Farah Khan (second from left) is a force to reckon with among new-age commercial filmmakers
Farah Khan (second from left) is
a force to reckon with among new-age commercial filmmakers

Damsels in direction
Vimla Patil
From Gurinder Chadha to Kiran Rao, women have created films on subjects that have found resonance in their hearts. Others, like Farah Khan, have shown that women need not be just activist directors, taking up gender or social issues, and that they can simply aim to be successful commercial directors. A peek at woman power behind the cinematic lens…
LONG years ago, a young Sikh woman, born in Nairobi and living in Southall, England, went through an agonising experience. Her father, a relatively poor man, went to the local bank to encash a cheque and was humiliated by the racist attitude of the staff.

Steeped in history
Ancient coins of the Indo-Greek era and broken pieces of earthenware belonging to the Maurya empire have been found in Naurangabad, near Bhiwani, in Haryana, writes Dev Brat Vashisth
ccording to historians and archaeologists, in ancient India the hamlet of Naurangabad was a prosperous and flourishing place with a mint of world class standard, where coins were moulded. Naurangabad was also the capital of the Yodheyas empire.

In the heart of Middle East
Located at the crossroads of civilisations, Jordan has a cultural confluence that can’t be found anywhere else, writes Tanushree Podder
YOU are at the heart of the Middle East," stated Abdul dramatically, pausing near the entrance to the erstwhile Greco-Roman city. "Jordan is located at the crossroads of civilisations and nowhere else will you get to see the kind of cultural confluence that you see here."

Cats are woman’s best friend
Many young artists are exploring monochromatic hues to portray an array of emotions, writes Surekha Kadapa Bose
HILE dogs are considered ever-friendly, ready to follow you all over the place, cats are thought of as haughty creatures — but that may not be true — according to a new study, which claims cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners.

Look hot and wild
Animal prints have made a huge comeback to the fashion circuit, says Shama Rana
ROM international fashionistas to Bollywood hotties, here is a style that like polka dots is proving to be a staple in the fashion scene. Safari trends, aka animal prints, have leaped from the jungle on to the streets. Animal motifs have rocked the catwalks, too.

Risk of mobile phones
HE next time you chat away for hours on your mobile phone, think about the grave health risks from the emitted radiation. It causes loss of memory, lack of concentration, digestive and sleep disturbances, says a government panel on hazards posed by electromagnetic radiation.

Judging out of box
Manpreet Kaur finds out what makes Bollywood stars, singers, choreographers serenade the idiot box
NOTICED the surfeit of Bollywood singers and choreographers on TV? Not only are music and dance reality shows giving them a good source of income, but many say the recognition they get from the small screen is a big add-on.

Bollywood gets abusive
With Hindi cinema becoming realistic, the use of swear words is fast becoming film industry’s new style, says Priyanka Sharma
ollywood has always been about people’s cinema. And lately so has been the language, and sometimes even the titles, of Hindi films — juicy and peppered with expletives, like we hear around us most of the time.

Stamp of excellence
The Department of Posts had recently issued stamps on legendary film heroines as a tribute to their depiction of women on the big screen, writes M. L. Dhawan
URING the World Philatelic Exhibition held in Delhi recently, the Department of Posts & Telegraph issued a commemorative Rs 5 stamp on Devika Rani, Nutan, Leela Naidu, Meena Kumari, Kanan Devi and Savitri, as a tribute to these icons for their role in changing the depiction of women on the screen.

Three’s company
righdeep Singh Lamba’s Teen Thay Bhai, starring Om Puri, Deepak Dobriyal, Shreyas Talpade and Ragini Khanna, is all set for release on April 1. The film is co-produced by PVR Pictures and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt. Ltd.



Art & soul: The lost art of storytelling
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Finger-licking journey

Globoscope: Gripping narrative
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Warm up to toast
by Pushpesh Pant

Recovering pledged vehicles forcibly against the law

by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Face-off on Facebook
by Jaspal Bhatti


Cricket, the man and the mind
A peep into the other side of combative and fierce cricketer ‘Haydos’
Reviewed by Uttam Sengupta
Standing my Ground
By Matthew Hayden.
HarperCollins. Pages 398. Rs 599.


Tea without masala
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
Chai for Beginners ... A Novel
By Jane Ainslie.
Pages 194. Rs 195.

Varied shades of life
Reviewed by Harbir K. Singh
By Margaret Chatterjee.
Promilla & Co. Publishers in Association with Bibliophile South Asia.
Pages 65. Rs 125.

Empowering the excluded
Reviewed by P. K. Vasudeva
Challenging the Injustice of Poverty: Agendas for Inclusive Development in South Asia
By Rehman Sobhan. 
Pages 486. Rs 895.

Czar of comics
Quaid Najmi
Anant 'Uncle' Pai popularised Indian culture through the Amar Chitra Katha series
nANT V. Pai, a chemical engineer who taught Indian culture, tradition and ethos through the Amar Chitra Katha comics to millions of his countrymen, passed away recently. Popularly known as 'Uncle Pai', he is survived by his wife Lalitha and elder sister Sumati Prabhu.

Perceptual artist
Nonika Singh
EW would expect petite young artist Sumakshi Singh to make profound assertions about perception, reality and art. But Delhi-based Sumakshi, who feels, "Today virtual has become our lever of negotiating with reality," not only explores what is real and how we recognise it but also translates her artistic statement into engaging art works dabbling in several mediums, from sculptures to site specific works to installations.

Short Takes
Of terrorism, love and relationships
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Kasab: The Face of 26/11 
by Rommel Rodrigues
Pages xii+276. Rs 299.
The Dreamer
By Rajeev Balasubramanyam.
Pages 314. Rs 299.
All and Nothing
By Raksha Bharadia.
Pages: ix+223. Rs 95.