The efforts of motor sport enthusiasts and much more have gone into the making of the Indian Grand Prix. H. Kishie Singh reports on what is driving the show and how!
One, or F1 as it is popularly referred to as, is finally coming to India. It is the pinnacle of motor sport and has a massive and dedicated following worldwide. Indians who are keen supporters of any sport will be in for a treat that will make their blood boil over. Even on television, when you see single-seater, open-wheel cars racing at 300 kmph and engines howling like a banshee the spine tingles. The overflow of adrenalin from the competitors is bound to find its way to the spectators.

Date with Stars

Marshal Art
Vaibhav Sharma
drivers, cars and speed hog the limelight, there is way more to F1, and one of the most important parts is the marshal. Marshals hold great responsibility and are expected to follow high standards with respect to their conduct and professionalism. To this end, it is important that all marshals strictly follow the basic rules set out below.

Art of the street
Popular art is not confined to the West alone. It has made inroads into the country’s modern art scene too, discovers Brinda Dasgupta
than half a century has passed since inception of the Pop Art movement in the West. Back then, Marcel Duchamp in New York turned a urinal upside down and titled it Fountain; afterwards, Andy Warhol was to take the world by storm with his commercial illustrations. Closer home, the phenomenon has taken some time to come of age, but today, it is coming into its own, and how.

Butterfly basics
Research has found that butterflies copy their neighbours to fool birds 
team of European scientists has solved the mystery of how a butterfly changes its wing patterns to mimic neighbouring species and avoid being eaten by birds. For the first time, researchers led by the CNRS (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris) and the University of Exeter (UK) have shown how butterflies perform this amazing trick, known as "Mullerian mimicry".

A leaf from history
The museum set up by the Railways in the erstwhile summer capital of the British is a tribute to the skills of Bhalku, a simple labourer, who guided the construction of the Shimla-Kalka rail line, writes Pratibha Chauhan

it not been for the indigenous engineering skills of a simple village labourer, Bhalku, the Kalka-Shimla rail line, which has been bestowed with the UNESCO heritage status, would not have seen the light of day. The museum set up by the Railways in the erstwhile summer capital of the British is truly a rich tribute to the skills of the man, whose contribution even the British recognised.

Temples of love
Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, these are famous for their erotic sculptures, writes K. J. S. Chatrath

is the first word that comes to mind when one hears of the Khajuraho temples. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples. These temples have been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

A legend called Lata
M. L. Dhawan pays tribute to the melody queen, who has turned 82

ata Mangeshkar
shaped the golden era of music. Her contribution remains without parallels and includes some landmark songs that are defining moments in not only in her music but Indian music in general. Ghulam Haider taught Lata the finer points of "Dil mera toda, mujhe kahin ka na choda’`85in (Majboor/1948) starting off Lata’s musical journey in Hindi films.

Sexy morning shows revisited
Diksha Madhok 
decade ago, there was hardly a street corner in Indian cities that wasn’t plastered with sleazy posters of adult movies. Over the years, the posters and the risqu`E9 morning-show films they advertised have mostly disappeared from Indian cinemas.

It is Hollywood obsession for Bollywood
Claims about being featured in Hollywood movies, name-dropping, interacting with international directors and outfits designed for annual Cannes extravaganza are what most Bollywood actors are feeding to celebrity media, writes V. Gangadhar

don’t matter. In the film world, the talk is over crores. The name-dropping is all about Bollywood, being featured in Hollywood movies, interacting with international directors, outfits designed for annual Cannes extravaganza and so on. What is the truth factor in all this? No one knows, but sections of the celebrity media are ready to lap it up.

‘I was a very shy girl’
Shoma A. Chatterji chats up Priyanka Chopra about her latest film Barfee and her journey to the top
You were in Kolkata recently for the shooting of Barfee. But at that time, you tended to shy away from the media. Why?

It was not me shying away as it was my director Anurag Basu’s strategy not to allow my ‘look’ in the film to leak out. I play an autistic girl in the film and demanded a special kind of ‘look’ that might spoil the suspense of the character and the film. I must face the media in the profession I am in and there is no point in shying away as we are all into our respective jobs. Barfee has me in one of my most difficult characters over my career.



Globoscope: Unusual film
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Satvic and substantial
by Pushpesh Pant

Patient has the right to quality care
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Theoretically speaking
by Jaspal Bhatti

TELEVISION: Going undercover


Tragedy of Partition
A comprehensive account of what the people of the Punjab went through during the holocaust 
The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed: Unravelling the 1947 Tragedy through Secret British Reports and First-Person Accounts
By Ishtiaq Ahmed. 
Rupa. Pages. 754. Rs 995.

Reviewed by M. Rajivlochan

Great river mystery
Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure
By Tim Jeal. 
Faber. Pages 528. £25.

Reviewed by Benedict Allen

Igniting young minds
Random Curiosity
By Yash Pal, with Rahul Pal.
National Book Trust. Pages 258. Rs 140.

Reviewed by Mohammad Imtiaz

Well-crafted tales
By Aatish Taseer.
HarperCollins. Pages 239. Rs 499. 

Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu

Revealing insights
Kashmir & Beyond 1966-84:
Select Correspondence between
Indira Gandhi & Karan Singh
Ed. Jawaid Alam.
Penguin/Viking. Pages 392. Rs 699.

Reviewed by Cookie Maini

For the love of language
Vice-President of National Sahitya Akademi Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari shares his views on the modern and contemporary scene of Hindi literature
S. D. Sharma

man of letters , acclaimed poet and literary critic Prof Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari has not only enraptured Indian readers but also taken Hindi language and literature to a higher level. Born in 1940 in the sleepy Bherihari villageof Kushinagar in Gorakhpur district, Tiwari `A0had the distinction of being the first-batch student of BA with Hindi in Gorkhapur University. he did his MA and Ph. D in Hindi literature.

Publisher’s prose
Use stuff you know as springboard for a novel: David Davidar
Madhusree Chatterjee
and books often come close to each other in the world of fiction as with ace publisher and author David Davidar. His new book, Ithaca, is a tale from his turf — the world of publishing that the writer says he knows well enough to craft a work of fiction.

Booked in God’s own country
Fatima Bhutto talks of Indo-Pak peace at Kovalam festival
road to peace between India and Pakistan will have to be mapped by building on the shared heritage and the common social malaise confronting the two nations. And the onus of the task lies on the youth, author and peace activist Fatima Bhutto said in Thiruvananthapuram last weekend.

Home is where the art is
Ashwin Sanghi dwells on Indianness at litfest
Jesus Christ in Kashmir to a modern Chanakya from Uttar Pradesh, novelist Ashwin Sanghi, winner of the Vodafone Crossword Award in the popular fiction category for Chanakya's Chant, has given commercial thrillers a desi edge.