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COVER by B .G. Sharma

Mother Yashoda and Child. B.G. Sharma is internationally recognized for his mastery of the traditional Indian painting styles of Kangra, Kishangarh, and Mughal. He uses pigments derived from natural ingredients: colored minerals, semi-precious stones, plants, leaves, and cow’s urine. For the miniature paintings, he can be found painting with the hairs of a squirrel’s tail!

Born in 1924 to the descendants of court artisans, Sharma began painting at the age of five. He is a recipient of the prestigious National Art Award for Master Craftsman and has been commissioned to paint portraits of several heads of state, including former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In Hinduism, Yashoda embodies the highest devotional ideals and is revered for her selfless service as the "Mother of God." "Mother Yashoda and Child" is featured in Beauty, Power and Grace: The Many Faces of the Goddess by Mandala Publishing ( This and other titles featuring Sharma’s original illustrations are available in bookstores or direct from the publisher by calling (800) 668-2218 or visiting


May Issue: Table of Contents

F E A T U R E :

Seaworthy by Andy Isaacson

Freighters offer the anti-cruise set a chance to sail the world’s oceans without shuffleboard, bar tabs, and floor shows. Though its cargo comes first, passenger-carrying freighters provide basic amenities and meals as well as ample time for reflection and leisurely lounging. From nearby Port of Oakland, you can set sail for exotic shores.


REAL FOOD — Hot to Chaat by Laurel Miller

If the word snack brings Cheetos and Snickers to mind, get thee to a chaat house. Like an appetizer, but eaten as an informal and wholesome meal, Indian chaat is salty, crispy, spicy, tangy, and creamy. Our chaat guide can help you find these flavorful bites.

by Sarah Weld

Unscramble the mystery of eggs, learn what al dente really means, and discover great grilling techniques. Whether you’re after the basics or elaborate ethnic flavors, a cooking class can spice up your life.



UP FRONT: People, Arts, Issues
Behind the Camera
by Andrea Lampros

Claire Burch has never been homeless. But she’s trained her camera on the lives of squatters, street people, and the mentally ill–getting closer to street life than most documentarians. Who is this Berkeley woman who’s spent a quarter-century chronicling life on the fringe?

Critic’s Choice for May: The Monthly’s picks for visual and performing arts: Hot new plays at Magic Theatre Alluring, imaginative flicks you won’t find at the multiplex Will Bernard at Yoshi’s The Trocks’ ballet parody gets the pointe Legal Show–artistic drama in the courthouse.

DINING GUIDE The Monthly’s menu of local restaurants.

MARKETPLACE The Monthly’s catalog of goods and services.

The Kilduff File: Son of Brown. Author Ethan Rarick pens a history of Pat Brown and a perspective of Jerry.
Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.


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