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
Date with Stars
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.