Yummy food in a jiffy
All those who think entertaining at home is a pain must break the time-worn mindset of cooking elaborate meals. You can feast on no-fuss dishes cooked super fast and bowl over your guests 
Pushpesh Pant

get us wrong, we aren’t advocating that you splurge on hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza slices and dish out the same ‘junk’ to your guests. We merely wish to draw your attention to the liberating possibilities that are available today if you are willing to get rid of the received baggage of “conventional wisdom” about hospitality and entertaining at home. There is absolutely no need to spend hours in back-breaking chores in the kitchen preparing a feast that will impress family and friends. If you happen to be a glutton for punishment you are welcome to do so on special occasions but we strongly recommend that you escape enforced martyrdom and enjoy the party.

Quick-meal menu

’Art & Soul
A museum, both old & new
The cleaning, renovation and sprucing up of its displays has put back life into the Albert Hall Museum at Jaipur. The museum once drew visitors to itself, as much for its own beauty as for the riches that were housed in it

was a time when a visit to Jaipur was considered incomplete — at least for those with a feeling for the arts — if one did not visit the Albert Hall Museum: that superbly crafted structure in glistening white marble set at the very heart of a sprawling garden. It was an ajai’b ghar of sorts, where you could see all kinds of things: large murals painted to present a view of the great civilisations of the world, royal furniture made of solid silver, exquisite arms and armaments adorning walls, shikar-gah carpets and floor coverings all a-blossom, specimens of enamelling and metal work and ivory work jostling next to little animals preserved in jars of formaldehyde. 

(1) Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Brush drawing on paper; ca. 1790;  (2) Carpet with mythical birds and animals. Wool; based on a Persian original; 18th century. Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur and (3) Shiva Vinadhara. Sculpture in sandstone, from Sambhar 10th century

Broad brush

good health

Get hip with yoga
Today yoga enjoys a growing audience and its popularity continues to swell. People from all over the world have turned to yoga for medicinal, healing and emotional support
Mickey Mehta
O most of us yoga is a series of exercises that help to strengthen our bodies and make us flexible. Yoga is much more than that. It is a powerful tool in correcting and healing all imbalances that translate into stress and ailments. Complete wellbeing and emotional happiness form the real core of yoga.

Yoga improves digestion, elimination and flushes out toxins from body

Health Capsules

It was his rustic moorings that gave him the wherewithal to translate the Bard, maintains eminent writer  Surjit Hans. He has translated all of Shakespeare's 39 works into Punjabi. He now wants to translate  Origin of The Species by Charles Darwin 
Nirupama Dutt

is a case in which love's labour was not lost but rather encased in 39 volumes of the Gurmukhi script. Surjit Hans, a well-known historian and litterateur, has completed the formidable task of translating all the 37 plays of Shakespeare and one volume each of his poems and sonnets into Punjabi.

Love’s Labour not Lost: Surjit Hans at his home in Mohali. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

New spice route

Espelette in the Basque region of France has a culinary celebrity known for its fiery nature 
Kalpana Sunder

An inside view of 16th century church with tiered wooden stalls and a stunning Baroque altar Photos by the writerA
S you drive past wild Pottok horses, rolling hills and higgledy-piggledy farm houses aflame with bougainvillea, there is the earthy smell of farm animals and hay in the air and the muted sound of sheep bells. This tiny town of less than two thousand denizens in the picturesque Pays Basque region of France has a celebrity: one who has a special status of being called 'Red Gold'. 

An inside view of 16th century church with tiered wooden stalls and a stunning Baroque altar Photos by the writer

Carnival times

Novel scripts
Popular literature is fuelling blockbuster ideas, what with Karan Johar picking up the rights for Amish Tripathi’s The Immortals of Meluha and Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States: The Story of My Marriage. No longer the exclusive muse of alternate cinema, literature is inspiring mainstream cinema with its ‘novel’ ideas 
Deepa Ranade

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s fantasy adventure novel of the same nameS
alman Rushdie
narrated the Hollywood goat joke about “book was better than the film” during the recent release of his Midnight’s Children. However, cinematic adaptations of literary works are not a matter of joke any longer. Increasingly, filmmakers are courting novelists for film rights. 

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s fantasy adventure novel of the same name



Buyers beware!: When fake currency comes out of ATM
by Pushpa Girimaji

good motoring: Wiping away safety norms
by H. Kishie Singh

Food TalkNo-frills jackfruit in a jiffy
by Pushpesh Pant

Webside HUMOURCrime and honesty
by Sunil Sharma

LIFE'S LESSONS: Somebody's children

FRUIT FACTS: A watery fruit
Dr Chiranjit Parmar

by Karuna Goswamy

weekly horoscope


For the love of India’s tigers
Reviewed by Lieutenant-General (Retd) Baljit Singh
Tiger Warrior: Fateh Singh Rathore of Ranthambhore
By Soonoo Taraporewala
Penguin-Viking. Pages 222. Rs 499

N February 11, 2011, the Worldwide Wildlife Fund International (WWF) conferred on Fateh Singh Rathore (FSR) their prestigious, Conservation Award “For a lifetime of outstanding contribution to wildlife conservation, and for being a true champion for wild Tigers of India.” This, last of nine such awards, arrived barely 12 days before, FSR was plucked by cancer on March 1, 2011. 

What is not right with Left
Reviewed by Mohammad Imtiaz 
Marxism in India: From Decline to Debacle
by Kiran Maitra
Lotus Collection, Roli Books. Pages 304. Rs 295
iran Maitra, an accredited member of the Communist Party of India, is one of the most authentic historians to narrate the ups and downs of the Communist movement. The socialist revolution in Russia came at a time when India was struggling against British rule, thus uplifting the morale of the freedom fighters. Yet they were not ready to accept socialism as an ideology. One of the finest examples is that of Lala Hardyal, who despite writing a life-sketch of Karl Marx, never agreed with the latter’s views. 

The soul is not for all to see
Reviewed by Priyanka Singh
Nobody Can Love You More 
By Mayank Austen Soofi. 
Penguin Viking. Pages 225.  Rs 399

E dark world of sex trade subsists on the fringes of society, never crisscrossing, always aligned. The author spent years in Delhi’s GB Road to understand the unforgiving lives of marginalised women for what it really is, stripped of dignity, and with no means to retrace their steps in the dour alley. The only sliver of relief comes either through death or if by some stroke of luck and endless struggle, a woman becomes a kotha malik — her first attempt at an “independent existence".

A tale of draconian law, crime and punishment 
Reviewed by Parbina Rashid
By Asia Bibi with Anne Isabelle Tollet 
Hachette. Pages 137. Rs 350

from a family, which has been a melting pot of different faiths, religious intolerance is an emotion that is alien to me. With my limited understanding of religion, I often wonder what it is about faith that empowers most believers with the absolute authority to judge others!

Making job creators out of job seekers
Reviewed by Vipul Grover
Making Entrepreneurs: Lessons from a Lifetime
By Chandra Mohan
Gyan Books. Pages 296. Rs 500

Pandit Nehru’s
faith in science and technology as the principal instrument for lifting a society out of poverty and hunger was well known, writes Chandra Mohan at the beginning of one of the chapters in his book Making Entrepreneurs: Lessons from a Lifetime.