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It's simple ... No Nature, no tourism
A decade ago, the people who coined `God's own country' as the destination call for Kerala, didn't quite realise what they had hit upon. Kerala had quietly staged a coup. Now, with the kind of attention tourism in this part of the country is getting, there is concern about the way policy initiatives are being shaped. What should the State do, asks HARIHARAN CHANDRASHEKAR, as the key to its tourism sweepstakes lies in the protection of its natural resources?
Heritage
Buddhist treasures
THE "Sacred Treasures of Mount Koya: The Art of Japanese Shingon Buddhism" is a major exhibition of rare cultural treasures from Mount Koya. For the first time these treasures will be shown outside of Japan. The Honolulu Academy of Arts will be ...

Focus
PERSPECTIVE
These are no revolutionaries
Behind the doubt that Islamic fundamentalists, Hindutva supporters and national socialists try to express in different ways lies the reality of a world in flux ... a world in which all that is solid melts into air, says TABISH KHAIR.


SPOTLIGHT
Changing tides of time
Old women, especially widows, have suffered ridicule over the years. But, by empowering them with self-sustaining skills, they can be made effective in nation building, says V. MOHINI GIRI.
PEOPLE
Branding for a better life?
THE pristine Dangs, a tribal area in Gujarat on the western slopes of the Sahyadri ranges, shot into the limelight a few years ago and for all the wrong reasons. A communal face-off at its headquarters — Ahwa — had then snowballed ...
COMMENT
The collective psyche
Human groups seem to behave in a certain pattern, which either changes with time or collapses. But, have such differences made life better? P. RAGHU NANDAN talks about some warning signs.

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Baton versus bayonet
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Singing for the wrong team

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Boosting public services
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
They called the shots

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
The BBC of DD
AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
What's all the fuss about the win at Lord's?

RURAL DIARY
By Pushpa Surendra
Season of discontent
VILLAGE VISTAS
By Lindsay Barnes
Laws of the jungle

FITNESS MATTERS
By Peg Jordan
Health ahoy



Sightings


Lifestyle
THEATRE
The `Bend it like Beckham' girl
TIMERI N. MURARI recounts working with Parminder Nagra, the star of `Bend it like Beckham,' who played the lead role in his play `The Square Circle' at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre.
MUSIC
One in song and spirit
Singer-songwriter Lila Downs spans both sides of the Mexican-American border in her songs and her past.
LIFE STYLE
The House of Mewar
The `Venice of the East' is home to one of the oldest dynasties in the world, says KAUSALYA SANTHANAM.
PLACES
Abyssinian heritage
A visit to the Ethiopian towns of Axum, Lalibela and Gondar, reveals that the country has a rich and historical past. RATNA RAMCHANDANI writes.

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Demystifying the prostate
Prostate enlargement is a problem that men may face as they grow older. Dr. S. DURAISAMY lists out the treatment options.
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
How can debilitation of a planet get nullified?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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