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Angela was in Chennai for a workshop conducted by the Madras Dyselxia Association | Pics: P Jawahar

Ever heard of Positive Dyslexia? It's real and can help your kid fight mental illness 

Angela Fawcett, one of the pioneers in Dyslexia research and Vice-President of British Dyslexia Association says it is a creative therapy that is suited for dyslexic kids because of their imagination

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07 Dec 2017

This TFI fellow kills gender disparity in Hyderabad by fusing frisbees with theatre!
 

The students of Siddhartha High School learn lessons of gender disparity a little differently than regular children — and it's all thanks to Sashank Vissa's awesome new curriculum  

 

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07 Dec 2017
Students of Sri Siddhartha High School during their performance
The game was launched on December 1 by the Indian Navy

Move over Ghazi, Indian Navy launches mobile war game to get students to sign up

The Navy got app developers Jesiel Creations to create the game — which doesn't just let you captain a ship and sink enemies, but also quizzes you on Navy trivia to win additional ammo

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06 Dec 2017

These tribal teens in Odisha escaped child marriage. Now, they're helping others beat it

Teens from Odisha shared their story at a community radio programme organised recently by Unicef along with SOVA, a voluntary organisation that had stopped 20 child marriages in past two years

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06 Dec 2017
According to a representative from SOVA, a voluntary organisation, Most of the child marriages go unreported | Representative image
The team has successfully planned over 5k surprises, with over 4k happy customers

Yay! These surprise planners are putting smiles on cancer patients' faces

Surprise! This small bunch is all about making memories, not just for themselves, but for others too.  Sakthivel Panneerselvam, Co-founder of The6.in tells us more on their surprise planning business

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04 Dec 2017

'Kakoos' cameraman is now going across TN to educate manual scavengers' kids using art

Palani Kumar, who shot the controversial documentary with Divya Bharathi, says that he was so moved by the lives of manual scavengers' children that he is starting this project to help them out

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04 Dec 2017
This Madurai-born photographer discovered that his love for children was intense when he started working with a group of youngsters
The court lashed out at the child's group for showing no remorse or empathy to rescued kids | Kevin Frayer/ AP (representative image)

Delhi HC furious after CWC accused of allowing cops to beat rescued kids

The child welfare committee has also been accused of harassment by two external groups, including a legal body

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03 Dec 2017

From Kashmiris to Rohingyas, how this DU student is conducting peace-and-art workshops in conflict zones

Saumya gets candid about Youth For Peace International and conducting peace workshops for the Rohingya refugees

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02 Dec 2017
YFPI now has 15 permanent volunteers
The museum also has touch devices that flash information about the models

NASA too far? Head to this new space gallery at the Bengaluru museum 

The Space and Technology Gallery at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum also has several models  of satellites launched by India and a replica of the space station at Sriharikota

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01 Dec 2017

Remember Mathew Jose aka the 'Paperman'? He just got an invite from Barack Obama

You probably know that Mathew Jose is synonymous with his start-up Paperman. here's the next big thing that he's doing - he's been invited to meet Barack Obama at his Town Hall

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29 Nov 2017
Paperman holds something unique called Trash funding where you can donate using waste at home
Public discussions and meetng others with similar goals helps in the journey

Taking your weight-loss plan public to social media could actually help you lose the extra kgs: Study

It found that virtual support communities offer an environment that allows members relative anonymity, accessibility, availability and flexibility in how they represent themselves on their journey

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29 Nov 2017

This DU student's film on Rohingyas uses ants to explain the crisis like never before

Originally from Alappuzha, Anson's film Upavahana will earn the ire of the ABVP ahead of the SC ruling on Dec 5 as it explains how Rohingyas are the victims. But he isn't worried  

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28 Nov 2017
The Rohingyas may seem forgotten to most of the world, but this DU student is making sure their story doesn't end just yet
A few children with cleft lips before the operation

These people are putting a smile on the faces of Indian kids with cleft lips

Akila Bharatha Mahila Seva Samaja currently concentrates on helping children getting rid of their cleft lips — this can transform the lives and faces children as they grow older

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27 Nov 2017

This 24-year-old is building the world's cheapest toilets in the remotest regions of India

This social entrepreneur from Gujarat is coming up with innovative ways of waste recycling and is building toilets using this waste

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27 Nov 2017
Toilet made using P-blocks manufactured by Binish's company
The workshops are usually conducted once a week for six weeks

These Chennai girls started a forum for disabled artists and kids to exhibit their art, called Kairassi

Kairassi, founded by three young women, started as a forum for disabled artists and has since extended to conducting art workshops for kids with disabilities

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26 Nov 2017

These people are bringing Kashmiri students blinded by pellets back to school. Here's how 

The students in the valley have grown up seeing the terror and have even lost their eyes to it but the dedicated members of National Association for the Blind want to bring the light back

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25 Nov 2017
Their biggest and recent victory is Insha Mushtaq — the face of the pellet victims of 2016 — finishing her X board exam recently | Pic courtesy: Twitter
Paul has extensively participated in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and has campaigned for cleanliness in two expeditions| PTI

Paraplegic Limca Record holder from Delhi to travel 3,500 KM in six days for a second attempt

During the journey, Paul, whose life changed after a road accident in 2012 will raise awareness about troubles faced by specially-abled people in public places through his campaign "Accessible India"

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24 Nov 2017

How cancer pushed Aashim Joy to organise stem cell donor drives across India

Aashim Joy is in the remission stage of lymphoblastic leukemia. Right now, he is conducting drives asking people to be stem cell donors

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24 Nov 2017
Aashim's cancer is in its remission stage
Simply being SIdds' cover is inspired from a real-life incident where he actually did pose with his gold medal and Dr Kalam in 2008 |MotivateMe.in

How Abdul Kalam inspired Sidds to dream beyond his cerebral palsy and love his life

A public speaker and Credit Specialist, Sidds is a man who is not letting his condition get in the way — something he proves with his first book Simply Being Sidds 

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22 Nov 2017

Bare it in Bihar: Teachers miffed over duty to monitor, photograph people defecating in the open 

Bihar is quite focused on achieving an open defecation free status impacted by the idea of NaMo's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and CM Nitish Kumar's Seven Resolves

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22 Nov 2017
The teachers have been asked to click pictures and monitor nearby wards twice a day (representative image) | downtoearth.org.in
Pankaj Chandra during the launch of his book

What knowledge does a politician have to choose a VC, asks AU VC Pankaj Chandra

The former IIM director talks about how higher education in India is characterised by corruption, nepotism and student violence and this has led to a failing that runs deep in India's edu system

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22 Nov 2017

This Chennai artist just protested GST on pads in the artsiest way possible. And it's RAD!

The 24-year old was a mechanical engineering student but has always been passionate about art and is now pursuing it as a career — and his GST piece is simply stunning

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22 Nov 2017
The bloody GST piece de resistance | Facebook
Employees at the store counting the coins | Pic courtesy: Yash Avasthi

#SiblingGoals: This 13-year-old saved 62k in COINS and bought a bike for his sister

It was a festival and her birthday that encouraged Yash to gift a scooter to her sister who is studying in 12th standard 

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21 Nov 2017

How Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is getting IIT students to clean up Chennai's water bodies
 

With a six-step process in place, this initiative wants to engage volunteers and the community to revive the water bodies of Chennai   

 

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18 Nov 2017
Volunteers at work
Edudharma could be the answer to your fee woes

Edudharma is India's first crowd-funding platform for students who need funds to study. These are the Coimbatoreans who floated this awesome site

Edudharma is unique because they ensure the money donors give actually goes to the institutions that the students study at, thus ensuring there is complete transparency

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16 Nov 2017

Now, kids can learn Math through Motion Comics courtesy Bengaluru-based start-up Cuemath

The stories have been designed for classes K to 8 and have stories that are divided into three levels ranging from pre-primary, primary and middle school up to class 8

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16 Nov 2017
Cuemath wants to give kids an alternative way of looking at and understanding the subject | Cuemath
Physics professor Noah Eastman with his students in Karimganj, Assam

This Vellore Physics professor taught a class of tribal 12th-graders in rural Assam for a week and now he's lost his heart to them

Noah Eastman is a professor at Voorhees College and an MCC alumnus, and was invited to teach a school in Assam for a week and he can't wait to go back

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15 Nov 2017

The Marriage Breaker: This boy from Rajasthan has stopped 5 child marriages from happening and he's constantly on the watch

Shailendra has taken upon himself to protect children's rights and raise awareness and doesn't mind dedicating his whole life to it

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14 Nov 2017
Shailendra has decided to dedicate his life to protect children's rights, and doesn't mind dedicating his whole life to it
Anand's calling to start working for children from poor backgrounds began when he saw a young boy on the streets

Meet Anand Mishra, a Lucknowi teen, whose movement has helped 750 village kids go to school

At age 13, Anand's initiative has reached 50 villages and he has addressed over 50,000 children — the goal is to make all of them get to school and we think that's awesome

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14 Nov 2017

These 5 life-altering experiences at Kerala's Sarang Alternative School will make you fall in love with nature again. What are you waiting for?

From growing your own food to helping you put a roof over your head, this school in the hills will help you rediscover your love for the great outdoors and respect Mother Nature again  

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13 Nov 2017
Once at Sarang, fret not about exams, the lesson that you learn is to live and let live
The Farm boasts of technology and processes that can grow crops and varities the kind India hasn't yet seen

Can India ever produce greens sans soil? Future Farms aims to do just that with the right dose of awareness and water 

Started five years ago, Future Farms envisioned a clean food network for India and with over five branches and one due in Nepal, is working hard towards serving the people some clean greens

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13 Nov 2017

Does your wardrobe change colours every season? Here's a walk through the latest trends and who is popularising them

How do you stay updated with the latest fashion trends? Fashion columnist Regina Gurung scrolls through her Instagram feed and if that is not enough, the 'discover' button does the job for her

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09 Nov 2017
Instagram is a popular site for fashion trends, with likes, shares and reposts becoming #theinthing | Rebel Circus
Shiksham teaches them English and Computer Science through weekend classes | Representative image

This DRDO assistant is making government schools kids a pro in English and Computer Science. And he is not alone in this

Vinod S believes that the true purpose of Right to Education will be realised only when government school students are on par with those studying in private schools

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08 Nov 2017

Kannan On Air: At 65, this Kannada priest has gone from the temple to RJ-town, and he's a rockstar already

With a humorous speaking style drenched in wit and wisdom, he is followed by Kannadigas all over the world and is a huge draw for their radio station

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07 Nov 2017
Coffee with Kannan: He has been the show's host since March 2017
Madras Central's Pradeep Muthu is all set to become a commentator, will be debuting his skills at the upcoming India-Sri Lanka test series | Facebook

From being an RJ to a vlogger to a sports commentator, this TN boy is letting his words dictate his choice of professions

Warming up for one good inning, this wanderer can't stop at one destination in the walk of life

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07 Nov 2017

Unfair and Lovely: How Kavitha Emmanuel has been on a crusade to prove that Dark is beautiful for ten years and counting

Ten years down, the Dark is Beautiful campaign went viral in 2014 and received positive responses from both men and women from 18 different countries 

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07 Nov 2017
Dark is Beautiful campaign expresses their solidarity against the colour bias | Representative photo
Athira Niranjana Suresh, Appu Raveendranath and Hashir Jaleel shook up the stagnant performing arts scene in Kochi, and the results have been very open

College trio from Kochi throw open the doors for performing artists and the city's young through their open mics

Arbor Vitaè's ambience and environment has been carefully put together and has received enormous positivity from Kochi's youngsters

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06 Nov 2017

Breaking barriers: Tribal woman becomes nature's saviour, joins hands with her community to save few trees for the future

Jamuna Tudu, On her journey in saving the mother nature had succeeded and now with 150 committees  comprising more than 6,000 members in her movement to save the forests, she is doing more

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06 Nov 2017
Jamuna Tudu was conferred with the Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award in the 'Acts of Social Courage'
The school houses 425 children from classes Pre KG to XII | Representative picture

This Chennai couple refused fat cheques and converted an old building into a school to teach street kids

SUYAM Charitable Trust has been nurturing dreams of various street children in Chennai and transforming their lives through education

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06 Nov 2017

The Kavita Kane interview: Why Feminism in Indian mythology matters today

Going back to how she began writing, much before her first book Karna’s Wife gave her a cult following, Kane was a journalist who had ‘not handled creative writing — not even in a college magazine

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04 Nov 2017
Kavita Kane's first book 'Karna’s Wife' gave her a cult following