Sports stars light up silver screen, finally
Bollywood is at last stepping in to re-discover the heroism of the sports stars because their stories are original tales of grit and glory
Aradhika Sharma

has not really learnt to look after its icons. Except for Bollywood icons, and sometimes, cricket legends, Indians do not celebrate any ‘greats’ unless, of course, a jayanti comes up; a painting is sold in Sotheby’s for millions of dollars or a foreign celebrity becomes a fan or a follower. 

'Art & soul

New notes on the horizon
With a number of apps offering international music of all genres, besides access to live radio from the US, 
the popularity of international music has reached new heights

Navjosh Singh
not go way back. Let’s go back into time only by a few years. Remember walking into your local music store looking for your favourite artist’s cassette? Or the album containing that song you heard on the radio or TV, when channels used to play music that is! Music lovers would certainly reminisce the days when they used to flip open tapes and spend some minutes analysing content in booklets and liner notes. Ditto for compact discs (CDs). Hardcore fans used to love the smell of the freshly exposed booklet within the CD case containing the album lyrics and credits. Those days are almost history!

Music zone

The glycemic index classifies carbohydrate-containing foods according to their potential to raise the blood sugar level. The food items with low glycemic index (less than 50) trigger slower and modest changes in the blood glucose levels and are healthier

have earned a bad reputation among weight watchers. These are not bad because not all carbohydrates are equal, what matters is how one chooses these food items. Some are healthier than others.

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Saving the uncommon sparrow
There is lack of nesting spaces in the modern setup due to changing architectural specifications. Since recesses and niches in design have given way to smooth lines, it has made it difficult for sparrows to seek shelter

Aditi Garg
Missing the little bird: Initiatives like Sparrow Saviours will help the bird to return to our widndow sills Photo: Vicky GharuMY early memories are interspersed with images of our kitchen garden and the incessant chirping of the common sparrow. The sparrows were such a permanent feature of my growing up years that one never gave their being all around a thought. Till they vanished, that is. It was not until they were nowhere to be seen any more that one realised how long it had been since I last saw one.
Missing the little bird: Initiatives like Sparrow Saviours will help the bird to return to our widndow sills Photo: Vicky Gharu

Bastion of Confederate America
Charleston was where the first shots in the American Civil War were fired. Some of the sights associated with it have been preserved and no attempt is made to shy away from historical truths
Lalit Mohan

Charleston still maintains tenacious connections to the Civil War. The horse-drawn buggy is one of those symbols Photos by the writerU
the election two years ago of Nikki Hailey (nee Randhawa) as the governor of South Carolina, the state was, for most Indians, just another blob on the map of the US. In American politics, though, it is known as one of the staunchly conservative states where, as an NRI professor put it, "Some people are still fighting the Civil War."

Charleston still maintains tenacious connections to the Civil War. The horse-drawn buggy is one of those symbols Photos by the writer


“It’s been a labour of love”
The biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is based on the extraordinary life of an ordinary Indian. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Flying Sikh Milkha Singh share their experiences about the making of the film 
Seema Sachdeva

akeysh Omprakash Mehra,
who is back with a biopic on the legendary Milkha Singh, talks about the making of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Excerpts from an interview:

No substitute for hard work: Milkha Singh


Pongal makes business sense 
Haricharan Pudipeddi
OME Pongal and cineastes in southern India flock to theatres in large numbers giving the film industry special reason to celebrate the four-day harvest festival.

There’s a lot in a name
Addressing colleagues as ‘mate’ is as ‘disrespectful’ as saying ‘darling’ or ‘sweetheart’ 

ew South Wales
North Coast health workers cannot address their colleagues or patients with words such as ‘mate’, after a memo stated it was inappropriate. The memo, which was sent out by the Northern NSW Local Health District, told workers that these terms may be perceived as disrespectful, disempowering and non-professional, according to the ABC.


Food TalkCook cauliflower in a different way
by Pushpesh Pant

Buyers beware!: How to tackle medical negligence
by Pushpa Girimaji

Webside HUMOURThe work not done
by Sunil Sharma

LIFE'S LESSONS: On oars of courage

by Karuna Goswamy

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A chronicle with a difference
Reviewed by G S Cheema
Poor but Spirited in Karimnagar: Field Notes of a Civil Servant
By Sumita Dawra.
Harper Collins. Pages 281. Rs 350

While going through Sumita Dawra’s Field Notes of a Civil Servant, I was inevitably reminded of my days as a district officer. To my embarrassment, all I could recall were the hours wasted in rest houses waiting for VIPs, the monthly meetings of the district rural development agencies (memorable mainly on account of the lunches served by the lead bank), and tedious court sittings, trying to concentrate on the arguments of advocates. 

A trip down nostalgia lane
Reviewed Parbina Rashid
Voices in the Valley
By Suravi Sharma Kumar.
Rupa. Pages 296. Rs 295 

The 1962 war with China is now part of history but what remains fresh in the collective psyche of the Northeastern people is the comment the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, reportedly made, "My heart goes out to the countrymen in Assam" before leaving them, as it turned out, in the hands of the enemy. 

Capturing an epic’s timeless appeal 
Reviewed by Harbir K Singh
The Mahabharata 
By Shiv K Kumar.
HarperCollins India. Rs 399

The Mahabharata, considered to be one of the greatest epics in the world, is a great work of writing which explores the entire range of human emotions. It delves deep into the psyche of human emotions be it love-hate, lust-vengeance, greed-jealousy, loyalty-betrayal. All types of human emotions and the psyche is portrayed so well and naturally that the epic becomes a human story.

From captivity to freedom
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet

The Woman Who Flew
By Nasreen Jahan, 
Penguin. Pages 360. Rs 399.
Nasreen Jahan, winner of the Philips Literary Award in Bangladesh writes a poignant story of a young girl, Nina who is a small town girl brought up with many siblings amidst poverty. She moves to Dhaka after getting married to Rezaul.Tragedy strikes when she loses her newborn. Fate has further tests stored for her when she divorces her husband, Rezaul and tries to move on in life. Her struggle, as she pushes ahead in life intrigues the reader. 

Soul talk in alien tongue
Reviewed by Abhishek Joshi
Reading Gandhi in Two Tongues and Other Essays
By Tridip Suhrud. 
Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Pages 214. Rs 250 

Describing an incident that is a telling reflection on Mahatma Gandhi's bilingual mode of thought, Tridip Suhrud, in Reading Gandhi in Two Tongues, says he was in South Africa when the Transvaal Government proposed changes in the Asiatic Act. The changes made registration of all Asiatics compulsory and demanded that they submit impressions of all their fingers, a clause seen as humiliating. Describing his response, Gandhi says: "I took the Transvaal Government Gazette Extraordinary of August 22, 1906 in which the Ordinace was published, home from the office. I went up a hill near the house in the company of a friend and began to translate the draft Ordinance into Gujarati."

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