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A necessary exile
The abolition of slavery in the West, 200 years ago, coincided with the beginning of the use of indentured labour from India in sugar plantations across the world. The story of this colonial labour diaspora is also one of remarkable human endeavour.
Culture

Writing in the margins
Khola Baksho encourages creative writing among marginalised and underprivileged youth of Kolkata.

Interview

FACE TO FACE
Lives on the line all the time
Dr. Atul Gawande on the world of medicine and how he began to write on it.


The human side
An absorbing sequence of case studies that are shrewdly extrapolated to make larger points.

Personality

PROFILE
Will the songster outlive the studio?
As Rahman's career hits the halfway mark, where does he go from here?

Reflections

EXPERIENCE
The play's the thing
While the Globe Theatre recreates the ambience of the late 1500s, the Bard's plays have a timeless feel.

Arts & Crafts

CRAFT
Surviving change
While exports can provide an increased income, unless sufficient care is taken it can also lead to a devaluation of the skills of craftspersons.

Environment

CONSERVATION
Magnificent sight
Photographer Ashima Narain explores the strange phenomenon of the flamingos of Sewri Bay with "In The Pink".
NATURE
Hoverflies of spring
If you want to know about precision flying, watch the hoverflies in action.

Cinema

COMMENT
Ethnography of violence
In many recent Tamil movies, violence is congruent with certain castes and regions.

Columns

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
An unusual life
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Exercises in bigotry

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Going local
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Pride of India

INDIA BEATS
By Kundur Sathya Narayanan
Rites of passage



Health

Manage your asthma
"You can control your asthma" is the theme of World Asthma Day that falls on May 1.
HEALTHWATCH
Bad fats
Transfat is not essential and provides no known benefit but is used in a range of products for human consumption.

Books

SPOTLIGHT
Amidst the stacks of the Deep South
An account of a busman's holiday to some impressive libraries and institutions in southern Tamil Nadu.

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