Art for all
Nonika Singh
Was the recent India Art Summit just another mela or did it reflect our changing attitude to art? A report on the trends... 
IN a nation where visual illiteracy is often the lament of the artistic community, what do you make of an art summit where over one lakh persons descended for over four days on Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, to view the works of over 500 artists at 84 galleries?

The mega event put art
in the public domain

Home away from home
Bala Mandir in Chennai provides family values to orphans. Without distinction of caste or creed, thousands of destitute children have passed through the institution to become responsible citizens, writes Nelson Ravi Kumar
MAYA Gaitonde, secretary of Bala Mandir, situated at the heart of Chennai, runs one of the most admirable childcare centres for orphaned children. She believes in providing a family atmosphere to the little ones, for whom she manifests motherly love and affection.

In the land of orchids
The mountain abode of Sikkim, with its misty hills, exquisite orchids, waterfalls, Buddhist monasteries, and not the least, the majestic Kanchenjunga peak ruling over the valleys, has retained its mystical beauty despite encroaching signs of development, writes Ranjita Biswas
SIKKIM and its capital Gangtok became alive all over again in my memory as I watched Satyajit Ray’s documentary with the eponymous name Sikkim. The documentary had been banned by the Indian government for 40 years.

The warrior queen
Kanwarjit Singh Kang on Rani Durgavati, an epitome of courage and patron of art
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory or danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." — Thucydides (471 - 400 B.C.)
THESE are the words that can describe Rani Durgavati, who was born on October 5, 1524, in the family of Chandel Rajput emperor Keerat Rai at the fort of Kalanjar, near Banda, in Uttar Pradesh.

The legend of Panipat
Rajbir Deswal
PANIPAT comes with a tag not only of history, but mythology, culture, industry, Sufism, poetry, Hindu-Muslim amity, Partition-tales and a vast account of exponential indulgences of Islamic scholars. Panipat was one of the five villages sought by the Pandavas from the Kauravas, besides Sonepat, Tilpat, Baghpat and Indrapat. ‘Pat’ got corrupted from Sanskrit word prastha.

Healing with sound
Since time immemorial, people in the Himalayan region have been using Tibetan singing bowls to cure physical and mental disorders, writes Shama Rana
USIC knows no language or boundaries. The reverberating sounds of singing bowls, which originated amid the lofty landscape of Tibet in the ancient times, is riding the crest of popularity the world over.

Twitter, Facebook “modern madness?”
OCIAL networking sites like Twitter and Facebook could be downright antisocial, threatening to dominate our lives and making us less human, a researcher says. Prof Sherry Turkle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US has even branded the use of such sites as a form of modern madness.

‘I am not a director’s actor’
Acting means to enact something without any pretensions, says Irrfan Khan, who is back with his latest film Yeh Saali Zindagi, in a chat with Shoma A. Chatterji
RRFAN Khan is going places. Irrfan, who will soon be seen in Yeh Saali Zindagi, was member of the International Jury at the 34th Cairo International Film Festival held recently. Born in Jaipur, Irrfan Khan got a scholarship to study at the National School of Drama, Delhi, in 1984. 

Shoot at site
Filmmakers today are stepping out of studios and hitting the streets to capture raw sights, sounds and feel of real locations, writes Dibyojyoti Baksi
HOOTING behind the closed doors of a studio on a set made to resemble a kitchen or a court is now passé. Bollywood directors are increasingly hitting the streets to capture the raw sights, sounds and feel of real locations.




Globoscope: Witch hunt
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Steaks so special
by Pushpesh Pant

Complaint must be in writing
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Marriage rows
by Jaspal Bhatti


Classic myth retold
Reviewed by Ram Varma
The Poem of the Killing of Meghnad: Meghnadbadh Kabya
By Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Trans William Radice.
Penguin Books.
Pages 552. Rs 499.


Peep into vibrant British era
Reviewed by Amarinder Sandhu
Sahib’s India
By Pran Neville.
Penguin Books.
Pages 241. Rs 299.

Tracking economic recession
Reviewed by Rachna Singh
Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy
By Raghuram G. Rajan.
Pages 274. Rs 499.

Change and consequences
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
Extreme American Makeover
By Mitali Perkins.
Pages 258. Rs 199.

Made on China
Humra Quraishi
Journalist Pallavi Aiyar’s novel Chinese Whiskers brings out interesting facets of life in the dragon country
WARD-winning journalist-writer Pallavi Aiyar launched her debut novel, Chinese Whiskers (HarperCollins), last weekend in New Delhi. Before Chinese Whiskers Pallavi had written non-fiction on China, titled Smoke And Mirrors. And that volume was enough to indicate that this young writer would write more `85several more volumes.

Melody reloaded
M.L. Dhawan
Raju Bharatan’s book traces the rise and fall of Indian film music
AJU Bharatan’s A Journey Down Melody Lane (Hay House India) cinematically highlights the contribution not only of music makers, singers and the lyric-writers but also of some exceptionally talented movie-makers, such as Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Vijay Anand and thespian Yash Chopra.

Swift’s flirtatious game of self-censorship
Rob Sharp
onathan Swift, known for his satirical contributions to literature, sometimes flirted with the obscene. His most famous letters are riddled with crossings-out, which academics previously attributed to 18th century editors censoring the clergyman's bawdy lines. Swift called women "bitches", "huzzies" and complained about their looks.


Back of the book
Dead Like You
By Peter James
Pages 643. Rs 299.
Dead and Gone
By Charlaine Harris.
The Mysterious E-mail
By Anirban Basu.
Rupa & Co. Pages 146. Rs 195.