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Transforming rural India
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme not only provides a stable economic base to households but is also directing capital investment to rural areas and creating valuable assets that are changing the rural landscape.
Land & People


RETROSPECT
Wonderful world of Albert Kahn
Albert Kahn’s The Archives of the Planet, photos and films commissioned in the early decades of the 20th century, sought to preserve the world’s rich cultural diversity. Across time, they tell unique stories of a world gone by. The museum will be conducting a special India exposition titled ‘Infinitely India’ from June 2008 to March 2009.



EXPERIENCE
Guns of Songkran
Get ready to get wet if you happen to be in Songkran, Thailand, on the Buddhist New Year Day. Behind every innocuous smile is a steaming gun waiting to drench you…


Travel


TIME OUT
In a wild place
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, the Madikwe game reserve in South Africa is the place to be.


Happenings


ECO-TOURISM
Showcasing Pichavaram
The Dawn Fest seeks to place the vast lake and its mangroves on the global eco-tourism map.


Essay


CHALLENGES  AHEAD
The future of food
The abolition of hunger depends more on politics and economics than on science. A look at possible future scenarios…


Cinema


DOCUMENTARY
Love, in three frames
‘Morality TV aur Loving Jehad — Ek Manohar Kahani”, Paromita Vohra’s latest documentary, makes us laugh at our cultural hang-ups and horrified and angry at the same time.


Columns

THE  OTHER  HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Connecting to the Northeast


By Suchitra Behal
SIGHTINGS

LEVEL  PLAYING  FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
Cricket’s corporate culture

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Changes for the better

ROUNDABOUT
By Hugh And Colleen Gantzer
Layered in time



Lifestyle


MUSINGS
The humble lotta
Living in the United States can be just like living in India. Except for some sorely-missed necessities.


Health


HEALTHWATCH
Oily concerns
There is a profusion of choices when it comes to cooking oil today. So which is the best one for ensuring optimal health?


Books


CINEMA
The stranger in the mirror
Mad Tales looks at the way Hindi cinema has portrayed human emotions, madness in particular, down the decades and what these caricatures tell us about ourselves as a society.


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