SPOIL sport

The IPL changed the way cricket is played and enjoyed, but has now itself become a power game, writes M. S. Unnikrishnan
Cricket was just a sport, and crores were mind-boggling sums, till the Indian Premier League (IPL) hit the scene like a tornado to change the rules of the game forever. Now, the IPL is a marquee event, known the world over, which threatens to overtake the National Basketball League as the biggest club league in the world.

Lalit Modi Shashi Tharoor

HAT the IPL is awash with cash is no secret, but the kind of money being generated every year is mindboggling. IPL chairman and match commissioner Lalit Modi was expecting revenues to the tune of Rs 4700 crore this year. Last season, the IPL earned $ 450 million. Now, Modi expects to double the income every year. That is around Rs 9000 crore next year, for a two-month long carnival. Amazing indeed.

Eggxotica unravelled
Intricately cut, carved and decorated eggs were on display at Farha Sayeed’s egg art exhibition held recently, writes Man Mohan
Farha Sayeed (39) sells eggs at very exorbitant prices, ranging from Rs 10,000 to more than Rs 1 lakh. But these are not ordinary eggs. These are objets d’ art. The eggshells she designs are very intricately cut, carved and decorated by hand and ornamented using pearls, beads, crystals, brocade, velvet, satin, golden laces and rhinestone chains, making each one a masterpiece.

Oil spill threatens turtles
Thousands of endangered sea turtles and their eggs face a threat from a fuel oil leak from a ship, nearly two km off Orissa’s coast near Gopalpur port, a wildlife expert has said. "More than 1,00,000 turtles had nested last month on the Rushikulya beach. The oil can cause irreversible damage to the eggs and the turtles which are still present at the offshore waters," said Biswajit Mohanty, secretary of the Wildlife Society of Orissa.

Life through the lens
With the help of the camera, poor and uneducated women of Andhra Pradesh’s Medak district interact with the world. Ask them, and they will tell you they can read all about life this way, reports Papri Sri Raman
F you happen to travel to Pastapur or Edakalapally village in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, and pass by the millet fields green with the new crop, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. In this heart of rural India, where many villagers are unlettered, Sooremma, a single woman abandoned by her husband long ago, may just accost you with a tripod and a Panasonic camera.

Smell good, feel great
Perfumes lift your spirits and enhance your mood, says Kiran Ranga
E have different reasons for wearing perfumes. We wear perfumes either to be perceived in a certain way by others, or to feel a certain way about ourselves. Some of us also put on perfumes to make fashion statements and project desired personalities. At the outset, you need to be clear on what you want a perfume to do for you.

In tiger land
As efforts to save our national animal from extinction gather momentum through campaigns such as "Save Our Tigers", Lieut-Gen Baljit Singh (retd) visits Kanha National Park, known to many as Kipling country. It was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s famous classic The Jungle Book
BIRD song and bird sightings are an exciting part of an excursion to any wilderness refuge. But when a national park of some 2,000 sq km is known to harbour over 300 of India’s bird species, it is natural that dawn literally "explodes" with bird song. So for the moment one happily reclines in the Gypsy-seat, enjoying the rare, three-dimensional avian symphony and relegating bird identities per se to another time later.

Kerala’s snake boat on the Thames?
Sanu George
erala’s famed snake boats attract thousands to the annual boat race in Punnamada Lake. Now, if all goes well, one of the over 100-ft-long boats may take to the waters of the Thames river as part of a trial run of the inaugural ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Hollywood reaches out to India
When Jurassic Park was dubbed in Hindi, it heralded a trend that is now a multi-billion business. Hollywood hits in Indian languages are the big success story of modern cinema, writes Nutan Sehgal
UESS which have been the three recent highest grossing movies in Indian languages`853 Idiots, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani and My Name Is Khan. Right? No wrong. Three of the biggest blockbusters in Indian languages have been Avatar, 2012 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Raima on a roll
After the critical acclaim she got for The Japanese Wife, Raima Sen is looking forward to the release of Mirch, says Supratik Sengupta
asking in the glory of her widely appreciated performance in Aparna Sen’s film The Japanese Wife, actress Raima Sen eagerly awaits the release of her Hindi film Mirch directed by Vinay Shukla who had introduced her to Bollywood with Godmother.

Searching for the stars
British filmmakers are scouting for actors in India, says Radhika Bhirani
FTER Slumdog Millionaire, the makers of another British film are headed to India to look for new South Asian faces for their venture and possibly "find the next star". Yugesh Walia, the producer of the yet-to-be-titled film, said the reason for exploring casting possibilities in India is "because of the lack of enough choice in Indian and Pakistani actors in Britain."

Credible war film
Greengrass’ The Green Zone is a good blend of the cerebral and staccato action, writes Ervell E. Menezes
IKE The Hurt Locker, we now have The Green Zone, another film set in Iraq during the American war to find those elusive Weapons of Mass Destruction. The green zone is said to be the location of those weapons.


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The way we are
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
Indian Essentials
Penguin. Rs 450. Pages 526.

Books received: english

Security challenges ahead for Asia
Reviewed by Vijay Mohan
Asian Defence Review 2008-09
Ed. Air Cmde Jasjit Singh (retd) . KW Publishers and Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi. Pages 272. Rs 620.

A brush with nationalism
Reviewed by Parbina Rashid
The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore
By Debashish Banerji. Sage. Pages 136. Rs 995.

Absorbing love story
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
I, Romantic
By Rajeev Jhaveri. Plus Ink. Pages 360. Rs 199.

Key to better governance
Reviewed by Laxmi Kant Verma
Unlocking E-Government Potential: Concepts, Cases and Practical Insights
By Subhash Bhatnagar. Sage. Pages 352. Rs 450.

Capital idea
Madhusree Chatterjee

Expanding musical expanse
Nonika Singh

Love and dove
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra

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