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Seamless magic
Is the Half-Blood Prince the best HP yet? ... . In many ways, it is the pivot on which J.K. Rowling's entire tale revolves; the fabric from which the next tale will be woven.
Spotlight

LETTER FROM DAKAR
Challenging stereotypes
Culturally rich, both in the past and today, Dakar is home not only to world-renowned Senegalese cultural and intellectual figures but also to expatriates from other African countries.

Interview

IN CONVERSATION
Moves that are out of square?
Garry Kasparov has long admitted to having political aspirations, an idea that Viswanathan Anand finds inconceivable. Nevertheless, even if his foray into politics fails, Anand does not foresee the Russian champion's return to active chess, except under special circumstances ... .

Book Review

ADVENTURE
Abode of snow
Incredible Himalayas, Environment, Culture, Tourism and Adventure, 2005, Hony. General editor Capt. M.S. Kohil, published for Himalayan Environment Trust by Indus Publishing Company, p. 264, Rs. 400.
Adventure Travel in the Himalaya, John ...

Issues

Lost history
Known as the cradle of civilisation, war-torn Iraq is steadily losing its priceless ancient artefacts to looters.

Focus

ANIMAL PLANET
A spa for jumbos
The 500-year-old Punnathoor Palace, near the Guruvayur temple in Kerala, is a sanctuary to 62 elephants. Recognising it as an international tourist spot, the State tourism department has now worked out a scheme to tap its potential.


CENTENARY
The Nilgiris: rich hydel history
Its chain of hydro-electric dams was built with amazing engineering skills ... . The first of its type has just completed its centenary.

Columns

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
Introspection
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By By Bill Kirkman
Performance points

THE OTHER HALF
By By Kalpana Sharma
Terror and identity



Sightings


  • Varma's next venture
  • Lady Dutt
  • Saroj before the camera

    People

    Always in love
    Engelbert's songs seem to emerge from the angst of a man unashamed of confessing he feels hopelessly miserable without love.
    PERSONALITY
    A Gandhian life
    Marjorie Sykes dedicated herself to the cause of new education in India. A tribute in the year of her birth centenary.
    All for art's sake
    If it weren't for Jack Persekian, there would be no art scene in East Jerusalem.

    Health

    HEALTH WATCH
    Teething troubles
    Pregnancy can cause dental problems. A look at how to take care of your teeth during this time.

    Literature

    SHORT STORY
    Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
    I SIGHTED him on the bench outside the lone café overlooking Rydal Water, the placid idyllic lake behind Wordsworth's Rydal Mount Cottage in England's enchanting Lake District. He was dressed in grimy black clothes and it must have been months ...

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