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When fear stalks the night
Cashing in on the BPO boom and globalisation, laws have been made flexible so that more women can work nights. If governments and companies had showed the same concern for the security of working women, perhaps then night shifts would not have become life-and-death adventures and tragedies like the death of Soumya Vishwanathan could have been averted.


Safety is a right too
With more women doing night shifts, safety concerns have become paramount. We need relevant laws and strict enforcement.

Who is adventurous?
Rather than calling working women adventurous, the authorities should be making Delhi more women-friendly.
Personality


NEWSMAKERS
A musical bouquet
British conductor Adrian Leaper, who was in Mumbai for the Symphony Orchestra of India’s concert season, talks about a life in music and the reach of Western classical music.


Interview

On a rollercoaster ride
Hockey coach Mir Ranjan Negi reflects on his life before and after “Chak De India” at the recent launch of his autobiography.


Happenings


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Water to the people
Bureaucrats and engineers from Tamil Nadu, working with villagers in a landmark experiment, are democratising the access to water. The lessons learnt were shared with an international audience at the Pan-Asian Colloquium on Water, organised in collaboration with the IIT in Chennai last month.


Theatre


THEATRE
Entertainment on the move
Despite the lack of governmental support, this ancient art form has not only survived but is also flourishing in Orissa, says Kapilas Bhuyan whose film on Jatra won a National Award recently.


Fitness


EAT SMART
Take a meal break
Make your bread interesting by adopting it in its healthiest form.


FITNESS MATTERS
Do it together
Want to add value to your together time? Try working out as a duo.


Arts & Crafts

Between the lines
Using lines like the rhyme scheme of poetry, Nasreen Mohamedi created an inventive repertoire that is evocatively poignant. A representative collection of her works will be on display at the Talwar Gallery, New York, till November 15.


Land & People


TIME OUT
Celebrating culture
Think Rajasthan and one is swarmed with clichés: Colour, brave warriors, heritage, daunting forts. And it is a pleasure to discover that clichés sometimes work because they have a way of coming alive. The Marwar Festival, highlighting all that is glorious in Rajasthani tradition, will be held this year on October 25, 26.


Columns

SECOND LIFE
By Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty
Poetic identity

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
The real travesty

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Breaking the silence

THE  AHIMSA  WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Sacred spaces

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Permanence and change

AFFLUENZA
By Hindol Sengupta
Pen-pricks in Pakistan

TINSEL TOWN
Suffering a “Kidnap”



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