With a greater part of the country facing the parched reality of a drought, rainwater harvesting seems to hold the answer to water woes of millions of countrymen. Tribune reporters examine why this scheme has not been a success in spite of government thrust

A park that never was
A political casualty
The right steps
Vibha Sharma
F India manages to catch just 2 per cent of the annual rainfall it receives, one billion people in the country can be provided 100 litres per person per day, throughout the year. A family of five (not referring to people in urban areas who are water guzzlers) requires six to seven litres of potable water for drinking and cooking everyday, which comes to around 10,000 to 12,000 litres in a year.

A village for women
About 30 tribal women of Kenya, fed up with their abusive husbands, have built an entire village only for women near Nairobi. Everything that is the reverse of patriarchy is the norm here, writes Mehru Jaffer
adia Ferroukhi (38), a Paris-based photographer, is mad about matriarchy, and spends much of her time travelling around the globe in search of dying societies where women are still in charge.

Elephant country
Hugh and Colleen Gantzer visit the Kabini River Lodge, a perfect getaway for nature lovers. Once the hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, today it is rated among the top wildlife resorts in the world
THE wild elephant stood half-concealed in a bamboo thicket. We wouldn’t have seen him if he hadn’t been flapping his ears, slowly, cooling himself. He heard the buzz of our cameras and began to amble towards us.

Taj builders used Harappan measurement units
K. S. Jayaraman
Designers of the 17th century Taj Mahal, the finest piece of Mughal architecture, employed the same unit of measurement used by the Harappan civilization of 2000 BC, according to a new study reported in the latest issue of Current Science.

A date with Farah
Jasmine Singh chats up the ace director on Bollywood and more
P front and confident, choreographer director Farah Khan is never scared of speaking her mind. And, now she is also trying to pick up some tips on ‘being tactful.’

Cut to Kaminey
I thought Kaminey offer was a crank call, says Amol Gupte in a tęte-ŕ-tęte with Subhash K Jha
mol Gupte has received praise for his performance as a Maharashtrian mafioso in Vishal Bharadwaj’s recently released thriller Kaminey, but when the writer-director was first approached for the role, he thought someone was playing a prank on him.

Yellow Submarine to be made in 3D
Arifa Akbar
ORE than 40 years after the cinematic success of Yellow Submarine, the animated film that epitomised the height of psychedelic pop culture and featured a Beatles soundtrack, it is to be re-made in 3D by Disney.

Smilie goes sweetless
Stephen Foley in New York
milie Suri, who debut in Bollywood with film Kalyug opposite Kunal Khemu, said she left sweets as she took a swear she won’t eat sweet until the movie goes hit in box-office report.


’Art & soul: Thangkas on canvas
by Kishore Thukral and Sunil Nandrajog

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HOLLYWOOD HUES: Worth a watch
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Basil basics
by Pushpesh Pant

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by Pushpa Girimaji

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ULTA PULTA: Costly compensation
by Jaspal Bhatti


Interpreting Guru’s bani
Roopinder Singh
Nanak Bani: Interpreted in Free Verse
By Harjeet Singh Gill.
Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, Patiala. Volumes I and II.
  Pages 1,251. Rs 650 each.

Books received: HINDI


Women and word
Harsh A. Desai
A Jury of Her Peers — American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
By Elaine Showalter.
Virago Press. 
Pages 512. Rs 1,210.

Justice, the Amartya way
An intellectual who picks up honorary degrees in his spare time, Amartya Sen believes in reason and human rights. Just don’t call him idealistic, says Sholto Byrnes
THE Idea of Justice is billed as Amartya Sen’s most ambitious book yet. This is quite a claim for a man whose publications on famine are acknowledged as having changed global perceptions on poverty and food production, and whose work on welfare economics significantly contributed to the United Nations’ Human Development Index.

Ziyang’s secret memoirs
Parshotam Mehra
Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang
By Zhao Ziyang.
Simon and Schuster, London.
Pages xxv+306. Ł20.

For the love of cricket
Vaibhav Sharma
Out Of The Box — Watching The Game We Love
By Harsha Bhogle.
Penguin Books.
Pages 275. Rs 450.

Focus on inter-faith dialogue
Harbans Singh
Why I am a Believer: Personal Reflections on Nine World Religions
Ed. Arvind Sharma.
Penguin Books India.
Pages 378. Rs 450.

In the midst of surreal world
Aditi Garg
Here be Yaks
By Manosi Lahiri.
Stellar Publications.
Pages 286. Rs 350.

Alternatives to costly textbooks
Andrea K. Walker
reer Begbie is concerned primarily about one thing when shopping for her son’s college textbooks: price. The southern New Jersey mother, whose son Chris is a junior finance major at Towson University in Towson, Md., scours websites, including and, for the best deals.