal Bhatti


Love, longing and Land
Roopinder Singh
The Tale of the Phoenix
by Dalip Kaur Tiwana. Tr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh. Unistar Books. Pages 104. Rs 195.

Books received: english


Religion and art along the Silk Route
Indian & Central Asian Art: Narrative Interpretations of Unique Fragments
by P. Banerjee and Radha Banerjee-Sarkar. Abha Prakashan. Pages 164. Rs 4,000.

Tales of ordinary people
Harbans Singh
Street Singers of Lucknow and Other Stories
by Qurratulain Hyder. Women Unlimited an Associate of Kali for Women. Pages 228. Rs 350.

Dalit life and beyond
Pankaj K. Singh
Amma and Other Stories
by Omprakash Valmiki. Translation and Introduction by Naresh K. Jain. Manohar, New Delhi. Pages 243. Rs 595.

Taboos explored
Aradhika Sharma
Good Times for Everyone: Sexuality Questions, Feminist Answers
by Radhika Chandiramani. Women Unlimited. Pages 224. Rs 200.

Library of secrets
John Lichfield in Paris

Whitbread winner loses battle for life
David McKittrick

Matter of mind and spirit
Randeep Wadehra

  • The Midnight Awakening
    by Rajeev M. Kaushik. Rupa & Co. Pages: XIV+247. Rs 295.

  • Splendid Mirror of Life
    by N.S Tasneem. Jaswant Printers. Pages 144. Rs 200.

  • The Ghost in Hamlet
    by Syed Rifaquat Ali. Phulkian Press. Pages: VIII+158. Rs 300.