Monthly archives: March 2013

‘Les Mis’ in India, Countless Times a Day

In Pic :A homeless girl slept on the ground on a cold morning in New Delhi in January. My reaction to watching “Les Misérables” on stage in London in late 1985 was very different from my reaction when I saw it at the cinema in Delhi last week. In 1985 London, I was enthralled and moved by the spectacle. In 2013 Delhi, I was like, whatever. It’s true that the […]

A Boost for Health and Education.

Children attended a free school in New Delhi, Nov. 7, 2012. I got a headache trying to figure out how much money the Indian government plans to spend on health this year. There are multiple budget documents, and the figures given don’t always seem to match. But one thing was clear: spending on health and education looks set to increase. “Health for all and education for all remain our priorities,” […]

Salman Khan handpicks drawings by kids for Being Human Tshirts

onsidering his fondness for painting as a hobby, Salman Khan surely knows how to appreciate a good painting. The actor recently attended an art camp organized by artist Rouble Nagi that showcased work of underprivileged kids. So amazed and impressed was Salman with the drawings of these kids that he handpicked around 10 drawings and told Rouble that he would like to use them as a part of his Being […]

First treatment for vitiligo skin ailment

First treatment for vitiligo skin ailment Vitiligo was made famous by Michael Jackson who lost his dark skin tone to the disease. Researchers have now found a cure for the skin disorder by using a modified protein. Researchers from Loyola University and Chicago Stritch School of Medicine have developed a genetically modified protein that dramatically reverses the skin disorder vitiligo in mice, and has similar effects on immune responses in […]

Budget is the economy’s face, Bollywood is a mirror that reflects it

If you saw Guru Dutt sulk in Pyaasa (The Thirsty, 1957) on the arrogance of the rich, you can blame it on the Nehruvian economic model that focused on industrialization with the Second Five-Year Plan that began in 1956. In the same year, we had a more optimistic  Naya Daur (New Age),in which Dilip Kumar plays a tongawalla who takes on the threats posed by the arrival of the bus. The […]

U.S. downplays Hagel’s remarks, backs India’s role in Afghanistan

After Chuck Hagel’s controversial remarks on India’s role in Afghanistan, a top U.S. official has strongly backed New Delhi’s investment program and said they have a holistic view of the war-torn region. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake on Wednesday at a Congressional hearing said,” India has taken a very kind of holistic view of what needs to be done there, and they have a […]

A pre-poll lollipop, say trade unions.

No fund has been allocated for the welfare of people living below the poverty line Trade unions have criticised Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for presenting a “pre-election lollipop” budget to “deceive the people.” Communist Party of India MP and All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said Mr. Chidambaram was trying to win over the people with the 2014 general election in mind. When there was enough number […]

When Ram Gopal Varma made L K Advani cry

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma arranged a special screening of his latest film The Attacks of 26/11 for BJP leader L K Advani and other top politicians. The film is based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. ‘Just finished a screening of 26/11 with some top notch politicians in delhi including L k Advaniji nd I am overwhelmed with the response,’ he tweeted with a picture of them together (above).  The film apparently left Advani in tears. ‘Advaniji had […]