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A WISHLIST FOR 2010
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Innovating to add value
Biotechnology, based on applied science that offers infinite possibilities, promises to alter our future for the better, helping us defeat a range of scourges — diseases, hunger and pollution. Using its knowledge, we can design genes ...

A shift to governance
In 2009, even as the Congress party marks it 125th year anniversary, few would argue that congress is perhaps the only national party which truly inspires hope for the future.I am hopeful 2010 will witness the kind of politics that ...

Strong basics
I can say the field is already in the midst of changes. There's a clear shift to story and script. It's very clear that a movie's success solely depends on the story and the cast or the star value is not the main ingredient anymore. There's a ...

Back our best
W e are obviously very enthusiastic about hosting the Commonwealth Games. I want the same enthusiasm from the officials to back our athletes to their best performance.Actually, we have done very well in these quadrennial games over the ...

Better research
In 2010, I would like to see better quality students coming into research. At present, the quality of students coming out of undergraduate Science courses is not satisfactory.There are two reasons. First, there isn't enough emphasis on ...

Better water management
One good thing that has happened is the realisation worldwide that whether you are at the grassroots or at the top of the ladder, a worm or a king, the environment is common to all. That everyone has to be a part of the solution. At ...
Interview


IN CONVERSATION
‘I am ambitious'
In India recently for the Bonjour India Festival, French author Olivier Germain-Thomas tells ZIYA US SALAM why he likes coming back to India.


Fashion


STYLE
Fashion forecast
New Year is not just about resolutions; it's also time to take a look at the trends and styles for the coming year.


Theatre


STAGECRAFT
Beyond the word
This year's Prithvi Theatre Festival was a reminder that there is more to Indian theatre than the metro-based experimental ones.


Heritage

Luxury, by design
Meet Shalini and Amit Gehlot, architects who transformed the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel into one of the best modern properties, but retaining the Rajputana feel and ambience…


Travel


TIME OUT
In the eternal city of romance
Beyond the all too familiar tourist traps, the romance of Venice is still alive and well. If only you are ready to discover it in its back alleys and quiet spaces…

Ready-reckoner
“T his book details treks in the Western Himalayas that are off the beaten path. It is a guide for seasoned independent travellers who wish to explore the unusual. Choosing the very trek itself is often the most difficult part – ...


Fashion


VANITY FAIR

Late nights, busy days, too much sun, sleep deprived…. It's time to intervene. Intervene is Elizabeth Arden's pre-emptive skincare line formulated to restore the skin's appearance and help combat the effects of daily environmental ...


Focus


GENDER DIVIDE
The gap widens
Several recent reports put India at the bottom when it comes to gender equality. It is time for a clearly-spelt new policy on women and development. SHAILAJA CHANDRA


Cinema

Look, who's singing!
Carnatic vocalist G.N. Balasubramaniam was one of the early classical musicians to be a part of the film world. With GNB's centenary falling on January 6, a look at how this link between classical music and films began and still continues today. S. THEODORE BASKARAN


Columns

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
A decade of change

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Songs of shared living

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
Manufacturing fiscal consensus

FISCALLY FIT
By Shyam P.
Balanced is better

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Flatter the carrot?



Sport


HIGH SPEED
Racing ahead
With India's Red Rooster Racing finishing a creditable fourth in the recent Petronas Asian Road Championship, there is something to look forward to this year. NAVROZE CONTRACTOR


Health


MENTAL HEALTH
The almighty within
Insights from neuropsychiatry about the god module in our brain…


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