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Global art: Of catastrophes, redemptive gestures
Documenta 11, the latest edition of the legendary show of international contemporary art may be seen as a heroic, but flawed, attempt as an encyclopaedic register. For here is presented the effect of the flows of globalisation in specific, local situations, their material impact and the imaginaries they generate. Thus, even the most abstract of the 415 art-works — that bear a visceral relationship to the hopes and terrors of the subaltern and the marginalised everywhere — are deeply coloured by political preoccupations, concludes RANJIT HOSKOTE.
Issues
FOCUS
New values in intellectual properties
Is there a connection between cultural factors, economic development and intellectual property rights? ... wonders S. MOHAN.

Focus
NOSTALGIA
Imagined Colombo
Where should INDRAN AMIRTHANAYAGAM locate himself to give you a bird's eye view of his beloved city?


ISSUES
Cutting across barriers
The spread of AIDS is not confined to an unknown high-risk group. The need to increase awareness levels of this dreaded disease is the first step in fighting it, says LILY VENKATARANGAM on the occasion of World Aids Day on December 1.

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Between the lines
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Nirad Chaudhuri's Nehru

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Unsparing details
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Dumping the saas and bahu

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
A novel of ideas
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
It's a rich man's world



Urban Edge


People
IN CONVERSATION
'A well-meaning leftie'
BILL KIRKMAN talks to Sydney Bolt, who was part of the British initiative to woo the communists in India during World War II.

Lifestyle
THEATRE
Reinterpreting an epic
The Ramayana has been transplanted to, among others, the countries of South East Asia; assimilated and transformed according to local history and geography and providing the impetus for the creation of masterpieces of art. GEETA DOCTOR reviews `Realizing Rama', a collaborative venture involving ASEAN's 10 member countries.
CULTURE
Put on your dancing shoes
Not a grandiose mission statement but a close look at the nuts and bolts of the creative process. This is what ARUNDHATI SUBRAMANIAM saw at a dance workshop conducted by German dancer Susanne Linke in Mumbai.

Books
REVIEW
Coming up trumps against cancer
THE first thing that strikes one on seeing the book is "How can anyone call a book The Joy of Cancer?" But as you read Anup Kumar's first person account of his battle with the Big C, you begin to understand. Kumar not only found joy in ...
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
For a native of Aswini, with Lagna Mithuna, the seven and a half years of Sani is over. What effects may come from Saturn's transit through Lagna? Saturn is exalted at birth, as Lord of 10th from Rasi, Moon. What prospects in the Maha Dasa of Rahu who is in the Sixth?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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