Ludhiana Ladies

The DNA of Mercedes is very similar to the DNA of people in Ludhiana 
MD & CEO of Diamler Chrysler
Maharaja Hotel, Ludhiana.
10:30 am
Shefalee Vasudev
As I entered the hotel lobby, I saw a lady in a scarlet dress and gold stilettos. She was led by an oversized Fendi bag. The diamonds in her ears were sparkling bullets and a series of solitaires glided on her arms as two diamond bangles. Her mahogany hair was prettily blow dried, her nails spoke French, and her make up was flawless. She didn’t have the air of a visiting NRI nor did she seem to have walked out of Pankaj Mishra’s Butter Chicken in Ludhiana. Before I could place her, I saw another slim built and tall woman, her white Armani shirt tucked into a pair of clinging True Religion jeans and cinched with a Coach belt. Jimmy Choo heels and a Gucci Bag added to her elegance. Her glistening hair was pulled back in a long ponytail.
Illustration: Sandeep Joshi

Illustration: Sandeep Joshi

Canvases re-used
The central theme of an ongoing exhibition of Van Gogh's Studio Practice reveals that the artist regularly made a painting on a canvas he had used before 

Nivedita Choudhuri
Van Gogh’s turbulent emotional life, filled with loneliness and despair, there sprang — in a single, incandescent decade — a profusion of dazzling, vibrant paintings that fulfilled his ambition to create art that might provide consolation for the bereaved, redemption for the desperate. Images that will say something comforting: phosphorescent stars cart-wheeling through a night time sky in the yellow moonlight; a clutch of radiant irises blooming in a lush garden lit by the Mediterranean sun; a flock of crows winging their way across a golden expanse of wheat fields under a stormy sky.

Here comes the superbird
Imperial cormorants have stunned researchers with their amazing underwater feeding techniques
South American sea bird called imperial cormorant left researchers astonished as it became "superbird" — diving 150 feet underwater in 40 seconds, feeding on the ocean floor for 80 seconds, where it eventually caught a snakelike fish, before returning to the surface 40 seconds later. A small camera fitted with the bird allowed the team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Research Council of Argentina to watch first-hand the amazing feeding techniques of these fascinating birds, which occur off the coast of Argentina.

A living legacy 
Charandeep Singh

do we get a glimpse into the life and times of our forefathers? What is it that connects us with our heritage? How can we relive the dashing moments of the era gone by? Perhaps, family heirlooms hold the answer to this predicament. Many of these have been preserved with great care and occupy a pride of place in many households. These heirlooms are timeless family relics. At times, these are as invaluable to us as our children.

Beery good
traditional pint is being given a run for its money by continental-style beers with a dash of fruit or spirits. Strawberry, raspberry and even cherry beers have become so popular that they are now the fastest-growing area of the UK beer market. According to market research group AC Nielsen, in the last year sales of flavoured beers have grown by 80 per cent.

Escape to serenity
The little hamlet of Kalpa snuggles at the base of Kinner Kailash, the most impressive peak of the Himalayan range 

Hugh and Colleen Gantzer

getting there is like driving into a fairy tale. The climbing, winding, National Highway 22 is as dramatic as a journey into myth. For much of its 244-km-length from Shimla, it follows the course of the Sutlej: young and rambunctious here, snarling and foaming and bustling its way through the mountains. Then, when we rose higher, we met a Mother Goddess. Her name was Bahri Devi: she had multiple metal faces and was sitting in a palanquin being borne by her ecstatic, dancing, devotees. We paid our respects to her and drove on.

Odd pairs that set the screen afire
Shoma A. Chatterji
films are famous for creating famous boxoffice pairs that create screen chemistry that sustains through time and boxoffice hits. The first romantic pair that surfaces in terms of eternal romance is the Raj Kapoor-Nargis pairing that began with Barsaat and went on for many films till they went their separate ways to establish their screen personas differently.

Remembering Marilyn
Actress Marilyn Monroe is shown in a scene from her 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which is featured in a new DVD set, the Forever Marilyn Collection, featuring her classic films.

Fitness mantra 
Hidden hazards
Many foods, even those labelled as health foods, may contain hidden sugars. Readymade pasta sauces, canned fruits and vegetables, packet soups and breads — all contain sugar, which is used to improve their shelf life 
Nancy Sahni
illiterate person, may avoid sugar since he is diabetic but may depend on honey or even jaggery to sweeten his food. Such innocent souls might consider honey or jaggery to be a 'sugarless substitute' for sugar. But when a well-read person wonders why his blood sugar is not under control even after he controls his sugar intake, and doesn't take any sugar in his milk, tea or coffee, doesn't eat ice creams, puddings, sweets etc. he needs to review his dietary intake. Perhaps his diet includes many hidden sugars.

HEALTH capsules
Obesity & diabetes

and diabetes might not be the double whammy, according to a fresh look at older studies. Researchers found that overweight and obese people who get diagnosed with the blood sugar disorder tend to live longer than their leaner peers. Another study says weight training, not just cardio workouts, is linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes. "We all know that aerobic exercise is beneficial for diabetes but no studies have looked at weight training," says Dr Frank Hu of the Harvard School, Boston.


TELEVISION: Explore India’s Wildlife

CHANNEL SURFER: Galvanising animal spirits
by Randeep Wadehra

Food Talk: On a spice route
by Pushpesh Pant

Consumers beware: Client's right to information is sacrosanct
by Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: The mobile revolution
by Jaspal Bhatti

Webside HUMOUR: A matter of will
Compiled by Sunil Sharma

by Karuna Goswamy


View from the top
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur 
Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges
By A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. HarperCollins. Pages 182. Rs 199 

Sermons of survival for the weak
Reviewed by M.M. Goel
Lessons in Spiritual Economics from the Bhagavad-gita. 
By Dhanesvara Dass. Published by the author. Pages 320. Rs 450

Lessons the PLA learnt
Reviewed by Rakesh Datta
Chinese Lessons from Other People's Wars
Ed Andrew Scobell, David Lai & Roy Kamphausen. Lancer. Rs 795

Recreating a spooky atmosphere
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
More Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills 
By Minakshi Chaudhry. Rupa. Pages 147. Rs 150

One life, many roles
Nonika Singh
Three-and-a-half-decade-long tryst with the world of creative arts and you would expect actor director Lillete Dubey to look back at her journey with a smug satisfaction. Been there and done it all. However, the lovely lady whose acclaimed plays like Dance Like a Man have clocked over 400 shows feels she is not even half way through.

Designers fashion bibles for younger lot
Moving from needle and thread, fashion connoisseurs are putting pen to paper in a bid to share their experiences and expertise with the younger lot. From Ritu Beri to Ritu Kumar, Wendell Rodricks to Suneet Varma — they have all penned autobiographies to coffee-table legacy books as a pay-back to the younger generation.

Byomkesh in English
Madhusree Chatterjee

collection of three translated stories of Bengali writer Saradindu Bandyopadhyay featuring private investigator Byomkesh Bakshi is aimed at drawing the attention of a young readership to classical Indian detective fiction. Translated from Bengali to English by Arunava Sinha, The Rhythm of Riddles has three mystery stories. set in Kolkata.

International scene
Untold Story 
By Monica Ali. 
Simon & Schuster £7.99

No One But a Woman Knows 
By Margaret Llewelyn Davies I 
Virago £7.99

The Beautiful Indifference 
By Sarah Hall I 
Faber £7.99

There But For The 
By Ali Smith I 
Penguin £8.99

The Story of English in 100 Words 
By David Crystal I 
Profile £8.99