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Where did we go wrong?
In the light of the recent school shootout in Gurgaon, society needs to re-examine its attitudes and responsibilities towards children.


Learning to kill for fun
How responsible are adults when things go wrong in the world of children?
Events

On the track of a carbon web
London’s climate change walk traces the effect of modern commerce on the city.


Culture


ACHIEVEMENT
Dance of a lifetime
Gurus V.P. Dhananjayan and Shantha reflect on their 55 years in dance and their association with Kalakshetra.


Events


MUSIC
The spell of Sufis
The Ruhaniyat festival in Mumbai brought together performers and singers from places as diverse as Rajasthan, Bengal and Konya, Turkey.


Land & People


FOCUS
Fashion as empowerment
In embattled Afghanistan, two designers are using fashion and design to empower women economically, to keep alive the traditions of a rich culture.


Book Review


CINEMA
Of stars and stories
This is a well-written book about the new Bollywood and its emerging narratives, aimed at a Western readership.


Travel


FOOTLOOSE
Dance of the auroras
In a world that goes without light for months, the auroras come as a dazzling relief.


TIME OUT
Sensual surprise
A slice of Italy in Switzerland, Lugano bubbles with Italian ebullience. GUSTASP and JEROO IRANI


Focus


THE TSUNAMI AND THE AFTERMATH
A village revisited
Three years after the tsunami struck, a look at the way relief measures have shaped up in Pattinacherry, the worst-hit village in the State of Puducherry.


Environment


ECOWATCH
Stubborn assault
A seventh dam across the Chalakudy may sound the death-knell of the river.

Dammed in
Large dams are emerging as a major issue of conflict in North-eastern India. NEERAJ VAGHOLIKAR

New vulnerabilities
A changed topography in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and increased seismic activity in the area have to be factored in for drafting appropriate disaster responses.


Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Catches win matches

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Looking back

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
A profit in disasters



Tribute


TRIBUTE
Charismatic portrayals
With Kavungal Chathunni Panicker’s death, the Kavungal School of Kathakali has lost its last link with an ancient tradition.

An enduring saga
Even as Atlas Shrugged celebrates 50 years in print, novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand’s India connection is thriving.


Health


EAT SMART
Protein and you
Adequate amount of protein in your diet brings down antibiotic needs and keeps you fighting fit.

Dietary dilemmas
The variety of freely available dietary information that confuses patients is one doctor’s bane.


Books

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