Some grain, some pain
In the backdrop of fiscal liabilities and lifestyle changes, Baisakhi festivities in the region have a different flavour now, writes Sarbjit Dhaliwal
The harvest festival of Baisakhi brings a golden glow to the fields and spells bountyBESIDES having a religious significance, the Baisakhi festival, that falls on April 13, is closely associated with the farming community in North India, especially in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

United Colours
of Baisakhi

Varinder Singh
Baisakhi — the festival marking the beginning of the solar year, the arrival of the fresh rabi crop besides and commemorating the creation of the Khalsa Panth by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 — is celebrated all over the country even as it holds greater significance in the North, especially in Punjab, Haryana and adjoining states.

Fair position
Royal women of the Mughal period were proficient in martial arts and social
etiquette, besides being capable administrators, seasoned politicians and artists,
says Pramod Sangar
HE position of woman in almost every age or period has remained distinctly subordinate. Describing the status of the Rajput woman in medieval India, Col Tod in his Annals of Rajasthan commented, "To the fair of other lands, the fate of the Rajputani must appear to be one of appalling hardship.

In a class of its own
Punjab Public School, Nabha — celebrating its golden jubilee today — has the infrastructure and teaching methods comparable to the best in the world, writes Harish Dhillon
HE original purpose of setting up public schools was to create a class of young men who would be equipped to govern England and its colonies. The curriculum in these schools gave the students the qualities of leadership, integrity, a sense of duty, an awareness of the world and national pride.

Laced with grace
Whether it is a party, or a marriage reception, women like to show off their style with the use of lace in their attire, says Banalata Bipani
ACE is the style to watch out for in 2010, internationally and in our local fashion bazaars. What makes lace so contemporary? Well, besides the opaque sensuality, lace is light and airy.

Foodies’ paradise
Multicultural Melbourne offers an enormous choice of events and restaurants, writes Sumitra Senapaty
PRING in Melbourne is certainly an odd time of the year for picnics and horse races. One minute you’re choosing somewhere with outdoor tables and calling for ice, the next moment sprinting for cover.

Thank women for creating beer
N academic has claimed that beer would have never come into existence without the entrepreneurial skills of women. According to a report in The Telegraph, Jane Peyton, an author and historian, said women created beer and for thousands of years it was only they who were allowed to operate breweries and drink beer.

Mice ballads
ALE  mice sing ultrasonic love songs to woo females, a new study has found. The ultrasonic songs vary widely, with some winning males emitting tunes that prove irresistible to females.

The truth about ‘true’ TV stories
Shoma A. Chatterji
OW ‘true’ is a ‘true story’ beamed across television news channels? Can stories be ‘created’ out of thin air? Or can they be created from a conspiracy between the media and a third vested party, in this case, the local police?

British films take a shot at India
A package of independent British films makes inroads into Indian multiplexes to explore a market that is waiting to be tapped, says Saibal Chatterjee
WHEN a package of seven contemporary British films was showcased in multiplexes in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore last month, film enthusiasts in the country had cause for cheer.

I am a self-made woman: Priyanka Chopra
Bohni Bandyopadhyay
HE has achieved a lot in a few years time in Bollywood, including a National award for Best Actress, but Priyanka Chopra insists that the accolade has not made much difference to her life.


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HOLLYWOOD HUES: Court drama at its best
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OFf the shelf
The magnificent Sikh kingdom
Reviewed by V. N. Datta
The Last Sunset: The Rise and Fall of the Lahore Durbar
By Amarinder Singh.
Roli Books. Pages XIX + 347. Rs 695.

Books received: english

Tribute to ‘Queen of Hills’
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
Whispering Deodars: Writings from Shimla Hills
Ed. Minakshi Chaudhry.
Pages 255. Rs 295.

Feminist perspectives
Reviewed by Neel Kamal Puri
The Tale Retold: Selected Stories
By Alka Saraogi. Trans. Vandana R. Singh
Penguin Books.
Pages 168. Rs 199.

Spooky tale
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
Maria’s Room
By Shreekumar Varma.
Pages 324. Rs 299.

Of life and nature
Reviewed by Ramesh Luthra
The Dreaming House
by Tanya Mendonsa.
Pages 136. Rs 299.

Of snarls, suspense and separatism
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Tsunami on Roads: Wake up India 
by Dr Sanjay Kulshrestha.
Conscious Citizens.
Pages 207. Rs 250.

The Unprofessional Photographer
by Ratinder Jhaj.
Frog Books.
Pages 107. Rs 125.

The Punjab Crisis: Student’s Perspective
by Mohammed Jameel.
Pages xiii+225. Rs 495.

Making of Maruti
A new book, The Maruti Story, tells the tale of India's original people's car
t has dominated the Indian passenger car market for over two decades as the original people's automobile in India. Now, the person who has been at the helm of this iconic project shares how Maruti 800 arrived, braving all roadblocks.

Going places
Nonika Singh
CHAL Buleya hun othe chaleeye, jithe hovan anhe, no koi saadi jaat pachaane, na koi saanu manne (Roughly translated, it means let us move to a new place where no one knows us or salutes our mettle). It is this philosophical wisdom of Sufi saint Bulle Shah that prompted eminent artist Prem Singh to find new moorings 10 years ago.