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DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS
We, the people
CAG scam, Adarsh Housing Society scam, 2G scam. the cancer of corruption seems all-pervasive. As we transit from licence raj to crony capitalism, it is the ordinary citizen who is being short-changed in the process. What lies ahead? Former bureaucrat GOPALKRISHNA GANDHI and author and former CEO GURCHARAN DAS look at the prevailing scenario and the possibilities of change and hope.


Chance to start afresh
While those guilty in the 2G scam should be brought to book, we should not forget that corruption persists in India because we have been half-hearted in our reforms, says GURCHARAN DAS.
Fitness


FITNESS MATTERS
Fit gifts
It's the season of giving and here are a few tips to gift wellness and health to your loved ones.


Arts & Crafts


CRAFT
Ode to jewellery
Rooted in the past, yet looking at the contemporary, the futuristic and even the surreal, Abhushan - World Crafts Council's international jewellery summit to be held in New Delhi in February 2011 – looks at the common threads that bind various jewellery forms together..


Heritage

Poetess of Margazhi
Andal, the poet-saint of Srivilliputtur, deserves to be celebrated for her evocative songs composed in praise of Vishnu, sung to this day during December in Tamil Nadu. PRADEEP CHAKRAVARTHY traces her life and works.


Music


JOURNEYS IN MUSIC
Celebrating unheard melodies
The Silapadigaaram is not only a story of love and misunderstanding, but also a text with a wealth of detail about the music of its time. T.M. KRISHNA uncovers the intricate relationship between the Tamizh landscape and melody that it reflects.


Interview


CONVERSATIONS
‘I am a creative photographer'
Ace photographer Raghu Rai, whose latest compilation The Indians focuses on people and the evolution of portraiture in India, talks about how certain special portraits were taken.

Let's all walk
“People are empowered by walking,” says Vidyadhar Date, an advocate of pedestrian rights, as he talks to MEENA MENON about why the increasing number of cars is a cause for concern.


Culture


VIGNETTES
A Sufi's silence
Many may have lost access to the mosque and the ones who enter may still not get to know who Kamali was. But the architecture will definitely give you a glimpse of the era gone by.


Travel


DESTINATION
Vibrant Zurich
Earlier known to be a Roman post, Zurich is a perfect blend of cutting edge innovation and enterprise. KALPANA SUNDER


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Too many lacunae

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Bangles of thorn

FISCALLY FIT
By Shyam P.
Investing or speculating?

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Elusive happiness

PACEMAKER
The cost of indiscipline

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Peas porridge hot...



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