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In search of slate

Writing slates, which were once an important educational tool in primary schools, are becoming a thing of the past »
Toddler

The recovery daze

When flu lingers and boredom strikes... »
Young footballers all set for the training at Poojappura Maidan. Photo: Athira M.

Aiming for the big league

A group of football enthusiasts have kicked off a programme to train students to play ball »
Garbage being burnt in open causing health problems in the nearby areas. Photo: V. Sudershan Capital Check

What rubbish!

Calls for Swachh Bharat notwithstanding, the country's Capital doesn't present a pretty sight »
Illustration by P. Manivannan
November 26, 2014
Man and machine

When two wheels steer a car

Do you miss the drive for the driver? Do you watch his every move? ‘Slow down!’ ‘Speed breaker ahead!’ ‘Pothole! Pothole!’ ‘Focus on the road!’ Do you speak only such language while travelling in a... »
Govind, Flute seller. Photo: A. Shrikumar
MADURAI, November 26, 2014

I am... Govind

Occupation: Flute seller I lost my father when I was 10 years old. I started earning from then on. Four years ago I took the train to Madurai, leaving behind my mother and younger... »
Huzur Gardens
November 25, 2014
CITY EXPLORER

A rare amalgamation

“I've often seen a cat without a grin, but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!” I know exactly how Alice felt. You can have manufacturing sheds without gree... »
Daniel Fernandes: Laughathon. Photo: Ananthan
COIMBATORE, November 24, 2014

Laughs, giggles and some serious fun

A laugh fest is to be watched and enjoyed, not written about. How does one even begin to translate those one-liners, repartees and memorable insults into words? But, we are going to try in all ser... »
A view of the Maulana Azad Library at Aligarh Muslim Univrersity in Aligarh. Students are busy in preparing for their examination. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
November 23, 2014

Beyond book learning

Like the rest of India, Aligarh is also witnessing a churning of different opinions, dialects and discourses. Gender discourse is a major ingredient in this churning, and political correctness has... »
At Harvest Fresh Farm, Thekkady
Kochi, November 23, 2014

Under the trees, doing nothing

Anu Mathew says in all seriousness, “people come here to do nothing”.She is speaking about the guests who arrive at her farm, Philipkutty’s Farm, near Kumarakom. This Italian concept of doing noth... »
chennai, November 22, 2014
confessions of an anonymous woman

Living a life of lies

The national debate on television, on rape, warms my heart. I feel happy that I have lived to see this day when it is dissected and discussed openly. For a rape victim, all those years ago, survivi... »
chennai, November 22, 2014
joan of snark

Help me! I’m a woman

It looks like the makers of Barbie can never get anything right: if it wasn’t the disproportionately designed Barbie doll, it was the accompanying baby pink kitchen or the laundromat or even the Ke... »
A JOURNEY IN TIME The Nanjundapuram Road PHOTO: K. ANANTHAN
COIMBATORE, November 21, 2014

Adieu, old friend

I fell in love for the first time when I was 10. With a village called Nanjundapuram. It was the last day of school and Appa had come by in his off-white Lambretta to take me back home. We made th... »
MODERN TAKE: Traditional yet contemporary crafts
November 21, 2014

The genie in the lamp

When Aladdin’s mother rubs the lamp to clean it, a genie appears. Cleansing to revitalise is symbolic of discovering the true worth of something old and precious. Today’s young entrepreneurs are p... »

Of job, darkness, friends and travel

How did 'Lingaa' come to Rajinikanth?

Getting personal

Life skills that pet ownership can teach children

Making a difference: Shelter of Compassion

From the other side of the prism

Showcasing inclusiveness

They have to belong to humankind

Celebrate animals' cause with charity calendars 2015
November 26, 2014

Pet pals

Charity calendars 2015 If you’re looking to get yourself (or someone else) a gift that also helps a furry friend in need, check out some of the calendars on offer for 2015.... »
Joseph Anthony
Photo: Liza George
Thiruvananthapuram, November 26, 2014

I am…Joseph Anthony

Occupation: Fisherman I just got back from the sea on my catamaran by myself. The catch was rather dismal this morning. I will go back later. This catch will mostly be for home. I... »
Lad Bazaar against the setting sun. Photo: G.Ramakrishna
HYDERABAD, November 25, 2014

A guided tour into a maze

Space is a scarce commodity in the vicinity of Charminar. Navigating through the maze of roads requires special skill. One needs to be careful to not tread on anyone’s toes and ensure one doesn’t... »
RJ Giri Giri and Thiyagu. PHOTO: V GANESAN
November 24, 2014

Ruling the airwaves

Inside the eerily-silent studios of Big FM (92.7), far above the milling Nungambakkam traffic, RJ Giri Giri turns into a king. His colleague, Thiyagu, transforms into his minister and trus... »
‘Hamara Bajaj’ — a campaign that fuelled pride in a brand that was Indian and aspired to be global player
November 23, 2014

Driven by nationalism

Long before ‘Shining India’ or ‘Make In India’ took root, there was ‘Hamara Bajaj’ — a campaign that fuelled pride in a brand that was Indian and aspired to be global player. Here was a campaign t... »
chennai, November 22, 2014

For the love of the game

Karthik is in his element on the tennis court. As the photographer asks him to play certain shots, he takes pride in knowing exactly what is expected of him. A casual observer might think that he i... »
chennai, November 22, 2014

The autorickshaw’s ancestor

The state government is involved in yet another struggle to bring the autorickshaw drivers of our city under control. All this brings to mind the two-century-long battle that Madras fought against... »
chennai, November 21, 2014

One pen to rule them all

Needless hipsterism has been slowly creeping into our lives, whether it’s vintage cameras, moustache icons on clothes, cassette tapes and vinyl records, thick, oversized glasses, or an unhealthy o... »
IT professionals at an office in the city. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
November 21, 2014

Start, strive and succeed

Study, get a degree, go through campus recruitment, work a couple of years, get MBA, write bank test and get a ‘stable’ job (usually rendering earlier degree useless in process), and work for the r... »
Denzil Fernandez at work. Photo: K. Ragesh
KOZHIKODE, November 21, 2014

I am... Denzil Fernandez

Occupation: Tailor specialising in men’s clothing “My father was a tailor who mostly made suits and I followed when family circumstances forced me to take charge. In my father’s time, sui... »

Impressive bargains

Home is where the heart is

Games people play

Sharp and succinct

I am… Anil Kumar, Boatman

Pit and power

Last boatman standing

The sweat way to success