WITH THE TREND OF LEWD LYRICS AND REMIXING OF HIT SONGS
current trend of bold and lewd lyrics in flicks like Dum Maaro Dum and
Chalo Dilli is not something new to Bollywood. Nevertheless, the
latest spate of risqué lyrics like Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo (Thank
You), Dum Maaro Dum (DMD), Laila o Laila (Chalo
Dilli) and Saali Bitchby singer Ishq Bector has left
eyebrows raised and made purists squirm in their seats, some even
openly voicing staunch disapproval for such obscene songs.
music meets history
With five and a half acres of
facility at Qila Sarai in Sultanpur Lodhi to be soon converted into a
music academy, the dilapidated building is going to reverberate with
musical notes, writes Vandana Shukla
caravans have passed by it. The crumbling walls of Qila Sarai
in Sultanpur Lodhi, Punjab, have been a witness to a long march of
history. In the process, it acquired a strange coinage for its name
— a sarai and a qila. And it adapted to varied roles
in the process of history. As the name itself suggests, the sarai served
the tired travellers in the past, who would stay over for a while to
of Golden City
From sand dunes to
exquisitely carved havelis, the desert city of Jaisalmer has
something for everyone, writes Sudhamahi
may be a surprise package to showcase as a destination in the summer.
But then every season has its own charms. The heart of the Indian
desert in Rajasthan may turn on the heat but do pack a light shawl as
evenings may be treacherous. So, don’t even try to venture out
during the day.
Bhattacharya brings out the artistic side of a seasoned
may have been a hardnosed bureaucrat for close to four decades going
through the stress of work in key positions but the artist in Sudha
Pillai, an IAS officer, has always remained alive, drawing landscapes,
faces of women and much more.
Darren Aronofsky’s Black
Swan required rigorous training for the two main actresses prior
to the shooting. Shoma A. Chatterji
checks out examples of performance cinema in the Indian perspective
‘ooh’s and aah’s about Oscar-winning performance of Natalie
Portman in Black Swan are yet to subside. Though a trained
dancer, performing as a prima ballerina in the film was a different
ball game for Portman.
Sholay in 3D
Subhash Ghai will convert Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 classic film Sholay
in 3D format. Ghai’s banner Mukta Arts has collaborated with
filmmaker Ketan Mehta’s Maya Digital to undertake the project of
turning Sholay in 3D.
are a powerful medium: Nandita Das
do people want to ban films and books? Because these have the power to
affect the subconscious, however subtly, believes actor-director
Nandita Das, who has won national and international awards for her
socially relevant films.
Earth Day celebrated recently, a leading retailer in the UK has
already gifted shoppers an eco-lingerie range. Marks and Spencer has
made ‘going green’ even easier as it has launched the world’s
first ever carbon-neutral bra in the UK market, reports the Daily
In certain hilly areas of
Jammu, trees are worshipped. They are believed to be resorts of gods
and ancestral spirits. Not a branch can be cut without performing
proper rituals, writes Suraj Saraf
are frequent references to devaranyas (sacred forests) and chaityavrikshas
(sacred trees) in ancient Indian scriptures. Indian epic literature
had strictly laid down that not even a leaf of the chaityavrikshas be
destroyed because these leaves are resorts of gods, yakshas, nagas,
apsaras and ancestral spirits.
with feminine charm
The skirt is the best outfit.
It does not cling to your body. Neither does it show off your curves,
says Banalata Bipani
is conceded that no fashion talk involving outfits will be complete
without mentioning skirts. In fact, you can concede that skirts are
for a woman, when a trouser means to a man. After a dress, the skirt
is the second best woman outfit for its feminine charm, easy to wash
and maintain, and above all it is not at all complicated.
jeans to pyjama-jeans
is something new this season that would make you dump all your regular
pants. It is called pyjama-jeans, a sweatpant jean hybrid, whose
infomercial has racked up more than 500,000 views on YouTube.
According to Pajama Jeans. com, this comfortable wear is made with
"DormiSoft" fabric, a propriety blend of cotton and spandex.