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Malgudi, Ayemenem, and now Chevathar
Chevathar village, an idyllic setting on the Coramandel coast, is where the history of modern India ebbs and flows in The House of Blue Mangoes. David J. Davidar's first novel, it begins in the last year of the 19th Century, with Solomon Dorai, th e headman, trying to hold together the fraying ends of village life at a time of social and political unrest. NILANJANA ROY talks to Davidar on what has been called a promising debut of 2002. We also carry exclusive extracts from the book which is being released tomorrow in Delhi. More

ISSUES
Education for a lifetime
Situated near Machnoor, Andhra Pradesh, and run by a non-government organisation, the green school is different from the formal education system. Strongly linked to the rural community, it is a world which has meaning for its students, says MEENA M ENON. More
SOCIETY
Padayatra of cautious hope
A padayatra organised by the Ekta Parishad in Bihar has helped spread awareness about landlessness and women's rights. SIDDHARTHA writes on the organisation's goals of development and equality. More
REMOTE SENSING
Getting it right with satellite data
Topographical maps are geographically accurate and in accordance with international standards. But the time consuming process ensures that the content is not up-to- date. It is here that satellite data is useful. More

ESSAY
PERSPECTIVE
Don't follow the leader
While the bombing of Afghanistan may have consolidated the return of the concept that just wars are `in', there are valid reasons why the country should refrain from emulating the actions of the world's only superpower. TABISH KHAIR on what anot her conflict between India and Pakistan would mean. More
COMMENT
A divided world
Class divisions run through Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, separating the haves from the have-nots. Were it not for this, it could probably be one of the greatest films made in post-Independent India, says T. G. VAIDYANATHAN. More

COLUMNS
RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
The city as a Gothic circus
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
No toss-up for this one

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Signals from Punjab
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Redefining the environment

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
Novels that matter
VILLAGE VISTAS
By Lindsay Barnes
Price of secrecy

ETIQUETTE
By Hilka Klinkenberg
Good communicator


SIGHTINGS
LIFESTYLE
CINEMA
Popular and humane
`Jinnah', a Pakistani answer to `Gandhi', is an attempt to redeem the reputation of the much-maligned personality. A review by S. THEODORE BASKARAN. More
CULTURE
Tribute from France
The Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre in Aranmula, Kerala, is dedicated to preserving the renowned art forms of the State. GOPI KRISHNAN KOTTOOR on the growth of the institution. More
CUISINE
All-time favourite
THE puri is a deep fried whole wheat bread that puffs up in hot oil like a balloon. All over the country, it is made from the same ingredients — grains, salt and water, but the stuffing of a pulse, herbs or a vegetable gives it a ... More
GARDENING
Fiddle-leaved fig
The genus Ficus (family Moraceae), has more than 800 species of which 65 have been recorded in India. Among these are edible, medicinal, lac yielding, timber yielding and a ornamental varieties. Ficus lyrata Warb, is one such ... More

HEALTH
HEALTHWATCH
To be hale and hearty
Coronary heart disease may emerge as the number one killer. But it can be tackled by understanding the risk factors and taking steps to modify a person's lifestyle, writes DR. G.S. SAINANI. More
Friend and guardian of the family
The concept of a family doctor is still prevalent in the developed countries as are health care systems that actually care for the sick. Why cannot a similar system be executed in the country, asks DR. S. SUBRAMANYAM MUDALIAR. More

ASTROLOGY
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What is meant by Dasa Sandhi? Is there any rule that marriage should not be entered into in a year when bride or groom is due to undergo a change of Maha Dasa?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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