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Ploughing on

The NGO Kudumbam has focused on the development of the rural family and sustainable farming since its establishment in 1982 »
Jayamalini belongs to the Narikuravar community

A moving story

Akila Kannadasan spends a day travelling on suburban trains with Jayamalini, who sells beads, baubles and bands »
ON WINGS OF CHANGE Singanallur Lake and its inhabitants PHOTOS: SATHYA NAARAYAN.GV, K. ANANTHAN AND APPAVU PAVENDHAN

Singanallur Lake: Making waves

Has Singanallur Lake turned the corner at last? As it gets a new look and is rid of most of the water hyacinth, environmentalists sound a note of caution – the lake and the bird life it supports can s... »
Vaishna Roy Woman, uninterrupted

The smell of hypocrisy

I have been out of commission a couple of weeks now with a gammy shoulder and the doctor irately telling me to stay away from the computer or else. So I have read. And one of the books I pick... »
January 25, 2015

Down Memory Lane: Midwives and the harem rulers

Macduff, the Thane of Fife was pulled out of his dead mother’s womb and lived to kill Macbeth. Akbar the Great was born in the desert of Umarkot after his mother, the teenaged Hamida Banu Begum was... »
Lithograph of Fort St. George
January 25, 2015

Madras miscellany: ‘The Father of the Congress’

It’s Republic Day today, but to me today is the day a united India was born, the day when the whole country became a political unity, which it wasn’t on Independence Day, when several prin... »
Theatre taught me how to live, how to mobilise people and work for the society, says Ramakrishna. Photo: Sudhakara Jain
January 25, 2015

I am...B.G. Ramakrishna

My family is from Jaldigere, a village in Tumkur district. My parents migrated to Bangalore during the drought. I was born and brought up in Bangalore. Ours is basically an agricultural family and... »
The OpenLab board
January 23, 2015

Plug in to Possibility

The difficulties that students of engineering colleges face have oft been documented. Besides references of outdated syllabi there is also the disturbing trend of students getting projects done fro... »
Shyam J.
Thiruvananthapuram, January 23, 2015
Cityzen

Of flying, spiders, fame and life

Shyam J. Government employee, 35 What is your most prized possession? My daughter, Laya. If you were granted a wish, what... »
January 23, 2015

Joan of Snark: Pac(k)-woman

While packing for a trip (although, when this comes out I’ll be ready to come back home), I realised that 2014 was the year I travelled the most. Just to brag, I started the year in Singapore, the... »
RIDING TO GLORY A participant at the YCSP event.
January 23, 2015

Power girls

Down the ages girls in our society have been regarded as subservient to boys. In many houses boys are allowed to ride mobikes or scooters when they turn teenagers, while girls are only expected t... »
January 22, 2015
Santha Says

2015 or 1995??

If the 60s are the 40s then we are celebrating India’s 47th Republic Day and we can still plan the next 50 years and more. In 1995 there was no Cyberabad and the farthest point that side was maybe... »
Nihar Ranjan, District Forest Officer. Photo: R. Ashok
MADURAI, January 22, 2015

The jungle man of Madurai

“Sadly, their wings were clipped. I hope they will grow back soon,” says Nihar Ranjan, IFS, the District Forest Officer (DFO) of Madurai, of the 17 parakeets he and his team recently rescued from... »
DEPICTION ON DEVOTION: A screen grab from the documentary
January 21, 2015

Tracing the roots of the Tamil God

“Is there something called Tamil religion?” asks Dr. V.A. Vidya, Academic Director, CM (Chella Meenakshi) Centre for Educational Research and services. Noting how the north has Ram and Krishna whil... »

The fun school for tiny kids

Hashim Vallakkadavu

Stress management for dogs

A toddler’s retreat

Her climb to success

Making a mockery of satire

I am... M. Kerala Kumari

Of peace, hugs, hard work, road trips and contentment

January 25, 2015
Seaside stories

The kite fliers of Marina

The paper leaps like a wild horse in the wind. Saravanan tames it — he holds down one edge with his left hand and folds the corner of the other with his right. A slice is torn off to make a perfect... »
January 25, 2015
Conversations with self

What is true generosity?

Arjuna once confronted Lord Krishna and asked him “Why do people call Karna generous? I think I am equally so, if not more.” Lord Krishna smiled and told Arjuna that he would give Arjuna a simple... »
Every citizen has a role to play in the betterment of a society. Photo: G. Sribharath
January 25, 2015

Be the change you want to see

Another Republic Day is here already and patriotism somehow manifests on days like this when we watch the parade on the telly or perhaps go on a patriotic movie marathon. However, more often than n... »
George Jacob's century-old house on Punnen Road in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: Saraswathy Nagarajan
Thiruvananthapuram, January 23, 2015
Living spaces

Standing the test of time

This small house on Punnen Road exists in the shadow of high-rises that seem to be breathing down its neck. But exist it does, for more than 100 years now. Built in the traditional vernacular a... »

January 23, 2015

Confessions of an anonymous woman: The voices in my head won’t stop

“Never again wear vulgar dresses to school. You will face the consequences if you do,” a rough voice spoke at the other end of the telephone line. And she slammed the phone down. I was shivering —... »
World Toilet Organisation founder Jack Sim.
January 23, 2015

A crisis of cleanliness

With India set to become the most populous nation by 2028, an urgent need to build toilets for its burgeoning population, especially in the rural belt, is being felt. As this issue is in consonance... »
January 22, 2015

Buy bakes for stray love

Bakers of Bengaluru are coming out in support of stray dogs of the city. At an event titled the “Republic of Dogs Bake Sale”, volunteer home bakers are baking up a storm of cupcakes, brow... »
The Mill Hall where the art show is on. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
January 22, 2015

The many twists to the mill

Goan artist Diptej Vernekar’s mixed-media installation ‘Imprints of Past 2014’ in Janela, an ongoing show, has uncanny concurrence with its setting in Mill Hall in Kombaramukku, Mattancherr... »
Thirty-six questions that map your emotions. Photo: special arrangement
January 21, 2015

He loves me, he loves me not

He leaves his chicken steak aside and sits up straight looking like a convict at a court hearing.  I have just sprung The Love Game Quiz upon my unsuspecting date. Thirty-six questions stand betw... »
Thangapandi, Goli soda seller
January 21, 2015
I am...

Thangapandi, Goli soda seller

Winters don’t fetch good business for me. Summer is the time when people throng my shop for goli sodas. I have 35 years of experience in making goli sodas. I worked at Mapillai Vinayagar, the famo... »

Weathering water woes

Fear of driving can be good for you

It is time to bliss out

I am... Nethravathy

Library on the move

Will you fly into my balcony?

Streamline and celebrate

The power of the water packet