Daredevils & dirt tracks
From roads to rivers, there are many frontiers that the adventure-loving
‘Funjabis’ are crossing and conquering, writes Mehak Uppal
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.
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.
women travellers are forming the highest growth segment in the travel
industry. They are no longer simply a part of pilgrimage or ‘kitty’
The designing of eggs has, for
centuries, caught the fascination of many an artist.
Man Mohan traces the beginning of this
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.
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
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
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
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.
Vikramaditya Motwane, creator
of Udaan, is the latest addition to a new breed of globally
clued-in Mumbai filmmakers, writes Saibal
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.
Comedy is the new
buzzword for serious filmmakers, says Ritika
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.