Eves for Earth
With green being the buzzword, many women
architects have made it the cornerstone of their work
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.
Chetna Keer Banerjee
The state-of-the-art green Punjab Forest Department building
symbolises a commitment to conservation
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.
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
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
Grameen Bank, America, was
introduced to New York in 2008, and continues to flourish, reports Sheeba
Singh from Ottawa
challenging your creativity and ability in the world — through
social business — we can eliminate poverty. We should create poverty
museums for the future generations.
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
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
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
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.
It takes months to make a
beautiful hand-painted sari, says Dhanvanti
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.
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
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
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.