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A prism called tourism
Though events like the January 26 earthquake in Kutch , the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and this year's communal carnage in Gujarat have dealt a severe blow to tourism, the world's biggest industry is bouncing back. At a time like this , India, with its brilliant cultural diversity, has much to offer the global traveller. The challenge is to develop a tourism model that will bring home the promised rewards, say HUGH and COLLEEN GANTZER.
Issues
VOICES
Reward for the worst
At a recent function in Mumbai, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women distributed Duryodhan and Rakshasa awards for gender insensitive and excessively violent films, tele-films and ad films in Hindi and Marathi. V. GANGADHAR reports.


The last resort
With a soaring suicide rate among children below 15 years in Kerala, experts say Child Rights is a concept unheard of in the State. The fear of academic failure is so deep-rooted in young minds that suicide seems a natural option. SHWETHA E. GEORGE writes.
Suicide state
Japan's high suicide rate, a fallout of the economic slump, is cause for concern. The government has now taken steps to increase awareness and educate counsellors to deal with the problem.
PERSPECTIVE
Architectural mosaic
Indian immigrants in North America, while trying to fulfill their religious needs, are changing the landscape of the U.S., says OMAR KHALIDI.

Columns
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Style and substance
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
By Shashi Tharoor
Symphony in one register

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Newswire on the Net
ON SECOND THOUGHT
By Shari Caudron
Nothing fishy

SCRIBBLING PAD
By Sudhanshu Ranade
Stuff of life

People
IN CONVERSATION
A mixed report
ANITA JOSHUA talks to Maria Calivis, UNICEF Country Director, on India's progress vis--vis its children.

Tribute
A political paradigm
Krishna Menon's birth anniversary on May 3 was yet another occasion to pay tribute to the statesman who guided India's destiny on many fronts, says V.R. KRISHNA IYER.

Lifestyle
ARTS & CRAFTS
Aura of photography
Just like a modernist painter, Woodman transmutes his subject matter. This is the closest photography will get to modern painting without actually being like it, says SHANKAR NATARAJAN reviewing an exhibition of George Woodman's photographs in Chennai.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Cross-cultural journey
Similar ideas on concepts and material saw Kanchan Chander of India and Helen Geier of Australia embark on a collaborative venture. ALKA PANDE writes.
CINEMA
Does crime pay?
The latest film on the Mumbai underworld, "Company" leaves the viewer with some troubling questions, forcing one to take a look at reality, says UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA.

Health
To operate or not
Problems like a sore throat, hernia and hair loss are common but cause tension and worry. Our panel of doctors offers advice and suggestions. There has been an overwhelming response from the readers to this column, which will be published as a monthly interactive feature. We carry below the answers to the first lot of letters.

Books
IMAGES
The colonising camera
The photographs in India through the Lens and India: Pioneering Photographers, testify handsomely to the technical and aesthetic quality of the work that resulted from the Indian embrace of photography, says SUNIL KHILNANI.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
For a Mesha Rasi native, when does the seven-and-a-half period of Sani begin and end?


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Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

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