Tuesday, Feb 20 2018 | Time 15:19 Hrs(IST)
image
image image
  • Trump blames Obama for inaction over Russia meddling
  • Cabinet approves doubling, electrification of Bhatni-Aurnihar line
  • Cabinet gives nod to Silkyara Bend-Barkot tunnel in Uttarkhand
  • Cabinet approves six-laning of Nidagatta-Mysuru sec in Karnataka
  • Iran finds wreckage of crashed plane on top of mountain
  • Mahadalit lynched in Bihar
  • Khaleda committed crime by embezzling Trust fund: Court
  • CM hits back at Rajnath on Meghalaya’s law and order situation
  • Maldives police arrest 25 after protest demanding leader's arrest
  • Campaign takes pace in poll-bound Meghalaya; politicians make beeline to woo voters
  • Maldives leader seeks approval to extend state of emergency
  • Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions
  • Fire in battery factory in Patparganj
  • 3 years on, Justice for Govind Pansare remains elusive
  • Reference rate fixed at 64 5254 against USD
Features Share

'Don't settle your wild, find someone who doesn't tame it'

'Don't settle your wild, find someone who doesn't tame it'

By Chayanika Joshi


Vinod Khanna, the original pin-up of Bollywood, is dead!


There shall be a thousand obits. I’ve already come across a few splendid tributes. Intense, macho, transcendental – he was an individual of many talents. Perhaps the most defining moment of his life was when he suddenly decided to bid adieu to the glamorous film industry in order to follow his guru Osho to America.


The year was 1982. Bollywood was stunned. How could a controversial Sanyasi pluck the reigning heartthrob out of tinsel town? The film magazines won’t stop babbling.


This was the equivalent of the finest gladiator leaving the arena, rather impulsively. In a first for the Bombay cine world, a leading star was quitting everything at the peak of his career: fame, money, stardom, queues of producers lined up, to seek his inner peace with a mentor he truly truly adored. Khanna called it his ultimate spiritual quest.


And just as he had snapped all his ties with everything dear, he decided to return years later: shaggy beard and long hair, prayer-bead made of blue olive berries around his neck, ever the debonair.


Last year I recall seeing that image in a magazine in Goa. It was powerful with ‘Back from the edge/Return of the prodigal' feel. Those in my generation (and thereafter) don’t have enough memory of Vinod Khanna except for the fact that he used to be the original hippie and ‘cool’ bloke, much before college students started throwing the term around.


To the non-conformist, freethinking flowerchild on our part of the planet, Godspeed.

More News
Nepal: Constitution not equal for women

Nepal: Constitution not equal for women

19 Feb 2018 | 3:30 PM

Kathmandu, Feb 19 (UNI) Nepal finally framed a new constitution through a Constituent Assembly after four years of debate and discussion on the constitutional issues; however, for all the toils, it could not do justice to women.

 Sharesee more..
Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

19 Feb 2018 | 2:25 PM

London, Feb 19 (UNI) Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism, a BBC News report said on Monday.

 Sharesee more..
Surajkund Mela: Rendezvous of crafts and cultures

Surajkund Mela: Rendezvous of crafts and cultures

18 Feb 2018 | 2:04 PM

By Jaison Wilson
New Delhi, Feb 18 (UNI) Showcasing enormous crafts in vibrant stalls, live extravaganza featuring national and international performers and enjoying crowd in a gala occasion - 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad that wind-up on Sunday replicates a global craft village.

 Sharesee more..
Ten years of Australia's apology to 'Stolen Generations'

Ten years of Australia's apology to 'Stolen Generations'

13 Feb 2018 | 1:59 PM

Canberra, Feb 13 (UNI) Ten years ago, Aboriginal Australian Ian Hamm welcomed words he had been waiting a lifetime to hear.

 Sharesee more..
Commentator Sushil Doshi sees himself as Sanjaya of Mahabharata

Commentator Sushil Doshi sees himself as Sanjaya of Mahabharata

12 Feb 2018 | 6:16 PM

By Gargi Parsai
New Delhi, Feb 12 (UNI) After being in the job for 50 years, ace cricket commentator in Hindi Sushil Doshi on Monday described himself in the role of Sanjaya, one of the protagonists in Mahabharata.

 Sharesee more..
image