Gutsy reels, real voices
Independent documentaries are no longer the neglected poor country cousins of mainstream cinema. Bold unique topics and a group of young filmmakers have created a dynamic space for this genre, writes Saibal Chatterjee

BEING independent in a business that demands complete adherence to established practice can never be easy. Yet the tribe of intrepid Indian filmmakers who choose to exist outside the system and make documentaries about social and political issues of import has only swelled in both quantity and quality in the recent times. Needless to say, Indian cinema is much the richer for it.

Supriyo Sen’s Wagah takes a well-documented border event and expands it into an examination of the complex ideas of nationality, identity and borders drawn by man

Supriyo Sen’s Wagah takes a well-documented border event and expands it into an  examination of the complex ideas of nationality, identity and borders drawn by man

Kargil’s brave women
Educating women was once considered a sin in Kargil. Now winds of change have swept the region, thanks to courageous women like Jameela and Khatija who, despite opposition from a conservative society and critics, have brought about a revolution in girls’ education, writes Navreet Milton
ARGIL, 204 km from Srinagar, is the second largest town of Ladakh. It is situated on the confluence of the Suru river and Nullah Wakha at an altitude of 2704 metres. The population is mainly of Shias.

Jumbo task
Elephants painted as pandas are seen at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya province, 80 km from Bangkok
Elephants painted as pandas are seen at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya province, 80 km from Bangkok. Five of the elephants were led on a walkabout to send a message to the Thai public not to ignore its elephants, the symbolic animal of Thailand. A female panda and its newborn baby in the Chiang Mai zoo have captured the attention of the public
Reuters/Sukree Sukplang

Jewels of the Highlands
Wester Ross boasts of some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery found anywhere in Scotland. Surrounded by high peaks and sea lochs, it is recognised as one of Europe’s last wildernesses, writes Nivedita Choudhuri
THE popular image of Scotland for most travellers centres on its "Highlands and Islands". The landscape is as varied as it is beautiful. Rugged peaks, breathtaking lochs, glistening glens, a straggling coastline, with white sandy beaches, sheltered bays and rocky cliffs, looking out to the remote islands in the Atlantic, Scotland is wonderfully diverse land offering a wide scenic variety.

Smart way to good hair
During the rainy season, high humidity spoils your hair. Sweat on the scalp attracts dirt from the atmosphere. The hair lose shine and bounce. You need to take more care, says Dhanvanti Keshavrao
OUR hair suffer the maximum during monsoons. Since the chlorine factor in the rainwater is high, a dunking in the rain is sure to make the hair look dull and lifeless. During the season, high humidity poses a real problem though it can be a bane to those with oily hair.

Master of the act
With around 400 films to his credit, Anupam Kher has few peers in the film industry. Shoma A. Chatterji on the versatile actor
Anupam Kher recently celebrated 25 years of presence in Indian cinema. A journey that began with Mahesh Bhatt’s Saraansh has now turned full circle with the release of Morning Walk on July 10 where Kher, now 55, plays a role similar to the one he played in Saraansh, when he was 28. Kher has come a long way from his roots in Himachal Pradesh to flowering as one of the most versatile and gifted actors in Bollywood today.

Neil’s journey in New York
After Aa Dekhen Zara, Neil Nitin Mukesh has hit the theatres with Yash Raj’s
big-ticket New York. Ritesh Sharma chats up the actor
Working with Yash Raj Films is a big opportunity for you
Certainly it is. Everyone dreams of working with Yash Raj Films. And my association with the banner goes back long. In fact, before I came to acting, I started my career as an assistant director and I worked as an assistant in Mujhse Dosti Karoge.


’Art & soul: Footprints of pilgrimage
by B. N. Goswamy


HOLLYWOOD HUES: Trite script
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Beat the heat with curd 
by Pushpesh Pant

rights.htm Ignoring seniority is unfair
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Maharaja style 
by Jaspal Bhatti


The prize and its price
Roopinder Singh
The Winner Stands Alone
by Paulo Coelho
Harper Collins.
Pages 375. Rs 325.

Books received: English


Room with a view
Arifa Akbar
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
by Daniyal Mueenuddin.
W.W Norton &Co.
Pages 224.

Rendezvous with pristine beauty
Jyoti Singh
Mussoorie Across the Ages
by Ganesh Saili
Pages 146. Rs 150.

Tales of urban underbelly
Madhusree Chatterjee
Writing on castaways and people inhabiting the fringes of society is not always easy. Ask writer Palash Krishna Mehrotra who walks down the dark alleys of India’s urban underbelly in his debut collection of short stories.

Understanding India
Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
Transitional Puzzles: Reflections on Social, Economic and Political Issues
by Amlan Datta.
Sage Publications.
Pages 287. Rs 395.

Thickest spine record
HE world’s favourite detective fiction writer Agatha Christie keeps breaking world records even after her death. The latest record-breaker is the complete collection of Miss Marple stories with a spine that is over a foot thick.

Valuable insights on Tibet
Harbans Singh
Tibet Upniveshvaad ke Pachchas Saal: A Special Issue of Tibet Desh
Ed. Vijay Kranti.
Indo-Tibet Coordination Centre, New Delhi.
Pages 200. Price not stated.

Narak Yatra ka Sukh
by Jaswinder Sharma.
Penguin Books.
Pages 119. Rs 110.

Two faces of treachery
Randeep Wadehra
Rogue Agent
by Nandita Haksar.
Pages xiii+242. Rs 299.

Malicious medicine: My Experience With Fraud And Falsehood In Infertility Clinics
by Anitha Jayadevan.
Pages xii+105. Rs 150.

Connecting India: Indian Telecom Story
by S.D. Saxena.
Pages: xvi+183. Rs 200.