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A win-win situation for all
Though India has enough water to take care of everyone's needs, inter-State crises over the use of this resource, due to natural and man-made reasons, have only made the case for launching a Jal Swaraj movement stronger. Noted agriculture scientist Dr. M.S. SWAMINATHAN draws up a politically implementable and economically affordable scheme for a sustainable water security system, as he makes it clear that in a democracy, unless `water becomes everybody's business', it will remain a source of conflict.
Focus
ISSUES
Living in darkness
The programme for solar electrification of villages is stagnating because of official apathy. In the process, the sufferers are the rural poor, writes BUNKER ROY.


Memories of the Malgudi Man
R.K. NARAYAN'S 97th birth anniversary was on October 10. On this occasion, it may be worthwhile to recall the background to some of his novels and stories. Swami and Friends, his first book, was inspired by his nephews and their friends ...

Columns
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The Kannada colossus
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Leitmotif of Kerala

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Animated moments
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Bargain hunters

HERBAL EXPLORATIONS
By Sheela Rani Chunkath
Medicinal treasure
HEALTH ALPHABET
By Dr.uma Krishnaswamy
Have an edge ...



Lifestyle
ART
On the path of the masters
In paying homage to the masters of the art world, YUSUF ARAKKAL's intention `has not been to merely copy them'. Instead, these canvases are attempts from his own viewpoint and approach. Memories of these masters and the meanings of their triumphs, tribulations and even trivialities have become reference points in his progress, he says. A private viewing of his My Book of References II, in association with Gallery Sumukha and Art in Crafts, Bangalore, and Anushka Dhawan, is on show till October 18 at the Nehru Centre, London.
FOCUS
Portrait of a community
An ongoing exhibition, to last till October 18, of oil paintings and photographs of the Parsi community at the NGMA, Mumbai, is the first of its kind. It focusses on the art historic perspective of portraits patronised by the Parsis in the 18th and 19th Centuries, and is sourced from fire temples, schools, public institutions and homes. Part of the show includes an exhibition catalogue and an essay researched by PRIYA MAHOLAY that examines the social, historical and cultural significance of these images. Exclusive extracts.
LENS VIEW
Society and the scalpel of portraiture
Dayanita Singh's series of `Family Portraits' is as much about the Parsi community as it is about the social transformations taking place in Indian society today. PETER NAGY examines the photographer's attitude to her subjects.
CINEMA
When love is challenged
John Bayley's account of his wife's battle with Alzheimer's, Iris: A Memoir, is the basis of the movie on Iris Murdoch. Though some have criticised Bayley for writing about his wife's illness, UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA feels that both the book and the movie are a labour of love.
EVENT
A festive season
Usually quiet and unassuming, Edinburgh becomes a crackling nerve centre of talent, creativity and tourism during the international festival every year. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN looks at the various festivals that it accommodates.
SPOT LIGHT
Festival dilemmas
GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN looks at what needs to be done to spruce up the International Film Festival of India.
GARDENING
Red and robust
A CLOSE relative of the shoe-flower, the chilli-flower is botanically known as Malvaviscus penduliflorus. A native of south-central Mexico, the plant thrives well in South Indian conditions. Malvaviscus grows to a height of three ...

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Four steps to a healthy heart
In India, coronary heart disease is increasingly affecting young people ... Dr. HARBANS S. WASIR on the issue of cardiac well-being.

Books
REVIEW
Candid camera
THIS is not a representative collection of the works of one of the country's best-known photographers, but a selection spun around a single theme — "simple, ordinary people", who in T.S. Satyan's words have been the subject of his "intimate ...

Miscellany
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
When all other major criteria for matrimonial matching are met, is it still necessary for matching by birth stars to be ensured before recommending the wedding?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

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Meena




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