Amrita Pritam’s abode owed its heritage value also to the fact that it was frequented by Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Dalip Kaur Tiwana,Gurdial Singh as well as a host of Pakistani writersHeritage havoc
Punjabi’s grand dame of letters Amrita Pritam had willed that her house in the Capital should be preserved as a memorial to her and that her partner Imroz should live there. However, just five years after her death, it has been sold by her son to builders, who have lost no time in razing it to the ground. While writing an ode to the house that Amrita built, Nirupama Dutt recounts the insensitive attitude we, as a nation, have to our cultural heritage
He month of May was not a merry one, certainly not for the lovers of art and literature, for it marked the sad end of a dream, a dream turned into reality by one of the most celebrated poets of our times, who enjoyed a cult status in her lifetime and continues to do so even now.

Shoot at sight
The madness to go on is what explains Raghu Raghu’s stupendous success and mind-boggling vision, says Nonika Singh in a chat with the one-click photographer
aghu Rai ... India’s most celebrated lensman! Yet another interview with the man about whom much has been written, and who has himself said enough about his works and creativity. Now what more insights can be gained into him? But with Rai, nothing is the same or predictable.

Legal fight for right
Domestic violence against slum women is common in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. NGO Sutanatir Sakhya today provides the victims with legal knowledge and support through a literacy programme, writes Ajitha Menon
fsana Bibi, a resident of Rajarhat, a slum on the outskirts of Kolkata, had been a silent victim of domestic violence for many years. The beatings began immediately after marriage but it was nearly six months before the 20-year-old could even tell her parents about it.

Treasure beyond measure
Indian hand-made jewellery is a rage in the global market, especially with connoisseurs, says Homai Sagar
TEP outside the modern world of machine-made jewellery and experience unique, hand-made items. Many fine jewellery stores have a special section where you can actually have unique hand-made pieces just for your individual desires.

Caves of beautiful contradictions
Though the Ajanta caves were created for celibate monks, there is nothing austere about them, write Hugh and Colleen Gantzer
N the heat of a Maharashtrian summer, we climbed a cliff, trudged into caves, and stepped into a challenging ancient world. The quandaries of the Ajanta caves are complex, contradictory and very creative.

Indian gods, American prayers
Photographer, author and American historian of Indian art, Stephen Huyler’s frequent visits to India have resulted in numerous books and a new photo exhibition, writes Shobita Shivshankar
E says he first had a vision of India 40 years ago. As an 18-year-old he sought the advice of an elderly uncle on what career he should take up. He was told to study and explore India.

Wall decor
Vimla Patil

Anyone who has admired the palaces of the rich in Rajasthan, the havelis of Bengal, residences in Andhra Pradesh or the old Wadas of Gujarat and Maharashtra, will have admired the wonderful wall paintings created by unknown artists in the centuries gone by.

Adieu girls
here come item boys

With the big boys of Bollywood doting on their new found love for item numbers, here’s looking forward to a new crop of item boys, who are all set to give a stiff competition to the item girls, writes Shama Rana
AD news for Munnis, Sheilas, Shalus, Razias and jalebi bais; their days in the industry are numbered. Item boys have joined the ranks and are here to sizzle the silver screen. Item songs have long been a bastion of female actors. But Bollywood hunks, with their stylish looks and incredible dancing skills, are queuing up and are in a mood to give these girls some serious competition.

‘I want to quit smoking’
Shah Rukh Khan, who will soon be seen playing a superhero in science fiction film Ra.One, in conversation with Sreya Basu
Why is the villain of the film called Ra.One and the superhero G.One?
Ra.One (pronounced as Ravan) is Random Access: Version One. But it also stands for a bad or negative person made with 10 of the worse ... you can mythologically connect it to Raavan and his 10 heads. G.One (pronounced as Jeevan) is the life giver, the one I am playing.



TELEVISION: Three’s family

Globoscope: Middling screenplay
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Jack of fruits
by Pushpesh Pant

Travel contracts should be fair
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Twist in the tail
by Jaspal Bhatti


Hinglish: Yay or Nay?
Though the guardians of Hindi decry this hybridisation and take a protectionist stand, it has become a popular form of urban communication
Chutnefying English: The
Phenomenon of Hinglish
Eds. Rita Kothari and Rupert Snell.
Penguin. Pages 235. Rs 299.
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur

Urdu Book Review
Poetic images of Kashmir
Barf Aashnaa Parindey
By Tarannum Riyaz.
Educational Publishing House.
Pages 544. Rs 400.
Reviewed by N. S. Tasneem

Rooted in the past
Journey with the Gurus: Volume I
By Inni Kaur.
Sikh Education and Cultural Foundation, Norwalk, CT, USA.
Pages 162. Price not stated.
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh

In sync with the times
Priya: In Incredible Indyaa
By Namita Gokhale.
Pages 193. Rs 350.

Reviewed by Aditi Garg

Reforming the defence system
India’s Higher Defence Organisation and Management
By Wing Commander R. Venkataraman. 
KW Publishers. 
Pages 302. Rs 880.

Reviewed by P. K. Vasudeva

Poignant tale
The Lake Shore Limited
By Sue Miller.
Pages 270. £7.99.
Reviewed by Emma Hagestadt

Ode to Odissi
S. D. Sharma
Dancer Dona Ganguly talks about the role and relevance of classical artistes in times of commercialisation
Indian classical dance forms, divine in origin and with a spiritual grandeur, have been influencing the cultural life of art lovers since ages and with the passage of time, many genres have even evolved. But every form, be it Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri or Kuchipudi, exudes its own aura and breathes its own mood and character," opines acclaimed Kolkata-based Odissi dancer Dona Roy Ganguly.

Policeman’s pen
Nonika Singh
etween a police baton and a writer’s pen ... there is a world of difference. But eminent Punjabi playwright Swarajbir crosses this distance with effortless ease, letting neither his writing felicity nor his job as Inspector-General (CISF) interfere with the other. Nor do the responsibilities of each infringe upon each other and intermingle.

Short Takes
Poetry, drug abuse and eminence
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
A Touch of Greatness 
By R. M. Lala.
Pages xii+210. Rs 195.

The Dewdrop World
By Maniinder.
Pages 154. Rs 295.
Drug Addiction in Punjab
By Ranvinder Singh Sandhu.
Guru Nanak Dev University.
Pages xii+152. Rs 150