COVER

Inside the Autistic Mind (Cover Story)

A wealth of new brain research—and poignant testimony from people who have autism—is lifting the veil on this mysterious condition

ASIA

The Death of Peace

Fighting between the government and the rebel Tigers is intensifying. How did Sri Lanka come back to the brink?

GLOBAL ADVISER

Lounging Around (Time Traveler)

Airport lounges upgrade to a higher class of living

Dance of Life (Curtain Raiser)

A new tour celebrates the captivating endurance of an American legend

Going South (Check In)

Forget boring business hotels—all-suite indulgence is the way to go in Jakarta's Kemang Icon

High Spirits (Grapevine)

Tequila gets an upmarket makeover

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Man of the People (Books)

Samrat Upadhyay's new collection of short stories goes beyond conflict to reveal Nepal's human face

BRIEFING

Mountain of Fire (Notebook)

Merapi holds a sacred—and deadly—significance for the villagers who seek its protection

Thailand Abhors a Vacuum (Notebook)

A new election date and speculation of a Thaksin comeback may send the country back to square one

Letters (Notebook)

A New Generation of Pioneers