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Learning from Latur
Latur, which shot to fame a decade ago as the site of a major earthquake, has been in the news more recently for producing academic `toppers'. But there are more important lessons to be learnt from the experience, especially about post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation. AMMU JOSEPH reports from Latur on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the quake.
Book Review

BOOKS
Woman's world
An entertaining book about the occupational hazards of being a writer and a woman, says SUSAN VISVANATHAN.


Chilli and spice
Food from Andhra Pradesh is definitely not for the faint-hearted, and R. KRITHIKA reviews a book that looks at its vegetarian fare.

Health & Medicine

HEALTH ALERT
Towards prevention
THE incidence of breast cancer in India is mercifully low at about 9,000 cases per year when compared to the incidence in the developed countries which goes up to around 50,000 cases per year. Despite this, there has been a constant information ...

Issues

SPOTLIGHT
Flooded by disaster
When disasters strike again and again, the sufferings can break the resilience of a people. Orissa has been ravaged by natural calamities in the last 10 years. GOUTAM GHOSH wonders why this happens every year.
Burdening young lives
Many plans and policies later, child labour remains familiar and inevitable. Existing laws have to be radically amended to address the structural problems associated with it, writes PADMINI DEVARAJAN.

Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The bird men of India
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Wooing hawkers

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
My father's heart
AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Gandhi: An apostle of violence?



Sport

REFLECTIONS
Cricketing warriors
We have lost our cricketers, we have lost the game, we have lost the art of true devotion. Cricket is meandering on tired grounds, says TISHANI DOSHI.

Lifestyle

ART
A bridge not too far
Bangalore-based sculptor C.V. Ramesh's work has been shaped by the paths of his own life, says PRASANNA CHANDRASHEKHARAN.
THEATRE
Play for our times
I FIRST saw Asghar Wajahat's Partition play "Jisse Lahore Nahin Dekhya" ("Unborn in Lahore", its sensitive English translation by Dhiraj Singh, was published in The Little Magazine in September-October 2000) in Mussoorie nearly a decade ...
CINEMA
Sharing South Asian angst
Film South Asia, (FSA) 2003 provided a melting pot of images from that region, tackling diverse issues like loss of livelihood and growth of fundamentalism, writes NUPUR BASU.
MUSIC
Two guitars, two voices
Contemporary folk rock artistes may not be as famous as pop stars but their music is more introspective, committed and fulfilling. In that respect, they are today's bards, writes PRADEEP SEBASTIAN.
TRENDS
Pure, rare, eternal
It's exclusive, elegant and expensive. KANCHANA BANERJEE on platinum ... the most precious metal now in vogue.
Spectacular blooms
THE Hippeastrum, striking bulbous plants, with large trumpet-like leaves, go by the general name of Amaryliis. The belong to the Amaryllidaceae species. The leaves are long and strap-like and the flowers are borne on two feet long stalks in ...

Health

ASK THE DOC...
Motor disorder
Most of the problems dealt with this month involve the senses. Our panel of doctors offers solutions.
A safety net
Early detection of breast cancer improves the chance of treatment going well, writes Dr. SELVI RADHAKRISHNA on the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month now being observed.
Astrology


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What are the job and matrimonial prospects of one born on February 2, 1951 with Avittam first padam, Kataka Lagna, Ketu in Second, Saturn (Retrogade) in Kanya, Sun and Mercury with Moon, Jupiter, Sukra, Mars and Rahu in Kumbha?


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