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The hidden Zanskar
As the little-known Zanskar valley in Jammu and Kashmir comes out of its geographic isolation, momentous changes are afoot which touch everyday lives. Ordinary but enterprising people, like Tashi Dorjai, are showing that with change also comes unique opportunities, and the realisation of dreams never possible before...


Stark splendour
Covering an area of roughly 7,000 square kilometres and situated at a height between 11,500 and 23,000 feet, Zanskar is in Kargil district in the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir. The easiest way to reach Padum, the administrative capital, is ...
Interview


IN CONVERSATION
Dance with the stars
Dance may be a universal language but cultural differences lurk in the details, says American dancer-choreographer Loren ‘L' Livick as she talks about what it's like to choreograph for Indian films.


BOOK TALK
Marriages are in trouble...
U.S.-based psychologist Shaifali Sandhya discusses the startling conclusion - the great Indian marriage is burning - emerged from her study of the shifting paradigm of marriage in India.


Arts & Crafts


ART
Bridging the form and the formless
Soulful meditations on beauty, duality and the human essence, using colours, shapes and light step over boundaries to find out that which lies beyond…


Book Review


HISTORY
A nation, in images
Here is a wonderful book that brings to centre-stage Kulwant Roy, one of the unsung heroes of Indian photo-journalism.


Fitness


FITNESS MATTERS
Focus on yourself
Working out through menopause has several benefits. Here's why you should continue to exercise through that difficult phase.


Fashion


STYLE STATEMENT
Timeless chikankari
Chikankari has never gone out of fashion. Top designers tell you why it's the best kind of summerwear.


Travel


JOURNEYS
Listen to the mountains speak
Looking for a rejuvenating holiday in the Himalayas, off the tourist traps, where you can connect with nature and parts of yourself that you had forgotten? Look no further… SHONALI MUTHALALY


Issues


VOICES
Death of a humane society?
Is the death penalty the only punishment for terrorism or violent crimes? Or is there a humane stance that preserves the integrity and security of a society?.


Focus


CATALYST
Celebrating a revolution at the grassroots
For two decades the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) has taken the Right to Information Act to the grassroots. KAVERI GILL was witness to a mela that celebrated its 20th anniversary at Bhim, Rajasthan.


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Sentenced to death

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
The hope peddlers


By L. Subramanian
Razor-sharp defence

AFFLUENZA
By Hindol Sengupta
With love from across the border



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