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Spare yourself the nightmare
The frenetic merry-go-round for admission to a ‘suitable' (read English-medium) school starts pretty early. Coaching classes, tests, interviews... it is a traumatic time for the toddler as well as the parent that stems from the popular perception that English-medium schools are the gatekeepers of prosperity. There are other thriving alternate models, says S. ANANDALAKSHMY.


Out before they are in
While education can be the best equaliser of inequities, the way our system works, it only perpetuates existing socioeconomic differences.


EDUCATION
Not a level playing field
It's nothing short of a war campaign to get children admitted in a ‘good' school. And there is a bewildering array of obstacles, strategies and fall-back options…
Interview

Her sanctuary...
...is verse, says poet Anju Makhija as she reflects on poetry's impact on her life and her latest collection Pickling Time.


TÊTE-À-TÊTE
‘The Oscars are not the last word'
Awards are fine but he's on the lookout for more onscreen experiments. Iconic actor Robert De Niro chats with RANJAN DAS GUPTA


Theatre


EXPERIENCE
Their world's a stage
Children were the main cast. To these Chennai school kids, the process of putting together a play was more appealing than the roles they donned.

Revisiting Macbeth
Three performances, all based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, pictured a cultural translation that was a creative experiment in itself.


Culture


IMAGES
Bombay that was…
Pablo Bartholomew's camera tries to capture the vanishing ethos of a vibrant city. His recent show “Chronicles of a Past Life: '70s & '80s In Bombay” is his special tribute.


Travel


INDULGE
A royal romance
Though Jodhpur may not rank as a romantic getaway, a stay at the Ranbanka Heritage Hotel sure changes that impression…


DESTINATION
Arabian bazaar of yore
The mystical Muttrah Souk, Muscat's oldest market takes us back in time with its stunning treasures.


Issues


INSIGHT
Minefields of interdisciplinarity
BRINDA BOSE and PRASANTA CHAKRAVARTY comment on some recent developments in interdisciplinary research.


Columns


By Suchitra Behal
In passing

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
If we walk together

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
An industry on steroids

THE POWER WOMEN - 2
By Ajuli Dasgupta
She made children smile


By L. Subramanian
Defies solution?



Health


DOC TALK
Colour them safely
With Holi coming up later this week, Dr. S.P.S. BAKSHI gives you tips to avoid skin and hair damage.


HEALTHWATCH
Get up and get going
With Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) now available in India to treat cartilage defects in the knee, patients are back on their feet in a short span of time.


Cuisine


FLAVOURS
Fruity punch
There's colour on the table and the nutritious aspect is taken care of as well. Try these easy salad recipes that are strong on fruits.



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