| PICTURE SPEAK|
"30 Greatest Hits", October 2
"The crisp articles and evocative photographs forcefully bring to life a bygone era in all its beauty and vivacity. I enjoyed 'chewing and digesting' every bit."
S.C. Kapoor, Noida
Your 30th Anniversary Issue is interesting and shows how India has changed over the years. My favourite articles are "Gift of the Gag" and "Gone With the Wind". However, the issue should have restricted itself to the events of the past 30 years, and not earlier, when your magazine did not exist.
K. Dhingra, on e-mail
Your issue highlights an important truth of life: everything looks very pleasant in retrospect.
V.K. Tangri, on e-mail
Reading your Anniversary Issue was enlightening for a young reader like me. Thanks to you, I have learnt about the many developments that steered the course of Indian history. The pictures and the witty descriptions made the issue a pleasure to read.
Ayush Pratik, Bokaro
I was surprised to see the picture of Aroon Purie taken 30 years ago. He has indeed transformed into a suave businessman.
Bal Govind, Bareilly
Don't you think the 1971 victory over Pakistan should have found a place among the 30 momentous events? And Sam Manekshaw deserves a mention, especially since you have thought it fit to include "great men" like Deve Gowda, Navjot Singh Sidhu and-I hope this was a slip-Shakti Kapoor. You have proved that God and the soldier are remembered only in adversity.
V.K. Singh, Gurgaon
Your chronicle of the great performances in the history of the Hindi film industry was interesting ("Screen Charmers", October 2). You have paid a fitting tribute to India's best artists. It was particularly touching to read about Mother India and Do Bigha Zameen, in which Balraj Sahni was simply outstanding. However, I feel Amitabh Bachchan has given better performances in Deewar, and Kabhie Kabhie than in Amar Akbar Anthony.
Harsh Thakor, Mumbai
Though one understands that such lists are generally subjective, I couldn't contain my surprise at certain selections. How could Nasreen Munni Kabir ignore Guide's Raju, arguably Dev Anand's best performance, in favour of Tere Ghar Ke Saamne? Similarly, there were much better scenes in Swades than the one selected by the writer.
Vijay Chauhan, Mumbai
I am surprised to see that regional language films don't figure in the 30 best performances. Surely Bollywood is not synonymous with Indian cinema?
B. Arun, Trichy
A picture is indeed worth a thousand words ("Great Moments", October 2). The brilliant photographs-the one of Indira Gandhi in particular-evoke a strong sense of nostalgia.
Nandini Sanyal, on e-mail
I missed Zia-ul-Haq's picture among the perfect shots. In the past, you have published many of his interviews. Your coverage of his trip to India was extensive. He was fond of India Today and often gave your magazine telephonic responses, which was not a common thing in those days.
B. Rajasekaran, Bangalore
One important omission in the fade-outs list is Newstrack, the 90-minute monthly which entered living rooms through video cassettes of recorded events like the Meham episode and gave way to Aaj Tak ("Gone With the Wind", October 2).
| TREASURE HUNT |
Your selection of Living Treasures is extremely random. Including frivolous places like Shimla's Scandal Point, just because you want the list to represent all corners of India, is improper on your part.
Lata Raghavan, on e-mail
You have not only ignored true treasures like Lutyens' Delhi, you have also given the North-east a complete miss.
Srinjit Venkatesh, Delhi
It was refreshing to see obscure places like the Bagh-e-Bedil featured in your magazine. People who can't think beyond the Taj Mahal should read the article.
Anurupa Sen, Kolkata
It must have been a tough task to select the 30 best letters ever published in India Today ("In Letter and In Spirit", October 2). But it seems the criterion for selection was the VVIP status of the writer rather than the content.
Subhash C. Agrawal, Delhi
Wit and Wisdom
Eric Partridge would happily include your 30 greatest lines in his dictionary of catch phrases ("Memorable Phrases", October 2). Your third 30th Anniversary Issue was more creative than the earlier ones.
K.R. Deshpande, Bangalore
D-Wine in Old Bottle
The cover story on Dawood Ibrahim was timely but it did not say anything new ("Why Can't We Get Dawood", September 25). You did not say much about the abysmal administration of the country's security. Please do not sell old wine in a new bottle.
M.K. Madhusoodan, Bangalore
The government is not serious about campus decencies ("Rising Militancy", September 18). Let there be a law saying that student leaders should not be affiliated to any political party. If the Government is serious about protecting minorities, it should know that teachers are minorities before a mob of unruly students.
S.K. Pattnayak, on e-mail
While it is true that students are using the power of the media to air their grievances, the electronic media itself was partly responsible for the agitation in Chandigarh. It was a case of news vacuum which blew the issue out of proportion.
Rama Kashyap, Chandigarh
Lawrence Wright's book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, forces one to note that the US, which calls itself a crusader for democracy, has reversed the international democratic process ever since it began checkmating the former Soviet Union ("The Origin of Hate", September 18).
M.K.D. Prasada Rao, Ghaziabad
While bariatric surgery may produce dramatic results, it comes with an important caveat-it leads to vitamin and mineral deficiencies ("Cutting Out the Flab", September 18). The process of bypassing the stomach in order to create malabsorption is dangerous. The article mentions some side effects, but this fact needs emphasis.
P. Madhok, Mumbai
Hail the Harvester
It was a pleasure reading your Offtrack on Maharashtra ("The Water Harvester", September 18). Kudos to Jog for proving that an individual can make a difference even at the age of 83.
Anil Varade, Nagpur
I was amused to read the reproduced version of Satyajit Ray's remark ("In Letter and In Spirit", October 2, 2006) published in the March 15, 1983 issue of India Today on my cover story on the filmmaker ("The Genius of Satyajit Ray", February 15, 1983). After a lapse of 23 years, I am unable to figure out if the letter appeared in the same form as this one. The grammatical misconstruction-"None of them have left me"-is unlike Ray. He would not spare you if your editors have cooked the goose of his grammar in copying. Maybe he will send you an angry e-mail from far above.
Sumit Mitra, writer of the article
The original Ray letter:
The article makes some allegations about some of my technical collaborators and my relationship with them, which are too serious to ignore. Chidananda Dasgupta is quoted as saying that "the two real talents in his (my) unit, cameraman Subrata Mitra and art director Bansi Chandragupta, left him at different stages because Ray preferred to do everything himself". The truth is that neither Subrata nor Bansi left me.
Satyajit Ray, Filmmaker