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It's only a game, they say ... .
At first it was the dark hilarity of botched politics, compromise, rain and a failure to understand the Duckworth-Lewis method — which contributed in some part to the elimination of some fancied teams from this Cricket World Cup — that kept us occupied. Now, there seems to be another factor to reckon with. Vicious jingoism, says ANIL DHARKER.
Spotlight
GENDER ISSUES
Feminists or reformists?
Independence saw the women's movement in India split as a result of the formation of the minority identity. ZARINA BHATTY looks at the Muslim women's movement in its historical perspective and its development.


GENDER ISSUES
Restoring lost dignity
In a society where a woman's status is linked to that of her husband, widows live a marginalised life. MOHINI GIRI reviews what needs to be done so that this segment of society can live with dignity.

Issues
SPOTLIGHT
Battling against odds
Rural surgery is not an easy game; nor is it the last resort of the unsuccessful. It is a vital organ of the health care of the nation. KAVERY NAMBISAN profiles a little-known organisation that specialises in taking medical help to those who lack access to it.

Focus
COMMENT
Phalke on the rocks
He may be the Father of Indian Cinema, and no one has ever challenged that, but the way Dadasaheb Phalke has been treated, both recently and down the years, should make us do some serious introspection, says AMITA MALIK.

Columns
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The question of linguistic provinces
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Indispensable, not irrelevant?

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Seeing red with this pitch
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Dish for all seasons



Urban Edge

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    Lifestyle
    ART
    Diverse and divergent imagery
    An ongoing exhibition of the works of four leading artists gives the viewer a chance to try to understand the formative ideas in the Madras art school from about 50 years ago, when it staked a claim to challenge prevailing colonial and pre-colonial orthodoxies of art practice. ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT on `Time Trace Transition' at the Forum Art Gallery in Chennai.
    DANCE
    Rukmini Devi Arundale - A catalyst to change
    Rukmini Devi blazed a new trail in dance by creating the concept of dance-dramas based on the epics. In the centenary year of her birth, LAKSHMI VISWANATHAN recounts how she developed the idea to its fruition.
    Escape into the countryside
    SUCHITRA BEHAL explores the most beautiful part of the British heartland — the Lake District.
    A bond by couture
    ROMAIN MAITRA looks at an attempt to introduce bridal couture in Kolkata.
    GARDENING
    The scarlet Rangoon creeper
    A WIDELY known garden climber, the scarlet Rangoon creeper is a native of Africa which was introduced in the tropics as a popular ornamental. Botanically known as Quisqualis indica, the creeper can often be seen as a hedge plant or ...

    Health
    HEALTHWATCH
    Perfectly aligned
    Orthodontics, the oldest speciality in dentistry, enhances the appearance and health of one's teeth. Dr. N.R. KRISHNASWAMY on its benefits for both children and adults.
    HEALTHWATCH
    Miracle milestones
    MILESTONES ... they are a way of reflecting back upon our lives, our past, yet they are a marker for setting goals to the future. When I was diagnosed with cancer in December of 1994, I cautiously set a few milestones to keep me motivated toward ...
    HEALTHWATCH
    A hardship you can cope with
    Haemophilia, though an inherited and life-long affliction, can be tackled with lifestyle changes and help from the world of medicine, says Dr. MYTHILY.

    Books
    REVIEW
    Seven witnesses to a metamorphosis
    In these troubled times, art is more a wandering than a journey. Whether one is an artist or an art-lover, it is in these meanderings that one comes across something — a moment, a shape or a colour which illuminates — which makes hidden life come to light. ALKA PANDE reviews a volume that looks at seven artists and their pictorial language.
    BIOGRAPHY
    The star of a brand
    "WHAT rabid dog has bitten you, that you should take off on such a crazy scheme'' yells the father when he discovers his 16-year-old son had taken off surreptitiously from Bombay to Goa in a friend's car and returned by bus, leaving the broken ...
    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
    With Sukra debilitated in Kanya Rasi, where Budha is exalted, and Saturn exalted in Thula (the 12th) with benefic Jupiter, is Jupiter harmful or beneficial? Is there Neecha Banga Raja Yoga?


    Mesha

    Rishabha

    Mithuna

    Kataka

    Simha

    Kanya

    Thula

    Vrischika

    Dhanus

    Makara

    Kumbha

    Meena


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