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Imagining the self and the world
With The Enchantress of Florence, his latest novel, Salman Rushdie reaches further back in history than he has ever done before. In an exclusive telephonic interview, he talks about the years of research that were involved and the imaginative recreation of history across time, cultures and continents. MUKUND PADMANABHAN
Land & People


REFLECTIONS
Assisted marriage
Arranged marriages have evolved with the times and if you keep an open mind, you may just find yourself getting lucky. SADAF SIDDIQUE


Fashion


IN FIRST PERSON
Talking of my city
Mumbai, the city of illusions, has decided to turn itself into a Western city. Selectively… JERRY PINTO


Happenings


EXPERIENCE
A landing like no other
Flying above the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside is a heady experience, being mistaken for an enemy aircraft is not. B. MURALIDHAR REDDY


Travel


SLICE OF THE PAST
The paradox of Port Arthur
Port Arthur, as home to Australia’s first penal settlement, has a dark history. MAYA RANGANATHAN


Interview


IN CONVERSATION
Living her dream
Between acting in films, looking after the needs of the constituency and dance performances, it’s a fulfilling life, says Jayaprada. ZIYA US SALAM


Heritage

Three sites and one story
What geography separates, history connects. North of central India, Sasaram, Jaunpur and Gwalior are connected by the story of one soldier who almost became a great emperor. A. SRIVATHSAN


Environment


ECO-WATCH
Lost among the bears
Be prepared to see more than birds, and there are plenty of those too, if you are planning to visit the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. TANUSHREE PODDER



CONSERVATION
A delicate balance
It is necessary to create environmental awareness and other livelihood alternatives for the villagers to keep the Sunderbans’ fragile eco-system going. FRENY MANECKSHA


Columns

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
A silent crisis

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Losing our heads to Kipling?

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The life and death of a Buddhist Gandhian



Health


HEALTH GUIDE
An active lifestyle helps
Type 2 diabetes can have metabolic and vascular complications. You can prevent it by following a fairly easy-to-follow regimen and lifestyle changes. Dr. VIJAY VISWANATHAN


FITNESS MATTERS
Start walking now
Walking, of any kind, benefits the body with several positive spin-offs. DR. SHEELA NAMBIAR


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