Where silence reigns
Paintings of Sufi saints often take one into the enchanting world which they endeavoured to reach
When I was asked recently to make a presentation as part of what was going to be a ‘Sufi’ event, I had my moments of doubt. Did I know enough? Was this anywhere near my area of competence, I wondered? The subject is so subtle, so arcane, esoteric, if one so likes, that to enter it was not going to be without hazard.
Staying on top is a tough task for Indian shooters who brought glory to the country in the Olympics
World number two in rank, London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar, an almost unknown entity before his medal, and his counterpart Indian shooter Gagan Narang, who opened India’s account at the London Olympics after he bagged a bronze medal in the 10m-air rifle, have written a new success story for India’s shooting future.
‘I want to
change the colour of my medal in Rio’
Ranger from Himachal
Saving the blood pheasants
When a species is endangered, out-of-the-box ideas help in conservation of wildlife
Glenburn is a tea garden adjacent to Sikkim. It was owned by Williamson Magor, one of the largest tea-producing companies in the world. In the year 2000, this estate was sold, purely for commercial reasons. The estate is a valley (hence the name Glen). The valley goes all the way down to a river, (hence the name Burn). Glenburn is blessed by a forest and a river. Both elements are wonderful to support an idyllic haven for wildlife.
Adventure at Nagarhole
The enthralling forest in Karnataka, teeming with wildlife, is famous for its elephant herds and tigers
Don’t scream," said our driver who was a dignified man in his sixties. "It distracts me." We all put our hands to our mouths to stifle the scream that was threatening to come out. We were driving along a narrow path which had steep precipice on either sides, in the Nagarhole forest in Karnataka. To our left, in the valley beneath, we had all seen a huge grey mass...an elephant! Naturally, as soon as we spotted it, in our excitement, we let out a yell and our driver objected. Next he was not willing to stop. "Single elephants are dangerous. Only mad elephants roam around alone. It is better to get away from here as fast as possible," he advised. But we felt we could live on the edge. What is a visit to the forest if it is without adventure? So we each trooped out of the the car cautiously and noiselessly to get a better look. It took a second to find the grey mass was just a huge rock.
Character actors take centrestage
Many talented character actors have, through sheer merit and versatility, got lead roles in out-of-the-box films
Shoma A. Chatterji
The much-venerated villain-turned character actor Pran made his debut as the hero on the Hindi screen many years ago and acted as a hero in 22 films between 1942 and 1946 in Lahore. But when he came to Bombay, he became the top villain in Hindi mainstream cinema. He, then, veered towards character acting from 1967-1997 following which he voluntarily withdrew from the screen. Mukesh, the famous ‘voice’ of Raj Kapoor for many years, had come down to Mumbai to become a hero but became a playback singer instead.
be the Oscar dessert?
A robust meaty treat
elevate your mind
very own super hero
of memory and fight for survival
Secret of the Scribe
from the margins of a troubled spot
lasting lure of a life in crime