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Reality: Really?
Do programmes like “Rakhi ka Insaaf” and “Big Boss 4” reflect the real world out there, a fast-changing India with all its fault lines? Do we really need to shield our children from these shows, as the government has recently done by giving them a latenight slot? Or are we letting market forces get away with regressive stereotypes in their race for more and more eyeballs?


How much is too much?
Are shows that go over the top really popular with the audience? SYEDA FARIDA finds out that there is an opinion divide out there.
Arts & Crafts


TEXTILES
Weaving jamdani wonders
Communities of the weavers of Jamdani saris flourished with Mughal patronage in Varanasi. KAMALA, a festival organised by the Crafts Council of India, will showcase exquisite creations of Jamdani at the Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, next month.


Interview


CONVERSATIONS
Generous strokes of beauty
Whether it is music, films or couture, Muzaffar Ali's activities are all influenced by Sufi philosophy. He tells KASHIF ALI why this is so.

Back behind the camera
With a lifetime achievement Oscar in his bag, iconic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola looks back at his work and talks about why he hasn't made many films in the last decade.


Culture


FRAMES
Vignettes of a splendorous era
Raja Deen Dayal's photographs reveal his fine vision through the myriad subjects that fascinated him, making him an important presence in the visual history of India. An exhibition of his works opened at the IGNCA in New Delhi last week.


Fitness


FITNESS MATTERS
Take a healthy stride
Women don't realise that working out regularly makes a big difference not just to their longevity but, more importantly, to their quality of life.


Food Line


FINE DINING
It's from the streets
As street food finds a place in five-star menus, top chefs let you in on how they tackle these no-frill dishes.


Travel


DESTINATION
Egyptian escapade
Cairo has a lot more to offer than the pyramids, markets and cruises.


TIME OUT
Desert fantasy
Lawrence of Arabia crossed it; David Lean immortalised it: Hugh and  Colleen Gantzer   explore Wadi Rum


Cinema

No more a taboo on celluloid
While mainstream cinema has only lately taken to AIDS as a theme, short telefilms have done much to bring it out of the closet. Observing World AIDS Day on December 1, a look at some path-breaking films that have grappled with the issues surrounding HIV…


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Unsafe for women?

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Hunger in the valley

WOMAN ZONE
When age stops at 40

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Mom knows best



Books

Wellness reads
While research has shown that benefits of yoga range from improving muscle tone and flexibility to reducing stress and tension, today's extended office hours, long commutes and family obligations mean that not all of us can keep to a fitness ...


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