SANCHI is known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by Mauryan emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini (now Ujjain), whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from the adjacent Vidisha.

Capturing the spirit

The Ajanta experience
Art historian, filmmaker and photographer Benoy K. Behl has made a name for himself
in the global art community for his photographs of the ancient Buddhist paintings of Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, writes Man Mohan

N January, 2008, the National Geographic magazine carried an 18-page story about ancient Indian art revealed through Benoy Behl’s photography. Thames & Hudson, London, and Harry N. Abrams, New York published his book The Ajanta Caves.

Where devout find peace
Hardwar is one of the oldest living cities of the world. It is situated on the banks of the holy Ganga, famous among Hindus for its purity and ability to wash away sins, writes Gyan Marwah
HEN the Ganga flows out of the Himalayas and comes gushing to Hardwar, it is an overwhelming sight. One of the premiere temple towns of north India, Hardwar is situated in the foothills of Mount Shivalik and on the banks of the Ganga.

Dial M for
Mobile phones are changing the way art is enjoyed and created. Genevieve Roberts reports from Tokyo
ANGA — comic art — is a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a 33.4 billion market domestically. "If Shakespeare were alive now, he would be a mobile phone novelist," the author Tadashi Izumi asserts.

Kargil better off after the war
Massive development has taken place in Kargil, thanks to the efforts of the Army. The 1999 conflict with Pakistan has brought about a transformation in the region. New roads have been constructed. Schools and shopping centres have come up. Plenty of projects are in the pipeline, reports Navreet Milton
HE Kargil war was fought 10 years ago. Guns have now totally fallen silent. But both the nations had to pay a heavy price to gain nothing. There is absolutely no doubt that many of our brave soldiers laid down their lives defending their motherland.

Soap for your skin
You must know the nature of your skin, and then the type of soap suitable for it, writes Banalata Bipani
ET us concede that the most important constituent of our fashion is the way we have to maintain the health of our skin, especially when it comes to our face.

Delhi delight
Mumbai’s parochial grip on cinema’s cultural landscape seems to be losing with Delhi emerging as a favourite backdrop, writes Shakuntala Rao
IT was Mohammad Zauq, the famed 19th century poet from Delhi, who wrote, with much flair (and some condescension), "Kaun jaye Zauq Dilli ki galiyan chor ke." 

Kukunoor’s tryst with Kishore
All set to make a biopic on Kishore Kumar, Nagesh Kukunoor is back with Aashayein. Ritesh Sharma chats up the ace filmmaker
T was all about looking into the future for Bollywood with films like Aa Dekhen Zara, 13 B and Kal Kissne Dekha hitting the screens in the recent times. But now it is flashback time and forthcoming movies will see popular actors exploring the times that have gone by.

New dinos on the block
A handout image released by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History
shows ‘Matilda’ (L), ‘Clancy’ (C) and ‘Banjo’ (R), three new species of Australian dinosaur
discovered by scientists and volunteers in a prehistoric billabong in western Queensland. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced the discovery as she opened the first stage
of the dinosaur museum in the Queensland town of Winton, with the dinosaurs nicknamed
after characters created by Australian poet Banjo Paterson.
Photo: AFP


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Reflections on Tagore
Amreeta Sen
Rabindranath Tagore: The Singer and His Song
By Reba Som.
Pages 291. Rs 599.

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A role for India on world stage
Syed Nooruzzaman
Challenges and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy
By Rajiv Sikri.
Sage Publications.
Pages 317. Rs 595.

Patchwork portrait
Arifa Akbar
The Wish Maker
By Ali Sethi.
Hamish Hamilton.
Pages 405. £14.99.

Embodiments of compassion
Parshotam Mehra
The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Incarnation
By Glenn H Mullin.
Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Jaico, Mumbai.
Pages xix + 554. Rs 395.

Medical journey of a plastic surgeon 
Aditi Garg
A Life of Change: The Autobiography of a Doctor
By Noshir H. Antia.
Penguin Books.
Pages 189. Rs 299.

Humorous memoir
Anita Sethi
Marrying Anita: A Quest for Love in the New India
By Anita Jain.
Pages 320. £7.99.

Woolf’s inspiration sold
The lighthouse beach that inspired To the Lighthouse sold for £80k, reports Amol Rajan
HE Cornish beach that inspired Virginia Woolf’s novel To The Lighthouse has been sold for £380,000. A private buyer from London who originally hails from Cornwall bought Upton Towans beach in Gwithian, complete with a view of the Godrevy Island lighthouse, at auction.

Tales of sweat and grime of Delhi
HE best stories are those that are born of the lives of the working class people on the streets, says former professional trade union worker-turned short story writer Mridula Koshy.

Winning against odds
HE was only one-year-old when polio inflicted Malathi K. Holla and she became wheelchair-bound for her entire life. But, that has not deterred her from becoming an athlete of repute with 300 international and national-level medals, including a Paralympics gold medal.