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T David Raj is a one-man army and has been protesting for the ban of liquor at Jantar Mantar for about six months now

Remember the guy who climbed a cell phone tower? He's been protesting for six months in Delhi for liquor to be banned in TN, but NO ONE seems to care

T David Raj is a former fencing champion and hails from a Military family in Nagercoil. He's been campaigning against liquor for years, but no one is speaking up for him

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Meet the 12th grader who's saying #NoMore to abuse: Sanya Runwal just wrote a book about abused women and it's pretty powerful

12th grader Sanya Runwal is out with her first book, Ten Dollar Bride. She talks about how she became a feminist and what keeps her going 

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18 Oct 2017
Sanya Runwal authored Ten Dollar Bride, which is a collection of seven short stories based on problems that the women face
This is not Grace Banu's first court case, it certainly doesn't seem like her last

First transgender to finish +2 in TN, Tarika Banu moves HC after being denied med seat to study Siddha 

Tarika was in the news for finishing school as a 'transgender'. Now, she hasn't been given the seat she applied for, so she's fighting to get what she believes is hers by right. Will she win?

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17 Oct 2017

Amidst several controversies, Pondicherry University elects first woman president

Namratha K stood as an independent candidate but received support from the SFI but she is now representing the DMK student Wing, which has put off SFI members

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17 Oct 2017
Namratha K, a first-year Masters student from the Political Science department, will be PU's first woman President
Aakriti Suresh and Annapurna Menon

These DU girls are organising history walks with a twist: Their guided tour will give you a feminist perspective of everything from the Red Fort to the Mughal havelis

Go on Safarnama's Feminist History Walk to learn about the women who shaped the history of this country. We catch up with the duo that started the initiative

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17 Oct 2017

Nangeli's Story: How a rather hush-hush part of Kerala's history inspired Orijit Sen to create his graphic novel 'A Travancore Tale'

Sen's basic idea behind his art is to bring to peoples attention the violence of casteism and other social  evils — and now he's doing it using a medium that most wouldn't associate with it

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17 Oct 2017
Sen's retelling of the story is tomake people question the notions and ideologies existing within our society
Anil Singh and Vivek Singh

Marathon Bros: How Anil and Vivek Singh brought 'pop culture' marathons to India 14 years ago

They managed to organise the first Mumbai International Marathon and from then on, all their runs have generated funds for several NGOs across the country

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17 Oct 2017

Need a website for your start-up? Commutatus and it's young founder will come to your rescue

Commutatus founder Michael Kevin Victor tells you how to give products a facelift when your start-up is on the verge of a growth spurt

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16 Oct 2017
Michael Kevin Victor started the company in 2014
Guardians of Dreams has helped over 300 students in Bengaluru get their Aadhaar cards

Guardians of Dreams: How four young entrepreneurs are changing the lives of kids in shelter homes — by getting them everything from scholarships to Aadhar cards

This venture that functions in three cities — Kochi, Chennai, and Bengaluru — consists of young volunteers, mostly students, who put together interactive events from scratch 

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16 Oct 2017

Paging Doctor Cool: This MBBS student from SRMC also runs an an ice cream parlour in Chennai and we love the way it looks

Jaykiran had always been passionate about food, but he had no idea that his passion would drive him to start a café that’s been stealing the hearts of the youth in Chennai

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16 Oct 2017
Jack and his awesome new cafe
Varun Aditya was one of the finalist of Nat Geo’s Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 and a finalist of Windland Smith Rice Nature's Best Photography 2017

From being demotivated in school to getting his pics in Nat Geo, this Coimbatore-based photographer can tell you how to take that perfect wildlife shot

Wildlife Photographer Varun Aditya talks about the daytime wildlife safaris and his midnight journeys through the dark woods and why it is important to break the rules to explore your best side  

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16 Oct 2017

This NRI graphic designer has returned to Kannur and has switched to farming besides teaching kids how to make traditional toys using the coconut leaf

Nowshid Parammal is a Gulf returnee and graphic designer who gave up a corporate job to teach city kids the art of traditional coconut leaf toy making

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16 Oct 2017
Children can, through the knowledge gained, and make their own toys (representative image)
Ayush Kejriwal is one of the few designers who has used dark-skinned models to sell his designs

How Ayush Kejriwal's Instagram posts are telling us that dark is beautiful and body shaming isn't cool

Fashion is more than just clothes. Who will explain this better than the leading designer Ayush Kejriwal who depicts his designs with his characters that challenge social evils 

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13 Oct 2017

Belling the tiger: Anna Hazare launched Srijan Pal Singh's latest book The Black Tiger, which attempts to provide solutions for corruption

Srijan Pal Singh is out with his next book The Black Tiger in which he offers suggestions to tackle corruption from all angles 

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12 Oct 2017
Guests at the launch of Srijan Pal Singh's
Shreenath during one of his performances

Artist Shreenath is set to take the issue of the 1943 Bengal Famine and convert it into a dance drama that you will never forget

To prepare for the dance drama, Shreenath is doing site-specific research and reading books on that particular time period

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12 Oct 2017

For the love of all that is sweet, check out Sameeksha Agarwal's Eiffel of Cakes

Hyderabad-based Sameeksha doesn't just bake cakes for the sake of it, she creates masterpieces with them

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11 Oct 2017
The creator of Eiffel of Cakes
Divya during one of her performance

For Divya Deepankar, the world is her audience, travel is her music and somewhere in your city, she will find her stage 

All the world's a stage and she is just a mere performer, travelling to dance and make her hastag #TereSheharMein trend globally

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11 Oct 2017

Chennai artist Chitra Iyer's series gives life to some of Chennai's popular food joints and takes you on a doodle drive

The anonymous artist has 25 photos in her doodle series that captures and throws back to childhood memories and food that was finger lickin good

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11 Oct 2017
Her art conveys her nostalgia on paper and includes several popular as well as little known places that do the same job; cater to Chennai's spirit | Chitra Iyer
Jayanthi will be visiting two schools and also having lunch with the Consul General

From a nursing graduate in Sivakasi to Consul General of Canada, Jayanti G's journey is the dose of inspiration you need today 

The Canadian Embassy in South India recently decided to let one deserving individual become the Consul General for a day, accompanying the actual Consul General in all her duties for the day

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11 Oct 2017

Because learning should be Chimple: How storytellers and artists can help kids read and write  

Bengaluru-based startup Chimple was also one of the few to get their hands on Elon Musk’s one million dollars at the Global Learning XPRIZE competition

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11 Oct 2017
According to Chimple Team Lead Srikanth Talapadi, it is a learning platform for children to reading, writing and mathematics on a tablet. It does so through more than 60 explorative games
While the little star talks and sings in his videos, it is his father who is behind the camera, while his mother picks up recipes and his sister manages his online activities and travels

Cooking with Kicha: Meet the 7-year-old kid from Kerala who got Ellen Degeneres to say puttu kutti on national television

7-yr-old Nihal Raj, Kicha as he is popularly known, started his cooking channel KichaTube. Next thing you know, he's got 19k followers and is invited to be on Ellen. How about that!

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10 Oct 2017

This Chennai-based violinist is statistically linking your personality type to the kind of music you like and we LOVE it!

Vignesh Vaidyanathan plays fusion music with various bands in Chennai and has also worked with Delhi Drum Circle and other musicians across India

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10 Oct 2017
His top three favourite Indian classical ragas are Charukeshi, Ahir Bhairav and Hamir Kalyani
Manu S Pillai, author of  The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore

Keep stretching yourself: What Sahitya Akademi Award-winner Manu Pillai learnt from his years working with Shashi Tharoor

As the winner of the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award, an author and as someone who served as the Chief of Staff to Dr Shashi Tharoor, Pillai sure wears many hats 

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10 Oct 2017

Heard of Yoga Doctors? These two Chennai high-schoolers can rock some kickass yoga poses and they want to make a career out of it 

The duo has won the district-level championship in 2016 and 2017. In the 23rd International Yoga Festival, Harris and Geethika won the second and third place respectively. Impressed yet? 

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09 Oct 2017
Geethika Suresh showing off a few of her yoga moves | Abirami Nagarajan
The author, Arul Dev has been exploring pathways of experiencing spirituality, purpose, values and potential fulfilment since 1994

If you're looking to do some self-exploration, this book by this Chennai author should be on your bookshelf 

He has been in the field of self-awareness and development for 22 years and started skill training and psychology workshops soon after — reasons enough to read his books for some enlightenment!

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09 Oct 2017

Wayside Story: Why this trio from Chennai could be Indian music's next big thing

Meet Wayside, a three-piece band that juggles criticism, diminishing crowds and the highs and lows of being young musicians in Chennai

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09 Oct 2017
Shiv Rekhi (bass), Elvis Xaviour (vocals/guitar) and Pranav Kr (drums) have quite an unconventional bond that sways between classic rock, grunge and pop | Martin Louis
The fear of them getting off with a mild warning that would do nothing to change their behaviour got this cop on mentor duty | Twitter

Sub Inspector decides to mentor three juveniles involved in theft and push them towards a better future than behind bars

SI Biju strongly believes that correcting them and reforming their ways will have a stronger impact than a mild warning ever will

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08 Oct 2017

Curious about how Viu's Social came to be? Read to find out what one of its writers has to say 

The writer of the web series, Social, tells us about Rana Daggubati's role, writing for a web series and more

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08 Oct 2017
Social has Rana
Masala Coffee is all about brewing music that hits the feels with a fresh dosing of individuality

Flying Solo: Why Masala Coffee is putting Kerala's music scene on the global map

After doing the soundtrack for Dulquer Salman-starrer Solo, Masala Coffee is looking at breaking new ground and looks back on their musical roots in Kerala

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07 Oct 2017

Adarsh Gourav may just be a few films strong, but with Rukh, he seems like an unstoppable force already 

No Rukh-na for Adarsh, who you might remember from My name is Khan and Mom. His next with Manoj Bajpayee is sure to make the right noise in B'town   

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06 Oct 2017
Adarsh in one of the stills from Rukh
Jabir Karat, Founder of Green Worms

This former Delhi University student from Kozhikode is on a mission to make India clean

This postgraduate is minimising waste generation, maximising waste recovery and recycling, and is dignifying people working within the waste industry with his non-profit organisation Green Worms

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05 Oct 2017

Forgot to buy milk or is your newspaper boy late again? Fret not, as this B'luru start-up will get your morning necessities right on time 

Co-founders Satish Shetty and Anuj Bishnoi explain how they came up with the idea of making for morning chorus less complicated 

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05 Oct 2017
Satish Shetty and Anuj Bishnoi, co founders of Morning Cart
Kavita Sabharwal

Meet Kavita Gupta Sabharwal who managed to make a Literature fest interesting for children in B'luru

The curator of the Neev Children's Literature Fest explains why it is important for children to read and how swiftly she got over 800 children to do so during the fest

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05 Oct 2017

Remembering Gauri's politics of love, one month on: Why Pradeep K P wants to show Gauri Lankesh's life in a full-length movie soon

Pradeep K P has just made a documentary on his close friend, Gauri Lankesh, with the aim of showing the world who she truly was. It was screened at St Joseph's College in Bengaluru 

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04 Oct 2017
A demonstration in honour of Gauri Lankesh
Former MCCian and Researcher Sophia Edward

From MCC to Koodankulam, Sophia Edward has broken a lot of ground. Now, she's fighting for her life and needs a liver transplant to live. Can you help?

Researcher and teacher Sophia Edward needs a liver transplant in a hurry. Mounting medical bills and scarcity of donors is making fighting for life an everyday battle
 

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04 Oct 2017

This duo wanted to tell the world that India is safe for women. So, they biked from Kanyakumari to Leh

Shubra Acharya and Amrutha Kashinath started their journey on September 5 from Kanyakumari and reached Leh on September 10. 130 hours and 29 minutes — that’s how long it took them to prove their point

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04 Oct 2017
The duo kick-started their journey on September 5 from Kanyakumari and reached their destination on September 10
The cafe offers solitude and a safe space as well as discussions, new friendships and a bond over brew

Does your cafe offer freshly brewed stories or a date with your thoughts? Well, Backyard is your space

In a bid to make a comfortable 'space' for Chennai, the two young founders have succeeded in setting up an anti cafe that inspires, engages and just lets you be, well you

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03 Oct 2017

I didn't have money to buy books, says Jabna Chauhan who became the youngest sarpanch of the country at 22

No political background. No financial support. No alliances. Yet today, this former news anchor from Himachal Pradesh is India's youngest sarpanch and gets to boss around colleagues twice her age

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03 Oct 2017
Jabna Chauhan was honoured by Prime minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of International Women's day
Medha follows two mottos in her life: 'Regret the things you did rather than the ones you didn't because the tricky thing about opportunity is that it may only knock once' and 'This too shall pass'

Meet @babyhotsauce Gandhi! This Gandhi descendant is an RJ in the US and is the 'loudest' member of the clan 

Medha Gandhi talks about her 'really cool DNA' and about how people judge her for wearing shorts and having tattoos, but it doesn't get to her. Peace out!

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02 Oct 2017

When Godse first met Gandhi he brought him a sack of old shoes. What Bapu did next will shock you, recalls Tushar Gandhi

On Gandhi Jayanthi, Tushar Gandhi brings us insightful tales and shades of the Mahatma that shows us how a leader of that bent of mind may still be in vogue today

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02 Oct 2017
Tushar had authored a book named 'Let's Kill Gandhi !': A Chronicle of His Last Days, the Conspiracy, Murder, Investigation, and Trial