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A carnival of ideas
Porto Alegre was recently host to a confluence of alternative ideas on how to shape a better world. C. RAMMANOHAR REDDY describes the content and the ambience of the second World Social Forum. More
Issues
On the periphery of existence
The tribals of Orissa are a marginalised lot. Deprived of their natural environment and traditional social organisation, they have been driven to the edge of poverty and destitution, writes GOUTHAM GHOSH. They are beginning to rise against their oppr ession. More


EDUCATION
Beyond the numbers
VIMALA RAMACHANDRAN writes on a study conducted in a few States on rural primary education. Statistics showed a cent per cent enrolment, but also a high dropout rate. A sustained effort is, therefore, needed by the government and society to ensure literacy at the primary education level. More

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Truth without malice
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Substance to spin

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
The election circus
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Man-made disasters

DOWN TO EARTH
By Mrinal Pande
India: writers' delight
OUT OF MY MIND
By Dom Moraes
Lucky in Delhi

SCRIBBLING PAD
By Sudhanshu Ranade
Haircut, shave and shampoo?
MATTER-OF-FACT FROM JAPAN
By Gautaman Bhaskaran
Devils behind a mask



Sightings
People
TRIBUTE
The Kesey effect
Ken Kesey's gift to us has been that of original thought, of risk-taking, expanding the boundaries of the mind, says UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA. More

Lifestyle
Culture without strings
The International Festival of Puppetry and Animation will be held at Dakshinachitra in Chennai in March. A curtain raiser by V.R. DEVIKA. More
EXPERIENCE
Rural interlude
LAKSHMI SUNDARAM's trip to Pattamadai was a refreshing change from urban life. More
PLACES
The skyline of contrasts
If the sights and sounds are a throwback in time, Jerusalem also sports most of the trappings of a modern metropolis, writes K.V. KRISHNASWAMY More

Health
HEALTHWATCH
Nothing metaphorical about it
Headaches, facial pain and sinusitis can acutely test a medical practitioner's clinical acumen. Dr. RAVI K. VISWANATHAN looks at a diagnostic dilemma in ENT practice. More
Over and over
Though a relatively minor psychiatric illness, the suffering that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder causes is immense. The patient's ability to work, study or enjoy leisure is impaired. DR. S. MOHAN RAJ examines its cause and treatment. More

Books
ADVENTURE
Climb every mountain
The foundations of Indian mountaineering were laid by the masters and boys of a leading public school. The saga of the institution's association with the Himalayas. More

Literature
Writer's block
ANURADHA ROY on the beginning of India's first literary festival. 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
Out of the eight "Vasthu" days in a year, the one which falls in the Tamil month of "Maasi" has two options. It is 20th according to Vasthu books. Then why do Almanacs give the date as 22nd?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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