Unusual hobbies not only keep
boredom at bay but also give creativity a whole new dimension.
Here’s some inspiration in the form of offbeat pastimes, writes Annam
can be far removed from collecting stamps and coins or playing
scrabble. The mind can rustle up a boggling range of activities that
range from the bizarre to the profitable to plain inexplicable.
A policeman’s job is a
coveted one in Kerala, with its high unemployment figures. But the
tensions of strenuous training and situations of conflict have
adversely affected the personal lives of the cops, writes Shwetha
the media’s focus has invariably been on police atrocities, not
enough attention has been paid to the poor conditions under which
police personnel at the lower levels of the constabulary live and work
— factors which could play a part in triggering police brutality.
designs on world fashion
Italian designers feel
India has a powerful tradition in fashion and textiles that has been
recognised the world over, says Madhusree
of two leading Italy-based fashion, art and design institutes have
recently been in Delhi to help give Indian fashion a competitive edge
and in turn gain knowledge about the use of heritage textiles.
Lake District in northwest
England is not only known for its breathtaking scenery but also its
traditional cuisine, writes Nivedita Choudhuri
Lake District has continuously grown in popularity and attracts
new waves of visitors each year. It is a place of superlatives – the
highest mountains in England, the deepest and longest lakes, the
smallest church, the highest passes, the steepest roads and some of
the finest places of outstanding natural beauty in Europe.
African grey parrot could be the cleverest bird on the planet
as it is capable of intelligent reasoning at the same level as a
child, a media report said. The bird is capable of working out the
location of hidden food using the kind of deduction and elimination
skills previously seen only in humans and apes, it said.
history rule airwaves
Historical, mythological and
fantasy costume dramas seem to have caught the fancy of TV producers,
writes Radhika Bhirani
rich history and mythology are once again feeding the small
screen, with many new shows hoping to captivate viewers, like the Ramayan
and Mahabharat did in the 1980s. From reality programmes, TV
has taken a leap into history and legend, beaming palatial sets,
elaborate costumes, glitzy jewellery and hi-tech action sequences into
With some adaptations, the
story content of hit South Indian films is being used to make
successful Hindi films, says V. Gangadhar
back in the late 1940s when Gemini Studios boss and South Indian movie
moghul S.S. Vasan found that his expensive Tamil film Chandralekha
did not bring in the anticipated boxoffice returns, he planned a new
‘Films fail only because
of their prices’
Jyothi Venkatesh chats up Amitabh Bachchan, who is back with his latest film
Bbuddhah Hoga Terra Baap
Tell me about Bbuddhah
Hoga Terra Baap!
liked the role when director Puri Jagannadh narrated the subject to
me. He was an associate of Ram Gopal. It was Ram Gopal Varma, who
recommended Puri to me. I had seen Puri’s Pokkiri; the Telugu
original of the Hindi hit Wanted.