Legacy of a legend
As the nation readies to pay homage to Shaheed Bhagat Singh,
Amarjit Thind reports from Khatkar Kalan about the state of
the freedom fighter’s native village
a grateful nation prepares to observe the 79th death anniversary of
the Shaheed-e-Azam on March 23, the observations of the young martyr
in his notebook while awaiting imminent death are a reminder about
what still needs to be done to ensure such equality in an increasingly
A villager shows a crumbling wall
at the ancestral house of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Khatkar Kalan
village, near Banga. Photo by Malkiat Singh
Martyr resurrected in Pakistan
Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who was almost forgotten in Pakistan, is now resurfacing in that country. Though all — the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims and others — fought together for the freedom of India but after Partition in 1947, the Pakistan establishment had blacked out the “Indian” martyrs.
From Orkut and Facebook to stage shows, there are many platforms through which today’s youth connect with the legend of Bhagat Singh, writes
How mosquitoes find a host
The scientists of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found how the potentially deadly yellow-fever-transmitting Aedes aegypti mosquito finds a host. They have discovered that the mosquito detects the specific chemical structure of a compound called octenol as one way to find a mammalian host for a blood meal.
Latest extreme sport
Wrestling in the US is no more confined to the ring-fighters are now trying their might against the strength of alligators in a pool. Florida’s Freestyle Alligator Competition, a brainchild of James Holt, aims to transform the tribal tradition of alligator wrestling into an extreme sport.
Force to reckon with
The BSF has raised a massive armed female contingent to guard the country’s borders, and plans to recruit another 35,000 women in the next four years.
The country is in safe, strong hands, writes Ajithas Menon
Dress cool on Fridays
Whatever you choose to wear on weekends, keep a balance between office decorum and personal dress sense, says
Friday dressing has already come to be accepted as a part
of the Indian corporate culture. Characterised by loose, colourful
shirts with large armholes, soft collars and low back yokes — with
trousers and shoes to match — it is designed to take the young male
executive straight from the boardroom to the bar during weekends.
Call of the wild
Ranthambore National Park offers a perfect getaway far from the madding crowd,
writes Mukesh Khosla
Tired of the city life
with its inherent plumes of toxic smoke and jostling crowds? Looking
for the perfect getawayfromit all? Well, it is none better than a
wildlife sanctuary. A number of tourists are now shunning the crowded
hill stations and are flocking to these sanctuaries, which provide a
superb ambience of the jungle life.
The rebel traditionalist
“Change is a law of nature. It is important for us to grow.”
Be it fusing sounds of veena with the guitar or making meaningful fusions to the delight of music aficionados across the world, or at home, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has always brought changes aimed to help the cause of music. No matter, how much the conservatives scoffed at them in the beginning, he proved them all wrong.
A visionary filmmaker
Chandigarh-born Tarsem Singh
Dhandwar, whose film
The Fall has received critical acclaim, is one of the most prolific and stylistic visual artists of recent times, writes
Few people in India know of Tarsem Singh
Dhandwar and his extensive body of work. And that is a pity. Fortysix-year-old
Tarsem, as the filmmaker prefers to be called, was born in Chandigarh,
grew up in Mumbai and Tehran (where his father was an engineer for the
Iranian airlines), educated at the Art Centre College of Design in
Pasadena, California, and currently splits his time and homes between
London and Los Angeles.
‘I balanced glamour and serious acting’
Be it flaunting a bikini in the 1960s, marrying a nawab, or heading the Censor Board, Sharmila Tagore has always been special in her own way. The actor in a chat with
Kathryn Bigelow translates the blood and gore of war graphically in her unbelievably shattering
Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker, says Ervell E. Menezes