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Brush with peace
Unique in character, concept and context, Cholamandal is an example of cooperative enterprise and community living. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN traces its story, outlined in a recently released book.
Spotlight

REFLECTIONS
Small is strong
"Minority" implies a group that is victimised. This need not be so. A dynamic minority has the potential to influence events, writes KAVERY NAMBISAN.

Interview

IN CONVERSATION
Muse for our times
Social injustice and exploitation of the weak are the mainstays of director-actress Usha Ganguli's plays. Her 28-year-old theatre group Rangakarmee is the only Hindi theatre production company in Kolkata. She has won innumerable awards including the Safdar Hashmi Puraskar from Uttar Pradesh's Sangeet Natak Akademi and the national Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998. Here she talks to RANJITA BISWAS about her latest work. Excerpts from the interview:

Book Review

ON THE MOVE
THE aim of the HarperCollins Travel Guides is to showcase India's States to visitors with up-to-date information on destinations, hotels, transportation and activities. Offering an insider's perspective, they take you off the beaten track ...

Issues

ISSUES
Danger zone
LUV PURI looks at how the life of the people along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir has been affected by landmines.

Focus

TRIBUTE
Revolution in dance
Amid strong opposition, Guru Paimkulam Rama Chakyar brought Koodiyattam and Chakyar Koothu outside the temple precincts. K.K. GOPALAKRISHNAN remembers this great reformer on his birth centenary on July 20.


COMMENT
Old trails, new roads
The challenge before the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is to transcend religious differences and accept that an all encompassing cohesiveness is the key to solving their problems, says JYOTSNA SINGH.
Water wars: a way out?
The parties involved in the Cauvery dispute could perhaps look to the U.S. for a solution, writes A.V. SWAMINATHAN.

Columns

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Neruda ... poet nonpareil
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Kerala: channel plurality

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Reforming the Hindus
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Beauty from within



Sightings


  • Ekta power
  • India, his favourite stop
  • 'Blues 2'

    Lifestyle

    CINEMA
    The voice of a monologue
    Can conversion be seen as an individual's right to change in the hope of becoming upwardly mobile? It is exactly this struggle of transformation that `Kaya Taran' or `Chrysalis', directed by Sashi Kumar, tries to explore. KRISHNAN HARIHARAN comments on the film that is set against the backdrop of the anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984 and the Gujarat carnage of 2002.
    TIME-OUT
    The oasis of New York
    It's a green rectangle that has served this city well. PADMA RAMACHANDRAN explores the Park's rich history.
    CUISINE
    Fresh n'juicy
    IF you are tired of the usual orange, grape and mango juices, here are some exciting new refreshments made by blending different juices. A serving of milk shake provides 150 to 200 K cal, 5g of protein and about 220 mg of calcium. Fruit punch ...

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    Stones in the kidney
    What are kidney stones and how are they formed? Dr. RAJAN RAMANATHAN answers these and other questions on the subject.
    Astrology


    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    Having quit service under VRS, can I become a professional astrologer. If not, which area can I choose?


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