Casting ‘coach’ !
M.S. Unnikrishnan
The recent sex scandal to hit Indian hockey is merely the tip of the iceberg
HE casting couch has always existed in Indian sports, though it takes an occasional whistle blower like woman hockey player Ranjitha Devi to take the lid off this demeaning practice. She accused chief coach of the Indian women’s hockey team Maharaj Kishan Kaushik (since resigned/sacked) of harassing her with explicit sexual requests and verbal sex talks.

All in the game
Chetna Keer Banerjee
When director Shimit Amin made Chak De! India some years back, little must he have known that Indian hockey would later furnish some real scenes deserving of a possible reel sequel, Chuck De India! Given the stick-y
wicket that Indian women’s hockey has gotten into recently ... this title in technicolour would certainly be quite telling.
Needed, a zero-tolerance approach
Aruti Nayar
THE need for a law to check sexual harassment at the workplace is talked about only when an incident occurs that grabs eyeballs, as in the recent much-publicised case pertaining to the alleged victimisation of the members of the women’s hockey team by the coach.

Symbol of faith
Turban stands for courage and self-respect for a Sikh. During the two World Wars, turbaned Sikh soldiers, who fought as part of the British Indian Army, refused to wear steel helmets, writes Major-Gen Kulwant Singh (retd)
URING World Wars 1 and 11, 83,055 Sikh soldiers laid down their lives, and 1,09,045 were wounded while fighting as part of British Indian Army. All of them wore turbans without exception, refusing to wear steel helmets, despite the protection these offered.

Temple city of India
Hugh and Colleen Gantzer visit Madurai, the 4th century city, with a living heritage
T is a town built around a temple, rising out of a legend. Deep in the heart of southern India, the ancient, bustling, town of Madurai is the epitome of Dravidian culture. This vibrant town, dating back to at least the 4th century BC, draws its resilient strength from the great temple that throbs in its heart.

Walk for a cause
As many as 1550 people, particularly of Indian origin, took part in Sevathon 2010 supporting many causes, which was held recently in California, writes Asha Sharma
AN Francisco’s Bay Area Indians gathered together recently for a unique event — Sevathon, Indian version of the popular American Walk-a-thon and deriving its name from the Hindi word ‘seva’ for service.

Anandi’s journey
As a mature heroine has taken over after the time-leap in Balika Vadhu, will the tear-jerker be able to retain its TRPs? Asks V. Gangadhar
‘historic’ moment in the history of Indian television as viewers of Colours TV channel kept buckets ready to collect the continuing gush of tears, the excitement became unbearable.

From the realm of the mind
The crisis of conscience has been the muse around which stories of many films have been woven, writes M. L. Dhawan
ILMmAKERs have explored the elusive mind of their protagonists time and again in their films. They revelled in various opportunities of drama and emotion caused by the conflict within the mind of a protagonist.

Girls get going
Aisha is one of those rare Bollywood projects where women seem to have called the shots for every little thing, writes Radhika Bhirani
RODUCER, director, screenplay writer, lead actor... Aisha is one of those rare Bollywood projects where women seem to have called the shots for every little thing.


TELEVISION: Space invasion

Globoscope: One-woman army
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Kebab special
by Pushpesh Pant

Students have right to refund of fees
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAStone-pelting squads
by Jaspal Bhatti


Language shapes our world
Reviewed by Kuldip Dhiman
The Stuff of Thought
Steven Pinker
Penguin. Pages 500. £3.50.


Over the top
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
Excess: The “Tehelka” Book of Short Stories 
Edited by Jai Arjun Singh and Nisha Susan. 
Hachette. Pages 192. Rs 250.

Books received: english

Ancient world recreated
Reviewed by Kanchan Mehta
by Bana, translated by Padmini Rajappa. 
Penguin. Pages 395. Rs 399.

Dames in boots and berets
Reviewed by Tushima Rattan
She’s is a Jolly Good Fellow 
By Sajita Nair.
Pages 335. Rs 250.

Diaspora decoded
Madhusree Chatterjee
Asian and diaspora fiction are not very different from each other, says author Monica Ali 
RITISH novelist of Bangladeshi origin Monica Ali, who is a judge for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2010, says the English language is evolving in exciting new ways. She also believes that diaspora fiction is not very different from Asian writing, as in the end, readers just want a good, well-told story.

Layered perspective
Nonika Singh

Undeniably the czarina of Punjabi theatre, Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry occupies an unassailable position. So, what drives the woman who has been scaling heights of excellence ever since she formed her theatre group, The Company, some 26 years ago.

Deconstructing an icon
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
SMG Sportingly Spoilsport 
by Kishin R. Wadhwaney.
Siddharth Publications. 
Pages 232. Rs 500.
Knowing Dil Das
by Joseph S. Alter.
Pages xvii+193. Rs 299.
You are not Alone
by Arun Mirchandani.
Frog Books.
Pages 150. Rs 195.