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The dark face of glamour
Media reporting of celebrity-related deaths is voyeuristic and over the top, as the recent Viveka Babajee case showed. Isn't it time television channels and newspapers re-examined how they report celeb suicides? SEVANTI NINAN.


‘Suicide attempts are a cry for help'
ARUNA CHANDARAJU talks to mental health professionals to find out what drives film stars and models to end their lives.
Arts & Crafts

Magic through miniature
Exquisite colouring and details of the paintings of the Mughal court at its zenith were captured at the exhibition The Indian Portrait – 1560-1860 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London recently. RANVIR SHAH explores the evolution of the art…


Heritage


HISTORY
Unsung hero of Madras
Of the administrators of the colonial era in Tamil Nadu, Sir Thomas Munro stands out for his deep love of the land and people. Is the recent decision to remove his statue in Chennai justified, asks V.SRIRAM


Interview


TÊTE-À-TÊTE
Cutting edge science
In remote corners of the world, scientists are trying to unravel the workings of the universe. Anil Ananthswamy, whose book The Edge of Reason celebrates their discoveries, talks to V. VIJAYASREE about how it all happened.


Eating Out


FINE DINING
Pasta, pizza and more
Mumbai's new Italian restaurant Casa Mia showcases a range of dishes from Italy that leaves you wanting more.


Travel


DESTINATION
In coffee country
Situated amidst coffee and spice plantations, Orange County in Coorg is just the place to unwind K. Kunhikrishnan


TIME OUT
Time stands still in Kairali
With massages that de-stress, food that detoxifies, and an ambience that soothes you Kairali Health Resorts simply offers you bliss!


Focus


COMMENT
The penitent terrorist...
... Does he exist? Is he for real? If so, there is no greater healing than that for the world.

Stop the hunger pangs
Are hunger and starvation acceptable any longer? Despite the campaign for the Right to Food Act which pinpoints several criteria as basic needs, poverty is widespread. A severe moral deficit is an underlying factor, says PRAHALAD SINGH


Columns


By Suchitra Behal
In passing

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Why make divorce easy?

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
Nothing official about it

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Triumph of the machine?


By L. Subramanian
Dentist coup



Tribute


IN FIRST PERSON
Remembering Rafi
As Mohammed Rafi's 30th death anniversary comes up on July 31, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar pays a personal tribute to one of India's greatest playback singers.


Health


WELLNESS
Unleash the inner goddess
Though women are forging ahead in every field, they spare little or no time for themselves. Stop a while; reconnect with yourself and see what a difference it makes to your life.


Cuisine


FLAVOURS
Anyone for a kiwi?
Kiwi fruit can be used in drinks, salads and a variety of dishes. Top chefs from across the country tell you how.


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