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Wounds of war
Living from moment to moment in a conflict zone can exact a heavy price. Kashmir today has an alarming number of mental health patients, bereft of traditional support structures or modern mental healthcare facilities… Will they ever get the chance to heal?


A paradise still
The scars are there everywhere. Yet it is safer than a lot of other places and the tourist potential remains untapped.
Arts & Crafts


CRAFT
Cutting edge creativity
Jewellery made of plastic, paper, recycled material, hair... are no longer in the realm of imagination. Abhushan – World Crafts Council's international jewellery summit to be held in New Delhi in February – celebrates contemporary jewellery at its best.

The show just got bigger
Three years old, the India Art summit is back this year and will see over 500 artists take part in the three-day event commencing on January 21.

A hall of mirrors
Zerin Anklesaria reviews the Exhibition of the Art of Anish Kapoor which is on in Mumbai till January 16, and briefly evaluates his achievement.


Heritage

Reconnect within
The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-daro reminds you why a visit to museums is essential, writes TULSI BADRINATH


Interview

Inspired by India
Award-winning British filmmaker Christopher Mitchell looks at individual stories to portray larger issues. Here, he talks about why India and West Asia remain an endless source of fascination.


CONVERSATIONS
‘I think of myself as a dramatist'
Well-known filmmaker Oliver Stone tells RANJAN DAS GUPTA why most of his movies – “Platoon”, “Wall Street” or “World Trade Center” – are based on events that changed the world.


Music


JOURNEYS IN MUSIC
Rhythms of time
By the 15th century, the basis of classical music had undergone major changes. T.M. KRISHNA traces the contributions of the Haridasas and Annamacharya to the evolution of Carnatic music as we know it today.


Issues


DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: READERS RESPOND
Is it ‘them' against ‘us'?
The buck starts here, says Pradipta Borgohain, Guwahati, Assam, because ‘them' is ‘us'…

People run the system
We need to get more professional in our practice of patriotism, says B. SMITHA RAO, Mangalore, Karnataka.

Ensuring accountability
We need an effective citizen's council, says D.P. RAMACHANDRAN, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


Focus

Funerals or roadshows?
Are funerals with State honours intrusive, used more for political mileage? The dead deserve a more dignified treatment says, K. KUNHIKRISHNAN. A look at the practice and the ongoing debate around the issue in Kerala…


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Saving India's children

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Imprisoned for life

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Say cheese



Health


EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT
When tragedy strikes…
To whom or what do we turn today in moments of crisis? SUDHA UMASHANKER talks to a cross-section of people to find out.

Putting yourself back together
Grief and loss can be debilitating but can be overcome. MANSI PODDAR tells you how.


Cuisine

Reignite the traditional
Sindhi food survived Partition and migration. Here is a cookbook that celebrates this wonderful culinary tradition.


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