Amid mounting criticism and public protests, Facebook
top brass looks to improve settings and controls,
but concerns remain about privacy on the social
networking site, writes Vivek Atray

THE recent attacks on its new policy of relaxing privacy controls for data uploaded by users notwithstanding, Facebook remains a highly popular meeting ground for most of us. 

Yahoo connects to FB in facelift
aHOO Inc’s latest facelift will include a Facebook touch-up. As part of the new changes rolling out, Yahoo will import personal updates from Facebook’s social network for users who want a bridge between two of the world’s most popular websites.

In dire straits
Manipur bears the brunt of prolonged road blockade. Maj-Gen G. G. Dwivedi (retd) recalls how, five years ago, the Army launched an operation to eliminate the militant threat, and ensured a safe passage to people travelling to the border state
T was a bright sunny day. The lush green mountains beneath the canopy of the blue sky, and the lotus blooming in the 650-sq km Loktak Lake, would make anybody exclaim on the breathtaking scenic beauty of Manipur.

Love in the modern times
Shrinking living space and an ever-increasing population has given rise to an interesting category called “love hotels”, where couples can share some private time. The enterprising Japanese have turned this amazing hospitality industry into a booming business, writes Marianne Johnson
N the metros all over the world, accommodations are overcrowded, often with three generations (grandparents /parents/ grandchildren) staying in the same minuscule flat. This leaves a lot of young couples looking for places to spend some private moments.

Melody queens
M. L. Dhawan
singer’s voice lends fruition to the tune and lyrics and makes the song come alive for the listeners. It is the voice of the song that remains in memory of listeners. The world of singers has always been overwhelmingly male dominated, but female voices have made their mark and proved themselves equal to the task.

Courting controversies
From misrepresentation of facts to spreading utter falsehood, every controversy related to a film, whether manufactured or not, has an immediate snowballing effect. It raises questions and triggers debate, thus drawing attention to the film in question, writes Derek Bose
ilmmaker Rohan Sippy couldn’t have had it better. He is currently directing Dum Maro Dum, a pot-boiler starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Prateik Babbar. Even before he could wrap up the shoot in Goa, the film had been making headlines across the country – for all the wrong reasons.

Action women
With many an actress performing daring stunts, the treacherous terrain no longer remains a male-dominated territory, writes Priyanka Sharma
UTS and bruises are no bar. From Priyanka Chopra to Deepika Padukone to Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood actresses are willingly treading on the treacherous terrain as they get into action mode like their male co-stars.


’ART & SOUL: Cultural capitals
by B. N. Goswamy

NATURE: Butterfly wings to cut bank fraud?
by Prasun Sonwalkar

TELEVISION: Tongue-tingling show

Globoscope: Mythical drama
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Salad days
by Pushpesh Pant

Don’t let hotels take you for a ride
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Beware of VIPs
by Jaspal Bhatti


Battle for supremacy
Reviewed by Parshotam Mehra
India and China: The Battle between Soft and Hard Power
By Prem Shankar Jha.
Penguin/Viking. Pages ix + 398. Rs 599.

Cosmological odyssey
Reviewed by Kuldip Dhiman
The Edge of Reason: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Cosmology
By Anil Ananthaswamy.
Penguin Books.
Pages 322. Rs 399.

When things fall apart
Reviewed by Shalini Rawat
Days and Nights in the Forest
By Sunil Gangopadhyay. Trans. Rani Ray.
Penguin Books. Pages 178. Rs 250.

Reality bytes
Reviewed by Parbina Rashid
Braking News
By Sunetra Choudhury.
Hachette India.
Pages 310. Rs 350.

Filmi critique
Reviewed by Rachna Singh
50 Indian Film Classics
By M. K. Raghavendra.
Pages 321. Rs 350.

Making Hay in God’s own country...
Britain’s Hay festival to debut in India
Madhusree Chatterjee
lot of new writing from India has been making a mark across the world, says a top organiser of Britain's Hay Festival that will host its first India edition in Kerala in November with around 40 leading authors. "One of the reasons why we chose India is because writing from the country is fresh," said Lyndy Cooke, executive director of the festival.

Focus on feminism
Who's afraid of sexuality, asks Orissa's Virginia Woolf
Eliza Parija
HE is considered the Judith Butler and Virginia Woolf of contemporary Oriya literature. And yet, for her, feminism is not just about battling male hegemony. For Dr Sarojini Sahoo, an award-winning Oriya writer, feminism is linked with the sexual politics of women.

Back of the book
Mughals, marriage and military
Akbar: The Mighty Emperor
By Kavitha Mandana.
Penguin-Puffin. Rs 150.
Chicken Soup for the Indian Armed Forces Soul
Eds Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Raksha Bharadia.
Tranquebar. Rs 295.
Legend of the Lepchas: Folk Tales from Sikkim
By Yishey Doma.
Tranquebar. Rs 200.
Love on Velocity Express
By N. Sampath Kumar.

Cedar Books. Rs 125.