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A millennium of magnificence
As we celebrate a thousand years of the ‘Big Temple' in Thanjavur – Rajaraja Chola dedicated it to Brihadisvara, Lord of the Universe in 1010 – an ode to the monument that has never ceased to amaze with its simple design, stupendous proportions and grandeur... LAKSHMI VISWANATHAN


Architectural audacity
We don't know who designed the Big Temple but it succeeds in projecting the grand imperial vision of a king who expanded the boundaries of the Chola empire.

Contours of divinity
Possibly the only paintings in India done in true fresco style, the murals in the Brihadisvara temple exhibit an amazing mastery over line and colour.
Interview


TETE-A-TETE
A man for all people
He's captured the bold and the beautiful of the world. Lord Snowdon, an icon in portrait photography, talks about his life, work and latest show, India by Snowdon, to RANVIR SHAH.


Food Line


FINE DINING
Palate perfect
KISHORE and SMITA IYENGAR celebrate world class wines with eclectic cuisine across continents.


Travel


TIME OUT
All the oceans, a stage
Sixteen decks, 5,400 passenger capacity… The Oasis of the Seas is the largest cruise ship afloat, a self-contained city…


Eating Out

Rock your senses
Rock music, tantalising American food and awe-inspiring rock memorabilia: experience it all at Hard Rock Café's latest outlet, which opened recently in Hyderabad.


Issues


ISSUES
Voting in Maoist Land
Why do poor people in rural areas vote when they know the whole system is against them? JEAN DRÈZE talks to some voters and observes the voting process during the recent Assembly elections in Latehar district, Jharkhand, and comes away with some pointers...


TRENDS
When branding goes ‘Indian'
Advertising is no more about trying to sell a product; rather it is about selling ideas and lifestyles. But should consumers allow this?


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
A water-less future

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
Y2k plus 10

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Changing face of comedy

BRIDGE
By L. Subramanian
What can go wrong?



Lifestyle


INDULGE
Let your hair down
Winter can be tough on your hair. Here's how you can keep a shiny and healthy mane during the cold months.


VANITY FAIR
Truly glamorous
Moschino’s Glamour is a magical, enchanting perfume; a promise of charm and seductive femininity. Its floral and fruity notes envelop the body with a feeling of well being.Price: Eau de Parfum 30ml @Rs. 1830; 50ml @ Rs. 2650; 100 ...


Health


EAT SMART
Why be a vegetarian?
Vegetarian diets are balanced, complete and healthy…lots of reasons why you should opt for it.. Dr. JALAJA RAMASWAMY

A healthier alternative
Rice bran oil is full of the good stuff you need … just make sure your snacks are fried in it before you indulge your taste buds.


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