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Tragedy, ferment and revival
It's that time of the year again ... . Looking back at 2002, which was dominated by cynical demagoguery and a manipulation of popular emotions, RANJIT HOSKOTE focuses on four piquant situations too small and of `yesterday' to hit the headlines ... in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Somalia.
Issues
COMMENT
A dialogue ... of deeds
Given the ignorance that we entertain about each other's faith and the fast-degenerating communal situation, there is an urgent need to dispel the misunderstandings we have about one another, says Rev. VALSON THAMPU, as he points out that the issue of the Tamil Nadu anti-conversion Act was a lost opportunity to educate people on the meaning, scope and discipline of conversion.

Focus
RURALSCAPES
The long and winding road
The umbrellas stood silently by themselves, watching as their owners worked busily in the fields. The late rains in Orissa in end-August 2002 brought a burst of activity. While the rest of us debated whether it had been the worst drought of the ...

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Academics as writers
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Cultural renaissance?

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Retiring present arrangements
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Under the garb of control

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
Critic at large

Urban Edge

Sightings
People
IN THE NEWS
Undeniable presence
There is no way to know how many millions of people Mother Teresa reached out to. Perhaps it does not matter. But there was great need in the world, and she was there, writes RUKMINI CHAWLA.
PERSONALITY
In a state of wonder
Connecting two diverse disciplines of Kathakali and theatre, Maya Rao has traversed a wide variety of roles — from Desdemona to Ravana. She talks to LEELA VENKATARAMAN about her evolution as a performer.

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Exercise induced asthma
If fitness training takes your breath away, you may be suffering from exercise-induced-asthma. Here's what you need to know, says ZAREER PATEL, a fitness expert.
A knotty problem
Dr. RAJAGOPALAN RAVI looks at venous diseases and their treatment.
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
Some computer horoscopes mention Rasi Pinda, Graha Pinda and Sodya Pinda. How are those worked out to help in prediction?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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