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Increased competition, globalisation and the need for resources have radically transformed the media industry, displacing priorities like the public good and social responsibility. In the past, while there were galvanising means of defining what news is, today, anything goes, helped to a large extent by technology. VISA RAVINDRAN examines the issue of an `image-explosion' which is inadequate either as information or entertainment, for vastly different viewers and readers. More
Essay
PERCEPTIONS
The great divide
Like India, Venezuela is a nation with a wide chasm between the rich and the poor. S. ANANDALAKSHMY writes on her visit to the country, highlighting its growth and development. More

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
There are 11 months in a year
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
A cricketer and a gentleman

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Still frightfully familiar
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
By Shashi Tharoor
Not yet a global phenomenon

DOWN TO EARTH
By Mrinal Pande
A price for life
ASTRAL FRONTIERS
By Laurie Baum
Higher consciousness



People
INDIA THAT AGE
The biggest gamble in history
`As I wander about, the past and the present merge into one another and this merger leads me to think of the future ... ,' said Jawaharlal Nehru, describing his nine-week election tour of 1951-52. India, says noted historian RAMACHANDRA GUHA, was soo n to observe a new ritual to be performed at five-year intervals — voting in a general election. The concluding part of a two-piece article. More

Lifestyle
ART
Exposition in sepia
`The Tertians', Akbar Padamsee's first exhibition for two years was on show at the Pundole Gallery, Mumbai, recently. DOM MORAES spoke to the artist recently. More


CELEBRATION
Year of the Horse
Chinese New Year on February 12 has its own special traditions. One of the best places to celebrate it in is Hong Kong, says SUMITRA SENAPATHY. More
THEATRE
For, of and by women
Giving traditional performers a platform while highlighting women's issues and concerns is not easy. But, writes KAUSALYA SANTHANAM, `Mouna Kural' (Voicing Silence), a Chennai-based group, shows how the two can be combined effectively. More
GARDENING
The sage flower
SALVIA SPLENDENS (Labiatae) is called sage flower and is a native of South America. An ideal potted plant, it grows to about 30-90 cm tall. Its leaves are small to large, and are green and pointed at the tips. The flowers are ... More

Health
FITNESS MATTERS
The body's hunger `switch'
If losing weight is a goal, there is now a clue to understanding why there are different types of diet books, says noted fitness expert PEG JORDAN. More

Books
REVIEW
Allies on a roller coaster
U.S. - Pakistan relations in the last five decades have been tumultous. A new book on the disenchanted allies' offers an insight into the ups and downs of their ties, says C. RAJA MOHAN. More
EXTRACTS
It's her story
Myself Mona Ahmed is a biographical account of a eunuch, her loneliness of being marginalised in society and finally the endurance of the human spirit. Here are exclusive extracts from the introduction to the book by DAYANITA SINGH and excerpts from letters written by Mona to her publisher. The book was released in Delhi earlier this week. More
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
Where is Thirukkadaiyur, and who is the presiding deity there? What are the advantages of praying there?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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