|While her striking beauty and graceful aura earned her a place in the world’s most beautiful women’s list, Maharani Gayatri Devi’s strong character and zest for life made her stand apart as a woman who reached out to people and gave a new dimension to the traditionally limited role of a Maharani. A peep into the enchanting persona and the life and times of this extraordinary woman, who passed away recently, through excerpts from her memoirs
A Princess Remembers:
after our first visit to Jaipur, Ma told me that Jai had said he
wanted to marry me when I was grown up and that she had replied,
"I never heard such sentimental rubbish!" couldn’t bring
myself to believe that someone so far out of my orbit, a hero with a
full and fascinating life of his own could possibly be serious about
An artist using the electronic mode to paint doesn’t have the creative freedom that he gets in a conventional painting, writes
S S Bhatti
art or painting, which is gaining popularity these days, stands in
sharp contradistinction to the process, materials, tools and
techniques of a conventional painting. Contrary to the common belief
that it is easier than the conventional painting, an artist, using the
electronic mode, is faced with umpteen problems and
Hindu mythology, most of the divinities are associated with some music
instrument, like Lord Shiva with the damaru, Saraswati with veena. But
it is the flute, associated with Lord Krishna, for which there are
many esoteric explanations by Saints.
service for the poor
Women belonging to the
weaker sections are participating in community radio programmes. An
experiment titled Science For Women (SFW) aims to link their daily
lives with science through this medium. The anchors are taught how to
conduct interviews and produce programmes, reports Sushmita
credits of a film roll, we see the names of those who made the film.
They must be feeling proud seeing their names. Today, women associated
with Anna Community Radio (Anna CR) have a similar sense of
accomplishment. We know we have the talent to make radio programmes
just like famous filmmakers.
and your image
The popularity of the
handkerchief is attributed to its use in expressing an individual’s
identity. The design should be in keeping with the client’s image,
says Pheroz Khareghat
most of us—the aaam admi—the handkerchief/ rumal is
something to crumble up and keep in our pant pockets, for use when
wiping sweat from our brows or when blowing/clearing our noses. But
for the fashionable elite, the handkerchief has its own connotations.
is my valley
Monsoon is the time to visit the lovely valley of Manipur, a
kaleidoscope of different hues as its hills change from a brilliant lime to a mystical bluish green, writes
in the misty mountains at a height of about 6,000 ft above the sea
level is Siroi mountain, home to the Siroi lily. A rare beauty, it
only blooms in May for about 10 days.
Begum Akhtar, Farida Khanum of Pakistan is widely regarded as the
world’s number one female ghazal singer, a position she has
enjoyed for over three decades, especially after the demise of Begum
Akhtar in 1974. In fact both these famous ghazal singers had the same
guru – Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan.
Most of the big-budget films
hitting the screen these days appear high on promise and low on
delivery, writes Derek Bose
French have a wonderful saying which fits pat on Bollywood: Plus ca
change, plus c’est le meme chose. The more things change, the
more they seem the same.
Actress Leela Naidu, who was
listed in the Vogue among the 10 most beautiful women in the world,
was a class apart, reminisces Shoma A. Chatterji
concept of beauty is dynamic and subjective, that keeps evolving over
time, place and person. But some people are born with beauty that is
absolute and universal and remains the same across time and place.
Leela Naidu was gifted with this absolute beauty.