Tuesday, March 19, 2019

How a chance meeting with PM inspired this Grammy winner to dedicate music to environment (IANS Special Series)
Bengaluru | Sunday, 2019 6:15:05 PM IST
A chance meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2015 in New Delhi inspired Bengaluru-based Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej to dedicate his life and music to the cause of environment. ... read..

Gurugram artists create eye-opening art installations from plastic trash
Gurugram | Wednesday, 2019 5:45:05 PM IST
"For one sip of water, we create permanent plastic junk," artist Arunkumar H.G. remarked about 100-ml bottles that are part of our high-consumption lifestyle. ... read..

Chef Hermann Grossbichler's 25-year romance with India (Societal Feature)
New Delhi | Monday, 2019 12:45:05 PM IST
He was born and trained in Austria, spent time in Switzerland where he developed a likeness for Italian cuisine, travelled the world in a cruise liner and eventually began a 25-year-romance with India that continues to this day. For Chef Hermann Grossbich ... read..

No substitute for great storytelling: Debutant novelist
New Delhi | Saturday, 2019 4:15:05 PM IST
Publishing one's first novel is often more complicated than what the process may seem but Neel Mullick, whose "Dark Blossom" -- endorsed by veteran writer Ruskin Bond -- has just hit the stands, says that there is "no substitute for great storytelling". ... read..

How art is reforming prisoners, giving them second chance at life (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2019 10:45:04 AM IST
One often thinks of Indian prisons as dingy, cramped cells with their mean and often dehumanised inmates waiting for redemption. So it comes as a surprise when a group of prisoners takes to stage and gets applauded for performing a play written by Rabindr ... read..

TV-time in class? Textbooks come alive in Gujarat's schools (Educational Feature)
Bhuj (Gujarat) | Friday, 2019 1:15:04 PM IST
In a small school near Bhuj in Gujarat, a group of class five students sit attentively in class, their eyes glued to an LCD screen. The opened science books on their laps have come alive on the screen before them, as an animated character explains the nua ... read..

Adopt an animal at Tripura Zoo (Societal Feature)
Agartala | Thursday, 2019 3:45:04 PM IST
Ever dreamt of adopting a lion, a crocodile or a Himalayan black bear or any wild animal? ... read..

Kolkata takes on Jaipur in literary face-off
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2019 12:15:04 PM IST
For five days every January the Pink City of Jaipur becomes the centre of attraction as literary stalwarts from India and abroad assemble in huge numbers -- spanning languages, genres and themes -- to participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). T ... read..

One hour a day can change your life: Robin Sharma (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2019 11:45:05 AM IST
Private lessons that leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma has been imparting to billionaires and celebrities have now found their way into his new book "The 5 AM Club", which the globally renowned author of "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", ... read..

Ganga synonymous with threshold of afterlife, says new book
New Delhi | Sunday, 2019 12:45:05 PM IST
As millions of devotees continue to gather in the Kumbh nagri to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers, a timely book throws light on the "divine purity" of the Ganga, with its findings suggesting that th ... read..

Sample West Coast cuisine in heart of Delhi (Foodie Trail-Delhi)
New Delhi | Friday, 2019 7:15:11 PM IST
Be it Nandu Puttu (crab), Attirachi Kurumelagu (lamb pepper masala) or Pomfret Kalwan (Goan pomfret curry), there is much that eateries along NH-66, the 1,622 km long national highway that connects Kanyakumari to Panvel in Maharashtra, have to tickle your ... read..

To clean Goa beaches, this 'waste-bar' exchanges cigarette butts, used straws for beer (IANS Special Series)
Panaji | Sunday, 2019 2:15:04 PM IST
You could be fined Rs 2,000 for drinking beer on a Goa beach, but thanks to an innovative green initiative, 10 beer bottle caps or 20 used cigarette butts can fetch you a beer in Goa, if you exchange them at a pop-up waste-bar. The idea is to engage beach ... read..

This Bengal teacher collects, cooks food to feed the impoverished (IANS Special Series)
Kolkata | Sunday, 2019 2:15:04 PM IST
While the habit of wasting food at festivities, parties or even at household dinners has become an increasingly callous trend in urban living, a computer science teacher from West Bengal's Asansol is working diligently to put a leash on food wastage and s ... read..

A school that challenged the claustrophobic orthodoxy of 'purdah' (IANS Special Series)
Jaipur | Sunday, 2019 4:15:04 PM IST
Located in the heart of the capital of Rajasthan, this all-girls school, started by an erstwhile queen, began a silent revolution in 1943 when the region was steeped in the claustrophobic orthodoxy of the purdah' system for women. ... read..

Swimming camels, mangrove islands of Kutch face mounting challenges (Feature)
Bhuj (Gujarat) | Thursday, 2019 1:45:34 PM IST
In the land of contrasts that Kutch is, winter is the lean feeding season for its unique breed of Kharai camels. These camels, unlike the kind most of us are familiar with, are typically dependent on the mangroves for their food, and during monsoons, they ... read..

Woman acid attack survivor turns saviour for burn victims (IANS Special Series)
Bengaluru | Sunday, 2019 3:15:04 PM IST
Even 12 years after she survived an acid attack by a jilted lover during a train journey to Delhi from her hometown Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in April 2006, Pragya Singh remains a beacon of hope for scores of such burn victims. The 35-year-old gritty Prag ... read..

How an all-women driving school is giving wings to women (IANS Special Series)
Mathura/Agra | Sunday, 2018 10:45:05 AM IST
On any busy traffic crossing in the historic Mughal city of Agra, one would be surprised to see the number of women on two-wheelers. Not only young girls, but more and more middle-aged women, including housewives, are now seen enjoying their new-found fre ... read..

Breaking the glass ceiling in a male world: How an all-women construction group built a Kerala house (IANS Special Series)
Thodupuzha (Kerala) | Sunday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST
In a small, tucked-away village in Kerala stands a 475-square feet house which is known across the region not because of who owns it, but because of those who built it. And it's not a building constructed by some famous architect but by a group of 20 dail ... read..

Returning the favour: A unique educational experiment in Madhya Pradesh's tiger country (IANS Special Series)
Mukki (Madhya Pradesh) | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
Six-year-old Vinannya Uikey wakes up excited every morning to go to school where she can not only learn new things about the world but also play with fascinating toys. What's different about Vinannya compared to the millions of other school children in In ... read..

Kunming: The city of eternal spring (Travelogue)
Kunming (China) | Friday, 2018 12:45:05 PM IST
Covered with blossoming flowers and lush vegetation and blessed with a salubrious climate throughout the year, the city of Kunming, the capital of the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, is a tourist's delight. ... read..

How their jewellery-making skill is empowering women of the forest (IANS Special Series)
Bandha Tola (Kanha Tiger Reserve) | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
Dependent on the forest for their day-to-day needs, women of Bandha Tola faced an uncertain future when their whole village, along with hundreds of other such Baiga tribal villages, was moved out of their traditional habitat in the jungles of this famous ... read..

A philanthropist's mission: Giving dignity to the homeless and abandoned (IANS Special Series)
Gurugram | Sunday, 2018 1:45:05 PM IST
When his single mother could not take care of the mentally-challenged boy Rinku, she brought him to a homeless shelter in Bhandwari village on the outskirts of bustling Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon), one of India's fastest-growing cities and home to scores ... read..

Phool Waalon Ki Sair: An offering of communal unity at altar of secular India (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
When Syed Fariddudin Qutbi, the "khadim" (attendant) of the shrine of 13th century sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki in Meharauli, stepped out after offering a floral "chhatra" (a flower-embellished umberella) at the ancient Yogmaya temple located at a s ... read..

Sydney: A vibrant city at ease with multiculturalism (Travelogue)
New Delhi | Thursday, 2018 2:15:04 PM IST
One of the abiding pleasures of travel is that it never ceases to surprise. And so it was in Sydney when on my way to catch a bus I heard a name that rung a bell -- Dave Sharma. It turned out to be a fascinating story of a recent trip that gave a glimpse ... read..

Empowering children to be future civic leaders (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
While kids of their age were busy playing, 12-year-olds Jatin, Vikas and Ritesh joined hands to resolve the problem of garbage disposal and the unhealthy living conditions in their working-class neighbourhood in Shiv Vihar in north Delhi. At the same time ... read..

Unique Mumbai cafe helps staffers overcome disabilities (IANS Special Series)
Mumbai | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
It was barely three months ago that a US-returned medico started a small cafe in upscale Juhu as a unique venture -- employing mostly those who suffer from various developmental disabilities. Now, Cafe Arpan has gained huge popularity -- among patrons, ma ... read..

A library run by industrial workers means world of change for children (IANS Special Series)
Ludhiana (Punjab) | Sunday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
At first look, it is just another small room with one wall almost crumbling. But this 25-square yard space means the world for children of factory workers and labourers in Punjab's industrial hub Ludhiana. ... read..

What a woman! She battled personal odds to become crusader against child marriages (IANS Special Series)
Jaipur | Sunday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST
Her struggle for survival began even before she was born. Her own family members wanted to kill her in her mother's womb after her father abandoned them. Rajasthan-based Kriti Bharti had been fighting ever since -- which eventually led her to battle for t ... read..

In changing times, women idol makers make their presence felt, battle hardship, (Societal Feature)
Kolkata | Friday, 2018 12:15:05 PM IST
Walking cautiously along the narrow lanes of Kumartuli, the traditional sculpting hub and potters' lane in north Kolkata, one can easily locate the few women idol makers who have carved a niche for themselves in a world hitherto dominated by men. ... read..

Emerging voices preferred over veterans in India's richest literary prize shortlist
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
Veteran writers, including Nayantara Sahgal, Kiran Nagarkar and Jeet Thayil have been overlooked by the jury of the inaugural edition of the Rs 25 lakh JCB Prize for Literature, whose shortlist, announced Wednesday, features novels by five writers who the ... read..

Babar Ali's inspiring story: How a nine-year-old's zeal brought education to Bengal's poor (IANS Special Series)
Murshidabad (West Bengal) | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
Walking home from school in a small town in West Bengal, a nine-year-old boy saw some of his friends work as rag-pickers. The thought that his companions were unable to study like him because they were poor so agonised the young Babar Ali that he decided ... read..

In former Maoist citadel, Jharkhand government instils hope (Development Feature)
Latehar (Jharkhand) | Thursday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST
Located in the hilly and forested terrains of Jhumra Pahar, Sarju village in Garu Tehsil of this district was, till a few years ago, known as a "Maoist citadel". Now it is development that is talk of the area. ... read..

In India, we need education in culinary skills: Chef Manjit Gill (IANS Interview)
Chandigarh | Thursday, 2018 12:45:05 PM IST
Going to the extent of suggesting that children should be allowed to mess with the cooking and connect emotionally with the food they eat, well-known Chef Manjit Gill feels it is important to "understand our food". ... read..

Matka Man: From London to Delhi on a thirst-quenching mission (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
On a scorching summer day, the likes of which are plentiful in Delhi, what one needs most is a glass of water to quench one's thirst, more so for those who toil in the unbearable heat to earn their livelihoods. The hundreds of civic workers, rickshaw pull ... read..

Four women in shortlist of six for Man Booker 2018
London | Thursday, 2018 3:45:05 PM IST
Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson were announced on Thursday as the six authors shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. ... read..

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