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Race for the Presidency
A bird's-eye view of the past Presidential elections reveals why the seemingly simple exercise gets enveloped in a round of confusion, intrigue, politicking and bad blood. INDER MALHOTRA on the past Presidential polls as against the present contest .
Focus
INSIGHT
Have we found aesthetic self-rule?
After spending a number of years in the U.S., SHAKTI MAIRA came back to India last year. He has been questing the visual world around him ever since and asks: have we found swaraj in our arts or in our aesthetics?


COMMENT
Political mind game
Al Jazeera has had an unprecedented effect in the Arab World — the creation of an open intellectual resistance, where people are beginning to speak of political change. SHIV AROOR writes on the satellite channel that made waves during the Ameri can campaign in Afghanistan.
EDUCATION
A story retold
The Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme — a discovery-based approach that enables students to learn from experiments conducted in the classroom — is on its way out. MEENA MENON writes on why, in spite of differing views, the programme should be revived.
DEBATE
Harappa and Vedic civilisation
If we identify the evidence that is incontrovertible, we would know the limits within which alone historians and laymen alike are free to imagine what they wish.

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Roll over, Shakespeare
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Yes, it was wrong

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Mobile and mixed up
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
High pitch

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
They stopped and took charge
BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
A mythical quest and a crime masterwork

Sightings
Lifestyle
HUMOUR
Duel roles
What happens when characters from different Shakespeare plays meet? Perhaps Othello and Macbeth will find tragic hero Hamlet's life amusing, while Juliet may discuss Hrithik with Mark Antony. Cleopatra as usual, may be content flaunting her style.
CINEMA
Successful formula?
Mani Ratnam's films have themes that are relevant and thought provoking, says UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA, but they fail to explore the issues in depth.
MUSIC
Global rhythm
Young and ambitious, Sandeep Chowtha is set to reach new heights in the music industry.
DESTINATION
A perfect weekend in San Francisco
A guide to some of the best walks, views and restaurants in the city by the bay. SHARI CAUDRON writes.
CUISINE
For a sweet tooth
HERE are some delightful varieties of sweets, which can be made quickly and easily, ideal for a children's party or any other happy occasion. As they can also be preserved for many days, they are ideal for a vaction. Khoya fudge (Makes 30 ...

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Not a handicap
Though there are situations that can lead to the loss of an eye, such victims needn't despair. They can undergo rehabilitation for aesthetic, functional and psychological reasons.
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
Are forecasts based on "Nama Nakshtra" reliable, as against those based on Rasi?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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