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Light moments
Jyothi Venkatesh chats up stars about their commitment to a pollution-free Diwali, lighting up the lives of the underprivileged and more
East or West, Diwali with zest!
z MADHURI DIXIT
Cracker of a gal
z PRIYANKA CHOPRA
Fear of fireworks
z JACKIE SHROFF
No to noise
z HRISHITAA BHATT

Faith and festivity
Diwali commemorates many important dates and events in Sikh history. The Sikhs rejoice in their religious freedom, which was won against so many odds, writes Dhananjaya Bhat
M
OST of us are aware of the fact that the Sikh community celebrates Diwali exuberantly, especially in the Golden Temple at Amritsar ó their most sacred shrine. There, on Diwali, in addition to nagar kirtan, and akhand paath , Diwali is celebrated by a grand fireworks display.

In the magical land
Sudhamahi Regunathan visits Bogota, the capital of Colombia. Once feared
as the capital of drug lords and crime, it is now a touristsí paradise
W
HEN the cab driver turns around and addresses you as Mi amor, donít feel hassled. This is how every gallant Spanish man addresses a lady he meets. And when he does so with the typical Latin American swagger, you know you are in the land of Garcia Marquez where some things are for real and others, magical.

Social issues on canvas
AN exhibition displaying art by 20 top Indian contemporary artists, Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference has been on at four simultaneous venues in New Delhi. The month-long exhibition, which ends today, was curated by independent artist-art historian Gayatri Sinha.

Rapid Fire
Hrithik comes calling
Hrithik Roshan, who will hit the screens with Guzaarish this festive season, talks about the life-changing experience the film has been for him. Deepa Karmalkar reports
A
T the gala music launch of Guzaarish, Hrithik was all charged up to take on media queries. It is hard to believe that an actor full of such vitality and life would be playing a magician, who becomes a quadriplegic after a trick goes a wrong in Guzaarish.

A flood of blockbusters
With Diwali round the corner, Bollywood is all set to usher in the boxoffice season as multi-crore productions compete with one another for release, writes V. Gangadhar
F
OR Bollywood, along with the normal four seasons, there are two more. These are the lean season and the box office one.

FRUIT FACTS

COLUMNS

'ART & SOUL: A ceaseless quest
by B. N. Goswamy

NATURE: Birdís-eye view

TELEVISION: Unravelling myths

Globoscope: Slice of Italy
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Aloo all the way
by Pushpesh Pant

Buy only quality goods, hallmarked jewellery
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Light and thunder
by Jaspal Bhatti

BOOKS

Culture curry
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
Bala takes the Plunge
By Melvin Durai.
Hachette India.
Pages 200. Rs 195.

An emotional roller coaster
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Secrets and Sins
By Jaishree Misra.
HarperCollins.
Pages 385. Rs 299.

Of love, betrayal and hope
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
Tiger Hills
By Sarita Mandanna.
Penguin Books.
Pages 451. Rs 599.

Journey down the memory lane
Reviewed by Sukhpreet Singh Giani
Day Scholar
by Siddharth Chowdhury.
Picador India.
Pages 161. Rs 250.

Patiala as peg
Humra Quraishi
Reema Moudgilís new novel, Perfect Eight, is a tribute to small-town India, especially her native Patiala city

J
ournalist-writer-artist Reema Moudgil grew up in Patiala and now lives in Bangalore. She has been working as a journalist since 1994. She also worked as an RJ with World Space and was represented by her paintings at a multi-media show in New York in November last. She also edited Chicken Soup for the Indian Woman's Soul ...

Simply sci-fi
S. Raghunath
N
O one has defined science fiction (SF) to everyoneís satisfaction, but one way of approaching the genre would be to say that it is a popular Anglo-American form with predominantly technological interests that evolved during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Memoirs to lift the lid on life under fatwa
Jerome Taylor
S
IR Salman Rushdie has agreed a multi-million pound book deal to write his memoirs, in what seems likely to be one of the most keenly anticipated literary autobiographies in recent memory.

Back of the book
A Metro Nightmare
by Shiv Kumar.
Frog Books.
Pages 200. Rs 200.
Benaami
By Anish Sarkar.
Amaryllis.
Pages 360. Rs 250.
The Year of the Flood
By Margaret Atwood.
Hachette.
Pages 518. Rs 395.
A Deadly Trade
By Michael Stanley.
Hachette.
Pages 523. Rs 295.

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