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The attack on Parliament: The truth about our democracy
While some of our institutions might well be worth respecting, we, as a people, often fail to take enough pride in the one thing that every Indian has good reason to celebrate — our democracy. The brazen attack on Parliament on December 13 ought to make us realise that despite not having a spotless democratic political system, it is, nevertheless, our greatest achievement that works. TABISH KHAIR writes. More


CASTE OFF
From software to nowhere
The country faces another problem where trouble in the agricultural sector alters the lives of those dependent on it ... . In Anantapur district, a first class graduate is now a waiter, because the crisis in farming in Andhra Pradesh's countryside is affecting education. Talented students are having to discontinue their studies, says noted journalist P. SAINATH. More
FOCUS
Reluctant celebrity
George Harrison, known for his gentle spirit quite unlike any of the other Beatles, tread a path of his own till the end. G. DWARAKANATH writes on the legend's search for spiritual solace. More
TRIBUTE
Nation's conscience
C. Rajagopalachari was not only a freedom fighter; his long battle against the evils of drink, untouchability, corruption, and even the deployment of nuclear weapons, marks him as one of the best statesmen who ever lived, says K. VEDAMURTHY. Remembering Rajaji on his death anniversary which falls on December 25. More
ENVIRONMENT
NATURE
Singapore's stationary ark
After passing through a shopping arcade, get ready to watch 8,000 birds at Jurong. RANJIT LAL on a `must do'. More

CINEMA
MEDIA
Smell of black rain
`India and Pakistan under a Nuclear Shadow' is a film which awakens one to the fact that just because the world has lived with the threat of nuclear war, it cannot live with it forever. VASANTHA SURYA takes a look. More

COLUMNS
OUT OF MY MIND
By Dom Moraes
Down memory lane
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
The art of slurping

MATTER-OF-FACT FROM JAPAN
By Gautaman Bhaskaran
Empress in the making?
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Appreciating James

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
By Shashi Tharoor
`Scrabble' in real life
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Resorting to hype

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
Terror as a plot



LIFESTYLE
CUISINE
Lavish festive spread
SOME people say Christmas is about family, some say it's about traditions, some say it's about toys, some say it's about sales. Come on! We all know what's really important ... . The reindeer has been harnessed and the sleigh has been loaded up ... More
TRADITION
Eat, drink and be German
At Christmas time, every square and plaza in Germany is transformed, says GEETA DOCTOR. It's not the fir trees ablaze with coloured lights that attract the crowds, but the small stalls stocked with foodstuffs even from India. More
Synonyms for green
Is Ireland a nation or a notion, wonders an Indian backpacker. More
ART
When the body meets the city
In the very act of representing female subjectivity, women artists might end up creating an image as exotic as the ones routinely produced by patriarchal culture. Hema Upadhyay, a Baroda-trained artist who has just exhibited her work at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, brings her own artistic resolutions to bear upon the investigation of this challenging genre, writes NANCY ADAJANIA. More
CULTURE
Celebrating Andal
A two-day festival organised recently by the Prakriti Foundation, Chennai, focussed on the multi-faceted personality of Andal in Tamil literature. PREMA NANDAKUMAR writes. More
HEALTH
HEALTHWATCH
A sniffle-free guide
A common cold is caused by viruses. Syrups and tablets are meant to provide only temporary relief from symptoms. DR. ALPANA UTTURE offers a few tips to help you get through a cold without much discomfort this winter. More
Staying healthy
HERE is a practical and easy-to-read book to help you understand your body, and to look after your health better. It features system studies, instant remedies, ready to refer guides, crisis management, medical tips, prevention and cure and ... 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 is Gaja-Kesari Yoga and what are its effects?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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