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A million discoveries now
Apart from pilgrimage, travelling for pleasure was not much on middle-class India’s agenda. With plenty of money to spend, that is changing fast as they discover anew the pleasures of mobility and the many Indias within India.
Interview


STAGECRAFT
‘Reaction matters to me’
As the Prithvi Theatre Festival celebrates the work of Satyadev Dubey, the “most hated and most loved man of modern Hindi theatre” talks of his work and theatre in India.


Happenings


CONCERNS
Need for dignified sanitation
More than eight per cent of deaths in India are due to water and sanitation-related causes. The Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN), opening in Delhi today, is an opportunity to raise awareness and take vital steps on this crucial issue.


Land & People


SOCIETY
Mumbai stops in its tracks
The fear of violence erupting suddenly as it did recently has scarred the collective psyche of Mumbaikers.


Heritage


HISTORY
Revelatory aesthetics
Painted Photographs: Coloured Portraiture in India, from The Alkazi Collection of Photography, is an exhibition that documents the infinite aesthetic variety of colonial India. The exhibition, on in London, will come to India later this year.


Focus


IN THE NEWS
Of audacity and hope
When they met, Michelle was Obama’s mentor in a law firm. It took ice creams, a basketball test and then a romantic surprise to begin the journey together.


Cinema

New directions
The recent spurt of Bollywood films with strong ideas and individualistic style has been a refreshing change. AJIT DUARA


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Faceless citizens

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
The threads of life: Story from the Valley

THE AHIMSA WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Living a simple life

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Towards clarity

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Liquid treasure chest

TENSEL TOWN
India in Paris



Lifestyle


WELLBEING
Healing gardens, soothing spaces
Sun, shade and silence are a potent combination to heal bruised spirits.


Health


HEALTHCARE
An invisible disability
On the even of National Epilepsy Day, a look at what we need to develop special legislation that is sensitive to the needs of people with disabling epilepsy in India?


Get a back lift
Get rid of those unsightly bumps and bulges with this new procedure.


Books


EXCERPTS
The Good Man
An extract from Walter Crocker’s Nehru: A Contemporary’s Estimate, a classic biography of Jawaharlal Nehru by a man who had the opportunity to observe both the man and the Prime Minister at close quarters.

Still relevant
Historian Ramachandra Guha on why Crocker’s book continues to be important.


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