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Celebrating the monsoon
The monsoon is awaited with bated breath, hope and expectations because it is life-giving, life-sustaining… As the country gives in to yet another season of rain, perhaps we can also learn from how other cultures celebrate and manage this crucial resource of water more equitably…


The winds never sleep
A look at the complex interconnected voyage of the winds which brings us the monsoons every year…
Land & People


EXTRAVAGANZA
Nature's theatre
At the spectacular “Impression San Jie Liu” show at Yangshou in China, the audience under the spell of folk tales, song and dance, light and colour communed with the players.


Interview


LENSVIEW
A story in each frame
Photography is much more than just seeing the world through a lens, says well known photographer Dayanita Singh, as she explains why her eponymously named new book is an attempt to explore the overlap of photography on literature.


Heritage

Chennai's Company shrines
The East India Company gave Chennai's temples a lot of importance. With gifts of pagodas and land, the Company played a major role in their growth. Could it have been an early example of corporate sponsorship, asks V.SRIRAM


Fashion


STYLE
Leading with their chic looks
Indian politicians can rarely be called flamboyant or flashy. But today's leaders seem to be a trendier lot. SUPRIYA HIMANSHU explores the sartorial tendencies that rule politics today.

No nylons, please
Here are a few tips on how to look good even while you're sweating it out.


Travel


TIME OUT
Fascinating Flanders
Flanders is Belgium's fairytale land, rich in culture, history and scenic beauty. KRISHNARAJ IYENGAR tells you why.


Focus

Games for real life
Violence as spectacle is nothing new in the history of mankind. But with modern computer games, it is affecting children in ways never before imagined.


ISSUES
If you are hot, we are hunting
Women's empowerment is still wrapped up in many paradoxes, subject as it is to many contradictory, economic, social and religious pulls…


Columns

LENSVIEW
By Suchitra Behal
In passing

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Fear in the city

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
What's the solution?

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Democracy's last chance

BRIDGE
By L. Subramanian
Give them a guess



Lifestyle

Vanity fair
Feminine seduction just got more intense with HUGO XX Eau de Parfum. This is a captivatingly intense yet delightfully subtle scent; pure understated seduction in a bottle. Attraction becomes a contrasting combination of understatement and ...


Health


MUSINGS
Temperamental, indeed
DR. ENNAPADAM S. KRISHNAMOORTHY writes about how the contrasting behaviour of his two dogs has given him an insight into brain dominance and enhanced his understanding of human nature.


FITNESS MATTERS
Skinny yet fat
Don't waste your time watching your weight. What you actually need to watch is your body composition. Read on...


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