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Our embattled cities
As urban centres expand to embrace a wide range of entrants, whether in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata or Bangalore, dissensions arise over what the city means. A reflection on the crisis that afflicts them.
Spotlight

COMMENT
On dissent and a dress code
While Anna University's enforcement of a "dress code" has now fostered a whole new, and fiery debate on the right to legislate on students' wardrobe, another moratorium on the use of mobile phones on engineering college campuses seems to have been accepted by the students.

Book Review

FICTION
Uniquely Sobti
The Heart Has Its Reasons,(Dil-o-Danish), Krishna Sobti. Translated from Hindi by Reema Anand and Meenakshi Swami, Katha, Rs. 250. KRISHNA SOBTI is tough to translate. The celebrated grande dame of Hindi letters is very individual, ...

Issues

Face the reality of child abuse
Dr. Harendra De Silva talks about his experiences in combating and preventing child abuse and exploitation.

Columns

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
Victimised by Katrina
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
My work? How dull it is

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
The Sensex, Sania and starvation
ASK THE DOC
Regular medication



Sightings


  • Asha at 72
  • Cooking for men
  • The nature of a novel

    People

    PERSONALITY
    Faith in his medium
    His films may take years to gestate, germinate and grow, before shooting begins. Profiling this year's Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner, Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
    TRIBUTE
    A life of intricate rhythms
    On dancer Damayanti Joshi's first death anniversary, celebrated vocalist Shanno Khurana talks about one of her closest friends.

    Lifestyle

    ART
    Journey across the ages
    The National Gallery of Victoria has a series of canvases that explore the richness of Australia.
    URBAN SPACES
    Poetry in liquid stone
    It was originally intended to be a simple concert hall, but the multifunction building for the city of Santa Cruz, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, also promises to be a landmark.
    IMPRESSIONS
    Iconic city and melting pot
    New Orleans, in the news for the wrong reasons, is known for its multicultural heritage, music and cuisine.
    DESTINATION
    Truly Africa
    If the rest of Kenya is quintessential Africa — wild, untamed, al fresco — then Nairobi is its cosmopolitan visage — sophisticated, cultured and sassy.

    Health

    HEALTH WATCH
    Ease the strain on the neck
    There are many different treatments available for neck pain, which is normally a sign that none of them is any good.
    When is surgery necessary?
    What is Phimosis? When is circumcision required?
    Avoid typhoid; get vaccinated
    WITH the monsoons come all water and food-borne diseases. One of the most dangerous is typhoid. Caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi, typhoid puts you out of action for at least two weeks and fatality rates are as high as 16 per cent, ...

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  • `My name's not there'
  • Hospitalised all over the world



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