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Feature: The Bet Julian Simon Won

Doomsayers and doomslayers On the 25th anniversary of Julian Simon’s famous bet on the future of the planet, a look at the ways in which we see our tomorrow. IN August last year, Matthew Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert, laid a bet with John Tierney. Simmons predicted that oil prices will soar into the…

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Travel: Venice, Italy

Photo: Yaj Malik Magic, pure and simple Venice is so breathtaking, it is impossible to be objective about it ALL of Venice is ablaze with lights at night. The dark emerald waters of the lagoon lap against decrepit walls. As our vaporetto (water taxi) glides past old palazzos, open windows permit us to look directly into…

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Travel: Ross Island, Andamans

Where time stands still Ross Island is a jaw-dropping walk down the Raj lane.  The Andaman group of islands has a lot to offer the visitor, from the Cellular Jail, where sadness seeps from the stones like something out of a Marquez novel, and coves and beaches where you find shells of rare and luminous…

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Feature: Tribute to a beloved dog

A pet can be an entertainer and sometimes it can also teach us life’s valuable lessons. We had a Golden Retriever called Boss for seven years — a stunner with his sandy coat, brilliant black eyes and handsome muzzle. However, it was his good humoured demeanour that set him apart from other dogs. Boss didn’t…

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Feature: Strengthen Your Bond

Better your bond  Getting a romantic relationship to last needs some effort. Here are some tips.  Let’s face it. Falling in love is all too easy. Staying in love, however, isn’t. Like all other relationships, a romantic relationship too is vulnerable to the pulls and pressures of day-to-day life. However, if both partners are clear…

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Feature: The Art of Anger Management

Let off steam but in controlled doses Anger management is vital for good health. Aggression and shouting are emotions that are always denigrated, never rewarded. `Shrieking like fishwives’, `squabbling like monkeys’, `fighting like demons’… these adages that describe the release of anger make it clear that anger is a negative emotion. Actually, anger is a…

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Feature: Madras, the Different City

  Rocking to a different beat Chennai city is different from all the other metros. This is its strength and it is high time that the difference is celebrated.             It could be an apocryphal story but it isn`t. Two young men were `timepassing` in Spencer Plaza on Anna Salai…

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Travel: Kanha, Madhya Pradesh

In search of Sher Khan Kanha National Park is where you can come face-to-face with a tiger, if you have the patience.   In search of a tiger We are bowling over a horrendous road when I decide to put on record my indemnity bond. “Er,” I say, “I hope you girls know that not…

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Travel: Kerala Kalamandalam

Distant drums  Sheila Kumar visits the Santiniketan of the  South, the Kerala Kalamandalam  in  Cheruthuruthy As we drive into the green hamlet of Cheruthuruthy, the first sound that wafts over the air, over the rippling waters of the river Bharatapuzha, is the rhythmic pulse of the chenda drums.   A sound ubiquitous to all major temple festivals in…

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Travel: Paris: Mogan, Montmartre, Madhu and Montparnasse

  Madhu, Mogan and Montparnasse Sheila Kumar gets a rather unusual perspective on Paris, The City of Lights.    Mogan Sue, Madhu and me meet Mogan-from- Tiruchirapally) one autumn evening in the foyer of our hotel, the Hotel Montmartrois in Paris. After Mogan spooks us with a slew of warnings about “being careful,” he insists…

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