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On a drive before the World Cup
As the World Cup gets underway in South Africa this Saturday, stalls are full of cricket books. There is Peter Murray and Rajesh Kumar's painstaking effort. There is Rajneesh Gupta's maiden venture. As is the book by Rahul Singhal. VIJAY LOKAPALLY te lls you what to read, what to skip on cricket this season... .
After 'Chandni Bar' it is sunshine time
IF YOU think why Atul Kulkarni, in all his films, be it "Chandni Bar", "Dum" or now "Satta", appears an intriguing, politically inclined man it has reasons. He has been "closely following politics" since his school days. Not only because he has ...

Great expectations
NO SEVEN O' clock shadow on his countenance. He is as fit as he used to be when he scored a ton against Zimbabwe at the Prudential World Cup in 1993. In New Delhi for Hero Indian Sports Academy, Kapil Dev continues to be the cynosure of all ...
Manjrekar leads the play...
From hosting `Cricket World Cup Week' on the BBC World to doing running commentary for Set Max, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has his hands full this World Cup, says ZIYA US SALAM... .
Kotla: Not just cricket
Ferozshah Kotla is the ground where Anil Kumble wrote his name into the record books with a Perfect 10 against Pakistan. But the ground that used to be a part of Feroz Shah Tughlaq's Delhi has witnessed more illuminating moments. MADHUR TANKHA digs i nto a few facts... .
Yet another beauty from the cantonment!
SHE BELIEVES in the mantra that only a healthy body has a healthy mind. A student of Delhi's National Institute of Fashion Technology, she is a voracious reader and keeps herself abreast of the current affairs. She derives inspiration from the ...
'Kaash Aap Hamaare Hote'... if only
`BIKE! ALLAH tauba. I haven't had even a ride on it. Make sure that I don't look like a fool posing with it!' Laughter all around - shared by shutterbugs. But Juhi Babbar gets herself clicked. All style, this chirpy girl is the daughter dear ...
Sing for your cricketers...
OUR CRICKETERS need not only good wishes but also something to pump their adrenalin so that they go all hog to get the World Cup for us. To boost up Saurav Ganguly and his team-mates' confidence MSN India with Virgin Records India have come out ...
Green Caps, not Men in Blue
Kapil Dev and Sanjay Manjrekar might be more than hopeful of a good show at the World Cup, though the highest wicket-taker in women's cricket, Diana Eduljee does not share their optimism. ZIYA US SALAM reports... .
Eat cricket, drink cricket... watch it too!
Even as you watch Sourav Ganguly's men take on the mighty Aussies and the formidable foes from across the border, stay cool, take a refreshing sip and a tasty bite at New Delhi's hotels and restaurants offering special World Cup fare. SUMITRA SENAPAT Y reports... .
Eating Out
Aboard Orient Express with a raconteur
IT IS a first class ticket all the way with celebrated writer Githa Hariharan. We are aboard Taj Palace's legendary Orient Express, when the dark ruby red Chianti wine expertly chosen by Githa, helps us celebrate the release of her fifth novel, ...
A chintz trip...
ONE DOES not need an excuse to visit Delhi's Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a storehouse of emblematic Indian handloom and handicrafts produce. But, still if that is required, a reason to call can be a special exhibition of chintz being ...
Rural mela going urban...
The annual Surajkund Mela, hosted by Haryana Tourism Department on the outskirts of Delhi, is here. Like every year, hundreds of pleasure hunters are frequenting the mela. But there is a small, discernable change in this rural milieu. Nescafe coffee and Domino's pizzas are making their presence in what is otherwise a rural fair, notes SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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