A young protester holds an ‘f’ in recognition of Facebook's role in the North African revolts, during a protest in Rabat in March, 2011
Digital activism
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 Mehak Uppal
IT 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.

Crusade in cyberspace

In 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 Vijay
HEN 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 Sumitra Senapaty
T 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 English’.

Lab-grown human heart
cientists 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 kidneys.

Dating site for “large folks”
first-of-its-kind dating 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 — — in the first 12 hours of its opening.

Nazi regime sketches found
HE 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
INDIAN 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.

It’s showtime
The New York Indian Film Festival is getting bigger, better and exciting, writes Arun Kumar

IT 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.



Art & soul: A learned king and his library
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Life’s simple mysteries

Globoscope: Epic fantasy
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Fish filler
by Pushpesh Pant

Fill the form yourself
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Revelling in revelry
by Jaspal Bhatti


On learning a language
An Introduction to Punjabi: Grammar, Conversation and Literature
By Gurinder Singh Mann, Gurdit Singh, Ami P. Shah, Gibb Schreffler and Anne Murphy.
Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, Patiala.
Pages 354. Rs 700.

Reviewed by Tejwant Singh Gill

Search for real self
There’s no Love on Wall Street
By Ira Trivedi.
Penguin Books. 
Pages 262. Rs 199.
Reviewed by Aditi Garg

Peep into civil servants’ lives
Memsahib’s Chronicles: A Story of Grit & Glamour
By Suchita Malik.
Pages 218. Rs 295.
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur

Midlife crisis

The Great Depression of 40s
By Rupa Gulab.
Penguin Books.
Pages 214. Rs 250.
Reviewed by Rajbir Deswal

Emily and the scarlet woman
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds
By Lyndall Gordon.
Pages 512. £20.
Reviewed by Lesley McDowell

For better and for verse
Aparna S. Reddy
Mushaira celebrates the global spread of Urdu, with a call for a Bharat Ratna for Ghalib
HONOUrING Mirza Ghalib with a Bharat Ratna will be a matter of national pride, felt Lok Sabha Speaker and chief guest Meira Kumar even as she seconded this demand raised by Supreme Court’s Justice Markanedey Katju for this highly prestigious award to be given to one of the best practitioners of Urdu verse at the Jashn-e-Bahar mushaira organised last weekend in the Capital.

Of big stage and small screen
Nonika Singh
NCE upon a time, he aspired to be religious preacher. Today, Gurcharan Singh Chani, eminent theatre person and TV filmmaker, knows fully well that there is a world of difference between sermonising and being associated with creative mediums.

Short Takes
The classical and the correct
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Sachin: 500 things You Don’t Know about the Master Blaster 
By Suvam Pal
Harper Collins.
Pages xiii+145. Rs 175.
The Kabab Maker and the Consultant
By Arun Sikka.
Pages ix+188. Rs 150.
Blossom Showers
By Giselle Mehta.
Frog Books.
Pages 440. Rs 395.