'Art & Soul



Sad part of playing a happy man
Robin Williams’ death has once again brought the spotlight
on entertainers who bring laughter into our lives but
struggle to beat the blues. They often hide their misery
behind a veneer of gaiety
Aruti Nayar

A teenaged fan spontaneously burst out on getting the news of Robin William’s death, "But he was so happy, so cheerful, he made everyone laugh." She was voicing the popular sentiment: Those who make us laugh are bound to be happy themselves. There is a popular anecdote about a person who goes to a therapist and tells him how he is feeling so sad and the world, to him, seems cruel and harsh. The therapist tells him, to and go and see Ferrini, the clown's show, since he was coming to town and "You will feel better." "But I am Ferrini", says the man! It is not necessary that the people who make us laugh do the same themselves.

’Art & Soul
Portable pilgrimages
A new book on Kaavads looks at this timeless storytelling device with warmth, fascination as well as a keen eye
In that great text, the Bhagavadgita, there is a description of an ‘imperishable tree’, which is said to have its roots upward and its branches down: urdhvamulam-adhahshakham. The text then moves, as a matter of course, in a philosophical direction, and adds a little later, "The real form of this tree cannot be perceived... no one can understand where it ends, where it begins, or where its foundation is."

Broad brush

This water is not good for wellbeing
Water retention can lead to swelling all over the body and weight gain. However, some foods can prevent this
ater retention in the body, medically referred to as oedema, is a common problem. It leads to an even more severe problem – weight gain. Often, we come across several people who complain of weight gain due to water retention. It can be a major hindrance in the day-to-day activity for sufferers.

You don’t always have to take a bitter pill
A homoeopathic first-aid box of some basic medicines can be beneficial as these medicines are non-toxic and do not have any side effects
Dr Deepak Grover
omoeopathic is safe treatment as its medicines are in extremely diluted quantities and there are no side effects. The non-toxicity of these medicines makes these a good choice for treatment of children. Everyone and every family should have homoeopathic self-care remedy kit with vials of pellets in 30c potency at home. Self-care is recommended for acute self-limiting conditions such as occasional cold, simple headache, stomach ache, menstrual cramps, minor injuries and emotional upsets. In such cases you can get quick relief from the symptoms. Homoeopathic medicines are selected for treatment of individual symptoms and their causes rather than disease itself. More complicated, serious and acute emergencies such as infections with fever and all chronic disorders required treatment under trained homoeopathic practitioner.

The evolution of teaching methods
Moving from gurukuls to classrooms to smartschools, imparting education has evolved with time
Vibha Sharma
ndia has a rich educational heritage. Nalanda University was the first educational institution where students from all over the world flocked to. It can also claim to be one of those nations which has experienced the whole wide spectrum of methodologies of imparting education to students.

Once upon a fort
Its architectural symmetry, intricate in-laid patterns in stones, designed frames and arches invest the Chitradurga fort with a bewitching look
Anand & Madhura Katti
eople travelling by road on National Highway 4 to Bangalore pass through the city of Chitradurga in central Karnataka. If taking the bypass, the city is hardly visible but one can’t miss the sight of the magnificent rock fort on the rocky mountains, which runs alongside the tropical city. The tour of the fort and remains of the city within it make for a great sojourn.

Globetrotting: Rocking robots

A taste of Bollywood banquets
Food has featured in myriad ways in Hindi cinema but, of late, food movies have come of age with interesting experiments
Nirupama Dutt
ood, food and more food has ever been at the heart of Indian films, and no surprise this for India’s culture is essentially agrarian. The lead was taken as early as 1946 with Dharti ke Lal (Sons of the Soil), a poignant film on the Bengal famine. Many films in post-independent India negotiated the issue of hunger or the provision of the basic need. Since then food has featured in a myriad ways in Bollywood films other than just for survival. There is food for fun, food for courtship, food for love and food for the sheer pleasure of it. Indian sweets like laddo, rasgula, jalebi and halwa have featured in many films and film songs too. There is a sensuous song on the favourite Indian savory called a samosa: "Jab tak rahega samose meing aloo..." A yesteryear film song even had a guy asking a girl out on Sunday with the promise of feeding her eggs freshly laid by a hen!

Unforgettable Robin
Robin Williams, who acted in more than 50 movies, was a great mimic, irreverent and inventive. Here’s a tribute to the great actor
Ervell E. Menezes
he sad news of the death of a great actor Robin Williams and that too at a comparatively young age of 63 came as a surprise. Only a day later we read of the death of yesteryear icon Lauren Becall at the ripe age of 89, she who paired with Humphrey Bogart in a number of films, especially the unforgettable Casablanca.


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