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As the looms go silent in Benaras
Hands that wove magic with zari are pulling rickshaws to survive. A combination of mechanisation and duty-free import of silk yarn and fabric have ensured the ruin of the Benarasi weavers. The government needs to act now so that this vital heritage is not lost forever…
Personality


NEWSMAKER
‘I like to write simply’
Writer and diplomat Vikas Swarup on his writing and his reactions to his debut novel, Q&A, being transformed into the hugely successful “Slumdog Millionaire”.



LOOKING BACK
On life with a legend
Veteran Amala Shankar reminisces about how she got into a dancer’s world and her life with the legendary Uday Shankar.


IMAGES
‘It’s great to be recognised’
Irrfan Khan, a vital part of the successful ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ on why the film works for him and why he disagrees with the critics. ZIYA US SALAM


Travel


TIME OUT
A walk under the lime trees
Strolling down one unique boulevard you can discover Berlin’s dramatic and turbulent history, both ancient and contemporary.


Issues


SOCIETY
A silent revolution
The Total Sanitation Campaign is taking clean sanitation to rural households, making a quality difference to their lives.


SAFE SKIES
Indian aviation’s clouded vision
The take-off and landing procedures are very precise operations which are carefully arrived at after taking into consideration various factors. In India, where rains can create hazardous conditions, runway quality and its maintenance plays a crucial role in air safety. And it is precisely here that the Airports Authority of India has failed to conform to standards mandated by the ICAO. The fourth in a series of articles by aviation expert Captain


Essay


NOSTALGIA
In the capital during the war
Wartime holds other, more pleasant, memories too. A trip down memory lane.


Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The Gandhi-reservoir

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Newsroom blues

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
Pride in prejudice

FISCALLY FIT
By Shyam P.
Investing wisely

IN PASSING
By Suchitra Behal
Connecting two worlds

TINSEL TOWN
Busy Katrina



Health


DOCTOR’S CORNER
Get help at once
What we need to do to win the battle against oesophageal cancer.


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