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Playing the Oscars game
Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote late tonight to select the best films of 2010. While the awards can make or break fortunes and careers, the Academy's choices have confounded viewers and critics in the past. PRADEEP SEBASTIAN on the standout performances and movies and the way the voting may go this year.
Heritage

In a forgotten land
History recounts Pullalur in Tamil Nadu as the venue of battles and bloodshed. Pradeep Chakravarthy, on a visit to the village, tries to unravel some mysteries.


Interview


IN CONVERSATION
‘Music is a part of my everyday life'
Whether it's composing music, performing live or song writing, Gingger Shankar has won kudos. Here, she reflects on how her musical inspirations shaped her life and the experience of working in Hollywood.


Culture


THEATRE
Crude explorations
Artistic explorations across genres and cultures need to be fuelled by creative ambition if we are to experience art to its fullest. Devina Dutt underlines where ‘Crossings' fell short.


Down Memory Lane


NOSTALGIA
Evocative moments
It is no secret how food and smells, sounds and colours can evoke memories we treasure.



COMMENDRATION
After the Swami in Chicago
As the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda nears, a journey down history lane to the first World Parliament of Religions and the story of its revival in recent times.


Education


LEARNING
Breeze through your exams
As exams draw near, both parents and students experience rising stress levels. Here are a few tips that will help you stay tension-free in this most stressful period.

Failure is not their fault
Despite their best efforts, some children seem to have constant trouble with the learning process. The fault may lie with a deficit in perceptual skills and not with his/her intelligence.


Travel


CITYSCAPES
A city not unlike home
A visit to Karachi gave RAKHSHANDA JALIL that elusive connect with India when she was least expecting it.


REFLECTIONS
Talking India in Zurich!
RANJINI MANIAN takes in the sights in the land of clockmakers even as she speaks of Indian business at a Men Only club.


Issues

Don't take the abuse
Domestic violence is one of the most common but least reported crimes. As the recent incident involving an Indian diplomat in London showed, it can happen to anyone irrespective of economic or social status. You can change the dynamics of the abusive relationship or take recourse to the law, says KUSUM LATA SAWHNEY.


URBAN SPACE
An Afghan story
Donor money is turning Afghanistan into an incongruous concrete jungle... Is there a space for local skills and building methods?


SOCIETY
Not smart enough?
Smart card technology can be used to streamline India's unwieldy PDS. But it is yet to prove itself under real world challenges.


Columns


By Suchitra Behal
In passing

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Say it in plain English please?


By L. Subramanian
Break the rule



Lifestyle


LIFESTYLE
All for a green life
Organic practices have now become desirable and chic. GEETA PADMANABHAN takes a look at what goes into an organic lifestyle.


Cuisine


FINE DINING
Not just for football fans
Manchester United's first flagship restaurant in Bengaluru is not just about the game and its fans. It also involves an amazing gastronomic game.


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