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In the wake of 7/7
In the backdrop of the tragedy in London, the leaders of the G-8 nations deliberated over the issues that preoccupied the world community in recent years. A comment.
City Lights

GENDER
Collective strength of women
Many rural women have been thrust into political positions through reservations. But how many can function effectively? How can they do so?


TRENDS
Millennium mothers
In a fast changing world, the mother-daughter relationship has also evolved suitably.

Book Review

FICTION
Rooted in the soil and earth
The Circle of Karma: A Novel, Kunzang Choden, Zubaan/ Penguin, Rs. 295.
Must-see destinations
International travel writer and photographer Steve Davey selects 40 of his favourite places.

Environment

ECOWATCH
Rainforest revival
Every year, hectares of rainforest vanish in the Western Ghats, partly the result of expanding plantations. After decades of bad press, a group of estates in Tamil Nadu decide to prove the critics wrong.
EXPERIENCE
A quiet holiday that never was
With commanding views, Mussoorie presents a fairyland atmosphere to tourists. Or does it?
ISSUES
The price of pollution
The Patancheru industrial belt is an industrialist's dream but an environmentalist's nightmare. Local villagers suffer the ill-effects of violation of environmental norms.

Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By By Ramachandra Guha
Verdicts on India
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Novel of the peripheral

MEDIA MATTERS
By By Sevanti Ninan
A question of accountability



People

PERSONALITY
Not easy to categorise
After a week at the Guardian Literary Festival in Hay-on-Wye, veteran theatre director Peter Brook earned top marks for highest enchantment value.

Lifestyle

CINEMA
Open new frontiers
Cinefan tries to showcase films that see the universal in the local, balancing the views of insiders and outsiders, retaining contradictions that stimulate reflection.
TIME-OUT
An Alsatian rhapsody
A fascinating blend of Franco-German heritage, and an eco-friendly accent, is bound to attract visitors to Alsace in north-eastern France.

Health

Say goodbye to back pain
There may be various causes for back pain, but there are ways and means to deal with it to lead a pain-free life.

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