Beyond being bais
initiative of grooming women as home managers could be an example in
places where private agencies, providing household help, are
exploitative or not up to the mark, writes Usha
Kanti Desai (30) looks after the double-storey home of senior
citizens Rajendra and Manjula Dhaga in the more affluent area of
Ahmedabad. She is no ordinary domestic help. She is a home manager, a
title that she wears with pride, having been put through a monthís
rigorous training by the Urmila Home Manager programme of the NGO
Saath, which, in collaboration with the America India Foundation,
provides skilled manpower for different sectors of the fast growing
urban economy of Gujarat.
school in the hills
The school in Shaya village
of Himachal Pradesh provides quality education to over 200 children.
They are given a nourishing meal everyday. The dropout rate is nil,
writes Bulbul Sharma
small school with a gleaming slate roof, nestling amongst the
hills of Shaya in Himachal Pradesh, begins every day sharp at 10. Yet
many of the students have already gathered in the playing ground long
before the bell rings for the school. raspberries.
keep our soldiers happy
The bravery of Indian
soldiers is legendary. The government needs to redress their
grievances with alacrity, says Lieut-Gen Baljit
the evolution of the concept of nation states got perfected in
Europe in the 19th century, the conscripted armed levies were, as a
rule, replaced by standing armies. The British were quick to exploit
this new lethal instrument of governance to consolidate their overseas
colonies into an "empire over which the sun never sets."
The temples of Angkor are
simply unique, a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, writes Ranjita
an image is carried by memory, ensconced somewhere in its deep
recesses, and then one day, suddenly, incredibly, it comes alive ó
not in an abstract form but in concrete shape.
With prices still way below
what were prevailing before the economic downturn, collectors and
investors are doing some serious bottom-fishing, bringing back colour
in art, writes Nagmani
artists it was a culture shock of the personal kind when the
art world was struck at its heart by the all-pervasive recession.
Works of well-known artists saw a dramatic downturn.
donít know how to make a film"
In a conversation with Dibyojyoti
Baksi, Mani Ratnam reveals that every time he starts working on
a new film, he has to struggle to find the right way to can the shots
has been making movies for almost three decades and is known as
a maverick. But Mani Ratnam says every time he starts working on a new
film, he has to struggle to find the right way to can the shots.
method in his acting
Ranjan Das Gupta chats up
master actor Dilip Kumar, whose biography written by Saira Bano, is
all set for release soon
Nahin Chhoote Ram" Dilip Kumar still sings, note
by note, this haunting number from his film Musafir
(1957). At his Pali Hill residence, Dilip Kumar is in a