The runways saw many a couture week, but sometimes fashion simply ran weak. Here’re some of 2009’s showstoppers, spoilers and styles that went silly, writes Chetna Keer Banerjee
IF 2008 belonged to the recessionistas, 2009 was a toast to the spirit of revival. It actually gave cause for celebration, literally, with many a cause and couture getting stitched together to give us spectacles like Salman’s Being Human and Sanjana Jon’s Save Girl Child shows.

’10 commandments
Style gurus spell out the trends for Season 2010
Raghavendra Rathore predicts a season of prints in 2010 and says that for women, knee-length dresses will rule. "Summer prints will see a major comeback, and no, florals are not going to be in. But yes, 2010 will see a spotlight on the white shirt, while in the colour palette, a range of pastels will rule."

SHOWSTOPPER: Aishwarya’s look on the Cannes red carpet was a top scorer of the year

Glorious Sundays
Winter Sundays are hectic for Punjabis. Some prefer to attend weddings. Others throng gurdwaras and temples. Youngsters look forward to their weekend game of cricket, writes Prabhjot Singh
RICKET is fast becoming the predominant pastime for Punjabis who, otherwise, are known for their love for indigenous and rural sports, attending lavish marriage parties, besides attending religious congregations, including bhogs and special kirtan darbars on Sundays.

An architectural wonder
St Michel’s Mount in Normandy, France, is a tidal island where legend, myth and history come together, writes Uttam Sengupta
T is said to be a labour of love involving the sky, the ocean and architecture. But, I must confess, we had never heard of it. Mo-se-mishell is what it sounded like when our French friends offered to take us there.

Musical treat for street kids
Shweta Srinivasan
Dheer Ghosh, 20, is busy person like many other Delhi University students, who are juggling daylong extra-curricular activities in addition to academics. But there is a distinction in this young guitarist’s weekly schedule — a two-hour session when he conducts music workshops for street kids at Shastri Nagar in north Delhi.

Protein for good hair
Hair loss is a normal process. To encourage a healthy growth, take a diet rich in protein, says Rita Sekhon
N all societies, including western and oriental, hair loss and baldness are a fodder for bawdy jokes. You may laugh about your hair loss when amidst your peers and friends, but chances are you cry about it when alone.

To sir, with love
Many a film in the Hindi cinema has been inspired by our educational system, particularly teachers who are often portrayed as upholders of moral values, says M. L. Dhawan
ECHOES of messages given by teachers have often been heard in films over the years. Holding up mirror to moral and social prejudices, teachers in Hindi films have always stood upright despite the crumbling value system in our society.


’Art & soul: The chamber of millions
by B. N. Goswamy

Nature: Saving the scavengers
by Amitava Das

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Challenges ahead for Asia
Reviewed by Parshotam Mehra
Global Power Shifts and Strategic Transition in Asia
Eds N.S. Sisodia and V. Krishnappa.
Academic Foundation, New Delhi.
Pages 394. Rs 995.

Books received: english

Fallible mortal, infallible hero 
Reviewed by Nonika Singh
Unlikely Hero: Om Puri
By Nandita C. Puri.
Lotus Collection/Roli Books. 
Pages 208. Rs 395.

The marvels of Indus Valley
Reviewed by Kuldip Dhiman
Harappan Technology and its Legacy
By D. P. Agrawal.
Rupa & Co. in Association with Infinity Foundation.
Pages 332. Price not mentioned.

Sad tale of a caged soul
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
The Blue Notebook
By James A. Levine.
Hachette India. Pages 206. Rs 250.

Democratising scholarship
Matthew Hay Brown
N a quiet, windowless room deep inside Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum, a digitisation specialist places a 900-year-old Quran into the cradle of the Stokes Imaging System. She turns a page, lowers a wedge to hold the book in place and snaps a picture.

Pen friends
The gap between parents and children needs to be reduced, says Shobhaa De
NDIAN columnist and novelist Shobhaa De feels that in today’s fast changing world the gap between parents and children needs to be reduced.

Covers and coffee
Two coffee-table books raise a toast to Shimla and cinema
HOSE nostalgic about the good old times in Shimla should be delighted. Coming up is a coffee-table book detailing the history of this city that was a seat of power in British India.

Return route
Dalai Lama believes he can return to Tibet, says book
IBET’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is confident that he can return to Tibet in this lifetime, and believes he will be reborn many times after his death, according to a book published Friday.

Red-letter day for ‘Black tulip’
Edgar Allen Poe’s book from 1827, referred to as the ‘Black tulip of US literature,’ fetches a record $662,500 at auction
N 1827 first edition copy of poems by Edgar Allan Poe sold for $662,500 recntly, setting a record for a 19th century book of poetry, said a spokeswoman for Christie’s auction house.

Jane Austen may have died from bovine tuberculosis
HE mystery surrounding Jane Austen’s death more than 40 years ago appears to have been solved with a scholar’s claim that the famous novelist could have died from bovine tuberculosis. The Pride and Prejudice author, who was 41 when she died, has been widely believed to have died in 1817 with Addison’s disease.