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Beyond prisms of prejudice
Bollywood films now are much more sensitive in their portrayal of Muslims. From two-dimensional villains, they have become helpless victims, ordinary middleclass men and women, like everybody else. A look at some of the films at the vanguard of this change…
Interview

Changing contours
Veteran filmmaker Mrinal Sen, who was recently presented the Lifetime Award at the Osian Film Festival, on the transformation of Indian cinema.


Personality


NEWSMAKERS
Emotion and law
Union Minister Kapil Sibal talks of how his recent book of poems is not unconnected with his daily life.



OPEN LETTER
A graceful innings
Looking back on a more than four-decade-old friendship with Ahmed Faraz, one of the best-known Urdu poets of Pakistan and of the sub-continent, now battling for his life in an American hospital.


Land & People


SOCIETY
Post-racial America?
The rise of Barack Obama, whose political convention ends on August 28, cannot be construed to mean that issues of race or racism have been transcended in the U.S..


Interview


MOVING IMAGES
Love in the time of foeticide
Nupur Basu on her latest documentary that exposes the conspiracy of silence and consensus around female foeticide.


Fitness


FITNESS MATTERS
Corporate wellness
Good health is not merely the absence of disease.


Travel


TIME OUT
In the land of Casanova
To visit Venice is to come away with impressions and memories that last a lifetime.


Environment


ECOTOURISM
Birding in the Bush
With a very high density of bird life, the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is a birder’s dream come true.

Racket on the rooftop
No place like the terrace or rooftop, if you want to observe the life and times of your avian neighbours.


Columns

SECOND LIFE
By Anjana Rajan
The silver jackpot

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Warriors against the State

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Changing men

THE AHIMSA WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Embracing love

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Does it matter what they wear?



Sport


FRONTIERS
Anything to share a smile
Pushing oneself to the limits in a tough marathon can be painful. But it is worth it when one is running for a cause.


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