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Theme 2004
Every general election has a defining characteristic. MUKUND PADMANABHAN takes a look at what the coming poll is all about.
Health & Medicine

Timeless terror
TB is preventable and curable, yet it kills the largest number of people worldwide. On the occasion of World TB Day on March 24, JANARDHAN ROYE looks at global efforts to fight the resurgence of this disease.


Ask the Doc...
Advice from our panel of doctors in response to readers' queries.

Issues

Water first
Though there is no particular, or common, strategy to solve the ominous water crisis in India, both the people and the government need to work together to tackle it, comments DEEPA KANDASWAMY. World Water Day is being observed tomorrow under the theme `Water and Disasters'.
A parched people
Cries of joy rent the air. The water lorry has been spotted ... GOUTAM GHOSH on life in Chennai.

Focus

HISTORY
Iraq: on duty once again?
Recently, the idea that India should claim a share of war booty by sending soldiers to Iraq was perhaps repulsive. But it happened once before during World War I. RADHIKA SINGHA looks at the past.
DEVELOPMENT
Right to live
It was the spark that lit India's freedom struggle, but Champaran is still to break away from oppression and intolerance. MEENA MENON travels through the district in Bihar.

Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Storm in the vale
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Wealth of difference

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Hurrah for the consumer?



People

FACE TO FACE
Cinematic vision
Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan talks to GOWRI RAMNARAYAN about his involvement with M.F. Husain's "Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities".
PROFILE
A villain's USP
From villain to character actor, Amrish Puri has come a long way in Bollywood. VASANTI SUNDARAM chats with him about his innings before the camera.

Lifestyle

SOCIETY
State in a flux
Pakistan is in the grip of a struggle between a secular Islamic majority and a fundamentalist minority. CHITRA BONAM looks at "Reinventing the Taliban", a documentary that explores this crisis.
ART
Pictorial riddles, intimate perspectives
Mythic heroes, historical figures, a brace of geese ... enter the space of Dilip Ranade's paintings, and in turn a universe of fictional events. RANJIT HOSKOTE on the artist's recent show in Mumbai.
CUISINE
Stuffed temptations
Try this vegetarian spread. Round it off with a dessert.
EXPERIENCE
Bangkok's bizarre bazaar
It takes stamina to discover this open-air marketplace. THOMAS E. KING's first-hand account.
TIME-OUT
A thousand islands in the sun
It's an ideal tourist destination for the Indian traveller .... ZERIN ANKLESARIA explores Greece.
Astrology


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
I was born at 4.15 p.m. on October 28,1959 at Chingleput. My star is Poorvaphalguni, Meena Lagna? When will I earn well?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena



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