Eves for Earth
Surekha Kadapa-Bose
With green being the buzzword, many women architects have made it the cornerstone of their work
N energy-efficient home is the new buzzword among those who want to reduce their carbon footprint on Planet Earth. The trend, which surprisingly is more popular in small towns, is also likely to impact the real estate industry in big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, which are facing a severe shortage of space.

Forest cover
Chetna Keer Banerjee
The state-of-the-art green Punjab Forest Department building symbolises a commitment to conservation
HE Forest Complex, state-of-the-art official headquarters of the Punjab Forest Department, spread over an area of 1,51,000 sq ft in Sector-68, Mohali, is an embodiment of the green wave sweeping our urbanscape, which is restructuring the edifice of architectural vision.

Family in trouble
The gradual collapse of the Indian family system is a worrying factor. Divorces are on the rise. We must strengthen our marriage structure to create a vibrant society, writes Vimla Patil
UR family is the centre of everything we do," asserts Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, who is known for his superhit family-saga films, including the recent We Are Family. "Our emotions, responsibilities and a certain resonance of life — all come from our innate need to belong to a family, which is a dominating motif of Indian life."

Man of action
Grameen Bank, America, was introduced to New York in 2008, and continues to flourish, reports Sheeba Singh from Ottawa
Y challenging your creativity and ability in the world — through social business — we can eliminate poverty. We should create poverty museums for the future generations.

Sunset at noon
The Korean peninsula faced heightened tension recently, in the wake of US-South Korea joint military exercises, after the alleged sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonon by the adversary. Major-Gen G. G. Dwivedi (retd) recalls his decade-old visit to North Korea
E were the last of the groups to board. Barring a handful, there seemed a dress code among most of the passengers. These were North Korean expats, men were in zipped beige safaris and women in their traditional attire.

In Shiva’s wondrous abode
When Shamim Akhtar embarked on a journey to capture the stunning beauty of Kailash Mansarovar, little did he imagine that the experience  would change his life forever, writes Nagmani
HIS can only be called a paradise. Mountains, lakes and thick oak and pine forests will wrap you in their silence. A few months ago photographer-cum-civil servant Shamim Akhtar embarked on a journey along with his camera.

Painted elegance
It takes months to make a beautiful hand-painted sari, says Dhanvanti Keshavrao
AINTED saris are in vogue nowadays. Name the mode, and you have it — kalamkari, fabric painting, digital painting, tribal arts, Madhubani paintings and even woven paintings (of course, these cost more) are in the limelight for the elite.

Jumbos scared of ants
HE myth is that elephants are scared of mice. But, scientists say the jumbo’s biggest tormentors are actually a lot smaller — ants. A team of international researchers found that the nature’s biggest land animal in African Savannah steer clear of trees infested with ants.

Bollywood’s tryst with clans
With a torrent of star kids venturing into the film industry, the tinsel town has become a sort of family-run business, writes Shama Rana
FTER Sonam Kapoor, Luv Sinha and Ranbir Kapoor, the legacy of star kids foraying into Bollywood continues with Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter Sonakshi (featuring opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg), and comedy king Govinda’s daughter Narmmadaa Ahuja set to make their debut in the industry.


'ART & SOUL: Cashing in on faith
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: A night to remember

Globoscope: For the love of dance
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Tikki on track
by Pushpesh Pant

Regulate activities of builders
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Intoxicating tales
by Jaspal Bhatti


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Vermillion Clouds: A Century of Women’s Stories from Bengal
Trans. Radha Chakravarty. 
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Bharat darshan
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India for a Billion Reasons
Ed. Amit Dasgupta.
Wisdom Tree.
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Saying it all, briefly
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
By Rajbir Deswal.
DK’s Book For All.
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He stood firm against pressure
Reviewed by V. Eshwar Anand
The Honest Always Stand Alone
By C.G. Somiah.
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Cocktail of memoir and invention
Reviewed by David Mattin
Walking to Hollywood
By Will Self.
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In praise of paradise
Humra Quraishi
Author of Kashmir First — The Kashmir Story, Mohammad Ashraf, former DG Tourism, J&K, talks of the Valley’s pristine glory and the present challenges
HE Srinagar-based former DG Tourism, J&K, and former vice-president of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Mohammad Ashraf, is a recipient of the Hall of Fame award from the Adventure Operators Association of India for the promotion of adventure tourism in the Himalayas.

Wit and wisdom of Mark Twain
S. Raghunath
T a banquet in New York, writer Mark Twain was seated next to the guest of honour, who decided to test on him some of the stories he intended to use in his speech. "I hope you haven’t heard this one," he would begin and then rashly barge on without waiting for Twain’s courteous but increasingly faint, "No, I don’t think I have." As the 14th story began, Twain lost his celebrated temper.

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