2009 honours list
Amar Chandel
THE 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
S 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.

Climate 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 Kapoor
HE 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 Bangladesh.

Legacy to cherish
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
OTGARH, 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.

A medley of cultures
Different cultures and historical time periods exist shoulder to shoulder in Amman, discovers Sudhamahi Regunathan
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.

Turtles too can change colour
N 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.

A journey of exploitation from brothel to stage
A 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.

Clash of titans
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 Bose
F 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.

3 Idiots was the easiest to make: Rajkumar Hirani
IRECTOR 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.


’Art & soul: Muffled voices from the past
by B. N. Goswamy

Nature: Nature’s race against time 
by Steve Connor

TELEVISIONMarriage woes

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Technological marvel
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Radish delight
by Pushpesh Pant

Banks liable for violating code
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Warm excuse
by Jaspal Bhatti


Tale of failure, guilt and hope
Reviewed by Kavita Soni-Sharma
By Marilynne Robinson.
Virago, London. 
Pages 339. Rs 395.


An emotional journey
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
See Paris for Me
By Priti Aisola.
Penguin Books.
Pages 296. Rs 299.

Snapshot of life in Pakistan
Reviewed by Ramesh Luthra
The Wish Maker
By Ali Sethi.
Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books. 
Pages 406. Rs 499.

Marketing lessons for police
Reviewed by Rajbir Deswal
Policing: Reinvention Strategies in
a Marketing Framework
By Rohit Choudhary.
Sage. Pages XX+306. Rs 395.

Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Confession of a murderer 
by Joseph Roth Vinayak Publications. 
Pages 223. Rs 325.

Cyberabad Days
by Ian McDonald.
Pages 313. Rs 350.

The Seven Secrets of Influence
by Elaina Zuker.
Pages xx+259. Rs 399.

Tee time for fiction
Madhusree Chatterjee
Given the Tiger Woods controversy, what better time to bring out a work of fiction based on golf
T is the season of birdies, eagles and avoiding the woods! No, this has nothing to do with the misadventures of a celebrity player, but is about the debut novel of a veteran golfer who uses the landmark Delhi Golf Club as his muse.

Stage presence
Nonika Singh
Decades ago he told thespian Ebrahim Alkazi; I don’t want to make theatre my career. Had he stuck to his words, the world of contemporary Indian theatre would have been infinitely poorer. Bhanu Bharti, the gifted theatreperson who had to literally eat his words, has carved a firm niche for himself in the annals of theatre.

All set for lit fest
Jaipur Literature Fest to host Vikram Chandra, Tina Brown
HE fifth edition of the five-day Jaipur Literature Festival, beginning January 21, will host authors like Vikram Chandra, Tina Brown, Hanif Kureishi and Mahasweta Devi.

Classics for iPod gen
Jonathan Brown
UY de Maupassant, Aleksandr Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol might appear unlikely pin-ups for the iPod generation, but audio files of short stories by the time. A website dedicated to the joys of the literary form has gone "live", applying Apple's world-dominating music model to the written word.