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Winning, at any cost...
As the Commonwealth Games has shown, with big money and billion dollar deals come bigger temptations and the fast track to fame and glory is not always a straight one… And, as it has become a packaged spectacle with a global reach and power, there's a lot more at stake in modern sport than ever before.
Arts & Crafts


CRAFT
Beyond the colours of festivity
Colourful pageantry marks Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata each year. But, behind the scenes, in Kumartuli, craftsmen labour in deplorable conditions to make the idols that are the focus of the festival.


Interview


CONVERSATION
‘Hollywood needs Bollywood more '
In a quick chat with RANJAN DAS GUPTA, Hollywood star John Travolta, who was in Mumbai recently, talks about his growth as an actor and the links between Hollywood and Indian films.



TêTE-à-TêTE
‘I am a story teller'
With her second novel The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos out recently, Margaret Mascarenhas opens up about how growing up in Venezuela has impacted her writing.


Land & People


DOWN MEMORY LANE
Witness to a stream of joy
Calcutta, a bustling metropolis, and a centre of contemporary culture, came alive during the festive season...recalls


Travel


TIME OUT
A weekend in New York
Much to everyone's disbelief, a weekend in New York is possible even for as little as $250. Read on ...


Issues

Battle for the idea of India
The Babri Masjid dispute was never a clash between Hindus and Muslims. It was between Hindutva and Secularist visions of India. With the recent judgement, the movement which fostered hate and fear seems to have triumphed.

A secular rethink
We should be examining the ways in which we can foster a truly plural and vibrantly secular culture in India…


Columns

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
Clash of the templates

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Playing the populist card



Lifestyle


WINE TRAIL
Fabulous flavours of Franconia
KISHORE and SMITA IYENGAR write of their romance with the irresistible boutique wines of Franconia in Bavaria. 


FINE DINING
A taste of the world
Whether it's the seating areas or the food, the capital's International Diner is an experience to be savoured.


Health


MENTAL HEALTH
Ride; don't hide
Today is World Mental Health Day; a day to salute people like Michael Schratter who are battling the stigma associated with mental illness.


DOC TALK
Weighty barrier
The battle against obesity requires a solution that is most likely to work for the individual in the long run.


SKIN CARE
Fine lines on the face?
Worried about those signs of age on your face? Here are some ways to keep your skin smooth and youthful. Dr. SHEHLA AGARWAL



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