31082017-LSTL-01.qxd 8/30/2017 7:51 PM Page 1 c m y b LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 31 AUGUST 2017 TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE PARIS JACKSON SHARES TOUCHING TRIBUTE PATRICK STEWART BAGS EXCELLENCE AWARD ACTOR BRANDON JONES SENTENCED Even after eight years of his death, Michael Jackson continues to be the ‘love’ of his daughter’s life. The 19-year-old Paris Jackson shared a touching message on Instagram in the honour of her late father’s 59th birthday. ANI Veteran actor Patrick Stewart will be honoured at this year’s San Diego International Film Festival. The 77-year-old actor will receive the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema. Stewart will be bestowed with the honour on October 5. PTI Pretty Little Liars actor Brandon Jones, who has a recurring role in the television show, has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for pointing a gun at a neighbour. Jones revealed a concealed handgun during an argument with the neighbour at his North Hills home on October 30, 2015. ANI ‘Didn’t leave in anger’ Reports were doing the rounds recently, suggesting that the cast of Baadshaho, including Ajay Devgn, stormed out of Kapil Sharma’s show, owing to cancellation of the shoot. The actor has finally addressed the issue, denying the fact that he walked off from the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show after the host cancelled the shoot, reportedly at the last minute. —ANI When every word is a treasure I PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN, PRADEEP TEWARI Mona T’S not for nothing they say that books make the best companions. Words printed on paper, something to hold on to; turn pages, smell and weigh...can never be replaced by Kindle! Meet these bibliophiles who not only make sure they spend a significant time of their lives in company of books, but have also dedicated the best corner of their homes to books! Building a personal library is a coveted dream for many, but only a few achieve it. Like these bibliophiles from City Beautiful WORK IN PROGRESS: Zubin Mehta’s collection is an eclectic mix Poetic justice Way back during the 70’s, a journey that started with a book a month at Rs 20 through Reader’s Digest has grown to full volumes by Charles Dickens and Somerset Maugham now. Sprinkle in some more...right from crime to romance to spirituality, and that’s AR Rajwade’s library for you. A whopping 35 years of teaching mathematics in Panjab University, Rajwade hasn’t stopped learning. As we step into his world of fact and fiction beautifully enclosed by all green in sector 8, we find him painstakingly giving finishing touches to murals that he is making with Rajsathani gemstones. So amongst the topaz, agate, amethyst, carnelian and their colourful world, as we see books breathing life, we chat! “I am all for poetic justice,” opens up the very pleasant septuagenarian, pointing towards neat rows of fairytales and crime fiction. Now not as prolific a reader, he admits, “A book now lasts me two months.” Currently it’s not the classics or legends that catch his imagination, but spirituali- ty - right from Rumi, Guru Nanak, St. John to Kabir. Artiste’s abode Theatre director, painter, writer and more, Zubin Mehta needs little from life but a ride to the hills with his Ruskin Bond! At his home, under progress, green is the colour at the moment mixed with brown. The books here aren’t neatly classified according to genres but randomly put, some peeping out of boxes. While there are rows of books on theatre and its craft, there is Prem Chand, Gulzar, Arundhati Roy and Dalai Lama too. It was The Last Leaf by O. Henry that left an indelible imprint on young Zubin’s mind and as one looks over the serene, green terrace towards Fateh Burj, Chappar Chiri, one knows it was a journey for good. And if you believe in give and take, this one is okay to barter books! Love of life Apart from obtaining a PhD from Trinity College, Rumina Sethi also brought ❝ I OWE MY LOVE FOR THE PRINTED WORD LARGELY TO MY YEARS SPENT IN OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE...I REALISE HOW SELFISH IT WOULD BE TO NOT SHARE THIS WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE along a love for books from Cambridge. Step into her home in Panjab University campus that she shares with partner Shelley Walia, another avid-book lover, tomes are not restricted to the study but spread all over! An impressive black cabinet next to the door; bottom shelf of the side table and every nook and cranny has shelves designed to accommodate their true love of life. As one spots and meanders the way to the study, one cannot help but exclaim in joy. A pretty blend of traditional and modern, the personal workspacecum-study of the Chairperson, Department of English and Cultural Studies, is rich not only in books also in background FACT FROM FICTION: Rumina Sethi owns an overwhelming collection on literary theory, right from the volatile 1960s to the post-9/11 decade OLD HABITS: AR Rajwade still goes back to crime thrillers away her books to her students, if only to make more room for the new volumes that she cannot wait to lay her hands on. Back in business CHANGE OF TASTE: From fiction, Drishinder Sandhawalia has moved on to reading history and philosophy of the garden behind! The large glass windows overlook green expanse and one corner has the work table, elegant and tasteful seating with books neatly categorised, according to genres, on the sides. “On my right side are histories of colonialism and nationalism, my areas of specialization,” she shares. Shelley’s shelves betray his interest in international politics and cultural studies. Then there are volumes and volumes of fiction, the Penguin collections, poetry, 18th and 19th century first editions of books on Classical Western music—their joint passion. “I owe my love for the printed word largely to my years spent in Oxford and Cambridge. Whether it was the availability of classics at prices as low as 10 pence at an antiquarian bookshop or purchases made at the Blackwell Book Store, right across the road from the formidable Bodleian Library at Oxford, where one could end up buying any title one wanted, everything culminated into some 10,000 plus collection between the two of us.” While in her early days, Rumina would track down and make a note of every book that left her shelves, she is now definitely more giving. “I realise how selfish it would be to not share this wealth of knowledge.” You see her often give Drishinder Sandhawalia has misplaced one book by AC Grayling since a few days and has not been able to keep peace ever since. Such is the passion that this man holds for thousands of books that occupy prime space in his abode in Sector 5, Chandigarh; some of them left by his father, a huge volume added by him. With history and philosophy being his area of interest, Drish has come back a full circle from his school days in St Columba’s, Delhi, when he would not only use his book entitlement but also that of his friend! “I did lose touch with reading, but now I am back with vigour. My preference has moved from fiction to philosophy and politics largely,” shares Drishinder. Christopher Hitchens and Philip Bobbitt remain his current favourites. email@example.com Pearls from a luminary A voice to remember Now, Urdu writer Qurratulain Hyder’s last novel in English The last and most enigmatic novels of one of Urdu’s greatest fiction writers Qurratulain Hyder, which spans the period from Partition to the time of the Ayodhya dispute in the early nineties, is now available in English. The translation of Chandni Begum by Saleem Kidwai has been published by Women Unlimited. Chandni Begum connects the present to the past. Hyder returns to her favourite themes and spaces — Partition, women entertainers, popular mysticism, the illustrious homes of Lucknow and the chawls of Bom- bay — to tell a riveting tale, liberally sprinkled with entertaining characters. Plot wise The eponymous heroine, Chandni Begum, is a destitute survivor of a once powerful landed family, looking for a way to get by respectably. Centred around two prominent Lucknow families, the narrative closes in on the lives and struggles of a romantic revolutionary, Qambar, and three women drawn to him. The women are Chandni Begum, Bela, the daughter of a mirasibhand couple, desperate to break away from her tainted ‘legacy’; and Safia, the poliostricken daughter of the Raja of Teen Katori, an independent ‘educationist’. Hyder was a journalist, scriptwriter and broadcaster with BBC, as well as Producer Emeritus, AIR, and copywriter for an advertising agency. Among her many awards and honours are the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Shri, the Bharatiya Jnanpith and the Sahitya Akademi Award. Hyder’s published work consists of four collections of short stories, five novels and several novellas. —PTI c m y b Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says eminent sound recordist Ghosh advised him to sing more often after he heard the actor singing the song Mere Paas Aao for the 1979 film Mr. Natwarlal. Amitabh got nostalgic about the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai after he revisited it recently. “In 1968-69, I had climbed up here to give audience to Sunil Dutt. He was dubbing here for Padosan. Then, of course, there have been such incredible moments within those portals, it shall be difficult to describe,” Amitabh wrote on his blog on Tuesday night. “But the one that comes to Big B was advised to ‘sing more often’ after Mr. Natwarlal mind is the first song I ever sang for film — Mere Paas Aao, Mere Doston Ek Kissa Suno for Mr. Natwarlal; the most accomplished sound recordist of the time Ghosh da, after listening to me, advised — ‘You should sing more often’,” he added. Amitabh has sung songs like Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein, Haal-E-Dil, Ekla Chalo Re, Say Shava Shava and Main Yahan Tu Wahan. — IANS
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