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A journey called India
British historian and broadcaster Michael Wood’s “The Story of India” made its debut on American TV recently. India’s long pluralistic history has relevance today in a world coming to terms with a host of human and cultural issues, says Wood. Excerpts from a conversation…



REVIEW
The past comes alive
Americans are beginning to get the complexities of real India…
Culture


NEWSMAKER
For the sake of the arts
Whether it’s Chola bronzes, silverware made for the very English afternoon tea ritual or contemporary art, historian Vidya Dehejia uses the past to communicate with the present.


Issues


SAFE SKIES
One flew over the kite’s nest
There are strict procedural norms for monitoring and controlling bird/wildlife activity within a 13-km radius of an airport, none of which is followed in India. And training the crew for emergency evacuation procedures is lacking too. Is a disaster waiting in the wings?


Columns

SECOND LIFE
By Syeda Farida
His world’s the stage

BAREFOOT
By By Harsh Mander
Celebrating true grit

THE OTHER HALF
By By Kalpana Sharma
This must stop

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
Intervention from below

AFFLUENZA
By By Hindol Sengupta
Evolving avatars

GOURMET  FILES
By By Vasundhara Chauhan
Going retro: Back to the sixties



Lifestyle


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Power Unlimited
Let’s celebrate the New Age woman who scripts her own success stories, who is not content to be led but prefers to lead and is learning to move beyond paradoxes.

‘There’s more to life than marriage’
Not everything is rosy for the single woman. Sometimes her independence has to be fought for in the light of traditional attitudes that die slowly.


Health


WOMEN AND WELL BEING
Don’t skip the pap test
Cervical cancer, the leading cancer among women in India, is actually preventable.

Catch it early
Regular screening helps detect and treat malignancies in time.

Play it safe this Holi
The plethora of toxins and chemicals present in synthetic colours today can cause a host of problems. Some safeguards you can adopt this year.


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