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Tough times for the gentle giants
As their natural habitat of forests shrink or disappear, elephants are up against the only predator they cannot seem to outwit: man.
Arts & Crafts

The heart of stillness
The 16th and 17th centuries, dominated by Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, saw the emergence of a very different art form, the still life. How did this come about?

Reflections

OPINION
The death of Rumi
The cultural impoverishment of educated Asian professionals in the West leads to some surprising, and sad, consequences.


THE WAY I SEE IT
Battle for brand IIT
The NRIs of Silicon Valley are worried about diluting the brand equity of the IITs.

Heritage

Beauty in stone
A visit to the French cathedrals leaves one wondering at the artistry and engineering skills that were pooled to create these spiritual abodes.
Art of the royals
The palace of the former rulers of Ramanathapuram still displays vestiges of regal splendour.



Travel

TIME OUT
Discovering Polonnaruwa
Though most of it is ruins, Polonnaruwa is very much alive with an all-pervasive sense of devotion.
EXPERIENCE
Devotion and harmony by the Ganga
In Haridwar, every shrine and temple is woven into a time-honoured mesh of legends and beliefs.

Environment

ECOLOGY
On the brink
Another Biodiversity Day has come and gone. And nothing has really changed.

Cinema

CINEMA
A stranger to myself
`I've done what I've wanted to do,' says Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar of his career.

Columns

INDIA BEATS
By Rana Siddiqui
The sparkle is back in their lives
LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
Grim going

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By By Bill Kirkman
Matters of trust
THE OTHER HALF
By By Kalpana Sharma
When it is good to be a girl



Sightings


  • Real talent
  • Changing track
  • Secret of her looks

    Health

    Care for the terminally ill
    `Treatment limitation' in appropriate cases should not be confused with the morally contentious issue of `euthanasia'. Antiquated laws stand in the way of what needs to be done.
    HEALTH ISSUES
    Incredible burden of caring
    There is a real need to create services that give palliative care to patients and families nursing them at home.

    Mail Bag


  • True warning
  • Diplomatic games
  • Well deserved tribute
  • Hope in Afghanistan



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