year 2009 has come to an end and there is a cut-throat
competition among various associations and organisations to give
away special awards to prominent personalities. Here is a sneak
preview of the honours that are going to be conferred on the
Who’s Who in the days to come.
Reviving the rhino
The revival of the Indian rhino at the Kaziranga National Park is one of the most successful
conservation stories in the world. Its rhino population has grown to today’s level
from a mere dozen in 1908, writes
Bijay Sankar Bora
the winter sets in along the bank of the mighty Brahmaputra in Assam,
it’s time to flock to the sprawling Kaziranga National Park (KNP),
located on both sides of the busy National Highway 37, over 215 km
from Guwahati towards the east. The 859 sq km UNESCO World Heritage
Site on the bank of the Brahmaputra turns into a paradise on earth
from November to March every year for wildlife buffs and tourists from
all over the world.
and the youth
Youngsters were sighted
everywhere at the Copenhagen global climate conference. While the
seniors were involved in serious talks, the “youth ambassadors”
devised ways of climate-friendly living, reports Aditi
young never lost an opportunity, especially when it came to making
their voices heard. They were sighted everywhere at the Copenhagen
global climate conference. "This is probably the largest youth
contingent ever at a COP (Conference of Parties)," remarked
Mohammed Jahedul Huq, a young enthusiastic policy advocate from
The CMS church in Kotgarh
stands as a symbol of the early missionary work in
Himachal Pradesh. Though the town does not reflect strong Christian
characteristics, the legacy is depicted in the church and the school,
says Manpreet Kaur
a small hamlet in the state of Himachal Pradesh, is around 10 km from
Narkanda. Surrounded by the Himalayas, the town is famous for its
apples, but a less known fact is that Kotgarh was one of the earliest
mission stations of North India, the history of which is gathering
dust in the mission archives.
medley of cultures
Different cultures and
historical time periods exist shoulder to shoulder in Amman, discovers
can never forget my
first lunch at Amman. It was a gourmet spread including the pita
bread, the fantastic hummus, baba ghanoush, fattoush and tabouli
salads. But the best was the dessert, Baklava, a tasty pastry holding
nuts and gentle flavourings that also symbolises the essence of Amman.
too can change colour
a new research, scientists have determined that turtles are similar to
chameleons, in the sense that their skin and shells often match the
colour of their habitat’s substrate, which may help them deceive
predators and prey alike.
journey of exploitation from brothel to stage
periodical play depicting the plight of women theatre artistes in 19th
century Bengal has been adapted for contemporary times by National
award-winning director Anjan Kanjilal.
Star primacy is the key to
boxoffice success with all major productions of the year being linked
to one of the Big Five of Bollywood, writes Derek
there’s one lesson 2009
has left Bollywood with, it is that small can no longer be beautiful.
The days of Bheja Fry, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Mumbai Meri
Jaan and all those lovely, low-budget films that had once set the
box-office on fire, are over.
was the easiest to make: Rajkumar Hirani
RajKumar Hirani thinks that 3 Idiots was the easiest of his
films to make as the protagonists — Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and
Madhavan — were not involved with any other project at the time.