Amitabh BachchanPAASHA
of portrayal
Amitabh Bachchan’s magic has endured much beyond that of his contemporaries. With the National Award for Paa being the latest feather in his much-decorated cap, the indefatigable actor tells Jyothi Venkatesh about his future films, the upcoming KBC 4 and more…
MITABH Bachchan is one actor who has indeed stood the test of time and his recent National Award for Paa bears testimony to that. Other actors who started their acting careers around the same time as him are no longer in the race today — like Navin Nischol or, for that matter, Anil Dhawan — whereas Amitabh is having the best of both the worlds, television as well as films.

Disaster sites
Parents are unable to stop their children from sitting constantly at the computer. By inculcating family values and developing a bond of trust, the pitfalls of networking sites can be overcome, reports Surekha Kadapa-Bose
HEN half a dozen residents of a middle-class housing colony in Goregaon, Mumbai, came knocking on the Shedges’ door at around 10 pm, the family of four was watching TV.

Blogging for style
Grameen Bank, America, was introduced to New York in 2008, and continues to flourish, reports Sheeba Singh from Ottawa
EW York Fashion Week has long been the realm of magazine editors and department store buyers, but now a growing number of online fashionistas are wielding some unlikely industry influence.

A bridge across time
Hugh and Colleen Gantzer visit the ruins of Hampi. Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, this beautiful, planned city was once the capital of the Vijayanagar empire
T was, once, the Chandigarh of the ancient times in South: a beautiful, planned and vibrant city. Its planners had provided ‘sectors’ though they didn’t call them that — for the city’s VIPs, ordinary citizens, shrines, administrators, traders, armed forces, sportspeople and, very pragmatically, also for those in search of the self-indulgent good life. Even Corbusier didn’t go quite that far.

Going bananas over wine
HE question why wild banana was a favourite of elephants made Arunachal Pradesh’s Pankaj Awasthi to experiment with the fruit in making wine from it. The sugar content of bananas make it the best ingredient for making wine, says Pankaj, who has a two-year degree in alcohol technology from the National Sugar Institute, Kanpur.

Edible roses
These roses belong to the same species as non-edible ones, but the fertilisers have to be organic
cuador has long been a major exporter of big bulbed, colourful flowers that please the eye and the nose. Now its farmers are exploring a new idea — roses that you can eat.


Bharatnatyam on South African beats
South African dancer-choreographer Nhlanhla Vincent is a leading Bharatnatyam exponent and a devout Shiva worshipper, writes Madhusree Chatterjee
HE end of apartheid in South Africa freed dancer-choreographer Nhlanhla Vincent Zwane from his creative isolation. Today, he is a leading Bharatnatyam exponent in his country and a devout Shiva worshipper at that.

Quirky cops
Given the stupendous success of Dabangg, it won’t take the filmmakers long to turn the good-bad cop into a formula and dish out Chulbul Pandey clones. Deepa Karmalkar digs out some more such Bollywood cops, who struck a chord with the viewers
VER since Bollywood cops stopped being either too upright and honest or terribly corrupt and decadent, they became more acceptable to viewers.

Woman directors call the shots
Robin Bansal
ollywood, for long considered a male-centric industry, is no more an alien world for women directors — if the success of Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live and Rajshree Ojha’s Aisha is any indication. Women are confidently going behind the camera to call the shots.

Acrobats form the word ‘Mexico’ during celebrations as Mexico recently marked its 200th anniversary of the day rebel priest Manuel Hidalgo set it on path to independence in the city
Acrobats form the word ‘Mexico’ during celebrations as Mexico recently marked its 200th anniversary of the day rebel priest Manuel Hidalgo set it on path to independence in the city. Tens
of thousands of Mexicans thronged the streets to celebrate the bicentenary of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain, even as mounting drug violence took a toll on national pride
Photo: Reuters


NATURE: Duck tales

TELEVISION: Dead man’s secret

Globoscope: Overrated entertainer
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Lauki all the way
by Pushpesh Pant

Seek relief if product found unsafe
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Designer skin
by Jaspal Bhatti


Architectural marvels
Reviewed by Upinder Singh
The Torana in Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture
By Parul Pandya Dhar.
D.K. Printworld. 
Pages 317, including 360 photographs and 57 line drawings. Rs 4,200.

Whirlwind of life
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Untwine the Wind
By Renée Ranchan.
Konark Publishers.
Pages 110. Rs 750.

Engaging tension
Reviewed by Nonika Singh
Serious Men
By Manu Jospeh.
Pages 326. Rs 499.

Contributions of a humanist
Reviewed by Kanchan Mehta
The Lasting Legacies of Mulk Raj Anand
Ed. Md. Rijwan Khan.
Pages 189. Rs 495.

Clash of cultures
Reviewed by Charandeep Singh
Dancing with Kali
By Lalita Das.
Niyogi Books.
Pages 300. Rs 295.

Silicon saga
Chetna Keer Banerjee
Author Usha K.R. makes India’s Silicon Valley the backdrop of her new novel, Monkey-man
ITY-centric works of fiction are few and far between. Usha K. R’s Monkey-man is one such book that uses Bengaluru as the backdrop but goes beyond its IT image to bring alive worlds lost within the folds of the fast and furious metropolis.

Stretching creative limits
Nonika Singh

IT's near impossible to slot Navtej Johar, India’s leading Sikh dancer and choreographer. He has been trained in Bharatnatyam at Rukmini Devi Arundale’s Kalashetra and with Leela Samson at the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi.

Communists and corporates
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Left Politics in Bengal 
by Monobina Gupta
Orient Blackswan.
Pages xvi+272. Price not mentioned.
Through the Forest Darkly
By Ranjan Kaul.
Pages 312. Rs 350.
The Idiot Who Sold his Ship
By Vijay Walia.
Unicorn Books.
Pages 120. Rs 150.