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A sublime experience
Taking classical music out of sabhas into vibrant cultural spaces brings out its ethereal dimensions. The recent Tiruvaiyaru Festival of Sacred Music on the banks of the Cauvery successfully recreated the original intimate settings of this art, says cultural historian DAVID SHULMAN…
Interview


CONVERSATIONS
Gentle power of Tai chi
MADHUMITHA SRINIVASAN talks to Tai Chi Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan and his son Fu Qing Quan about the Yang style, its health benefits, and the changes in the martial arts form.



GREEN TALK
Planting ideas
Nobel Laureate and founder of the Green belt Movement, Prof. Wangaari Mathaai opens up about how her tree planting initiative has helped stop the desertification of Africa and also empowered poor women across the continent.


Book Review

Lessons in living
If you thought the old ‘Moral Science' classes were boring, here's OUP's new series on ‘value education' that attempts to make it fun and interesting…


URBANSCAPES
A city like no other
A fitting tribute to Allahabad where civilisational streams have merged to create a composite culture.


Down Memory Lane


LOOKING BACK
Grandma's postcards
In the age of instant communication and social networking, ANU KUMAR remembers how her grandmother's letters contained a charm that cannot be replaced.

Memories of colonial Madras
Madras of the 1930s and 1940s was a different city. RADHA PADMANABHAN looks back on a time of silent films, convent schools and the first whiff of the freedom movement.


Fitness


FITNESS MATTERS
Burn those calories
Wondering how to burn those extra inches when you have no time to work out? These calorie-burning chores will keep you looking great.


Culture

Rich taste of Kerala
Food has always been an important part of the Syrian Christian home. Lathika George's The Suriani Kitchen gives you glimpses of another lifestyle.


Land & People


FOOTLOOSE
A dreamy Dutch day-out
Over 5,000 acres full of woodlands, grasslands, lakes, a museum and enough cycles to take you wherever you want to go: The Hoge Veluwe in The Netherlands makes an ideal getaway…


JOURNEYS
Beyond the erotic
Sometimes destinations lose themselves in the legends created around them. There's much more to Khajuraho than the erotic sculptures we normally associate with it…

Divine jugalbandi
Shiv Vivah celebrations were held on Maha Shivaratri in Khajuraho, apt in a city built to celebrate the celestial union.


Issues


MY TAKE
Precarious position
With terminally-ill patients, it is a hard decision between holding fast and letting go… Both the attending doctor and relatives need to make hard choices…

No mercy killing, this
The plight of the elderly in India is pathetic. We need a policy shift that is more tuned to the needs of the aged. They are not a burden, and caring for them is a social obligation…


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Thank you, Mulayam Singh Yadav

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
All-weather friends

BRIDGE
By L. Subramanian
Is it a mere toss-up?



Lifestyle


INDULGE
Pamper yourself
With a skincare range sourced from plants, a session at the Clarins Spa leaves you looking and feeling great.


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