Weary but win-hungry
Vaibhav Sharma
The IPL-fatigued Indian squad may not be in the best of form but is raring to go

ORE than a month of T20 crickaet. The third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 3) has been thrilling and provided the break India has started looking forward to each year. But now, it is back to national duty for the players at the ICC T20 World Cupthird edition in the Caribbean and India are set to be among the frontrunners.


Tame Twenty
Abhijit Chatterjee
Can Dhoni’s boys replicate the success story of
IPL 3 in the T20 World Cup? A look at Team India’s prospects

VeN if Sir Garry Sobers is of the view that India, together with Australia, are the favourites in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the West Indies, it is quite likely that the Indian squad would be suffering from fatigue after the non-stop matches of IPL 3, where the players not only played in energy-sapping heat but also crissed-crossed the country time and again.

Lamps of progress

The biggest challenge that residential schools for poor girls in UP’s backward 
areas face is erratic power supply. A Swedish company plans to provide 60,000 solar lamps to tide over the crisis, writes Alka Pande

IVYA has a dream. Says this 12-year-old student of Class VIII, now studying hard to get promoted to Class IX: "I want to study more. My dream is to become a teacher when I grow up, and educate children of my village.’’

Gem of a place
Antwerp, home to the Flemish Baroque master Rubens, is full of beautiful architecture and artworks. A major diamond trading centre, this fast-paced, multicultural metropolis is also the city of fashion designers and trendsetters with magnificent monuments and museums, writes Tanushree Podder
UGGING my inadequate coat against the freezing cold, I trudged along the Jewish quarters of the town, my eyes appreciating the old-world charm of the place. The setting was right out of a Victorian novel. Snowflakes fell in soft whispers as the orthodox Jews in black overcoats with flowing white beards rode their bicycles with elevated backseats.

Reality TV goes rural
Radhika Bhirani
ILKING cows and making cow dung cakes — reality content on Indian television gets a rural makeover with Imagine TV’s new show Desi Girl where eight glamorous celebrities will be seen doing all this and more in a village.

Crowning glory for
King of Style
M. L. Dhawan on the evergreen hero Dev Anand, who received the Phalke Ratna recently
On the birth anniversary of the doyen of Hindi film industry, Dadasaheb Phalke, actor, producer and director Dev Anand received the prestigious Phalke Ratna. The award was given by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy for his contribution towards cinema.

Stars no guarantee for success
Mahesh Manjrekar is back with his latest film City of Gold. The director talks to Divyanshu Dutta Roy about what it takes to make successful cinema
OW did City of Gold happen?
The film is based on a Marathi play written by Jawant Pawar. It was called Adhantar. It was a very successful play and ran from 1997 to 2002. I think. He came to me with the story idea and I was so ashamed to find out that I didn’t know anything about the incident.


’ART & SOUL: A touch of Europe in Kutch paintings
by B. N. Goswamy

NATURE: Certainly not bird brained

TELEVISION: Time travel

Globoscope: Those shocking one-liners
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Chicken champ
by Pushpesh Pant

Cellphone problems: appoint Ombudsman
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAIndian Profit League
by Jaspal Bhatti


In pursuit of excellence
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Reflections on Cambridge
By Alan MacFarlane.
Social Science Press.
Pages 223. Rs 450.


Continental drift
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Adrift: A Junket Junkie in Europe
By Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu.
Pages 106. Rs 150.

Sufism and politics
Reviewed by Pran Nevile
The War that Wasn’t: The Sufi and the Sultan
By Fatima Hussain.
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers.
Rs 695. Pages 257.

Evocative tales
Reviewed by Kamaldeep Kaur
Laburnum for my Head: Stories
By Temsula Ao.
Pages 107. Rs 150.

Mystic’s mystique
Humra Quraishi
As his 150th birth anniversary celebrations get going, a look at the impressions Rabindranath Tagore left on some writers and translators
FOR this present generation, Rabindranath Tagore holds out through his writings and verse and, of course, through those images. In fact, today there are only a few around who’d met him, interacted with him and can narrate tales of his charisma.

Inner radiance
In his book Reforming Vaishno Devi …, former J & K Governor Jagmohan recaptures his first visit to this cave shrine. Excerpts…
Infinity extends inward as well as
Outward – the world within is as vast
As world without.
— Oppenheimer

THE entry into the Vaishno Devi cave was an emotional and spiritual experience of its own kind — unforgettable, unique. The tiny, narrow, curving and dimly lit tunnelled path, with ice-cooled water hissing my feet, created a gripping atmosphere — mysterious, awesome, and elevating.

Manuscript to script
Madhusree Chatterjee
Writer Advaita Kala's novel to be an offbeat film soon
HICK-LIT writer Advaita Kala is a having a golden run with two of her "creative projects" — a standalone script and a book — set to appear in their cinematic avatars in Bollywood.

Dark side of literary criticism
John Walsh
HE use of libel law by academics to threaten the press has been condemned by a leading literary figure. Sir Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, spoke out against Orlando Figes, the historian and author, after Figes’s wife confessed to writing several reviews for, praising her husband’s work and trashing that of his rivals.