Bharatnatyam dancer PriyadarshniAn ode to the aesthetics of beauty
Celebrating and portraying shringara in human form or in sculpture, painting and the performing arts, is a multilayered process in the Indian ethos. It not only involves the material world but also touches on spirituality and divine ecsatasy. Alka Pande unravels its myriad shades
are a myriad ways in which one can experience and appreciate beauty:
Beauty through participation
is of the highest order, since this is beauty beyond utility. The creation and celebration of beauty through objects of beauty is an integral part of the Indian psyche. Whether it is adornment of the body or the dwelling, or making beautiful objects of daily use—there is a vibrant connection between the maker, the object itself and the users of these objects. From the Indian point of view, the very act of creating something new, integrating the beautiful in daily living, is an evocation of Vishvakarma, the Divine Architect.

Bharatnatyam dancer Priyadarshni

Swedish children most Net savvy
are among the world’s most connected people and are swarming to the Internet at an ever earlier age, a study published recently showed, indicating that half of Swedish three-year-olds have been online.
"The Internet continues to spread to younger and younger children," according to the study on Swedish online habits, conducted by Internet infrastructure foundation, SE.

Wrapping beauties
A Kinnauri shawl is More than a fashion statement. a connoisseur's prized possession for both its sheer beauty and utility, this shawl is perhaps the world's only wrap that carries an esoteric appeal, writes Roshni Johar

Napoleon Bonaparte gave an exquisite Kashmiri pashmina shawl to Lady Josephine and later East India Company gifted some on Queen Victoria’s birthday, Kashmiri pashmina shawls, became renowned. But currently Kinnauri shawls aregoing global due to the geometrical designs and finesse in weaving, ever since the district, once-banned for tourists, reopened for tourism.

All set for model role
Male models have short life, says Mumbai-based model Sahil Shroff, who is making his film debut with Don 2 

has a very small life, especially for male models and they need a lot of hard work and skill to get noticed. I won’t say men have a harder life in the modelling world but yes there is less work for them and that is where the diversion to Bollywood comes in," says Mumbai-based model Sahil Shroff.

A tradition of fragrance
Grasse is the French perfume capital. The fields are full of flowers all year round to perpetuate its aromatic rituals, writes Inder Raj Ahluwalia

little girls, Agnes Costa and her sister Francoise played in the fields of Grasse, the French perfume capital, gathering the sweetest flowers to bring home. Today, the sisters and heirs to the venerable Fragonard fragrance firm still love to pick flowers – only now they share their bouquets with the whole world.

Riding the air
Top 10 hot air balloon destinations

beauty reaches a peak in autumn, as the leaves take on vibrant colours. This year consider a autumn foliage tour. Check out top 10 list of hot air balloon autumn destinations. 
Japan: A large island in the northernmost region of Japan, Hokkaido is a great place to witness the change of seasons known by the Japanese as momiji. Hokkaido also has numerous national parks, including Shikotsu-Toya, which has many volcanic hot springs.

The never-say-die hero
One of the most successful stars in the history of Indian cinema, Dev Anand managed to remain in the limelight despite his limitations, both as an actor and a director. A tribute by M. L. Dhawan

institution in himself, Dev Anand, who died recently, remained an integral part the Hindi film industry for about seven decades. His romantic persona, dialogue delivery, song picturisation and mannerisms, his puffed-up hair, exaggerated motion of hands, the swagger in his gait, were legendary. For generations, he remained Hindi cinema’s most charismatic personality.

In Kerala, they boo the film and make it a hit
rishnanum Radhayum is a badly made film, critics have panned it and audiences are angry. But despite all that it is running houseful here. Guess why? It may sound strange, but people are thronging the theatre to abuse the first-time director Santosh Pandit for making such a bad film.



’art & soul: A rare talent
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: On the right track

Globoscope: Unimaginative screenplay
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Rogan josh, the pumpkin way
by Pushpesh Pant

A fire safety check can be a lifesaver 
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Super service
by Jaspal Bhatti


40 years after the war
Women, War and the Making of Bangladesh
Remembering 1971
By Yasmin Saikia
Women Unlimited
Pages 304. Rs 600 

Reviewed by Uttam Sengupta

Journey of A  shooting star
A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold
By Abhinav Bindra, 
with Rohit Brijnath.
HarperCollins. Pages 229. Rs 399.

Reviewed by Belu Maheshwari

Quest for peace & answers in Kashmir
Kashmir: The Case for Freedom
By Tariq Ali, Hilal Bhat, Angana P. Chatterji, Habbah Khatun, Pankaj Mishra and Arundhati Roy. Verso. Pages 140. $14.95
Reviewed by Manisha Gangahar

Well-etched portrayal of a myriad emotions
Song without end and other Stories
By Neelum Saran Gour.
Penguin Books. Pages 285, Rs 299.

Reviewed by Aditi Garg

Music for the soul: Beyond time & borders 
He goes an extra mile to translate Arabic and Persian words for uninitiated listeners. Still, he feels that ghazals do transcend the language barrier for lyrics have feelings which can be communicated without understanding the language.
Nonika Singh 
Ghazals may come and go but the monarch of ghazal gayaki Ghulam Ali stands as firm as ever. As does the swarm of his aficionados. Young, old, men, women, connoisseurs and the not-so discerning, the tribe of his listeners, yes in India too, which he calls his "second home", refuses to dwindle. No wonder, he quips, "There will never ever be a void in the world of ghazal singing." Yes, after ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh’s untimely demise too.

Siddhartha Mukherjee wins Guardian First Book award
iddhartha Mukherjee
, the Indian origin American physician who won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction, has added another literary accolade by winning the Guardian First Book Award for his "biography" of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies.

Ferrari tome costliest ever
automobile manufacturer Ferrari recently unveiled its official biography The Ferrari Official Opus, the diamond-encrusted volume is priced at $250,000 (approx Rs 1.3 crore), making it the costliest book to be sold in India.

Doctor who has breathed music into Tagore’s Gitanjali
Anurag Dey

scalpel gives way to a harmonium and the surgeon in 80-year-old Samir K. Gupta steps aside for the artist as he gives musical life to some poems of Gitanjali by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Gupta, who runs a city orthopaedic clinic, is a devoted doctor during the day and spends long hours of his nights composing music and writing books.

Short Takes
Culture, arts and artfulness
The Rise & Rise of Jugaad 
by Virender Kapoor
Matrix Publishers. Pages: xxv+202. 
Price: Rs. 240
n Indian Art & Culture
by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed
Har-Anand. Pages: 346. Price: Rs. 895
n Undertones
by GC Mago
Dawn Publications. Pages: 63. Price: Rs. 250