Major-Gen Hardwicke’s discovery: The orange-bellied leaf bird. Painted by John Gould in 1850

THE Indian Army’s heritage of valour on the battlefield is a byword in the annals of world military histories. But the Indian Army’s equally distinguished and scholarly heritage in the field of India’s Natural History, remains generally unknown and unsung." Thus goes the opening para of J. C. Daniel and Lieut-Gen Baljit Singh’s book Natural History and the Indian Army, a quest to unveil this hidden heritage.

Doctor, heal thyself
Declining moral values and lure of money seem to be creeping into the medical profession. The common man once equated a doctor with God. This perception has undergone a change, says Krishna Kumar VR
Standing in the corridor of an ICU at a premier hospital and research centre in Chandigarh, a spectacled young doctor, wearily hanging a stethoscope on his shoulder and holding a flashy cellphone on his right hand, is explaining the condition of a patient to her family member.

Fire of faith
Udwada, a small sleepy town on the southern coast of Gujarat, is the Mecca of Parsis. It houses a sacred fire burning for the past 1,200 years, writes Homai Sagar
OR the minuscule Parsi community (around 1.5 lakh worldwide and around 65,000 in India), the town of Udwada in Gujarat is their Mecca.

Captivating gowns
Many Indian brides have gone the western way, wearing long flowing gowns. No one wants to wear a sari, lehnga or a sharara anymore, says Dolly Sagar
LARED, or just form-fitting, the gown is finding its way into India’s wardrobes like never before. That Indian fashion is driven by the bridal market is no big revelation. But the trend that is catching on is the integration of the evening gown in wedding trousseaus of up-scale Indian brides.

Nature’s wonder
fruit grower in Britain has found a golden delicious apple split exactly half green, half red down the middle. Ken Morrish, who lives in the village of Colaton Raleigh, Devon, was surprised to see the fruit. "It is truly amazing.

Japanese confectionery artist Chelin displays the 2.1m tall sweet house, decorated with cookies and sugar candies for the sales promotion by Japanese confectioner Tohato at Tokyo’s Matsuzakaya department store
Japanese confectionery artist Chelin displays the 2.1m tall sweet house, decorated with cookies and sugar candies for the sales promotion by Japanese confectioner Tohato at Tokyo’s Matsuzakaya department store. A hundred customers will have a chance to get a small-sized replica of the confectionery house. Photo: AFP

I joined Bollywood for money: Asha
Movies with English names are a new fad in Bollywood, writes Robin Bansal
FTER a successful career spanning over six decades, veteran Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle has said that she would have preferred to be a classical vocalist but had to turn to the film industry because it offered more money.

Saint-poets on celluloid
A.C. Tuli
RIGHT from the advent of talkies in India, films have been made on the life and times of our eminent saint-poets. Most of these films were successful at the box office. It would be interesting to go back in time to recall those films which chronicled the life of eminent saint-poets.

Abhay unplugged
I’ve stayed clear of regular Bollywood, says Abhay Deol in a chat with Saibal Chatterjee
ollywood’s latest rising star Abhay Deol, who steadily carved a niche for himself with offbeat cinema, seems to be reaping the benefits of "consciously staying clear of regular Bollywood movies".


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Back to media basics
Swaraaj Chauhan
Media Ethics: Truth, Fairness and Objectivity
By Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.
Oxford University Press.
Pages 352. Rs 245.

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Holmes in India
Madhusree Chatterjee
IVE thousand miles away from 221 B, Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes’ legendary address, a Bengali man stumbles upon some letters and notebooks hidden in a wooden box... so goes a new story woven around the British detective by Indian writer Partha Basu.

On the right course
Humra Quraishi
The Right To Information — A Global Perspective
By K.M Shrivastava. Lancer.
Pages 173. Rs 395.

Living in the shadow of fear
The Burning Orchard
By Anita Krishan
Prakash Books.
Pages 303. Rs 250.

Votary of change
Nonika Singh
HE titan of Punjabi theatre, Gursharan Singh, is today a changed man. And a happy one, too. For hasn’t society changed for the better. And the government, he once fought tooth and nail, working towards the desired reality that he has depicted all his life through his theatre. Without squirming, he accepts the charge that indeed his theatre is "lecture".

Tips for writers, publishers
B. S. Thaur
Book Publishing: Principles
and Practices
by Dina N. Malhotra.
Clarion Books.
Pages 200. Rs 295.

Bridging the development gap
Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
India: Perspectives on Equitable Development
Eds S. Mahendra Dev and
N. Chandrasekhara Rao.
Academic Foundation, New Delhi.
Pages 615. Rs 1,295.

Now, authors promote through the Web
Neely Tucker
LL the old-school staples of book promotion — the book festival, the tour, the glowing newspaper review — Kelly Corrigan got none of them to promote The Middle Place. What was a new author to do?

Toast to a new lexicon
Jonathan Brown
HAT festering colleague slouched in the corner ... leave the fellow alone, he’s merely crambazzled. For anyone who has struggled to find the exact word to describe someone prematurely aged by drink, help is at hand.