India time at Saatchi
Indian art goes places with an exhibition
at the famous gallery in London, writes
Nonika Singh
HERE is a tumble of discarded chairs mocking at Indian democracy. A monumental bucket is spilling over with several smaller utensils in a work titled Spill. A camel is tucked inside a trunk. UFO 2007 is made up of several smaller brass utensils. A dilapidated Xerox machine is turned into an art object. Bone-shaped alphabets recreate Gandhi’s historic speech before his famous Dandi march.

A work by Bharti Kher
A work by Bharti Kher

Neglected art
Thousands of paintings, embroideries, tribal wood and stone carvings and other such rare artefacts lay crammed in the two-storey Home of Folk Art, says Amar Chandel
had heard quite a bit about K.C. Aryan’s Home of Folk Art but nothing had prepared me for the actual magnitude of this art treasure tucked away in a non-descript two-storey house of Gurgaon when I visited it.

An art form in danger
The government must give subsidies on the raw material used for badge making by craftsmen of Malerkotla. Only then will this art form survive the test of time, reports Shariq Majeed
alph Lauren, Gucci, D&G and Ramsey London. What do these well-known brands have in common with India? The answer is that all have one thing which is universal. They may be world class foreign garments brands, but they also depend on Indian hands to convey a basic identity to their clothes.

Painted species
Rock paintings have revealed species that once roamed India, says Quaid Najmi
Ivatherium, a giraffe-like creature with two pairs of horns and extinct for 8,000 years, once roamed central and western India. So did the aardvark, an ant-eating creature now found only in Africa.

Wear earrings, look cool
Earrings on a man can be looked at as an extension of his personality. He can even put on custom-made studs to make a fashion statement, says Harihara Menon
ONG ago I had seen my grandfather with diamond earrings, and he did look classic, as he presided over family functions. Now I see my grandson sporting baubles in both his ears, and he is equally at ease. 

Tranquil Palampur
The hill town, famous for its Kangra valley tea, is a perfect retreat for nature lovers and art enthusiasts that has not yet been commercialised by tourism, writes Sudha Mahalingam
HE Kangra valley toy train is waiting for us at the Pathankot railway station. Like all hill trains, this one is a narrow gauge tin box with big windows and a noisy engine. There is only one class of travel – janta – and we board the bogie right next to the engine, the only one with cushioned seats. 

Hansiba: From an artisan to a brand name 
Azera Rahman
Twenty-three years back, Hansibaben was just another artisan in a little known village in Gujarat. Today, at 92, she has a cloth brand-named after her, which has reached such heights that international names are scurrying to have tie-ups with it.

Rewarding journey
Aniruddha Roy Choudhury talks to Shoma A. Chatterji about his National Award-winning film Antaheen
D filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Choudhury’s second film Antaheen (Bengali) has won the National Award for the Best Feature Film of the Year 2008. The film bagged awards in other sections also.

‘I am an idiot’
After the success of 3 Idiots, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is all set to begin his next project Broken Horses. The filmmaker in conversation with Sreya Basu
ROM Sazaa-e-Maut to 3 Idiots, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has always been associated with ‘good’ cinema
That’s because I am an ‘Idiot’. I follow my heart and make films that I want to make. I am not concerned about what others are doing. I make films that I like and believe that people will like.

Spielberg to make documentary on World Trade Center rebuilding
scar-winning film director Steven Spielberg is to make a TV documentary on the rebuilding of New York's World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the Sept. 11 2001 attacks.

Transformers to go 3D
FTER Harry Potter, Transformers has become the latest movie franchise to catch on the post-Avatar rush, with its third outing reportedly to be released in 3D.


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Soaring high
Reviewed by Vijay Mohan
The Black Archers: Illustrated History of No. 47 Squadron
by Pushpindar Singh.
Society for Aerospace Studies, New Delhi.
Pages 100. Price not mentioned.

Bleak view of life in prison
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
Women, Crime and Prison Life
by Madhurima.
Deep and Deep.
Pages 244. Rs 990.

Insights into mainstream cinema
Reviewed by Rachna Singh
Melodrama and the Nation: Sexual Economies of Bombay Cinema
by Karen Gabriel.
Women Unlimited Publications.
Pages 392. Rs 595.

Sad saga of failures
Reviewed by Rajbir Deswal
If I could Tell you
by Soumya Bhattacharya.
Pages 200. Rs 350.

An emotional roller coaster 
Reviewed by Manmeet Sodhi
Nothing can be as Crazy …
by Ajay Mohan Jain.
Pages 242. Rs 95.

Epic engagement
Humra Quraishi
Sahitya Akademi awardee Chaturvedi Badrinath talks of his prize-winning work and more
HATURVEDI BADRINATH, who has bagged the Sahitya Akademi award (English language category) for The Mahabharata – An Inquiry In The Human Condition, is a former civil servant. He was in the Tamil Nadu cadre of the Indian Administrative Service from 1957 to 1989.

Crown confidential
Shree Venkatram
Shrabani Basu’s new book tells the tale of Queen Victoria’s Indian confidante
nearthing pieces of history and then offering them to readers in the form a gripping book seems to be a tough job. And if one happens to be a busy correspondent of The Telegraph in London besides being a mother of two growing children, how does one find the time to pen not one but three epic books, each blended with exhaustive details from the past?

Graphic detail
Madhusree Chatterjee
Graphic novels find a toehold, with a Bollywood twist
raphic novels, the illustrated avatar of the conventional storybook, are gradually making their presence felt in the country, offering a wider bouquet of Indian and foreign titles and even roping in Bollywood filmmakers for racy scripts.