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Power: The unexpected triumph of democracy
In Being Indian, PAVAN K. VARMA demolishes the generalisations about India and Indians, as he examines what really makes this country tick and what it has to offer in the 21st Century. Exclusive excerpts from a chapter of the just released book that looks at the contradictions that characterise attitudes towards issues like power, wealth and spirituality.
Interview

IN CONVERSATION
Of fashion, flying and filmmaking
Vijaypat Singhania has been a trendsetter in the corporate world, in the air and on ground. VASANTI SUNDARAM talks to him to find out what led him on his varied trips.

Issues

SILICON VALLEY SOJOURN
Get SAT go
`Try and get 1,600' ... . Just as children in India burn the midnight oil to get into a premier engineering or a medical college, a similar trend can be seen in Asian homes in this part of the U.S., writes S. MUTHIAH.

Environment

ECOWATCH
Bio-reserve nonpareil
On the 20th anniversary of the declaration of Kerala's Silent Valley National Park, SRIDEVI MOHAN makes a special trip to find out how this stretch of the wilderness fares.

Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The Mysore generation
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
They overcame differences

BITE THE BALLOT
By Mukund Padmanabhan
Lakhs or crores?
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
It's dynasty

SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
It's free

Ask the Doc...

ROUNDABOUT
By Hugh And Colleen Gantzer
Where it all began



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  • De on design
  • Good timing
  • Bold Sherawat

    People

    IN THE NEWS
    A spell of charm
    GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN comments on the choice of Aishwarya Rai in Time's list of 100 most influential people.

    Sport

    INDO-PAK CRICKET
    Crossing boundaries
    M.N. PANINI reflects on how the recent series brought the two countries together.

    Lifestyle

    DRAMA
    Amphitheatre ambience
    H. BALAKRISHNAN reflects on two amphitheatres - one from the ancient Second Century B.C. and the other, more modern, at Ekamra Haat — and the links between the past and the present as represented by the two.

    Miscellany


  • At home, away from home
    Astrology


    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    Born on March 12, 1953 at 4.32 p.m. at Hyderabad (Sravana, Makaram), I am having drastic set backs. Are there remedies ? Is the future still bad ?


    Mesha

    Rishabha

    Mithuna

    Kataka

    Simha

    Kanya

    Thula

    Vrischika

    Dhanus

    Makara

    Kumbha

    Meena



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