Amitabh for President?


Bollywood's biggest name may become India's Ronald Reagan, if Amar Singh has his way.

Amitabh Bachchan vs Shah Rukh Khan: The Bollywood Fight of the Century


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The Jalsa corner

Main character

Amitabh Bachchan, (“The Big B”) 64, actor, TV presenter, poet, one-time Member of Parliament and potential candidate for presidency.

Supporting Cast:

Shah Rukh Khan: The reincarnation of India's Pushtun hero


Is he the Gandhis' crowd-puller?

Of the handful of men who led the struggle for India’s independence, the most tragic and least known is Abdul Ghaffar Khan, commonly known as Badshah Khan, the uncrowned king.

Bachchan vs Gandhi


What is the feud between Amitabh Bachchan and India's first political family?

There is no better way to turn a man against you than by attacking his ego. If Amitabh does indeed come out openly to oppose the Congress Party and Sonia Gandhi, it is partly because they have had a hand in making him lose face among the Indian people.

Last September the Indian government gave The Big B a slap on his face: They demoted him down the rungs of the VVIP, the Very Very Important People and pushed him down from category “Y” to “X”.

Monumental visions


The Museum of Islamic art in Doha has opened, bringing one architect’s star-studded career to a close.

Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art may signal the beginning of the Gulf region as a global cultural destination. The stark, Cubist monument also marks an ending – it will be the last major building designed by I.M. Pei.

Cricket: The Great Indian Obsession


Indian schoolchildren may not know who their prime minister is, but few will have problems naming their country's cricket captain. So what is India's fascination with this most famous of its colonial inheritance?

cricket mob in India
It is March 14, 1996 and a chauffeur is driving me through the streets of Calcutta in a beat up Ambassador. On a regular day we would be patiently ploughing through traffic in this wonderful city. But not on this day.

The "A" List (Part 1 of 2)


Ten Asians making the news in America

From shore to shining shore, America is made up of successive generations of immigrants. But it has always found it difficult to accommodate those who came via the Pacific instead of the Atlantic.

Instant noodles rule the world!


It is the most popular processed food on earth, and by far the most controversial. Its supporters say it is the ideal food for the masses and one of the 20th century's great inventions. Its detractors call it a weapon of mass destruction and blame its high sodium content and preservatives for widespread malnutrition from the Philippines to Mexico.

instant noodles

Easy to prepare and stomach-filling, it has become the staple diet of the world's dispossessed and victims of war and disaster.

Beyond prestige


Seven years ago, cellphones were the latest rage. Today they are a commodity. In a world where just about everyone has a cellphone, how does one stand out from the crowd?

There are two ways to do it. One is to become a contrarian and refuse to own a phone. The other is to get one that is so unusual that it stands out from a sea of ordinary, run-of-the-mill phones.

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