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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
A SIMMERING SUMMER STANDOFF
THE SORE POINTS • India and China are in talks to disengage from these three locations along the LAC
THE LONE WARRIOR
The Many Birthplaces of Hanuman
The Price of Optimism
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
Twice as Nice
A NEW CHAPTER IN AFGHANISTAN
THE SECOND WAVE: CRISIS & CONTAINMENT • As the coronavirus returns in a more infectious variant, a beleaguered nation struggles to cope with the challenges and keep up its fight
THE COVID EXPLOSION
TREATMENT PROTOCOL • Top drugs used and their efficacy
DREAD AND DESPAIR • Health services across states are on the verge of a breakdown. Patients are struggling to get hospital beds, Covid test reports are delayed by days and there is an acute scarcity of oxygen and vital drugs
THE LONG SHADOW OF COVID • The Centre has ruled out a national lockdown to contain the second wave of Covid-19 cases, but businesses are already seeing red in many states that have imposed severe restrictions
NIGHT WITHOUT END • Their mass exodus last year following the lockdown opened our eyes to this invisible workforce. Has their plight improved since?
MAPPING THE MIGRANTS • Several temporary schemes were launched to provide relief to migrants during the lockdown last year, but a comprehensive policy framework has yet to evolve. A handful of steps are being taken in that direction
MANOJ KUMAR, 32 CHAMAN, 18
SURYA NATH, 33
TIME TO REASSESS • With class 10 & 12 board examinations either cancelled or postponed, anxious students, parents and teachers look to the various education boards for a roadmap
THE GAMEPLAN • What is in store for students appearing for class 10 and 12 CBSE board examinations?
“I REGRET NOTHING” • As a new documentary searches for the ‘real’ Ma Anand Sheela, she refuses to be pigeonholed
STRANGER THAN FICTION • OTT platforms are beginning to fill their slates with Indian non-fiction content
On Simon’s Ark • The animals catalogued in Simon Barnes’s book all have stories to tell, but put together, they fail to satisfy our craving for the big picture
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE • NEHA SINHA’S FIRST BOOK IS A THOUGHTFUL COMMENTARY ON WILDLIFE, PEOPLE AND THE SPACES THEY SHARE
A WRITER’S ACTOR • FAHADH FAASIL DOESN’T ALLOW HIS STAR CREDENTIALS TO STOP HIM FROM PLAYING CHARACTERS THAT MATTER TO HIM
MAKING UP THE GALAXY • The other stars of Malayalam cinema
DIFFERENT STROKES • Cricketer Irfan Pathan has had an eventful 2021. He announced his retirement in January and got infected with Covid in March. He has also been filming for his acting debut in the Tamil movie Cobra
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
PICK OF THE MONTH
Whisky’s Millennial Moment • From age-old tradition to new-age friends, whisky’s evolving demographic reveals why it’s time to go for gold.
A REGAL SPIRIT
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