Juicy litchis are like manna
on a hot summer’s day. Bihar is the largest producer of this fruit
in India, but litchi growers in the state are treading a rough road to
serve this ‘delicate darling’ on our tables, writes Sanjay
is a native fruit of China, which is still its largest producer in the
world. However, the growing acceptance of this rare fruit in other
Asian and western countries has made it a widely consumed exotic
Multi-storey apartment blocks
have not only changed the skyline of Dehradun but have also threatened
the fate of the city’s litchi, writes Jotirmay
Ever since it donned
the mantle of a busy and bustling state capital, Dehradun has not only
lost its aura of a quaint British cantonment which was a retiree’s
haven, but is also on the brink of losing its aroma of litchi in
summer months. Going by the trend, Dehra litchis may soon be history.
Genius at work
Maths wizard Anand Kumar of
Bihar is known all over the country for his ‘Super 30’ programme.
He selects 30 poor but bright students out of thousands who appear
every year for a test, and prepares them to get into the IITs, writes Uttam
Kumar was not a household name 15 years ago. He was then barely into
his twenties, a postgraduate student of mathematics in Patna
University. His father was employed in the Postal Department,
and the family struggled to make ends meet.
On a wild trail
India’s rich and varied wildlife is found in its sanctuaries and national parks,
writes Gyan Marwah
spectacular wildlife and its huge variety of flora and fauna is being
preserved beautifully in its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
In recent years these parks and sanctuaries have added another aspect
to their repertoire — that of wildlife tourism.
A visitor views an installation at the Danish and the Nordic pavilion during the vernissage of the 53rd Biennale International
Art Exhibition in Venice Photo: Reuters
We need more
substance on TV: Smriti Irani
Singh chats up this original Ekta bahu, on her comeback show
and her political career
Tell us something about your role
Maniben.com is a middle
class woman’s journey to discover whether her individuality and
values can withstand the pressure of the ever-changing competitive
Slickly edited Our Family documents the journey of three generations of transgender female subjects as they discover their sexual identities and blur the line between themselves and what is seen as normal social behaviour, writes
Shoma A. Chatterji
in Tamil Nadu, Our Family is a different kind of documentary
film that for the first time perhaps puts across a powerful statement
on alternative sexuality and on new forms of family.
Even after four decades, no
actor has been able to match the appeal of Rajesh Khanna in his
heyday, writes M.L. Dhawan
charisma of Rajesh Khanna, who was recently honoured with the Lifetime
Achievement Award at IIFA, in China lies in the fact that he imbued
majesty to mediocrity. His ordinary physique, average looks and
non-heroic visage brought to fore the loveable boy-next-door.