JULY 2001- Contents

Indo-Pak Focus
50Year Photo Retrospective

The 'People' Effort

Agra Summit- the happier moments

Begum Sehba Musharraf's time in India

Cuisine Diplomacy

Open Letter to the General and the PM

Indo-Pak Reconciliation School

Kiran Bedi's screen debut 

Fashion & Lifestyle
By the Young, for the Young' 

Fashion Graduates - India

Pakistan School of Fashion Design

Adopting Historic sites

Benoy Behl- documenting
India's ancient art

Preventive Medicine - How it

Aamir Khan - an interview

Adnan Sami

'United for Gujarat' - the first South Asian concert'

Travel & Adventure
Dr. Kamal Vilku -India's first lady in Antarctica

Speaking Stones - Heritage
Sites in India


Editor's Note


the craft shop

the print gallery




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- by the young, for the young -


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L-R: Ritu Beri with her New Collection (AFP Photo- Arko Datta); Ritu Beri's beach outfit displayed in Paris earlier this year (AP Photo-Francois Mori)

The setting up of Fashion Institutes in any society means style is, henceforth, to be taken seriously - and a serious business it is. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in India has given the country some of the mightiest names in fashion design. Started in Delhi, with State support, fifteen years ago, NIFT now has a presence in Mumbai, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Similarly, the Pakistan School of Fashion Design in Lahore is a recent undertaking, also with State support. Bombay may have been the centre of glamour, but Delhi has always been associated with innovation in style. Noor Jehan, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, may well have been the city's first high-profile fashion designer and a trend setter. More recently, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, JJ Vallaya, and Ritu Beri are all Delhi based and Delhi inspired designers who have commanded great respect and international acclaim.

The young graduates from these Fashion Institutes participate in the annual ritual of exhibiting their designs to the world at large. This summer , graduates from schools in India and Pakistan entered the real world of competition - but before they did so, their work was shown  as a high-profile society event. In India, their creations were modelled by the likes of Noyonika Chatterjee and other top models of the country - a perfect morale booster.

We bring you glimpses of what these young people are creating for their peers.


NIFT- Delhi
The earthy, ethnic and formal collection

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(Photos TOI- Manoj Kesharwani)
L-R: Models Rohini Tiwari, Noyonika Chatterjee, Waluscha D'souza

Themed collection - North-eastern hills of India

(Photos TOI- Manoj Kesharwani)
L-R: Models Ayesha Prem, Kiran Rao, Ayesha Prem


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