The fast-changing gizmo world
is charming the younger generation. This is a cause of concern and
anxiety for parents, caregivers, educationists and psychologists.
Questions like how much is enough, when is the right time to introduce
the devices, how to strike a balance and avoid extremes, keep lurking
in everyone’s minds
is definitely the one thing that is constant in life. That is
precisely what we all are witnessing, thanks to quantum leaps that
information and technology are making to pervade every sphere of our
lives. The past couple of decades have been so IT bound that it is no
exaggeration to say that the timeline would show a clear demarcation
of era before Google and the one post it.
Raja of the raga
Classical vocalist Padma
Vibushan Pandit Jasraj, whose voice has mesmerised generations of
music aficionados, continues to cast a spell over listeners
Make no mistake. He is
without doubt, the superstar of Indian classical music. Like Basant,
the king of seasons, Pandit Jasraj is the monarch of all he surveys.
No wonder his fans vie with each other to get their pictures clicked
with him and seek his autographs as these were priceless possessions.
Youngsters are only too eager to touch his feet as if he were some
Date with a view
The annual calendar has
undergone a transformation and is regarded as a style statement
This is that time of the
year when the new calendar has already arrived and is adorning your
wall or a table. The calendar as a concept is not a modern innovation,
though. With the progress of human civilisation, the system of
tracking dates and auspicious days for festivities also developed.
Different cultures had different calendar systems for calculation like
the Mayan calendar, Sumerian, Greek and Islamic calendar, etc.
Celebrate Holi the
It is possible to have a
good time without it taking a toll on our health. The way to indulge
in festivities is to eat sensibly and make healthier choices
Celebrating Holi or any
other festival in India has its own charm and has a regional touch to
it. Celebration with special foods is common. Different communities in
India, have their own typical ways of celebrating festivals by
preparing special sweets, snacks and food.
the Axomiya Sikhs
They have lived in
settlements in Barkola and Chaparmukh, in Assam, for over two
Birinder Pal Singh
Sikhs living in Assam are the progeny of soldiers sent by Maharaja
Ranjit Singh to support the Ahom king, Chandrakanta Singha. Chaitanya
Singh, the commander of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's soldiers, was a brave
soldier who died fighting valiantly at Hadira Chauki.
In King Arthur’s
Set high on the rugged
north Cornwall coast, Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and
mystery. Said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, the castle also
features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde
a magical day out in
Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle," states the English
Heritage tagline. The Historic Building and Monuments Commission for
England couldn't be more accurate in its judgment. Tintagel's
wonderful location, set high on the rugged north Cornwall coast,
offers dramatic views.
Life of Lee
In a career spanning two
decades, the versatile Taiwan-born American director Ang Lee has
dazzled the lovers of good cinema with his skill and sensitivity
THE biggest upset, and
perhaps the only major surprise, of this year’s Oscar night was
Taiwanese-born American filmmaker Ang Lee beating the odds-on
favourite, Steven Spielberg, to the statuette for "best
achievement in directing".
documentary on P. K. Nair, the founder of National Film Archive,
throws light on the significance of preserving and documenting films
Shoma A. Chatterji
A classic documentary, Celluloid
Man, is based on the life of P.K. Nair, the founder-director of
the first and largest cinema archive in India. He founded the National
Film Archive, Pune, in 1964 and is singularly responsible for
restoring and rescuing films virtually lost to history over his long
relationship with NFAI till 1991.