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New mould for history
If people remember the past with either a sense of nostalgia or trauma, they will interpret the present differently. It implies that they have the choices to do so. But for some in the country, especially those who wish to occupy all sites of power, this is inconvenient. The humour in the enactment of this black comedy, is that this brigade is seeking to freeze ideas in an era of globalisation, writes NEERA CHANDHOKE. More
Is this a question of culture?
Now, more than ever before, people of fundamentally different societies not only need to understand one another to counter the culture of hegemony and hate, but also require the space to interpret their own cultures, and reconstruct identities, i n a world overwhelmed by globalisation, chaos and conflict. Unfortunately, even now, culture as a field is either neglected, subverted or politicised, which is what made September 11 a turning point in history, says SHARADA RAMANATHAN. More
HISTORY
A living symbol of tyranny
A French village destroyed by the Nazis is today a reminder to the world of the brutality of the Holocaust. P. SUBRAMANYAM concludes his series on World War II. More

COLUMNS
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Nay to another POTO
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Harassed, battered and killed

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
The essence of spirituality
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Gall, his operative word

HUMOUR IN LITERATURE
The witty jester

SIGHTINGS
PEOPLE
CLOSE-UP
The Master of Trinity
The highlight of his study tour to the U.K., says VINOD CHOWDHURY, was his meeting with Professor Amartya Sen. More
INTERVIEW
Epistemic upheaval
In the conclusion of a two-part interview, noted writer Amitav Ghosh speaks to RAHUL SAGAR about the future of the modern nation-state after the events of September 11. More

LIFESTYLE
ART
Metaphorical dialogue
The artists on this show have a rich background of crucial ideas which have shaped the forms of art for decades, writes G. RAGHAV. Their works are a sample of manifestations evolved from a complex sense of life that has gone in to shape the Indian mind. The show is now on at the Garden Theatre in Delhi till December 30. More
CINEMA
The future did not seem so distant
Govind Nihalani's `Deham', screened at the recent Mumbai Film Festival, is not perfect but still has a great deal to offer. UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA reviews the celluloid version of Manjula Padmanabhan's play `Harvest'. More
CULTURE
Discordant notes
Carnatic musicians today have more avenues to prove their mettle than artistes in general had even a few years ago. Yet, for those who are unestablished, gaining recognition in the profession is a tough journey. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN writes on the conf licts and challenges faced by classical performers. More
CUISINE
Everyone's favourite
ALMOST everyone is tempted by the tantalising sight and aroma of chaats. The bhel puri pani puri vendors with their lip smacking array of pungent and savoury concoctions attract both the young and the old. Here are a couple of ... More
Older than history
THERE has been a city near here since history began, though, over the centuries, the name and the exact location have changed. The first capital of a united Egypt, Memphis, was built 5,000 years ago just across the Nile to the south of the ... More
Charming Cairo
He first stayed for 10 days at a luxury hotel. On his second visit, much longer and very different, he lived in a tiny flat in a noisy suburb. There is no doubt that KEN DAVENPORT cherished both experiences ... in Egypt More

HEALTH
HEALTHWATCH
Crossing the final frontier
In the treatment of `gross' errors of refraction — myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia — LASIK is one of the procedures of choice. In the continuing search for excellence, however, this outcome is now considered to be suboptimal. The end to this quest may be on the horizon with the advent of wavefront guided excimer laser corneal ablation. More

BOOKS
A nirvanic embrace
Atonement is a novel that should be read for the way language serves the cause of a disciplined narrative and wields power in its verbal thrift, says LAKSHMI KANNAN. More
Introducing the new writer
This issue of Civil Lines has few new names, yet it provides rich fare. The stories are varied and enjoyable, the non-fiction narratives make us think. The pieces are written with elegance and freshness, says noted literary critic and writer MEENAK SHI MUKHERJEE. More
ASTROLOGY
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What are Subha and Asubha Kartara Yogas?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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