Chilling chemistry

NIXON visited India in 1964 and again in 1967 as a private citizen. He took note that on both occasions, the Indians had received him with minimum of appropriate protocol. Dennis Kux in his book, Estranged Democracies, pointed out that ‘This treatment presumably did nothing to lessen Nixon’s preference for Pakistan, the erstwhile ally of the United States, and his dislike for India and its policy of nonalignment.’

Read alert in Pink City
This year’s Jaipur Literature Festival brought its share of famous faces, new voices and subcontinental concerns, writes Perneet Singh
FIVE years is not a very long duration, but it took just that much time for the Jaipur Literature Festival to blossom into Asia’s biggest literatary event as also the biggest completely free festival of literature in the world. So, what has made this festival a huge success?

Expressions of an envoy
Beyond boundaries

Serving with cheer
From being a cancer survivor to the founder of NGO CanSupport, Harmala Gupta derives satisfaction in serving those afflicted with the ailment. Her efforts to improve the lives of patients through counselling and palliative care have earned her recognition the world over, reports Tripti Nath
armala Gupta's name has come to be closely connected with dignified cancer care in India. From being a cancer survivor to the founder of CanSupport, a non-government organisation providing assistance to cancer survivors, her journey has been a long and challenging one.

World on a strip
In Las Vegas, you can hop from Paris to Venice, New York to New Orleans and Egypt to Morocco — all in a day. Just walk down the famous Strip and see the world around you in a capsule, writes Mukesh Khosla
OR those who find Las Vegas pulsating with energy they cannot cope with, it is best to slow down and go to Paris. Not quite literally though. All you have to do is to walk into the facade of Hotel Paris in Las Vegas and, lo and behold, you are transported into the romantic capital of Europe!

A journey back in time
Krishen Khanna, one of India’s most celebrated modernists, captures his experiences during Partition in his paintings, writes Madhusree Chatterjee
IN his new series of works, leading Indian contemporary artist Krishen Khanna has travelled back in time to his days in pre-Partition Lahore.

It’s raining awards
The anxiety of organisers to keep everyone happy has led to a proliferation of awards of dubious worth, says Derek Bose

THE Bollywood awards season is upon us. And as expected, Amitabh Bachchan’s Paa and Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots are sprinting away with most of the honours. Of course, there are some equally (if not more) deserving films like Dev D, Kaminey, Love Aaj Kal and Rocket Singh — Salesman of the Year in the fray.

Creating magic on celluloid
The focus today is not on good cinema but gimmicks, says V.K. Murthy in a chat with Bharathi Raghunath
EST remembered for his stunning camera work, V. K. Murthy, who became the first film technician to bag the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is unhappy with the current state of Indian cinema which he says is full of gimmicks.


’Art & soul: Pen and parchment
by B. N. Goswamy

Nature: A flying visit
by Chandan Sen

TELEVISIONTest of wits

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Gripping story
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Soya special
by Pushpesh Pant

Patient has right to quality health care
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Busy robbers
by Jaspal Bhatti


Without a price
Reviewed by Amar Chandel
We Must Have No Price and Everyone Must Know That We Have No Price
By Arun Shourie, Rupa and Co; 
Pages 343. Rs 495.

Focus on regional cooperation
Reviewed by Maj Gen (retd) Rajendra Nath
South and Central Asia: Issues of Peace and Development
Eds Neetu Gaur and Vijay Laxmi.
CRRID, Chandigarh.
Pages 162. Rs 430.

From grace to disgrace
Reviewed by Ambika Sharma
Musharraf: The Years in Power 
By Murtaza Razvi.
Pages 243. Rs 399.

Championing farmers’ cause
Reviewed by Rachna Nehria
Death of a Moneylender 
By Kota Neelima.
India Ink/Roli Books.
Pages 220. Rs 295.

Thus spake the saints
Reviewed by D. Goel
Philosophical Contributions of Bhaktas and Gurus to Indian Culture
By Prof Nirbhai Singh.
Gyan P.H. Pages XI+317.

An eloquent testimony
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
Violence, Martyrdom and Partition: A Daughter’s Testimony
By Nonica Datta.
Oxford University Press.
Pages 235. Rs 695.

Borders, B-schools and betterment
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Coming Blowback: How Pakistan is Endangering the World 
by Wilson John.
Rupa. Pages: xiv+296. Rs 595

You’ve Got To Be Kidding
by Leena Walawalkar
Pages 251. Rs 145.

How to Excel When Chips are Down
by Joginder Singh.
Diamond Books.
Pages 174. Rs 95.

Wedded to tradition
Nonika Singh
cclaimed kathak exponent Shobha Koser has beaten many odds to create a niche in the galaxy of Indian classical dancers. And today, she is finding her moorings without the guiding force of her life—her late husband M.L. Koser. Stepping into his shoes, in her new avatar as registrar of Pracheen Kala Kendra, she can, however, feel his presence at every step.