'Art & Soul




How the tiger is losing the fight
There is a need for a better understanding of behavioural patterns of the tiger and giving these animals necessary space
Shaminder Boparai
With the recent focus on man-eaters killing people in northern India; the prefix "man-eater" has raised his ugly head once again. Amid the news of about 10 killings in 50 days, the age-old assumptions and the negative propaganda against tigers have started grabbing headlines in print and electronic media. Tigers have been at the receiving end for a long time. It has been generally accepted that the big cats are ravenous monsters, full of bloodlust, waiting their appointed time to become man-eaters, and exterminating them is the order of the day. By propagating this cult of man-eaters, human beings have expressed their ignorance and, in the process, murdered and maimed the tiger for not obeying man-made laws.

'Art & SOUL
The travels of a work of art
The movement of Houghton Shahnama manuscript from Iran to Turkey to Europe and then to the United States, besides the movement of ‘peerless’ artists working on it, raises the question of how art travels
was very intrigued when I chanced upon a news item that a single folio from an illustrated manuscript of the Shahnama, the national epic of Iran, was recently sold at an art auction in England for more than seven million pounds. That is a serious amount of money. I knew something about that particular Shahnama copy, having seen some images from it in published histories, and having admired these, but truly speaking, I did not know a great deal.

Broad brush

Testing times

Mickey Mehta

A healthy, nutritious diet and regular exercise can reduce stress and boost brain power during exams

Examination time can be stressful for children. It is a natural consequence of the time and hours spent on studies, tuitions, revision etc and can often lead to lethargy, fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, irritability, moodiness and depression.

Be a fit mom-to-be
Dr Swapna Misra

A healthy lifestyle is vital during pregnancy. But we are increasingly finding more and more overweight women who have either not eaten right in teen years or are not eating right during pregnancy, thus leading to unnecessary weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and increased chances of Caesarean sections.

The extraordinary life of a poet and a spy
The extraordinary tale of Noor Inayat Khan reads like a fictitious spy whodunit. London-based author Shrabani Basu brings this real-life drama to the readers in her book Spy Princess
Ranjita Biswas

was a poet and children’s fiction writer. Her forefathers were from a royal family of India. But she ended up working as a spy for the British in war-time Europe in the 1940s. The extraordinary tale of Noor Inayat Khan reads like a fictitious spy whodunit, but it is a real-life drama as the book on her, Spy Princess: The life of Noor Inayat Khan unfolds.

In Babur’s homeland

The Ferghana valley in Central Asia lays its claim to fame as the birthplace of Babur, founder of the Mughal dynasty. The valley, spread across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, is quite scenic and dotted with many streams and rivers
Lalit Mohan

In the month of Ramzan of the year 899 (June 1494) and in the twelfth year of my age, I became ruler in the country of Ferghana." Thus begins Baburnama, the autobiography of Zahiruddin Mohammed Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire in India.


The New Woman breaks the mould
The role of woman in Hindi cinema has undergone a makeover in the recent years. A new breed of strong, forceful women, who live life on their own terms, can be seen on the big screen
Shoma A. Chatterji

onscreen image of the woman in Hindi cinema is in a situation of constant flux moving towards a lot of attitude and aggression not only in terms of revealing a lot of oomph and sex through skin-show and sizzling item numbers but more importantly, through the characters they portray. The face, character and electric energy the woman exudes in films like Dedh Ishqiya, Aitraaz, Kahani, 7 Khoon Maaf, Jab We Met, throw up the image of a strong, forceful woman full of attitude. She lives life on her own terms even if this means breaking some visible and some invisible shackles patriarchy has imposed on her.

‘Comedy is in my blood’
Varun Dhawan is a born star. It took him only two films to graduate himself from a ‘student’ to a ‘hero’. The actor chats up about his upcoming romance-comedy Main Tera Hero
Sreya Basu

How was it working with your father David Dhawan in Main Tera Hero?
After my debut film in 2012 with Karan Johar in Student of the Year, working with my father, who has directed more than 40 films, was a very big thing for me.


FOOD TALK: Out-of-the-box combo
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMERS BEWARE!: Railways accountable for wrong info
by Pushpa Girimaji

GOOD MOTORING: Understanding tyres
by H. Kishie Singh

WEBSIDE HUMOURGood looking grandpa
by Sunil Sharma

by Karuna Goswamy

weekly horoscope


When Bansi Lal became Chief Minister
book excerpt
Reviewed by BK Chum 

Behind Closed Doors 
by BK Chum, Hay House. 
Pages 364. Rs 289


Triumph over tragedy
Reviewed by Shubhangi Vaidya

No looking back 
by Shivani Gupta 
Rupa. Pages 272. Rs 295

Chronicling the role of IAF in Kashmir war
Reviewed by D S Cheema 
An Incredible War: IAF in Kashmir War 1947-48 
by Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, PVSM, AVSM (Retd).
K W Publishers. Pages 446. Rs 920

She writes of Punjab in Hong Kong
GRADUATE of IIM Calcutta, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar did the mandatory sabun-tel sales and marketing for several years before she found her calling, writing. Starting with Earning the Laundry Stripes in 2006, she has just released the second of the Mehrunisa trilogy, a novel titled The Hunt for Kohinoor, that is selling well. The book is a fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader engaged without being too taxing.

Adieu Maria
last of the Trapp Family Singers, who inspired The Sound of Music, passed away at 99 recently. Maria von Trapp was one of seven children dramatised on stage and screen. Maria was the third child of Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead.