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Hafez and Akshay were inspired by their mothers

Love homemade pickles? If you live in Kerala, check out the products of Athey Nallatha, a collective of home chefs

Athey Nallatha is a collective of housewives who are selling homemade food products, like pickles, with the help of two MBA graduates. We find out how the operation has worked so far

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24 Feb 2021

How this 16-year-old's poetry book will help uplift the transgender community in Delhi

A 16-year-old poet and author from Gurugram, Saranya Bhattacharjya shares why she had the idea of compiling her poems into a book and how that will help the transgender community

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23 Feb 2021
Saranya Bhattarcharjya
But who will listen to the grievances? Who would be right to approach? Janatapaksha wants to leave that to the people (Pic: Sourav Prakritibadi)

Janatapaksha: This Bengali youth group is getting common people to voice their concerns straight to politicos ahead of polls

Janatapaksha is not an upcoming party contesting elections. It's merely a platform for the people whose voices drown under the loudspeakers of party politics

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19 Feb 2021

Meet Jiya Rai, the 12-year-old Navy kid from Mumbai who swam 36 kms to raise awareness about autism

The young girl Jiya Rai, a known case of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dedicated the swimming feat, completed on Wednesday, to raise awareness about autism

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18 Feb 2021
Jiya Rai (Pic: IANS)
Arushi Mishr, Founder, The English Literacy Project

These NRI students are all set to teach English to over 3000 children of migrant labourers. Here's how

Arushi Mishr and her team based in Singapore and India have started The English Literacy Project and with their unique curriculum, they want to teach English to 3,000 kids of migrant workers

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17 Feb 2021

Meet this educator turned Dalit activist, who penned a song in Paluva language in 'The Great Indian Kitchen'

A scriptless language is popularly spoken by the Dalit Paraya caste, the song was penned by former educator and activist Mruduladevi S

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10 Feb 2021
Mruduladevi S
Sharanya Eshwar with her puppet Dakota

This Bengaluru girl has mastered ventriloquism during the lockdown and is raring to enthrall kids with dear old Dakota

Sharanya Eshwar, a budding ventriloquist is telling stories and entertaining schoolkids with her puppet Dakota. She says that the lockdown period was one of the best time to work on these skills

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10 Feb 2021

Why Mysuru girl Kushi is one of India's most prolific young Yoga stars

Kushi Hemachandra of Mysuru is popularly known as India's Yoga Wonder Girl. She is only 17-years-old and has achieved a lot in Yoga beyond our imagination. She is studying Science in class 11

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10 Feb 2021
Kushi Hemachandra performing one of the complex asanas
Pic: Shirin Watwani

On her marquage: How this artist is sprucing up old handbags and shoes with her vivid artwork

Shirin Watwani is a Chennai-based marquage artist who is painting on clothing and accessories to give them an arty makeover

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10 Feb 2021

Eight-year-old Kesia Susan is a world record holder and geography wiz. She knows all the countries and capitals

We spoke to Kesia Susan, who created a world record for reciting the names of all the countries and capitals in under than two minutes!

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06 Feb 2021
Kesia Susan
The 25-year-old paints stunningly detailed and lifelike portraits

I am Roghi: This Kerala student draws striking images on leaves, fruits and berries. Here's why you'll love them

Rahul Sivan draws lifelike and intricately detailed portraits of himself and other people on leaves, fruits and berries under the name I Am Roghi

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04 Feb 2021

This 14-year-old from Telangana won the Bal Shakti Puraskar for innovation. Here's how his invention is helping the elderly

Hemesh Chadalavada tells us how his latest invention is helping the elderly and disabled across the country

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03 Feb 2021
The smartband | Pic: Hemesh Chadalavada
SHOT IN THE DARK: The image he took was titled Jungle Book

You always have to be at the right place in the right distance, says famed wildlife photographer Imthias Kadeer 

Imthias Kadeer clicked one of the most iconic wildlife photographs in India 15 years ago. Here is the story behind the picture and how he managed to find the ideal shot

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03 Feb 2021

This Architecture graduate is creating awareness about long-forgotten Tamil artforms

Prathiusha Saravanan is aiming to revive some ancient and traditional artforms through her range of merchandise on her Instagram page

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03 Feb 2021
Prathiusha Saravanan with the 2021 calendar | Pic: Saayal
Dejeshwini drew this to depict the day after Diwali at school | Pic: N Dejeshwini

This 22-year-old artist's work invokes the funniest childhood memories. Check it out!

We speak to N Dejeshwini, an artist and children's book illustrator, who is showcasing her cartoon-inspired artwork on Instagram

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03 Feb 2021

Annahmol is a label that has been inspired by the colours and traditions that hold Kerala together

Annah Chakola created her brand by researching the traditions and cultural practices that have been followed in Kerala through the years by interacting with local artisans  

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01 Feb 2021
Around 5 years ago, Annah decided to make the journey back to Kerala
Arunima Sen who has worked on eight different projects with students around the world

Science and Sensibility: Here's how 20-year-old Arunima Sen is trying to find solutions to life's actual problems

Arunima Sen is only 20 years old and she has already achieved a lot in the field of Science. Most of her collaborative projects with students around the world give solution to real-life problems  

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01 Feb 2021

This young author's political potboiler will give you a taste of India's last quarter decade. Intrigued yet?

Author Fawaz Jaleel tells us about his debut novel and why he chose this particular genre   

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29 Jan 2021
Fawaz Jaleel | Pic: Alok Desai
Children with the jugnu backpack | Pic: Charu Monga

Lighting up lives: How this IIT Guwahati prof's solar light-powered bags are helping kids in hilly areas study

Charu Monga's Jugnu backpacks help children from hilly and remote regions study and commute in places where there is no electricity. We find out more  

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27 Jan 2021

This NGO has rescued many child labourers from Karnataka's coffee estates and turned them into lawyers, engineers

A M Varghees of Vikasana speaks about their bridge schools and hostels that facilitate learning for kids who worked as child labourers in coffee estates, domestic workers and several other places  

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27 Jan 2021
Kids at the Bridge school of Vikasana
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

Economy recovering gradually but several sectors hit massively: Economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Ahluwalia says that he’s not sure if the economy is having a ‘V’ shaped recovery but we are climbing back up

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24 Jan 2021
Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Adarsh Ramesh along with his team members of ReachOut. It includes college students mainly

This NGO run by Mysuru college students works for every social cause and this year, it is plastic 

Adarsh Ramesh from Mysuru started ReachOut, an organisation that is completely run by students for the betterment of society. He also runs Desi Adda to promote handicrafts made by artisans 

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24 Jan 2021

Why this Bengaluru poet feels there should be more platforms for poetry in regional languages

Poornima Laxmeshwar, a poet from Bengaluru speaks about getting her poems published in famous e-journals, literary websites and why regional poetry must be given the importance 

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24 Jan 2021
Poornima Laxmeshwar, Poet from Bengaluru
Upasana Kamineni Konidela

Health entrepreneur Upasana Kamineni's new venture is about getting back on your feet after recovering from COVID

The fitness guru and health entrepreneur's new venture is all about getting back to your feet and going through rehabilitation after a bout of the illness

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21 Jan 2021

From mass bunking to interviews, why YouTuber Be Younick's videos are making 4 million peeps go ROFL

We speak to Nikunj Lotia AKA Be YouNick, whose videos on YouTube are relatable and rib-ticklingly funny, making him one of the top content creators in the country

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20 Jan 2021
Nikunj Lotia AKA Be YouNick
Nakshatra and her team work in other capacities and spend a part of their income for this NGO

These transpeople in Karnataka are adopting and caring for children abandoned by their families. This is their story

Nakshatra, a transperson who started an NGO along with her friends, speaks about how they are providing shelter to rescued children and people who have been abandoned on the streets

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20 Jan 2021

Meet the Mohans, Yakshagana's first family, who are making the art form stronger

If you ask the native Bengalureans about Yaksha Degula, then they will tell you a long story dating back to the 1960s. Such is the history created by father-daughter Yakshagana artist duo, K Mohan and

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18 Jan 2021
Priyanka Mohan helping her student wear a Yakshagana costume (Pics: Yaksha Degula)
Pattachitra art by Baghyashree Sahoo on stone

Here's how this engineering student from Odisha popularising Pattachitra by painting it on various mediums

Bhagyashree Sahoo, an engineer-turned-artist from Rourkela speaks about how she invested all her time during the lockdown to learn Pattachitra art and perfect it too 

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18 Jan 2021

Oud player Bonny Abraham is out with his debut album and song Djinn. Here's his story

Bonny Abraham, a self-taught oud player speaks about his musical journey, how he got share stage with A R Rehman and the release of his first album song 

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18 Jan 2021
Bonny Abraham playing Oud
Professor Shankar Bellur

How an FB post motivated Prof Shankar Bellur's to set up YouTube channel to do career counselling  

Shankar Bellur, an author and career coach guides students to choose the right path for them. He speaks about his plans to set up a Career Lab for students and using technology to help them

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18 Jan 2021

Karnataka-based NGO GiftAbled helps diffabled people in rural areas hone skills, earn livelihood

Prarthana Kaul, Founder of GiftAbled speaks about the work her team is doing to help people with disabilities earn a decent livelihood in rural parts of Karnataka, Pune and Kolkata 
 

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18 Jan 2021
GiftAbled team works across Karnataka helping specially-abled people
Rohith Vemula

The Legacy of Rohith Vemula: Five years since the scholar’s death, how student lives and colleges have been impacted across India

Student leaders across the country speak about how Vemula’s unfortunate demise influenced and shaped their politics and how things have changed on campus since then

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17 Jan 2021

Anthems around Ambedkarism: This duo is documenting and digitisation Maharashtra’s anti-caste songs

The reason why these songs have not found a more mainstream presence so far is because the field is dominated by upper castes, which is why the duo say they want to create this 'Bookmobile'

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14 Jan 2021
One of the singing groups gearing up to perform
Mirza Saaib Bég

Meet the first Kashmiri to be awarded the Kofi Annan scholarship and the Oxford-Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholarship

Mirza Bég is a lawyer from Kashmir, who is currently pursuing his master's in Public Policy from Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government

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13 Jan 2021

How Thomas Oommen has opened the minds of architecture students to Kerala's intrinsic building style

Thomas Oommen is on a mission to appreciate post modern architecture in Kerala without comparing it to designing styles and traditions from the West or other parts of India

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13 Jan 2021
The hour-long documentary highlights architectural artefacts in Kerala
Nivedhita Subramaniam with one of her books

Here's why author and illustrator Niveditha Subramaniam feels illustrations bring life to stories for children

Niveditha Subramaniam is a children's author and illustrator from Chennai. We find out more about her books, illustrations, how she engages children and a lot more

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12 Jan 2021

Here's how this Bengal organisation is changing the lives of abandoned mentally ill women 

A View is a collective effort of medical professionals and social workers which provides not just psychiatric care but also helps them build a normal life

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12 Jan 2021
The year 2020 might have brought discussions on mental health to the mainstream, but there is a long road ahead till we reach acceptance (Pic: A View)
Mathunila Vissagan

Meet Mathunila Vissagan, the 16-year-old junior scientist from Chennai who has a space analytics start-up

Mathunila Vissagan, a researcher and co-founder of a space analytics start-up, is a class 11 student at The Schram Academy

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11 Jan 2021

This Karnataka social work grad is giving the children of migrant labourers a better future. This is his story 

Gopinath R, Founder of Sparsha Trust speaking about providing shelter, food and education to poor kids who are abused, exploited and forced into child labour. He has helped thousands of such kids

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11 Jan 2021
Gopinath R, Founder of Sparsha Trust with kids