A DATE WITH HISTORY: Each inscription at Sivapuripatti tells a story from the past, about royal families, peasants, damsels and warriors. Photo: G. Moorthy
MADURAI, September 19, 2014

Where kings and traders paused to nap

“When Kulothunga Chola-I subjugated the Pandya kings in the 11th Century A.D., Jainism had taken roots in the Pandya country. A staunch saivaite, Kulothunga decided to resurrect the lost religion... »
ACHIEVER Bimla Chandrasekar (second from left), receiving SI Woman of the Year Award-2014 Photo: R. Ashok
MADURAI, September 18, 2014

On the road To gender equality

Though governments, civil societies, national and international organisations and individuals are doing their bit to push gender equality forward, there are still several areas that reflect the on... »
Ajaykumar, Chaatwallah. Photo: A. Shrikumar
MADURAI, September 17, 2014

I am… Ajaykumar, Chaatwallah

I am 22-years old and this is my first job. Everyday, I light the stove by 3 p.m. and serve chaat items to customers till 10 in the night. I was hired to run a small chaat stall attached to a fast... »
TO EMPOWER: Working towards gender equality.
MADURAI, September 17, 2014

Men too struggle for equality

For long activists have fought for the freedom and equality of women. But now there is a twist in the age old tale. Men and boys are also struggling for gender justice and giving them space is the... »
PACKING A PUNCH: Youngsters hooked into boxing. Photo: S. James
MADURAI, September 18, 2014

Finding Mary Koms

“Stand upright, hold your hands straight and bring your chins close to shoulders…Come on punch…”coach T.N. Chezhiyan eggs on the group of boxers at the MGR Stadium as they gear up for the State-le... »
CREATIVE TALENT: These women are the agents of change in the drought-prone hamlet in Sivaganga district. Photo: G. Moorthy
MADURAI, September 17, 2014

Art for living

On a scorching Sunday afternoon, a group of women from Nedumaram village huddle inside the Government complex. They assemble to make artefacts out of palm leaves. It is a joy to watch their finger... »
NOBLE SERVICE: Feeding the needy. Kishore (second from right) is the founder of Padikattugal.
MADURAI, September 17, 2014

Charity without the ‘selfies’

For the last three years, college students and young professionals in Madurai have been periodically donating rice and other grocery items to various orphanages and old age homes. But ‘bucket’ was... »

Devaraja Mudali Street in George Town packs in a vast variety of merchandise, and some unusual history to boot »

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Designer Gaurang Shah, known for his exquisitely woven saris, opens a store in the city »