Mixed living

Annam Suresh
All-male and all-female hostels and PGs are all old hat now. More and more young professionals are staying in liberated, mixed accommodations, where they can live and interact without the baggage of gender barriers
SUDHA lived with three male colleagues in an apartment in Delhi for a year. Today, she lives in Hyderabad with two young men. 

The good and the bad

Holi on canvas
Holi celebrations, illustrating Lord Krishna applying colour on his beloved Radha and other gopis, are depicted in various schools of miniature painting, writes Kanwarjit Singh Kang
OLI, the festival of colours, gaiety and gay abandon, is a vernal celebration, which falls on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna. The festival is observed in India, Nepal and in countries with a large Hindu population.

Wheels of progress
Young girls in Bihar who have excelled in their studies are being given bicycles by the state government as an incentive. Parents are happy with their daughters’ new-found independence, writes Saadia Azim
Nivedita, 15, had a hidden desire. She wished her family could own a car, or any vehicle for that matter. But she knew her father, a private school bus driver, could never afford one. Today, young Nivedita — one of five children — is the proud owner of a bicycle. 

Scotland’s Madras College
While serving in Madras in 1787, Dr Andrew Bell saw older children teaching younger ones alphabets by drawing in sand. When he returned to England, he introduced the “Madras system” of mass education, reports K.J.S. Chatrath
wrote some time back about the Madras connection of the prestigious Yale University in the US. Visiting St Andrews, near Edinburgh in Scotland, recently, I suddenly came face to face with a board on which the words "Madras College" were written.

Nestling in nature’s lap, Naukuchiatal offers peace and tranquillity to travellers, weary of usual commercialised tourism spots, writes Aayush Goel
VERY time, I would drive to Nainital, the untamed wilderness and cedar forests running parallel to the road would pull me towards the tranquillity these offered away from the usual overcrowded and commercialised tourism spots or ‘valley-facing’ hotels.

Common language of dance
The age-old heritage of nritya-abhinaya helps Indians appreciate ballet, writes Madhusree Chatterjee
HE millennia-old heritage of nritya-abhinaya in classical dance and mainstream cinema help Indians understand the language of ballet, say members of the 45-year-old Grand Moscow Classical Ballet.

Of spots and stripes
HoW did the leopard get its spots? How did the zebra get its stripes? The answer may be a gene, which scientists have found governs colour patterns in deer mice, the most widespread mammal in North America.

Goats are the new fixed deposit
HE basis of all human civilisations across the world has been the struggle for survival. In the arid desert region of the Thar, this struggle reflects starkness of the terrain and the harshness of the climate. 

Hit shakers
Be it the 1950s or 2011, item songs have always been the X-factor of Hindi films. Sreya Basu finds out what makes dirty dancing a guaranteed success at the box office
ACK in the 1960s, Helen’s name on film posters used to be magnified and got more space than the heroine’s. And a dance number by Bindu or Aruna Irani was like an insurance policy for the film’s success.

I want to make my absence felt: Kher
Manpreet Kaur
AVING done 400 films in a span of nearly 30 years, veteran actor Anupam Kher is staying away from the big screen. He says it is sometimes important to stay away from the cameras and lights to make one’s presence felt.



TELEVISION: Trouble in paradise

Globoscope: Wild Wild West
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Beat this broccoli
by Pushpesh Pant

File your complaints in time
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Budget balance
by Jaspal Bhatti


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Reviewed by Nirmal Sandhu
Economic and Environmental Sustainability of the Asian Region
Eds Sucha Singh Gill, Lakhwinder Singh and Reena Marwah.
Pages 461. Rs 895.

Looking within
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Why are We Still Like this Only
By Dr Jaideep Singh Chadha.
Diamond Books.
Pages 236. Rs 150.

Ambedkar’s views on Buddhism
Reviewed by Ashok Vohra
The Buddha and His Dhamma: A Critical Edition
By B. R. Ambedkar. 
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Oxford University Press.
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Evocative memoirs
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Vivid portrait of a city
Reviewed by Ram Varma
Ahmedabad: From Royal City to Megacity
By Achyut Yagnik and Suchitra Sheth. 
Penguin Books.
Pages xx + 348. Rs 450.

Leader’s legacy
Humra Quraishi
Nayantara Sahgal’s book Jawaharlal Nehru — Civilizing a Savage World highlights this leader’s major concerns
ayantara Sahgal needs no lengthy introduction. Niece of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Author of several fiction and non-fiction works, her political and literary commentaries go well beyond the set historical and academic parameters.

Epic tome revisited
Writer Shashi Tharoor celebrates 21 years of The Great Indian Novel
NE of the best contemporary retelling of an Indian classical epic, The Great Indian Novel, a transcreation of Ved Vyasa's Mahabharata by writer-politician Shashi Tharoor, has completed 21 years since it was published. The writer celebrated the 21st birthday of his book by reading from it at the Arclight Literature Festival at the Alliance Francaise in the Capital last weekend.

Caricatures and leaders
Zafri Mudasser Nofil
Politicians are a caricature of themselves, says graphic novelist 
O him, Indian politicians are often caricatures of themselves but graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee is more keen on dealing with people that surround him - local heroes, hustlers, monsters and gods. "Often they (Indian are caricatures of themselves, usually just a profile is enough, just the way the person is should do the job," says Banerjee.

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Pages 233. Rs 250.