soil saviours
Many farmers of the region are taking the road less travelled and
making a difference, with their innovative practices, organic produce or unconventional crop choices. A look at some progressive agriculturists
ahead of the harvest festival of Baisakhi…

He rose to the challenge
S. P. Sharma
HIS progressive farmer in the hinterland of the Malwa region has carved out a niche for himself in other parts of the country by producing the high price-fetching rose oil and also shunning chemical fertilisers to grow grains and pulses. The youthful Rajinderpal Singh, after suffering initial setback, has now found the right place for marketing his rose oil produce at Kannauj (UP).

Sow much better!
Megha Mann
hirtyfive-year-old Gaurav Sahai, an MBA from the State University of New York, Buffalo, has turned the barren land of Landran village in Ropar into a fertile vegetable and fruit-yielding farm. An IT professional-turned-organic farmer, Gaurav answered the call from within.

Biodynamic farming beckons
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
rganic farming as a concept has not attracted much the imagination of farmers in this part of the country. Of course, some farmers in this region have switched over to organic farming, but their number is negligible.

Master of art
The works of Atul Dodiya interweave history and culture. Nonika Singh chats up India’s leading contemporary artist on the influences that have shaped him as well as his art
LIKE his art, the man, too, is multi-layered. With Atul Dodiya, one of India’s leading contemporary artists, one gets more than one sees and much more than he himself would care to reveal.

On the tiger trail
Having a large biodiversity, Bandhavgarh National Park also has the highest density of Bengal tigers in the world, writes Aman Sood
FaR from the madding crowd of urban cities, a heaven for the royal Bengal tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park has become a synonym for tiger presence in India. The natural habitat of the animal in Madhya Pradesh, the park has huge variety of birds and other wild animals which further add charm to its environs.

Return of the dancing girls
WITH the departure of the Taliban from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, music has returned and fair-skinned dancing girls are back in business. A locality in the eastern part of Mingora city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is famous for its dancing girls. But there is no electricity in the area and the narrow alleys are dark.

Fairy Bridge
The newly discovered natural arch in Afghanistan is one of the world’s largest
natural stone arch spanning more than 200 feet across its base in a remote corner of Afghanistan is said to be one of the world’s largest. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society stumbled upon the geological colossus, named the Hazarchishma Natural Bridge, at the central highlands of Afghanistan.

The curious case of Bollywood bloodlines
Flops and failures do not affect the fortunes of Bollywood actors, who have the right family ties in an industry where you are otherwise only as good as your last film, writes Saibal Chatterjee
ast October, during the Mumbai Film Festival, ad man Prahlad Kakkar set the cat among the pigeons. Describing Bollywood as a "pop and mom shop", he said, "Abhishek Bachchan has delivered 17 flops in a row but he is still going strong. He is unique — he should be in the Guinness Book of World Records."

The uniqueness of being Vidya Balan
HE took people back to the black and white era with her role in the period film Parineeta. Then came her fashion faux pas and a dip in the career graph. But a careful and confident Vidya Balan is on the rise again in Bollywood.



TELEVISION: World’s toughest job interview

Globoscope: Beguiling story-telling
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: A dollop of delight
by Pushpesh Pant

Consent of patient mandatory
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: World Cup fever
by Jaspal Bhatti


When Indians starved
Reviewed by Gurpreet K. Maini
Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II
By Madhusree Mukerjee.
Pages 352. Rs 495.

Dialogues with a historical backdrop
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Seven Plays on Sikh history by Sant Singh Sekhon
Trans. Tejwant Singh Gill
Sahitya Akademi.
Pages. 562 Rs 300.

Fostering peaceful ties
Reviewed by B. S. Thaur
Relations of NDA and UPA with Neigbours
By Dr Rajkumar Singh.
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Administering armed forces
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Managing Military Organisations: Theory and Practice
Eds Joseph Soeters, Paul C. van Fenema and Robert Beeres.
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Time for metropolis to grow up
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Triumph of the City
By Edward Glaeser
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Brouhaha over Bapu
Gandhi book based on archives, says writer Prasun Sonwalkar
ulitzer prize-winning author Jeseph Lelyveld, writer of a new book on Mahatma Gandhi that has generated a controversy in India, says that his work is "not sensationalist", and is based on material that is already published and available in the National Archives of India (NAI).

Urdu Book Review
Family and feminine perspectives
Reviewed by Amar Nath Wadehra
Khushboo Meyrey Aangan Ki 
By Renu Behl.
Modern Publishing House.
Pages 128. Rs 150.

Lament for lost era
S. D. Sharma
Urdu litterateur Akhlaq Mohammad Khan, popularly known as Shahryar, who shot to fame for his songs in Umrao Jaan, talks of the language’s fading charm and efforts for revival
rdu hai jiska naam sabhi jaante hain Dagh, sarre jahan mein dhoom hamari zuban ki hai..." This couplet by poet Dagh Dehlavi is a candid comment on the epoch-making era of the Urdu language and literature, when these were at the zenith of popularity under the patronage of Mughul rulers.

Talking of turbulence
Nonika Singh
uman rights issues in India might be perceived as "ivory tower intellectualism." However, that didn’t deter India-born Oxford Brooks University reader Pritam Singh from exploring the same in his latest book, Economy, Culture and Human Rights: Turbulence in Punjab, India and Beyond.