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YOUNGISTAN SPEAKS
Let’s rock the elections
The youth in India are waking up to the possibilities of electoral politics. Fed up with corrupt politicians, the economic slowdown and inefficient governance, young voters realise that they can make a difference. With 40 per cent of the voters under the age of 35, the campaign managers are devising novel ways to woo them. So what does Youngistan feel about our politicians? And what do our young MPs and first-timers feel about governance and change? Our correspondents find out...



YOUNGISTAN SPEAKS ON THE JOB
Vision for the future
They are all young and have just served their first term in the Parliament. They talk about their achievements, the things that went wrong and their vision for the country.


FIRST TIMERS
On a difficult wicket
It's an uphill task if you are an independent, in the political fray for the first time.
Happenings


NEWSMAKER
‘It was surreal’
With his likeness now finding place in Madame Tussauds, London, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar talks about what this honour means to him.


Book Review


WOMEN’S VOICES
From the zenana
What makes this different from other collections of women’s writings is its contributors: Muslim women from early 20th century Bengal.

Sound, fury and no substance
Amrita Kumar writes well but doesn’t have a story to tell, as Damage shows.


Fitness


WELL BEING
Fuel yourself with water
Summer is here, so make sure you stay well hydrated.


Travel


TIME  OUT
Golfing in the clouds
Looking for a golfing break with a touch of the royal? Pack your bags for Nainital to tee off on the greens of its Raj Bhawan.


FOOTLOOSE
The new shine on Emerald Island
Sri Lanka has more than the stereotyped beach holidays, wildlife safaris and mask factories. Tintagel is the new world-class destination for the traveller willing to splurge.


Columns

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Hidden hunger

THE  OTHER  HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Memories of violence

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Society under surveillance

THE AHISMA WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Setting limits on love

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Let’s go to the club


Reading room



Lifestyle

Eternal sheen of gold
Akshaya Tritiya, which falls on April 27, is the traditionally auspicious day to buy gold, especially in the South. While the recession has had an impact, it also has made gold a more attractive investment proposition. The glitter remains as attractive as ever ...

Magical sparkle
A few celebrities tell us what the yellow metal means to them ...


Health


DOC TALK
For that new look
Some forms of eye surgery not only help you see better, but also improve your looks.


Books


INITIATIVE
Stories from the margins
While children from marginalised contexts may find new and enabling self-images, middle class children meet new characters, settings, and dilemmas through Different Tales.


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