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Packaging health and a holiday
It has been boom time for tourism in Kerala for a few years now. Included among the top internationally acclaimed destinations, the State is drawing thousands to seek the sun, surf and sand, with Ayurveda as a bonus. But is the hard-sell of its natural wonders and its ancient medical science too much of a good thing? In a two-part article, KAUSALYA SANTHANAM first looks at the Ayurvedic experience. More

ISSUES
Powerfully empowered?
Empowerment alone does not seem to have solved the problems faced by women. What is needed, says MOHINI GIRI, is a change in the mindset of men, which will go a long way in redressing the balance in the gender equation. More

ESSAY
REFLECTIONS
The tale of a whale
The ability to transform brutal exploitation into a learning situation presupposes a certain humility. And it may be well worth it, since humankind has, in its hubris, set off unmanageable, large-scale changes in its environment. Faced with an out-o f-control universe, man might be well advised to glean the evolutionary wisdom of species more alert and supple than themselves, says RANJIT HOSKOTE. More

COLUMNS



FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
People like us
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Warriors from Kerala

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
The colonial crystal ball
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
The foreign hand

AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Is Sachin an all-time great?
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Mixed blessings

OUT OF MY MIND
By Dom Moraes
The writer as a young man
GREEN TALK
By Usha Rai
Refugees in their own land


By Christine K. Clifford
A penny for your thoughts?
STYLE
By Diane Sustendal
New York on sale
PEOPLE
TRIBUTE
Inimitable excellence
December 22 was Srinivasan Ramanujan's 114th birth anniversary. KRISHNASWAMI ALLADI pays tribute by describing the life and contributions of the great 18th Century mathematician Euler, and discusses connections with Ramanujan's work. More

LIFESTYLE
CULTURE
Search for the perfect note
The recent annual Music festival in Chennai was a disappointment. There was no indication that the younger musicians were aware of the need for developing, honing and polishing reverberant voices in order to realise their potential, says GOWRI RAMNAR AYAN. More


FASHION
Swansong for a legendary stylist
Yves Saint Laurent, the maverick fashion guru, has retired from the realm of haute couture. His contribution to the world of fashion was legendary. Will there be another to replace him? More
GARDENING
Fascinating ornamental
SPATHIPHYLLUM is an ornamental house plant, botanically known as Spathiphyllum wallisii. A native of Mexico, Peru and Brazil, the plant grows at the foothills of mountains, moist shady places and along the edges of rivers and ponds. It ... More
PLACES
Land of the jewelled lotus
The ancient town of Nalanda was a monastic university of international repute. Today it lies in ruins, that are nevertheless impressive. SRIMATI KRISHNAKUMAR goes back in time. More
CUISINE
Spicy, sweet and Thai
OF late, there has been growing interest in and appreciation of Thai cuisine among food connoisseurs. Generally, Thai food is hot and spicy but is also sweet and sour. Various herbs such as lemon grass, basil leaves, coriander and so on, are ... More

HEALTH
HEALTHWATCH
Avoiding pain at any cost
While the West is looking at ways to drastically reduce caesarean births, Kerala, a state which has WHO-acclaimed infant mortality rate and the highest gender ratio in the country, seems to be doing the opposite, says SHWETHA E. GEORGE. 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
It is said that Jupiter is Karaka for children, and that the 5th house also indicates children. How should we judge? By the Sign containing Jupiter, by the Sign containing the lord of the 5th, or by the planet(s) in the 5th?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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