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Freedoms, won and lost
Whatever be the definitional problems with freedom, it is possible to identify those that India has squandered and gained in the past 58 years.
Interview

PERSPECTIVE
Arguments for a better world
Amartya Sen's new book, The Argumentative Indian, is an original journey into the history of ideas. He says India's traditions of democratic discussion and secularism stretch back longer than we care to think. Excerpts from an interview.

Reflections

IMPRESSIONS
A difference of sameness
Being an Indian visitor in Pakistan was an ideal opportunity to focus on the disparities and similarities, between the two countries.

Book Review

BIOGRAPHY
Caustic account
It is a book that has already come under fire in the media for its `many factual errors, distortions, and misleading claims'.


THRILLER
Return of the vampire
The Historian is a quest within a quest that morphs into an unexpected love story.

Issues

The carpet makers
The weavers of Pattamadai mats continue to hold on to their dying art, despite problems.

Columns

MEDIA MATTERS
By By Sevanti Ninan
Reinventing an old winner?
PAST & PRESENT
By By Ramachandra Guha
A forgotten hero

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Kerala shows the way

ASK THE DOC



People

RECOGNITION
Battling the Big C
A profile of Dr. Shanta, chairperson, Cancer Institute, Chennai, who won this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service.
CINEMA
Being on the high wire
Nicholas Cage opens up about his time in Hollywood and his latest film in an exclusive interview on the sets of "Ghost Rider" in Australia.
REFLECTIONS
Shock and awe ride the Delhi Metro
WHEN I first heard that one stage of the Delhi Metro was to run directly beneath the road on which I lived, I had this unpleasant sense of dread in the pit of my stomach. This turned to horror, as one by one all the grand old trees on the road ...

Lifestyle

CRAFTS
Freedom's fabric
Khadi is a symbol of India's independence. How does it fit into today's fashion scene?
THEATRE
All action, no rhetoric
Eugenia Cano Puga is an internationally known mime artist from Mexico. On a tour of Kerala for research and conducting workshops, she found time to talk about her art form.
WELL-BEING
Lulled into ethereal bliss
From a honey-citrus wrap to a Dead Sea mineral salt scrub, a repertoire of spa treatments is promising nirvana to a cash-lush clientele.
EXPERIENCE
Good Afternoon, Your Majesty
An invitation to a garden party at the Buckingham Palace? ... . Read on.

Health

It's not a toothache
Suffering from pain on one side of the face? It may not be due to your teeth.
Astrology


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena



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