100 years of plenitude
More than an actor, Zohra Segal is an institution. Rakshanda Jalil pays a tribute to the feisty artiste who lights up the stage and screen and can rightfully declare Abhi toh main jawaan hoon!
Sometime in the year 1361 a Jew from Afghanistan, named Quais, travelled to Medina. There, he converted to Islam and began to call himself Abdul Rasheed Quais. A couple of centuries later, his family settled in the area of Roh in the North-West Frontier Province. Known as Rohilla Pathans, they eventually made Rampur, a princely estate in the United Provinces, their home. Zohra Segal, veteran film and theatre actor and dancer, traces her lineage to Abdul Rasheed Quais; she attributes her kanjoosi

Zohra Segal cuts the cake to celebrate her century
Zohra Segal cuts the cake to celebrate her century

(miserliness) to his being a Jew and her stubbornness and courage to the pure Rohilla blood flowing in her veins! Fatty, an affectionate – and astonishingly candid – biography by her daughter, Kiran Segal, brought out by Niyogi Books to coincide with Zohra Apa’s 100th birthday tells us all this, and much more.

Pheasant perfect
The number of highly endangered western tragopan, the least studied bird in the world, has been multiplying
Vishal Gulati
he presence of the highly endangered, elusive western tragopan can now be felt more clearly in the Great Himalayan National Park in Kulu in Himachal Pradesh, with its numbers multiplying.

Romancing the rivers in Punjab
A series of treaties between the British and the Sikhs enabled the use of Sutlej and Indus rivers for navigation and commerce
G. S. Aujla
aving found a foothold at Port William in Calcutta in 1600, the East India Company was looking for a shorter route to India by the Arabian Sea. In pursuit of this scheme, Sir Thomas Roe was sent as ambassador of England to the Mughal court of emperor Jehangir on behalf of the East India Company in the beginning of the 17th century. Sir Thomas Roe reported that the best way to enhance the trading possibilities was to use the "commodious" river Indus (Sindh) as a means of water transport from the west. What was daunting at that time was the ignorance about the navigational suitability of river Indus and its connectivity with other major rivers of western India and the Punjab.

Weaving history
Situated on the banks of Narmada, Maheshwar is caught in a time warp
Kalpana Sunder
handrakala, Baingani, Beli and Parbi — the names roll off the tongue like poetry. They are all designs that are a part of an ancient tradition. In the weft and warp of the gossamer Maheshwari saree, there are pages of history. Long ago there was a royal tradition of gifting turbans as a sign of friendship. Ahilyabai Holkar brought the first weavers from Surat. They say that the Maheshwar weavers drew their inspiration from the fort and its architecture — there are no floral motifs; instead it draws on patterns like bricks, mats and diamonds. The incredibly light Maheshwari saris come in jewel tones and rich colours of blue, mauve, dark pink, greens with gold-thread zari borders.

Carrying the weight of success
Weightlifters K Ravi Kumar and N Soniya Chanu will be representing India in Olympics
Gagan K. Teja
ndian weightlifters are on a new high as they have managed to bag one Olympic spot each in men’s and women’s category based on their recent performance in the last Olympic Qualifier. The qualifier, 43rd men and 23rd Women Senior Asian Weightlifting Championship, concluded in South Korea on April 30. It is all the more important for men players as they have got this chance after a gap of 12 years. The men last played in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Stars within reach
From social networking sites to brand endorsements on TV to dancing at private parties, film stars are no longer inaccessible — a sharp contrast from the past when stars maintained a distance from their fans
Shoma A. Chatterji
f you ask a Dilip Kumar fan whether he has seen his idol in flesh and blood, the answer will be "Never." People, who once drooled over Meena Kumari and Raj Kapoor, worshipped the ground they walked on because they could never set eyes on them. These stars kept a distance — geographical, social and emotional from their audience. This ‘distancing’ was a part of the starry aura, the invisible halo their heads carried. They never answered their fan mail themselves and had hundreds of identical postcard-size photographs to send their fans. That was the beginning and end of the star-audience relationship.

She made coyness popular
No one blushed better than Achala Sachdev, who portrayed the teary-eyed mother to perfection
Devinder Bir Kaur
chala Sachdev is best remembered as "zohrajabeen", the beautiful wife of Balraj Sahni in B.R. Chopra’s Waqt (1965). He crooned for her the Manna Dey-sung "Ae meri zohrajabeen." And no one blushed better than her.


`ART & SOUL: The persistence of memory
by B.N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Crime foreseen

Food talk: Turkish flavour
by Pushpesh Pant

consumers beware!: Check for underweight packages
by Pushpa Girimaji

GOOD MOTORING: Lifesavers to the rescue
by H. Kishie Singh

FITNESS MANTRA: Long commutes unhealthy

ULTA PULTA: Turn a new gender
by Jaspal Bhatti

Webside HUMOUR: Car trouble
Compiled by Sunil Sharma

by Karuna Goswamy


Philosophy as politics of the real
Reviewed by Shelly Walia
The New French Philosophy
By Ian James
Cambridge: Polity Press. Pages 221. £16.99

Crusader on the move
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
Didi, A Political Biography
By Monobina Gupta. Harper Collins. Pages 216. Rs 299

Varied shades of life
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Difficult Pleasures
By Anjum Hasan. Penguin Books. Pages 250. Rs 399

Power of nonviolence
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur
After Gandhi: Brave Torchbearers of Nonviolent Resistance
By Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien
Hachette India. Pages 198. Rs 350.

Actor of substance
Nonika Singh

Revisiting ancient India
Reviewed by Kanchan Mehta
Prophets, Poets, & Philosopher-Kings: Sketches on India’s Spiritual & Literary Heritage.
By Abhijit Basu, Celestial Books. Pages 181. Rs 145

The Ps and Qs of parenting
o your homework, eat whatever is on the table and don’t ever try to be naughty. Parenting has moved beyond the reprimands and stern etiquette codes to become an art of mindfulness, analysis and complex psychological healing.

A tale of survival in a North Korean jail
Madhusree Chatterjee
wentysix-year-old Shin Dong-hyuk may not be as famous as Dith Pran, the Cambodian labour camp survivor in the 1984 screen drama, The Killing Fields, but his true survival story as a condemned political prisoner in North Korea who escaped is as powerful as it is unbelievable.

short takes
Of poetry and mystery
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Everything begins elsewhere 
By Tishani Doshi
Harper Collins -India Today. 
Pages 87. Rs. 299

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