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Bollywood’s hegemony
Sixty years after Independence, the reach of popular Hindi cinema has left regional films and talented directors out in the cold.
Personality


PROFILE
The people’s king
Mohammed Zahir Shah presided over the last uninterrupted peace the country enjoyed.


Heritage


HISTORY
Links with a royal past
The reign of the Nawabs of Arcot was characterised by their amicable relationship with their Hindu subjects.


When it was Neilgherry Hills
The evolution of the Nilgiris in the 200-odd years since it was “discovered” by the British makes a fascinating read.

City of forts
Delhi has been a city much fought over. The legacy of these wars is a profusion of forts, from the ancient Lal Kot to Shahjahan’s Lal Qila.


Culture

In tune with the times
The Hirebetu house was once the centre of a way of life. Even as lifestyles change, so does the house.


Travel


TIME OUT
Lingering magic of Oz
Sydney and its charming surrounds make for a heady and varied experience.


Musings


TRENDS
Assault of the mixed doubles
Whether it is the movies, TV or the media, pure Hindi is on the way out, replaced by Hinglish. Is there more to the trend than the natural evolution of a language?


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
How ‘independent’ are we?

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Different realities

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
End of The Troubles

POSTCARD FROM DELFT
By Shalini Mitra
Vermeer’s town

INDIA BEATS
By Karthik Madhavan
Inspiring lessons

SIGHTINGS
By Suchitra Behal
Talent search


By Suchitra Behal
Dream run


By Suchitra Behal
Rakingit in



Tribute

Uncertain quests
Antonioni’s are not uniformly arresting films. But they are invaluable for the central question they raise.

Inward search
By plumbing the mind’s complexity and depth, Ingmar Bergman’s films gave us profound psychological insights into ourselves.


Health


HEALTHWATCH
When the eyes itch
How to deal with tired, burning eyes.

Treatment sans surgery
Non-surgical procedures reduce the need for open-heart surgery in children.

More harm than good
The use of traditional eye medicines is an important factor in corneal blindness.


Books

From the blurb
Originally known as Qila-i-Mubarak — the Fortunate or Auspicious Citadel — its construction began in 1639 and was completed in 1648. In 1659-60 Shahjahan’s son and successor built the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), while in 1809, ...


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