Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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..

Kashmir in its pristine glory as autumn arrives (Travel Feature)
Srinagar | Sunday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
As turtle doves and pigeons compete with each other to the accompaniment of cicada's flattering music to pick the fallen grain left behind in paddy fields after harvesting, the message is loud and clear - autumn, Kashmir's golden brown season of plenty, h ... read..

Mumbai-born Mahesh Bindra hopes for 2nd term in NZ parliament (Diaspora Feature)
Chicago | Thursday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
With his first three-year term as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand behind him, Mumbai-born Mahesh Bindra is biding his time for the next phase of his engagement in his adopted country's public life. ... read..

A hijab-wearing Muslim bodybuilder breaks stereotypes in India (IANS Special Series)
Vadakara (Kerala) | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
When 23-year-old Majiziya Bhanu took to the stage to compete in the women's segment of the Mr Kerala competition in Kochi earlier this year, all eyes were on her -- never before had a bodybuilder wearing a hijab (Muslim head scarf) participated in the eve ... read..

From dance music to a vehicle of happiness, different ways to look at jazz (Music Feature)
Koktebel (Crimea) | Sunday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
Jazz -- a genre with the ability to embrace varied cultures -- has evolved exponentially in the past century-and-a-half and is today a major form of musical expression. But what is it that exactly gives a "jazzy characteristic" to a musical note? ... read..

How Delhi schools are revolutionising education, one teacher at a time (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Monday, 2018 11:50:53 AM IST
When Roshan Lal, a 40-year-old rickshawpuller, got his son Rakesh admitted to a government school in Delhi, all he wanted for him was to get a decent education. Since he could not afford to pay for a private school, all that was on his mind was that "gove ... read..

Smart City or Heritage City? That seems to be Agra's dilemma
Agra | Tuesday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
In the race for a Smart City tag, heritage structures in Agra are under threat, stakeholders say. The haphazard growth of urban clusters encroaching on the free space around monuments and the alarming rise in pollution levels have compelled rethinking whe ... read..

Vintage cameras, turn-of-the-century images on display in Delhi
New Delhi | Monday, 2018 2:45:04 PM IST
An exhibition of vintage cameras and some turn-of-the-century images that throw light upon the life of a former Nepalese Prime Minister opened for public viewing at the India Habitat Centre here on Monday. ... read..

Of travels, crime thrillers and a lifelong association: Vajpayee beyond-the-usual
New Delhi | Thursday, 2018 8:15:05 PM IST
"Between the guns and guards, there were two dogs called Sassy and Sophie who would run around the prime ministers house, and also Ritu, the cat," journalist Saba Naqvi writes in her recent book "Shades of Saffron" in describing Atal Bihari Vajpayees pers ... read..

Hindu migrants from Pakistan living a life of homeless wanderers, courtesy Indian red-tapism (Social Feature)
Jodhpur | Tuesday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
At a time when the world is battling one of its biggest refugee crises, India has its own share of the problem -- thousands of Hindu migrants from Pakistan remain stranded at this Rajasthan transit hub. They have been awaiting their citizenship papers for ... read..

Angels of hope: They make the poor and helpless aware of their rights (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
When Rambabu, a 27-year-old who worked in a ration shop in Patna, got to know he was suffering from brain tumor, he was devastated. But his nightmare was compounded when he travelled over a thousand kilometres in that condition to New Delhi for treatment ... read..

Inside an arts residency: How open spaces help young artists freely ideate
New Delhi | Monday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
A critical presence in an arts residency is a source of a counter opinion, and can be a real boon for young ideating artists, said Serendipity Arts Foundation Director Smriti Rajgarhia on housing a resident critic -- an under explored concept in the India ... read..

Vulnerable South Asian communities gear up to fight floods (Environment Feature)
Patna | Wednesday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
Vulnerable communities in four South Asian countries across the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region are hopeful and confident of fighting floods this monsoon, thanks to community-based flood early warning systems (CBFEWS). ... read..

How tribal women of Kanha are driving their own destiny (IANS Special Series)
Mukki (Madhya Pradesh) | Sunday, 2018 2:45:04 PM IST
Mukki zone in the famous Kanha National Park had been known throughout its recorded history to have been ruled by tigresses, rather than tigers. True to this legacy, tribal women of the Mukki zone are breaking conventional chains by taking over men-domina ... read..

Ramachandra Guha pens 'the most ambitious book' on Gandhi
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2018 1:45:04 PM IST
Renowned historian and author of several bestselling books, including the highly acclaimed "India After Gandhi" and "India Before Gandhi", Ramachandra Guha has penned a new book on the father of the nation, which has just gone to the press and will be out ... read..

Man Booker longlist captures a world on the brink
London | Tuesday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
From a staggering 171 submissions -- the highest number of titles put forward in the Man Booker Prize's 50 year history -- 13 novels, which capture facets of a world on the brink, have been longlisted for the 2018 edition of the much-coveted 50,000 pound ... read..

Not easy to embrace diverse perspectives in a country of strong opinions: Publisher Meru Gokhale
New Delhi | Sunday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST
India is the second-largest English-language publishing market in the world and Penguin Random House India, a major player in the sector, publishes more than 200 books a year. But Meru Gokhale, it's editor-in-chief, says it is not always easy to publish m ... read..

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