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THE SUNSET YEARS
Alone and vulnerable
The Lotika Sarkar case has highlighted the trauma that old people, especially women, undergo if they are alone. With the greying of India, it’s time for a foolproof policy that deals with the multiple problems of the elderly.



THE SUNSET YEARS
Divided by property
Some agencies in Chennai have set up procedures to deal with the increasing number of elder abuse.

Tying up legal loose ends
The chances of heartburn are less if parents make proper legal disposition of property when they are still able.
Personality


NEWSMAKER
One from the heart
As his blog completes one year, Amitabh Bachchan says that it was started to communicate directly with his admirers and that its content is dictated by the feelings of the moment.


Interview


FACE TO FACE
Of lost moorings
Sunetra Gupta, whose latest novel, So Good in Black, has just been released, talks about the challenges of being a writer today...


Land & People


DESI DIARIES
Where there is smoke…
Indians in the U.S. have shown a remarkable adaptability to the challenges thrown up in a strange land. But there is a small little gadget that continues to defy them…


Fitness


WELLBEING
Rejuvenation for body and soul
Tai Chi, an ancient healing art, helps one bridge seeming opposites in life: the self and the world, work and leisure, the spiritual and the material.


Travel


RURAL TOURISM
Untapped potential
Rural tourism is intended to energise local skills, economy and grassroots development. Judging by Pranpur in Madhya Pradesh, it seems to be working well, in parts.

Discover tradition and folklore
When travelling goes beyond sight-seeing to a broader cultural experience and interaction with local people…


Issues

The wages of protest
While the RTI Act and the audit provisions of NREGA enable ordinary people to demand accountability from governments, it doesn’t always work like that on the ground. There have been several cases recently in U.P., where the demand for rights by workers has been met with violence…


Columns

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
The silent tragedy of hunger

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Many more Mayawatis

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Work and its value

THE AHIMSA WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Violence of exclusion

AFFLUENZA
By Hindol Sengupta
Making the cut

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Battered fiasco



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