Driving on thin ice
The Ice Kross motorsport event organised in Himachal Pradesh recently was not only a test of the drivers' skills through the tough terrain but also forced them to stretch the limits of their staying power in the hostile weather conditions.
A report by H. Kishie Singh

After the thrills and spills of the Raid de Himalaya we were treated to Ice Kross, a three-day event in Narkanda. It had snowed for a whole week, the national highway was blocked, the arterial roads would stay closed for weeks. It was just the right time for the motor sport event Ice Kross. Vijay Parmar, president of Himalayan Motorsport, had managed to assemble a bunch of adventurers, hard-core 4x4 off-roaders for whom the mountains and snow were a magnet. Himalayan Motorsport is the only outfit that organises snow driving events in the country, actually in South-East Asia.

Hang on to your sweat
Studies have found that being sweaty helps attract lovers
en and women should hang on to their sweat so as to attract new lovers, and also to sustain the interest of their current ones, a new book has claimed. Although sweat is often linked with uncleanliness and leaves many of us left feeling embarrassed when it appears but according to scientists, a bit of sweat may not be a bad thing.

Turtle fest in golden sands
Quaid Najmi
s the day breaks, scores of tiny heads of turtle hatchlings, with twinkling eyes, suddenly pop out of the golden sand beach, take a precautionary look around and breathe the fresh salty air of the Arabian Sea nearby.

Bridge between two regions
Ferozepore is geographically located in Malwa but has a greater cultural affinity with Majha, writes Harjap Singh Aujla
he Majha region, comprising the old districts of Lahore, Amritsar and Gurdaspur, was also called central Punjab. It is bounded on the East by the Beas, on the West by the Ravi and on the South by the Sutlej. The city of Ferozepore does not form a part of the Majha region. It is about five miles outside the Majha region. Ambala, Ludhiana and Ferozepore were the first three cities of Punjab, which came under the complete domination of the British during the first half of the 19th century. But after the annexation of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh ruled Punjab in 1849, the largest and the most significant cities of the region vis-a-vis Lahore and Amritsar also came under the British rule.

Needed: A helpline for women cops
Cops handling the Delhi Police helpline could do with some help as they are getting abusive or obscene calls, writes Rajnish Singh
re you single or married?," "What’s your phone number, sweetie?", "Main tumse shaadi karna chahta hoon"... are some of the pesky calls that women cops handling the Delhi Police’s women’s helpline have to contend with daily. More than 40 per cent of the women cops, who handle the women’s helpline, receive abusive or obscene calls. The callers are not even deterred by the fact that they are speaking to policewomen. Set up more than five years ago to protect the Capital’s women from abuse and harassment, the helpline, 1091, receives around 60 to 70 calls daily. At one time, there are four women constables handling the helpline in each eight-hour shift. A total of 12 women police work round the clock in three shifts.

Of silks, sweets & strife
Situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi, Murshidabad in Bengal is famous for its colonial past, sarees and sweets, writes Ranjita Biswas
VERY monsoon, Murshidabad in Bengal, situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi, features in the news due to devastating floods, erosion and displacement of people. Every Durga puja, Bengali women, shopping for festivities, would debate over buying a Murshidabadi silk saree or a South Indian silk saree. And more often than not they would settle for the light-bodied, beautifully printed garment with the stamp of Murshidabad. Indeed, this district, and the town have many facets.

East meets West on a plate
The Indian palate has opened up to world cuisine, and fusion food is increasingly finding acceptance, writes Suvendu Banerjee 
AVIAR goes bananas. An exotic starter, where caviar is served on fresh creme fraiche banana chips! Papaji’s Abba Pie, a cheese pie served with tandoori fennel. Or, tandoori salmon with kasundi, the Bengali mustard sauce.

Gallic show
It could be a glorious night in the Hollywood spotlight for France when the 84th Academy Awards are handed out, writes Saibal Chatterjee
n the night of February 26, when the crème de la crème of Hollywood congregates at the Kodak Theatre for the 84th Academy Awards, the dominant accent could be distinctly French. In three of the principal Oscar categories — Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Actor — Gallic cinema personalities could be up on the stage delivering acceptance speeches.


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consumers beware!: Tragedy of errors
by Pushpa Girimaji

Food talk: Star performer
by Pushpesh Pant

globoscope: Pulsating drama
by Ervell E. Menezes

TELEVISIONTastes of Asia

ULTA PULTAAuto power
by Jaspal Bhatti

weekly horoscope


Being human among humans
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Hannah Arendt’s Political Humanism
by Horst Mewes. Peter Lang, New York. Pages 226. $58.95.

Actor turns into self-help guru
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
The Best Thing About You is You
by Anupam Kher. Hay House India. Pages 225. Rs 339.

Perfect family drama
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
by Ratika Kapur. Hachette India. Pages 239. Rs 495.

Gained in translation
Reviewed by Harbans Singh
The Temple and the
Mosque – The Best of Premchand Translated
by Rakhshanda Jalil. Harper Collins. Pages 197. Rs 250

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A lifetime is not enough
He has seen it all — from the horrors of Partition to the muzzling of Press during the Emergency — and still retains his idealism and continues to dream. Kuldip Nayar talks to Aruti Nayar about his life and work

Sufi pictorial takes Islam to children
Madhusree Chatterjee

short takes
Economy, astrology and nostalgia
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
India After the Global Crisis
by Shankar Acharya. Orient Blackswan. Pages xiii+226. Price not mentioned