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Cricket and peace in Lahore
A Corner of a Foreign Field, by RAMACHANDRA GUHA, seamlessly interweaves biography with history, the lives of famous or forgotten cricketers with wider processes of social change. C.K. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar figure in this book, but so too, in unexpected and arresting ways, do Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammed Ali Jinnah. Later chapters explore the competition between Hindu and Muslim cricketers in colonial India and the destructive passions now provoked when India plays Pakistan. Exclusive extracts from a-soon-to-be-released publication which looks at the ramifications of sport in society at large.
Issues
IN THE NEWS
`Have tornado, will travel'
While a `revived' monsoon might hold out some hope of a limited agricultural recovery, in parts of rural India it might actually divert the attention on the countryside. This is because the issue, drought or no drought, is one of largescale, and misreported, hunger, compounded, ironically, by a comfortable food situation. In all this, the media has a positive role to play, says noted journalist P. SAINATH, in the conclusion of a two-part article.

Focus
DEBATE
Whose gallery is it, anyway?
The plans for housing the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bangalore are the focus of a controversy. ADITI DE speaks to the architects and artists involved.


REFLECTIONS
An Australian murder
Is it the uncertain weather or Melbourne's changing patterns that makes its people so impatient, wonders TIMERI N. MURARI as he runs through the murders that formed the highlight of his stay.
IN CONVERSATION
`Time we went back to the future'
Where the environment is concerned, politicians seem to be unaware of what is in the best interests of the future generations. But there are some who are well intentioned. Will they be able to stem the rot? An account of the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee's exclusive interview with BITTU SAHGAL and the representatives of the `Kids for Tigers' project.

Columns
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Fielding a Parsi
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Democracy, at 55

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
Advantage McEnroe
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Under siege



Health
HEALTHWATCH
Aesthetic dentistry: For a million dollar smile
Advances in cosmetic dentistry can change a person's life dramatically. The result is possible facial harmony, sparkling teeth and a gorgeous smile, says Dr. VIJAILAKSHMI ACHARYA. An overview on the occasion of the 11th annual conference of the Indian Academy of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry being held in Chennai.

Books
HERITAGE
Trappings of a monarchy
The glory of Indian royalty and the mystique of its stunning collections of precious stones form much of the substance of Maharajas' Jewels. While bringing alive the fairy-tale-like feudal past, it presents a pictorial survey of lapidary styles — from 11th Century temple sculptures to the wave of Orientalism in Western jewellery and fashion design in the heyday of the Raj, says ZERIN ANKLESARIA.
MACRO ECONOMY
Spectres about market economics
In their advocacy for an activist state, the authors keep out the complexities of the market growth in the 1990s.. Yet, The Market that Failed has an important place in debates on economic reforms in India, writes ACHIN CHAKRABORTY.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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Taurus

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Cancer

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Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
Are the effects of Badhakadhipathi in a horoscope inevitable?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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