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    Romancing with Dev: Book Launch in Bay Area

    Actor, director, producer Dev Anand launched his autobiography ‘Romancing With life’ in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, writes Pravin Desai.

    (Above): Dev Anand signing his autobiography at the residence of cardiologist Romesh Japra, M.D. (r), in Fremont, Calif. [PRAVIN DESAI photos]

    Bollywood actor, director and producer Dev Anand’s autobiography “Romancing with Life” was launched Nov. 2 at the residence of cardiologist Romesh Japra, M.D.

    At the age of 84, he still has a youthfulness that would be the envy of people half his age. Revealing the secret of his youthfulness, he said, “Never look back, always look forward, for something new, something challenging, I love what I do.”

    (Right): Dev Anand — Still young at 84.

    The book “Romancing With Life” is about Devsaab’s 62-year journey that started in undivided India, looking back at his life when he moved from Lahore to Mumbai in the urge to become an actor.

    Dev Anand said that the book had taken a lot of his time. “I have scripted it by hand, no computer was used, my only condition to the publisher was nothing should be changed. They agreed and now ‘Romancing With Life’ is in front of you, which mentions details of the book even my family does not know,” he said.

    Dev Anand born Sept. 26, 1923, in Punjab’s Gurdaspur as Devdutt Pishorimal Anand. He came to Mumbai to join his elder brother Chetan Anand who was already in the film industry.

    In 1950 he launched his own Navketan banner with his first film Afsar, which was followed with Taxi Driver, C.I.D., Kala Pani, Guide and Jewel Thief among many others. Dev Anand has acted in over 110 films and has directed several of them. He made India’s first Indo-American co-production film Guide in Hindi and later in English version. Guide was well received in India.

    Dev Anand is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema. He has received several awards in his career including the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2001.

    Pravin Desai is a freelance journalist and photographer based
    in the San Francisco Bay Area.


    The Art of Kashmir:
    Asia Society Exhibit

    The Asia Society is hosting the first-ever major Kashmiri art exhibition in New York. The exhibit presents 130 objects of exemplary quality, dating from the 2nd to the 20th centuries.
    A Siliconeer report.

    Crisis in Pakistan: South Asian Protest in the U.S.
    The global protest against the imposition of emergency in Pakistan is to restore the independence of the judiciary and the media, write Girish Agarwal and Sabahat Ashraf.

    The Power of Information: JAMA Study in U.P.
    Informing rural people of their rights can improve education and health services, but a lot more has to be done, writes Madhav Goyal.

    EDITORIAL: The Art of Kashmir
    NEWS DIARY: November
    EDUCATION: Harvard Initiative
    SUBCONTINENT: Season to Spend
    SOCIAL WORK: ICC Gala Banquet
    HERITAGE: Honoring Dalip Saund
    ENVIRONMENT: Global Warming: Role of Ethnic Media
    EDUCATION: NCLB: Bad for Teachers, Bad for Students
    COMMUNITY: Sir Syed Day in Bay Area
    HEALTH: Hazards of Alcohol
    BOLLYWOOD: Romancing with Dev
    RECORDING: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma
    COMMUNITY: Diwali & Annakut Festivals
    MUSIC: Habib Khan Concert
    TRAVEL: Through Swiss Eyes
    COMMUNITY: News in Brief
    BUSINESS: News Briefs
    AUTO REVIEW: 2008 Honda Element SC
    BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
    BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: Aaja Nachle
    TAMIL CINEMA: Onbathu Roobai Nottu
    RECIPE: Sandesh
    HOROSCOPE: December

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