'Art & Soul



Family tales and personal takes
Nonika Singh
When relatives take upon themselves to write biographies, do they enrich history with personal accounts or does objectivity take a backseat?
How we love to peep into other peopleís lives. And what better way to get to know people than through books. Indeed, no book can truly sum up a man. As Mark Twain said, "Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written." Yet biographies remain legitimate and accurate sketches of men and women the history must record and the ensuing generations must know. Arthur Balfour might have felt, "Biography should be written by an acute enemy", the reality can often be to the contrary.

Wall street journal
Aradhika Sharma
Art is no longer restricted to an artistís canvas. Dynamic and explosive, street art is redefining the genre
There are many things that define the spirit of a place: The food, the smell, the clothes, the language, the features of the people and the art, prints, graffiti that you see on the walls, the streets and the homes of people which is definitive and representative in many ways.

Broad brush

Good health
Can vitamin C cure your cold?
Dr Ishi Khosla
There has been a strong belief that vitamin C protects against colds and diseases. But this theory is not well supported by research and large doses can even be harmful
Think of building your immunity or fighting the winter chill, the first thing you think of is good old vitamin C. While most people pop-in vitamin C tablets, some supplement their diet with orange juice, lemon or amla juice. Generally, there has been a strong belief that vitamin C protects against colds and diseases. Two time Nobel Laureate Dr Linus Pauling claimed in 1970s that the deficiency of vitamin C is the main cause for heart disease and many other degenerative diseases that can shorter our life expectancy.

Damaging strokes
Women are more prone to brain strokes, especially pre and post-menopausal women
Dr Vipul Gupta
Stroke is the third most common cause of death and disability worldwide. It occurs due to brain damage because of decrease in blood supply to brain because of a blockage in the blood vessel feeding the brain. Sometimes it occurs when a blood vessel bursts, leading to bleeding in the brain. Stroke is also referred to as "brain attack". As a result of it part of brain doesn't get oxygen and blood it needs and dies.

Please spare me the momsense
What is the one thing that new mothers get most of without asking? It is not help but loads of advice , often unsolicited
Aiditi Garg
Everyone from your granny, neighbours and maids to colleagues and even the cashier at the store where you buy the diapers, has a gem of advice to offer. If managing a new born was not a tough call in itself, you have to go through bouts of self-doubt inflicted by well- meaning advice that points towards the direction opposite to the one you are already taking. If you identify with any of the following, relax in the knowledge that you are not a bad mom but a victim of momsense.

Where should one file a complaint
I live in Chandigarh and have a complaint against a retailer in Delhi, from whom I bought an expensive saree. When I went to file my complaint, I was told that I should file it in an appropriate consumer forum in Delhi and not in Chandigarh. Is this correct? I always thought that one could register a complaint in a forum closest to one's residence.

Bond with Boston
Preeti Verma Lal
This vibrant, thriving city in New England is one of America's oldest cities. It is often referred to as the cradle of liberty
In Boston, beginnings can be baffling. You do not know where to begin. Or, who to begin with in Boston. With the early European settlers who christened it Trimountaine after the three mountains (no mountain stands now!)? Or, the Puritans who renamed it after the town of Boston in England? If you like your prose, you might begin with Charles Dickens. His first rendition of A Christmas


When looks donít matter
Shoma A. Chatterji
The film industry has always been partial to those with good looks. However, many average-looking actors have evolved into very famous and successful stars in their own right

Talking movies
Ervell E. Menezes
Hereís a peep at some of the old classics that impressed with their novelty
After almost five decades on the film circuit, guess one is amply qualified to discuss movies, the ones that impressed and why, but not to impose my views but share with GenNext which I believe is better than us, or doesnít evolution teach us that.


Food talk: When broccoli is not boring
by Pushpesh Pant

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by Sunil Sharma

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Dawn of Shakespeare studies
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Shakespeare Studies In Colonial Bengal: The Early Phase
by Hema Dahiya
Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars
Publishing. Pages 218. £45.00
A comprehensive work of literary research, Dr Hema Dahiya's Shakespeare Studies In Colonial Bengal offers a perceptive account of the dawn of Shakespeare studies in early colonial Bengal. Primarily focused on three extraordinary figures: the precocious young poet Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (the Indian Keats); D.L. Richardson, mainly a poet but also an essayist and a critic; and H.M. Percival, a scholar-critic who prepared numerous critical editions of Shakespeare's plays, the study touches upon a number of complex and conflicted ways in which Shakespeare was interpreted.

Non Fiction

Diamonds are forever
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
The Mountain of Light by Indu Sundaresan
HarperCollins India. Pages 352. Rs 299
Indu Sunderasan is an absolute master in the historical fiction genre - she's had a lot of practice perfecting it in her Taj Trilogy (The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses and Shadow Princess). This book follows the historical path of possibly, the most-desired object in India, the Kohinoor or the mountain of light, the 186-carat diamond's journey from India to England is explained. In its path, the wondrous diamond passes through various powerful and beautiful hands; some that love it for its beauty; some that gift it away; some that covet it.

Peak experience
Reviewed by H Kishie Singh
Our Ascent of the Everest: High Adventure
by Sir Edmund Hillary
Roli Books. Pages 256 + photographs. Rs 350
One picture is worth a thousand words. Edmund Hillary's book with more than two dozen photographs is absolutely magnificent and awesome. It was a first time that a camera was used at 29,029 feet above sea level. It captured the climbing conditions and obstacles faced by climbers in the Himalaya.