Living life LIZsize
Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor’s life was as dramatic as her career, writes Ervell E. Menezes
HE stunningly beautiful Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor, who died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles last week at the age of 79, dominated the news for seven decades, either for her sterling performances on the screen or for her dramatic lifestyle.

Face in the crowd
Identifying oneself with characters in a novel is quite a regular exercise. Similar is the case with incidents and characters from films. But usually, one does that later in life.

The violet-eyed beauty’s film career spanned five decades
The violet-eyed beauty’s film career spanned five decades

Road to progress
Community development societies of Kolkata involve poor women in slum improvement projects, besides giving them training in vocational fields, writes Ajitha Menon
HE road roller operator working on repairing a damaged part of the road inside the Jyoti Nagar slum on the outskirts of Kolkata decides to take an unofficial tea break. A frail woman standing nearby steps up to the man and ensures that he gets him to work promptly.

Beach beauty
With its beautiful beaches and unspoiled islands, Krabi is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand. It is also a popular destination for rock climbers, who are allured by its limestone cliffs, writes Nivedita Choudhuri
THailand’s multi-million-pound tourism industry temporarily faltered last year when an initially peaceful protest by the Red Shirts – against the government’s refusal to call an election after the ousting of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – deteriorated into a violent stand-off.

Your pep-up tonic
Chyawanprash nourishes and strengthens the body. The key ingredient that goes into the product is amla, says Shekher Phadnis
hyawanprash is a traditional poly herbal formulation, which, prepared according to an ancient ayurvedic formula, is widely used as a tonic, rejuvenator anabolic and memory enhancer.

Unique in a crowd
T may be the height of paradox, but being part of a crowd is what gives you individuality, according to life scientists. Biologists Kimberly Pollard and Daniel Blumstein from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) examined the evolution of individuality by recording alarm-call vocalisations in eight species of rodents in social groups of various sizes.

Treat of quality cinema
The first Shimla International Film Festival gave a peep into socially relevant cinema, writes Rajendra Rajan
THE cinema lovers of Shimla were treated to a bonanza of as many as 40 films at the First Shimla International Film Festival held recently. The three-day festival showcased award-winning documentary, animation and short films.

Balle balle rocks Bollywood
Be it lyrics, beats or melody, Punjabi numbers are sitting pretty on Bollywood music charts, writes Radhika Bhirani
IT makes you dance, it makes you sing, and it makes a great business idea in Bollywood. Punjabi music has taken the Hindi film industry by storm and is a sure-shot way to recover costs, say industry experts.



Art & soul: The national epic of Italy
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Invincible hero

Globoscope: Powerful plot
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Musallam in a jiffy
by Pushpesh Pant

Dish operators liable for poor service
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Posh pooches
by Jaspal Bhatti


A chequered past
Reviewed by Parshotam Mehra
China: A History
By John Keay.
Pages ix + 578. Price not mentioned.


Boarding school life
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
Third Best
By Arjun Rao.
Hachette India.
Pages 392. Rs 295.

Measuring economic progress
Reviewed by Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
India’s Economy and Growth: Essays in Honour of VKRV Rao
Eds Pulin B. Nayak, Bishwanath Goldar and Pradeep Agrawal.
Pages 375. Rs 795.

Empire and the environment
Reviewed by P. K. Vasudeva
The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia
Eds Deepak Kumar, Vinita Damodaran and Rohan D’Souza.
Pages 344. Rs 695.
Forest Laws and Policies in India
By Dr A. K. Poddar, Swayambhu Mukherjee and Debosmita Nandy.
Regal Publications.
Pages 481. Rs 1,850.

Dancer par excellence
Nonika Singh
umility, thy name is greatness. Well, Shakespeare may not have said so. But one meeting with the living legend Pandit Birju Maharaj, Padma Vibushan, the indomitable exponent of Lucknow-Kalka Bindadin Gharana of Kathak, and one is compelled to observe so.

Corporate chronicles
New book traces path of IIM alumni who chose to be entrepreneurs
book tracing the inspiring journey of 25 IIM Lucknow alumni, who chose independent entrepreneurial careers instead of run-of-the mill private-sector jobs, was released in New Delhi recently. Written by IIM-L alumni, Amit Haralalka and Amitabh Thakur, The Fresh Brew: Chronicles of Business and Freedom intends to encourage its readers to follow their dreams while choosing a career.

B-school boys and beyond
Coffee-table book on IIM-A evokes nostalgia
HE Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (IIM-A), celebrating its golden jubilee year, recently released a coffee-table book on itself. IIMA: India's Management Athenaeum was released in Ahmedabad by Vijaypat Singhania, chairperson of IIM-A's Board of Governors.

Short Takes
Wanderers, wildlife and women

Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
by Rajorshi Chakraborti
Tranquebar. Pages: xiii+198. Rs. 200
Sprint of the Blackbuck
edited by S. Theodore Baskaran.
Pages xv+223. Rs 299.
Feminine Aesthetics of Indian Women Writers
by Dr K.R. Sujatha and Dr S. Gokilavani.
Regal Publications.
Pages xv+199. Rs 780.