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Looking Back

The biggest gamble in history
It is 50 years since the country's first general election — an act of faith without parallel. The world, most parts of which were in turmoil, watched as a newly independent country, with numerous problems, chose to move straight into universal adult franchise. Intriguingly, the polls were to coincide with a general election in the U.K.. In the first of a two-part article, noted historian RAMACHANDRA GUHA highlights the features of a unique exercise in social organisation, paying tribute to the organisers and looking at the politicians who mattered. More

Issues
SOCIETY
The struggle for an identity
In some form or other, widows have faced subjugation. An international conference on `Capacity building of discriminated women — widows', to be held in Delhi later this week, is sure to serve as a platform to express views and concerns about their status, says MOHINI GIRI. More


FOCUS
Rebuilding Gujarat
A year after the earthquake that devastated Gujarat, local people still live in tents or temporary shelters. Today, the authorities are in a bind. They cannot permit reconstruction without first putting in place a proper plan and also establish building norms that incorporate earthquake-resistant features. KALPANA SHARMA on her travels around Gujarat. More

Columns
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Battle for civilised standards
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Armed with information

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Some things never change
REVIEW
By Harish Khare
Style, humour and irony

MATTER OF FACT FROM JAPAN
By Gautaman Bhaskaran
Life sans dignity
ON SECOND THOUGHT
By Shari Caudron
Averting a hostel takeover

LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
The return of Martin Guerre

Sightings
People
TRIBUTE
A lasting legacy
In his lifetime, Anil Agarwal fought for and has left behind a solid legacy, the belief that a healthy environment is a basic human right. BITTU SAHGAL pays tribute to the noted environmentalist who died early this month. More

Lifestyle
ART
Four stages of life
`Ulhasnagar', Sudhir Patwardhan's recent and monumental landscape painting, and its companion piece `Lower Parel' were the twin foci of his exhibition, recently shown in Bangalore and soon to go on view at the Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. In these works, says RANJIT HOSKOTE, Patwardhan gives renewed expression to the main themes of his art. More
STUDIO VISIT
Painterly evolution
Jehangir Sabavala's journey as an artist has been thoughtful and disciplined; a passage navigated according to a definite pattern of choices. He talks to DOM MORAES on what he says may be his last one-man show — an exhibition of 24 canvases that will move from Mumbai to Delhi and then New York. More
AFTERWORD
A new divide
The vapid and monied class of `Monsoon Wedding' has probably never heard of the word uxorious and this is a new divide in its already divided world, says T.G. VAIDYANATHAN. More
DESTINATION
An ideal getaway
Tourism in Kerala has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade helped by changing attitudes of tourists and the lure of Ayurveda. In the second and concluding part of an article, KAUSALYA SANTHANAM looks at the factors that have contributed to this phenomenon. More
CUISINE
Quick bites
ENDLESS hours of cooking can stress a busy housewife. The recipes are not only filling, but also very easy to prepare. Just one of the dishes with a bowl of soup and a little salad should prove to be a substantial meal. Katti ... More
Best of Gujarati food
THE majority of Gujaratis are vegetarians and the climate, beliefs, customs and religious attitudes of that area have influenced their culinary tradition. Though Gujarat has a wide range of foods, Gujarat Nu Jaman, a new book by Devaki ... More

Health
FITNESS MATTERS
Burn that fat ... but how?
Obesity is recognised as a health problem, but dealing with it can be difficult. Noted fitness expert PEG JORDAN looks at the many ways of losing weight. The first of a two-part article. 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
For a native of Vrischika Lagna, will retrograde Jupiter in Eighth from Lagna be harmful in forthcoming Guru Dasa? What are the prospects for domestic happiness and for offspring?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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