From Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption to fundraising for Japan’s tsunami victims, causes and crusades on social networking sites like Facebook are getting bigger and connecting the youth like never before, writes
is no longer a tool, it is a phenomenon that has gripped the young
world; blurring the lines between the real and the virtual. As the
lines blur, both the worlds have become fluid, with a cause in one
realm leading to an effect in the other. As the two intermingle and
diverge again and again, the trend points to a cyber platform with an
ever-increasing power — at least for those with access.
love with innocence
Giving refuge to stray
dogs is Radha Rajan’s passion. She also finds it appalling that
people consider animals as a source of entertainment, writes Hema
they see Radha Rajan's car coming down their street in south Chennai,
young Chitti and six others run forward joyously to meet her. She
greets each of them personally, calling them by their names, and
offers them a nutritious meal.
Cotswolds, with gentle hillsides (wolds), sleepy villages and an achingly beautiful countryside, is the most English part of England, which still preserves the old-world charm, writes
is hardly a two-hour drive, 40 miles west of London, but you seem to
drive back three centuries. The Cotswolds are well-known for gentle
hillsides (wolds), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically
are growing human hearts in lab which they believe could start beating
within weeks, offering hope to millions of cardiac patients. The
experiment is a major step towards the first ‘grow-your-own’
heart, and could pave the way for made-to-order livers, lungs or
site for “large folks”
website for people "larger than life" has come up in
Britain, that also says slim people "need not apply." Around
1,000 people flocked the site — FunPie.co.uk — in the first 12
hours of its opening.
regime sketches found
sketches of one of Adolf Hitler’s official artists, who erased his
name from the records in shame after the World War II, are now being
brought to light after 65 years.
Gay turns mainstream
Debutant Sanjoy Nag’s Memories In March opens a new window to the social mindset of the third gender, writes
Shoma A. Chatterji
cinema still shies away from portraying the gay identity. Some
sections of a rather conservative audience that have stopped looking
the other way when a bedroom scene happens on screen, still cannot
take to lesbian and gay love.
The New York Indian Film
Festival is getting bigger, better and exciting, writes Arun
could become the Indian counterpart to Sundance. This year’s
New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) still features Indian
independent and diaspora films, but each year "it’s getting to
be bigger, better and more exciting than the last," says its
creator Aroon Shivdasani.