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Confronting violence: Bridging the sacred-secular divide
Violence, by definition, signals the loss, lapse and negation of a spiritual way of being. This is because a spiritual stance requires us to pose every question in relation to ourselves. Looking at whether there are aspects of our selves of which we are ashamed, and toward which we are, in small and not-so-small ways, violent, LATA MANI hopes that the horror of the present times in India will impel us to bridge the sacred-secular divide, for challenging the mirage of otherness that threatens to undermine our commonality and shared destiny.
Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Official birthdays
RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
Honouring the bookman

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
She ignited aspirations
AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Why I won't be watching the World Cup

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Ammunition to the cynics
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Cheerful till the end

ROUNDABOUT
Escape into tomorrow
HEALTH ALPHABET
Minor complication



Urban Edge



Sightings


People
TRIBUTE
Symbol of pride
From childhood, her dream was to fly high. Remembering Kalpana Chawla.

Lifestyle
HERITAGE
Splendour in metal
`The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India' is the first exhibition of its kind in the U.S. that centres upon examples gathered from public museums and private collections in America and Europe. S. RANGARAJAN on the on-going show at the Smithsonian, Washington.
CULTURE
Crafting a way of life
Export figures for Indian handicrafts are rising but craftspersons are at the crossroads, beset with poverty and illness. Their knowledge is in danger of dying with them. PUSHPA CHARI recounts what the 10 mastercraftspersons, honoured with the award of Shilpa Guru recently, had to say.
IMAGES
Voice from the past
An exhibition of Anne Frank's diary and photographs travels across Indian cities trying to share the Holocaust experience — of extreme nationalism, persecution and destruction — with a multicultural society in India, writes ROMAIN MAITRA.
THEATRE
An opera comes alive
An opera rediscovered by chance, `The Fakir of Benaras' is not just a simple love story but has hidden depths that thrill the viewer, writes UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA.
CUISINE
Festive treats
EID-UL-ZUHA, also called Bakrid is a festival of rejoicing. Bakrid is also a day for feasting and visiting friends to say Eid Mubarak. Here are a few recipes: Stuffed bread
  • Ingredients: Round loaf bread (unsliced) ...
    GARDENING
    Edible and medicinal
    HERE are two specimens from the plant kingdom that are useful to man in many ways. The first, Musa, is what produces our edible banana. These evergreen giant herbs spring from rhizomes, flower, fruit and die and then regrow from a sucker. The ...

    Health
    Operation needed?
    Our panel of doctors offers advice and guidance on issues concerning mental health.

    Books
    REVIEW
    An enduring diplomat
    Historians will have to search through the events of the 1990s to understand how the many significant changes in India's worldview were engineered. This volume will be one of the main sources to assess that transformation, writes C. RAJA MOHAN.
    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
    A child was born on Tuesday February 13, 1973 at 9.17 p.m. in London. Two astrologers say the star is Tiruvadirai second padam. A third says third padam. Which is correct? When will this native get married?


    Mesha

    Rishabha

    Mithuna

    Kataka

    Simha

    Kanya

    Thula

    Vrischika

    Dhanus

    Makara

    Kumbha

    Meena


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