Teachers as torchbearers
A guru is like a beacon that shows us the right path. This Teacher’s Day, celebrities remember the mentors and guides who helped shape their future, writes Vimla Patil
OT so many years ago, singer Shaan and his sister Sagarika were a struggling pair that made music videos in the Indo-western style for collegians. Later, while Sagarika married and settled down, Shaan got the opportunity to sing as a playback artiste.

In a class of their own
Inspiration and Innovation have been the hallmark of these teachers...
Stage for studies
Each One, Teach One
Sanctuary of learning

For her safe travel
About 40 per cent women commuters face sexual harassment in Delhi buses. 
Civil society organisation Jagori holds workshops to train drivers and conductors to deal with the problem, writes Tripti Nath

LMOSt a decade ago, a newspaper advertisement issued in public interest by the Delhi Police showed women being harassed at a bus stand in the presence of silent male bystanders. The copy read: "There are no men in this picture, or this would not happen."

Island of thousand temples
The island of Bali, known for its lovely beaches, also has some of the most exquisite temples in the world, writes Nivedita Choudhuri
DEspite the troubles of recent years, the magical island of Bali has lost none of its vibrancy. With its lovely beaches, palm trees and warm, blue waters, it delivers on all the tourist expectations of a tropical island. But for me, Bali’s main draw was its exquisite temples.

Art is where the city is
Madhusree Chatterjee
ITIES are canvases of art in the 21st century India. The psyches and venues of art are changing, from closed spaces of museums and art houses to large public arenas.

Starry connection
Galaxies may owe their existence to black holes, writes Steve Connor
LACK holes may play a far more important role in the evolution of the universe than scientists had previously realised, according to a study suggesting that these massive and mysterious structures in space could have been key to the formation of the earliest galaxies.

Gowns of O’Hara falling apart
David Usborne
HEY are not quite gone with the wind, but the dresses that actress Vivien Leigh wore as Scarlett O’Hara in the old classic movie are well on their way to falling apart. Curators at a museum in Texas are appealing for $ 30,000 to restore them.

Kajol once again
I have doubts working with first-time directors, says the versatile actor in a chat with Dibyojyoti Baksi
ONE of Bollywood’s finest actresses, Kajol says she was not keen to do We Are Family because she was tired after My Name Is Khan. Admitting that she also had doubts about first-time director Siddharth Malhotra, she believes the film had turned out "altogether" different from the original Stepmom.

When movies found a voice
S. Raghunath gives a rundown on how silent films gave way to the golden age of talkies
OLKS, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet," sang Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer and he was right. Suddenly, movies found a voice — it was the advent of the golden age of sound and they had to have something to say.


'ART & SOUL: Voices from the South
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Catty tales

Globoscope: Absorbing fare
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Pizza point
by Pushpesh Pant

Know the law on vehicle insurance
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: No life without file
by Jaspal Bhatti


Committed parliamentarian
Reviewed by V. Eshwar Anand
Keeping The Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian
By Somnath Chatterjee.
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No flavour to savour
Reviewed by Rachna Singh
Sex in Cinema: A History of Female Sexuality in Indian Films
By Fareed Kazmi.
Pages 375. Rs 395.

Love story with a twist
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Hostel Room 131
By R. Raj Rao
Penguin Books.
Pages 228. Rs 250.

In pursuit of sustainability
Reviewed by D. S. Cheema
Education for Sustainable Development: Challenges, Strategies and Practices in a Globalising World
Eds Anastasia Nikolopoulou, Taisha Abraham, Farid Mirbagheri.
Sage Publications.
Pages 232. Rs 795.

Coexisting creatively
Humra Quraishi
New Delhi-based German writer Roswitha Joshi talks of her new book, Indian Dreams, and being in India
oswitha Joshi has that passion to write. The latest is this novel Indian Dreams (UBSPD). And though this is not the first time I am writing about her in the context of her books, but then, each time I see her equipped with oodles of enthusiasm and that intensity to write further on. Perhaps, this alone explains that want, that need to write and offload more and much more.

Game for civility!
Kiran Bedi co-authors a book on civic sense ahead of the CWG
oVED by the 'not so good' image of civic sense of Indians among foreigners, India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi has brought out suggestions for laymen to improve their civic behaviour ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

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