What a way to wed
We zero in on some weddings that took place in a crazy style, with a high surprise quotient 
Jasmine Singh
HILE most people would go the civil way, dropping an invitation, inviting family and friends to an acceptable, ‘read’ posh venue, offer them a never ending buffet with a zillion counters, a dance floor where everyone can rock n roll…there are a select few who truly believe that marriage is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and they would do everything to make it one. Then be it taking the baraat and the entourage of guests dressed in colourful attire on a jhonga tractor or flying down on a chopper to surprise the girl or even diving underwater to take the vows, they put the stamp on the ceremony in their own crazy style. 

music zone

Monkeys’ explosive mainstream breakthrough
Arctic Monkeys — AM 

On AM, their fifth album in a little over seven years, the Arctic Monkeys show no sign of losing their edge. Opening with the seductive single Do I Wanna Know?, which is arguably one of the best things the Arctic Monkeys have ever released, the album is an irresistible return from the band, one that gets better with every listen.

The perfect storyteller
Today's torchbearer to the classic R&B and Soul 
Big, bold and invigorating

Broad brush

A fat lot of good
Fat is the most misunderstood nutrient. A moderate amount of fat is essential for overall health

and fitness have grown to be the number one priority for everybody. In this fast-paced life, physical activity may not be a regular priority but diet has always been an important phenomenon for us. Most health-conscious people go through the labels extremely thoroughly when buying, not just to check the caloric information and the brand name, but also to check the amount of fat or oil content and in which form it is being used.

Health Capsules

Soil, the soul of the earth
Indiscriminate use of pesticides depletes the soil of nutrients and an abundance in the yield of crops does not imply sufficient vitamins
Deepak Rikhye
ATURE will respond to every input it receives. This may apply to our wildlife, a plant or even to soil. That response will not be in the form of a reward or punishment. It will be in the form of a consequence. We are confronted with an unhappy consequence. The incidence of cancer in Punjab is on the increase. Chemicals entering through the soil to the groundwater are contaminating the water. People are consuming water and toxic substances, in their residual forms, from certain crops. The religious ethos in Punjab does not permit the use of tobacco. What is causing cancer if it is not tobacco? Is it the effects of chemicals? What are the practices we are adhering to, that are causing such peril to our people? Can we correct those practices? The answer to this conundrum unfolds.
A view of the poyhouse in Kartarpur (left), which is all set to become a “Centre of excellence for vegetables”with the use of Israeli technology. A Tribune Photograph. (Right) The health of the soil impacts the quality of produce

A view of the poyhouse in Kartarpur (left), which is all set to become a “Centre of excellence for vegetables”with the use of Israeli technology. A Tribune Photograph. (Right) The health of the soil impacts the quality of produce

Country life more risky
Julie Steenhuysen

to what many believe, living in the city is far less risky than in the country, according to a study released recently that takes into account all major forms of death from injuries. Although homicides in cities far outpace those in rural areas, overall the risk of dying from some form of accident or injury is 20 per cent greater in the most rural counties of the United States than in the nation's biggest cities. The findings may give pause to people tempted to flee cities for the bucolic ideal of rural life, says Dr Sage Myers, a paediatric emergency medicine specialist at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, whose study was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

The bewitching moonland
Ladakh has some stunning but contradictory landscapes with barren mountains and green valleys, but the beauty of Nubra valley is uncomparable
Vandana Shukla

can only make a futile attempt to translate this 3-D vision. Ladakh is a nature lover’s delight, a land of indescribable vistas and always ready-to-surprise weather. It leaves you breathless for two reasons. One, the high altitude rarefies oxygen, and two, the scenic disclosures it reveals, literally takes away your breath away. Not to worry, almost all cab drivers carry an oxygen cylinder.

Festive fervour

The IT(em) girls
The charisma of stars like Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif helps in pulling crowds to theatresWith big money coming their way, leading film heroines are eagerly stepping in to perform item numbers even in films where they have no role
Shoma A. Chatterji

dances with pelvic thrusts and bust-thrusts in Bollywood were once the exclusive domain of dancing stars like Cuckoo, Helen, Madhumati, Kumkum and Padma Chavan. They drew in crowds, even for films that were otherwise not doing well. Helen became a legend in her lifetime. Bindu and Mumtaz were the only dancers who graduated to bigger roles, and Mumtaz even became the leading lady. Helen left her fans gasping with numbers like “Mungda”, “Piya Tu”, “Mehbooba” and so on. But she was never termed an item girl. Journalist Jerry Pinto wrote a book on her titled Helen: The life and times of an H-Bomb.
The charisma of stars like Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif helps in pulling crowds to theatres

Director’s special
Subhash Ghai The signature touch of Subhash Ghai, India’s original showman, is evident in all his films 
Nonika Singh

TODAY every man is a showman. On television, I see a showman everyday.” Now who can say that? Who else, but the original showman, Subhash Ghai, whose name is synonymous with the sobriquet conferred on him way back in 1982. Dismissing the title as a media creation, “I am a simple person”, the man, who has given us magnum opuses like Karma and Vidhaata is, indeed, every inch the regular guy next door.

Subhash Ghai


CONSUMERS BEWARE!: Get claim for speed post failure
by Pushpa Girimaji

Food TalkMexican Flavour
by Pushpesh Pant

Webside HUMOUR: Deadly perfection
by Sunil Sharma

LIFE'S LESSONSThe position within

FRUIT FACTSFive-flavoured fruit
Dr Chiranjit Parmar

by Karuna Goswamy

weekly horoscope


Operation Bluestar: An officer’s account 
As an intense firefight raged near the Akal Takht on the fateful night of June 5 and 6, 1984, the writer describes how he rescued veteran Akali leaders, Tohra, Longowal and Ramoowalia, and later secured the Tosha Khana
Reviewed by Brig (retd) Onkar Singh Goraya
Operation Blue Star... and After: An Eyewitness Account
by Brig Onkar S Goraya
Pages 199. Rs 350

history books

Birds from a segment of the LoC
Reviewed by Lieut -Gen(Retd) Baljit Singh
Plumage Across The Pir Panjal: A Photographic Guide
by Rajendra Singh, FRGS
Bookmart. Pages 295. Hard Bound Rs 1160 

Is he a victim or a perpetrator?
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur
Vanity Bagh
by Anees Salim
Pages 238. Rs 499.

A man, legend & a tale 
Reviewed by Vikrant Parmar
The Race of My Life
by Milkha Singh Rupa. 
Pages 150. Rs 250