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No honour in murder
Youngsters in certain parts of India today cannot choose their partners. If they still do and the choice violates arbitrary, extra-legal norms set down by caste panchayats, the consequence can be death. Isn't it time we built a popular movement against the medieval practice of honour killings, asks AMMU JOSEPH.


Ancient claims
Gotra is a term applied to a clan, a group of families, or a lineage — exogamous and patrilineal — whose members trace their descent from a common male ancestor, usually a sage of ancient times. Believed to have begun to ...
Interview


CONVERSATION
‘I don't rank my films'
With his classic “Khandahar” being screened at Cannes this year, filmmaker Mrinal Sen stresses the need to preserve classic Indian films, especially as the retrospective of his films was cancelled last year due to non-availability of good prints.


Food Line


SMART DINING
Home grown exotica on your plate
Forget caviar and foie gras. Check out fancy but local ingredients that are moving into trendy menus.


Culture


PERFORMANCE
When the spirits speak
Bhuta Kola, a living tradition in the Tulunadu region of Karnataka, goes back to pre-Vedic times. Combining theatre, spectacle and religion, it is a treat to witness it in its cultural context, says GEETHA RAO.


Travel


TIME OUT
Seductive Serendip
The charms of the island where time moves to the beat of an unhurried rhythm are irresistible…


Issues


IN THE NEWS
Death trap underground
The death of four miners at Anjan Hills coal mines in Chirmiri early this month, raises questions. Also, when tragedy strikes, is the compensation that the families receive adequate?


Essay


EXPERIENCE
All packed up
After the hassle involved in packing, that holiday better be the stress-buster it was advertised to be…


MINDMATTERS
The quintessential rational mind
An examination of the Buddha's views on the mind. two and half millenia after his time, shows them to be remarkably rational and contemporary.


Columns

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
The loneliness of hunger

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
When news is entertainment

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
A welcome change

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
What's the “national interest?”

PACEMAKER
Tune in to your inner guru

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Make the most of mangoes



Tribute

A man of modesty
Comic strip writer Peter O' Donnell, who died earlier this month, was best known for his ageless creation Modesty Blaise.


Lifestyle


DESTINATION
Spanish wine?
Discover Spain along its Wine Routes and indulge in some vinotherapy to enliven body and mind. A wine tour in Spain offers tourists a chance to learn how wines are made but also gives them an opportunity to sample some world-renowned vintages ...


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