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Wooing the global hopping tourist
Travel is said to teach tolerance but for most globe-trotters, an experience in India tends to border on the morbid. If it's not the dirt, overcrowding and the touts, to begin with, it's the unimaginative thinking, hastily planned schemes and lopsided economics that ruin everything in the end. Will things change, asks GEETA DOCTOR, in the `Year of the International Traveller'. More


LIFE
Living the moment
In today's time-driven world, lives are measured by the clock. LATA MANI speaks of the need to slow down and improve the pace and texture of life. More
REFLECTIONS
What manner of man
`I have a dream,' said Martin Luther King Jr., `that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.' INDRAN AMRITHANAYAGAM writes on the Civil Rights leader's influence on the thinking of people for generations. More

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Identity crisis
RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
Encounter with spaces

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
On trial ... today's Hitler
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Stumped by the 'keeper

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Wodehousian magic
RURAL DIARY
By Pushpa Surendra
Bitter fruits of harvest



People
CLOSE-UP
`Reluctant' man of letters
THE Imperial Hotel in Delhi contains a coffee shop called "1911". It spills over from the main building, flows down across a terrace and a short flight of steps to the lawns, and is particularly pleasant to frequent in the local winter, when the ... More

Lifestyle
ART
Existentialist anxieties
A cerebral painter, Anoma Wijewardene's images have a story to tell. Here is a painter who explores the medium as an extension of herself. More
CINEMA
Fest of indifference
Most entries at the Mumbai International Film Festival were abysmally poor in standard. Having more films, from Third World countries, that are more stimulating and less predictable in their socio-politico-cultural statements will be commendable, says GOWRI RAMNARAYAN. More
VILLAGE VISTAS
Partners in progress
Urban donor agencies cannot contribute meaningfully to women's empowerment unless they understand and empathise with the pressures of rural life. More
ETIQUETTE
Raise a glass
I often deal with businessmen from Japan and from Europe, and I find that they do a lot of toasting. How do I do it properly? Future Toaster Dear Future Toaster, TOASTING is an art. Mastering the ability to offer a toast can turn ... More
CUISINE
A healthy way to break a fast
ONE should adopt a sensible approach to food and not starve or deprive oneself of nutrition. A healthy breakfast provides a good start to a busy day — not with gnawing hunger in an empty stomach leading to frustration, stress, poor ... More
GARDENING
A spray of splendour
AN unusual monopodial plant, having erect slender stems with a few narrow leaves, the orchid Arundina gramini folia is originally from the forests of China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Strangely, in Malaysia it is ... More
EXPERIENCE
Don't flyby Dubai ... land there
The Dubai Shopping Festival, launched in 1996, has become the largest retailing event in the West Asian region. What will this year be like, with the theme `One World, One Family, One Festival'? The answer, says a first-time visitor, is non-stop fun. More

Books
FICTION
South of the Vindhyas
One of David Davidar's special triumphs lies in the fact that his characters are real and their way of life is like that in any Tamil village with its social strata and caste clashes, says S. KRISHNAN. More
COOKBOOK
Recipe of a classic
For generations of brides, this unpretentious book was an invaluable storehouse of information on vegetarian cooking says SABITA RADHAKRISHNA. 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
Is it true that a "Kataka" Lagna native, with the Sun and Saturn aspecting each other, will not have domestic happiness?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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