In all fairness? Nah!
Films and advertising campaigns in India categorise women into two groups ó those who are fair and clear complexioned and those who are constantly facing Ďa lack of excitement and opportunitiesí in their lives because of their dark countenances. They are also given specific personalities because of their
colour: The fair ones are lovely and innocent, while the dark ones are sizzling and seductive! How fair is this classification?
beauty truly skin deep? It would certainly seem so looking at the fact
that in the past year, the market for fairness creams and
skin-lightening face washes has notched up an incredible business of Rs.
2000 crore in India and is galloping towards even higher figures given
the fact that fairness products, including soap, creams and face washes,
made by some of the nationís top MNCs as well as Ďayurvedicí
brands are now popular in most South-East Asian countries and among the
Asian diaspora in the West.
The dusky Mallika Sherawat, Malaika Arora Khan and Bipasha Basu are the dark temptresses who get to perform item numbers rather than play lead roles Photos: AFP
Kalekaís insightful art
The works of Ranbir Kaleka are, at once, complex and profound. Nonika Singh in conversation with the artist on his journey in art
moving image and the still, the painted one and its projection.... in
internationally acclaimed artist Ranbir Kalekaís oeuvre motion
fascinates as much as the frozen moment. How the artist arrives at this
unique imagery that has viewers gaping and critics lauding earning him
prestigious commissions like permanent video installation for Chicagoís
new Spertus Museum is certainly not a simple one-liner story. The
journey of the artist is invariably as mysterious as the art he creates.
Here is an attempt to demystify the artist whose art is at once complex,
profound and phantasmagoria
Hard to resist
Thinking may not help resist temptation of sweets, beer or sexy women
stop and think if you among those trying to resist temptation of sweets,
beer or sexy women, because thinking may not help. That is one
surprising conclusion of a new study by Loran Nordgren and Eileen Chou
at Northwestern Universityís Kellogg School of Management, Nordgren
and Chou wanted to make sense of two contradictory bodies of literature.
Breather for women
Save the Children, an NGO, has been easing the anguish of militancy-affected widows in Jammu and Kashmir by helping them to raise their children with dignity, writes
armed conflict in Jammu and
Kashmir has left many families devastated. Though the government has
failed to give a healing touch to all victims, some NGOs have been
making efforts in their own way. Save the Children, an NGO,
has been easing the anguish of militancy-affected and disowned
"half widows" by helping them to raise their children with
Jewels down the ages
Traditional Maharashtrian jewellery includes specific pieces to be worn from head to toe, says
the festival season, people buy gold, especially gold jewellery and
traditional Maharashtrian jewellery, crafted in gold. Prakash Kakode,
owner of Apna Jeweller at Dadar, says: "Traditional necklaces,
particularly, are back in vogue. Hars, mohanmalas and the
gold-beaded tushi have now become fashionably popular."
The city of lakes
The Old City of Udaipur is a fascinating study of dynamism and is pulsating with energy, writes
What is Udaipur made
Lakes and palaces and temples and tourists,
Thatís what Udaipur is made of!
Udaipur has emerged as a prime
tourist destination for people around the world and nowhere is the true
mystique of the city as much evident as it is in the old city or the
City Palace area.
The Peter Pan of pop
Though he gave his first hit 53 years ago, he is going strong even now. As he celebrated his 71st birthday recently, the
Lucknow-born Cliff Richard remains a pop icon for millions, writes
what seems like an eternity, Cliff Richard has been the Peter Pan of
pop. But, says Sir Cliff, he is a little tired of being labelled Peter
Pan. "Maybe, I donít look 71 but I certainly donít look
18," he says. In 1958, Cliff released
his debutant single Move It, which is regarded as the first
British rock íní roll record. And over the past 53 years he has sold
over 250 million albums. Only Elvis Presley ó who first inspired Cliff
ó can rival that!
Asha enters Guinness
Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle has entered the Guinness Book of
World Records for the most number of single studio recordings. Asha has recorded up to
11,000 solo, duets and chorus-backed songs like "Mehbooba
Mehbooba", "Chura Liya Hai Tumne", "Piya Tu Ab Toh
Aaja" and several others in over 20 Indian languages since
Promise of a new dawn
An evocative literary adaptation for the screen by a first-time director fetches Punjabi cinema global critical acclaim like never before, writes Saibal Chatterjee
isnít often that a Punjabi-language film makes waves on the
international festival circuit. But that isnít the only reason why
Gurvinder Singhís Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms of a Blind
Horse), a fine adaptation of Jnanpith award-winning litterateur Gurdial
Singhís novel about an impoverished Dalit village, should be
celebrated as a major breakthrough.
I try to maintain my privacy: Dharmendra
than five decades in the film industry and still going strong.
Dharmendra has just had a new release but admits to being media shy and
is clearly uncomfortable in the movie world of today where good films
suffer because they are not promoted and where everything is treated
like a commodity. When celebrities are
looking for extra media mileage, the veteran actor, whose Tell Me O
Kkhuda released recently, says he is not game for too much exposure.