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Past imperfect, future indefinite
Here is a narrative about home, the village and the world in which its author, MARIA AURORA COUTO, crosses the boundaries between history and memory, truth and imagination to evoke personal and community experience. It is as much an appraisal of Goa's past as it is an examination of its present and a vision of its future. Exclusive extracts from Goa: A Daughter's Story, which is to be released shortly.
Focus

TOURISM
Paradise lost?
`Serendib', `Ceylon', `Island of Dharma' ... . For a small island-nation, Sri Lanka has many names that reveal its richness, beauty and fabled delights. But two decades of ethnic conflict have hit the tourism industry hard, says SHONALI MUTHALALY.

Columns

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Forward or backward?
AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Say `yes' to India-Pakistan cricket

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Iraq, a year thence
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Perception and reality

BITE THE BALLOT
By Mukund Padmanabhan
Post-retirement posts



People

PROFILE
Two octogenarians in Gandhi
Shunning the limelight, two men who look to Gandhi for inspiration continue to lead lives that ought to inspire a new generation of youngsters. GOPAL GANDHI writes of Narayan Desai and Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy.

Lifestyle

SILICON VALLEY SOJOURN
A valley transformed
The change here from grain and cheese land to sand (silicon) and computer chip capital has been wrought by people from all parts of the world. In a series, S. MUTHIAH looks at the past and the present.


DANCE
Original movement
Constanza Macras has shocked spectators with her themes. She has introduced glimpses of different cultures in her works and continues to search for more. MALA KUMAR talks to the German dancer-choreographer.
THEATRE
Tragedy relived
The Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 continues to haunt the lives of the victims. RAJ S. RANGARAJAN looks at "Bhopal: a play" which explores the human and political reality behind the disaster.
DESTINATION
Footloose in Nanjing
Ancient metropolis, tourist city and now a hub of technology and communication. NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN explores the capital city of six dynasties.

Health

HEALTHWATCH
To be free of stress
How does acupuncture help clear the problem of stress? Dr. M. MUTHUKUMAR elaborates.
Ask the Doc...
Advice from our panel of doctors in response to readers' queries.

Books

REVIEW
Apparent divide, actual bridges
The stereotypes imposed upon Goa and its people by Hindi cinema, charter tourism, and fanatical Indianisers are all dispelled by Maria Aurora Couto's treatment. A review by RANJIT HOSKOTE.
Astrology


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
My date of birth is January 12, 1949 in the early hours of January 13 (Bhogi Day). Please furnish star/quarter and moon sign.


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena



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