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Random notes, gossip, bitching, angles, conspiracy theories, spoofs, essential fundas
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Gossip
Revisionist fictional takes on old classics seem suddenly in vogue. How about a novel on the Kurukshetra war as witnessed by a Pandava (or Kaurava) footsoldier?
Opinion
Indians shed awkward questions like water off a duck's back. The rss claims that it builds character and instils a spirit of nationalism among its cadres. ...
Showtime
A thriller without thrills in which never once do you ask: what next? Or, for that matter, whodunnit?
Making A Difference
Assam police and the kids in the state now have reasons to view each other in a more benign light
10 Questions
With a string of flops behind him and many upcoming releases, Abhishek Bachchan wonders "mera number kab ayega"
Cover Story
pottermania
There's something about Harry. The global phenomenon washes up on Indian shores, with that magical hold over children.
National
rail mishaps
The Konkan rail accident raises the safety issue again
army
A US report indicts our lumbering bureaucracy for its lackadaisical attitude on the Indo-US military front
ayodhya
In Ayodhya, both sides are miffed over the Kanchi seer's non-localised efforts Updates
tibet
Tibetans in India see hopes dip, are shocked at Vajpayee's 'sellout' to the Chinese
kerala
A CPM ideologue draws flak for his criticism of EMS
Punjab
Sparks from the ashes of the Khalistan movement fly again
Bihar
Employees see red as 18 PSUs hit the deathbed
STATES OF THE NATION
A payload full of dust, Renal failure; A diabetic shock; Friendly neighbours; A literate move and Looming menace on the skyline
International
africa
Africa figures more in the Chinese consciousness than ours. Are we losing out?
pm's china visit
From its earlier tying down of India, China enters a phase of pragmatic diplomacy Updates
Counterpoint
India, by sending a force to Iraq, will get a chance to become a global player
opinion
Becoming party to Iraq's occupation means sending our troops into a mess
US-pakistan
Musharraf uses his US visit to full advantage, playing to the media and to the gallery
Business
opinion
SAARC countries should look at a uniform currency on the lines of the Euro
stockmarket
The bull run on the bourses has even the mid- and low-cap stocks rising and shining
Society
DOWNTOWN
Cross-border infiltration; Fun-da-mental; Lines and circles; Pride and groom; Ye baby chefs wok the talk and Arty imprint on curve consciousness
Eating Out
Bhavdeep Kang dines Shahnawaz Hussain
Gossip
BBC's 'Scud Stud' to move to Delhi and the gossip from Bollywood
Sports
County Cricket
The English county is about blending in. But some Indian stars seem too hung up.
Books
bihar
Can you have a parody of a satire? Yes, if you visit the house Orwell was born in.
Review
1975 does not have the same resonance in the Indian psyche as 1947, 1961 or 1972.
Ashok Jaitly on In The Name Of Democracy By Bipan Chandra
Review
Argues that the creative potential of capitalism has not been realised because of big bad incumbents — in India we love to call them 'vested interests' —and the even bigger and 'badder' government.
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta on Saving Capitalism From The Capitalists By Raghuram G. Rajan By Luigi Zingales
Review
Lacks a strong core, a quiet centre that can hold the reader in its coils. At best an e-mail wanting to be a novel when it grows up.
Ira Pande on Dev & Simran By Eunice De Souza
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