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The annual quest for beauty
Eyes widen, flash bulbs pop, hand rushes to mouth in incredulous wonder as yet another crown adorns yet another beauty queen. The message is clear — conform or else. VISA RAVINDRAN looks at how women of all age groups are participating in their own objectification. More


... and its price
The new age Indian woman is becoming aware of her looks as she is of other aspects of her life. In a bid to look good for as long as it is cosmetically possible, she does not mind the pain, time-consuming processes or the expenses involved, says PRIYANKA BHATTACHARYA. More
ISSUES
Castaway in Hyderabad
The recent rustication of 10 Dalit students of the Central University, Hyderabad, is perhaps a case of `contemporary casteism'. A report by the ANVESHI LAW COMMITTEE. More
PEOPLE
The mystique of Iran
The mention of India brings tears to the eyes of Iranians. They all look upon India with great admiration for its past and with hope for the future. In Iran, even the Muslims are different, says HARBANS MUKHIA. More

Columns
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Colossus behind the wicket
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Tracking solvency

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
By Shashi Tharoor
'He is the same like God'
AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Behind `enemy lines'

SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
End of a dream
ASTRAL FRONTIERS
By Laurie Baum
Energy within



People
PERSONALITY
The man and his music
Bhimsen Joshi has remained one of the stalwarts of Hindustani music, weathering many a storm. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN on the legendary singer who turned 80 recently. More

Lifestyle
ART
Intelligent populist
Anjolie Ela Menon, a leading contemporary artist, has occasionally forsaken the themes and images for which she is well known. In the process, she has moved from paintings to mutations, to painted furniture to kitsch, says G. RAGHAV. A `retrospective ' of her works is currently on show at the Apparao Galleries, Chennai, till March 10. More
CINEMA
Hollywood magic in India
Imitation is the best form of flattery and an Indian film that reminds Hollywood of itself, should be irresistible. AJIT DUARA on `Lagaan's' chances at the Oscars. More
CULTURE
Footnotes to global dance
Bringing together dancers, choreographers, visual and sound artists from a dozen countries, the Attakkalari Festival of Movement Arts held in Bangalore recently focussed on the engagement between dance and the digital arts. ADITI DE writes on the dyn amic face of contemporary dance. More
GARDENING
Little known medicinal herb
ABELMOSCHUS MOSCHATUS Medikus is a medicinal and aromatic herb, found across the Deccan and the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an erect, annual herb. Its flowers are a bright yellow. It is called Kasturibenda in Telugu, ... More

Health
HEALTHWATCH
Check oral odour
Halitosis may be a sign of a serious underlying systemic problem that warrants proper medical diagnosis and treatment. Certain breath odours are of significance. More

Books
EAT SMART
Art of Indian cooking
Indian cuisine is not only tasty but also nutritionally balanced. Explaining this in a simple and comprehensive manner is a book on everyday food. ARUNDHATI RAY takes a look. More
HERITAGE
Communing with the divine
The Hindu Temple charts the changing role of the temple through the industrial and post-industrial phases of Indian capitalism. Pertinently and engagingly, it is set against the backdrop of the evolution of such forms of modernity as the nation-state , the democratic system of governance, caste politics, modern education, health services and land distribution patterns, says RANJIT HOSKOTE. More
The stuff of legend
There are few serious studies of Rajasthani heritage which includes humbler structures such as havelis and wells, bunds and fortifications. ZERIN ANKLESARIA's review of a new book that is an attempt to fill the lacuna. 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 "Balarishta"? Are there remedies?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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