January  2004 

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Wishing our readers a Happy and a Safe 2004!

             Feature - Men, women and mountains

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L-R: Everesters Santosh Yadav and Bachendri Pal of India

Fifty years of mountain lure
"If the world's leaders could spend a few days climbing a mountain together, then things would go better.”  so said Reinhold Messner
The year 2003 celebrated the golden anniversary of achievements in mountain climbing in the Himalayas and the Karakorams.  This feature is a tribute to all those who made it to the top, especially the 
largely unacknowledged Sherpas, and those who did not.   
Read on


             People - Leila Seth 

Leila Seth was the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court in India, the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and the first woman to top the Bar examination in London. Now Penguin/ Viking is promoting her autobiography On Balance, with great fanfare. Notwithstanding her own literary effort, Leila Seth is also the Suitable Boy Vikram Seth’s mother….

Read on .....

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             Sports - Wasim Akram the 'Sultan of Swing'

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He was one of the finest left arm bowlers the game has ever seen and has an enviable record of more then 900 wickets in both forms of the game. Former Pakistani skipper Wasim Akram is now ready to hold a microphone as he joins ESPN Star Sports. The Sultan of Swing is also unofficially imparting important lessons to Indian speedsters to hone their talent. 
Excerpts from an interview…


             Music - Sunny Jain - a long Jazz Yatra from NY

The recently concluded Jazz Yatra in Mumbai, India, featured a stunning musical performance by Sunny Jain and his group Positive Rhythmic Force. Mesmerized listeners realized that it’s not for nothing that the India-born Sunny has been designated as the Jazz Ambassador of the United States          Read on ....

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             New this month - 'Between Heaven and Hell' - Travels 
             through South Asia by Akhil Bakshi


             Other articles:

            Rocky Mohan

            Taya Ji - a short story

            AIDS - an assessment

            Letter from Pakistan

             Book reviews

             And many more ......




Special Sections 

the-south-asian data bank

Anniversary Issue

South Asian Woman


Between Heaven and Hell

Silk Road on Wheels

The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in Bangladesh



January 2004 


 Men, Women & Lure
 of Mountains


 Nanga Parbat


 Everest & Sherpas

 Women & mountains

 Hunza and Balti

 Ecology on top

 AIDS - a worldview

 Status in South Asia

 Foreign help to fight
 AIDS in India

Wasim Akram - 
 Sultan of Swing

 Natural Medicine
Ashwagandha - the
 wonder herb 

 Real Issues
Education for all - a 
 myth or reality?


Leila Seth

 Rocky Mohan

 Sunny Jain & Jazz

 Short story
Taya Ji

Between Heaven
  And Hell

 A Brush with Life

 Cutting Edge

 The Horse that Flew

 Punjabi Baroque

 Letter from Pakistan



 the craft shop

 Lehngas - a limited collection

 the print gallery


 Between Heaven and Hell

  Silk Road on Wheels

 The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

 Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in


From the past issues

The First People of south Asia

The Jews of India

The Parsi Community of India

Modern Art in Pakistan

Elephant polo in Nepal

... and many more



Tibetan medicine

Ayurvedic spas of Kerala


Optical networks

B2B - Efficiency & Profits

Reinventing India

Internet in South Asian Development