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Time for a system reboot?
While politics has become a road show, there is an encouraging trend in the Indian film industry to confront head on social issues that have been neglected by politicians. These films question the status quo, acknowledging unpleasant truths and the need for reconfigurations. A look at this role reversal…
Travel

Inside the eternal city
One of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, Benaras has many hidden gems to offer the patient traveller…


A whiff of the past
The Spice Souk in Deira offers a glimpse of a very different Dubai, a part of the past that has managed to survive the glitzy shopping malls that dot the city.


Issues


SPOTLIGHT
Outsmart the virus
There is a fine line between educating and frightening the public and that’s why good communications is crucial to combat problems like the recent swine flu.

Caste and the world
Efforts to treat caste-based discrimination on a par with racial discrimination at the recent Durban Review Conference did not fructify because caste remains an intractable issue for the international audience. Why is it that only Dalits are vocal about this problem?


Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Nehru in a novel

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Getting it wrong


By Suchitra Behal
In Passing

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
The other in-law

FISCALLY FIT
By Shyam P.
Hunt for values

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Two faces of democracy



People


NEWSMAKERS
Thank you for the music
Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar chats about the making of her latest biography and music today.

Chords of passion
On an one-point mission to bring the piano into mainstream Carnatic music, Anil Srinivasan talks about how he plans to do so.


Lifestyle

For a fishy encounter
Getting a pedicure done by hundreds of gorging fish can be a stimulating and hypnotically relaxing experience…


BEAT THE HEAT
Feel cool, look cool
Simple dos and don’ts to keep your cool through frayed tempers, dehydration and other woes of summer.


Health


HEALTH WATCH
Don’t burn yourself out
Tension and anxiety can take a toll on your health. Here’s how you can beat the stress attack. DR KUSHAGRA KATARIYA


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