|THE proposed opening of Qatar´s embassy
in Nepal and the signing of two major pacts
between them will pave the way for diversification
of bilateral ties, the visiting Nepalese
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has said.
In an interview with Qatar Tribune, he said
that the two countries shared a three-decade
it was time both
|Another Great Depression?|
|ISTUMBLED out into the autumn
sunshine, figures ricocheting
around my head, still trying to
absorb what I had heard. I felt as if I
had just attended a funeral: a funeral
at which all of us got buried. I cannot
claim to have understood everything in
the lecture: Sonnenschein-Mantel-
Debreu theory and the 41-line differential
equation were approximately 15.8
|THE US economy is probably
going to stink for a few more
years. It is beset by shortterm
problems (low consumer
housing prices, too much debt) and
long-term problems (wage stagnation,
rising health care costs, eroding
Realistically, not much is going to
be done to address the short-term
problems, but we can at least use
this winter of recuperation to
Rajeev Khandelwal’s new passion
SUBHASH K JHA IANS ACTOR Rajeev Khandelwal, whose performance in Soundtrack as a DJ-gone-deaf has been much appreciated, says he loved the process of getting to understand how a deejay moved, danced and played music.
“I took a seven-week DJ crash-course. I went with my director Neerav Ghosh to nightclubs, watched them at work and then began to research on them. VJ Nikhil Chinappa, who was my co-star in Shaitan, also helped me understand the art,” says Khandelwal.
The actor, who started his career from the small screen, says he wants to spend more time practicing the art. “I can’t claim to be a professional DJ. But I know how to fit beats into a loop, mix two songs.
We have a rather fixed image of a DJ as a guy who plays songs and dances frantically, gesticulating with his hands all the while. But I discovered many DJs are far more controlled in their movements,” he said. To prepare for his role in Soundtrack, the actor also attended a workshop for the deaf.
“I was coached by a teacher from the Helen Keller Institute who was actually my co-star Soha Ali Khan’s teacher. The thing is, I wasn’t playing a guy who was deaf since birth. The body language and the quality of deafness that happens much later in life is different,” the actor said. He says he made it a point not to watch actor Paul Kaye in the Canadian film It’s All Gone Pete Tong which is the reference point for Rajeev’s character in Soundtrack.
“No, I purposely stayed away from that film. But I did watch some footage of Frankie Wilde. The story of that DJ who went deaf was far more bizarre and debauched than what we’ve portrayed in Soundtrack. The drugs, alcohol and sex in Soundtrack was toned down.”