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Unpalatable truth?
As the American diet is being exported to India in the form of increased consumption of meat, fast food and brand-name beverages, is India nurturing a new public health crisis, asks MICHELLE MASCARENHAS.
Arts & Crafts

Sakti Burman's world
By his blend of complementary colours, varied textures and decorative details, the artist holds out a dream world of harmony, a world free of conflict and an abode of abiding peace. The viewer, turning away from today's world of conflict and violence, feels assured of peace and happiness in the world of Burman's paintings, writes PARITOSH SEN.

Entertainment

CINEMA
The good, bad and ugly
GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN continues his summing up of the fare at Cannes this year.

Issues

LIFESCAPE
A gruelling season: Hi-tech, low nutrition
A group of young journalists raising funds to run gruel centres? An inspector of police who donates a quintal of ragi to a gruel centre run by a newspaper? The distress of poor people in Mahbubnagar and Anantapur seems not to have affected the state government. But it does seem to have touched the conscience of at least some of the middle classes. P. SAINATH reports from the zone of distress.

Focus

PERSPECTIVE
Culture, religion and regression
Comparing the militant Hindutva ideology with `triumphalistic Western Christianity', VALSON THAMPU writes on how it is converting Hinduism `to a religion utterly contrary to its genius'.


IN THE NEWS
Pottermania
It is not hype but the sheer magic and popularity of Harry Potter that has entertained adults and children alike over the last few years, says TIMERI N. MURARI, reflecting on the release of Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix yesterday.

Environment

CONSERVATION
Wildlife on the run
Among the several reasons for hunting wildlife, that SANJAY GUBBI lists, monetary benefits come first. They also point to the fact that conservation strategies are flawed, he adds.

Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Memories of 1983
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Our names, our pluralism

AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Project for the new American century
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Targeting Bihar

TRENDS
By Women's Feature Service.women's Feature Service.
Digital divorce



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    Tribute

    A hero in real life too
    He epitomised moral strength, traditional virtues, liberal humanitarianism and courage in adversity on screen and off it too. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN remembers Hollywood star Gregory Peck who died recently.

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    Look at your eye
    Therapy for amblyopia, or lazy eye, is difficult for patient, parent and doctor and requires patience and understanding. Improvement occurs gradually over a period of time.
    Astrology

    SUN SIGNS
    By Laurie Baum
    The week ahead


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    MOON SIGNS
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    What are the ill effects of "Gulika" in the eighth house of a horoscope, and of Dasasandhi or Koottu Dasa? What are the remedies?


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