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Fire Stones
The tsunami of December 26, 2004, left millions dead, homeless and destitute along coastlines around the Indian Ocean. There was an outpouring of reactions, many in a creative way. One such project has been Higher Ground (edited by Anuj Goy al), a recently launched anthology in the U.K., with the proceeds going to charity. We reproduce in full, `Fire Stones' by Eoin Colfer, set in Nicobar, and one of the 16 stories in the book.
Spotlight

COMMENT
When Nature strikes back
The frequency of natural calamities has enhanced the need for disaster preparedness the world over ... .

Issues

GENDER ISSUES
Candid camera
Women are the victims of domestic violence but it also leaves a scar on the children, as shown by this documentary.

Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By By Kalpana Sharma
Can women ever be safe?
LEVELPLAYINGFIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
Extreme provisions?

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By By Bill Kirkman
Spend till you drop



Sightings


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    INTERVIEW
    An unusual epic
    As the daughter of a diplomat, Samhita Arni's schooldays involved constant moving. Since this made making friends tough, she took refuge in books. By the time she was eight, she had begun writing her version of the Mahabharata. Following epic ...

    Lifestyle

    CULTURE
    A storyteller on a mission
    Parvathy Baul, a talented young exponent of Baul from West Bengal, talks about her little known musical tradition.
    JOURNEYS
    In pharaoh country
    The Nile, ancient Luxor, the pyramids ... Egypt's scope is glorious.

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    An emotion called anger
    Use anger as a source of change and make it powerless to affect you.

    Literature

    SHORT STORY
    Bhagavathar — an anecdote of the Seventies
    Madurai Somasundaram now had the house to himself ... And a fully engrossed Bhagavathar keeping adi tala time with both palms ... .

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  • Cultural domains
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  • Halcyon days at Kovalam



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