On a role
Urban Indian mothers are staggering under the pressure of being successful career persons, loving care givers and efficient homemakers.
To top it all, they aspire to be sexy and slim stylistas like the stars, writes
recent shampoo ad that was shown widely
on Indian television must have quietly but surely stirred up the
hornetís nest in the media! It showed a young mother dropping her
daughter to school and looking extremely guilty at the childís
question, "Mere baal lambe kyun nahi?"
moms are, to some extent,
style icons for many a young Indian mother. Motherhood has impacted
the careers of these B-town moms differently, some having given it all
up for their kids, some having made a comeback post-child rearing...
late than never
The debate on late motherhood
through the Assisted Reproductive Technique has been going on even as
the ART Bill is pending before Parliament
Devi, a resident of Hisar in Haryana, is an unusual mother. Rajo
became a proud mother on November 28, 2008. She is 70 years old and
her husband Bala Ram is 72. And the much-wished-for baby girl was
conceived after extensive IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) treatment.
forts of Pinjore
Ajay Bahadur Singh
sent a firman (royal order) to Raja Budh Prakash, alias
Mahi Prakash (also known as Bihari Chand) of Sirmaur who ruled from
1659-78), through his eldest son, Prince Muazam. Prince Muazam later
ruled over the disintegrating Mughal empire from 1707 to 12, with the
title of Shah Alam Bahadur Shah.
Asma Praveen has done her
village in Bihar proud by having been chosen by the UNPF to promote
gender empowerment, writes Swapna Majumdar
in Muzaffarpur district is among the many obscure, backward villages
in the state of Bihar. This village would have remained unknown had it
not been for the accomplishments of 19-year-old Asma Praveen, who
catapulted her family and village to fame by being chosen for the
prestigious United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) calendar for this
True story of False Point
K. J. S. Chatrath visits the first lighthouse on the east coast of India
Point ó it was the unusual name that caught my attention. I was
fascinated enough by the intriguing name to take a two-hour boat from
Paradip Port, on the eastern coast of Orissa, to reach the place.
have a highly developed awareness about deaths, two new studies say.
In one study, researchers describe the final hours and moment of death
of an older female chimp living in a small group at a British safari
park as captured on video.
shows donít guarantee success: Sunidhi
Music talent hunt shows on TV
may give you opportunity and platform but success comes only if you
are talented, says the versatile singer in a chat with Ruchika
playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan does not feel that music talent hunt
reality shows can guarantee the winner success in Bollywood, though
she herself appeared on the Hindi film scene, thanks to a talent hunt
India take flight in Cannes?
A small film by a first-time
Mumbai director is set to compete with the best in the worldís
premier film festival. Saibal Chatterjee
gives a sneak peak of the event which begins on May 12
the worldís premier film festival gears up to unveil its 63rd
edition from May 12 to 23, the globeís most prolific moviemaking
nation, India, has at least one small reason to rejoice.
magic at work
Ranjan Das Gupta chats up the ace
filmmaker whose Khandahar will be screened at the Cannes
Senís classic Khandahar has been selected for the classic
section of the Cannes Film Festival. Dressed in casual white, Mrinal
Sen sips a cup of black coffee at his modest South Kolkata residence
and says, "Last year, the retrospective of my Calcutta Trilogy, Calcutta
71, Interview and Padatik at Cannes had to be cancelled as
film prints were too poor.