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A prayer for peace
NIGHAT GANDHI was in an ashram in Karnataka when Godhra and the subsequent mayhem in Gujarat took place. A Muslim, married to a Hindu from Gujarat, she offers a prayer for the future of her children and the country.


Invisible boundaries
Referring to a dramatic mode of communication — paper and pencil — GEETA DOCTOR highlights the need for us to `redraw' the maps of our identity. It is imperative, she says, in the context of a partisan-like debate on whether the secular fabric of our society will survive the onslaught made on it by the forces of hate.
Issues
ENVIRONMENT
Operation Blue Mountains
The `Say No to Plastics' campaign implemented by Nilgiris District Collector Supriya Sahu has done wonders for Ooty's fragile eco system. The ban is a crucial step to unclogging the river sources and springs, says MARI MARCEL THEKAEKARA.
ENTERPRISE
Success story
ASEVEN-ACRE farm near Puttur in Karnataka has achieved sustainability of water resources by low-cost rain harvesting methods, something that couldn't be achieved with 15 bore wells dug over a period of one and a half decades. The previous ...

Focus
The limited byte of cyber activism
While e-mail brings an ever widening range of issues to the notice of an average user, it also causes an information overload. JANAKI NAIR examines why this form of activism may have lost its force.

Environment
The ebb and flow of life
The massive destruction of the Olive Ridley turtle, if not stopped, may see the extinction of this species. S. THEODORE BASKARAN highlights what is happening now.

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
`Aye' to political correctness
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Empowering the regions

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Mixed signals
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
September 11 and the yellow cabs

SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Ven pongal, anyone?
RURAL DIARY
By Pushpa Surendra
Digging one's grave

Sightings
People
TRIBUTE
Kaifi Azmi: Symbol of resistance
RANJIT HOSKOTE remembers a poet of extraordinary gifts.
FACE TO FACE
Bonding in the hills
Ruskin Bond's first book was written when he was 17. And ever since, he has relentlessly continued his passionate work. RICHA BANSAL talks to Mussoorie's most famous resident who celebrates his 68th birthday today.

Lifestyle
CULTURE
Drama in Melattur
The Melattur Bhagavatha Mela which begins this year on May 25 is an annual event that marks the Narasimha avatar of Vishnu. R. VARADARAJAN on the festival.

Health
`A' for Anaemia
Anaemia is a common problem that women face. A new column by Dr. UMA KRISHNASWAMY on health problems specific to women.

Books
REVIEW
An expected end
Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid takes us into countries once part of the Soviet Union, now grappling with the complex problems of transiting to democracy while simultaneously facing the challenge by militant Islamic movements. HARSH SETHI takes a look.

Cuisine
Tapping tapioca
TAPIOCA is nutritious and wholesome, and in Kerala is known as the poor man's vegetable. Being rich in carbohydrate, it is used as a supplementary food. The tapioca flower is also used to make puttu and chappatis in Kerala. It ...
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
Groom's star is in Aroha and proposed bride's star is in Avaroha of one and the same Rajju. If Rasi lords in the two horoscopes are mutually friendly or mutually neutral, is Rajju porutham achieved?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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