Teens, tweets and tensions
Recent studies indicate that social networking sites offer both risks and benefits to teens. Negative wall posts etc may cause adolescent anxiety on the one hand, and these sites may teach introvert teens to socialise, on the other hand. Shoma A. Chatterji checks out
WHAT is social networking? It is a virtual social world where you make friends, exchange photographs, strike business deals, play games, fall in love, split, fight, argue and quarrel without having met these people in flesh and blood. Is this good for friendships, business, love and long-lasting relationships?

Beyond Taj Mahal
Art historian Benoy K. Behl’s film covers a vast spectrum of Islamic architecture in India, writes Man Mohan
ndia has perhaps as much medieval Islamic architectural heritage as that of the rest of the world put together. But the world is not aware of how much or how great this Islamic heritage is.

Rich legacy to cherish
Author of Mahan Kosh, the encyclopaedia in Punjabi, Bhai Kahan Singh of Nabha was a Renaissance man, who has left a lasting impact on Punjab and Punjabi scholarship. A Sikh with strong convictions, he practised what he preached, writes Roopinder Singh
dministrator, diplomat, encyclopaedist, historian, hunter, interpreter of Sikh scriptures, tennis player, tutor to an heir apparent and scholar, Bhai Kahan Singh of Nabha was, indeed, a Renaissance man, who has left a lasting impact on Punjab and Punjabi scholarship.

The city of falls
A visit to the medieval city of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is a walk back into history, write Hugh and Colleen Gantzer
Autumn was blazing gold, copper and wine-red on the trees as we strolled around Schaffhausen’s beautiful old cobbled streets. Like their autumn foliage, most towns in this part of Switzerland shimmer with history, and their rich past is still a very viable part of their present.

Eat healthy, keep fit
Apart from exercising, a little focus on what you are eating can give perfect shape to your body, says Shilpa Raina
eenakshi Dhar (25) is heading for a beach. Excited as she is, the thought of wearing a bikini is giving her nightmares. But experts say with the right diet, exercise and a little camouflaging, she can have a happy sun and sand holiday.

Danger from the skies
N expert has warned that billions of extra-terrestrial rays and particles could shower the earth, threatening the safety of planes and passengers.

Return of the LP
LPs make a comeback, as this analog format of music still appeals to serious audiophiles and connoisseurs, writes Ruchika Kher
HIS is how your grandparents listened to their music. In this age of itunes, ipods, DVDs and downloadable music, granny’s LP is making a surprising comeback to music stores.

Pet bird Xiao Nuo pecks at the flash while perched on the lens of a camera during an interview by local media with its owner in Kunming, Yunnan province. The bird is attracted to cameras and will approach and investigate any cameras it sees, according to the owner. Photo: Reuters

Family was not in favour of TV, says Big B
egastar Amitabh Bachchan, hosting the reality game show Kaun Banega Crorepati for the fourth time, says his family members had told him that venturing into television was the "biggest mistake" he was committing, as the genre was no match for his stature.

‘There are no camps in Bollywood’
Jyothi Venkatesh chats up Katrina Kaif about her role in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
fter successful on-screen jodis with Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, as a carefree Dimple Dixit, is all set to write another success story with Imran Khan in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.  

Full on at fifties
Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are among the top 10 inspirational figures in their fifties
Colin Firth and Hugh Grant have been named in the top 10 most inspirational figures in their 50s. According to a poll conducted by, an online magazine offering deals and discounts to the over-50s, Firth and Grant, both 50 were placed second and third in the list.



TELEVISION: Iconic show

Globoscope: Insipid screenplay
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Cool kofta
by Pushpesh Pant

Be aware of the time limit clause
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Bobby vs mamu
by Jaspal Bhatti


Rediscovering Marx
Two of the leading thinkers of our time put forward the idea of a collective leadership that allows the rich diversity of radical and socialist traditions
From Marxism to Post-Marxism?
By Goran Therborn. 
Verso, London. Pages 194. £14.99.

How to Change the World
By Eric Hobsbawm.
Little, Brown, London. Pages 470. £25.
Reviewed by Shelley Walia

Books received: English

Insightful history
On China
By Henry Kissinger.
Allen Lane, London. 
Pages 586. Rs 899.
Reviewed by Parshotam Mehra

The magic of technique
Form and Style in Indian English Fiction
By Jagdish Batra.
Prestige Books. 
Pages 190. Rs 600.
Reviewed by Rajbir Deswal

Repository of Sikh ethos
Turn of the Century: Sikh Concerns and Responses
By Kharak Singh.
Singh Brothers, Amritsar.
Pages 514. Rs 650.
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet

Anna advantage
Vishal Gulati
Anna inspires sale of books on his guiding light, Swami Vivekananda
HE man who is galvanising an entire nation against graft was himself inspired by a Hindu monk, who preached the message of Indian spirituality to the world. Books on Swami Vivekanada are flying off the shelves in Himachal Pradesh after Anna Hazare repeatedly referred to the philosopher-saint as the guiding light of his life.

Reading of renewal
Rebirth is about the resilience and beauty of the human spirit
ssam-born writer Jahnavi Barua, whose debut novel Rebirth is an intimate portrait of the passionate bond between a mother and her unborn child, sees her work as an account of resilience and beauty of the human spirit.

From the feminists
Arifa Akbar
remember going to the launch of one of Shere Hite's sex surveys which focussed on female desire, and being stunned not by what she said but by the precipitous heels. It looked like a book launch that could burst into burlesque at any moment.

Back of the book
The Storyteller of Marrakesh
By Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya.
Pages 341. Rs 495.
Vengeance of Ravana
By Ashok K. Banker.
Pages 320. Rs 299.
Absolute Oneness
By Vijay Singal.
Wisdom Tree.
Pages 125. Rs 95.