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It's a woman's world
Women have been portrayed in a variety of ways in Hindi cinema over the years. While some actors rejoiced in author-backed sensitive roles, others were confined to a fleeting appearance in a male-dominated film. KANKANA BASU takes a look at how women are asserting themselves again in Bollywood: both as actors and filmmakers.
Interview


IN CONVERSATION
On the Ravi Varma trail
While restoring the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Delhi-based art conservator Rupika Chawla became interested in the artist himself. The result was a lavishly illustrated biography Raja Ravi Varma: Painter of Colonial India. Here she tells RANVIR SHAH how she put together the various strands that went into the book.


Fashion


MANE MATTERS
What's your style?
There's a lot more to hair styling than just colours and cuts. Millicent Howe of Schwarzkopf, Sydney, elaborates on what actually goes into the making of a great look.



TRENDS
Sole stories
Footwear made from natural fibres like hemp, wool or khus-khus are both eye-catching and pocket-friendly. Here are some easy-on-the-foot options.


Travel


DESTINATION
City the angels built
Famous for its architecture and 1000 odd temples Bangkok is definitely a place to revisit!


JOURNEY
Aboard the Glacier Express!
Breakfast at St. Moritz, lunch high up the Alps, and dinner at Zermatt… all thanks to the red caterpillar!


Letters To The Editor


  • For a healthy baby

    Focus


    SPOTLIGHT
    Urbane avenues beckon
    With opportunities opening up in the higher growth industries, disadvantaged urban youth, empowered by NGOs, find a way of climbing the financial ladder…


    Cinema

    Promises not kept
    “Raavanan” burdens itself with the compulsion to evoke the epic every time.


    Columns

    IN PASSING
    By Suchitra Behal
    Daddy dearest

    THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
    By Vijay Nagaswami
    Network your own way

    THE OTHER HALF
    By Kalpana Sharma
    Just let them play

    CAMBRIDGE LETTER
    By Bill Kirkman
    Policing village communities

    FISCALLY FIT Q&A
    By Shyam P.
    Spending pangs


    By L. Subramanian
    Exquisite timing



    Lifestyle


    TELEVISION
    Suspender animation
    Larry King, who chatted with more than 40,000 people on his live show, including Barack Obama and Hollywood stars, is due to step down this Fall…


    LUXURY
    Scent of success
    As Maroma of Auroville gets ready to open its Chennai store, Paul Pinthon and Laura Reddy open up about their line and what goes into it.


    Health

    Welness reads
    Information you have always sought, facts you have always wanted to know arranged for quick and easy reference. Learn about the causes and symptoms of major diseases and common ailments; safe use of commonly used drugs; possible effects of ...


    DOC TALK
    High decibel impact
    While the vuvuzela may be a great way to cheer your favourite team, remember it could also cause problems with your hearing. DR. RAVI RAMALINGAM tells you how.


    RESEARCH
    A ray of hope
    Dendritic therapy or Immunotherapy has given cancer patients hope that they can beat this dreaded disease.

    Perfect posture
    The way you sit has an effect on your spine. Here are some tips to help you avoid a pain in the back. Dr. RAVI VENKATESH



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