'Art & Soul



Finally, children’s films come of age
Aradhika Sharma

Directors and storytellers have become progressively conscious of the world as the kids view it. The result has been a slew of wonderful movies, the latest offering being Hawaa Hawaai. We look at how children’s films are no longer peripheral to mainstream cinema
Children have, until recently, barring few films, been largely peripheral in Hindi cinema. Films have either had them in small roles where they complete a family or treated them as cute appendages. Thankfully, over the past few years, things have changed, with kids getting increasing recognition in TV and in cinema. Children, in such films define the world that they inhabit, rather than an adult (far away from the realities of the child) trying to describe it for the audience.

Voice of art
Surekha Kadapa-Bose
Artists, whose abstract works fetch crores in the international art market, do not have many takers in their homeland
The followers of abstract art believe it to be representational expression rather than photographic one. A picture, before being an elephant, a nude, a landscape or anything else is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order. Like music with sounds, bereft of words, which breaks the rules of academic painting, and focuses on visual effects instead of details.

Broad brush

Keeping space for good health
Meena Sehgal
It is time to build cities that recognise the need to provide its citizens healthy surroundings and reduce the risk of diseases
Obesity is now being recognised as a major health problem in both developed and developing countries. Is it a result of only gorging of high calorie food? Could our cities with disappearing sidewalks and manicured parks have a role to play? Is this an emerging public health problem looming large?

Gasping for breath in urban jungles
Air pollution is associated with an increased risk of acute respiratory infections and decreased lung function
Dr Amit Kumar Mandal
Indian cities are growing rapidly, owing to the expanding economic base. This has led to an increase in the ownership and use of motor vehicles with a subsequent rise in the levels of air pollution. Exposure to air pollutants is known to be harmful to health, in general, and to the lungs, in particular.

The ultimate liberator
Nirupama Dutt
Baba Bulleh Shah has remained on the top of the charts of Punjab Sufis. A peep into the growing interest in his life and poetry in the present times
Punjabi poets such as Bulleh Shah have also challenged orthodoxy and I wonder what would have happened had Bulleh Shah been alive today? Would mobs attack him also? This was the question Raza Rumi, Paksitani policy analyst and columnist, had asked in his column some time ago. And last April Rumi Raza was shot at by a separatist terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jahangvi in Lahore but he was saved as he ducked in his car but his 25-year-old driver did not and died with eleven bullets in his young body.

Soul talk
Women in relationships ignore other men
Personal Relationships, journal of International Association for Relationship Research, has published a new research that states that women in serious relationships tend not to pay attention to other attractive men. They tend to focus more on the negative traits of men they would be otherwise interested in, were they not seriously involved with another. In the series of three experiments, the first two asked women to recall traits of good-looking men who were potential suitors.

The road to eternity
Tanushree Podder
The Great Ocean Road, along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford, is the world's longest war memorial and a beautiful scenic drive.


Cannes sets the pace
Saibal Chatterjee
The buzz generated at the world’s premier film festival goes a long way in giving a new movie both prestige and longevity
The Palme d'Or may be one of most coveted prizes in world cinema, but it certainly isn't the only reward that titles playing in the glitzy and glamour-filled Cannes Film Festival are after. When a film in Competition or Un Certain Regard generates buzz on the palm-shaded promenade around which all the Cannes action occurs, it provides it a headstart, the spin-offs from which last the entire year and beyond. New discoveries are made, already formidable reputations are further strengthened and some films gather enough critical steam on its premiere here to be talked of as likely Oscar contenders and as festival favourites for the next few months.

“I believe in giving 200 per cent to each role”
Nonika Singh
Rajkummar Rao has come a long way since his debut in Love Sex aur Dhokha. The National Award-winning actor of critically acclaimed films like Kai Po Che and Shahid hopes to wow once again with his latest film CityLights


CONSUMERS BEWARE!: Regulating the practice of physiotherapy
by Pushpa Girimaji

Food talk: Slice of Kiev on your table
by Pushpesh Pant

WEBSIDE HUMOURSpoilt for choices
by Sunil Sharma

by Karuna Goswamy

weekly horoscope


Security for the Superbowl
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front lines of Homeland Security
by Todd Miller
San Francisco: City Lights. Pages 355, $16.95.

Fiction bestsellers

A Ray that never shone
Reviewed by Suresh Kohli
Satyajit Ray's Ravi Shankar: An Unfilmed Visual Script
Edited by Sandip Ray
Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers India. Pages 108. Rs 399.

Lost Beckett story found
Echo's Bones has seen the light after rejection in 1934. A previously unpublished short story by Samuel Beckett, rejected as a "nightmare" by his editor, will go on sale for the first time next month, 80 years after it was written.

Borrowed blue blood
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Live Like a Maharaja- How to Turn Your Home Into a Palace
by Amrita Gandhi
Penguin Books. Pages 198.
Rs 699