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`Peace Road' runs into a fence
The American road map for Middle East Peace, while based on widely held hopes for an independent Palestinian state co-existing with a secure and safe Israel, may nonetheless fail to deliver peace in the region. SHELLEY WALIA looks at the strategic flaws and asks where the real solution lies.
Book Review

MEMOIRS
No hidden depths here
A spell in prison is often the ultimate test of a writer's soul. But A Prison Diary only reveals a profound mediocrity, says EDWARD LUCE.

Focus

REFLECTIONS
It's still New York
New York has not disconnected from itself. It has not been unmade, but only remade. No longer an agitated metropolis, it's a city that continues to live, with its own kind of `normal state'. UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA on the `Big Apple', in its daily curiosities and unique flavour.


ISSUES
Escape from bondage
Despite the abolition of bonded labour, the system is used to exploit the poor, writes MEENA MENON in the context of the recent cases in Madhya Pradesh.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
A glimmer of hope
Most children of sex workers face a denial of their basic rights. But some organisations are beginning to work towards transforming their world, says GOURI SALVE.

Columns

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Discordant notes?
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
The `other' Pakistan

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Moving house
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Moments of privacy

ASTRAL FRONTIERS
By Laurie Baum
Beginning anew
HEALTH ALPHABET
By Dr. Uma Krishnaswamy
Common in the young



Sightings


  • Kapoor part one
  • Mettle with metal
  • Kapoor part two

    Lifestyle

    INTO THE PAST
    In step with history
    `Chalo Dhili' retells the story of the Indian National Army, from its origin in the Far East to the trial of its freedom fighters in Delhi. On show in Singapore, it showcases a rich collection of archival material.
    PLACES
    Discovering Varanasi
    UMA VASUDEV sets out to experience the literary and cultural heart of the city.
    CINEMA
    Saving Private Ceylan
    Nuri Ceylan's "Uzak" is a slow but riveting film on urban alienation. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN talks to the filmmaker.
    EXPERIENCE
    The spice of Goa
    The first mention of the Mapusa market was in 1580 by a Dutch chronicler. Today, it gives the visitor an authentic taste of the essence of Goa.
    Check out ... rejuvenated
    For GUSTASP IRANI, it was an experience of a different kind in Jaipur and Agra.
    EVENT
    `Seven' of diamonds
    A collection of diamonds, among the most rare and valuable in the world, is on display for the first time at the Smithsonian Museum, says S. RANGARAJAN.

    Health

    Cancer care: is it enough?
    Palliative care, also called comfort care, is aimed at providing relief to a terminally-ill person through symptom and pain management, says Dr. MALLIKA TIRUVADANAN, looking at the field of cancer management.
    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
    Meena Lagna, Rishabha Rasi. Jupiter in Mesha; Retrograde Saturn with Kethu in Kumbha; Mars in the 12th. Do I have Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga? What is likely during Saturn-Mars period?


    Mesha

    Rishabha

    Mithuna

    Kataka

    Simha

    Kanya

    Thula

    Vrischika

    Dhanus

    Makara

    Kumbha

    Meena


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