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Is this empowerment?
TV soaps with bizarre, regressive storylines pay scant respect to notions of women's empowerment. Yet, they seem wildly popular and, according to some studies, empowering too. Are these script writers more in touch with reality than literal-minded activists and journalists?
Interview


FACE TO FACE
India, on a miniature scale
Architect Gautam Bhatia has used Rajasthani miniature paintings to illustrate his just-released graphic novel Lie: A Traditional Tale of Modern India. Excerpts from an exclusive interview:



TÊTE-À-TÊTE
‘Writing was my passion, not software'
Techie-cum-author Dilip D'Souza on life in the U.S. and his latest book, Roadrunner.


Dance


CULTURE
Soul rhythms
No rules, forms or prescribed technique. Butoh is a discovery of inner movements, says noted Butoh dancer Atsushi Takenouchi in a conversation.


Fitness


FITNESS MATTERS
Exercising to live…
…is the right way, says sports medicine consultant Dr. Kannan Pughazhendi, whose approach to sports injuries, orthopaedic problems or age-related disease is “not to allow pain to dominate”.


Fashion


TRENDS
What's the flavour of this season?
As global fashion moves from lavish casual to high edgy, SUPRIYA HIMANSHU checks out what's hot this season.


Land & People


TIME OUT
Kaleidoscope of colours
The Rann Utsav, held over three days, is an ideal gateway to the culture and life of the Kutchis in this vast expanse of a landscape that is rugged and arid…


Theatre

Westend in the East
Will the East and West finally meet on stage? The Bridge Project, which has brought a lavish production of ‘The Tempest' to Singapore, aims to connect cultures through theatre, recreating the magic of Shakespeare for an Asian audience...


Issues


INCLUSION
Reap the whirlwind
Abortion is a choice filled with moral ambivalences. JO CHOPRA seeks answers to who lies at the very bottom of the pile of ‘wantedness' …


SOCIETY
Fascism of division of labour
When celebrities compartmentalise their lives into convenient ‘public' and ‘private' selves, they are making way for fascism to take root…


Focus


INITIATIVE
Built on the courage of dreams
A school started by bank employees? Radhika Kanavi visits IBEA high school, near Pattukottai in Tamil Nadu, born of the passion and commitment of the employees of a nationalised bank.


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Missing: 42.7 million women

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
Right choice?

FISCALLY FIT
By Shyam.p
Caution for a rainy day

OFFTRACK
By Sriram V.
When Shivaji came to Madras

BRIDGE
By L. Subramanian
A forced ending



Lifestyle


INDULGE
Gastronomic odyssey
There is much to do in Singapore: shopping, sightseeing and, of course, checking out the wide variety of restaurants that offer a range of epicurean delights.


VANITY FAIR
Vibrant collection
The fine cuts, design and detail of Minawala Jewellers’ new collection draws attention to creative craftsmanship in the use of semi-precious stones. Apart from being ageless, the collection is also unique, vibrant and ...


VANITY FAIR
On the wild side
With animal prints becoming a fashion classic, ROCIA introduces the Wild & Stylish range of animal prints on shoes, sandals, bootees, ballet flats and haute stilettos. From leopard prints to croc embossing, and stylish zebra stripes, ...


Health


DOC TALK
Double burden
As the incidence of tuberculosis and diabetes increases, a fresh look at the link between the two is needed.


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