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THE INDO-BANGLADESH BORDER
No-woman's land
The 150 km-long porous border with Bangladesh is notoriously crime-prone: smuggling, human trafficking and prostitution thrive, often abetted by the ‘law-enforcing' agencies of both the sides. At the receiving end are mostly women and children. Will having a women's battalion of the BSF in the area be a start to solving some of the problems here, asks USHA RAI.
Interview


CONVERSATIONS
In the language of paints
‘Painting has its own rhetoric,' says artist Rajan M. Krishnan as he reflects on his creative process.


Keeping Dhrupad alive
As the torchbearer of an ancient musical tradition, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar opens up on the future of Dhrupad.


Culture

Under the Empire's gaze
As a part of Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebrations, an exhibition by the West Bengal Archives Department throws light on the colonial surveillance of the poet.


Focus


IN FIRST PERSON
Under a mango tree
Deep inside Bihar, following the trajectory of changes that run silent and powerful…


Cinema

Fairytale of a little Kalam
I am Kalam, which has just won the Kerala government's Aravindan Puraskaram for the best debut director, stresses on education and opportunities as the key to making it big in life.


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Selling bodies or selling sports?

TALKING MOVIES
By Parvathi Nayar
It's a mind job

THE POWER WOMEN - 11
By Anjana Rajan
In sync with life

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
Those good old days

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
No fancy touches



Health

Lessons for mamma
Pregnancy can bring a lot of restrictions for the mother-to-be. This is when ante-natal classes help both husband and wife cope with the change in their lives.


BODY IMAGE
Where's the filler?
How does one stop the signs of age from showing? Welcome to the world of body fillers: the way to regain the body you took for granted in youth.


Books

When music rules
R.D. Burman: The Man, The Music looks at how he changed the way Indians perceived Hindi film music. With anecdotes and trivia and interactions with the musicians who were part of his team, the authors create a portrait of the man who continues ...



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