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In sand, the grain of life

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Confessions of a woman World Cup football fan

Of balancing work, life, child and late-night game schedules »

For a blueprint to fight poverty and hunger

We need a National Authority on Hunger Elimination, with adequate funds and exclusive powers, administrative and financial »

Why no experience could really be a bad experience

I was a student at IIT Kharagpur when I received my first interview call, from Siemens. The interview was scheduled for March 30, 1971 in the company’s office in Baroda (now Vadodara). I was natur... »
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Not a spoon, show me the tap

It’s crazy how difficult it is to find restaurants that read “Indian” in India. Especially in the metros, where you can easily spot Chinese, American, Italian, Mexican, Thai and a myriad other cui... »
July 13, 2014

Watching life go round

I’m fortunate to live in a bungalow that boasts a tucked-away portico in the rear, from where I can observe the world while not being visible to it, seated among a hundred potted plants which nestl... »
July 13, 2014

Long live the good samaritans

In August 2013, I was driving home with my family and dad when the car hit a culvert and fell 15 feet into knee-deep water, upside down. I had dozed off momentarily. When I felt sleepy I had stoppe... »
July 6, 2014

The blame for litter

Imagine standing at any of the international airports in India and asking those Indians who are returning from abroad a simple question: “How did you find the city or cities that you have been to?”... »
July 6, 2014

In defence of the men and their mean machines

Dear Careless Pedestrian, This is in reply to your letter, published on June 29, Open Page. Though you call yourself an »
July 6, 2014

The Railways need surgery

A passenger who travelled overnight by sleeper class got down in the morning from the Tirunelveli Express with a bleeding ear lobe thanks to a rat’s mischief, newspapers reported. We have been read... »
June 29, 2014

Layers, still more layers: the governance conundrum

Narendra Modi has so far tried to follow his mantra of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance in the process of Ministry-formation, by restricting the numbers. He has done away with the Gro... »
June 29, 2014

Planning ahead and getting set for retirement

D-day for those in employment is normally their date of retirement. Given the present-day working environment with increasing workload and reduced manpower, it is not uncommon to see people just t... »
June 22, 2014

Between the trains and the airplanes

I love airplane journeys. It may be because it gets you from Point A to Point B with minimum wear and tear.Within India, for an Indian, of course air is the best way to travel. You can have... »
July 13, 2014

Goodbye Orkut

People often fell in love and out of love in that land called Orkut. Some of them spent virtually every waking moment there. All this was of course a few years back. Then, a flashier world appeared... »
THE MAGIC: Whether the tea in Pune is so special is debatable, but the charm of those petite, usually cramped places serving the beverage is indisputable
July 13, 2014

Deccan odyssey: from Pune to Bangalore

You feel something akin to first love, to the city where you had your college education and where you indulged in youthful misadventures. It’s an indelible mark. That was Pune for me. Many an irkso... »
July 6, 2014

Pigtails and other focus areas

The school where my daughter goes to is really into discipline this year, and hence they concentrate on black bands and black slides. The prime issue now is whether girls divide their hair into two... »
July 6, 2014

Rigmarole for a driving licence renewal

It was the D-month for my driving licence renewal. I had heard rumours that this was a breeze of a process, with an online portal and new technology in place. Promptly, I went to the website of the... »
June 29, 2014

Zen and the art of driving to Neyyattinkara

I commute regularly from Thiruvananthapuram to Neyyattinkara, a municipal town further south of Kerala’s capital city, towards its southern border with Tamil Nadu. I use one of many modes to get t... »
June 29, 2014

Fitness isn’t a gym member

I have lost count of the number of people I have met at parties, reunion events and at the office, pointing at their not-so-fit bodies with a certain nonchalance that is unforgivable. Of... »
June 29, 2014

A plea from a hapless pedestrian

Dear SUV man: You have a very nice and sturdy vehicle. I’ve hardly seen a finer automobile ever before. And I’m certain you take a great deal of care of this magnificent vehicle you own.... »
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Editor’s Note: Submissions on the Open Page are the extended comments of readers and in no way do they reflect the views of The Hindu.... »