Knot at a cost
Many youngsters are going in for inter-faith and
marriages to script the
story of a new Kashmir, but this is
proving costly with various communities
resorting to violence
to thwart such alliances, writes Jupinderjit Singh
they say, can bridge many a gap. Therefore, a large number of
second-generation Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are
increasingly choosing the "bond of love" over a communal or
caste one in the strife-torn valley of Jammu and Kashmir despite a
violent suppression of such alliances. Many persons have either been
killed in the process or been forced to kill their feelings. Many are
living in hiding and many outside the state. Those who continue to
live here are treated like outcastes ...
burden too heavy
Each peasant suicide in
Punjab — known for its prosperity — indicates the plight of
millions of the rural poor. Women bear the burden of managing the
demands of fatherless families. They pay a heavy price, writes Ranjana
the widows of farmers of Punjab who took their lives when
caught in the vicious cycle of agrarian debt and misery, the
ubiquitous picture of the content and smiling Punjabi farmer — seen
on many a calendar — seems like a cruel joke. The ground reality
reveals depression, alienation and suicide.
His art lives
The paintings of Raja Ravi
Varma on mythological legends and portraits continue to hold their own
even 100 years after his death, says Vimla Patil
the winter mellowing down and the summer not yet in full bloom, the
artistic fraternity of the country is doing all it can to bring the
best of art, music, dance and museum shows to the cognoscenti.
Perfume is your way of
conveying style and taste to the world, says Kiran
are not only fashion essentials but are an extension of our
personalities. The unique nature of perfumes is that they interact
with human scent and create an individual fragrance for people.
A desert, a beach and
wetlands — Kutch offers a mind-boggling variety to the
discerning traveller, writes Akhila Singh
is almost heavenly to see the white desert turn into silver and
then blue on a full moon night. More so, when the spectacle is
witnessed right in the middle of a dry desert that extends up to
45,612 sq km.
music is big draw
music is one genre that has shown no decrease in popularity in India
at a time when all other genres of the industry have been affected by
Bollywood music, say singers and music sellers.
The book and the film
Every time a movie based on a book is released, it spurs booklovers to watch it while boosting the sale of the tome, says
K. P. Singh
judge a book by its movie" goes a famous saying and so true it is
in case of the new Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots. The film is
involved in a controversy when the director Rajkumar Hirani claimed
that the movie is just five per cent of Chetan Bhagat’s debut novel Five
Point Someone, based on the story of three IIT Delhi students.
I don’t want to be
remembered just as a beauty queen, says Gul Panag in a chat with
substance over numbers for Gul Panag. The actress, who has received
rave reviews for her role in Rann, says she didn’t want to be
remembered just as a former beauty queen and that was why her career
mantra had been to opt for fewer films.