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The Indus ‘non-script’ is a non-issue
There is solid archaeological and linguistic evidence to show that the Indus script is a writing system encoding the language of the region (most probably Dravidian). To deny the very existence of the script is not the way towards further progress.
Book Review


CROSS CULTURAL CUISINE
It’s a ‘model’ diet
Not very practical for daily cooking but a great book to curl up with when in the mood for culinary fantasies.


Personality


NEWSMAKERS
Alternative politics
‘I am into electoral politics because I want to make a difference’, says well-known danseuse Mallika Sarabhai as she prepares to take on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, L.K. Advani,in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.


The importance of being Bhimsen
Connoisseurs as well as lay listeners have come under the spell of the doyen of the Kirana Gharana, Bhimsen Joshi. What makes the master so special?


Fitness


WELL BEING
Run, for your life
Running a marathon gives you a new perspective on life.


Land & People


LOOKING BACK
Bye-bye Beijing
It’s not easy parting ways with a city, changing and change-inducing, where one finds more questions than answers…


Issues


REALITY CHECKS
From ‘India Shining’ to ‘India was Shining’
Murli Manohar Joshi is the Chairperson of the Drafting Committee for the BJP Manifesto, released on April 3, 2009. As Chairperson, he has written the preamble of the Manifesto, supposedly based on historical “facts” about Indian civilisation and culture. Below are excerpts from the preamble (in bold) along with brief comments given to The Hindu by eminent historians.

A neglected constituency
Beyond the political manifestoes is a small India that is essential to the functioning of the city but is never visible …Till a Shanno, an Akriti or a Ravi Kiran pay the price…


Essay


REFLECTIONS
Window on a lost world
From the book of memories, images of a time when everybody had roots in the villages and had time for a bit of silence and solitude.


Columns

FISCALLY FIT
By Shyam P.
Make sure you get the price right

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
The politics of the ethical

THE OTHER& HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Narmada’s vote

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chouhan
Pasta pastiche



Health


DOC TALK
Stick to the plan
There is an urgent need to educate the public about self-management strategies when dealing with asthma.


Books

For The Gourmand
From the famed kitchens of the Moti Mahal restaurant comes The Moti Mahal Cookbook replete with the original recipes of their signature dishes. These recipes along with a plethora of popular new dishes recently introduced in the restaurant, as ...


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