Standing up for laughter
Comedians from Punjab have made it big on small-screen laughter shows
and how, write Randeep Wadehra & Amar Nath Wadehra

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone,
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.

Solitude by the late US poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919).

FOR generating laughter, nothing beats a good comedy. The tradition of comedy in theatre goes back to several millennia. In India, Hasya Rasa, an integral part of the hoary Natyashastra, is of two kinds, Atmastha or focussed on the self, Parastha or focussed on others.

India’s first woman photojournalist
isitors to Delhi during the ongoing Commonwealth Games can feast their eyes on rare visuals, which present an insight into the life and times of yesteryear India, captured by one of the country’s first woman photojournalist — Homai Vyarawalla.

Even monkeys value money
A study has found that monkeys become more calculating in money matters
T seems even monkeys know the value of money. A new research found that when presented with coin-like tokens, tiny yet savvy capuchin monkeys inhibit their natural impulses and make more calculated, rewarding decisions.

Taste of home food
The tasks that most women in India perform as part of their daily routine
are a source of income for them abroad, reports Kinjal Dagli Shah

asumati Paanwala had just lost her husband and barely had enough money to feed her children back in Baroda, Gujarat. "I could cook a variety of things, but where was the money to buy rice or daal ?" she recalls.

Dancing with passion
These roses belong to the same species as non-edible ones, but the fertilisers have to be organic
or people who take flamenco classes, it is not just about developing the body of a speed skater, it is about channeling the soul of a Spanish dancer.

Dupatta for all occasions
You can find a dupatta to suit every mood, style, trend or budget, says Banalata Bipani
EAR it as a veil, sling it like a stole, or wrap it like a shawl; wear it with a kurta, a lacha or a bustier under a jacket; wear it in any season, for any reason, and any which way you like! Yes, dupatta — the most versatile accessory — can really be dramatic.


Turkish delight
Istanbul, the only city in the world that spreads over two continents, offers something for everyone, writes Vibha Sharma 
esternised, yet so traditional, are the first thoughts upon landing in Istanbul — the only city in the world that spreads over two continents.

Mumbai like never before
Several Bollywood films that premiered in Toronto recently drew unique portraits of Mumbai, besides redefining the boundaries of Hindi cinema, writes Saibal Chatterjee
Mumbai cinema is on the move. A new creative sensibility is rapidly taking roots in one segment of the industry. Another part of Bollywood continues to revel in unabashedly populist films like Dabangg and Housefull.

Cameron is most powerful
SCAR-winning director James Cameron has emerged as the most powerful man in Hollywood in a survey conducted by The Guardian


'ART & SOUL: When great empires crumble
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Game of survival

Globoscope: Riveting thriller
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Sweet surprise
by Pushpesh Pant

Students, beware of misleading ads
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Power to empower
by Jaspal Bhatti


Guru’s abode in the hills
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Haven of Bliss Anandpur Sahib: A Miracle of the Human Spirit
By Vijay N. Shankar and Harminder Kaur.
Corporate Vision.
Pages 156. Rs 2,500.

Books received: English


It’s never too late for love
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
The Twilight Years
By Mohinder Singh
Kalpaz Publications.
  Pages 283. Rs 630.

Saluting spirit of freedom
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
Patriots and Ballards at Gallows: Vande Mataram Saga
By V.K. Singhal.
Kalpaz Publications.
Pages 262. Rs 495.

Land of mystic charm
Reviewed by Ram Varma
Himalayan Wonderland: Travels in Lahaul and Spiti
By Manohar Singh Gill.
Pages 268. Rs 599.

Call of new India
Tony Tharakan
Former financier Anish Trivedi writes of love in the new India in his book, Call Me Dan
ORMER investment banker Anish Trivedi portrays a changing India in his debut novel where coffee and croissants are on the breakfast menu and youngsters earn more than their fathers ever did.

Room with a view
Madhusree Chatterjee

Man Booker nominee Emma Donoghue says she wanted to probe the drama of parent-child love in her novel
RISH writer Emma Donoghue, the youngest on the Man Booker Prize shortlist for 2010, wanted to probe the dark element of parent-child love in her novel, The Room. The protagonist, she says, is a boy whose small world must inevitably open up to a wider one.

Back of the book
Memoirs, movies and other matters
Hitch-22: A Memoir
By Christopher Hitchens.
Penguin. Rs 599.
By Ashokamitran.
Penguin. Rs 225.
Beautiful from this Angle
By Maha Khan Phillips.
Penguin. Rs 350.
Granta 112 Pakistan
Ed. John Freeman.
Penguin. Rs 599.