Book lovers assembled in the Darbar Hall of Diggi Palace, Jaipur
Book lovers assembled in the Darbar Hall of Diggi Palace, Jaipur Photo: AFP

Narratives from the North
Vandana Shukla
Voices from the region found ample expression at the globally recognised Jaipur Literature Festival
WRiTING  from the North were heard with rapt attention at the recent DSC Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). The voices of pain, agony and untold suffering from the Valley reverberated at The Baithak when Kashmiri poetry pierced through the hearts of the audience.

Ashram of high value
Sevagram Ashram in a remote Maharashtra village is a place revered by all. It was here that the dream of Mahatma Gandhi to liberate India from British yoke finally started taking shape, writes Rajendra Rajan
WhAt could have been the temptation for Mahatma Gandhi to settle in Wardha, a remote and backward area of Maharashtra, about eight decades ago? I was trying to grapple with this question while standing on the road leading to the main entrance gate of Sevagram Ashram recently. The place is 60 km from Nagpur.

The beautiful island
Culture, cuisine, beauty and shopping, Taiwan has it all, writes Tanushree Podder
LIKE most travellers to Taiwan, I was looking forward to shopping, sampling the delectable food of the region and catching a bit of art and culture but I landed up doing much more.

Foodies’ delight
Good news for those who are addicted to cookery shows on television. FoodFood, the first ever food channel, has been launched by celebrity chef Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Raghavendra Madhav of Astro All Asia Networks.

Positive effects of stress
new study explains why stress and anxiety may be both a boon as well as a bane for your brain. "That edge sounds good. It sounds adaptive. It sounds like perception is enhanced and that it can keep you safe in the face of danger," said Alexander Shackman, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Season for overcoats
s the Capital goes through one of its coldest winters, many are discovering the charms of the overcoat, an accessory once consigned to the bottom of cupboards and pulled out only for hilly holidays or snowcapped destinations abroad.

‘Parents must expose kids to Indian culture’
N this age, when computers and playstations lure kids more than learning music and dance, parents must take the onus of motivating the conventional activities to expose children to Indian culture, says violin maestro L. Subramanian.

Kiran calls the shots
People will be disappointed if they go to watch Aamir in Dhobi Ghat because his is not an author-backed role, says Kiran Rao in a chat with Jyothi Venkatesh
How did you cast newcomers like Kriti Malhotra and Monica Dogra in Dhobi Ghat?
Monica is a versatile singer, who is part of the band Shaayar and Funk. I decided to cast Monica after I saw her with her partner on the cover of the magazine Time Out Mumbai.



Art & soul: A glance at Indian portraits
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Home improvement

Globoscope: Barely tolerable
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Dieter’s dream
by Pushpesh Pant

Display list of approved doctors
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: True diagnosis
by Jaspal Bhatti


A Gandhi of our times
Reviewed by Uttam Sengupta
Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself
Pan Macmillan.
Pages 454.


Basic urban issues under spotlight
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
Contemporary Indian Urban Society: Ethnicity, Gender and Governance
By Rajesh Gill.
Bookwell, New Delhi.
Pages 377.

Cairo agenda and beyond
Reviewed by Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
Markets and Malthus: Population, Gender and Health in Neo-liberal Times
Eds Mohan Rao and Sarah Sexton.
Sage. Pages 350.

The great divide
Reviewed by Sumit Alhawat
India Divided
By Rajendra Prasad.
Penguin Books.
Pages 565.

Single state
Humra Quraishi
Author Sushmita Bose brings out the ups and downs of a singleton’s life
USHMITA Bose’s weekly column in a national daily — ' Single In the City' — was a hit with not just not the singletons but also with the much married, for it revealed their highs and lows. Well, now the entire series has been put together in a book of the same name, Single In The City (Om Books).

Advocating art
Nonika Singh
RT shouldn’t be all sugar and sweet. It must stir within." So believes well-known photographer and filmmaker Samar S Jodha. Any wonder, his art project at the India Art Summit 2011, titled ‘Bhopal: A Silent Picture’, relived the world’s worst environmental and industrial disaster.

Short Takes
Complex society, amusing anecdotes
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
New Understanding of Indian Society 
by S. R. Mehta. 
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. 
Pages 658.
Ed. Urmilla Deshpande & Bakul Desai.
Pages xx+335.
Mall Watch
By Rajbir Deswal.
DK’s Books for All.
Pages xviii+201.

New Bond novel
Rob Sharp
he world's most debonair spy is to swap Monte Carlo's casinos for the sun-scorched souks of the Middle East. The next James Bond book is to be called Carte Blanche and will see 007 face down peril among the chintzy nightclubs and towering skyscrapers of Dubai.