Party-ing shots

Flu and fear factors apart, party destinations gear up to bid adieu to the  year, rock,stock and apparel
J. Fernandes
VERY year brings its blows and fears: 26/11, swine flu, SARS, Bali bombings. This year, it is potential terror strikes and recession. But once in Goa, nothing stops a party.
2009 saw Mumbai play host to big bashes that lifted the mood beyond 26/11 and star shows on New Year’s Eve will add to cheer
Vimla Patil
SK any Mumbaite which party rocks the most, and he/she will name the BT (Bombay Times) year-end party as the Dadi of all get-togethers.

Carols, consoles & cowboys
Though home-made festivities are the flavour, there’s much happening elsewhere on Xmas and New Year’s Eve too

Mehak Uppal
Party Bell, Party Bell Party all the way, year end is coming and it’s time for some play!
Yay! It’s that time of the year when the adage, ‘All work and no play,’ seems to ring a bell for all, from college-goers to corporates, young and old.

Nidhi Arora
Decorated churches, pealing of church bells and fireworks coupled with messages of love, joy and peace all around`85Precisely. ‘Party till you drop’ defines Christmas, says Sophia Christina, public relations executive, Genesis PR, Gurgaon.

Rapid riders
The Ganga offers a perfect rafting experience with plenty of action to suit first-timers as well as experienced adventure seekers, writes Gyan Marwah
THERE cannot be a more exhilarating excitement. The thrill of an unridden rapid lurking in the gurgling waters just waiting to be tamed.

Trio triumph
Bhaskar Pant
WITH three of India’s music maestros nominated for the 52nd Grammy awards, it seems our chances of bringing home more than one golden gramophone are three times brighter.

Bewitching Bina
Devinder Bir Kaur pays a tribute to the legendary actress, who died recently
INA RAI was one of the top stars of the 1950s and 1960s and is best remembered for her performances in Anarkali, Taj Mahal, Ghunghat and Insaniyat. She can easily be called an echo of the past. Like Naseem Banu and Veena, she was a beauty given to Indian cinema for impersonating historic personages.

Ambassador Aamir
OLLYWOOD superstar Aamir Khan will once again reunite with Rang De Basanti director Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra to spread the message of Athithi Devo Bhava.

Yuletide fervour
Derek Bose lists some timeless Christmas classics that capture the spirit of good cheer, sharing, sacrifice and family values
HRISTMAS flicks are to the western world what Diwali releases are to us. Both are meant to profit from the prevailing holiday mood and the increased spending power of potential audiences during the festivities.


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HOLLYWOOD HUES: Predictable fare
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Festive feast
Pushpesh Pant brings us healthy and interesting options of one-dish meals embellished with cheerful drinks and desserts to celebrate Christmas
-mas in India is better known as Barha din — literally the ‘Big Day’. It is indeed the day to celebrate joyously, exchange gifts, put the past behind and look forward to new beginnings in the New Year.

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ULTA PULTA: Rumour raaj
by Jaspal Bhatti


Overview of IIT Kanpur
Reviewed by Jayanti Roy
An Eye for Excellence
By E.C. Subbarao.
Harper Collins.
Pages 336. Rs 595.

Documenting documentary
Reviewed by Rachna Singh
From Raj to Swaraj: The Non-fiction Film in India
By B.D. Garga.
Penguin Books.
Pages 214. Rs 695.

Man of many contradictions
Reviewed by Shalini Rawat
An Indian for all Seasons: The Many Lives of R.C. Dutt
By Meenakshi Mukherjee.
Penguin Books.
Pages 385. Rs 399.

Life in a metro
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
Neti, Neti
By Anjum Hasan.
Roli Books.
Pages 287. Rs 295.

On a long trail of destruction
Reviewed by D. S. Cheema
Seeds of Terror
By Gretchen Peters.
Hachette India.
Pages 302. Rs 495.

Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Security Implications of Climate Change 
by IDSA Academic Foundation & IDSA.
Pages 192. Rs 695.

A Romance with Chaos
by Nishant Kaushik.
Rupa & Co.
Pages ix+291. Rs 95.

Essence of Sikhism
by Raghbir Singh Dhillon.
Lahore Book Shop.
Pages 193. Rs 195.

Warming up to writing
The climate change summit in Copenhagen has thrown up not just activists but authors too, with new books hitting the shelves
MID hectic negotiations at a crucial meet in Copenhagen on dealing with the climate change, a group of global conservation organisations have come out with a book that highlights the need to save Protected Areas, which offer a cost-effective solution to the impacts of global warming.

SHORT TAKES: Security Implications of Climate Change 

Nature’s own
Nonika Singh
ATURE has been the constant factor in renowned sculptor and painter Shiv Singh’s life. Both natural elements and nature’s forces were his guide when as a small boy, growing up in a village Bassi Ghulam Hussain in Hoshiarpur district he would make objects out of sarkandas and draw prolifically on sand.

No words worth
Maitreyee Boruah
At literary fests, I'm introduced as a sex worker, says author Jameela
ER Malayalam book, translated into English as the Autobiography of a Sex Worker, sold 13,000 copies within 100 days of its release in 2004 and went through six editions. But even today, bestselling author Nalini Jameela finds respect hard to come by.

Soaring on scandal
Tiger Woods drives the sales of physics book sky-high
HE book inside Tiger Woods' wrecked car has seen an increase in sale after photographs of the accident scene surfaced. The book Get a Grip on Physics by science writer John Gribbin is up 2,268th position on the Amazon sales list from 396,224th.