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An assault on dignity
The New Year eve incident in Mumbai has shock value. But that should lead to introspection and a reality check on why crimes against women continue to hit the headlines. KALPANA SHARMA
Culture


PERFORMING ARTS
An ancient world comes alive
Young theatre directors are reviving Sanskrit classics in refreshingly new and interesting ways H.S. SHIVAPRAKASH


Classical art goes global
Kathakali plays in Mandarin, Malay and Tamil have fascinated viewers across the seas. S. BINU RAJ

Dreams do come true
Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and his disciple Aruna Mohanty have been consistently holding aloft the banner of Odissi. HARIHARAN BALAKRISHNAN


Events


EVENTS
Carnival of colours
The Chitra Santhe, conducted on the last Sunday of every year in Bangalore, is an occasion for artists and crafts persons to exhibit their products and sell them directly to the public. USHA RAJAGOPALAN


Arts & Crafts


ART
Vocabulary for the intangible
In Hindu tradition, art and spirituality have always existed as one, woven together in a symbiotic relationship. SUDHA ANANTHARAMAN


Travel


TIME OUT
Inside vast silences
As the animals play out the everyday rituals of life, death and regeneration, the vast expanse of the Masai Mara shows one the way back to oneself… MITA KAPUR


LEISURE
Last word in integrated luxury
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, the world’s largest, is one man’s breathtaking attempt to create the mystique of Venice in the island of Macao. KISHORE IYENGAR


Issues


ISSUES
A visit and the aftermath
President Pratibha Patil’s recent visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands came with a rich picking of embarrassments. PANKAJ SEKHSARIA


Focus


SPOTLIGHT
Blogging comes alive
With more than half of Australia now online, the new media had a better grasp of the shifting trends than mainstream media. USHA M. RODRIGUES


Cinema


CINEMA
Beyond old Kollywood
A new wave of Tamil cinema seems to be fusing the entertainment of a mainstream film with the sensitivity of an art film. PRADEEP SEBASTIAN


Columns

IN CONVERSATION
Of continuity and change

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By By Bill Kirkman
Recognising needs

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
Time to upgrade

SLICE OF LIFE
By By V. Gangadhar
Some places are unique

SIGHTINGS
By Suchitra Behal
Still going strong

SIGHTINGS
By Suchitra Behal
Frank Speak

SIGHTINGS
By Suchitra Behal
Image Makeover



Health


WELL BEING
Get active, eat healthy
Preventing childhood obesity is not a problem if parents take the right steps. DR. S. SHANMUGASUNDARAM

Men’s health matters
Despite medical advances, men still have poorer health outcomes. DR. SANJIVA WIJESINHA


Literature


MUSINGS
Another interior landscape
Memories of A.K. Ramanujan and his interactions in the Tamil literary scene. Ashokamitran



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