New hub of global art
India is emerging as the new canvas where global art and galleries are creating an exciting new collage of opportunity, mega-bucks and visibility for artists and their works, writes
too long ago, as art
auctions set the market aflutter with prices of Indian art touching
sky high the buzz was: Has Indian art arrived on the international
market? Today, as works of celebrated signatures like Subodh Gupta,
Bharti Kher, Sudarshan Shetty, Jitish Kallat and, of course, masters
like Husain, Raza and Souza are being handled by prestigious
international galleries, perhaps the answer to the first query is but
obvious: "Indeed, yes."
A visitor walks past an art work by Vivek Vilasini at the India Art Fair in New
Romancing Valentineís Day
Nobody has ever
measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold. ó
and reams have been written on the subject of love which has a special
significance for all. Some fall in love and others rise in it. Wars
have been fought over it; emperors have abdicated their thrones and
people beheaded in blind rage of the spurned. All for love.
Woo each other with a makeover
that time of the year when women are all set to kill with their looks.
And guys, if youíve tried everything to keep your girlfriend happy,
from irresistible chocolates and romantic night-outs to flowers, then
perhaps itís now time to gift her a "makeover session"
this Valentine season. Many of them are queuing up to do it for
themselves whereas others are opting to undergo the treatments for
It is the time of the year when love is in the air. And the one day that most signifies this emotion is February 14, the Valentine's Day, when it is celebrated. Would, then, any destination do for a Valentine date? There are some places that are closely associated with this fragile feeling. If you are planning some time out, try these romantic destinations for Valentine's Day, says
the BackwaterS front
NOTHING can replace the magic of spending Valentine's Day in Kerala.
The exotic southern experience includes those of boats swaying
languidly in the water, sweeping beaches, herbal massages, palaces,
gardens and a finger-licking cuisine. Romance can be in full bloom on
the backwaters on a luxury wood-and-coir boat that cruises lazily in
the gently lapping waters. Backwaters are not natural reclusive
islands of glory in an untouched paradise.
expert has warned lovers to be cautious while kissing on Valentineís
Day, as this is "usually the peak season for infectious
diseases". Changing weather or temperatures are often blamed for
winterís coughs and sniffles. But in reality, colds, coughs and the
flu are infectious diseases "caught" through transmission
from one human to another.
Love is in the theatres
Close on the heels of flower and greeting card industries, the film fraternity is also keen to cash in on the Valentine fever, observes
mind if the maharaja of mush Karan Johar proclaims that heís
"tasted blood" with the super success of Agneepath.
Heís definitely not holding back his trump card this Valentineís
as he pegs his next release Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu near Valentineís
Day. Proof enough of the fact that Valentine fever has caught on and
quite on the lines of Diwali and Christmas releases, Valentineís Day
is turning out to be a coveted period for film releases.
Fragrance of love
A view of packed bouquets of roses ahead of Valentine's Day, the biggest holiday of the year for fresh-cut flower sales, at a flower farm in Facatativa, near Bogota, Colombia. In giant greenhouses outside Bogota, the flowers are clipped and shipped worldwide, accounting for 65 per cent of the roses imported in the United States and many of the bouquets delivered in Europe. The hours ahead of Valentine's Day are a boom period for Colombian growers, who expedite their exports.