The kitchen initiative

Utilising the services of women from low-income families to cook food has widened the beneficial aspect of the mid-day meal scheme in schools.
Amar Chandel takes
a look at the path-breaking “Jahangirpuri Model”

NOVEL PROJECT: Women from economically weaker sections make puris for a Monday “special” under the mid-day meal project Photo by the writer
ajni Thakur, Bimla Devi, Bharati Saha and Ram Devi have many things in common. All of them are from the poorest strata of society, are widows and are the sole breadwinners for their families. They are among the 40 women employed by Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute (SSMI) to cook mid-day meals for more than 20,000 schoolchildren of Chandigarh.

Fall of a culture
There was a time when tawaifs of Lucknow were treated as the epitome of etiquette and culture. They excelled in poetry, music, dancing and singing, and entertained the nawabs of Oudh. Today the word applies to a common prostitute, writes Yogesh Vajpeyi
HE melody from the film, Umrao Jaan (1981), portrays the tawaif of nawabi Oudh as a tragic figure, whose lover faces disgrace in civil society. This disgrace is but one part of the many complex representations of the north Indian tawaif in Hindi cinema that has excited the popular imagination.

The Princess who died unknown
Princess Bamba Sutherland, eldest daughter of Maharaja Daleep Singh, lived like an alien in her father’s kingdom, writes Kanwarjit Singh Kang
"If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilisation does. In place of this we have death."
THIS observation by Charles Sanders Peirce reminds one of the tragic drama that unfolded after Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death, followed by assassinations, conspiracies, treacheries, betrayals and wars, and the vicissitudes of his dynasty, as had happened, dwindled from bad to worse.

A number of farmers are using tractors equipped with air-conditioners and gadgets like cameras and phone chargers. Gurdeep Singh Mann reports from Fatehgarh Sahib
YOUNG farmers of this historical town have brought about a change in the traditional ways of farming by introducing tractors fitted with air-conditioners and other modern gadgets.

Reluctant pilgrim
For Harish Dhillon a visit to Garhwal had nothing to do with its religious significance, but the spiritual pull of the area soon caught up with him
ALL of my like-minded fellow travellers and I believed that it is the journey and not the arriving that is important. As such the plan was to follow the Bhagirathi, the Mandakini and the Alaknanda as far as we could go and thus see a great deal of Garhwal.

Metro music: Buskers of London
Cynthia Chandran
FOR 44-year-old Steve Aruni, busking is a way of life. More commonly known as street performers, buskers are people who sing or perform at public places for money.

Cinema of substance
Ervell E. Menezes, who was on the National Film Awards jury, recounts his experience
HE recent National Awards saw Tamil film Kanchivaram, directed by Priyadarshan, bagging the Best Feature Film award for 2007 and deservedly so. The awards were delayed pending a court case and the 2008 awards will be announced in a few months.

Shahid wants to surprise again
Manisha Rege
FRESH from the success of Kaminey, Shahid Kapur is looking forward to more "out the box roles" and the actor believes that working with older heroines is not a big deal as long as audience get good cinema.

The photos accompanying the article “America’s largest 
private home” last week were courtesy the publication 
“A Pictorial Guide to Biltmore”

Batman is greatest superhero
Gotham city’s Dark Knight Batman has vanquished his comic rivals Spiderman and Superman to be named the greatest superhero of all time in a new poll.


’Art & soul: Swastika across cultures
B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISIONProbing twisted minds

Food talk: Magic of two
by Pushpesh Pant

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by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: A car for a star
by Jaspal Bhatti


Familial bonds
Roopinder Singh
In Search of Roots: Guru Amar Das and Bhallas
By A. S. Bhalla.
Pages 336. Rs 595.

Books received: PUNJABI

Sahir — the magic lives on
Dr Naresh Raj
AHIR LUDHIANVI was not merely a romantic poet but true to his pen name, he was a magician of words. He employed romanticism in a subtle manner to bring out the agony of the distressed vividly.

Must-know facts about pandemic
Nonika Singh
Swine Flu: Pandemic Strikes — The New H1NI Threat
By Sunaina Chaturvedi.
Pentagon Press.
Pages 210. Rs 495.

Harsh realities of life
Manmeet Sodhi
Like a Diamond in the Sky
By Shazia Omar.
Penguin Zubaan.
Pages 252. Rs 295.

Story of new India
Guy Mannes-Abbott
Lanterns on their Horns 
By Radhika Jha.
Beautiful Books.
Pages 416. £13.49.

HINDi review
Relieving pain and suffering
Harbans Singh
By Bittu Sandhu.
Rajkamal Prakashan.
Pages 103. Rs 195.

Balramji Das Tandon: Ek Prerak Charitra
By Sanjay Tandon.
Competent Foundation.
Pages 277. Rs 250.

Back of the book
The Third Bomb
By Gregory Berglund.
Jnanada Prakashan.
Page 385. Rs 250.

Snapshots of class and immigration
Madhusree Chatterjee
igerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007 for her book Half of a Yellow Sun, paints snapshots of the roller-coaster called America in her new book, The Thing Around Your Neck.

Google to open digital books archive to rival retailers
Alex Pham
N an effort to quell its critics, Google Inc. said it would open up its vast digital books archive to rival retailers who can access the books and sell them online.