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A journey of faith
Amir Ahmad Alawi set out on the hajj pilgrimage from Lucknow exactly 80 years ago and maintained a personal account of all that he witnessed on the journey. As another hajj season comes around, his narrative takes on both a topical and timeless appeal…



EXTRACTS
Time of radical changes
Exclusive extracts from the Introduction to the recently published Journey to the Holy Land: A Pilgrim's Diary.
Interview


INTERVIEW
‘My story had to be told'
Sister Jesme on why she wrote that controversial book Amen. SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY


IN CONVERSATION
Sampling a vibrant diaspora
New York-based photographer Preston Merchant on his pet project: visualising India's culture as seen through the diaspora.


Book Review


FICTION
Opaque perspective
This Man Booker short-listed story plays itself out largely within the confines of a special room in a special house. SHEILA KUMAR


Fashion


STYLE
Holiday couture
Make your holiday fun and fashionable with timeless styles! Check out what designers recommend for your dream holiday…


Issues


CHILD RIGHTS
Dissolving dreams
Thanks to a flawed Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act our record in Children's Rights remains dismal… Ananthapriya Subramanian


MEDIA
Lying mirrors
Television, in glorifying outlawed customs and practices, sows the seeds of stereotype in children who blindly imitate in life what they see on screen.


Essay


ESSAY
Through a prism of empathy
Gilead and Home reverberate with the compassion that Marilynne Robinson feels for her tragic creations, says well-known novelist


Columns

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
How bitter is the chocolate?

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Message for Copenhagen

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Wars, then and now

ENCOUNTERS
Quest for the extraordinary


Extreme safety and extra care

TIME OUT
Viva Las Vegas



Lifestyle


LUXURY
Glamorous inspirations
Veronique Nyberg holds forth on what it's like to create fragrances for Moschino. An exclusive e-mail interview.


Health


DOC TALK
Keep your lungs healthy
Answers to some frequently asked questions on pulmonary disease.


HEALTHWATCH
Breathe free and easy
Tips to help people with respiratory problems cope with the deadly winter cocktail of rain, smog, pollen and pollution.



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