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From pedestal to pavement
Beginning as a domestic festivity, Ganesha Chaturthi has long since been raised to the status of a public festival. More troublingly, it has acquired political overtones. RANJIT HOSKOTE follows the `Remover of Obstacles' on his passage from a genial household deity to a hard-edged mass icon.
Events

LOOKING BACK
Imaging India
`Middleagespread', as the title suggests, was a photo-exhibition to present personalised views of the passage of time and space in India's 57 years of independence. MADHU JAIN reviews the show which was on in Delhi recently.


CRAFT
Beyond the legend ...
In early October, The Crafts Council of India is holding an international convention, called `Grass to Gold', in Chennai. It will highlight the many facets of jewellery that have characterised civilisation down the ages, says GEETA DOCTOR.
CRAFT
... of a golden past
Many of the processes and forms of jewellery will converge at the convention, giving participants and delegates an overview of the past, present and future of the craft in the Asia-Pacific region, says PUSHPA CHARI.

Book Review

PEOPLE
Candid visuals
Flemish artist Francois Balthazar Solvyns is little known, but his series of etchings of the Hindus provides a compelling portrait of India 200 years ago, says ZERIN ANKLESARIA.

Focus

ISSUES
Food for thought
With National Nutrition Week just behind us, G.M. SUBBA RAO looks at malnutrition in a new light to provide a holistic perspective and address unmet goals and nutrition challenges.
LIFE
Water hunt
`Innovative' options are being exercised to quench Chennai's thirst for water, says SOWMYA KERBART SIVAKUMAR, documenting the consequences of this `rapid grabbing of natural resources'.

Cinema

Breath of fresh air
From theatre to filmmaking is a big jump. But it's paid off for Sandeep Sawant as his debut venture "Shwaas" won the National Award for Best Film. He tells GOWRI RAMNARAYAN how he took the plunge.

Columns

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
`Stephania' ... clearing the air
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Keeping the windows

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
The tussle over cricket

Ask the Doc...

HEALTH ALPHABET
By Dr. Uma Krishnaswamy
Common infection



Sightings


  • She sang, She conquered
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  • Bridging borders

    People

    IN CONVERSATION
    Peace soldier
    A soldier winning a peace award sounds contrary. But that's just what Admiral L. Ramdas has done. The former Chief of Naval Staff (1990-1993) was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding 2004 for "reaching ...
    PROFILE
    Coffee lady
    `I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,' said T.S. Eliot. Perhaps the same holds true for Sunalini Menon, Asia's only woman coffee taster.

    Lifestyle

    MUSIC
    A shared past
    "Junoon's" Salman Ahmad tells ANUPAMA SEKHAR about the band's new musical short film that explores ...
    THEATRE
    `It happens here too'
    Child sexual abuse is a universal problem and Lushin Dubey is making sure that people in India wake up to it. SHALINI UMACHANDRAN talks to her about her play "Bitter Chocolate".
    TRAVEL
    High altitude grandeur
    Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the spectacular Rocky Mountains. A visitor has opportunities for breathtaking experiences and adventures, says PADMINI DEVARAJAN.

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    Gift of sight
    Three million people suffer due to corneal disorders. But only 12,000 corneal transplants are done in India every year. As the Eye Donation Fortnight comes to a close, Dr. KAUSHIK, Dr. MOHAN RAJAN and Dr. SUJATHA MOHAN write of the need to increase awareness.
    Astrology


    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    Girl born on August 26/27,1975 at 00.20 hours. Aswini, Rishabha lagna, Balance of Ketu dasa four years, 10 months and four days. When marriage will take place?


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