16 Editor’s Note 26 Women in Combat: Lynsey Addario, a photographer for The New York Times, spoke to photojournalist James Estrin about the recent decision by the Pentagon to lift the ban on women in combat – a historic step toward gender equality in the US armed forces Style book 34 Trendsetters 38 Must have Fashion 41 Bags 42 Shoes 44 Watches 45 The Mood 48 Beauty Trend Makeup 50 Beauty Trend Hair 52 Must have Beauty 53 Beauty Dossier Gary Cooper 58 Designer Dossier Dev r Nil Features 68 ON THE COVER Keira The Conqueror: For an actress known for playing period heroines, Keira Knightley is no damsel in distress, but a modern woman come into her own 76 ON THE COVER The Ladies of Light: In rural Africa, where electricity was an unaffordable luxury, a group of seven Malawian women brought cinemas, radio stations, evening classes and shops to their villages. Here’s their story 82 ON THE COVER The Suryanelli Girl: The rape happened 17 years ago. Yet her family bleakly continues to fight for justice in a society that has spurned and ostracised them 86 ON THE COVER The Fierce Desi – Mira Nair: She continues to dazzle us. A few days after the re-release of Salaam Bombay, she talks about her love for cinema, family, and the medium 94 Till Marriage do Us Part: Is the institution of marriage the more fickle and convenient commitment of life-long love, than the much denounced ‘live-in’ arrangement? 108 Brave New World: These exciting cities are at the forefront of fashion. Time to pack your
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