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The Great Divider
The struggle for water in Jaisalmer or Chennai is but a drop in the ocean of a World Water Crisis. If things continue this way, water will soon become the next `commodity' that defines and entrenches inequalities between those who have it and those who don't. SOWMYA KERBART SIVAKUMAR explores the larger picture of a world water scarcity.
Arts & Crafts

ART
Minimal abstraction
Brancusi's art never rejected the natural world. Rather, he conveyed a sense of gravity by reducing his works to a few basic elements, writes ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT.

Interview

Fantasy in the dark
A 23-minute `docu-fiction' without dialogue based on an obscure tribe in South Orissa, "Mundapota" has made a mark in the West. A chat with the makers of this film.


Filmmaker as activist
ANAND PATWARDHAN'S films have always been in the thick of controversy. It's not difficult to see why. His films are a mirror that society would rather not look into because of the disturbing images that they reflect. Political, social ...

Reflections

REFLECTIONS
Memories of Madurai
VIJAYSREE VENKATARAMAN remembers her childhood holidays in Madurai, the town inseparably linked with the diva of Carnatic music, M.S. Subbulakshmi.

Travel

TIME OUT
Walking in the wilds
IT's 10 p.m. and Bangalore's "Majestic" is a scene of chaos. But we manage to board a bus to Sakleshpur via Hassan. And as we're coming straight from work, we munch on some stuff we have, leaving behind enough for our trek. The mouth-watering ...
DESTINATION
Venice of the West
A captivating medieval town dotted with canals, its history goes back to the Ninth Century. LAKSHMI SUNDARAM writes on the charms of Bruges, also known as the...

Eating Out

FOOD MATTERS
Three cornered magic
The samosa (sambusak, samusak or shingara, depending on where you come from) was perfect traveller fare: quickly made, portable and tasty. ARUNDHATI RAY on its origins and spread.

Issues

Food behind bars
Does being a foreigner entitle one to a special diet in Indian prisons? LINA MATHIAS examines the controversy in Maharashtra.
GENDER ISSUES
Fleeing from the family
Many young women go abroad as wives or fiancees but wind up facing violence in their homes. YVONNE BARLOW surveys the problem in Britain.

Environment

ECOWATCH
`Are you giving me a loan?'
While researchers and non-governmental organisations cry themselves hoarse about the lantana problem, a little village in Tamil Nadu has found a use for it that also brings them some money. PANKAJ SEKHSARIA writes.

Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Brutality and war
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Of liberty and prisons

BITE THE BALLOT
By Mukund Padmanabhan
Polls and punditry
FIRST STROKE
By Anil Dharker
Unlearning prejudices


Ask the Doc...
HEALTH ALPHABETS
By Uma Krishnaswamy
Help for sprains



Lifestyle

SIDELIGHTS
Cultural offensive?
Can culture be used as a medium to counter propaganda from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir? LUV PURI examines the issue.
CENTENARY
A hundred years of solitude
RANJIT LAL looks at the enduring charm of the Rolls-Royce.

Health

HEALTHWATCH
A surgeon's learning curve
Dr. A.K VENKATACHALAM discusses the pros and cons of minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery.

Books

EXTRACTS
In the forest
In these exclusive extracts from her autobiography, tribal leader C.K. JANU speaks of how central the forest was to her childhood.

Miscellany


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