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The Empire strikes back
Bollywood, as a phenomenon of popular culture, is now predominant across many terrains. But as the passion for Indian cinema now stretches way beyond NRI audiences, has its narratives, music and stars, and its brand really captured the imagination o f the metropolitan West? AJIT DUARA examines this issue of cultural opinion.
Issues
PERSPECTIVE
Where hate never dies
When `Lagaan' failed to make it at the Oscars, one wondered how good its rival film was. TIMERI MURARI writes on what made `No Man's Land' worth the award.

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
All the men's president
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
London's day out

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
The long road ahead
AGAINST THE GRAIN.
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Time to destroy n-weapons

SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Hooray for howlers

Sightings

People
IN CONVERSATION
Winning stance
In an interview with CHITRA MAHESH, Alarmel Valli speaks about her beliefs, dance and what makes her the person she is.

Lifestyle
CULTURE
The score of originality?
'Bombay Dreams' is the only new musical of London's 2002 season, opening at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on June 19. RONITA TORCATO on what is at stake.
ART
Pigments of expression
In some ways, the titles of artist Babu Eshwar Prasad's works `negotiate' with the paintings to create a tension in the overall reading of his work, says G. RAGHAV.
CINEMA
Spring of myriad hues
The 55th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival at the French Riviera had its share of glitz and glamour. While India's `Devdas' was an eyesore, there were other entries that were certainly worthwhile. GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN reports.
THEATRE
The sacrifice
It is not easy to talk to a playwright about an unseen, unread play. But, in an e-mail interview with GOWRI RAMNARAYAN,Girish Karnad answers queries about `Bali,' premiered in its English version by the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, U.K., recently.
TIME OUT
Don't give up the ship
A holiday at sea has metamorphosed into a splendid travel opportunity for a cross-section of people, says SUMITRA SENAPATY.
PEOPLE
Reviving Sakha and his vanishing culture
Overlook Sakhaland's artificiality and you are promised an exciting experience ... a true Zulu experience, writes K.V. KRISHNASWAMY.

Health
FITNESS MATTERS
Fit, fitter, fittest
A round-up of what moves are keeping the very fit even fitter. Noted fitness expert PEG JORDAN writes.
ASK THE DOC
Focus on the eye
Problems of the eye and the intestinal tract dominate this month's column. Our panel of doctors offers its advice and suggestions.

Cuisine
EATING SMART
Power cooking
THE microwave oven came as a lucky stroke to many. Gone were the long messy hours in the kitchen, as also ugly grease marks that clung to the sooty kitchen walls. But adapting this super oven to Indian cooking was not that easy. Unlike cooking ...
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
I am a native of Meena Lagna and Dhanur Rasi. What is my Indu lagna? What are the astral predictions based on Indu lagna?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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