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World politics as usual
There are very few people who do not look back to the past with a sense of longing or forward to the future with a sense of unease. The present state of the world, endangered by uncompromising nationalism, tribal revulsion, and religious and ethnic fanaticism must surely be disquieting to all, says SHELLEY WALIA.
Book Review

BOOKS
No Razor's Edge
Do not look for deep meaning and do not get heated up in this book, though it is a pretty accurate view from the perspective of a bourgeoisie writer, looking upon the tragedy of poverty in India.

Interview

FACE TO FACE
Literature as a performance
Both Patrick Neate and Geraldine Collinge are taking literature to a larger audience through live performances. They talk to SUBASH JEYAN about how and why they do so.

Heritage

TRADITIONAL CRAFT
Fading notes
An unsung people painstakingly make the piece that gives the nadaswaram its character. Alarmingly, their craft is under threat. SUGUNA SWAMY writes.

Arts & Crafts

ART
Lines that scathe and bruise
An anarchic spirit and an accent on powerfully carnal imagery form the links between two otherwise distinct personalities, F.N. Souza, late founder of the Progressive Artists Group, and Laxma Goud, wilfully independent image-maker from Andhra Pradesh. NANCY ADAJANIA reflects on an exhibition that brings together drawings by these two masters of Indian art.

Issues

LIVES
Misery at every turn
It is traumatic for women and children, says SHUJAAT BUKHARI, looking at the plight of the kin of slain militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

Environment

ECOWATCH
Feeling the heat
Each time Geoff Green returns to the poles, he knows that they are not as cool as they need to be. Climate change could be at play. TISHANI DOSHI profiles the Canadian explorer, who was in India and China recently.

Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Un-shining India
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Positive vibes

SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Kitchen revolution
ASK THE DOC...
Irritation in the eye



People

TRIBUTE
Norwegian mathematical genius
Srinivasa Ramanujan's 117th birth anniversary fell on December 22, 2004.KRISHNASWAMI ALLADI compares Indian genius Ramanujan with the Norwegian mathematician Abel.

Lifestyle

CINEMA
Of sons and fathers
"Shwaas", India's entry for the Oscars, spotlights a child. Here GOWRI RAMNARAYAN talks about two exciting competitors from Russia and Italy at IFFI 2004, which also focus on children.


TRAVEL
Bewitching Salem
Here is a destination of historical interest, situated on the Massachusetts Bay, U.S., says K. KUNHIKRISHNAN.

Health

FITNESS
Healthy after 30
Going on 30 and worried about fitness? SAMREEDHI SHARMA tells you how to fine-tune your body.
Astrology


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
When will my daughter get married? She is well employed. What are the effects of Mandi in the Eighth house? Horoscope sent.


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