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Take a monsoon break
'... it's a hushed theatre of excess attended by nothing but birdcall and when the sky is blotches of soot — black watercolour on the morning's damp, diaphanous spread' ... . Are you game for a `rain holiday' destination, asks SUMITRA SENAPATY.
Spotlight

SOCIETY
The baby doom
As the incidence of female foeticide rises and the number of girls drops, KAVERY NAMBISAN looks at how doctors contribute to the skewed gender ratio.

Interview

FACE TO FACE
Yen for Odissi
Masako Ono of Tokyo came to India in 1996, learnt Odissi from Protima Bedi first and then shifted to Bhubaneswar to hone her talents under the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. Today, she spends almost her entire time there teaching ...

Issues

Legacy of violence
In the first of a series of articles, SAPTARSHI BHATTACHARJEE looks at the devastation caused by the violent conflict between tribals and immigrants in Tripura.

Focus

EDUCATION
Stanford jottings
Its sprawling campus is among the biggest in the U.S. And it's also where teaching, learning and research are part of a single enterprise, writes SUDHA CHANDRASEKARAN.

Environment

ECO-WATCH
They crave for company
There are species of birds that trust us with implicit faith, says P.J. SANJEEVA RAJ.

Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Dramatic protest
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Knuckle wrap

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Reality, three bags full



People

Mad about Mickey
He rose to dizzying heights while still a teenager and his movies are still popular. RANDOR GUY profiles the prolific Mickey Rooney.

Lifestyle

SEASONS
Rainswept glory
The raging waters mirror the clouds above — grey and menacing, while the Gateway of India stands out stark and splendid, the arena where all gather for a ringside view of the surging Arabian Sea .... GUSTASP and JEROO IRANI look at facets of the Mumbai monsoon.


CINEMA
Suspend disbelief
Bollywood's recent supernatural visitations have an unlikely parallel in English literature's Romantic period, says APARNA RAMAN.
DESTINATION
Beyond the Sphinx
The Nile, ancient Luxor, the pyramids — Egypt's scope is glorious, says PREMA SRINIVASAN.
REFLECTIONS
Bus diplomacy
It's a trip that brings hope of better relations between India and Pakistan, says T.R. RAMAKRISHNAN, on an optimistic note.
ART
Figures out from darkness
Jehangir Jani returns to oil painting after a decade of experiment with sculpture, installation, assemblage and performance. RANJIT HOSKOTE discusses his recent work.
GARDENING
Hardy succulents
A MEMBER of the Asclepiadaceae family, the Huernia is a good looking succulent, native to South Africa. Related to the much larger Stapelia, it has a multi-branching formation of green stems about five inches long, and about half an inch ...

Health

Ask the Doc...
Advice from our panel of doctors in response to readers' queries.
HEALTHWATCH
An oil regimen
A daily oil massage at home is beneficial for health, writes Dr. K.C. NARAYANAN.
Astrology


MOON SIGNS
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