The legend of Indian theatre Habib Tanvir passed away recently leaving behind a void that would be hard to fill for a long time. Chaman Ahuja
writes about the significant contribution of this man who gave a new
definition to Theatre
AS the news of the demise of Habib Tanvir on June 8 stirred the memory of
my few meetings with him, oddly enough, I found one image haunting me — his constant fiddling with his all-too-familiar pipe.

In the course of the interview, he would keep poking into it, emptying it, cleaning it, turning it up and down, right and left, filling it, puffing at it, and even when he seemed to enjoy the puff, he would smack it and start tinkering again, and yet again, all with keen concentration.

Man of many roles

Chariots of faith
The six-day rath yatra festival at Puri is the most magnificent yatra in India that is witnessed by millions of devotees every year, writes M. J. Raju
JUNE 24 marks the beginning of the six-day Rath yatra at Puri. The festival commemorates Krishna’s return to his home in Vrindavan after a long period of separation from the people there and is the most magnificent of the Rath yatras in India, drawing millions of devotees to witness it.

White magic
Having over 300 days of sunshine, 396 inches of annual snowfall, 18 world-class ski and snowboarding resorts, golf courses and a host of activities to suit every season, Akanksha Bhalla Ahluwalia finds Lake Tahoe an ideal holiday destination
FTEN called the vacationers’ paradise, the beautiful, bright blue, Lake Tahoe is an ideal holiday destination in any season whether summer or winter. Although the area’s scenery and facilities draw visitors year-round, it is as a skiing and snowboarding destination that Lake Tahoe really thrives on.

Botox for boys
Whether you are 18, 65 or somewhere in between, you can take botox treatment. Many of our Bollywood actors owe their boyish good looks to this, says Hector Choksi
ELL! Botox is fast getting the name of boytox, as more and more men take to it as their cosmetic change, and are increasingly giving women a run for their money when it comes to extending their youth. Growing numbers of middle-aged men are resorting to botox to smooth away the ravages of time.

I sugarcoat bitter pill for kids: Alka Yagnik
Back to judge L’il Champs 2009 on Zee TV, the versatile singer talks to
Sreya Basu about why she loves judging reality shows
OU are back to judge L’il Champs 2009 ...
Yes ... and you can expect more fun because this time it’s boys versus girls as our tagline says ‘Jeetenge yeh World, Boys ya Girls ...?’

Brawny beauties
A bevy of women actors is playing the fast 'n' furious femme fatale
with a vengeance, writes Derek Bose

HER name was Mary Evans, a sassy blue-eyed blonde from Australia, born to an English father and Greek mother. She was, however, known as ‘Fearless Nadia’, the first action queen of Indian cinema.

Getting waxed was a torture: Shreyas
Robin Bansal
Talented actor Shreyas Talpade, who plays a woman in debutant director Paritosh Painter’s Paying Guests, vows not to play a woman in near future. For him, getting his hair waxed for the role was extremely painful.


’Art & soul: Art for children
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISIONCrash course

Nature: Home for red panda

Food talk: Back to bhindi
by Pushpesh Pant

rights.htm Power companies lack compensation policy
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Horror drama
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Babus’ breed
by Jaspal Bhatti


An extraordinary soldier
Gen V.P. Malik (retd)
General S. M. Shrinagesh: Soldier, Scholar, Statesman
by Brig Satish K. Issar VSM (retd) Vision Books. Pages 360. Rs 595.

Anand Mahadevan’s novel is inspired by 1987 train siege, writes Madhusree Chatterjee

Books received: punjabi

Dreams we weave
Rachna Singh
The Indian Night: Sleep and Dreams in Indian Culture
Ed. Claudine Bautze-Picron. Rupa & Co. Pages 661. Rs 395.

Asian giants in focus
Parshotam Mehra
India and China: The Next Decade
Eds S. D. Muni and Suranjan Das. Rupa & Co in association with Observer Research Foundation. Pages viii+135. Rs 395.

On Vasco da Gama’s trail
Akshaya Kumar
For Pepper and Christ
by Keki N. Daruwalla. Penguin Books. Pages 354. Rs 399.

How to get a book deal
Tim Clare writes about the secret of his success

Tyrant who ruled the Bront`EBs
Chris Green

A missed opportunity
Nina Lakhani
In The Kitchen
By Monica Ali. Doubleday. Pages 432. £ 10.79

Footprints of history
Randeep Wadehra

  • Haryana: The Torchbearer of 1857
    By Tejinder Singh Walia. Aggarwal Parkashan. Pages 250. Rs 990.

  • The Chandigarh: An Overview
    By S.P. Gupta. Ess Pee Publications. Pages 300. Rs 395.

  • Music for the eyes
    By Lovleen Baidwan Sohi. Unistar. Pages 152. Rs 200.