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Human rights lawyer by day, drag queen by night: Meet 28-year-old Aishwarya Ayushman AKA Lush Monsoon

Aishwarya Ayushman speaks to us about their journey and what it's like being a lawyer by day and a drag queen by night

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20 Apr 2021

How this school in Tiruchy is ferrying differently-abled kids from 40 villages to school and back

We speak to Selvarani Rajaratnam, founder of Sri Selliah Memorial Special School for Intellectually Disabled Children about how she dedicated her life to the cause

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14 Apr 2021
Kids at the school are encouraged to play, dance, do yoga and also taught some vocational skills | Pic: Selvarani Rajaratnam
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This 15-year-old is upcycling fabric waste to create clothes for underprivileged children in Kolkata. Here's how and why

The 15-year-old entrepreneur says that their main goal is to bring a smile to the faces of all underprivileged children across the country. We find out more about his foundation

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07 Apr 2021

This Lucknow scientist created a robot that can feed his disabled dog. Here's how

In 2018, Milind had also created a drone with a special robotic arm that rescued out a puppy trapped inside a deep drain

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06 Apr 2021
Milind Raj with his dog Jojo| Pics: Milind
The cisgender heterosexual patriarchal society will also take time to get accustomed to the fact that the third gender has the same rights as them (Pics: EdexLive/Special Arrangement)

Lost in Translation: Why do Indian elections not have enough transgender candidates?

Transgenders need more representation, for that they need empowerment and for that, they need more representation — is it a vicious cycle with no end?

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04 Apr 2021

Chennai's Velammal School students pull all-nighter to create 400 sqft sand sculpture for #TNPolls awareness

The sand sculpture created by the Velammal school students is 400 sqft and promotes the idea of Your vote, Your voice

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02 Apr 2021
The sand sculpture at Marina | Pic: Velammal School
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With her start-up PinThread, here's how this 16-year-old is helping rural women in UP become financially independent

Sameera Jalan set up PinThread in June last year. She spoke to us about what they do and how they are helping rural women in UP to earn a living

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31 Mar 2021

Here's how this Noida-based start-up is converting cigarette butts into soft toys and cushions

Naman Gupta, founder of Code Effort, tells Shreesha Ghosh how he's saving the environment, one cigarette butt at a time

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30 Mar 2021
Naman Gupta with the soft toys made from cigarette butts | Pic: Code
Sangeetha Sekar with her teammates (Pic: Shikha Kumari)

This film shows a young girl from the streets making it big in the global football arena. Check it out!

Made in Madras, made by three filmmakers, tracks Sangeetha's journey from the streets of Chennai to the world cup in Russia

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24 Mar 2021

This 17-year-old's platform Junoon is on a mission to upskill blue-collar workers in India, also help look for suitable jobs

Junoon is an instructional, online vocational training and job search platform that provides extensive training programmes to workers across 20 categories. We find out more

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23 Mar 2021
Ahaan Aggarwal (Pic: Junoon)
Vivek Gurav, Founder of Pune Ploggers (Pictures: Facebook)

How Vivek Gurav's Pune Ploggers are taking the war against waste to new levels 

Vivek Gurav who formed the Pune Ploggers group speaks about his campaigns of picking different sorts of waste and letting people change their age-old habit of littering around the city

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17 Mar 2021

How Deepak Ramola's Project FUEL is curating a repository of life lessons from around the world to learn from human wisdom

Deepak Ramola shares his life story and tells us how Project FUEL is collecting life lessons to share human wisdom around the world

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10 Mar 2021
Deepak Ramola conducting a workshop | Pic: Project Fuel
Pic: Therapy on Wheels

Himachal's Therapy on Wheels initiative is providing child disability care through India's first-ever mobile therapy van. Here's how

The Samphia Foundation works in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, and has been operating for the last three years. We find out more about their new initiative Therapy on Wheels

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10 Mar 2021

United Nations seeks leading role for Afghan women in peace

This is also an opportunity to showcase the strengths of Afghanistan's women leaders in all their diversity, the world body said

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08 Mar 2021
For women | (Pic: Sourced)
Thankamma

Women's Day: Thankamma may be 84 years old with poor eyesight but that doesn't mean she's too old to finish school

The Kollam resident reentered the classroom thanks to the Navachetana programme for Scheduled Castes. Here's how she was inspired to do it

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06 Mar 2021

Women's Day: From child marriage to MPhil: Here's the inspiring story of Sunita Chauhan and her love for education

Sunita Chauhan was married off and sent to Delhi in 1993. Now, an MPhil student, she runs an NGO that helps teach underprivileged children

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06 Mar 2021
Sunita Chauhan (Pic: Edexlive)
Swapnamita Vaideswaran | Pic: Edexlive

Women's Day: Swapnamita Vaideswaran is a geologist specialising in the Himalayas and Northeast. This is her story! 

From understanding the behaviour of the Shillong Plateau to determining the rate of depletion of Himalayan glaciers and its impact, Swapnamita Vaideswaran has studied the mountains like never before

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06 Mar 2021

Meet Dr Shyamashree Das who has battled the pandemic on all fronts, from testing to treating to now vaccinating

Dr Shyamashree Das was part of the team testing people for COVID when they came into KMC, finds Prajanma Das. She has also treated COVID-19 patients and has been involved in the vaccine drive

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06 Mar 2021
Dr Shyamashree Das (Pic: Edexlive)
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How B'luru's Freedom Foundation started an online fundraiser to help HIV positive children survive during the pandemic

Headquartered in Bengaluru, Freedom Foundation has specialised facilities in 48 physical sites at various locations in four states

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02 Mar 2021

Let’s Teach English: How this Chennai initiative is helping underprivileged children speak English better

What began as a pandemic project currently has over 3000 volunteers and 40 organisations enrolled in the Let’s Teach English initiative in different states all over the country

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24 Feb 2021
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Niveditha B Warrier

How Niveditha went from being a dyslexic student with red-marked report cards to being an award-winning PhD scholar

Niveditha B Warrier is a second-year PhD scholar at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. She is researching dyslexic narratives in English

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24 Feb 2021

This SAFE bench by Shiv Nadar School students can self-sanitise as you get up to prevent virus spread. Here's how

We find out about the bench called SAFE that was created by an all-girls student team from Shiv Nadar School in Faridabad. Here's why it's great

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23 Feb 2021
The SAFE bench prototype | Pic: Shiv Nadar School
Lo Chiu Pang Jack films on the streets of Hong Kong | Pic: Project Hope

This Delhi youth's T-shirt is on a world tour and will be worn by influencers across continents to spread hope during COVID

We track the journey of a black T-shirt that travelled 25,000 kilometres amid COVID-19 restrictions, starting from New Delhi. This is Project Hope by 24-year-old Siddhant Agarwal

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05 Feb 2021

This writer is helping revive Tamil Nadu's fast-receding tribal languages by training children in storytelling

Lakshmanan, a writer, activist and theatre personality has spent years working for the upliftment of tribal communities in Tamil Nadu including the Irulas, Todas, Kotas and Kurumbas

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05 Feb 2021
The young storytellers
Photo: Raju Jangid

How this 22-year-old carpenter from Jodhpur fought against all odds to become a Hindi Wikipedia contributor

Raju Jangid began writing his own content on Wikipedia in Hindi in 2015. Shreesha Ghosh uncovers the story of this carpenter-turned-Wikipedia contributor

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03 Feb 2021

Here's how a community came together in Palakkad's Naduvattom village to celebrate the life of a beloved stray dog

A family in a small village in Palakkad took in a stray dog named Bipathu that transformed their lives. Here's how they came together to celebrate her life

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01 Feb 2021
On January 12, the village came together to celebrate the Bipathu's life
Lt Col Sada Peter at Dinjan Airbase Eastern Assam in 1996

Rewinding on R-Day: What every youngster who wants to join the Armed Forces can learn from this Kargil vet

On Republic Day, 22 years later, Lt Col Peter still speaks about his time in the Army and his experiences in Kargil war like it was yesterday, recollecting even the smallest details accurately

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26 Jan 2021

Meet Yash Aradhya, a Bengaluru Formula 4 racer and a recipient of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar

No dream is ever too small and no dream is ever too big for Yash Aradhya, a Formula 4 racer and a Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardee. He aspires to be a Formula 1 racer soon 

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24 Jan 2021
Yash Aradhya, Motorsport racer
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How Karnataka's Mitti Cafe served over 6 lakh meals to the homeless during COVID-19 lockdown

Mitti Cafe has plans of expanding to Chenna, Mumbai and Hyderabad. We find out how they have been dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and more

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20 Jan 2021

How this online platform started by MIT Pune students is using sign language to help deaf kids learn easily

Founded in 2015, Bleetech Innovations is an online platform that provides content in sign language to aid in a deaf person's learning. We find out more

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18 Jan 2021
Janhavi Joshi and Nupura Kirloskar| Pic: Bleetech Innovations
The Oswal sisters

Stop the B: Here's how this sister duo is fighting one bully at a time with their online platform

Stop the B aims to raise awareness and educate people about bullying (online and offline) and its effects on young minds. We find out more

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16 Jan 2021

This 16-year-old's IoT-enabled device can call your phone if your home's on fire. Here's how

Sensafe is a smart, IoT enabled device, which can send a call or an SMS to your mobile phone when there's a fire at home. We find out more

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15 Jan 2021
Shiv Kampani with his IoT-enabled device | Pic: Shiv
Farmer’s Share used to open its doors for school students from many parts of the state

Check out Kerala-based Farmer's Share, a farm where children are taught to live, learn and work for themselves

Set up by Ambrose Kooliyath, the 10-acre land allows adults and young children how to learn and practise every natural skill to support themselves

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13 Jan 2021

At nine, Atharva Bhat can solve three Rubik's cubes at the same time 

Nine-year-old Atharva Bhat has attempted a Guinness World Record by solving three Rubik's cube using both hands and feet simultaneously. He learnt the art of solving the cube by watching YouTube

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11 Jan 2021
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Transmen Collective

Here's how Delhi's Transmen Collective is creating safe spaces for every transman in the country

Satvik Sharma and Jamal Siddiqui share their personal stories of transition which led them to set up the Transmen Collective. They speak to us about how there is a need for more safe spaces

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01 Jan 2021

This 21-year-old boxer from Haryana wants to represent India in the 2024 Olympics. Here's her story

Manju has a few accolades to her name and later wishes to represent India in the Olympics 2024. We spoke to her to know more about her boxing journey

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20 Dec 2020
Manju Rani (Pic: LPU)
The 2021 calendars were printed over 10 days

Looking for a 2021 calendar that's all about hope? Check out this one made with the artwork of blind children

The Government School for the Blind in Kottayam has compiled the stunning work of their students into a calendar. We find out how it managed to make a difference

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16 Dec 2020

Started by IIT Bombay grads a decade ago, this programme is helping kids from low-income families get into IITs, NITs

Akshay Saxena, Co-founder of Avanti Fellows, tells us how they are trying to educate children from low-income families and help them get into India's best colleges

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07 Dec 2020
Co-founder Akshay Saxena with students| Pic: Avanti Fellows
The calendar will be released on December 3 (Pic: EdexLive/ Vijayalayan)

This 2021 calendar conceptualised by a DU student and a photographer, features six models with disabilities

Titled Oddity: Don’t Bend, Don’t Blend, it aims to create awareness and raise funds to help out NGOs that help people with disabilities

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02 Dec 2020

This young teacher in Jharkhand has been conducting classes under a tree for government school kids

Pavitra Ichagutu, a 24-year-old teacher from Jharkhand is a fellow of the NGO Plan India. She teaches Hindi, English and Mathematics

Published On:
17 Nov 2020
Pavitra in one of her classes (Pic: Plan India)