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No guarantees anymore
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which has revitalised the rural landscape across the country, stands diminished in the land of its birth, Rajasthan, hijacked and held to ransom by vested interests and stripped of its backbone of an open social audit. As the Andhra experience has shown, there is one ingredient that can bring back its vitality: institutionalising citizen audits. But, is the Rajasthan government up to it?
Arts & Crafts


ART
City of artistic splendour
Lahore's artistic riches belie popular perceptions of the place. From miniature paintings of the Mughal era to present day cartoons, there is much that is waiting to be discovered.


Interview


TÊTE-À-TÊTE
On a wave of wonder
‘I wanted it to be a book for opening the mind'. Visual thinker Dashrath Patel talks to NEERJA DASANI about why it took 42 years for Why the Sky is Blue, a compilation of his photographs and Dr. C.V. Raman's speeches, to be published.



CONVERSATIONS
Writing on her own terms
Blogger and best selling author Shelina Zahra Janmohamed talks about the challenges facing the Asian Muslim woman.


Land & People


SOCIETY
Seeking an elusive harmony
Across China, millions quietly gather every Sunday morning in apartments and farms that serve as “house churches.” With 50 to 70 million followers, Christianity is China's fastest-growing religion, but still faces an uncertain future.


Travel


DESTINATION
Pisa weaves its magic
Pisa is quintessentially a university town, and its only claim to fame is the Leaning Tower.

Arty walkthrough
A famous art heist left a few walls in Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum stark empty, but that has not deterred tourists from visiting the place even today…


Focus


IN THE NEWS
When the levee breaks
Saad Sarfraz Sheikh describes how the floods in Pakistan are an ‘insult to injury', owing to its existing barrage of problems...


Columns

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Death on the streets

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
In a class of our own

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Changing standards


By L. Subramanian
To draw or not to draw

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Mess over hostel messes



Lifestyle


RETREAT
Balm for tired souls
Set in acres of greenery, Windflower in Mysore seems designed to calm even tornados.


INDULGE
Anyone for English tea?
Introducing a new lifestyle experience, Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi brings an incredible experience at the charming ‘Tea Lounge’. There is an elaborate Tea service in the traditional English style in the afternoon ...


INDULGE
Healthy and tasty
Looking for a healthier, tastier option in this season of festivity? Try Wonderful’s pistachios.  Choose from two unique flavours specially created for the Indian palate: Roasted Salted and Salt and Pepper.The packs are ...


Health


EAT SMART
Watch what you eat
With another World Heart Day behind us, SHASHI MATHUR gives tips on the kind of food that keeps your heart going.


DOC TALK
What's in your eye?
Conjunctivitis is highly contagious but, with care and treatment, recovery is quick.


FITNESS MATTERS
Stay flexible, always
Most people tend to ignore the flexibility routine or rush through it. DR. SHEELA NAMBIAR tells you why it's important.


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