The Northeast Frontier Railway plans to preserve metre-gauge tracks, which have been a catalyst
for the economic development of that region, writes Bijay Sankar Bora
history of economic development in the North-East (the undivided Assam
during the British period) is deeply linked with the advent of the
Railways into the region in the late 19th century. It was the Assam
Railway and Trading Company that laid the 65-km-long metre-gauge line
between Dibrugarh and Makum collieries in Margherita.
The representation of
the Gurus, particularly Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh, constitutes
a major part of the themes in murals of Sikh art, writes Kanwarjit
wall paintings in ancient Punjab, we have no evidence that has
survived. Percy Brown spoke of the possibility of some kind of mural
decoration on the edifices of the Indus Valley civilisation.
Old silver coins belonging to
the Mughal period and the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh have recently
been found in Bhalur village of Moga district, writes Subhash
is a small village in Moga district of Punjab, situated 25 km
southwest of the district headquarters. Recently, the local
inhabitants planned to build a new gurdwara in memory of Bhai Des Raj,
founder of the village.
and Colleen Gantzer visit the rock-cut
cave temples sculpted between the sixth and eighth centuries. These
temples in Karnataka are considered an example of Indian rock-cut
architecture, especially of the Chalukya period
were led to Badami by a man we have never met. Satish Gover, our
favourite architectural historian, had described it as ‘picturesquely
located on a lake, surrounded by steeply rising cliffs," and
that when the powerful Chalukyan empire had shifted its capital to
Badami, "rock cutters were soon at work carving out halls from
the scarp of the hill."
taste of Thailand
Raj Ahluwalia brings us a flavour of Thai cuisine
you find a Thai cook pondering over a simmering pot of gaeng pet (hot
curry), chances are you’ll catch him resolutely adding another
handful of tiny green chillies, called prick kee nu in Thai, a
single one of which can blast the average firang out of his
chair. Yes, Thais like their food ‘spiced up’.
your skin glowing
Air travel sucks the
life out of your skin. Use a heavy moisturiser on the hands
and face to prevent dryness, says Homai Sagar
Diwali holidays are over and we are awaiting our Christmas vacation.
In these days of modern air travel (15-hour non-stop Mumbai-New York
flight, or two-hour Mumbai-Delhi flight), which part of your anatomy
suffers the most?
Castro on video
US-developed video game that lets players try to kill Cuban
revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has sparked an angry reaction from
Cuba, the latest charge in the long history of bitter US-Cuba
too far from a leading art gallery in New Delhi stands an
800-year-old arched gateway amid the ruins of the historical city of
Tughlaqabad. Mumbai-based performance artist Tejal Shah, known for
interactive acts and new media art, relates to it in a strange way.
With Anusha Rizvi distancing
herself from Peepli Live after a conflict with Aamir Khan, Ranjan
Das Gupta looks at similar cases from the history of Indian
Anusha Rizvi decided to distance herself from Peepli Live due
to too much interference by Aamir Khan, the latter is planning to
withdraw the film from Oscar nominations.
next to be a musical
Subhash K. Jha
Johar’s next directorial venture is finally in place. He has
decided to make a fun musical with at least 10 songs, which is a
complete departure from the mood of his last offering My Name Is