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Passage ... back to India?
Twenty million strong and perhaps more widespread and heterogeneous than any other, the Indian diaspora is a force to reckon with, as reflected in the belated, and official, attempts to reach out to its members this year with the observance of `Pravasi Bharatiya Divas' on January 9. RAJESH VETCHA and T.L.S. BHASKAR examine the contentious issues that affect the sense of belonging.
Focus
LIFE
Old, alone and far away
LAKSHMEE SHEELA SUNDAR writes of the dilemma faced by the first generation immigrants to the United States.


Rejuvenating weary spirits
The Asian Social Forum, held in Hyderabad recently, was a celebration of protest and anger, a shout for the oppressed and the deprived. MARI MARCEL THEKAEKARA comments.
REFLECTIONS
Kabul hobbles along
As a visitor, THOMAS T. ABRAHAM looks back at the days spent in Kabul as an experience in time-travel ... .

Environment
ECO-WATCH
Death of an estuary
The dredging operation currently on in the Adyar estuary, Chennai, is a classic example of a fragile piece of natural heritage losing out to frenzied urbanisation, says S. THEODORE BASKARAN.

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Raelian fantasies
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Problems truly Asian

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Back to the future
RURAL DIARY
By Pushpa Surendra
Serpent's egg

HERBAL EXPLORATIONS
By Sheela Rani Chunkath
A healthy ritual



Urban Edge


Sightings


Lifestyle
ART
Subtle, yet powerful
Jehangir Jani's recent installation, `Lazarus and Anarkali', is on show at the Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. RANJIT HOSKOTE looks at this constellation of sculptures that addresses the entire range of human senses in shockingly subversive and deeply moving ways.
CINEMA
Path of the sword
In the ultimate analysis, `The Warrior' is a visual essay on violence and its addictive spirit, writes UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA.

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Can't count sheep?
Sleep disorders, described even in literature, are a common problem, say Dr. S.S.K. AYYAR and Dr. SURESH KUMAR, in the first of a two-part article.
WELL-BEING
It's 'beach resort' Ayurveda
Most tourists who visit Kerala, `experience Ayurveda' from `fly-by-night' centres that appear to be exploiting the gullible, says Dr. G.G. GANGADHARAN.

Books
REVIEW
Two writers, one narrative
What is valuable in Out of God's Oven are the opinions of some of the most talented people, whom the authors — Dom Moraes and Sarayu Srivatsa — interview. BILL AITKEN writes.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
My Lagna is Rishabha; with Kethu in 3rd; Mars, Moon and Jupiter in 7th; Venus in 8th, Mars, Mercury and Rahu in 9th; Sun in 10th; and Saturn in 12th. I am running the sub-period of Moon in Venus Maha Dasa till 13.02.03. What are my job prospects?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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