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Fashion, frills and feminine farce
Somehow, somewhere, someone must have figured out that women will buy things for the body if they are kept in the self-hating, ever-failing and insecure state of being aspiring beauties ... . Surely, there are greater crusades in life than fighting acne and wrinkles, says VISA RAVINDRAN.
Focus
Beauty's ugly spot
A tall, thin frame perched confidently on stiletto heels ... . Is this the ideal, contemporary image of womanhood? If it is, is it worth it, asks B. REGINA PAPA.


NOSTALGIA
Holmes still walks
Sherlock Holmes' unique methods of deduction continue to enthrall readers. Of all his cases The Hound of the Baskervilles remains the most popular 100 years after it was written, says GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN.
Betrayal of trust
How can one help a victim of sexual abuse without inflicting further trauma? ANITA LAZARUS looks at this sensitive issue.

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
An image that takes a beating
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
They still burn brides

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
The new and the bold
SCRIBBLING PAD
By Sudhanshu Ranade
Other fish to fry

HEALTH ALPHABET
By Uma Krishnaswamy
Bringing down a fever



Urban Edge


Sightings


Lifestyle
ART
The beautiful past
Sujata Bajaj crosses boundaries within media. Borders blur and merge, resulting in a coming together of seemingly divergent aesthetics. What she achieves is an extraordinary balance while distilling the essence of three diverse and distinct geographical spaces. ALKA PANDE on what to expect at Bajaj's show which, in association with the Apparao Galleries, opens at the Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi, tomorrow.
EVENT
Interpreting womanhood
Draupadi in the Mahabharata and Kriemhild in the Nibelungenlied are characters who come up against a patriarchal set-up resistant to change. But can their experiences be contemporised? ROMAIN MAITRA reviews `Images of Feminity', an Indo-German project, to answer this question.
THEATRE
Representing the outsider
Shylock is one of the most controversial characters in theatre. Is he to be pitied as a victim of persecution or hated as a villain? UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA talks to Gareth Armstrong, whose one-man show tries to explain the enigma of Shylock.
TIME-OUT
A visit to China
Even though there is no paucity of data on China, this group of six tourists decided to settle for an on-the-spot assessment. G.R. KULKARNI on a trip with a difference.

Health
An eye on diabetes
World Diabetes week is being observed from November 14 to 21. Its focus this year is eyecare in diabetes mellitus, writes Dr. T. SELVARAJU.
WELL BEING
Return of Zen
THE strident calls of a Grey Jungle Fowl herald the first light. Another day begins at the Bodhi Zendo. Silently, a group of men and women moves along the corridor into the glass-panelled meditation hall, which overlooks the valley. It is ...
HEALTHWATCH
No child's play ....
Parents must note that baby or milk teeth are not temporary, says Dr. T.P. SIVAKUMAR, on the importance of paediatric dental care.

Books
REVIEW
Grotesque caricature
How do you write a book about Tibet that doesn't ruffle official feathers and yet remains true to your identity? TENZING SONAM on Alai's `much acclaimed' debut novel.
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
Meena Lagna has four malefics — Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. Which is Maraka (Significator of Death)?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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