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The return of the book
The book has made an astonishing comeback, defying accepted wisdom in the age of 24-hour satellite TV. More people are reading, more publishers are publishing, more bookstores are opening their doors to an insatiable public. Not an evening passes without a book launch, a book-club meeting or a reading platform happening somewhere. Blogland is on fire with literary debate, and even the mainstream media have re-opened column space for literary matters. Does all this spell a renaissance for reading, a new lease of life for the book? We invite five observer-participants in India's vibrant literary scene to share their views.
Heritage

Magnificence restored
How Chennai's Senate House, a beautiful landmark building in the Indo-Saracenic style, was restored to its original glory.

Arts & Crafts

Cowboy of American art
Jackson Pollock's statement, "[A canvas is] an arena in which to act," assumes a new meaning 50 years after his tragic death.

Culture

Million mutinies
Fatal Love, the annual South Asian cultural event organised in New York, elegantly traversed the double worlds of ongoing struggles in the U.S. and South Asia.

Travel

FOOTLOOSE
Grecian impressions
Wander through enchanted, poppy-animated landscapes of Greece, steeped in myth, culture and history.


TIME OUT
Blame it on Rio
Long days at the beach and longer nights at the clubs. Rio is the perfect place to unwind.

Issues

A fight for dignity
In rural Rajasthan, as Lacho battles the horrors of gang rape, her mother-in-law and husband give her unconditional support and love.

Focus

NOSTALGIA
Midsummer blues
Home becomes a very different place when viewed through the veil of memory in a distant land...

Columns

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
The voice within
THE OTHER HALF
By By Kalpana Sharma
Babies in the well

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By By Bill Kirkman
Another season of party conferences

Ask the Doc

INDIA BEATS
By Anuj Kumar
Art across boundaries

By Sheila Kumar
Sojourn in Stresa



Sightings


  • Sentimental show
  • Haute editor
  • No ignoring him

    Tribute

    A touch of realism
    Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films were in stark contrast to the melodramatic tradition of popular Hindi cinema.
    Collector's museum
    Jaya Appasamy drew attention to the art of the Company period in India.

    Health

    Silent and neglected
    Erectile dysfunction is a complication arising from diabetes but is often ignored.
    HEALTHWATCH
    Danger in the air
    Air travel may make journeys easier but it can cause problems for an unwary passenger.

    Mail Bag


  • Fitting tribute
  • Mistake
  • Reading and reviews
  • Diverse cuisines
  • An eye opener



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