February 19, 2001 Issue

India Today, February 19


The New Boom

Better Off Than Dad

Services Sector: Growth Engine

Faces: Adventure Capitalists

Adapters: Tradition Meets Technology

Industry: Being Indian

Careers: Techies Line Up For Jobs Online



The Scindias: Will Power
The contentious will of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia virtually disinherits her only son Madhavrao Scindia. This controversy threatens to mar the reputation and respectability of one of India's best- known and highly regarded royal families.



Gujarat: Shaky Regime
Confronted with a monumental disaster, the Gujarat Government is at the centre of relief operations. Was its reaction timely and efficient? Could more lives have been saved?

And Greed Hits Home
More than anything, it was corruption that killed people in Gujarat as buildings constructed by getting around norms came crashing down.



Public Sector: Shotgun Exit
First large PSU where workers agreed to leave the company.


Tavleen Singh




Vintage Dockyard

Ramp Review
Back To Beatles
Singing Sheriff
Hack Of A Worship
String Harmony
Pottering Around
Looking Glass

Modern Mumbai owes its history to this naval dockyard; where the British East India Company set up its first shipyard in 1735. But ever since it was taken over by the Indian Navy's western fleet, the heritage buildings within its precincts disappeared behind high walls and watch towers. Not any more. Last week, the Navy opened the doors of the historic dockyard for heritage walkers on Sundays.

HERITAGE WALKS: Mumbai's naval dockyard's open Sundays

In what was to be the first of many, a handful of visitors walked down the vintage shipyard. With a frontage that's remained unchanged for two centuries, the dockyard is known for building the HMS Trincomalee, the world's oldest ship still afloat, in 1817. It is here that the Bombay Docks, Asia's first and oldest dry dock, is also located. So there's plenty to lap up. Says the man behind it all, Vice-Admiral Madhvendra Singh, Flag Officer, Western Naval Command: "I've always wondered why the bosses never opened it, until one day they made me boss."

-Sandeep Unnithan

Conservation Culture

Conservation CultureConservation through culture is the theme at the ongoing Kala Ghoda festival (till February 14) in south Mumbai. In its third year, the fest seeks to draw public attention to urban conservation through a cultural blitzkrieg. So if there are workshops like 'Guess the Monument' to gauge participants' know-how of monuments, plays like 'Travel Show' help explore the desensitising of big cities. Other crowd-pullers: human puppets in a folk theatre presentation, dance recitals (by Daksha Sheth, Aditi Mangaldas), also contemporary dancer Astad Deboo. Says Sangita Jindal, member of the Kala Ghoda Association organising the fest, "The idea was to hold events in heritage buildings and renew interest in them through the medium of culture, thereby raising funds for conservation." An idea that worked.

-Natasha Israni

Q&A CNN Anchor: Riz Khan
Riz KhanHe came for a friend's wedding. He wound up covering the Gujarat quake. Riz Khan, CNN's Atlanta-based anchor, whose roots go back to quake-torn Kutch, has just set up a studio in Delhi's The Metropolitan Nikko hotel

Q. How busy are you?
A. I have taken over 20 flights this past month. I'm burning out. Budhha ban gaya hoon mein (laughs).

Q. How good is your Hindi?
A. I speak better Hindi than most Mumbaikars.

Q. What is CNN's new interest in India?
A. There is a new breed of entrepreneurs and performers here who are very popular abroad.

Q. Is that all?
A. The West used to think Asia is only Japan and China. No longer.

Q. Who's the other Riz Khan?
A. A doctor had it not been for TV.

-Methil Renuka



Care Today

Random Readings
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra would rather be "accurate" in his latest undertaking, a book of Kabir's poetry in English, even if he says "Kabir's greatest hits may not have been written by him at all".

Looking Glass

Kolkata: Restaurant

Art Exhibition

New Delhi: Play


    Web Exclusives

Who says Indian theatre is dying? Playwrights--both veteran and budding--in the country had a chance to interact with those from the Royal Court Theatre, London, at its first residency workshop in Bangalore recently.
It was a fortnight
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"I was very much against the idea of India," says William Dalrymple, author, The City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi. In conversation with INDIA TODAY's Sonia Faleiro, he talks about his old girlfriend, Delhi and his "enormously exciting" next book, The White Moghuls in Interviews.





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