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Possibility of a different future
With the death of Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistan People’s Party and the political process in the country are poised on the cusp of major changes.
Heritage

Treasure trove of traditions
While India is scripting a new chapter in the knowledge economy, we need new initiatives to preserve the countless manuscripts that contain our intellectual heritage.



CULTURE
Towards a monolithic modernity
In our quest for modernity, narrow streets and tiled houses with character in India’s smaller towns are losing out to a faceless mass of glass and concrete.


Travel


FOOTLOOSE
Highlands mystique
Castles, bloody battles, intrigue, monsters: Scotland has just the right ingredients for an enchanting trip.


TIME OUT
A sing-along around Liverpool
Worship the Beatles? Then here’s a must-do pilgrimage for you.


Issues

Triumph of transparency
A campaign in Rajasthan highlights how difficult it can be to get a social audit done on public projects.


VIGNETTES
Dying links
Travel across the Line of Control between India and Pakistan has failed to bring any benefits to those who need it the most.


Focus


EXPERIENCE
Hedonism and hardship
The past hovers over your shoulder when you least expect it in Cape Town.

Being left-wing in South Africa
Poet-politician Jeremy Cronin on his Communist affiliations, poetry and country.


Cinema

Crossover influences
There are two currents in Indian cinema today: one pushing Indian film into the mainstream globally, and the other bringing a global sensibility to mainstream Indian film.

Seasoned wordsmith
The focus is on Gulzar’s cinema and lyrics rather than the man and the poet.


Columns

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Renaissance man

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The noblest calling

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Bounds of activism



Lifestyle


CULTURE
Reinventing the Ramayana
U.S.-based Kridana’s new line of epic heroes as action figures a la G.I. Joe has stirred curiosity.


Health


MEDICARE
Where are the volunteers?
Despite awareness, the gap between demand for and supply of blood still looms large.


HEALTH
On a red alert
Immediate treatment can prevent much damage when a stroke strikes.


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