Daredevils & dirt tracks
From roads to rivers, there are many frontiers that the adventure-loving ‘Funjabis’ are crossing and conquering, writes Mehak Uppal
Twenty-year-old biker Alisha Abdullah W
HAT comes to mind when you think of typical Punjabis? High on spirit, physically fit, rough and tough, risk takers, go-getters, and so on. In keeping with this popular perception, it made sense to explore what adventure action the fun-loving Punjabis are up to this season. And, needless to say, we were not left disappointed.

Babes in the woods
AS in all other fields, women seem to be breaking all barriers as well as stereotypes as they foray into adventure, a field that is conventionally dominated by men.

Damsel drive
Sumitra Senapaty
obally, women travellers are forming the highest growth segment in the travel industry. They are no longer simply a part of pilgrimage or ‘kitty’ outings.

Egg treasure
The designing of eggs has, for centuries, caught the fascination of many an artist.
Man Mohan traces the beginning of this art form

N France, from the 16th century onwards, it became customary to exchange elaborate surprise Easter eggs. Fabulous egg-shaped treasures were created in the 1860s by the imaginative goldsmith of Russia, Peter Carl Faberge, and his meticulous artists and craftsmen. In 1869, he sold the first pieces to the St Petersburg Hermitage.

Brave sons of India
There is a lone memorial at Neuve Chapelle in France, built to honour more than 4,700 Indian soldiers, who died during World War 1, writes K. J. S. Chatrath
HE Indian Army’s contingent leading the march on the occasion of France’s National Day celebrations in Paris in the presence of the French President and the Indian Prime Minister made big news recently.

Abode of gods
Perched at 1,200 metres above sea level in the Aravali ranges, the quaint little hill station in Rajasthan is a repository of some of the finest temples in India, writes Nutan Sehgal
EW sights can be more riveting than a placid blue lake, set against the backdrop of hills. Mount Abu has many picture postcard views. This green oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan has an old-world charm about it and attracts niche vacationers, who prefer holidaying far from the maddening crowds.

Homegrown think Floyd
Madhusree Chatterjee
OuR musicians from reputed local bands whose music harks back to the classical era, in a tribute to the ultimate psychedelic rock icons, have formed Delhi’s unique Think Floyd.

Flying high
Vikramaditya Motwane, creator of Udaan, is the latest addition to a new breed of globally clued-in Mumbai filmmakers, writes Saibal Chatterjee
T was in 2003 that Murali Nair’s Malayalam feature Arimpara, based on an O.V. Vijayan story, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Its impact was low, and the applause that the film received was at best grudging.

Comic act
Comedy is the new buzzword for serious filmmakers, says Ritika Kumar
WhAT’s common between Shyam Benegal, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ram Gopal Varma and Raj Kumar Santoshi? These are the filmmakers, who have found their niche in making realistic, hard-hitting cinema but have now taken a fancy to the genre of comedy in Bollywood.


NATURE: To bee or not to bee
by Archana Jyoti

TELEVISION: Carry on doctor

Globoscope: Divine tactics
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: A Mezze platter
by Pushpesh Pant

When banks are penalised
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Teaching tales
by Jaspal Bhatti


Archetype of love & peace
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics
Ed Frankie Hutton.
Lanham: Lexington Press.
Pages 168. Price not mentioned.


In search of identity
Reviewed by Charandeep Singh
A Break in the Circle
By Sharmila Kantha.
Pages 208. Rs 250.

Dark history
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
Perfect Eight
By Reema Moudgil.
Pages 252. Rs 200.

An outstanding policeman
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
The British, the Bandits and the Bordermen: From the Diaries and Articles of K. F. Rustamji
Ed. P.V. Rajgopal.
Wisdom Tree.
Pages 388. Rs 495.

Fascinating forecast
Reviewed by Peter Carty
Turned out Nice
By Marek Kohn.
Faber. Ł14.99.

Variegated tales of women
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Faces in the Water 
by Ranjit Lal.
Pages 202. Rs 199.

Voices in the Back Courtyard
Trans. Narinder Jit Kaur.
Pages XII+170. Rs 150.

Handbook on Wildlife Law Enforcement in India
by Samir Sinha Natraj.
Pages 198. Rs 495.

Mark-ing a century
Guy Adams
After keeping readers waiting for 100 years, Mark Twain’s tell-all autobiography will finally be released later this year

XACTLY a century after his death, Mark Twain’s autobiography, which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing, is finally going to be published. he creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes, saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

Dramatist from the desert
Nonika Singh
gnoramuses might take refuge in the dictum—‘Ignorance is bliss’—but noted playwright, poet and critic Dr Nand Kishore Acharya feels that there is no greater happiness than the bliss of knowing. In the world of performing arts, his quest to know more had begun with theatre criticism. A cultural correspondent with a newspaper in 1974, as he went about reviewing plays he began to understand the medium inside out.

Pritish Again
ritish Nandy, who has donned multiple hats — of a painter, filmmaker, columnist, journalist — has brushed up his rusted knack of poetry and has after ages come out with a book, for which he gives all credit to his friend and Oscar-winning lyricist Gulzar.