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KajolOn 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 Vimla Patil
A
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?"

Yum mums
Bollywood 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...

Better late than never
Surekha Kadapa-Bose
The debate on late motherhood through the Assisted Reproductive Technique has been going on even as the ART Bill is pending before Parliament
R
AJO 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.

Forgotten forts of Pinjore
Ajay Bahadur Singh
A
urangzeB 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.

Gritty woman
Asma Praveen has done her village in Bihar proud by having been chosen by the UNPF to promote gender empowerment, writes Swapna Majumdar
S
Akrisariya 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 year.

True story of False Point
K. J. S. Chatrath visits the first lighthouse on the east coast of India
FALSE 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.

Smart chimps
C
himpanzees 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.

Sunidhi ChauhanReality 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 Kher
P
OPULAR 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 on TV.

Will 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
A
S 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.

Mrinalís magic at work
Ranjan Das Gupta chats up the ace filmmaker whose Khandahar will be screened at the Cannes
M
rinal 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.

COLUMNS

TELEVISION: Catastrophe on camera

Globoscope: Visual razzle-dazzle
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Fish on the tawa
by Pushpesh Pant

Misled? File class action suit
by Pushpa Girimaji

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Tapping tales
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

A virtual danger zone
Reviewed by Amar Chandel
Vulnerable India: A Geographical Study of Disasters
By Anu Kapoor.
Sage Publications.
Pages 269. Rs 850.

Inimitable songster
Reviewed by Harbans Singh
My Name is Gauhar Jaan! The Life and Times of a Musician
By Vikram Sampath.
Rupa.
Pages 318. Rs 595.

Slice of rural life
Reviewed by Shalini Rawat
Panchlight and Other Stories
By Phanishwar Nath Renu.
Trans Rakhshanda Jalil.
Orient BlackSwan.
Pages 145. Rs 275.

History and fiction blended
Reviewed by Ramesh Luthra
A Time Elsewhere
By J. P. Das.
Trans Jatindra K. Nayak.
Penguin.
Pages 454. Rs 350.

Stimulating discourse
Kanchan Mehta
Crossing Borders: Post 1980 Subcontinental Writing in English
Ed. Jasbir Jain.
Rawat Publications.
Pages 270. Rs 695.

Capital gain
Zafri Mudasser Nofil
The love story of a Delhi couple is the theme of the new Jeffrey Archer book
A
Delhi couple falling in love while waiting for a traffic light to turn green in the Capital will figure in one of the several stories of a new book by celebrated British writer Jeffrey Archer, which is having a special India launch. The story in question is about Jamwal and Nisha who fall in love while waiting at a traffic signal.

SHORT TAKES
Intrigue, passion and media
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Broken News 
by Amrita Tripathi
Tranquebar.
Pages X + 234. Rs 250.
Writing, Print Media, Planning & Publishing
by Arjman Chand Goel.
Decent Publishers.
Pages 180. Rs 225.
Sir Chhotu Ram
by Balbir Singh.
Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Pages 350. Rs 190.

Holiday handbook
Reviewed by Paloma Ganguly
Must for Mums Delhi; 
by Rina Mehta. Rs 210.


TÍte-ŗ-tÍte
Dogri dramatised
Nonika Singh
B
eneath Balwant Thakurís affable demeanour lurks a resolve of steel. And itís his never-say-die spirit that gives him the strength to be a fulltime theatreperson. That, too, in a city like Jammu, where conditions for artistes, to put it mildly, are far from amenable. Yet, Thakur has not only made his theatre group Natrang a force to reckon with but also created audiences for theatre in a place where people are more accustomed to curfews and disturbances rather than dramas and plays.





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