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An elegant simplicity
Every single thing she did, from serving food to tuning the tambura, was marked by elegance and charm. More than any other famous person, she captured the hearts of people with her inherent goodness. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN recounts her personal equa tion with M.S. Subbulakshmi.
Personality

FACE TO FACE
Her own person
Nandita Das does not live in the shadow of her famous parents. She appears in films that appeal to her heart and makes short ad films with a social message. H. BALAKRISHNAN finds out what makes her different.

Heritage

Will this scene change?
The district and sessions court complex is one of the few surviving original buildings in Udhagamandalam steeped in history. But a proposal to replace it with a modern complex is creating controversy, says D. RADHAKRISHNAN.

Issues

In a tight weave
Bamboo is eco-friendly and fast growing. But bamboo weavers in Kerala are in a state of decline. P.N. VENUGOPAL looks at the reasons for this.

Focus

COMMENT
A lost war?
Money and lives have been invested in making Iraq a platform from which the U.S. can project power; a move that requires not the liberation of Iraq, but its subordination, says ROBERT JENSEN. But most Iraqis don't want to be subordinated, which is why the U.S. in some sense lost the war on the day of invasion, he adds.

Environment

IN THE NEWS
Green heroes
The fifth Sanctuary-ABN-AMRO Wildlife Awards continue to show how ordinary people can make a difference to the environment. MEENA MENON on this year's winners.

History

IN CONVERSATION
Forgotten themes
R. CHAMPAKALAKSHMI talks to historian Romila Thapar.

Columns

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
At home in the Gulf
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Two brown sahibs

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Rural India is a surprise
ROUNDABOUT
By Hugh And Colleen Gantzer
Graceful Geneva



Sightings


  • 'Salaam Mira'
  • Miss Universe in India
  • Man with a mission

    Lifestyle

    ART
    Caught between demons
    Reena Saini Kallat's recent paintings draw on the crises that we have come to accept as normal features of everyday life. NANCY ADAJANIA interprets these new forms and images.
    EVENT
    The jailhouse rocks
    Paintings, furnishings, eatables, pottery ... this is not a regular shop. Rather, these are items from Tihar Jail that are up for sale, writes NEETA LAL.
    ART
    Stories on a scroll
    RANJITA BISWAS looks at pat painting, a vibrant part of Bengal's folk art heritage.
    DESTINATION
    Singapore, this December
    From malls, bazaars, fairs and carnivals decked in a flourish of lights and colours to an extravaganza of gastronomic feasts, concerts and countdown parties, this Christmas in Singapore promises to be endless fun, says SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF.

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    Keep yourself mobile
    What's new in the world of rheumatology? DR. HIRAMALINI SESHADRI reports on IRACON 2004, the annual national conference of the Indian Rheumatology Association.
    Ask the Doc...
    Our panel of doctors respond to readers' queries.
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