The Green  Symphony
Conserving Chandigarh's unique tree heritage is as important as its world-famous architecture and it holds valuable lessons for urban planning
Rajnish Wattas
Amidst our urban sprawls of concrete jungles and asphalt deserts — perchance, to sight a grove of kachnars in bloom is like an unbelievable apparition. In the new-age city skylines of glass towers, cuboid concrete boxes, crush of cars and fume-emitting automobiles, the presence of trees is a balm to the city-worn soul. Chandigarh stands apart as a green exception. As one of the few cities in the world with planned landscaping — as famous as its architecture — it’s a far-sighted vision of an Arcadian ‘utopia’ for human settlements.
Kusum trees have a peculiar trait of leaf fall during the month of March. With new leaves in spring.
Urban landscaping is too sensitive a job to be left to horticulturists : Kusum trees have a peculiar trait of leaf fall during the month of March. With new leaves in spring.

They revel in being one
Artists Rabindra and Amrit Singh, better known as the Singh Twins, might be inspired by the miniature tradition of Indian art but their works reflect the modern reality of a complex world
Nonika Singh
o here they are — Mirror images of each other, Rabindra and Amrit Singh, famously known as The Singh Twins. An unusual jugalbandi rarely seen in the realm of visual arts, they revel in being one. So the twins live, breathe, eat and guess what even paint together as one artist. The decision to paint collectively lies in their childhood years of growing up in the UK where even being twins was considered an anomaly, if not an outright abnormality.

good health

Chill your way to health and beauty
Complete wellness involves certain lifestyle modifications and regular and productive physical activities
Mickey Mehta
he women of today face many challenges and medical risks. While leading busy lives they should also be aware of their physical, physiological, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as about efforts to delay the ageing process. Women nowadays want to feel healthy and look attractive and not weak and be riddled with problems like osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes etc. Complete wellness involves certain lifestyle modifications that include sound nutrition and food choices, regular and productive physical activities like exercises, yoga, meditation and rest.

Exercising caution
One should be cautious while buying home gym machines
Dr Ravi Gupta
ost of us invest in some home gym machines in an effort to save time spend in gyms. Here are some pros and cons of some of the most common gym machines which are being used at homes.

Narrator of simple, fast-paced stories
Suresh Kohli

I consciously, deliberately make my stories visual, infest them with graphic details. I also like to make the narrative simple, doing a lot of research into the subject matter, whether visiting mother goggle or reading Indian newspapers item by item.

Why emotional empowerment matters
Aruti Nayar
motions can be the driver of a woman's life but if she is in the driving seat, she can ensure the ride through life is neither rocky nor turbulent but a sheer joyride.

Maximum city, maximum flavours
Mumbai is busy, kaleidoscopic, filled with sizzling, clanging, cutting, cooking activity as hungry customers flow in, flow out. This is fast food unlimited created by a pan-Indian people for a pan-Indian people
Hugh and Colleen Gantzer
t's all the flavours of spring. In the spring of our togetherness we strolled down the avenues of Bombay, weaving roseate dreams of the future, holding hands. We ambled past a great hotel, heard brittle, bejewelled folk speak of crepes suzette, chicken stroganoff and eggs Benedict before they got into their chauffeured limousines.

Saint of sweetness
aint Haralampi or Haralambos is the Orthodox patron saint of apiarists or bee-keepers. The day of Saint Haralampi is marked on February 10 every year.

The young and the hopeful
The Mumbai movie industry is set to witness a wave of promising new faces this year
Saibal Chatterjee
The lead actors of Student of the Year — Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth MalhotraI
n the year gone by, producer-director Karan Johar did something he had never done before: he made a film with a bunch of rookies. He was asked why he took the risk. His reply was along expected lines, "I wanted to challenge myself. I’ve always worked with established movie stars.

The lead actors of Student of the Year — Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra

Flying High
Farhan Akhtar, who is once again facing the camera in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, gets candid about the making of the film 
Swati Rai
ational award-winning producer, actor, director, singer and lyrics writer, Farhan Akhtar has broken all possible stereotypes. He will soon be seen in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, in which he plays the legendary athlete.



Food TalkChicken fit for a nawab’s table
by Pushpesh Pant

LIFE'S LESSONS: A dog’s life

Buyers beware!: Fight for rights
by Pushpa Girimaji

music zone: Richard Thompson - Electric
by H. Kishie Singh

Webside HUMOURHonest reward
by Sunil Sharma

Dr Chiranjit Parmar

by Karuna Goswamy

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The enduring appeal of our icons
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Celebrity: Its Changing Face in India through the Ages
By Preminder Singh Sandhawalia
Authorhouse, London. 
Pages 165. Rs 600
While achievements are always celebrated, which accomplishments get accolades depends on the people of the time, the values that a particular culture holds dear at that moment, and a host of other factors.

Sense of deja vu, all over again
Reviewed by Khushwant S. Gill 
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-1842
By William Dalrymple Bloomsbury. Pages 567. Rs 799
The Afghan dilemma never seems to end. Armies and nations come and go but the endless cycle of violence, death and destruction flows on. 

Fortunes & misfortunes
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur

Beggar's Feast By Randy Boyagoda
Fourth Estate. Pages 311. Rs 599
The astrologer's prediction sealed his fate, labelled unlucky little Ranjith became the scapegoat sacrificed in the hope of better times by a family battling drought and deprivation in the backwaters of Ceylon.

Reliving a troubled decade
Reviewed by Rajiv M Lochan

Remember to Forget By Neel Kamal Puri. Rupa. 
Pages 181. Rs 250
Deft story telling is Neel Kamal's forte. Her pen paints the antinomies of living in Punjab with a skill unmatched till now. 

Raj rewound
Reviewed by Cookie Maini

Reliving the Raj: Daughter of Empire By Pamela Hicks Hachette, London. 
Pages 262. Rs 699
I was fortunate enough to visit the stately British Mansion "Broadlands" of the Mountbattens when I visited Southhampton for a conference commemorating 60 years of Indian Independence.