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Beyond her years
Beyond her years

Meet 11-year-old Vishalini whose IQ is around 225, higher than that of the Guinness record holder, whose IQ is around 210. Perachi Kannan who met the girl is amazed at her achievements 

Posted    18-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  46
Builder's secret
Builder's secret

Billionaire realtor Kushal Pal Singh of DLF almost sold his stake in the company for Rs.26 lakh, but later decided to fight back and today heads the Rs.32273 crore business empire

Posted    16-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Gruesome genocide
Gruesome genocide

Why was the Sri Lankan army so brutal, as latest footage with Channel 4 reveals, against Tamils?  P C Vinoj Kumar helps you understand the issue better, besides seeking justice for war crimes

Posted    17-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  24
People's award
People's award

What pleases Sanchaita Gajapati Raju on her winning the Google Global Impact Challenge award is that she polled maximum votes, an indicator of people's understanding of the importance of clean water and sanitation, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    29-Nov-2013    Vol  4   Issue  48
Know Chennai
Know Chennai

Do you know the places to visit in Chennai if you would like to have a complete experience of the bustling metropolis steeped in history? Here is a list that Arushi Dutt has compiled for you

Posted    14 Aug 2013    Vol  4   Issue  32
Million rupee question
Million rupee question

As the gang-rape of a girl in New Delhi has outraged an entire nation, an email from a reader to P C Vinoj Kumar wants to know what happened to the man who stripped an Adivasi woman in public

Posted    20-Dec-2012    Vol  3   Issue  50
Just being Nidhi
Just being Nidhi

Being on TV every night, grilling top politicians, and hobnobbing with the rich and the famous may seem glamorous, but Nidhi Razdan reveals the hard work her strenuous job demands

Posted    25-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
The M factor
The M factor

Pointing fingers at Malayalee journalists for being unfair in their reportage on Mullaiperiyar dam issue, Radhika Giri feels that they consider themselves Malayalees first and journalists next

Posted    05-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
Sam Speak
Sam Speak

It is journalism of hope, writes Sam Rajappa, extolling the virtues of TWL’s Positive Journalism.

Posted    03 Sep 2010   
Kerala's success

Fresh out of college and bursting with ideas, young IT professionals in Kerala are walking out on cushy blue collar jobs and taking the plunge to start their own businesses. Their success rate is quite high. A top IT official told Sanu George that the failure rate of startups is less than 5 percent

Posted    03 Jun 2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
Kashmir's best
Kashmir's best

More than just being a spot to beat the heat, it has hills, parks, lakes, waterfalls and streams. Afsana Rashid gives a list of must see places in Kashmir, which is paradise for any tourist.

Posted    24-May-2014    Vol  5   Issue  21
Dog's life
Dog's life

Bakharwal dogs are a rare breed from Kashmir, known for their loyalty and fierce guardian spirit. But they will all be gone in another four years if nothing is done to conserve them

Posted    03-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  18
Soldier's story
Soldier's story

Not all soldiers fade away. Some like V K Singh, whose book 'Courage and Conviction' reveals hitherto unheard facts about army and its working, will be remembered for long, says Sam Rajappa

Posted    06-Dec-2013    Vol  4   Issue  49
Taking wings
Taking wings

Like a colourful butterfly breaking out of the cocoon, The Weekend Leader takes wings. As it flutters in cyberspace, it just seeks to capture your imagination. P C Vinoj Kumar goes back to the birth of the idea and also looks ahead.

Posted    03-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  1
Naked injustice!
Naked injustice!

The tribal girl who was stripped in public at a rally in Guwahati says she has no idea if anyone was arrested in the case, and says nobody including the National Commission for Women helped her

Posted    25-Dec-2012    Vol  3   Issue  51
Hope on Wheels
Hope on Wheels

It is a dream that gives hope to those who do not dare to dream. Roohi Saluja Sehgal tells us how rickshaw pullers in Delhi have benefited because some students dared to dream.

Posted    27-Aug-2010    Vol  0   Issue  0
Never say die
Never say die

Anyone with a conscience will like to meet her. Partho Burman did that and found that the gritty sister of Safdar Hashmi has no plans to retire until she ushers in communal harmony in Gujarat.

Posted    27-Aug-2010    Vol  0   Issue  0
Women's dream
Women's dream

A Bengali woman, with an MBA, is helping poor women through a retail selling system that is giving jitters to supermarket chains. Soma Mitra finds out the secret of Aparna Banerjee’s dream

Posted    15-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  28
Swallow defeat
Swallow defeat

Fear of failure is the stumbling block in the path of success. Guiding you to your goal is Roopleen Prasad, who quotes people who have tasted defeat and then triumphed in life
 

Posted    23-Aug-2012   
Unusual destination
Unusual destination

It is not a place that everyone visits. But Reena Kaushal skied her way to the bottom most point of planet Earth. Aditi Uberoi finds out what made her set out to such an unusual destination.

Posted    27-Aug-2010    Vol  0   Issue  0
He hops on, simply
He hops on, simply

He had done many things. But it was his erstwhile Air Deccan that helped the middle class ‘simply fly’. Sudha Narasimhachar met Captain Gopinath to find out more about him than is already known.

Posted    27-Aug-2010    Vol  0   Issue  0
An inside story
An inside story

Are slums the underbelly of a bustling, beautiful city? To make a typical urbanite realise how slum dwellers make his life comfortable, Isaac Arul Selva started writing. Sriram V takes note.

Posted    27-Aug-2010    Vol  0   Issue  0
Didi at home
Didi at home

Revered as didi by millions of supporters, Mamata Banerjee is an ideal sister to her own brothers too. Ajitha Menon finds out that W Bengal’s CM in waiting is also a responsible woman at home

Posted    13-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  19
Catching 'em young
Catching 'em young

Dispelling modern myths on youth being too materialistic and lacking in social consciousness, youngsters in Pune have proved that they care for others. Divya Mangwani meets the man behind it.

Posted    27-Aug-2010    Vol  0   Issue  0
A recipe for success
A recipe for success

An IIM graduate marketing street food in Ranchi may sound incredible. But then  22-year-old Tanishk Shyamya preferred it to an air-conditioned office. Santosh H K Narayan finds out the reason.

Posted    03-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  1
Old man and a river
Old man and a river

Robin Paul, the 72-year-old ‘Green’man of Bhawanipur, now looks up to the youth to realize his latest dream of cleaning up one of Kolkata’s filthiest creeks. Saborna Roychowdhury is amazed. 

Posted    27-Aug-2010    Vol  0   Issue  0
Miracle road
Miracle road

A young IAS officer mobilized Rs 40 lakh through Facebook to build a road in Manipur, earning the sobriquet ‘The Miracle Man’. Gaurav Sharma met Armstrong Pame to find out why he wanted to build the 100 km ‘People’s Road’ and how he did it

Posted    12-Apr-2013    Vol  4   Issue  15
Exclusive: A brave heart
Exclusive:  A brave heart

It is a tale straight out of a celluloid potboiler.  A woman going alone into the badlands of Chambal to rescue her husband from dacoits. Though the media did not celebrate her courage, the dacoits were wowed. Partho Burman confronts her.

Posted    10-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  2
That's app, man
That's app, man

SafetiPin, a map-based mobile app, designed for Delhi women's safety, has been launched. What now helps women access public spaces in Delhi sans fear will soon go places, says Anuradha Dutt

Posted    04-Jan-2014    Vol  5   Issue  1
Ready for feast
Ready for feast

'Saif Ali Khan' and 'Kareena Kapoor' are up for "grabs" for Rs. 4 lakh. Not the celeb couple, but a pair of goats being sold at old Delhi's Jama Masjid bazar ahead of Eid, says Rahul Vaishnavi

Posted    24-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  42
Oh! water idea
Oh! water idea

Does the word nanotechnology flummox you? Kavita Kanan Chandra discovers that the branch of science can help a traditional idea bloom into a fantastic home appliance to solve your water woes.

Posted    10-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  2
Love sans borders
Love sans borders

An Indo-Pak alliance in Tasmania. Yes, it can happen if you have a heart. Jane Rankin Reid figures out what happened between Varun Khetarpal and Uzma Qureshi after they met at a dance class

Posted    12-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  11
Bangalore 15
Bangalore 15

Besides being a cosmopolitan city, which is a bustling IT hub, also known for fine weather, Bangalore has more for a visitor, says Sudha Narasimhachar, giving a list of 15 must visit places

Posted    22-Feb-2014    Vol  5   Issue  8
Axe woman
Axe woman

Armed with an axe, Hara Dei Majhi, a woman, has been protecting a forest in Odisha for three decades. Sarada Lahangir profiles the tribal who inherited the conservation task from her husband

Posted    14-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  24
Mercy plea
Mercy plea

Is it fair to hang Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan, when the MDMA formed to probe the larger conspiracy in Rajiv’s assassination is yet to submit its report? asks Thirumurugan Gandhi

Posted    02-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  43
Army rumblings
Army rumblings

In an unprecedented development in the history of Indian Army, several ex-army officers have submitted a memorandum to President of India supporting Gen. V K Singh's claim on tenure

Posted    16-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
Exclusive: Inside Lanka
Exclusive: Inside Lanka

Sinhala chauvinism has moved into deculturation mode in Sri Lanka. A firsthand account of a visitor, who saw Buddhist statues, viharas and stupas being built at a frenetic pace in Tamil areas

Posted    04-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  31
Herbal puffs
Herbal puffs

An herbal cigarette offers hope to smokers who may be struggling to quit the habit. It can help people quit smoking, claims S Radhakrishnan, the herbal cigarette maker from Coimbatore.  P C Vinoj Kumar checks out the man.

Posted    17-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  3
‘M factor’ shocks TOI
‘M factor’ shocks TOI

An article in TWL that went viral soon after it was uploaded on Monday has led to Times of India issuing a legal notice demanding Rs one crore compensation, says Editor, P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    09-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  49
Land war
Land war

Even as the movie ‘Dam 999’ seems to have whipped up fresh panic in Kerala over the Mullaiperiyar dam, Sam Rajappa says the real motive of the Kerala govt is to wrest 8,000 odd acres from TN  

Posted    30-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
Life’s a stage
Life’s a stage

The life of young Assamese theatre actor-activist, Rayanti Rabha, was more dramatic than any play that had she acted. Abdul Gani tells us how she overcame personal tragedies and prejudices

Posted    21-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  25
Luv's an enigma
Luv's an enigma

What women wished they knew about love? Juhi Pande seeks an answer to the question through her book, Things Your Mother Never Told You About Love. An excerpt that concludes love as ‘strange'

Posted    08-Feb-2014    Vol  5   Issue  6
Weaver’s dream
Weaver’s dream

Sekhar is going bananas. The weaver in a Chennai suburb, with the know how to make clothes from banana fibre, wants to bring prosperity to his community but lacks the wherewithal. P C Vinoj Kumar pledges TWL support to the harried weaver

Posted    01-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
The other Bedi
The other Bedi

Every TV watching Indian knows Kiran Bedi. But not Brij Bedi, a social activist in his own right, who lives in Amristar, away from his famous wife for three decades. Nirupama Dutt meets him

Posted    25-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  34
Whither Eelam
Whither Eelam

In an exhaustive two-part discourse, Jude Lal Fernando, a Sinhala academic based in Dublin, calls for Sri Lankan Tamils to reassert their right for nationhood and carry forward the struggle

Posted    20-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  42
PayPal says, ‘sorry’
PayPal says, ‘sorry’

PayPal apologises for hurting the sentiments of certain sections of IT professionals, who were offended by the organisation’s alleged promotion of ‘caste pride’ in its Chennai campus

Posted    09-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
It’s the attitude
It’s the attitude

What distinguishes the winner and the loser? Attitude, says Roopleen Prasad, giving you tips on adopting the right attitude, quoting successful people, including Khalil Gibran
 

Posted    27-Oct-2011   
Russia's new love
Russia's new love

The most well-known Indian actor in Russia today is Shahrukh Khan, says Elena Igorevna Doroshenko, adding that older fans appreciate his manner of acting and compare him to Raj Kapoor

Posted    17-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  41
Husain’s Noor Jahan
Husain’s Noor Jahan

M F Husain’s fascination for Madhuri Dixit is well-known. He was also believed to have been attracted to Tabu. But what’s not known is about the celebrity beautician he painted as Noor Jahan

Posted    04-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
Green Dreams
Green Dreams

Inspired by the greening of deserts in Gulf nations, a man from Kerala dreamt of turning a lateritic hill back home into a forest. Did P Abdul Kareem do it?  AP Muhammed Afsal finds out.

Posted    17-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  3
Black facts
Black facts

How does my skin tone make me different from other human beings? Don’t I bleed the same way? Don’t I have feelings? So wonders Diya Paul, recalling dark moments of discrimination in her life

Posted    16-Aug-2013    Vol  4   Issue  33
Moon’s man
Moon’s man

Is Vijay Nambiar, Chief of staff of UN Secretary General, behind the delay in the release of the UN panel report on Sri Lanka? So asks Paul Newman, exposing Ban Ki Moon’s double standards

Posted    20-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  20
Sweet nothings
Sweet nothings

‘Why this kolaveri’ is not the only meaningless song that’s been set to a rocking tune. Kannada films too have their share, says M S Sunil, who lists out a few with their YouTube links

Posted    26-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
Nuking myths
Nuking myths

As the standoff on the Koodankulam nuclear plant continues, Nityanand Jayaraman and G Sundar Rajan explode some myths relating to the project, asserting that the reactor is indeed not safe

Posted    24-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
Maximum city
Maximum city

There is more to Mumbai than Bollywood and money-making. Kavita Kanan Chandra lists 15 must see places in Mumbai for those who wish to have a real feel and flavor of the bustling metropolis

Posted    01-Nov-2013    Vol  4   Issue  44
Now, it’s 100 crore
Now, it’s 100 crore

Times of India’s second legal notice demands Rs 100 crore. To fight the media giant legally, TWL Editor, P C Vinoj Kumar, seeks the support of all those who believe in freedom of expression

Posted    14-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  49
Fulfilling others' desires
Fulfilling others' desires

When 16 strangers go on a three-day voyage, they depend on a master to reach their common destination:   Realisation of dreams. Kavita Kanan Chandra reports on the odyssey with Ujjwal Uke

Posted    03-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  1
A deal with God
A deal with God

In the dingy confines of a prison, he struck a deal with God seeking another chance. Keeping his word to God, Auto Raja has been serving the destitute for 14 years, says Marianne de Nazareth

Posted    29-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  17
I’m Ok, You’re Ok!
I’m Ok, You’re Ok!

Meet Parasram Gurjar who could possibly be the oldest person in India. Aged 125 according to family records, Parasram was eating kachoris at a cafe in Bhopal when Shahnawaz Akhtar met him

Posted    21-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  42
Pride or prejudice?
Pride or prejudice?

PayPal’s annual day event in their Chennai office has kicked up a controversy with a section of IT professionals charging the company with promoting casteism. S Elangovan tells you why

Posted    08-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Maruti mire
Maruti mire

If you were shocked by the recent violence at Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar, you have more shocking revelations by Rahul Varman, who explains how the workers have been exploited all along

Posted    10-Aug-2012    Vol  3   Issue  32
Inspiring farmer
Inspiring farmer

R Jeganathan’s organic farm in Pakkam, a village near Chennai, is drawing youth, who wish to take up farming even if it means giving up careers. Farming can be profitable if it is integrated with dairy and poultry, he tells P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    15-Feb-2013    Vol  4   Issue  7
Just say ‘no’
Just say ‘no’

With ‘party drugs’ doing the rounds in youth gatherings, many children are slipping into the abyss of addiction, unaware of the consequences, says Prathiba Raju. Parents, elders, watch out

Posted    10-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
No hard nut to crack
No hard nut to crack

A barefoot innovator, 28-year-old Mushtaq Ahmad Dar has already wowed technocrats. And still fabricates devices that will make life easy for Kashmiri farmers. Afsana Rashid cracks the mystery

Posted    03-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  1
Anna’s auto
Anna’s auto

If you are a teacher, you can hitch a free ride in an autorickshaw with amenities like magazines, newspapers, TV, wi-fi and a tablet to browse. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the owner-driver G Annadurai, who has set a benchmark in customer service

Posted    01-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  9
Bold and brawny
Bold and brawny

Even for the strongest man on earth, cancer and heart surgery could be put-downers. Not for muscleman Mahadev Deka, who proved that he is mentally strong too.  Pranjal Baruah has the story.

Posted    17-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  3
Friend of Dalits
Friend of Dalits

Dalits, facing caste discrimination in a village, found a saviour in a young police officer recently. But Asra Garg has taken on even politicians in the past, says P C Vinoj Kumar
 

Posted    06-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  18
Making of Valmikis
Making of Valmikis

Dancer Alokananda Roy saw a jail as a different kind of stage. She tried to make a Valmiki out of every prisoner in Kolkata’s Presidency jail through dance. Rina Mukherji retraces her steps.

Posted    17-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  3
A media whizkid
A media whizkid

Rahul Kanwal, Executive Editor of Headlines Today, started early and still goes strong. Being the youngest chap to head a news channel is not a kid’s job. But for him it's like child’s play

Posted    15-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  28
Plastic smiles
Plastic smiles

When the sight of plastic waste littered on the roadsides has become so disgusting to environment lovers, brothers Rasool and Ahmed have made use of the same plastic to lay beautiful roads, says Sapna Gopal

Posted    14-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  24
The job seeker
The job seeker

In 18 years, he changed 20 jobs, each of a different kind, and wants to pick up more skills and crafts. Renitha Raveendran learns more about Rajeevan, for whom every job provides a new high

Posted    24-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  4
Rajapaksa’s paranoia
Rajapaksa’s paranoia

The May Day protest against the UN releasing the report on the war crimes in Sri Lanka – which the US has endorsed - shows that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is paranoid, says Sam Rajappa

Posted    06-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  18
Beyond power
Beyond power

IITian Yogeshwar Kumar, who has set up micro-hydroelectric plants in neglected hilly villages, looks beyond rural household lighting. His community-run power stations also operate rural enterprises like flour mills, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    29-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  39
Girls' heaven
Girls' heaven

In Hathitala, a village in Rajasthan, all girls go to school, bucking the trend in a state notorious for low sex ratio and early marriage for girls. Rekha Pal finds out how the village decided to make education compulsory for its daughters

Posted    10-Aug-2012    Vol  3   Issue  32
Flower girl
Flower girl

Amidst the booming guns, the bloom of flowers fascinates Nusrat.  She runs a cut-flower business in Kashmir, thus breaking the moulds set for women.  Afsana Rashid breathes in the fragrance

Posted    17-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  3
Eelam’s Left turn
Eelam’s Left turn

Leftist writer Ron Ridenour makes a strong pitch for taking up the Tamil cause with the people of Latin America and the communist parties there to make them understand the struggle for Eelam

Posted    16-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Our hero
Our hero

Keeping in tune with its penchant for identifying do-gooders even among the underdogs, TWL has chosen its 'Person of the Year' – 2011. Editor P C Vinoj Kumar explains why Venkatraman, running a small eatery in Erode, qualified for the honour

Posted    30-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  52
Eelam status
Eelam status

No ‘Hang-Rajapaksa’ slogans. No ‘Boycott Sri Lanka’ placards. It is an unfamiliar situation in Tamil Nadu. But this lull may not last long, says Viduthalai Rajendran speaking to P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    11-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  40
Banker's interest
Banker's interest

He once wanted to create a 'Shangrila' in the Himalayas. In 1993, he was into mergers and acquisitions in Citibank. But now Ramji Raghavan promotes scientific temper and the spirit of enquiry among poor children, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    25-Jan-2014    Vol  5   Issue  4
Barefoot engineers
Barefoot engineers

A soaring kite and a sewing machine inspired two brothers in rural Assam to fabricate a windmill to pump water. The windmills have helped the salt farmers in Gujarat, whose operational cost has reduced by 40 percent, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    24-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  12
Learned vendor
Learned vendor

An IIM graduate selling vegetables on the streets not only gives dignity to the profession of agriculture but lures educated youth to the trade. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets Kaushlendra Kumar

Posted    01-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
Green roof
Green roof

In the concrete jungle, a couple will not let their dream of having a garden wither away just for want of land. Rama Devi Menon walks through the greenery on the roof of a house in Hyderabad

Posted    12-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  11
Bald and beautiful
Bald and beautiful Posted    14-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
No smooth gel!
No smooth gel!

The full-page ads and TV spots promising to make women feel like a virgin with a tight vagina have led to outrage, prompting a furious debate among feminists and health professionals

Posted    30-Aug-2012    Vol  3   Issue  34
A road to change
A road to change

An idea strikes four students of Birla Institute of Technology and Science while on a picnic in a sandy village near Pilani. And it led them to a road that Roohi Saluja Sehgal retraces.

Posted    10-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  2
Power plough
Power plough

Mansukh Jagani, a farmer from Gujarat, has fabricated a power plough, replacing bullocks with a Bullet motorbike. It’s a case of necessity being the mother of invention, says Kavita Kanan Chandra, who spoke to the barefoot innovator

Posted    01-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  22
A human issue
A human issue

The war crimes in Sri Lanka have not just caused a storm but made the Tamil issue a problem of humanity. Paul Newman finds a groundswell of support for the Tamils building up all over India

Posted    08-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  27
Media's mirror
Media's mirror

In a first of its kind article by a senior journalist, Sutanu Guru, holds up a mirror to the Indian media, pointing out that its claim of being objective, fair, and unbiased is just horseshit

Posted    23-Nov-2011   
VIT’s hero
VIT’s hero

VIT Chennai will be honouring TWL’s Person of the Year 2011, V Venkatraman, whose Lunch @ Re 1 for the poor at his hotel in Erode, is giving food for thought for their B school students

Posted    04-Jan-2012    Vol  2   Issue  52
It’s in the mind
It’s in the mind

Breaking mental barriers is the key to overcome shortcomings, says Roopleen Prasad who cites examples of celebrities who have courted success with a big heart and a strong will

Posted    10-Aug-2012   
Don’t clutter
Don’t clutter

Being organised and systematic is a must to succeed, says Roopleen Prasad, whose tips for accomplishing tasks are: First, de-clutter and plan, and never take up tasks in random

Posted    02-Nov-2012   
Dalit prosperity
Dalit prosperity

Kalpana Saroj, one among the successful Dalit women entrepreneurs that Mauli Buch met in Mumbai, once worked for a daily wage of Rs 2, but now heads a Rs 3000 crore business enterprise 

Posted    19-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
It's not fair
It's not fair

In the prevalent skin colour bias, Kavitha Emmanuel sees racism. Wondering why we have failed to see the beauty that is evident in people, she wants society to accept that Black is beautiful

Posted    14-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  37
Comedy engineers
Comedy engineers

Five students of IIT-Bombay have given a new meaning to E=mc² even as they turned humour into a career and laughter into profit. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the engineers behind Humorbeings

Posted    01-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  13
Cycling by example
Cycling by example

A chief engineer with an oil company going to office in a cycle obviously evokes acerbic comments. But Jawaid Qaisar brushes them aside. For he is on a much bigger mission, says Shreya Misra.

Posted    10-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  2
Don’t be gay!
Don’t be gay!

The union home ministry takes the fight into the gay camp as it tells the Supreme Court that Section 377 of the IPC is needed to check cases of child sex abuse and other unnatural offences

Posted    23-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  7
Saving sparrows
Saving sparrows

That the number of the humble house sparrow is dwindling prompted Mohammed Esmail Dilawar to do something about its conservation. Rama Devi Menon gathers details about Nature Forever Society

Posted    24-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  4
Stop Koodankulam
Stop Koodankulam

TWL’s Consulting Editor Sam Rajappa makes a forceful argument in favour of scrapping the Koodankulam nuclear project, which the enlightened people of Kerala had rejected 3 decades ago

Posted    19-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Illuminating villages
Illuminating villages

Returning from US, Gyanesh Pandey realised the need to electrify his remote village in Bihar. Kavita Kanan Chandra throws light on the mission of the man, who lighted up places untouched by government power cables through an innovative project

Posted    03-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
Next, Sinhalese
Next, Sinhalese

Sinhalese are now learning that the guns that mowed Tamils will next be turned on them, says Brian Senewiratne, an Australia based Sinhalese doctor in the fourth and last of a series for TWL

Posted    08-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  49
Dam man
Dam man

By collecting one rupee from every person in a village, Anil Joshi, a rural doctor, built a dam across a local river to help farmers. Now he is on a mission to build 100 such check dams in drought-stricken villages, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    12-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  2
Musical dreams
Musical dreams

Twin sisters making a musical pair is old hat.  But since Shruti and Gore Bhatla share an incurable genetic disorder besides a passion for music they are remarkable, feels Abhishek Pandey

Posted    17-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  3
A woman’s dream
A woman’s dream

Diya Foundation is now imparting vocational skills to mentally challenged youth. But Sarah Santamaria, its founder, tells Marianne de Nazareth that she wants the community to be part of it

Posted    13-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  19
Can’t get worse
Can’t get worse

Looking at the present state of Tamils in Sri Lanka, a Sinhalese doctor living in Australia, Brian Senewiratne, says this is the worst in 2,500 years, in the first part of his series for TWL

Posted    17-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  46
Now, Neyyar
Now, Neyyar

Mullaiperiyar is not an isolated case of Kerala denying Tamil Nadu’s rightful share of water. Kanyakumari district farmers are being been denied water from the Neyyar Dam in Kerala 

Posted    26-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  51
Perfect justice
Perfect justice

The Bihar government wants to set up a school in the confiscated property of a corrupt official. If this nice decision is implemented, it may set a healthy precedent, says Santosh H K Narayan

Posted    07-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  9
Exclusive: A dark secret
Exclusive: A dark secret

It was never told: India thwarted attempts by civil society activists for a democratic solution to the Sri Lankan problem in 2007. M G Devasahayam, who spearheaded the talks, now speaks out

Posted    15-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  28
It’s time
It’s time

Managing time is more crucial in today’s world, says Roopleen Prasad, giving tips on ways to go about it while quoting famous personalities who had something to say about time

Posted    07-Dec-2012   
Living like Tarzan
Living like Tarzan

Realising a childhood dream to live in a jungle like Tarzan, Mohan Chabba built an abode amidst trees. He then opened it for all nature lovers. Neha Ghosh meets the Captain at his Captans

Posted    01-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  5
Battle cry
Battle cry

IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt tells Modi: I have principle and no power, You have power and no principle, You being you And I being I Compromise is out of the question, So let the battle begin

Posted    15-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  36
Idukki for TN
Idukki for TN

In the latest hullabaloo over Mullaiperiyar, one demand heard in the Tamil Nadu side is: Give us our taluks in Idukki. S Arunachalam turns the pages of history and justifies the new demand  

Posted    06-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
Diwali cause
Diwali cause

Diwali, the festival of lights, is all about spreading cheer, says Upamanyu Raju, Founder, Tiger Protection Group, as he suggests some nice ways in which you could be involved with their tiger projects
 

Posted    25-Oct-2011   
Be a tribe's guest
Be a tribe's guest

Home stay, as a trend, is catching up in the hitherto unexplored tribal regions of Northeast. Azera Rahman says that tourists going for it return with an understanding of an exotic culture

Posted    03-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
No, nuclear
No, nuclear

As the fate of Koodunkulam Nuclear Power Project hangs in balance, Sam Rajappa lists out 10 reasons why nuclear energy should be opposed. Do we need nuclear reaction to boil water, he asks?

Posted    07-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  40
Just do it
Just do it

Self discipline is the secret of success, says Roopleen Prasad, adding that those who worked their way from the bottom to top have trained themselves to do what they should do

 

Posted    27-Jul-2012   
Lunch @ Re.1
Lunch @ Re.1

This is too good to believe! Venkatraman, who runs a small eatery near the Government Hospital in Erode, offers lunch for just Re.1 for attendants of poor patients. Meet the unsung hero

Posted    17-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  32
A woman’s toil
A woman’s toil

Though she eked out a living doing menial jobs, Subhasini Mistry built a hospital. She did not want others to suffer as she did after her husband died when she was just 23, says Sahana Ghosh

Posted    15-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  11
Stooge of superpowers
Stooge of superpowers

In the second part of his discourse on Sri Lanka, Sinhala academic Jude Lal Fernando traces the political history of the island nation and dispels the theory that British favoured the Tamils

Posted    27-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  43
Vidarbha’s hope
Vidarbha’s hope

He is the hope for cotton farmers in Vidarbha, where suicides are a regular feature. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets Kishor Tiwari, who gave up a top job with an MNC to fight for farmers’ rights and sensitise the government on their problems

Posted    07-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  14
Cool deal
Cool deal

Now, you have a solar cap to keep you cool when you are out in the sun! At Rs.400 the cap has no recurring cost, since the tiny fan fitted in the cap runs on solar power, says Mauli Buch

Posted    15-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Ikkat's weft and warp
Ikkat's weft and warp

Where Vinobha Bhave started his Bhoodan movement, weavers still enjoy the benefits of the past. Marianne de Nazareth visited Pochampally as a media fellow under the aegis of the IASC 2011

Posted    28-Jan-2011    Vol  3   Issue  4
A hero's mentor
A hero's mentor

He was the man who initiated M S Dhoni into cricket. Keshav Ranjan Banerjee speaks to Santosh H K Narayan on the country’s squad and prospects of his protege bringing the World Cup to India

Posted    21-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  3
Bow and arrow
Bow and arrow

The arrows that C Srither shot at the CWG earned him a silver. But Srither was an arrow shot into the sport of archery by Shihan Hussaini, who is known more as a karate master. Now Hussaini plans to train more archers, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    29-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  9
A Tamil supporter
A Tamil supporter

The Tamils of Sri Lanka now have a friend in Ram Vilas Paswan, who hit out at Mahinda Rajapakse at a convention on war crimes. Akash Bisht finds him to be the new champion of the Tamil cause

Posted    13-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  19
Ignited mind
Ignited mind

By igniting young minds, Kiran Sagar founded Yuva Bengaluru to help the underprivileged. Marianne de Nazareth meets the youth who wants to create a peaceful, prosperous, progressive society

Posted    18-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  7
The illuminator
The illuminator

For Harish Hande, winner of the prestigious Magsaysay award, bringing light into the lives of the poor through solar power was not that easy. With Kavita Kanan Chandra, he goes down memory lane and also tells about his vision for the future

Posted    04-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  31
Brave wife
Brave wife

Supercop Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife Shweta tells Priyanka Borpujari about the dangerous life the family leads after her husband accused Chief Minister Narendra Modi of instigating the 2002 riots 

Posted    07-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
Scribe’s story
Scribe’s story

For senior journalist Sankarshan Thakur journalism was more attractive than the civil service. The Roving Editor of The Telegraph opens up to Anuradha Preetam on his life and passion

Posted    02-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  17
Re-recycling waste
Re-recycling waste

What happens to the waste that recycling of paper throws up? In the hands of Sachin Mandavgane and Rahul Ralegaonkar, it turns into paper bricks that are all set to change the contours of Green Building technology, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    13-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  28
Mother’s milk
Mother’s milk

What happens when an infant can be fed with only mother’s milk but the mother can’t or is dead? To help such kids, India’s fourth Mother’s Milk Bank was started in Udaipur, says Anil Sharma

Posted    07-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  23
Mothers' friend
 Mothers' friend

Not wanting other women to suffer like her when she came from the US to settle down in Chennai, Bhavani Raman has started a networking website for mothers. Hema Gopalakrishnan checks it out

Posted    08-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  6
Crack – the whip
Crack – the whip

Communications Minister Kapil Sibal wants to regulate posts on Facebook and other social media network. Prasanto K Roy gives five reasons why he won’t be able to succeed in his effort 

Posted    13-Dec-2011   
Where they care
Where they care

Not too far from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore’s IT hub, there is an abode of peace, providing palliative care to those needing comfort. Marianne de Nazareth visits Karunashraya that has been doing yeoman service for the past 12 years

Posted    20-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  20
Magic car
Magic car

A Pakistani engineer has built a car that runs on water and he drove the car during a demonstration for parliamentarians, scientists, and students at Islamabad, leaving onlookers astounded

Posted    28-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  30
Turtle fest
Turtle fest

It is that time of the year again at the beautiful Velas beach in the Konkan region's Ratnagiri district. Welcome to the annual Turtle Festival, which kicks off Feb 19, says Quaid Najmi

Posted    17-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  7
No, My lord
No, My lord

Justice K Chandru has set an example for the judiciary in many ways. When he walks through the corridors of Madras High Court, liveried, mace holding men do not shoo people, observes N Asokan

Posted    24-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  25
The T factor
The T factor

In the final part of his article on Sinhalese racism in Sri Lanka and the ethnic conflict it started, Brian Senewiratne blames the British for sowing the seeds of trouble in the island nation

Posted    10-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  5
Cool potter
Cool potter

Refrigeration without electricity may sound incredible. But Mansukhbhai Prajapati has invented an eco-friendly cooler without letting his lack of formal education come in the way of his determination. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the potter

Posted    10-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  23
A clean man
A clean man

A successful chartered accountant crusading for people’s causes is not common. But Subhas Datta has been doing it for 35 years in Howrah. He may even launch a Green Party, says Rina Mukherji.

Posted    10-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  2
Target 'Miss Universe'
Target 'Miss Universe'

A lawyer by profession Vasuki Sunkavalli took to modelling and ended up becoming Miss Universe India 2011. But she is not thinking of films yet. Her eyes are set on the Miss Universe title

Posted    21-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  28
Compatriots of success
Compatriots of success

The woman, who was shattered when told that her baby suffered from cerebral palsy, now considers herself fortunate for the support from others. Sudha Narasimhachar has the incredible story.

Posted    03-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  1
Wealth in waste
Wealth in waste

‘Gold from garbage’ is the motto of Vellore Srinivasan, whose innovative waste management programme has been launched in Bangalore. While providing jobs to many women, the project also produces organic manure, finds Marianne de Nazareth

Posted    27-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  21
A dream hospital
A dream hospital

The undying spirit of a poor, illiterate widow, Subhashini Mistry, to build a hospital in her husband's village has been captured in words by Anita Pratap and through the lens by Mahesh Bhat
 

Posted    30-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  52
Silent collaborator
Silent collaborator

Why is India not keen on supporting the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC meet in Geneva? Sam Rajappa explains, saying that India too had a role in that war against LTTE

Posted    15-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
One-time wonder
One-time wonder

What is the secret behind the success of Rajinikanth’s Robot – Enthiran in Tamil and Robo in Telugu? P C Vinoj Kumar checks it out with Sreedhar Pillai, noted journalist and trade specialist

Posted    08-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  6
Save the Bishop
Save the Bishop

The life of Mannar Tamil Bishop, Rayappu Joseph, is in danger, says Australia-based Sinhalese doctor, Brian Senewiratne, recalling the past incidents in which priests have just gone missing

Posted    11-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Life’s gift
Life’s gift

The wife of a porter, 38-year-old Sanuja Rajan, has won Rs. 1 crore in a TV reality show in Kerala. Life has come full circle for the woman, who has endured many hardships, says Sanu George

Posted    02-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  17
Eelam inevitable
Eelam inevitable

Hailing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for raising the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Sam Rajappa analyses the ethnic conflict and feels that a separate Eelam alone can solve the problem

Posted    10-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  23
Aiming for the stars
Aiming for the stars

Most middle class parents dream of sending their children to IIT. But Ruchi Kaushik personally groomed her son, Sahal, who made it at the age of 14. Abhishek Pandey speaks to the super mom.

Posted    10-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  2
Biogas buses
Biogas buses

As many as 120 Delhi buses may soon be running on biogas produced from a plant to be set up inside Kesopur Sewage Treatment Plant in West Delhi, says Ankur Paliwal 

Posted    20-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
It’s no gag
It’s no gag

Seeman condemns The Times of India’s attempt to gag The Weekend Leader with threats of legal action for publishing an article on Malayalee journalists working in the English media in Chennai

Posted    17-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
A fighter and mediator
A fighter and mediator

She fights and also pacifies. Laila Ollapally, known for PILs, also runs a mediation centre. She is keen on creating awareness about settling cases out of court, says Sudha Narasimhachar.

Posted    17-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  3
We’ve one more JP
We’ve one more JP

He shares not just the name with Jayaprakash Narayan but also the Loknayak’s vision. The doctor-turned-bureaucrat-turned-social activist-turned politician is biding his time to capture power. Mahesh Avadhutha profiles the Loksatta founder

Posted    15-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  28
Giving teeth to rights
Giving teeth to rights

He cut his teeth in social activism while getting trained as a dentist. Now, Raja Muzaffar Bhat helps the people of Kashmir through his RTI movement. Jehangir Rashid finds out how he does it.

Posted    10-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  2
Tech Guide
Tech Guide

The Weekend Leader scales higher levels, technically. You now have an entire gamut of features that will help you keep updated and also send in your comments. Please read to know about them

Posted    10-Dec-2010   
People’s doctor
People’s doctor

Dr V Shanta heads the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai. Active even at 87 years, she talks to Manasa Ramraj about her childhood inspiration, adding: ‘Doctors must learn to treat their patients as human beings and not as mere commodities.’

Posted    12-Jul-2014    Vol  5   Issue  28
Media’s turnaround
Media’s turnaround

The student uprising in Tamil Nadu has not just shaken political parties, but also the sections of the media that treated the Lankan Tamils issue with scorn and contempt, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    18 Mar 2013    Vol  4   Issue  11
Geneva test
Geneva test

India is reported to have assured Sri Lanka of support in international forum, says Sam Rajappa, wondering if she would betray Tamils yet again in the human rights review meet in Geneva

Posted    29-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  43
School friends
School friends

In a neglected slum of Ranchi, illiteracy was attached to the people like an umbilical cord. Five forward looking youth dare to cut it and liberate the children, says Santosh H K Narayan

Posted    01-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  5
Plea for justice
Plea for justice

The Jain Commission report made damning references to Chandraswami and Subramanian Swamy, says Thirumurgan Gandhi in the final part of his article on Rajiv’s assassination

Posted    07-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Adhocracy reigns
Adhocracy reigns

Expressing concern over India being overrun by adhocracy, M G Devasahayam says that it has permeated the Army, which is evident from the manner Gen V K Singh's been forced out a year early

Posted    14-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  10
Commonwealth Saviour
Commonwealth Saviour

As New Delhi waits for Commonwealth Games to start, one activist is concerned about India's image taking a beating with autorickshaw drivers fleecing visitors. Partho Burman meets the 'no honking man', who teaches autodrivers to behave

Posted    01-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  5
A homecoming
A homecoming

In her modern attire, 30-year-old Chhavi Rajawat stands out in the rural landscape. But as village head, she is all set to change the people’s life. Partho Burman finds out what she is up to

Posted    22-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  8
Can’t sit tight
Can’t sit tight

In a US bus, Rosa Parks refused to vacate her seat for a white man and asserted Black rights 57 years ago, but in TN Dalits have to still vacate seats for the upper castes, says G Babu Jayakumar

Posted    01 Dec 2012    Vol  3   Issue  48
Finishing Tamils
Finishing Tamils

Sri Lankan rulers want to destroy the concept of Tamil homeland and make Tamils permanent refugees, says the Sinhalese doctor in Australia, Brian Senewiratne, in this third part of a series

Posted    01-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
They dare
They dare

As more and more single women go for adoption in India now, Amrita Nandy tracks the trend that bucks the traditional norm set for family and praises the bold women for redefining motherhood

Posted    27-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  43
‘New clear’ policy?
‘New clear’ policy?

In the wake of stiff opposition to nuclear energy, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited has adopted a new PR strategy by inviting people to visit their power plants across the country

Posted    11 Nov 2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Flying car
Flying car

NRI businessman Subhash Shihora becomes the first Indian to own a flying car that he can drive from home straight to the airport and take off into the air. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to him

Posted    18-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  19
Face of Eelam
Face of Eelam

TNA Member of Parliament, Sivagnanam Shritharan is an emerging voice of Tamils in Sri Lanka. In an exclusive interview to Paul Newman, he sets the record straight on TNA’s stand on Eelam

Posted    08-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  23
Reformed dons
Reformed dons

Bihar’s once-dreaded political dons, now in jail, are drawing inspiration from books and lives of great leaders. One is doing PhD on Jain non-violence and few others are reading religious books

Posted    28-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  38
Birds and gardens
Birds and gardens

The manicured lawns may look elegant but they did not sustain bird or insect life. That is one reason the common sparrow has vanished from Bangalore, Dr Krishna MB tells Marianne de Nazareth

Posted    01-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  5
Review Lanka
Review Lanka

As Sri Lankan navy continues to attack Tamil Nadu fishermen, what would be India’s stand at the UNHRC session, wonders Paul Newman, as he urges New Delhi to review its Lanka policy

Posted    16 Feb 2012    Vol  3   Issue  6
Justice in sight
Justice in sight

The wheels of justice have finally begun moving and they are after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who’s facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    20-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  15
Exclusive: Veerappan's sidekick
Exclusive: Veerappan's sidekick

Six years after he was killed, forest brigand Veerappan's name is to resonate in court. P C Vinoj Kumar encounters an activist with documents that contradict the fate of an aide of Veerappan

Posted    15 Dec 2010    Vol  1   Issue  15
Silk sans guilt
Silk sans guilt

‘Live and let live’ was the maxim that drove Kusuma Rajaiah to think about a new way to weave silk saris that involved no violence to the moths. Rama Devi Menon tells us about ‘ahimsa silk’

Posted    29-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  9
PET couple
PET couple

When disposal of PET bottles is a challenge, a couple from Hyderabad has found a good use of the junked containers: Building walls. P C Vinoj Kumar tells us how they build houses with bottles

Posted    31-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  22
Modern village
Modern village

Chucking an engineering career in US, Senthil Kumar Gopalan comes to India, landing in a Tamil Nadu village, where he re-engineers the life of rural poor. P C Vinoj Kumar finds the holistic development engendered by his NGO, Payir, amazing

Posted    16-Aug-2013    Vol  4   Issue  33
A Hindu's mosque
A Hindu's mosque

Inspired by a Muslim saint, Ram Singh Thakur built a mosque in his own land in Kanpur. At the age of 91, the devout Hindu still cleans the mosque himself. Abhishek Pandey meets the man who recites the Geeta and Quran with equal religiosity

Posted    08-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  6
Cost of genocide
Cost of genocide

Boycott Sri Lanka Team spots sale of Sri Lankan made biscuits and chocolates in TUCS outlets in Chennai, takes up matter with government official, and succeeds in taking them off the shelves

Posted    25-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  3
The noose is tightening
The noose is tightening

Sri Lanka is an island nation. But its presidential palace is no island cut off from the world’s judicial hawks’ reach. How long can Rajapaksa escape the long arm of law, wonders V Suresh

Posted    24-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  25
Person of the Year
Person of the Year

Year-end is the time to look back. The Weekend Leader does it by celebrating Tanishk Shyamya's social enterprise even as P C Vinoj Kumar looks back, rather nostalgically, on street food moments, putting the young woman's work in perspective

Posted    24-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  17
Firmly rooted
Firmly rooted

An MBA holding a job with ITC, Jaya Prakash Dabral should have been climbing the corporate ladder at the age of 35. But he went back to his roots, the place where he hailed from, and saved trees from being felled, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    26-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  43
Build 'em green
Build 'em green

Ideas, concepts, fledgling technologies, and every aspect of a green building was discussed at the ‘Trends in Green Buildings’ workshop organized by The Weekend Leader, says Radhika Giri

Posted    30-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  30
Funding source
Funding source

Wondering who funds Arvind Kejriwal? One source is Infosys mentor Narayana Murthy who donated over Rs.1 crore to Kejriwal’s trust in a span of 4 years “to raise awareness about the RTI Act”  

Posted    07-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  44
Iron lady
Iron lady

Irom Sharmila, who has been on a fast for 11 years, is an icon for all peace-lovers and activists fighting oppression. She tells Tripti Nath about the special man in her life, Desmond Cutinho

Posted    15-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  37
A cool choice
A cool choice

Rayna Srivastava, a 16-year-old high school student from Texas, USA, spent her summer vacation teaching English at a girls’ home in Mumbai, even skipping a trip to Brazil, says Krishnaraj Rao

Posted    13-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  28
At your service
At your service

A man from Tamil Nadu, Kulandei Francis, who has been doing community service in Krishnagiri district without any publicity, is one of the winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2012

Posted    28-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  30
Perfect pot
Perfect pot

Poonam Kasturi Bir is a potter with a difference. Her earthenware converts kitchen waste to manure. Sapna Gopal finds out why the ‘compostwali’, whose ‘teen khambha’ has caught the imagination of people even abroad, loves to constantly experiment

Posted    29-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  26
Hot stories
Hot stories

Audrey Wabwire, a Kenyan journalist, travelled in a truck from Nairobi to Durban, through 5 nations, to report on climate change at community level, says Stella Paul who met her at Durban

Posted    05-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
Joy of Giving
Joy of Giving

Wife of a business tycoon, Rekha Ramachandran, finds joy in giving.    P C Vinoj Kumar is touched.

Posted    10-Sep-2010   
People's voice
People's voice

A reporter's dilemma - to say the whole truth or just do what he is expected to - led to the launch of a newspaper for the common man. Basudev Mahapatra reports on Chandra Mishra's dream paper

Posted    22-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  16
Preying on women
Preying on women

The international community is turning a blind eye to Sri Lankan soldiers sexually exploiting Tamil women, alleges Paul Newman, drawing a parallel to the situation that prevailed in Bosnia

Posted    03-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
Diehard innovator
Diehard innovator

As a child, V Jayaprakash attended school for the free mid-day meals, but later developed a passion for science and innovation. Kavita Kanan Chandra met the maker of the portable smokeless stove, who has more innovations lined up for the future
 

Posted    30-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  13
Jaya’s googly
Jaya’s googly

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that IPL matches involving Sri Lankan players, umpires and other officials should not be played in Tamil Nadu

Posted    26-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  12
He is different
 He is different

Balasaheb Darade is a politician of another hue. The 29-year-old could have pursued the American dream, easily. But he chose to work in his Vidarbha region of Maharashtra to bring the change that people want. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to him

Posted    02-Aug-2013    Vol  4   Issue  31
Khadi's day
Khadi's day

Designer Gaurang Shah, who has been working with weavers and trying to give that contemporary touch to khadi collections, is getting international attention. Nivedita brings you the story

Posted    29 Jun 2012    Vol  3   Issue  26
A human issue
A human issue

She facilitates adoption but doesn’t find a child for couples; it’s more a family for the child. Marianne de Nazareth meets Aloma Lobo, who views adoption as a human issue and not a legal one

Posted    11-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  6
Clean woman
Clean woman

With the commitment of a social worker and expertise of an engineer, Mula Devi, an illiterate woman, has changed Bhimnagar of Jalaun district in Uttar Pradesh. Anuradha Sahni finds out how she has infused a healthy lifestyle in villagers

Posted    03-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Shooting guns
Shooting guns

Turning murder weapons into productive tools is not just a lofty idea for Bihar police, who have been practising it by converting seized pistols into hoes and hedge clippers, says Imran Khan

Posted    03-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Winning cult
Winning cult

Narrating a few success stories, Arindam Chaudhuri and A Sandeep tell us why we should not give up even if we fail repeatedly in our efforts. For, as they say, losers will rule this century

Posted    30-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  52
Focus India
Focus India

A photo competition being held in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs aims at creating a stock of high quality images that would show the new India to the world. Entries are invited

Posted    18-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  32
Bold girl
Bold girl

A college girl started a campaign to make Kolkata streets safe for women after a humiliating experience. Rina Mukherji has the story of Brinda Dasgupta who will not only take things lying down but will not let others harassed on the roads

Posted    16-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  16
Anna Hazare’s man
Anna Hazare’s man

Swami Agnivesh was in the limelight when Anna Hazare went on a fast to press for the Lokpal Bill. But then, Agnivesh has been taking up public causes for quite a long time, says Akash Bisht

Posted    15-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  15
Under attack
Under attack

In a letter to the Prime Minister, J Jayalalithaa has reiterated her demand that Sri Lankan navy’s attacks against Tamil Nadu fishermen should be viewed as acts of aggression against India

Posted    11-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  40
Bishop in danger
Bishop in danger

The Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, who made a daring submission at the UNHRC session in Geneva against the Lankan govt, was questioned by Colombo’s Criminal Investigation Department

Posted    10-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  18
Precious Nano
Precious Nano

A not-for-sale, ‘fully functional’ model of the Tata group’s Nano car, has been made with 80 kg 22 carat solid gold, 15 kg silver, and studded with diamonds, rubies, and other gemstones

Posted    20-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  37
Healthy mission
Healthy mission

Child malnutrition, an issue that was ignored by politicians for years, is now being addressed by some young MPs who have united putting party differences aside. Neeraja Chowdhury checks out
 

Posted    05-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
Nicotine stains
Nicotine stains

Toothpastes in India have high levels of nicotine, a known carcinogen, a study has found. A popular brand – named in the article – had nicotine content normally contained in nine cigarettes!  

Posted    28-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
Koodankulam plants!
Koodankulam plants!

While TWL supports the struggle of locals against the Koodankulam power plant, we find some truth in charges that activists may be indulging in a disinformation campaign, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    01-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  39
Baby boomer
Baby boomer

Chennai-based Kamala Selvaraj has helped many childless couple have babies through her fertility techniques. In an interview to Marie Banu, she speaks about her life, profession and mission

Posted    06-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  5
“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be..."
“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be..."

When the gentleman asked her for the dance, Simi Mehta couldn’t resist the offer and she said ‘yes’

Posted    15-Oct-2010   
Sun Teller
Sun Teller

ATM card holders in villages that go without power for hours need not trek to towns to draw money. Indian start-up, Vortex, has come up with solar-powered Gramateller, says Shudip Talukdar
 

Posted    05-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
Just do it
Just do it

If you are bogged down by self-doubt as you aspire for higher things in life, let Roopleen Prasad guide you through the road to success. But, before starting, believe in you 

Posted    13-Oct-2011   
Mom's fight
Mom's fight

She could not be bought over or cowed down in her fight for justice. She will not rest till those who sodomised her daughter in school and caused her death are brought to book. Abhishek Pandey profiles the brave mother, Sonu Singh of Kanpur

Posted    19-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  12
News damned
News damned

Keeping with its policy of calling a spade a spade, TWL takes a close look at the coverage of the historic TN Assembly session on Mullai Periyar by The Times of India and other English dailies

Posted    16-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
Lankan lie
Lankan lie

Sri Lankan government’s 8-member Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission is just an eyewash, says Paul Newman, pointing out the deceptions in its inception to its conduct and its report

Posted    05-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
A catalyst for change
A catalyst for change

Driven by a vision for a better society, Mujeeb Khan checked out the media. Then he worked for NGOs. Then he founded Bhumi that changed the life of slum dwellers, says Hema Gopalakrishnan

Posted    03-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  1
Green cleaners
Green cleaners

Chucking careers in the corporate world, an IIM couple came up with a ‘plant detergent’, which is not just eco-friendly but also works out cheaper and reduces water consumption while laundering clothes. Radhika Giri meets the Krya founders

 

Posted    20-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  29
Mission Eelam
Mission Eelam

In an exclusive interview to The Weekend Leader, Fr. S J Emmanuel of Global Tamil Forum tells Paul Newman that the Eelam struggle is into its third phase post Mullivaikal massacre of 2009

Posted    05 Mar 2012    Vol  3   Issue  9
Changing the social fabric
Changing the social fabric

From driving a BMW to taking a bus ride, everything changed suddenly for Dilip Barooah, who in turn changed the lives of many in trouble-torn Assam. Kavita Kanan Chandra tracks the story

Posted    01-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  5
She dared
She dared

When the media is seen as superficial and elitist, there are journalists who get to the bottom of issues that face real India. One of them, Neha Dixit dared to foray into Naxal territory to get the true picture, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    06-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  18
Women’s show
Women’s show

A TV travel show has supermodel Indrani Dasgupta and actress Sugandha Garg trying to unravel the persona of Indian men. They travelled around India and met men from all walks of life

Posted    09-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
Animal welfare
Animal welfare

On the occasion of World Animal Day, Rama Devi Menon interviews Maj. Gen. (Retd) R M Kharb, Chairman of Animal Welfare Board of India, on the controversy surrounding the killing of stray dogs

Posted    04-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  39
All the best
All the best

If you think ‘I can’, then you can, says Roopleen Prasad, guiding you on a path to success and helping you surmount the obstacles that come up in the form of negative thought

Posted    10-Nov-2011   
In grandma’s home
 In grandma’s home

Close to four decades after leaving Kargali, a coal town, Arpita Sutradhar wonders why she never returned to the place, whose old smell, sounds and visuals come in her dreams

Posted    25-Feb-2011   
Hear, India
Hear, India

Giving a voice to the voiceless is ‘India Unheard’, a community news service, run by filmmaker Stalin K and his wife Jessica Mayberry. Pamela D’Mello tunes in and listens to the real voices

Posted    18-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  7
Tamils still firm
Tamils still firm

The world community is yet to come to grips on the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka, feels Ramu Manivannan, who hails the TNA victory in the recent local body polls as a vote for self determination

Posted    29-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  30
Small town topper
Small town topper

When Shena Aggarwal from the small town of Yamunanagar in Haryana topped the all-India civil services exam last week, her feat put women achievers from the state in the spotlight yet again

Posted    12 May 2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Firm family
Firm family

IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt is a harried man after he spoke the truth about Narendra Modi. But even as the establishment in the land of Gandhi bays for his blood, he remains firm just because his family stands by him, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    13-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  19
People’s project
People’s project

When a check dam in Jharkhand was washed away, the villagers affected by it did not go to the government to rebuild it. Instead they did it themselves in three weeks. Now, they are planning to build eight more dams, says Santosh H K Narayan

Posted    07-Dec-2012    Vol  3   Issue  49
IIT goes berserk
IIT goes berserk

The standoff between the Chennai media and the IIT academics makes one wonder if academics too can behave like thugs. Worse than a professor beating up a photographer, the institute backs him

Posted    24 Aug 2012    Vol  3   Issue  34
Teaching Bihar
Teaching Bihar

An IITian, who prepared for primary class exams in the light of a kerosene lamp, is back in his village to help Bihar regain its ancient glory of Nalanda days. Kavita Kanan Chandra speaks to Chandrakant Singh, who has ushered in a revolution

Posted    09-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  10
Putting 'em on feet
Putting 'em on feet

Moved by the sight of a man crawling on all fours, Kiran Kumar vowed to help people with physical disabilities by becoming a doctor. Partho Burman is wowed by the orthopedician's commitment

Posted    09-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  15
I am an Indian
I am an Indian

For seven years Challikkulathil Ibrayi waged a court battle. Just to prove that he is indeed an Indian. Renitha Raveendran meets the man suspected to be a Pakistani spy by the authorities

Posted    15-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  7
Changing times
Changing times

A Kerala minister resigned from the cabinet in the 1960s after he was caught in a scandal involving a Congress worker, Padma Menon, but P J Kurien has survived a rape case, says Sam Rajappa

Posted    14-Feb-2013    Vol  4   Issue  6
Record recruitment
Record recruitment

A record number of 1820 students at VIT got job offers on a single day from Cognizant. VIT’s current batch has found dream offers with salaries ranging from Rs.4.5 to Rs.10.5 lakhs per annum

Posted    22-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  37
Musical fizz
Musical fizz

Coke Studio is a platform to promote fusion music. Outside the cinema industry, it makes a bid to promote a refreshing new genre of music. Shilpa Raina meets the key people behind the show

Posted    17-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  24
Good job, guys!
Good job, guys!

KravMaga Sreeram, the man who drew the sketch of the prime suspect in the Chennai bank robbery cases, justifies the recent police encounter that killed five suspects, in this exclusive article

Posted    27-Feb-2012    Vol  2   Issue  8
Smell of a scam
Smell of a scam

A single company is enjoying advertising rights in Mumbai’s ‘illegal’ traffic booths, allegedly sharing the loot with senior cops, claims activist Indur Chhugani. Kavita Kanan Chandra reports

Posted    02-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  17
Ready to hit
Ready to hit

Former IPS officer YP Singh plans to hold a press meet today to expose how Mumbai police abused their official position and helped Salman Khan to prolong the trial of his hit-and-run case

Posted    02-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  43
Girls' garden
Girls' garden

Daughters get a grand welcome in Bihar’s Dharhara, which has tackled issues like low sex ratio, global warming and climate change in one go. The villagers plant at least 10 trees, traditionally mango, when a girl is born, says Saadia Azim

Posted    24-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  21
Tiger’s friend
Tiger’s friend

Unlike the run of the mill politician, Jyoti Mirdha is keen on addressing the ecological and administrative concerns of tiger conservation. But she has a humane approach, says Akash Bisht

Posted    27-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  21
Wild plans
Wild plans

Kerala’s petro-dollar rich tourism promoters will benefit most if Mullaiperiyar dam is knocked off as they can encroach some more land for building many more forest resorts, says Sam Rajappa

Posted    22-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  51
A life on track
A life on track

How passionate can journalists get on the subjects they write about? Rajendra Aklekar, who wrote about railways, went on to form the Bombay Railway History Group. Prachi Bari met the man

Posted    11-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  6
A honey story
A honey story

A tailor tasted sweet success by turning to apiculture in Kashmir’s Uri area. Now Mohammad Sidiq wants to send honey across to Pakistan. Afsana Rashid flies into his hive to stitch a report

Posted    01-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  5
Haute politics
Haute politics

The latest elections in many States have thrown up a new crop of contestants, who are a far cry from conventional politicos. Puja Awasthi finds Indian politics poised for a dramatic overhaul

Posted    24-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  8
Green hero
Green hero

C Srinivasan and a team of 48 members are trying to create a forest on the barren hills of Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Cynics may call it a pipedream. But, the project is already showing results, claim the locals. P C Vinoj Kumar has the story

Posted    18-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  7
New life
New life

For nearly 2 years she was trapped in Mumbai’s notorious Kamathipura red light area. Today, the 34-year-old Chairmaya Tamang is leading a heroic struggle against trafficking in Kathmandu

Posted    11-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  27
A natural love
A natural love

Belying the popular notion that IT professionals prefer a fast urban lifestyle, a young couple from Bengaluru takes to farming on alternate weekends. Sudha Narasimhachar speaks to the unusual couple, bonded naturally, on their passion

Posted    11-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  10
Toying with the idea
Toying with the idea

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Does not it apply to slum children? Shwetha Chari, who should have been an engineer, understood that and formed Toybank. Deepti Khera pays a visit

Posted    24-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  4
Fighting Parkinson’s
Fighting Parkinson’s

When the 34-year-old woman was told that she has Parkinson’s disease, she did not go into depression. Instead, with the support of her family, she soldiers on, living life to the full. Sudha Narasimhachar is wowed by the brave woman, Shelly

Posted    29-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  30
Pondy hotspots
Pondy hotspots

Puducherry – yeah good old Pondicherry – is known for its French flavour. But there are many places to see, says Catherine Gilon, listing 15 'must-visit' spots, some of them not much-visited

Posted    25-Jan-2014    Vol  5   Issue  4
Bitter truth
Bitter truth

Why does the Sri Lankan government spew vitriol on the UN now? Just because a report has confirmed the charges of war crimes committed by its army in its war against the LTTE, says V Suresh

Posted    22-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  16
Safeguarding liberty
Safeguarding liberty

Internet played a huge role in the success of the Jan Lokpal campaign. But the new IT Rules may disallow such exchange of information in public interest, feel activists. Akash Bisht reports

Posted    11-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  18
Nikki’s memoirs
Nikki’s memoirs

South Carolina's Indian-American Governor Nikki Haley is all set to publish her memoir just shy of her 40th birthday. Haley is America's youngest governor, reports Arun Kumar from Washington

Posted    01-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
Cry for referendum
Cry for referendum

Delighted with the changing world opinion on Sri Lanka, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran hopes that the UN would organize a referendum on Eelam and the Diaspora Tamils would be part of it

Posted    03-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  13
Vulture care
Vulture care

Setting up a restaurant for vultures was one of the ideas that Dilsher Khan came up with to save the winged predator from becoming extinct. Even if his ideas were shot down, he continues his campaign in his own ways, says Deepthi Raghunath

Posted    03-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  18
A flutter of idea
A flutter of idea

Chasing butterflies is every child’s play. But for Arjan Basu Roy their conservation is a passion. He tells Lesley D Biswas why butterflies should flutter around and what he has done for it

Posted    04-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  10
Refusing to be a victim
Refusing to be a victim

It would have been the end for any girl sold into the sex trade. Not for Nikita. Santosh Narayan meets the young campaigner against child trafficking, who refused to take things lying down 

Posted    24-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  4
A homecoming
A homecoming

Rikin Gandhi was all set to be an astronaut. But he flew down from the US to help farmers with his expertise in digital technology. He tells Kavita Kanan Chandra that his present work in rural India is more meaningful than going into space

Posted    21-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  3
Inside Lanka (Final Part)
Inside Lanka (Final Part)

To subdue the Tamils in Sri Lanka forever, the Sinhalese are destroying the self-reliance of the local economic structures built over the years. A visitor to the island’s north was shocked

Posted    18-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  33
Sweet and sweat
Sweet and sweat

Hailing from a family that owned Nutrine, Anita Reddy need not have bothered about helping the poor and needy. But she did, says Marianne de Nazareth who spoke to the Padma Shri award winner

Posted    07-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  14
Innovating the wheel
Innovating the wheel

Picking parts from the scrap heap, Sandeep Kumar fabricated a foldable cycle, ‘SANDSIMA’, which is not just a boon to cycling enthusiasts but also for whom the bicycle is a part in their scheme of commuting to work, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    07-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  40
Bold declaration
Bold declaration

S P Udayakumar, who is spearheading the people’s movement against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, discloses his personal assets and bank savings to the Indian public

Posted    09-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  10
Scare and sell
Scare and sell

As fear and insecurity play a vital role in influencing buying habits, cosmetic sellers have created a scare among people through mass media to promote their beauty products, rather unfairly

Posted    27-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  30
Chuckles for broken hearts
Chuckles for broken hearts

It is no laughing matter. To provide emotional support to persons detected with cancer. A group formed to do that withered. Neerja Malik survived. Jency Samuel finds out what keeps her going.

Posted    03-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  1
It’s safe, for now!
It’s safe, for now!

Top official at the National Disaster Management Authority rules out tsunami threat to India, appeals to people near coastal areas not to panic – after they have panicked enough

Posted    11 Apr 2012    Vol  3   Issue  14
Cupid's women
Cupid's women

A growing clan of women professionals who specialise in candid wedding photography are enlivening those special nuptial moments for many couples these days, says Bula Devi

Posted    2012/06/14    Vol  3   Issue  24
Disaster loo
 Disaster loo

Sanitation is the last thing crisis managers provide to people displaced from homes by disasters. Now a former banker, Promita Sengupta , has come up with a quickly deployable toilet that has come handy for NGOs, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    10-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  19
London beckons
London beckons

MC Mary Kom has been taking on the world on her own terms with uninterrupted success. Her next goal: gold in London Olympics. The five-time women’s world boxing champion spoke to Ajay Rana

Posted    29-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  30
Banyan mother
Banyan mother

Saalumarada Timmakka is an extraordinary mother. The 80-year-old has raised 284 banyan trees in Karnataka. Kumar Buradikatti has the story of a childless woman’s dedication to Mother Nature

Posted    18-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  33
Virulent pogroms
Virulent pogroms

There had been no civil war in Sri Lanka but only virulent pogroms against the Tamil people, says Brian Senewiratne, the Sinhalese doctor in Australia, in this second part of a series for TWL

Posted    24-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
Power saver
Power saver

The maker of ‘Superfan’ that consumes just about a third of the electricity other fans expend, Sundar Muruganandhan, is looking for investors to expand his plant to take his ‘i3’ award winning innovation to the masses, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    25-Oct-2013    Vol  4   Issue  43
Honourable work
Honourable work

Mohammed Dilawar, who’s been working to save the sparrows, has found mention in the Limca Book of Records. His organisation’s distribution of 52000 bird feeders is a Guinness world record.

Posted    14-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  23
Head boy
Head boy It was an achievement that changed the world view of Kashmiri youth itself. But behind the success of Shah Faesal, who stood first in the 2009 civil services list, is a poignant tale that Jehangir Rashid narrates Posted    24-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  4
Focused vision
Focused vision

Anil Kumar never lost sight of his goal to be a doctor even after losing vision in the eyes at the age of five. Kavita Kanan Chandra calls on the acupuncturist who has given relief to many

Posted    08-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  6
Against all odds
Against all odds

For the guards at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam protecting endangered species is more a duty and a passion. They do it by sacrificing their personal comforts, feels Pranjal Baruah

Posted    24-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  4
Why this kolaveri
Why this kolaveri

In a hard-hitting article that explores the Sinhalese racist mindset starting from Anagarika Dharmapala to Mahinda Rajapaksa, Brian Senewiratne evaluates the failed State of Sri Lanka

Posted    08-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  5
Red tide threat
Red tide threat

Sam Rajappa reveals little known facts about the likely environmental damages due to the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant and points out the blatant violation of rules in commissioning the plant

Posted    11 May 2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Water war
Water war

India’s Silicon Valley may run out of water. Sounds frightening? Well, it could be prevented if Jeff D’Lemos is given a free hand to help Bangalore harvest rain water, says Marianne de Nazareth

Posted    22-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  8
Green Dream
Green Dream

When drought hits the farm town to which he had just moved in, what can an engineer do? He embarks on a journey into farming. Sharada Balasubramanian takes a walk down memory lane with him

Posted    29-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  9
Romantic jeeps
Romantic jeeps

In Bhopal, several families still take pride in driving their vintage jeeps around town. These fashionable jeeps give low mileage, but the owners, some them of royal lineage have no complaints

Posted    11-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  40
Girl power
Girl power

He started with teaching English. But today he has produced a national woman football player. Santosh H K Narayan meets Franz Gastler, who never touched a football before coaching some girls

Posted    12-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  11
A role model
A role model

For local girls, Shama Khan is the role model. The 28-year-old panchayat chief strives to provide what is scarce in Thar: Water and woman’s education. Due to her efforts, enrolment has gone up from 550 to 6,550 in two years, says Renu Rakesh
 

Posted    06-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  27
It's a cycle
It's a cycle

When Mathew Cherian started using the humble bicycle as a mode of transport 15 years ago, people looked at him differently. Today, the 43-year-old is trim and fit, says Marianne de Nazareth

Posted    25-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  12
Monk’s family
Monk’s family

At Dharamsala, headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, a Tibetan monk with support from the Dalai Lama is running a home for children of migrant labourers, says Vishal Gulati 

Posted    08-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
Herbal killer
Herbal killer

A young innovator from Tamil Nadu aspires to create 50,000 jobs by popularizing his herbal mosquito repellent, ‘Hermo’, which repels mosquitoes effectively but does not harm humans as it is non-allergic and non-toxic, says    P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    03-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  18
Spy drone
Spy drone

A drone built by a computer science student in Kolkata is capable of camera surveillance, weather forecasting, and even attack and defence, but the DRDO is not responding, says Sahana Ghosh

Posted    29-Aug-2013    Vol  4   Issue  34
Wrestling arthritis
Wrestling arthritis

Sangram Singh dreamt of becoming a wrestler at the age of six when he was confined to a wheelchair. Spriha Srivastava meets India’s champion wrestler who overcame ridicule and paralysis

Posted    30-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  13
Daring duo
Daring duo

A victim of robbery, Sailesh Bhatt vowed not to let others fall prey to criminals infesting the 20 km Palghar-Manor stretch in Maharastra. Kavita Kanan Chandra checks out what he is doing

Posted    22-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  8
Dragon's agents
Dragon's agents

The Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka has come under the virtual suzerainty of China. Even as Colombo comes under the UNHRC scanner once again, Sam Rajappa identifies the Chinese proxies in India

Posted    28-Feb-2013    Vol  4   Issue  8
King of farms
King of farms

An Indian-origin man, who started a peanut farm a few years back in Argentina, has scripted an agriculture success story in a short span, and now owns nearly 30,000 hectares of farmland

Posted    08-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Remembering Indira Gandhi
Remembering Indira Gandhi

When Indira Gandhi, widely believed to be India’s last PM who had a mind of her own, was born on Nov 19, 1917, the major-domo of Nehru’s house kept addressing her as Motilal’s grandson

Posted    19-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  46
Take charge
Take charge

To do amazing things in life and accomplish goals, you have to be proactive and take responsibility of your life, says Roopleen Prasad, giving valuable tips for making it big

Posted    05-Oct-2012   
Tamanna rescued
Tamanna rescued

It was a community effort that rescued 5-year-old Tamanna from the clutches of her kidnappers. Tamanna’s family hit the streets with their friends and did not rest till they found the girl.

Posted    23-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  20
Green wheels
Green wheels

A single mother of two becomes New Delhi's first woman electric rickshaw driver. The emission free e-rickshaw can carry up to two passengers and its maximum speed is 20 km per hour

Posted    06-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  35
Tiger's roar
Tiger's roar

The recent Tiger census has reported an increase in the number of tigers in the country, but tiger lovers cannot be complacent and relax their vigil, say Upamanyu Raju and P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    30-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  12
Rising heat
Rising heat

By demanding the removal of atomic scientist M R Srinivasan from the expert panel, anti- Kudankulam nuclear plant activists have shown that they would not hesitate to take on Jayalalithaa

Posted    11-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  6
Heroes in trouble
Heroes in trouble

Two students in a school in Assam who had received the National Bravery Award for nabbing a militant who had killed their teacher are now barely making ends meet as daily wage earners

Posted    11-Aug-2012    Vol  3   Issue  32
Be yourself
Be yourself

Award winning journalist, Neha Dixit, has proved her mettle adequately in five years. Here she shares the secret of succeeding in an industry that stifles newcomers, mainly women and small town people, not letting them do their own thing

Posted    05-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  14
Rahul’s man
Rahul’s man

Rahul Gandhi’s handpicked man Harshvardhan Shyam (32), who is contesting in the UP assembly election as a Congress candidate, has done a doctorate on UP politics from JNU, says Sharat Pradhan

Posted    06-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  5
Street food rocks
Street food rocks

The Weekend Leader’s Person of the Year, Tanishk Shyamya, continues in her efforts to improve the lives of street food vendors. She now works with about 50 of them, finds Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    30-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  21
A house for Mr Kondar
A house for Mr Kondar

Just 220 km away from Mumbai in Purushwadi village, building a house is a totally different ball game. What people watch out for is not interest rates but the rains, says Tejaswi Damaraju

Posted    04-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  9
Brown girl
Brown girl

When fairness products sell like hot cakes, how does one help people appreciate real beauty? Zippora Madhukar dispels the 'white is beautiful' myth through the story of dancer Aparna Nagesh
 

Posted    24-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  21
Go, Goa
Go, Goa

Community reporters from India’s first community based news service, India Unheard, are in Goa for a ten-day training programme. The team is set to expand further, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    21-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  7
Futuristic phone
Futuristic phone

Paper thin mobile phones are set to hit the market soon. If reports are to be believed, like the dial phones, button and touch screen phones too will be passé soon, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    09-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  18
A letter to God
A letter to God

Hello! Nirvadha Singh here. Is it God? I was just wondering if you could give me the presidential suite in heaven...

Posted    17-Sep-2010   
No water, yes wash
No water, yes wash

Observing World Water Day on March 22 in the most appropriate way, three youth launched a car wash service that uses not a drop of water. P C Vinoj Kumar comes clean on the process that now has about 200 car owners ‘satisfied’ in Coimbatore
 

Posted    22-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  25
Floating homes
Floating homes

A 15-minute boat ride through the Poovar River took Sanu George to a resort where there were a row of floating cottages and a floating restaurant. The place is 20 km from Thiruvananthapuram

Posted    02-Sep-2013    Vol  4   Issue  35
Star gazing
Star gazing

The Weekend Leader’s Divya Mangwani caught up with Pune girl Hamsa Padmanabhan, who hit the headlines in 2006 when a minor planet was named after her after she won a science contest in the US

Posted    16-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  6
Kind teacher
Kind teacher

Attending elite schools in various countries, Shaheen Mistri remained insulated from Indian realities once. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the founder of Akanksha Foundation and Teach For India

Posted    25-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  12
Howzat, Lanka
Howzat, Lanka

Like a Sinhalese army, Sri Lanka has now reared an all-Sinhalese cricket team. P C Vinoj Kumar foresees the cricketing world treating Lanka as an outcaste as it once treated South Africa

Posted    22-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  29
A daredevil
A daredevil

When Lt Col Satyendra Verma took a plunge to create history by being the first Indian to do a BASE jump, his family was immersed in prayer. Padmaja Shastri asks Verma if at all he was scared

Posted    04-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  10
Victory in sight
Victory in sight

Diaspora Tamil groups lobbying with various diplomatic missions in Geneva on the eve of the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC are smelling victory, reports Paul Newman

Posted    21 Mar 2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
Women on top
Women on top

Kanjikuzhy near Alleppey offers a surprise to Syeda Hameed and Gunjan Veda, who learn how women have turned the once famine-hit panchayat into a prosperous region. It is Panchayati Raj system that has empowered women really, not symbolically

Posted    05-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  40
Media’s distaff side
Media’s distaff side

If the woman journalist has come a long way in India, it is not without aggressive networking. Manipadma Jena finds out how much of the gender gap has been closed in newsrooms over the years

Posted    03-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Good expose
Good expose

MDMK leader Vaiko supports TWL and says the article, which The Times of India objected to, had exposed the prejudiced attitude of certain journalists in Chennai on Mullai Periyar issue

Posted    19-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
On target
On target

A 16-year-old girl brings fame to an obscure village, Ratu, by remaining focused on her passion. Santosh H K Narayan meets Deepika Kumari who hit the bull’s eye to win two golds at the CWG

Posted    22-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  8
On her own
On her own

She is part of Tamil Nadu’s first family. Yet Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi has charted a own course for her through environment protection campaigns and other creative pursuits, says Fehmida Zakeer

Posted    04-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  10
Turbaned Tornado
Turbaned Tornado

At 100, the world's oldest half marathon runner Fauja Singh, wants to keep running till he drops. His biography ‘Turbaned Tornado’ is slated for a July release in London, says Jaideep Sarin

Posted    13-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  23
Cyber sleaze
Cyber sleaze

Women have become vulnerable for sexual exploitation in cyberspace, elucidates Donna Demetillo-Mendoza citing examples from Philippines, which is emerging as a global hotspot of cyber porn

Posted    20-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  3
HELPers of a kind
HELPers of a kind

Four friends in a law college are peeved over human rights violations. They decide to pick up cudgels on behalf of victims and form an organisation. Renitha Raveendran presents their case

Posted    01-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  5
On kids' laps
On kids' laps

Walter Bender, co-founder of ‘One Laptop Per Child’, has realized his dream with his initiative doing wonders at a rural school in Maharastra. Mauli Buch reports on the success of the project

Posted    07-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  36
Identify the ‘enemy’
Identify the ‘enemy’

Wondered who ditched you on Facebook? Find out, now. FB has launched a new feature that will allow users to know who does not like them and has thus removed them from their friend list

Posted    26-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  38
Let there be light
Let there be light

A triumvirate from Kolkata brings light to the lives of villagers through an innovative project with a hope that it will lead to their uplift. Lesley D Biswas illuminates us on the mission

Posted    26-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  13
A pine idea
A pine idea

It sounded like a crazy idea first. Then it was fine and Rajnish Jain was able to generate electricity from pine needles, something that caused massive fires in the Himalayan forests, for rural households. Kavita Kanan Chandra tells the story

Posted    09-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  45
Woman of substance
Woman of substance

Hailing from a Maharashtrian small town of Chandrapur, Jayashree Satpute has been chosen as one of world’s 100 inspirational women. The honour however places more responsibility on her shoulders, she tells Kavita Charanji

Posted    15-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  15
Sangma's googly
Sangma's googly

Former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader P.A. Sangma pitches for a tribal candidate as the next President of India and plans to seek support of political parties for his cause

Posted    05-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  18
Dream politico
Dream politico

Chucking a career in the US, Rajeev Gowda came to Bangalore to be a politician. Marianne de Nazareth feels that the Congress party should have used his talents and education in a better way

Posted    29-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  9
Turn tough
Turn tough

By being mentally tough, you will stand out. You alone can rise to the occasion and be a winner ultimately, says Roopleen Prasad, giving you tips on surmounting life problems

Posted    08-Dec-2011   
Dangerous liaisons
Dangerous liaisons

A bold documentary by an Emirati filmmaker exposes the lifestyle of the rich in UAE who are keeping wild animals like lions, tigers and cheetahs as pets in their homes, says Malavika Vettath

Posted    2012/04/23    Vol  3   Issue  16
Dung papers
Dung papers

A father-daughter duo is turning rhinoceros dung into paper, which in turn has turned out to be an economically lucrative venture. Kavita Kanan Chandra explains how Elrhino, the micro-enterprise, will also help in wildlife conservation

Posted    15-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  11
Tiger's den
Tiger's den

Celebrating its 75th year, the Jim Corbett National Park, which is home to 200 plus tigers, or almost 1 in every 8 of the big cats surviving in India, is a success story in tiger conservation

Posted    14-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  36
Righting a wrong
Righting a wrong

The unanimous decision of the UPA government and the Congress Working Committee to grant statehood to Telangana sets right a historic blunder committed by Nehru 57 years ago, says Sam Rajappa

Posted    31 Jul 2013    Vol  4   Issue  30
Beautiful cause
Beautiful cause

Women designers are turning socially conscious. Sureka Kadapa-Bose takes us to the other side of the fashionistas, who are dedicating their time to show their concern for the underprivileged

Posted    20-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  20
Green court
Green court

The National Green Tribunal that was formed last year to deal with environment related cases will soon have regional benches. India is only the third country to have a dedicated green court

Posted    05-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
Green run
Green run

In an amazing effort, IT major Infosys is leaving no stone unturned to achieve its ambitious goal of turning totally green and becoming carbon neutral by 2017, says Ankur Paliwal 

Posted    26-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  51
United, they triumph
United, they triumph

It was the delightful reunion in tennis history. When Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi fought for India at Chennai, tennis fans cherished the moment. Not because the duo won but because they were together again. Anand Philar has the story

Posted    24-Sep-2010    Vol  1   Issue  4
Beauty and melody
Beauty and melody

She could well be a model. But Deepika wants to be a role model for youth. Marianne de Nazareth meets the girl who is a computer engineer at day and playback singer at night

Posted    19-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  12
Conscience stirred
Conscience stirred

Indian civil society has turned its attention on Sri Lanka, where thousands of Tamils were killed in the civil war between Tamil militants and the government forces. Akash Bisht has the story

Posted    27-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  16
Just speech
Just speech

The media does not follow the rules in certain matters, while the judiciary could be vindictive also, said Justice K Chandru, speaking at the Friends of Positive Journalism Conclave in Chennai

Posted    27-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  21
Different battle
Different battle

In Kashmir, Indian Army is now waging a different war - one against illiteracy. Binoo Joshi reports on the new engagement in Pir Panjal range, where tribal children get a taste of education

Posted    02-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  44
Homes for birds
Homes for birds

Will the next generation ever sight a sparrow? To help us say ‘yes, of course’, Mohammed Dilawar has been providing nest boxes to those who would like to invite the birds to their homes before they become extinct. Rama Menon checks out
 

Posted    02-Mar-2012    Vol  8   Issue  9
A soldier’s ire
A soldier’s ire

Angered by random remarks on issues raised up by General V K Singh, a retired Lt General, P C Katoch, hits out at all loose cannons to tell us the truth that has been blurred by the cacophony  

Posted    05-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  14
Mark the man
Mark the man

He was given just six more months by doctors. But he survived cancer and is today in the job of bringing cheer to people. Marianne De Nazareth profiles Mark Rego, Bengaluru’s most popular MC

Posted    26-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  13
Inside Lanka (Part II)
Inside Lanka (Part II)

Sri Lankan Tamils live in fear in the highly militarized North as they cannot go about their daily chores without the army’s nod. A visitor brings to light startling facts of life after war

Posted    12-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  32
By her grace
By her grace

A woman’s urge to put an end to the illegal practice of ‘dedicating’ young girls to Gods, thus depriving them of all human dignity, has saved many dalit teenagers from becoming joginis. Kavita Kanan Chandra finds out how Grace Nirmala did it

Posted    11-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  6
Corruption combat
Corruption combat

What he failed to do as an IPS officer, he does with aplomb as a lawyer. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets Y P Singh, who quit the services to continue his fight against corruption with more vigour

Posted    04-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  9
Smelling success
Smelling success

The Bhopal gas disaster saw several legal battles and struggles in the last 26 years. Vivek Trivedi meets Alok Pratap Singh, who was one among the few to start a fight soon after the gas leak

Posted    14-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  2
Honest walk
Honest walk

When corruption is the talk of the town, thanks to Anna Hazare, the walk by Abdul Mujeeb Khan from Kanyakumari to New Delhi to inspire people to be honest has drawn both praise and cynicism. Marianne de Nazareth follows his 'Honest Steps'
 

Posted    05-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
Tyre to rubber
Tyre to rubber

Every year a billion tyres are discarded worldwide with the bulk going into landfills, placing a burden on the environment. Scientists have now found a way to make rubber products from them

Posted    06-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  39
Total recall
Total recall

By juxtaposing images of protests over rape and a brutal attack of a tribal woman in 2007, TWL evoked right feelings. Neha Dixit says Laxmi Orang, the tribal girl, is still fighting for justice

Posted    04-Jan-2013    Vol  4   Issue  1
Green flush
Green flush

In a cleanliness drive, Konkan Railway is set to go for eco-friendly bio-toilets in its stations. Not only is the technology for quick flushing economical but is also environment-friendly

Posted    21-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  25
First person
First person

Taking a trip down memory lane, the person of the year, Tanishk Shyamya recounts the journey that landed her in the streets of Ranchi to help roadside food vendors who were at the crossroads

Posted    24-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  17
Flooring Obama
Flooring Obama

He impressed Barack Obama with his innovative business model though he hails from a state not known for entrepreneurship. Kavita Kanan Chandra talks to Irfan Alam, the social entrepreneur 

Posted    19-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  12
Humanity first
Humanity first

IPS officer Amitabh Thakur in this exclusive column makes a passionate plea to humanise the hierarchy conscious Indian police system, where senior officers behave in the most obnoxious manner

Posted    02-Jul-2011   
Dino remains
Dino remains

Fossilised dinosaur bones and eggs of gigantic creatures that measured around 18-20 metres and weighed 10-13 tonnes have been discovered in Salbardi area near Amravati in eastern Maharashtra

Posted    19-Oct-2013    Vol  4   Issue  42
Malaysian Eelamist
Malaysian Eelamist

Support for Eelam is felt even in Malaysia, where M Kulasegaran leads the Tamils. In an interview to Paul Newman, the MP says that he will work towards the Tamil Right to Self Determination

Posted    07-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  36
Architects' night
Architects' night

The Indian Institute of Architects - Tamil Nadu Chapter, presented awards to eminent architects for their meritorious service in the field of architecture at a recent function in Chennai

Posted    16-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  41
A survivor’s tale
A survivor’s tale

She did not expect it when she set out to look for wild tigers. But the abduction by militants has not deterred Pallavi Chakraborty from continuing her career in wildlife, says Teresa Rehman

Posted    29-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  17
Bosky is back!
Bosky is back!

Facing up to the loss of a loved one becomes easier when you listen to your heart and ignore the mind. Anjna Rawat Pratap likes to believe that her beloved golden Labrador has been re-born

Posted    09-Mar-2011   
Get ‘em right
Get ‘em right

How does one make New Year resolutions count? Giving tips for keeping the resolutions for 2013, Roopleen Prasad says, ‘New Year is the best time to turn over a new leaf in life’

Posted    04-Jan-2013   
Natural pesticides
Natural pesticides

To combat pesky pests, horticulturist Shaan Lalwani suggests keeping specific plants in the house so that creepy crawlies can be kept at bay. Kavita Kanan Chandra finds out more from the youngster who literally grew up amidst pots and plants

Posted    05-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  27
Save the child
Save the child

A spate of kidnappings has underscored the need for parents and school authorities to devise new safety measures. Sreeram, an instructor of Krav Maga, a practical self defence art form, from Chennai tells us how we can protect our children

Posted    12-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  11
They care
They care

Family members of Border Security Force personnel now have a women’s corps to guard them even if the men fail to return home from their posts. Aditi Bhaduri checks out the activities of BWWA

Posted    22-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  9
Inside story
Inside story

As an insider, Amitabh Thakur knows the Indian Administrative Service well. Here, the UP cadre officer, who seeks a revamp of the system, explains how the British legacy has lost its relevance

Posted    18-Jan-2013    Vol  4   Issue  3
Barefoot inventor
Barefoot inventor

A humble Gujarati farmer’s innovation, Chetak, has revolutionised cotton industry, cutting down the cost of cotton stripping 20 times. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the barefoot inventor, Mansukhbhai Patel, who is now a successful businessman

Posted    22-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  29
Minding the mangroves
Minding the mangroves

A group of fishermen in Mumbai have turned eco activists. In a bid to protect 1042 hectares of mangroves along the Thane creek, they have taken up the task of creating an awareness on the issue in their community, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    25-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  8
Cycling pad
Cycling pad

An Auroville resident, Kathy Walkling, feels that women should switch over to washable sanitary napkins. She tells P C Vinoj Kumar about the cloth pads that she makes and their overall benefit for the user, the environment and the economy

Posted    25-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  21
Food on rail
Food on rail

By launching a portal, Travelkhana.com, in October, 2012, Pushpinder Singh has helped over 50,000 rail travelers have palatable food during the journey. Akash Bisht explains how food from popular eateries get delivered at various stations

Posted    28-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  26
The liberator
The liberator

He turned down the first job offer and vowed that no one should ever do that work. But Bezwada Wilson’s work is still incomplete. Partho Burman meets the man behind Safai Karamachari Andolan

Posted    12-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  11
Fine verdict
Fine verdict

A Delhi court sympathised with the plight of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka and refused to deport a Tamil refugee apprehending that he may become a victim of genocide, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    26-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  38
Connecting villages
Connecting villages

Equipping 28,000 villages with computers is the aim of a self-made man, who is building a rural database for the use of big corporations. R Savitha meets Pradeep Lokhande of Rural Relations

Posted    13-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  15
Wonder rickshaw
Wonder rickshaw

A Kolkata innovator has designed a cycle-rickshaw that uses passenger load to push the vehicle, making it easier for the rickshaw drivers, who can ride longer distances with lesser effort

Posted    15-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  24
Conscience stirrer
Conscience stirrer

Sanjeeba’s street plays stir the conscience of not just the viewers but also the authorities, impelling them to take action against wrong-doers. Abhishek Pandey finds out that some plays had helped people get justice in the last 18 years

Posted    22-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  8
Get aggressive
Get aggressive

China has been getting away with its incursions and bullying tactics against India for too long. It is high time India woke up and frames an aggressive foreign policy, says M G Devasahayam

Posted    13-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  36
Trashing sound
Trashing sound

A first year engineering student, Aditya Bali, used 6500 waste tetra packs, and loads of sawdust for building couple of sound proof rooms at the St. Mary’s School, Dwarka, says Deeksha Bhatia
 

Posted    28 Jan 2014    Vol  5   Issue  4
A rose among guns
A rose among guns

Having grown up amidst bloodshed, it was natural for Binalakshmi Nepram to dedicate her life for peace and disarmament. But, as Lesley D Biswas finds out, she also helps widows restart their lives through Manipuri Women Gun Survivor Network

Posted    04-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  9
TV’s underbelly
TV’s underbelly

Women should be extra careful about devious agents and fake producers while scouting for work in the television industry, says Surekha Kadapa-Bose, suggesting the existence of ‘casting-couch’

Posted    07-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  23
Bihar heritage
Bihar heritage

Four decades after B P Sinha excavated the ruins of Vikramshila University, which flourished in the 8th century in Bihar, the ASI is making plans to restore some of its original grandeur

Posted    03-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  43
Tough cookie
Tough cookie

Sampat Devi Pal heads a gang of women activists who have beaten up men for wife bashing, and fought for women’s rights. She is now the Congress candidate for Manikpur Assembly seat in UP

Posted    2011/10/27    Vol  2   Issue  42
Hope for Tamils
Hope for Tamils

Though Sri Lanka habitually rejects recommendations made under the Universal Periodic Review of UNHRC, there is hope for Tamils as the world is taking note of their problem, says Paul Newman

Posted    07-Dec-2012    Vol  3   Issue  49
House collection
House collection

Pained at the destruction of traditional houses, Vijayanath Shenoy started ‘collecting' them. His love for heritage has been documented by Anita Pratap in prose and Mahesh Bhat in pictures

Posted    24-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  8
A love story
A love story

The marriage of Lila Poonawala, a celebrated corporate honcho, to Firoz is an ideal Valentine’s Day story. ‘If you commit to a relationship, give it your everything,’ she tells Sudha Menon

Posted    11-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  6
Ever bright
Ever bright

Though you can’t spot an electric pole in Assam’s Baleswar, the villagers use fans, lights, mobiles and computers round the clock. Azera Parveen Rahman throws light on the secret: Solar power

Posted    20-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  29
Useful weed
Useful weed

Researchers at a university in Tamil Nadu have found that the dreaded water hyacinth has some use. Biplab Das explains how biodegradable plastic can be made from the otherwise infamous weed

Posted    21-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  38
Green fraud
Green fraud

Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava exposes a new age fraud by industries in Chhattisgarh which run ‘biomass’ power plants, but continue to use coal while claiming crores of rupees worth carbon credit  

Posted    29-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
Love for Goa
Love for Goa

As a modern international destination for holidaying, Goa did not bother to showcase its historic past. So Victor Hugo Gomes launched an ethnographic museum, Goa Chitra, says Pamela D'Mello

Posted    26-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  13
You can overcome
You can overcome

Overcoming hardships, failures and adversity needs a resolve to accept responsibility of your life, says Roopleen Prasad, applauding Yuvi’s steely resolve to fight cancer

Posted    11-Feb-2012   
Handwritten paper
Handwritten paper

Calligraphers write the entire content of an 84 year old Urdu newspaper. The editor of the paper - that’s priced at 75 paise – tells Syed Khurran Raza why they stick to the handwritten font

Posted    01-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  30
Taking on father
Taking on father

Congress leader N D Tiwari disowned a son borne by his girlfriend. Now the son is out to prove that Tiwari is his father. Akash Bisht meets Rohit Shekhar, who wants the word bastard amended

Posted    14-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  2
Age no bar
Age no bar

At the age of 100, Bholaram Das has enrolled for a doctorate with the Gauhati University after retiring from the judiciary. Pranjal Baruah walks down memory lane with India’s oldest student

Posted    04-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  10
Cutting thru penury
Cutting thru penury

Driven by a desire to succeed after he was told that he did not deserve a Pilot pen in class V, Ramesh Babu who worked his way up to own a fleet of 127 cars, including a Rs 3.3 crore Rolls Royce, yet remains a hairstylist, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    09-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  10
Clean, naturally
Clean, naturally

She makes natural sense of cosmetics through an array of products that can be picked up at her ‘Skinsense’ outlet in Chennai. Though Rashmi Prithviraj is not into real business, her discerning clientele is growing slowly, says Radhika Giri

Posted    12-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  41
Not with Anna
Not with Anna

When it is fashionable to be with Anna Hazare, here is someone who is not. P C Vinoj Kumar has five valid reasons not to support what the media projects as a mass uprising against corruption

Posted    20-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  33
Tamil resurgence
Tamil resurgence

The crowds that gathered at Mannar on May 27 to protest the Sri Lankan government accusing Bishop Rayappu Joseph of inciting Tamils against Muslims was a sign of a battered people waking up
 

Posted    01-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  22
Right to (op)press
Right to (op)press

Sri Lanka continues its repressive policies against the media despite growing world attention to its human rights violations. It has blocked 5 Tamil news portals and arrested journalists

Posted    02-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  26
First recognition
First recognition

The Transnational Govt of Tamil Eelam’s Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran bares his mind to Ron Ridenour and speaks of the recognition his govt has got from South Sudan. 

Posted    23 Nov 2011    Vol  2   Issue  46
Homing in
Homing in

She was part of the Intel team that changed the face of computers. Now she brings innovative minds together to script success stories. Marianne de Nazareth tells us Lakshmi Pratury’s story

Posted    15-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  7
Sight of joy
Sight of joy

Forty sightless people, who are themselves waging a grim battle for survival, have formed an association in West Bengal to extend help to those less fortunate than them, says Ritwik Bagchi

Posted    06-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  27
Far from fashion
Far from fashion

Fashion designer Jaskeerat Bedi is participating in one of the world’s toughest mountain biking events, not to win any title but to spread awareness about breast cancer, says Vishal Gulati

Posted    02-Oct-2013    Vol  4   Issue  39
‘We can’ pitch
‘We can’ pitch

In the small assembly segment of Cumbharjua, a riverine constituency near Panaji in Goa, a maverick priest is trying to recreate the positive vibes of Barack Obama’s chant, ‘Yes We Can!’

Posted    28-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  8
Solar power

The Delhi government, in partnership with the ministry of new and renewable energy, plans to implement a rooftop solar energy policy, which would involve installing of solar power plants on the rooftops of Delhi houses. It is a unique initiative to promote clean and renewable energy in the city.

Posted    06-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
Young Greens
Young Greens

At a workshop on ‘Trends in Green buildings’, budding architects vowed to advocate green architecture. Giving them insight and tips were experts, who endorsed The Weekend Leader’s mission to take the movement to the masses, says Radhika Giri

Posted    27-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  30
News breaker
News breaker

Voice of Village is the eponymous name given to the news service. Mohd Faisal Fareed finds that the novel method of news reading over the mobile phone is a hit in the village in Uttar Pradesh. For the rendering is in local Awadhi dialect

Posted    26-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  13
A Kutty, but Pakistani
A Kutty, but Pakistani

The name and attire are the only remnants of Biyyathil Mohyuddin Kutty’s Malayalee roots. Now, the 80-year-old Pakistani national strives for Indo-Pak peace, says Madhusree Chatterjee

Posted    25-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  34
Pickers’ pick
Pickers’ pick

The lives of waste pickers in Pune changed after they formed a union, through which they not only fight for better wages but also ensure that their children go to school, says Suchismita Pai

Posted    10-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  19
Be passionate
Be passionate

Love what you do and do it with passion. This is the mantra for success, says Roopleen Prasad, advising you to put your heart and soul into work so that it inspires others too

Posted    24-Nov-2011   
Tiger grower
Tiger grower

Bringing back the roar to Panna Tiger Reserve, which had no wild cat prowling in 2009, was a task cut out for R S Murthy. Akash Bisht tells the story of how the IFS officer raised the tiger count at the park from zero to 17 in just 2 years

Posted    14-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  37
Striking a balance
Striking a balance

Does a successful business venture go against social needs? No, say social entrepreneurs, who argue that the two can complement each other. Paul Basil, founder of Villgro, tells you how

Posted    24-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  17
Time for action
Time for action

Recent protests in Tamil Nadu against the racist regime of Sri Lanka have had the desired effect in putting the spotlight on the war crimes of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    05-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  35
No sweet dreams
No sweet dreams

Even as big powers, including India, continue to shield the genocidal regime in Sri Lanka, the good news is that the latest Human Rights Watch report may give nightmares to President Rajapaksa

Posted    25-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  3
Simple living
Simple living

The eponymous Himalayan Farm Project has no electricity but is heaven on earth for visitors and volunteers. Some stay for a week but some live there for longer durations, says Shikha Nehra

Posted    24-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  8
Top service
Top service

A team of 7000 volunteers, mostly from the IT sector, are working among poor children, empowering them, building their self-confidence and teaching them basic literacy skills. P C Vinoj Kumar meets Kartheeban C, the architect of the movement

Posted    19-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  29
Diva’s tweets
Diva’s tweets

Madhuri Dixit, the Bollywood diva who wowed the 1990s youth with hit numbers such as ‘ek, do, teen’ is back wooing her fans, reaching out to them on Facebook and Twitter

Posted    18 Feb 2012    Vol  3   Issue  7
Police activist
Police activist

He has been fighting for rights of people from within the system. Now, IPS officer Amitabh Thakur wants IIT, Kanpur, to implement labour laws in letter and spirit, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    18-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  7
The right mix
The right mix

Innovation and hard work is the mix that made Aachi Group of Companies achieve a turnover of Rs 400 crore in just 13 years, says founder A Padmasingh Isaac, who started with just Rs 50,000

Posted    01-Apr-2011   
Dream house
Dream house

Rubina Ali, one of the popular child actors in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, who used to live in a slum till not too long ago, will soon move to a posh flat in the upmarket locality of Bandra West

Posted    17-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
A world beater
A world beater

Tirtha Kumar Phani holds two Guinness World Records in long distance running. At 53, the unsung hero is attempting a very ambitious third one. Lesley D Biswas speaks to the Kolkata man

Posted    07-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  5
A mariner's tale
A mariner's tale

Lt. Commander Abhilash Tomy, is set to circumnavigate the globe solo, without dropping anchor once, to become the first Indian to do the 22,000-nautical mile journey, says Mayank Singh

Posted    07-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  36
On the killer's trail
On the killer's trail

MDMK leader Vaiko holds his ground in Madhya Pradesh, as the state govt refuses permission to his convoy to proceed to Sanchi for the black flag protest against Rajapaksa, says Akash Bisht

Posted    20 Sep 2012    Vol  3   Issue  37
Just do it!
Just do it!

The Middle Class has been lulled into complacency by Team Anna Hazare, which has promised to change India with its magical Jan Lokpal bill. Sutanu Guru offers 6 practical suggestions instead

Posted    03 Oct 2011   
Green homes
Green homes

The Weekend Leader is organizing a workshop on Trends in Green Buildings in Chennai with The New Indian Express as Print Partner, Exnora as Green Partner, and Big FM as Radio Partner

Posted    02-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  13
Beyond freedom
Beyond freedom

In the land of Kabir, Buddha and Sant Ravidas, Ajeet Singh is the new messiah. Besides rescuing women from brothels in Varanasi and Mau and booking traffickers, he has been putting children of sex workers in school, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    06-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  5
The changing tune
The changing tune

Ron Ridenour evaluates the fallout of the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka for Tamil Eelam as world powers finally show signs of gravitating away from the Sinhalese racist regime

Posted    23-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
Student power
Student power

In a knee-jerk reaction to the swelling support for the indefinite fast by students of Loyola College in support of Eelam, Tamil Nadu police evicted the protesters in a midnight operation

Posted    11-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  10
Nuclear war
Nuclear war

A medical doctor who is part of the expert committee of the anti - Koodankulam nuclear power project movement, has alleged that a police inspector in Kalpakkam warned him of an ‘encounter’ 

Posted    03-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
In nature’s lap
In nature’s lap

Forests rights activist Sanjay Basu Mullik discusses the emerging challenges of forest rights movement with Aparna Pallavi as consumerism threatens to entrap the indigenous people too

Posted    05-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  14
Rural hero
Rural hero

Narayan Bhide, whose leg was amputated 15 years ago, has set up a BPO in his village giving jobs to those rejected by the so-called reputed companies or those with average academic background

Posted    10-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  36
Holed up
Holed up

Kerala is stirring up fresh trouble in Mullaiperiyar, as Kerala police prevent Tamil Nadu engineers from carrying out urgent maintenance work

Posted    15-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Farmers’ call
Farmers’ call

Many women, left to tend farms as the husbands moved out of the villages in search of jobs, turned prosperous by calling a helpline number. Renu Agal explains what LifeLines India service is

Posted    19-Apr-2013    Vol  4   Issue  16
Cricket dhamaka
Cricket dhamaka

A Hindi cricket video, now posted on YouTube, comes as an absolute musical treat to Indian cricket fans, who are hoping the Indian team will continue its winning streak and lift the world cup

Posted    11-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  10
Cruelty condemned
Cruelty condemned

Television images of jailed Chhattisgarh activist Ramesh Agrawal chained to a hospital bed has shocked civil society. Amnesty International and other activists are demanding his release now

Posted    15-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  23
Looking ahead
Looking ahead

Seeing a separate Eelam as the only solution in Sri Lanka, Seeman favours a referendum in Tamil areas on it. He feels intellectual warfare will be a better weapon to get the rights of Tamils

Posted    25-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  34
No child’s play
No child’s play

The government’s Bal Bandhu programme is making waves in many backward regions by ensuring that child rights are not violated. Swapna Majumdar finds out how young girls like Sunila work in their community, amidst conflict, fear and uncertainty
 

Posted    24-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  8
A special school
A special school

Savera School for special children gives dignity to students by helping them earn as they learn to cope with life. Naunidhi Kaur is wowed by the dedicated work of the staff and volunteers

Posted    27-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  21
Labouring for children
Labouring for children

Chirgu is an NGO that works to eradicate child labour. But one of its founders, Saroja, had overcome a series of personal tragedies to dedicate her life to the cause, says Sudha Narasimhachar

Posted    08-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  6
Kids' joy
Kids' joy

Ajit Narayanan’s speech device for spastic kids has brought tears of joy to parents. It helps users to construct phrases that are spoken out by an artificial voice through built-in speakers

Posted    06-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  35
True to policing
True to policing

But for the few police officers with a conscience, the Nazi style operation of the Gujarat government could not have been exposed so well. Nachiketa Desai explains what those bold men have done to tell the world of the anti-Muslim pogrom

Posted    29-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  17
Police guru
Police guru

Senior IPS officer from Tamil Nadu catches the attention of global management experts with his theory of 'Excenomics', which he claims is an alternative to Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism

Posted    07-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  18
Nothing shocking
Nothing shocking

Concern for environment is in his blood and it is only natural that Dhivik Reddy, whose father facilitated petrol cars to run on LPG, makes electric scooters. Now he waits for the lifting of speed limit on his scooters, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    26-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  30
Cast in stone
Cast in stone

Chasing a hit-and-run lorry turned out to be an eye-opener for Bastu Rege as it led him to a stone quarry. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the founder of Santulan, who has his plans cast in stone

Posted    29-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  17
Mothers' dairy
Mothers' dairy

In the hills of Uttarakhand, women have ushered a white revolution through SHGs. By rearing cattle they make money and also provide better food to their children, says Nitin Jugran Bahuguna

Posted    22-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  25
Knockout love
Knockout love

Boxing champion Akhil Kumar even makes bed coffee for his wife and that is the moment she cherishes most in the relationship. Ajay Rana meets Poonam to get a ringside view of a boxer’s wife

Posted    12-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  32
Beating Bt
Beating Bt

Farmers in Vidarbha are going back to their roots, turning away from Bt cotton, with the help of Central Institute for Cotton Research. Latha Jishnu reports on the latest trend to go ‘desi’
 

Posted    06-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  27
Tidal power
Tidal power

Gujarat is all set to develop India’s first tidal energy plant. The state government has approved Rs 25 crore for setting up the 50 MW plant at the Gulf of Kutch, reports Ankur Paliwal

Posted    24-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  16
Doctor is in
Doctor is in

Ever since he started practice in the 1960s, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee has been charging just Rs 5 as consultation fee. Now at the age of 75, every day he sees up to 50 poor patients, who come from all over Jharkhand, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    07-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  36
A different fatwa
A different fatwa

When Jamia Nizamia Islamic University issued a fatwa on Anil Chauhan, he rejoiced. Since then the man has been doing calligraphy at mosques in Hyderabad, painting the Quranic verses with passion. Stella Paul profiles the messenger of peace

Posted    10-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Zooming ahead
Zooming ahead

Formed in January this year on Facebook, Bikernis is not just a group of Indian female bikers; for these women, who have defied gender stereotypes, motorcycles are an extension of their selves

Posted    22-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  42
Doctor and officer
Doctor and officer

A Arun Thamburaj, a medico who stood sixth in the civil service ranking, and was selected for IPS last year, had turned down lucrative opportunities from abroad, all for serving the country

Posted    10-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  19
Food for thought
Food for thought

So what if children refuse to acknowledge Indian cuisine at an international food fair, Anjna Rawat Pratap had a quintessentially native trick up her sleeve. Well, it worked

Posted    15-Apr-2011   
United we stand
United we stand

In what could be a turning point in Eelam struggle, the likes of Vaiko, Thiruma, D Raja, Nedumaran, Kolathur Mani and Thiyagu shared the same dais recently in Coimbatore to demand Eelam

Posted    14-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Nothing to hide
Nothing to hide

He was transferred 11 times in 12 years. But P Manivannan, a bold and upright IAS officer who dared to install a CCTV camera in his chamber and beamed the footage live on internet, remains unfazed, says D Narasimhamurthy

Posted    11-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Daughter of Manipur
Daughter of Manipur

Irom Sharmila has become the face of Manipur in the decade that she spent without swallowing even a drop of water. Amit Sengupta, along with Sadiq Naqvi, reviews the situation in the troubled State to figure out the merits of Irom’s protest

Posted    18-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  11
a+b+c formula
a+b+c formula

APJ Abdul Kalam’s latest book ‘Target 3 Billion’ which has arrived at bookstores this week focuses on a three-point movement to build a graft-free India, says Madhushree Chatterjee

Posted    24-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  51
Educated farmer
Educated farmer

A youth, holding degrees in engineering and management from foreign universities, committing to agriculture may sound incredible. But Ashmeet Kapoor has done just that, changing the lives of many farmers in a positive way, says Akash Bisht

Posted    18-Jan-2013    Vol  4   Issue  3
A platform to learn
A platform to learn

Five students wanting to educate street children did not let their plan derail for lack of a place. They settled down for a railway platform, from where Abhishek Pandey returns well informed

Posted    15-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  7
Unsung hero
Unsung hero

India has a new world junior boxing champion in Nikhat Zareen. Nikhat, who hails from the small town of Nizamabad in AP, told Mahesh Avadhutha that her aim is to win an Olympics gold medal

Posted    25-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  20
Missing answers
Missing answers

The US has sent out a clear message that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has to account for the “allegations of serious human rights violations that occurred in the final phase” of the Eelam IV war

Posted    21-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
Recounting facts
Recounting facts

To put the struggle of Sri Lankan Tamils in its historic perspective – it was not an army versus militant fight - a documentary is being made.   P C Vinoj Kumar meets those behind the project

Posted    19-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  12
Media's darling
Media's darling

Mosin Khan is just 22, but he is a good parent and a sincere employee at workplace. The media in Hyderabad went gaga over the mentally challenged youth after he won a national award recently

Posted    19-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  2
Birthday pangs
Birthday pangs

When Army chief V K Singh’s real date of birth is in various army records, doubts were raised needlessly because the government wanted to promote Bikram Singh to the top job, says Sam Rajappa
 

Posted    09-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  10
Eve’s haven
Eve’s haven

Mexico City has been able to bring down crime rate after it provided equal opportunities for women and went for a more women-friendly approach, the city’s former Mayor tells Pamela Philipose

Posted    25-Apr-2013    Vol  4   Issue  17
A rosy picture

The world's largest exporter of roses is an Indian who grows and ships hundreds of varieties of the prized flowers - not just out of India but mostly out of farms in Ethiopia and Kenya. Tarun Basu meets Nagesh Karuturi, the CEO of Bangalore based company Karuturi Global at their farm in Ethiopia

Posted    02-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  21
Schooling change
Schooling change

In a remote, neglected J &K village, children now attend school, a privilege denied to two generations, after Sabbah Haji came and wanted to change her ancestral village, says Binoo Joshi

Posted    12-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  2
Catering service
Catering service

A catering firm owner, 52-year-old Sanjeev Trehan, is there every morning, Monday to Friday, on the narrow Ghaziabad – Noida underpass on NH24 regulating the busy traffic as a ‘social service’

Posted    22-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  38
Inspired by Mother
Inspired by Mother

What Mother Teresa did in Kolkata, a 25-year-old man is now doing in the holy town of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. Sharada Balasubramanian profiles Manimaran, who takes care of 51 leprosy patients and is always prepared to help the needy

Posted    22-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  16
Fragrant Flowers
Fragrant Flowers

Children are fragrant flowers, praises Bhupinder Singh in poetic verses 

Posted    01-Oct-2010   
Fighting lethargy
Fighting lethargy

A Rajasthan government scheme to improve the health of adolescent girls remained in paper until a young woman did a video exposing the lethargy of the officials. Well, it was a quick response

Posted    25-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  12
A cycle of service
A cycle of service

Hitting several targets in one strike, Sanyay Srinivas involves children to collect old paper that will be recycled to produce notebooks for free distribution to poor students. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the nature lover who started ‘ilmme’

Posted    15-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  15
Power of non-veg
Power of non-veg

Badminton ace Saina Nehwal, who is one of India’s medal hopes in the London Olympics, was a born vegetarian but became a non – vegetarian in 2005, says a just released book

Posted    06 Jul 2012    Vol  3   Issue  27
Corruption buster
Corruption buster

With the Lokpal bill and Anna Hazare in the news, the role of Lokayukta in Karnataka came under scrutiny. Gauri Lankesh checks out how Justice Santosh Hegde has fared in the past five years

Posted    20-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  20
Giant killer
Giant killer

Durga Munda has been behind the CBI filing a slew of corruption cases against many politicians in Jharkhand. Santosh H K Narayan profiles the tribal crusader who vows to carry on the fight

Posted    20-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  16
Stress out stress
Stress out stress

Coming up with unique five-step technique to bust the six word killer, ‘stress’, Revathi Turaga guides you towards a path of happiness and helps discover ways to beat worry

Posted    29-Jul-2011   
Butterfly boy
Butterfly boy

Can a childhood singing idol help a youth discover his passion? It happened to Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi, a nature photographer, who especially loves shooting butterflies, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    28-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  4
Real teacher
Real teacher

Urvashi Sahni is an innovative educationist, who has done more than teaching and starting schools. Her project, Digital Study Hall, takes lectures of city school teachers to rural and slum students through videos, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    26-Jan-2013    Vol  4   Issue  4
Farmers’ woe
Farmers’ woe

A move to give a concrete lining to a canal in Tamil Nadu has angered the farmers of Erode, Tiruppur and Karur districts as the region would turn into a desert, says Karthikeya Sivasenapathy

Posted    20-Sep-2013    Vol  4   Issue  38
Better news sense
Better news sense

TV channels restrained from ‘breaking news’ coverage of Aishwarya Rai’s baby girl, a welcome decision that was made possible through a diktat from the Broadcast Editors Association

Posted    17-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Return of Eelam
Return of Eelam

It is inevitable that the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora would mobilize again, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the TNPF leader who wants a transitional administration in Tamil areas, tells Paul Newman

Posted    12-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  28
Fight for pride
Fight for pride

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa joins other State leaders in demanding removal of R K Laxman’s controversial cartoon defaming Dravidian movement from class 12 NCERT textbook

Posted    13-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  23
Prima donna of banking
Prima donna of banking

Naina Lal Kidwai is a restless woman. And a proof of it is her success – she heads HSBC’s India operations. But her aim is to help rural women trying to be on their own, says Sudha Menon

Posted    18-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  11
Joy ride
Joy ride

Tourists travelling to Matheran, the scenic hill station near Mumbai, will soon have the pleasure of riding in swanky new coaches that would have pleasant interiors and a transparent roof

Posted    09-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Water babe
Water babe

She has conquered the seven seas, crossed the Arctic and set to swim the Antarctic. Now 22, she wants to be the youngest to make a splash in all five oceans. Rakesh Kumar meets Bhakti Sharma

Posted    21-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  38
Self help
Self help

Without looking elsewhere for socio-economic uplift, women in West Bengal’s Birbhum district prospered doing the traditional jobs, says Ajitha Menon, tracking the success of Self Help Groups

Posted    10-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Peace activism
Peace activism

A group of students in Kolkata are working to spread the message of peace after they lost four of their friends in a terror blast in Pune last year. Lesley D Biswas finds out their plans

Posted    23-Feb-2011    Vol  1   Issue  7
Democratic media
Democratic media

By making many-to-many communication possible, FB and Twitter have made dissemination of news more democratic and forced mainstream media to co-opt them in their operations, says Stalin K

Posted    04-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  17
Let's be friends
Let's be friends

A dozen children from Pakistan, who are now in India, find no difference between the two countries. They told Mohit Dubey that more such people-to-people contact will improve diplomatic ties

Posted    09-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  45
Hero honoured
Hero honoured

The Weekend Leader took its mission of making role models of unsung heroes to the portals of VIT Chennai, where 'The Weekend Leader Person of Year 2011’ was honoured with the award and citation

Posted    24-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  3
Late bloomer
Late bloomer

Hasnath Mansur started educating Muslim women on their rights after a career in education, 23 years of it as a woman’s college principal. Anita Pratap shoots questions and Mahesh Bhat pictures

Posted    20-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  3
A cricket phoenix
A cricket phoenix

Latest IPL star Paul Valthaty should have proved his mettle years ago. He waited for his moment, overcoming the setback caused by an injury, showing resilience, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    22-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  16
Discovery of India
Discovery of India

Inspired by ‘Motorcycle dairies’, a young couple go on a road trip on a Rs 500 a day budget. Lesley D Biswas meets Saurav Jha and Devapriya Roy, whose book will be published by Harper Collins

Posted    07-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  14
A true secularist
A true secularist

Krishnadas has been carrying a placard saying ‘Follow your religion, love everybody’ for three years in Mumbai. Arati Raval-Pandey finds out that it is his way of ushering in religious amity

Posted    27-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  43
Kerala's own Fidel
Kerala's own Fidel

Like his hero, the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Sobhindran Mash to his admirers, believes in devoting his life to a cause, which is planting trees to ‘save the earth’. Meet Kerala’s own Fidel

Posted    07-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  35
Wait, you may enjoy it
Wait, you may enjoy it

Find out what happened to a schoolteacher, who was worried when told that she was going to have twins. It was a surprise 

Posted    24-Sep-2010   
Poor CM
Poor CM

Manik Sarkar, now elected for the fourth time as Tripura Chief Minister, is the poorest Chief Minister in India. Sujit Chakraborty profiles the tailor’s son who still washes his own clothes

Posted    01-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  9
Fashion conscious
Fashion conscious

Indian politicians are turning very fashion conscious. They pick up designer wear that could cost them anywhere between Rs.7000 to Rs.300000. Nivedita Sharma reports on the trend

Posted    19-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  28
Rural revolutionaries
Rural revolutionaries

Two IITians who have been working with villagers in Bihar are set to transform the lives of many farmers, who will soon be supplying rice to Wallmart and exporting potatoes from their farms

Posted    05-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Cycle of life
Cycle of life

With shrinking roadspace, cycling enthusiasts in the national capital are trying to emulate the Netherlands model that promotes cycling as an alternative to driving, says Madhusree Chatterjee

Posted    27-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  12
Billionaires' club
Billionaires' club

Billionaires Bill Gates, Ratan Tata and Azim Premji met in Bangalore along with other businessmen to discuss how they could contribute to societal development through philanthropic activities

Posted    02-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  22
The motivator
The motivator

One ambition that is common to everyone is ‘to be successful’, says Roopleen Prasad, author of the book, ‘Principles of Success’. In an interview to Faraaz Kazi, she says ‘follow your heart’

Posted    15-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
Under attack
Under attack

Miscreants armed with wooden logs entered the premises of Tamil magazine Nakkheeran in Chennai and went on a rampage. Reporters, editors trapped inside. CoP says situation under control

Posted    07-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
These young ones
These young ones

Paying kudos to all those youth who are into social entrepreneurship, Rishabh Kaul takes a critical look at Sarvajal, the organisation that aims at providing pure water at rock bottom prices

Posted    24-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  17
Tamed, at last
Tamed, at last

Like bulls in a china shop, they cameraising a banner of animal rights, to stop the traditional sport, jallikattu. Now they have been tamed and the bull fights are on, says Senthil Kumaran

Posted    21-Jan-2011   
Giving a future
Giving a future

In a tribal belt of Rajasthan, a 60-day camp for children, organized by an NGO, is promising the offspring of migrant workers a rosy future as they learn and also eat, says Pamela Philipose

Posted    12-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  2
A Kabir lover
A Kabir lover

From journalist to film-maker to folk singer, Shabnam Virmani has come a long way. But, as she tells Sudha Narasimhachar, she has a long way to go in unraveling the mystic of Kabir’s verses

Posted    22-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  38
Bird watching
Bird watching

In Dehradun, where half of India’s known bird species have been documented, plans are on to make the 4th edition of The Great Himalayan Bird Count a great success, reports Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    14-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  10
Inside story
Inside story

While there appears to be an attempt to depict Gen. Singh in bad light, a close scrutiny of records, including a confidential memo from the military secretary’s branch, tell a different story

Posted    30-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  4
Combat corruption
Combat corruption

The fight has begun. Civil society has woken up to the social menace - corruption. This was the message that emanated from Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Martyr’s Day. Kavita Kanan Chandra reports

Posted    31-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  4
Rewinding Rafi
Rewinding Rafi

Mansoor Ahmad Farooqui winds motors of fans for a living and unwinds by indulging in his passion – collecting Mohammad Rafi memorabilia. Shahnawaz Akhatar visits the museum run by Rafi’s fan

Posted    13-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Reduce carbon
Reduce carbon

Going Green is not about making sacrifices and going back to live in the stone ages. It’s about making smart choices to reduce our carbon footprint, says Aparajithan Narasimhan

Posted    09 Jun 2012    Vol  3   Issue  23
Taking the plunge
Taking the plunge

Technologists and achievers will converge at TEDx Tirupur to figure out solutions for the future generation’s problems. Amar Naik reveals the plans and lessons learnt so far

Posted    25-Mar-2011   
Say yes to life
Say yes to life

Close to 3000 children below 14 years committed suicide in 2009. To prevent such suicides, 8 youth in Kanpur made a film, 'Last Option,' which has got nearly 2 lakh views on You Tube. Arpit Gupta tells us how the six-minute video clip clicked

Posted    07-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  1
Mules and horses
Mules and horses

All is not well with the IAS. Anuradha Pritam tells how the steel frame is rusting and why many bureaucrats are not happy with a system that does not differentiate between a mule and a horse

Posted    15-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
A vision for future
A vision for future

He is an ophthalmologist with a vision. ‘Change today, change tomorrow’ is the motto of his organization run with over 300 volunteers. Amar Naik meets the doctor who wants to start a school

Posted    29-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  17
Lining with children
Lining with children

Striving for rights of children, Anuradha Sahasrabudhe brought the child helpline to Pune. Though she strayed into the line by accident she has stayed put for 25 years, says Divya Mangwani

Posted    25-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  8
Bird's view
Bird's view

E-mailers exhibit bird-like behaviour and can be grouped into 12 avian categories, says a new study. Popular categories include the ‘compulsive woodpecker,’ and the ‘hibernating poorwill’ 

Posted    27-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  38
Financing women
Financing women

It is a bank run by women for women. It is the first rural financial institution to receive a cooperative license from RBI. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the driving force, Chetna Gala Sinha

Posted    16-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  16
Growing MAD
Growing MAD

Among those who were excited by Michelle Obama’s visit to Mumbai are some poor boys, who managed to speak to her in English. It happened only because two youth in Kochi wanted to Make A Difference, five years ago, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    11-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  6
For mom’s eyes
For mom’s eyes

The clocks of Sunil Saxena grew in size as his mother’s eye sight failed. His wish to make her read time without strain has led to the clock with a diameter of 72 inches, says Brij Khandelwal

Posted    31-May-2013    Vol  4   Issue  22
Doomsday 2012
Doomsday 2012

Indian space scientist and former ISRO chairman, U R Rao, rubbishes predictions of Doomsday or “Pralaya” destroying the earth in December 2012 calling it totally false, mischievous, and unfounded

Posted    13-Jan-2012   
Sweetly Designs
Sweetly Designs

When Jatin Chaudhary learnt that tribal women from Dangs made exquisite jewellery, he wanted the talent to bloom. So, the social entrepreneur found a way to help them, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    29-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  30
Fighting poachers
Fighting poachers

In an effort to protect tigers in Ranthambore, Dharmendra Khandal reached out to traditional hunting tribes and won their confidence. Now Moghiya tribe leads a better life as the poachers are in jail and the tigers safe, says Akash Bisht

Posted    04-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  5
Know your need
Know your need

You can reach your destination only if you know where you want to go, says Roopleen Prasad, offering tips on setting goals and achieving them. But then, you have to start now

Posted    29-Sep-2011   
Interesting deals
Interesting deals

With lakhs of crores of rupees ready to be spent on nuclear projects in deals with countries like the US, Russia and France, Sam Rajappa wonders in whose interest the PM is working for

Posted    02-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  9
Devoted to nature
Devoted to nature

Mazhar Asif Ebrahim is a lucky man. For, his passion is also his profession. Kavita Kanan Chandra treks with the founder of Nature Knights that organises adventure events for nature lovers

Posted    09-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  15
Fight for space
Fight for space

Anti-dam activist Akhil Gogoi accuses the Congress government in Assam of taking away "space" for democratic protests and says it would help the Maoists take over the whole State

Posted    16-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Silent charity
Silent charity

Without letting the left hand know what the right hand does, Anusha Ravi Mahesh does a lot of charitable work, besides running her business. Amar Naik meets the CEO of Park Institutions

Posted    07-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  14
Be a salesperson
Be a salesperson

Plan to work from home? Samuel Eddy lists eight basic traits you need to get cracking, and gives you tips on steering clear of pitfalls. But then you need to be a salesperson

Posted    03-Nov-2011   
Open support
Open support

Open Magazine’s Political Editor Hartosh Singh Bal questions the Rs100 crore demand of The Times of India from this website for an article it published on Malayalee journalists in Chennai

Posted    22-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  51
A new life
A new life

It was a romantic drive and they were cruising at a high speed on the expressway when suddenly the car veered out of control. Shaheen Bootwalla is fortunate to stay alive and tell the story

Posted    28-Mar-2011   
Creating oasis
Creating oasis

Villagers of Thob and Rewada in Barmer district do not want to go thirsty this year. They are into rainwater harvesting, digging up ponds and step wells to improve storage, says Anil Sharma

Posted    06-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  27
A commitment
A commitment

A New Year Resolution is a commitment that you make of improving yourself, says Roopleen Prasad, as she advises you to keep your goals realistic and offers a 7-point guide to keep them
 

Posted    30-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  52
Recce thwarted
Recce thwarted

In an incident that has deepened suspicions about the espionage activities of members of the Sri Lankan consulate in Chennai, an embassy vehicle allegedly went to Kanchipuram on a recce

Posted    30-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  17
Reform thru work
Reform thru work

Within the high walls of a jail in Andhra Pradesh there is BPO facility that not only employs prisoners but also prepares them for a life after they are set free. Rama Devi Menon has a peek

Posted    09-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  15
Framed forever
Framed forever

Photographer Media Ramu captures some of the memorable moments from The Weekend Leader – VIT Chennai Person of the Year Award Function held at VIT Chennai. The Award went to Balasaheb Darade

Posted    19-Feb-2014    Vol  5   Issue  7
Desi Baywatch hero
Desi Baywatch hero

River lifeguard Satish Chandra is like Mitch Buchannon, the popular lifeguard from American TV show ‘Baywatch’, but recognition eludes him even after he has saved 50 lives in 33 years

Posted    23-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  20
Fear not
Fear not

Elucidating the devastating effects of fear on people’s life, Roopleen Prasad shows us the ways to overcome fear by quoting successful people who have looked fear on the face

Posted    13-Jul-2012   
Young missionaries
Young missionaries

Moved by the plight of poor children, a group of youth start an initiative, calling it ‘Mission 5’. It grows, drawing more students and youth into it. Shubham Sharan checks out on the mission

Posted    04-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  10
Rights and courage
Rights and courage

After using RTI to fight corruption, Akhil Gogoi is in the vanguard of a movement against building dams across Brahmaputra. Pranjal Baruah learns that actor Aamir Khan may too join in soon

Posted    08-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  6
Teacher kid
Teacher kid

The BBC once described Babar Ali as the youngest headmaster. The founder of Anand Shiksha Niketan, having 800 students on the rolls now, was 9 years when he started teaching 8 of his friends. Kavita Kanan Chandra profiles Ali, now in college

Posted    03-Aug-2012    Vol  3   Issue  31
Papa & papa
Papa & papa

Social work is no pizza business, it requires commitment and passion says Vidyaakar, who has been running a home in Chennai, Udhavum Karangal, for 30 years. Catherine Gilon met the Papa, who now has 1263 people, 314 of them kids, in his care

Posted    19-Apr-2013    Vol  4   Issue  16
The day of the sparrow
The day of the sparrow

Every sparrow has its day and that day falls on March 20. Rama Devi Menon reports on the World Sparrow Day celebrations being planned in the garden city of Bangalore by Nature Forever Society

Posted    16-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  10
Saving Goa
Saving Goa

Goans living in London have picked up the cudgels on behalf of their people back home to fight the powerful mining mafia that is plundering the state’s resources, says Mayabhushan Nagvenkar

Posted    01-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
Linking woes
Linking woes

The concept of linking rivers, which dates back to the 19th century, is not a good idea, writes Darryl D’Monte, concluding that ‘India cannot afford to squander its resources so thoughtlessly’

Posted    24-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  12
Empowered tribe
Empowered tribe

The economy of Araku tribes, who grow vegetables in remote hilly hamlets of Andhra Pradesh, improved after an NGO helped them reach their produce to markets in towns, says Abhiskek Vaddadi

Posted    25-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  8
What a son!
What a son!

It’s not always a politician’s son hits the headlines for the right reasons. But a state minister’s son has helped 25300 youth get jobs in a single day and has created a new Guinness record

Posted    14 Oct 2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Against the tide
Against the tide

Name: Rajiv Trivedi. Achievements: Swam English Channel, Palk Strait etc. If you thought this is the CV of a professional swimmer, you are wrong, says Mahesh Avadhutha, who met the IPS officer

Posted    27-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  21
Soldiering on
Soldiering on

Captain Gulia is against alms to children. He has never given a coin to the kids he encounters at traffic signals in Gurgaon. But then, he knows them all by their name. Ritu Pandey checks out

Posted    12-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  11
Recharge booster
Recharge booster

A lone man’s vision and determination brought nature’s bounty to Laporia, which was once an arid village, in Rajasthan. Anita Pratap talks to Laxman Singh while Mahesh Bhat takes his pictures

Posted    26-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  4
Tiger lover
Tiger lover

She saw a tiger first as a 3-month-old and photographed one at age 17. Tigers still fascinate 58-year-old Belinda Wright, founder of Wildlife Protection Society of India. Akash Bisht met her

Posted    17-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  24
Autumn glow
Autumn glow

To fill in the gaps in the lives of the elderly in cities, whose children work elsewhere, a Pune-based woman started a service called Maya Care. R Savitha checks out what it is all about

Posted    26-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  13
Prospering the poor
Prospering the poor

Inspired by the Grameen Bank of Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Ram and Smita returned from UK to start Rang De, a social enterprise that offers small loans to the rural poor.  P C Vinoj Kumar reports

Posted    25-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  8
Home of hope
Home of hope

Home of Hope, which cares for about 15 HIV positive children in Chennai, is supported by close friends, donors, and few corporate bodies, says Mohan Daniel speaking to Shanmuga Priya R

Posted    24-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  12
A modern wonder
A modern wonder

Stepping into the fifth floor terrace of a building in Bangalore, Marianne de Nazareth was stunned. There in front of her was a hanging garden, a modern-day wonder, in garden city

Posted    04-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  9
Spotting Peles
Spotting Peles

Slum soccer is providing an opportunity for underprivileged youth, former drug addicts, and children of commercial sex workers to play for India in the Homeless World Cup in Poland next year

Posted    18-Dec-2012    Vol  3   Issue  50
Perseverance pays
Perseverance pays

In 2005, when Abhay Sahu started his campaign against a POSCO project in Orissa, he could mobilise just 18 supporters. That he made it a people’s movement is history, says Basudev Mahapatra

Posted    11-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  6
Farm magic
Farm magic

Prabhpreet Khinda, an Indian engineer, arrived in Ghana in 2009 looking for opportunities. The 38-year-old from Punjab is a successful farmer today and owns a 2200-hectare farm at Dzigbe

Posted    20-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  24
All from home
All from home

RUR, a green initiative by some homemakers in Mumbai, is a roaring success. Among other things, it made a cooperative’s retail outlets cut plastic bags by 70 per cent. Kavita Kanan Chandra tells us the full story, scripted by Monisha Narke

Posted    14-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  24
Wise woman
Wise woman

Does a windfall blow people off their feet? No, says the lone woman winner of KBC, Rahat Taslim when Shahnawaz Akhtar met her after a year. Taking Big B’s advice seriously, she is content

Posted    10-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  45
Child concerns
Child concerns

A road map to eliminate child labour helped Nirupa Raghavan win a contest by an NGO, Bhumi. The engineering student explains how the project works and how college students will be part of it

Posted    18-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  20
A Tamil assertion
A Tamil assertion

Tamil Nadu could set the agenda for India’s Sri Lankan policy, going by the resolutions passed by Jayalalithaa government, says Ramu Manivannan, stressing the need for accountability in MEA

Posted    01-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
Incredible India
Incredible India

India pulled up its socks the last moment and the Commonwealth Games are on. Sian Gordon, an athlete from Britain, is quite happy with the arrangements, finds Andrew Buncombe

Posted    08-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  6
Wombs on rent
Wombs on rent

India, where surrogacy is a billion dollar industry, needs to have proper laws to regulate the practice, which is banned in Germany and Canada, say Devadatt Kamat and Lavanya Regunathan Fischer

Posted    01-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  43
Dump the potatoes
Dump the potatoes

Are you carrying ‘rotten potatoes’ in your life? Get rid of them before the stink starts affecting you, and you start losing your peace of mind, says Revathi Turaga welcoming a beautiful week

Posted    21-Nov-2011   
Born to lead
Born to lead

As a child, Jyoti led protests at her orphanage when the quality of food and clothes dipped. Now, the 45-year-old MLA raises her voice against all forms of injustice, says Swapna Majumdar

Posted    01-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
Badminton in Lavasa
Badminton in Lavasa

In Lavasa, the much hyped hill city in Maharashtra, Anjna Rawat Pratap relived a past through a game of badminton with her nephew and had a chilled out time

Posted    07-Feb-2011   
Mission rescue
Mission rescue

Two young animal lovers in Pune have done something more than commiserating about the plight of stray and injured animals. Divya Mangwani meets Tanya Kane and Neha Jangle, who started ResQ

Posted    28-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  4
Now playing
Now playing

Results of World Cup cricket matches are not always music to ears. But this musical score by two Chennai youth can always bring cheers to the Indian fans. Play on, the video can inspire you

Posted    04-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  9
Valley of compassion
Valley of compassion

Dharmasala is a place worth visiting not only for the breathtaking scenery it offers but for the compassion that one sees there. Sneha Theeng returns from the Tibetan settlement, reluctantly

Posted    04-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  31
Survive death
Survive death

They are an unusual couple promoting organ donation. Rama Devi Menon catches up with Lalitha and Raghuram, who donated the organs of their 19-year-old son when he was brain-dead in 2004

Posted    26-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  13
Ma baker
Ma baker

What started with ice cream for kids evolved into Cremica, a company that has recorded sales of Rs 650 crore with 4000 employees. Rashmi Bansal profiles Rajni Bector who followed a rainbow

Posted    09-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  10
Just DONE
Just DONE

Defend, Offend, Neutralize and Exit and you can easily say DONE with an aggressor on the street, says KravMaga expert S Sreeram. Size won’t matter then, he says, giving tips for self-defence

Posted    02-Mar-2011   
Jharkhand Jackson
Jharkhand Jackson

Viren Raj Baraik, a 13-year-old tribal boy from Jharkhand, has super dance skills that remind some of Michael Jackson. He will rock at the National Games in Ranchi, says Santosh H K Narayan

Posted    09-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  5
Ragtag initiative
Ragtag initiative

A Delhi-based couple is upcycling plastic waste by teaming up with rag pickers, improving the lifestyle of those at the bottom of the pyramid. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to the Ahujas and rag pickers associated with the NGO, Conserve India

Posted    21-Jun-2013    Vol  4   Issue  25
Call to save
Call to save

After a 16-year-old cousin died in a road accident as medical help did not reach him on time, Piyush Tewari decided that he will not let another life go that way. Partho Burman finds out that the winner of the Rolex Award has more plans

Posted    04-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  10
Relax in Kerala
Relax in Kerala

Hailing from the heart of God’s own country, Kochi, actress Asin tells Nishita Mahajan that a trip to Kerala - with its beaches, hill stations, and backwaters - is a perfect way to relax

Posted    12-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  49
Rediscovering SRK
Rediscovering SRK

Going gaga over ‘Ra One’, the media failed to find out what Shah Rukh Khan does otherwise. Marianne de Nazareth, in an exclusive, turns the spotlight on SRK’s social responsibility that has made him talk about the importance of toilets 

Posted    15-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Sparrow heroes
Sparrow heroes

The ‘unsung heroes’ working for environment, and conservation of the humble sparrow, got their due recognition when they were conferred with the Sparrow Awards, says Rama Devi Menon

Posted    23-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  11
People's hero
People's hero

People magazine of the Time magazine group, which usually features celebrities and film stars, has profiled Anand Kumar, founder of Super 30, hailing him as a ‘People’s Hero’. A report  

Posted    08 Nov 2012    Vol  3   Issue  44
A woman's view
A woman's view

Using science in effectively managing money, Tara Thiagarajan has given a new perspective to microfinance. Fehmida Zakeer meets the woman who offers the lowest lending rate for rural women

Posted    07-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  1
Scoring records
Scoring records

An enduring passion for cricket earned Sudhir Vaidya a place in Limca Book of Records. Sudha Narasimhachar meets the statistician of IPL matches, who has been tracking the game since 1957

Posted    27-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  21
A powerful appeal
A powerful appeal

Over 100 journalists, writers, and artists have appealed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to shut down nuclear power plants in the state and withdraw the police from Kudankulam

Posted    22-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
Solar push
Solar push

Tamil Nadu will soon come out with a new policy on solar power to generate 3,000 MW by 2015-16, according to Natham R Viswanathan, minister for non-conventional energy development

Posted    15-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
Save Bhatt
Save Bhatt

Protests are spreading across the country against the ‘arbitrary’ arrest of Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who hit national headlines after he accused Modi of instigating the 2002 riots

Posted    04-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  39
Other side of RTI
Other side of RTI

The Right to Information Act heralded a glorious future for Indian democracy. But some activists who use it have faced violence. Kavita Kanan Chandra tells us what happened to Yashwant Gavand

Posted    14-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  2
Lights on
Lights on

Without waiting for politicians, two young college students in Mumbai have embarked on a mission to light up villages with solar lamps. Kavita Kanan Chandra throws light on Project Chirag

Posted    07-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  1
Rags to hitches
Rags to hitches

With corporates dealing in garbage, the traditional rag picker’s job is at stake. Stella Paul spots two women from India at the climate summit in Durban, drawing world attention to the issue

Posted    08-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  49
Warrior leader
Warrior leader

In Chhattisgarh, where the booming of Maoist guns makes news, 56-year-old Sukhantibai has endeared herself to the Adivasis of Handitola through her selfless service and courage. Stella Paul talks to the sarpanch, now serving a second term

Posted    26-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  4
Hero mobbed
Hero mobbed

‘The Weekend Leader – VIT Chennai Person of the Year’ Anil Joshi wowed VITians who mobbed him and took photos with him at their Chennai campus where he was honoured for his remarkable service

Posted    24-Jan-2013    Vol  4   Issue  3
Melody queen
Melody queen

Singer Shreya Ghoshal has come a long way since she won a musical talent show on TV. Today she is a top celebrity, and her voice is being compared to Lata Mangeshkar’s, says Santosh Mehta

Posted    02-Aug-2013    Vol  4   Issue  31
Stand and wait
Stand and wait

Giving a formula for success, Roopleen Prasad lists perseverance as the main ingredient by citing examples of sportspersons like Yani Tseng and politicians like Nelson Mandela

Posted    22-Jun-2012   
Winning teacher
Winning teacher

Vandana Suryawanshi, who teaches biology and earth sciences in a Pune school, becomes the first foreign teacher to be chosen for a prestigious US space programme

Posted    01-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  4
Deepening debate
Deepening debate

The Save Tamils Movement is organising a hall meeting in Chennai to discuss the war crimes of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse

Posted    17-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  37
Kolkata for 'Tigress'
Kolkata for 'Tigress'

Kolkata seethes in anger as govt shunts out ‘Tigress’ Damayanti Sen, the joint commissioner of police (crime), who cracked the sensational Park Street rape case, to an insignificant post

Posted    04-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  13
True Love
True Love

Old school romance with its beautiful nuances will surely make a comeback, says Faraaz Kazi on this Valentine’s Day, as the world soaks in love, mushy verses, virtual roses, and text muahs.
 

Posted    14-Feb-2011   
Holy smoke!
Holy smoke!

As an estimated one out of six people in India are said to be affected by arthritis, it’s now been found that smoking could be a major cause for the disease which causes pain in the joints

Posted    14-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Private Forest
Private Forest

If you’re a nature lover you will love The Kikar Lodge, says Nivedita Sharma, who reached the place - which is also India’s first private forest reserve - after a 2 hour drive from Chandigarh

Posted    11-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
Street Smart
Street Smart

Violence should be the last resort, says S Sreeram, a KravMaga self defence expert. Deny, Delay, Diffuse & Divert are his 4 D's that can help one get out of a fight or not get into it at all

Posted    12-Jan-2011   
Young innovator
Young innovator

The eco cab that can be spotted on Chennai’s Marina is an environment-friendly public transport. But the youth who innovated it is also keen on making its operation economically viable. In fact, he brims with more ideas, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    13-Sep-2013    Vol  4   Issue  37
Saving a lake
Saving a lake

It started with a date. A single date palm that is. Today the Puttenahalli lake has been restored with abundant greenery, thanks to the efforts of Arathi Manay, says Marianne de Nazareth

Posted    04-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  5
Keen to keep him?
Keen to keep him?

Are men incorrigible flirts? If you think so but want to keep your man away from other women’s charm, do not worry. TWL has simple tips for possessive women to prevent their men from straying

Posted    2011/05/13    Vol  2   Issue  19
Beats of Assam
Beats of Assam

Four engineering students from Assam have started a website -- Asomtube -- to popularise lilting, soulful, Assamese songs and videos across the globe. Their site has become hugely popular

Posted    10-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  49
Back to nature
Back to nature

A five acre organic farm in the Himalayas is drawing people from around the world. For, it’s a dream of a father-daughter duo to create a model that would enable urban dwellers to reconnect with nature and learn about farming, says Akash Bisht

Posted    09-Aug-2013    Vol  4   Issue  32
In full gear
In full gear

The humble bicycle that ran out of the roads is slowly getting back on its wheels thanks to some modern youth. In Bangalore, Ravi Ranjan is one of them, says Marianne de Nazareth

Posted    16-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  16
Garbage, it's yours
Garbage, it's yours

Sick of revelers littering the beach, a Goan village assembly has decided to tell visitors to take their garbage back with them. Will other villages follow Betalbatim and save their beaches?

Posted    26-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  43
Sound couriers
Sound couriers

A fellow traveller in a bus opened the ears of Dhruv Lakra to the silent cries of the deaf, prompting him to employ poor, hearing impaired boys and girls in his company. Kavita Kanan Chandra visits the office of ‘Mirakle Couriers’ in Mumbai

Posted    15-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
Organic orange
Organic orange

The orange revolution in the country brought in its wake certain devastation until some farmers woke up and turned organic. Aparna Pallavi tells us about Wath, whose intervention was timely

Posted    2012/05/24    Vol  3   Issue  21
Rocket woman
Rocket woman

India’s ‘rocket woman’ Tessy Thomas, who is being compared to Abdul Kalam, is heading a project to develop Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles, which can hit targets that are 5,000 km away 

Posted    21-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  46
Why so bullish
Why so bullish

The latest hue and cry demanding a ban on Jallikattu is needless, says Photo Editor Senthil Kumaran, who poses some hard questions to activists bent on destroying Tamil culture

Posted    12-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  2
Farming, naturally
Farming, naturally

‘Bountiful Nature’ is the translation of name of a movement taking roots in Karnataka’s farming sector. G Krishna Prasad tells us how Sahaja Samrudha has proved the promoters of GM crops wrong

Posted    26-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  17
Lady Tarzan
Lady Tarzan

In the jungles of Muthurkham Chaura and Kadel Pahar in Jharkhand, which is a Maoist corridor and haven for timber mafia, there roams a 42-year-old woman, Chami Devi Murmu, whom the locals fondly call ‘Lady Tarzan’. Saadia Azim tells us why

Posted    21-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  38
South Africa’s like
South Africa’s like

A farmer in Bihar has been hired to train South African farmers on improving rice production. Sumant Kumar of Nalanda district told Imran Khan that the first call came to him through Facebook

Posted    30-Aug-2014    Vol  5   Issue  35
Worthy campaign
Worthy campaign

Cricketers Irfan and Yusuf have been roped in to spread awareness on hand washing, the absence of which is said to be a major reason for over 1000 children dying every day due to diarrhea

Posted    15-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Missing images
Missing images

The whereabouts of a missing video tape in the Rajiv assassination case that the then IB chief M K Narayanan knew about is just one of the unsolved mysteries in the case, says Sam Rajappa

Posted    16 Nov 2012    Vol  3   Issue  45
Natural paper
Natural paper

Two paper makers are using elephant dung as the main raw material. Roohi Saluja Sehgal learns from Mahima and Vijendra how they discovered the potential of ‘waste’ during a trek to a shrine

Posted    26-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  13
A Morning Cup of Inspiration
 A Morning Cup of Inspiration

Jency Samuel is fascinated by a tea vendor's 'art of living' on a train journey.

Posted    27-Aug-2010   
All is will
All is will

Overcoming multiple disabilities with elan, young Bhavna Botta has proved to the world that where there a will, there is a way. Hema Vijay tells us the amazing story of the girl who started ‘Saahaagika’, a boutique in Chennai, on her own

Posted    08-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  49
Futuristic city
Futuristic city

An Indian journalist Richa Sharma brings us the story of the world’s ecological model city, Freiburg, the Green capital of Germany, where solar energy is the main source of power

Posted    13-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  27
The drug busters
The drug busters

Using a government rural job guarantee scheme, villages in Himachal Pradesh have launched a war, employing women, on cannabis and opium. Vishal Gulati checks out the drug control project

Posted    15-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  28
Tamil Braveheart
Tamil Braveheart

Braving a harsh winter, Sathi Sinnaya walked 763 km from London to Geneva, carrying a memorandum seeking justice for Sri Lankan Tamils. Paul Newman reports on the Mission Accomplished

Posted    09-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  10
Women on top
Women on top

Jharkhand is under the grip of women. In panchayat elections, 56 per cent of the seats went to women, who have got together to demand bigger roles for them in policy-making, says Saadia Azim

Posted    05-Apr-2013    Vol  4   Issue  14
Target Colombo
Target Colombo

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has withdrawn her party MP from an all-party delegation to Sri Lanka next week, refusing to let up the pressure against the Sinhalese racist regime

Posted    11-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  14
Green battle
Green battle

In a rare show of unity, environmentalists, academics, and journalists join hands under the banner of the ‘Movement for Green Buildings’ for the cause of a Green Earth

Posted    05-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  22
Whirring for poor
Whirring for poor

A grassroots innovator, Dharamveer Kamboj, has changed the lives of people from the barren land of Rajasthan to the dense forest of Nagaland by designing a food processor. Kavita Kanan Chandra explains how it works well for women and tribes

Posted    05-Apr-2013    Vol  4   Issue  14
Moves of hope
Moves of hope

Jammu and Kashmir government decided to remove 16 bunkers in strife-torn Srinagar recently. Jehangir Rashid sees it as a positive step and hopes of more initiatives for confidence building

Posted    22-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  8
Project Bihar
Project Bihar

Just into his second term as Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar feels that he is on test. He has no option other than performing, though it is a tough job. But, as he tells Sankarshan Thakur, at the moment he is not looking at New Delhi

Posted    25-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  12
Hope on Wheels
Hope on Wheels

It is a dream that gives hope to those who do not dare to dream. Roohi Saluja Sehgal tells us how rickshaw pullers in Delhi have benefited because some students dared to dream.

Posted    10-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  15
Army's artist
Army's artist

Aarti Zaveri’s work stands out in the power corridors of Defence Ministry. No, she is no soldier or bureaucrat but an artist. Subhra Mazumdar figures out how the master of portraiture succeeded in giving a whiff of after-life to war heroes

Posted    19-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  42
Green tips
Green tips

‘Get under the shower with your spouse’ is just one of 21 different tips that Samuel Eddy offers to transform you into an eco friendly person in 21 days flat if you are ready to give it a shot

Posted    30-Sep-2011   
Heavenly school
Heavenly school

Six years before the government made Right to Education a law, Uttam Teron implemented it in his Pamohi village in Assam by providing quality education to the Karbi tribe children. Kavita Kanan Chandra traces the growth of Parijat Academy

Posted    18-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  33
A cause to beg
A cause to beg

On Mumbai local trains he seeks donations. Though begging is banned, no one harasses this former marine engineer. Kavita Kanan Chandra tell us about the mission of Sandeep Manohar Desai, who runs a few schools for underprivileged children

Posted    04-Jan-2013    Vol  4   Issue  1
Colours of peace
Colours of peace

He honed his skills and pursued the passion amidst negative circumstances. Yet positivity is the buzzword for Machcha Gangadas, whose paintings energise viewers, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    04-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  10
Gun reversal
Gun reversal

In Coorg, where men once loved hunting, K M Chinnappa broke the tradition by turning his gun to protect the forests. Anita Pratap captures the spirit of the man, and Mahesh Bhat his image  

Posted    15-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  50
Wanted Man
Wanted Man

Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda’s threat to enter Indian waters with 5000 Lankan fishermen has revived the demand for arrest of the minister in TN, where he is wanted in a murder case

Posted    23-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  16
Dribbling early
Dribbling early

A German hockey player is coaching a bunch of children in a remote Rajasthani village to make them champions. Her team tested its strength against Delhi Public School recently, says Renu Rakesh

Posted    15-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  37
Triumph of love
Triumph of love

When grandma invited an elderly man to eat with the family, the little girl was angry at losing her share of the mutton curry. But Arpita Sutradhar soon realised the greatness of the man

Posted    06-Apr-2011   
Fight corruption
Fight corruption

The India Against Corruption campaign is gaining momentum with more activists rallying around Anna Hazare who is planning to go on a fast-unto-death agitation, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    21-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  11
No comic stuff
No comic stuff

Former political cartoonist Sharad Sharma’s comics movement seeks to empower the rural population by teaching them to express their problems through comic strips, says Nikhil Walia

Posted    21-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  7
Green house
Green house

Kolkata-based architect Laurent Fournier’s green flat in Kolkata has bunk beds, and handcrafted false ceiling made of bamboo mesh, smudged with a paste of lime and rice husk, says Sayantan Bera

Posted    04-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  35
Seize the moment
Seize the moment

The need for a referendum on Eelam is more felt now as Sri Lanka is slipping into dictatorship, says P C Vinoj Kumar. Seize the opportunity and mobilize global support for the cause, he says

Posted    04-Feb-2013    Vol  4   Issue  5
Turn to turtle
Turn to turtle

In a bid to save the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, a ‘festival’ is on in the Konkan coast, which blends conservation with tourism. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets people excited by the event

Posted    11-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  10
Historic launch
Historic launch

Chennai based SRM University is set to make history by launching a nano-satellite designed and built by its students to monitor greenhouse gases from Sriharikota today. A report

Posted    12-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  40
Green cyclist
Green cyclist

Computer engineer Vaibhav Desai quit his job to hit the road on his bicycle and explore the world. Now, he is on a cycling mission to promote sustainable living, says Sharada Balasubramanian

Posted    13-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  14
Power of waste
Power of waste

Namakkal in Tamil Nadu is known for poultry, among other things. But not many know of a poultry owner generating electricity from chicken droppings, whose disposal was once a headache. P C Vinoj Kumar explains the innovation and the business

Posted    29-Mar-2014    Vol  5   Issue  13
Ticket to dream
Ticket to dream

It was no wild goose chase for Arun Athiappan, when he co-founded TicketGoose.com, a bus ticket booking portal. He always wanted to be an entrepreneur and has been losing sleep to come up with new ideas since he was 12, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Posted    07-Jul-2014    Vol  5   Issue  27
Women on air
Women on air

Women in a hamlet in Uttar Pradesh have been hit by the air waves of a community radio station in many ways. As radio jockeys and as listeners, they feel highly empowered, says Anjali Singh

Posted    24-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  25
Friend makers
Friend makers

Even in these days of social networks, it is hard for a coolie’s son to strike a meaningful friendship with an engineer. But such friendships are blossoming. Orchie Bandyopadhyay finds out

Posted    28-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  4
Live to fight
Live to fight

Looking back at the numerous self-immolations for political causes that the world has seen so far, Muthuvel Janakarajan says: Let’s live, propagate, act, struggle, fight and change the world

Posted    12-Oct-2013    Vol  4   Issue  41
Light up your life
Light up your life

Tribals of Dalbhanga village, near Jamshedpur, have taught a lesson for India on self-reliance. When they wanted power, they set up their own plant. Santosh H K Narayan throws light on it

Posted    15-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  7
Quiz of succour
Quiz of succour

It is more a fairytale: A 27-year-old widow, deep in debts, answering Amitabh Bachchan’s questions and walking away with Rs 640,000. Mauli Buch meets Aparna Malikar for whom KBC was godsend

Posted    15-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  37
Cheap petrol in Goa

Goa may now come to be known more for cheap petrol than the local drink feni with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's novel budgetary proposal to virtually abolish value added tax (VAT) on petrol and slash prices by as much as Rs.11. The decision will come into effect from April 2

Posted    29-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  12
Rickshaw poet
Rickshaw poet

Poverty did not deter the muse in him. Though he had work as a rickshaw puller for a living, Rehman Ali never stopped writing poetry. His 11th book was recently released, says Arpit Gupta

Posted    04-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  5
Air trouble
Air trouble

Key ‘Team Anna’ member Kiran Bedi accused of claiming ‘actual’ air fares from NGOs and institutions that invite her for seminars and meetings, while travelling on highly discounted fares

Posted    20-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
All for love
All for love

Kanchana is a well-known social worker in Kozhikode, whose social mission is fulfilment of a vow she made to the mother of the man she loved, Moideen, who died young before they could marry

Posted    02-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  43
Clean villages
Clean villages

More than 2,000 villages in Madhya Pradesh have earned the sobriquet ‘Nirmal Grams’ or clean villages. Arun Anand checks out how the villages managed to achieve such a high level of hygiene 

Posted    10-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  23
Possibility unlimited
Possibility unlimited

“It all depends on who you are looking up to, who you are with, and what you are reading that shapes your own destiny and the destiny of countless others.” Text of Editor’s speech at VIT function

Posted    26-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  4
Justice denied
Justice denied

For the Muslim victims of the 2002 riots in Gujarat, time has not been a healer. Mari Marcel Thekaekara finds anger, resentment and despair raging in the ravaged region, even10 years later

Posted    09-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  10
Striking a right chord
Striking a right chord

In an idyllic village of Kerala, Mithun Madhusudan finds an ashram, whose founder Hari Govindan aspires to give a new life to Sopana Sangeetham, the traditional music of God’s Own Country

Posted    11-Mar-2011    Vol  2   Issue  10
Multiple passions
Multiple passions

A journalist, an author, a lyricist, a thespian, a photographer and a social worker. No it is not a team but describes just one man. Shikha Shah profiles the multi-faceted Neelesh Misra

Posted    29-Oct-2010    Vol  1   Issue  9
Climbers on call
Climbers on call

Kerala’s Coconut Development Board is creating professional coconut tree climbers. So far 7000 have been trained and few foreign countries have shown interest in the program, says PN Venugopal

Posted    17 Nov 2012    Vol  3   Issue  46
Love in India
Love in India

The present generation is lucky. Mills and Boon has now come out with a novel set in India offering a romantic treat for young readers. Partho Burman speaks to the Indian author, Milan Vohra

Posted    07-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  1
Call to account
Call to account

Team Anna members continue to court controversies as close on the heels of charges of impropriety against Kiran Bedi, another key member Arvind Kejriwal is accused of siphoning funds

Posted    22-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  42
Lead the world
Lead the world

Coimbatore based Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology is geared to host the 2nd edition of Sri Shakthi India Leadership Summit for engineering and business college students

Posted    27-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  4
Back green
Back green

To chase greenbacks, the easiest way is to go the green way, feels Ritu Primlani, who runs an NGO in California. Anjua Agrawal tracks the route of her successful venture inspired by a woman

Posted    03-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
Man of many parts
Man of many parts

Swagat Thorat dons many hats with aplomb. But it is his dedication to help the visually challenged that stands out as an accomplishment. It also got him a certificate from the Guinness Book. Kavita Kanan Chandra checks out his future plans

Posted    17-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  7
In solidarity
In solidarity

While the Indian government continues to back war-crime accused Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, things are changing at the ground level as the protests in Nellore, AP, demonstrated

Posted    26-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  29
Deadly beaches
Deadly beaches

Alarming deaths of dolphins, sharks, and turtles on India’s western coast indicate chemical or oil poisoning, say conservationists who want scientific autopsies of these dead creatures

Posted    07 Apr 2012    Vol  3   Issue  14
Faceless wonder
Faceless wonder

He helps students from poor families to pursue their higher studies and trains many for competitive exams, but shies away from publicity. He wouldn’t even want his photo to be published. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the founder of Mugavari, K Ramesh

Posted    04-Jan-2014    Vol  5   Issue  1
The khan touch
The khan touch

From garnering overwhelming TRPs to getting prominence on social networking websites, the impact of Aamir Khan's TV show 'Satyamev Jayate' that completed its 13-week journey has been colossal

Posted    01-Aug-2012    Vol  3   Issue  30
Indian powerhouse
Indian powerhouse

American economist Jeremy Rifkin paints rosy picture, labeling India as the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy resources and says it can usher in a game changing third industrial revolution

Posted    18-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  2
Mountain survivors
Mountain survivors

Activists fighting for conservation of Kashmir’s ‘critically endangered’ Markhor goat have reasons for cheer with the notification of the Tatakuti Wildlife Sanctuary, says Rajat Ghai

Posted    16-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Fighting diabetes
Fighting diabetes

An estimated 62.4 million live with diabetes in India. A diabetic herself, Humra Quraishi says though the genetic factor may be a cause, stress and tension are major reasons for the disease 

Posted    05-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  44
Water Wheel
Water Wheel

Fetching water takes such considerable time for rural women that they expend most of their time and energy on that. But ‘Water Wheel’, a recent innovation, is ushering a change in the lives of women in some villages, says Souzeina S Mushtaq

Posted    08-Feb-2014    Vol  5   Issue  6
Flaming femme
Flaming femme

Rural women from 437 SHGs in 129 villages of Madhya Pradesh have excelled urban feminists in gaining empowerment on their own. Pamela Philipose tracks the change they brought to their lives
 

Posted    02-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  9
Story of dissent
Story of dissent

As the Indian government is flummoxed by the sudden upsurge against Koodankulam nuclear plant and as many wonder how it happened, G Babu Jayakumar traces the 25-year history of the dissent

Posted    03-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Free Binayak
Free Binayak

Arundhati Roy, Sharmila Tagore, and Prashant Bhushan are some of the well-known names who are taking part in an event organised by ‘Free Binayak Sen Campaign’ in New Delhi, says Akash Bisht

Posted    02-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  13
Tree owners
Tree owners

With no time to protest felling of trees, Siddalinga Prasad launched a project that ties people’s heart to trees. Marianne de Nazareth finds out that it’s a positive way of conserving nature

Posted    03-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  14
The cyclists
The cyclists

Two management graduates in Mumbai launched ‘Cycle Chalao!’ and changed the way students went to college. Latha Suresh profiles Raj Janagam and Jui Gangan, experts in Bicycle Sharing Systems

Posted    11-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  6
Waves of protest
Waves of protest

Protests in Kudankulam continue in absence of anti-nuke activist S P Udayakumar, as villagers opposed to the nuclear power plant launch a ‘jal satyagraha’ standing at waist-deep sea water

Posted    13-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  36
An uphill task
An uphill task

Travelling across India, a doctor couple stopped in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district in 1993 to start another journey in providing health care to hill people. Today, Sittilingi valley has a full-fledged hospital, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Posted    27-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  43
Tamil's voice
Tamil's voice

Rayappu Joseph is much hated by Sri Lanka’s Sinhala people. But the Tamils, among whom he works, feel that the Mannar Bishop may soon be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize, says Paul Newman

Posted    01-Mar-2014    Vol  5   Issue  9
Bonding and bonhomie!
Bonding and bonhomie!

Around 450 youngsters from all over India travelled on a special train to visit the change agents at their ‘laboratories’ in remote villages and they have come back inspired, finds Mohita Nagpal

Posted    09-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  1
Celebration time
Celebration time

Activists who spearheaded the Free Binayak Sen Campaign are happy their mission is over. Binayak’s wife celebrated along with other activists the triumph of Indian democracy, says Akash Bisht

Posted    18-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  15
Call the CBI
Call the CBI

A report of a fact finding team headed by a former judge of the Mumbai High Court that included a couple of retired IPS officers blasts Tamil Nadu police for Paramakudi massacre of dalits

Posted    24-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  42
Ugly side
Ugly side

There is a dark under belly to the multi-billion beauty business, says Tarannum, pointing fingers at the problems faced by sales assistants who have to wear make-up and also stand long hours

Posted    27-Sep-2013    Vol  4   Issue  39
Giving back
Giving back

Sonya Sadhwani, an Indian origin businesswoman, whose grandfather arrived in Ghana in the 1920s and became a top businessman, wants to give back to society and is getting into charity work

Posted    10-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Green mission
Green mission

Inspired by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation, many people across India have embarked on a mission to plant trees. Rama Devi Menon tells us the significance of Project Green Hands

Posted    04-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  5
Garuda returns
Garuda returns

An endangered species of stork, Greater Adjutant or Garuda, has now an ideal nestling place in Bihar’s Bhagalpur, where their number has grown from 78 to 300 in four years, says Imran Khan

Posted    17-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  46
Bahadur returns
Bahadur returns

What Sholay was for cinema, Bahadur was for comic book. Kavita Kanan Chandra encounters Aabid Surti, who recreated the exploits of dacoits from the Chambal ravines in the comic book series

Posted    12-Nov-2010    Vol  1   Issue  11
Chirp over city
Chirp over city

In the urban cacophony, the bird’s chirp is not a part. But C L Khanna is desperate to bring back the birds to Kanpur as he wants future generations to hear the chirp, says Abhishek Pandey

Posted    03-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  14
Game changer
Game changer

The student uprising in Tamil Nadu demanding India’s support for Eelam has shaken political parties, and may see Jayalalithaa declaring her support for a Tamil nation, says Viduthalai Rajendran

Posted    16-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  11
Child power
Child power

This Gandhi Jayanthi children in Chennai gathered at a bookstore and discussed ideas of Change. The child activists spoke in favour of using paper bags, and organic farming, says Maria Devasia

Posted    05-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  39
Focus Eelam
Focus Eelam

The 13th amendment only provides the mirage of devolution, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam tells Paul Newman, explaining his party’s decision not to contest the provincial elections in Sri Lanka

Posted    19-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  29
Kids’ guide
Kids’ guide

Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Sodi Mada charms children and leads them to schools in the Maoist belt of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. Mitali Mohanty Ghosh tells us about the young farmer

Posted    04-Jan-2013    Vol  4   Issue  1
Bollywood ripples
Bollywood ripples

The success of Shahrukh Khan’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in Indonesia in 2001marked the revival of Indian films’ market among the Indonesian upper class, says Shuri Mariasih Gietty Tambunan

Posted    22-Dec-2012    Vol  3   Issue  51
On fast track
On fast track

Cycling enthusiasts in Mumbai are excited at the city’s first cycling track, a 12 km stretch, that was declared open Sunday at BKC. Kavita Kanan Chandra reports the excitement from the spot

Posted    25-Apr-2011    Vol  2   Issue  16
Building bridges
Building bridges

Turning an almost defunct Bridges Corporation in Bihar to a profitable enterprise did not happen without hiccups for Pratyay Amrit. Rajan Prakash meets him and finds out how he pulled it off

Posted    08-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  27
Mining trouble
Mining trouble

The Shah Commission whose findings on the illegal mining in Karnataka cost Yeddyurappa his CM post is now in Goa, where it appears that nearly 90 percent of the mines may be operating illegally

Posted    27-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  38
Progressive village
Progressive village

Bihar’s Dharhara village is unique. It celebrates birth of girl child by planting saplings. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says if all villages could be like Dharhara, Bihar will become greener

Posted    17-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  24
Pop-up retail
Pop-up retail

They pop up, and then vanish! Pop-up shops, a concept popular in countries like Canada and the US, has caught the fancy of Indian fashion designers and retail houses, says Nivedita Sharma

Posted    12-Jun-2012    Vol  3   Issue  23
A miracle for Laura
A miracle for Laura

Doctors told Laura Binder her cancer could not be cured, but her 9-year-old daughter refused to give up and wrote her encouraging letters everyday for next 7 months till she was totally healed

Posted    07-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
A ladder for poor
A ladder for poor

Students of IIT, Kanpur, are learning more about society by taking classes to underprivileged children around their campus. 'Shiksha Sopan’, a students' organization, enables many of its poor charges do what they couldn't have done otherwise

Posted    11-Jan-2014    Vol  5   Issue  2
Unshaken but stirred
Unshaken but stirred

On his way to Mt Manaslu, the riskiest mount to climb, Arjun Vajpai was caught in the earthquake. It did not shake him, rather stirred his spirit to scale new heights, says Sudheshna Sarkar

Posted    22-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  38
A positive book
A positive book

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s autobiography is nearing completion and it’s been tiled ‘Twenty years in a decade.’ According to the actor, "It's a fun book and is about positivity and hope.”

Posted    07-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  22
Profit with a heart
Profit with a heart

Indian business has changed as a new breed of entrepreneurs with social objectives have arrived. Madhusree Chatterjee tracks the emerging trend and finds out what makes a social entrepreneur

Posted    04-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  31
Rural focus
Rural focus

Ajay Chatruvedi, who gave up a lucrative job abroad, has been focusing in rural India, changing the lives of villagers by setting up BPOs for women and trying to run the centres with gobar gas and solar power. Kavita Kanan Chandra reports

Posted    23-Nov-2012    Vol  3   Issue  47
Hail Jairam
Hail Jairam

Whatever some political outfits may have to say of Union Minister Jairam Ramesh’s remarks on ‘toilets vs temples’, common people stress the need for more clean public toilets in the country

Posted    12-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  41
Independent farmer
Independent farmer

Travelling across rural India on a Grassroutes fellowship, Akshat Shukla met Kishen Da in Chaukhuta village in Uttarakhand. The farmer crusades for self reliance in the mountainous village

Posted    11-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  6
Potato records
Potato records

Bihar is set to usher in India’s next green revolution, which is evident from the record production of paddy and potato achieved through organic farming and other methods, says Imran Khan

Posted    15-Mar-2012    Vol  3   Issue  11
Pedalling a cause
Pedalling a cause

A farmer’s son is riding a bicycle somewhere in India just because he wants more people to have eye sight. Lesley D Biswas catches up with Chayan Mondal, who wants us all to pledge our eyes

Posted    21-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  3
Right call
Right call

For many women in the obscure town of Wai, 160 km from Mumbai, it came calling, offering a career outside the farmlands. Suchismita Pai tells us how Samwadini Call Centre changed many lives

Posted    29-Sep-2012    Vol  3   Issue  39
Honey to all
Honey to all

Taking a cue from his mom’s adage that honey gets more flies, Samuel Eddy turns polite with everyone around for a week and watches his world transforming into a better place
 

Posted    20-Oct-2011   
New Age Tonga
New Age Tonga

Responding to The Weekend Leader’s appeal to readers to send in ideas to rehabilitate Delhi’s tongawallas, Swagat Sen from Noida has sent a lovely suggestion. We welcome more ideas.

Posted    12-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  32
Beyond classes
Beyond classes

A group of IIT students reach out to Burmese refugees in Delhi to give them dignity and livelihood. They tell Akash Bisht about the spirit of the people who create a little Burma wherever they go. It is a story the world should listen to

Posted    24-Jun-2011    Vol  2   Issue  25
Friend in need
Friend in need

Had he not become a bureaucrat, Chhattisgarh's Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, held captive by Maoists, would’ve been a journalist, says an old friend, speaking to V Jagannathan

Posted    28-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  17
Royal splendour
Royal splendour

To relive the glory of a royal past, all one has to do is to step inside the house of the Raza family, whose mansion in Lucknow is a literal throwback to a different era, says Mohd Faisal Fareed

Posted    26-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  3
Ponds dreams
Ponds dreams

The once - parched district of Dewas in MP has turned fertile with agriculture thriving, and buffaloes yielding more milk, after people started digging ponds everywhere, says Aparna Pallavi

Posted    19 Jan 2012    Vol  3   Issue  2
Haute Khadi
Haute Khadi

The humble khadi has ascended the ramps of top fashion shows. Popularised by Mahatma Gandhi during independence, it has let the creative spirit of modern designers soar, says Nivedita Sharma

Posted    13-Oct-2011    Vol  2   Issue  41
Coastal killing
Coastal killing

Was the Coast Guard aircraft responsible for the death of a fisherman, who was watching the ‘jal satyagraha’ of anti-Kudankulam nuclear plant protesters? P C Vinoj Kumar seeks answers

Posted    15 Sep 2012    Vol  3   Issue  37
Kalam's vision
Kalam's vision

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam says to be a ‘developed nation’ by 2020, India should attain and maintain 10 percent GDP growth, eliminate corruption, focus on rural areas and micro-finance

Posted    07-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  26
A sexy award
A sexy award

Varanasi based activist Ajeet Singh, who has rehabilitated over 100 sex workers, and who was recently profiled in The Weekend Leader, has been chosen as The Week magazine’s Man of the Year

Posted    14-May-2012    Vol  3   Issue  19
Woody venture
Woody venture

Shubhendu Sharma from Uttarakhand has already created 23 urban forests in different parts of India by planting and growing 38,000 trees. P C Vinoj Kumar visits his project in the outskirts of Bangalore and finds the deep man-made woods lovely

Posted    12-Jul-2013    Vol  4   Issue  28
Leading ladies
Leading ladies

Women in many drought hit areas are leading a revolution in farming through water management programmes. Ajitha Menon tells us how SHGs in W Bengal have ushered in some much needed changes
 

Posted    26-Apr-2012    Vol  3   Issue  17
Never give up
Never give up

Likening life to a roller-coaster, which also goes down at times, Roopleen Prasad cites examples of success stories of people, who refused to give up, underlining the fact that hope triumphs

Posted    08-Sep-2011    Vol  2   Issue  36
Racing poverty
Racing poverty

From child labour to motorcycle racing, S Sarath Kumar has come a long way. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the first Indian to have a podium finish at an international event and learns that he now enjoys the support of his namesake actor-politician

Posted    06-Dec-2013    Vol  4   Issue  49
The price of greed
The price of greed

A chilling piece on the condition of Aravallis in Rajasthan, which has been damaged beyond redemption due to the indiscriminate marble mining in the region

Posted    03-Dec-2011    Vol  2   Issue  48
Resilient Chandigarh
Resilient Chandigarh

At Chandigarh, which lies at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Himachal Pradesh, families from near the China border who were resettled here post 1962 India – China war have rebuilt their lives

Posted    02-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  30
Clothing the poor
Clothing the poor

Identifying clothing as a basic necessity after food and shelter, a journalist couple, Anshu Gupta and Meenakshi, started a social venture, Goonj, providing ‘Cloth for Work’. Then they did more, reaching parts of 21 states, says Roohi Seghal

Posted    22-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  12
Beautiful dream
Beautiful dream

Creating 3000 salons, 1000 women entrepreneurs and 50,000 jobs by 2020 is the dream of C K Kumaravel, who, despite hailing from a business family, had to start on his own. P C Vinoj Kumar traces the growth of Naturals beauty salons founder

Posted    09-Aug-2014    Vol  5   Issue  32
Know your strength
Know your strength

There are seven forms of human intelligence. Find out what is yours and focus on it to be successful and happy, says Rekha Shetty, in her advice to the youth and parents
 

Posted    24-Feb-2012   
Able college
Able college

Delhi’s Manovikas College is a distinguished institution of higher education. Rahul Vaishnavi tells out how it has helped youth who failed to cope in other colleges, stand on their own legs

Posted    19-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  42
Shot by Army
Shot by Army

The video showing Jarawa women dancing was shot by army personnel in 2008, says Zubair Ahmed, who has identified the women. An explosive report by arrangement with ‘The Light of Andamans’

Posted    16-Jan-2012    Vol  3   Issue  2
Fun with waste
Fun with waste

Several Bangalore groups working on Solid Waste Management have joined hands to organise a ‘Bengaluru Recycling Habba’ (or Festival), which will in a fun way raise awareness on recycling waste

Posted    04 Nov 2011    Vol  2   Issue  44
Bhatti, you'll be missed
Bhatti, you'll be missed

Jaspal Bhatti, comedy’s famous sardar and the original king of satire, is no more. “His spoofs, satire and comedy kept us entertained for years. Bhatti, you will be missed,” says Jaideep Sarin

Posted    25-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  42
Dangerous game
Dangerous game

Is Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, Prasad Kariyawasam playing a dangerous game of dividing Indians? He has been accused of instigating the North Indians against the people of Tamil Nadu

Posted    27-Mar-2013    Vol  4   Issue  12
A turning point
A turning point

Friends of Positive Journalism met at Chennai, marking a new chapter in the history of media. For TWL, it was a turning point as it now has the task of setting up such chapters in other places to involve more people in a meaningful dialogue

Posted    28-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  4
Lake cleaner
Lake cleaner

A product developed by a Bangalore based company is in great demand in the US after it helped in restoring a polluted lake that had “a variety of water quality issues," says K S Jayaraman

Posted    28-Aug-2012    Vol  3   Issue  34
Flab to fit
Flab to fit

Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son Prateek built rippling muscles to his 5 ft 11” frame and lost over 35 kg to be recognized as the ‘international transformation of the month’, says Mohit Dubey

Posted    06 Nov 2012    Vol  3   Issue  44
Valentine’s act
Valentine’s act

The police demonstrated their softer side by arranging the marriage of two former Maoists and hosting a sumptuous lunch for the guests, and lavishing gifts on the couple, says Quaid Najmi

Posted    09-Feb-2013    Vol  4   Issue  6
A glass ceiling
A glass ceiling

Travelling through rural India, as a Grassroutes fellow, Anurag Gumber meets some young people with aspirations to pursue education but caught in a cul de sac due to lack of social security

Posted    18-Feb-2011    Vol  2   Issue  7
Seed sharing
Seed sharing

Farmers have woken up to the threats from modern agricultural techniques and are developing, preserving and sharing seeds that hold the key to their future. Manu Moudgil checks out the trend

Posted    06-Feb-2012    Vol  3   Issue  5
Awakening people
Awakening people

12-year-old Utkarsh Tripathi started a newspaper as he wanted to serve the country in some way. Arpit Gupta has the story of the youngster who publishes a handwritten newspaper from Allahabad

Posted    17-Jan-2011    Vol  2   Issue  2
Nailing Narendra Modi
Nailing Narendra Modi

Police officer Sanjeev Bhatt’s revelation that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi wanted the Hindus to vent their anger after the Sabarmati Express burning can nail Modi, says Mukul Sinha

Posted    06-May-2011    Vol  2   Issue  18
A social rebirth
A social rebirth

From a manual scavenger, deprived of all human dignity, Usha Chaumar has come a long way in life to land a decent job at a food production unit run by Sulabh International. Marianne de Nazareth tells us the incredible story of redemption

Posted    24-Nov-2011    Vol  2   Issue  47
Cool jackets
Cool jackets

India will soon provide its soldiers a specially designed ‘cool’ jacket that will help them beat the summer heat in the Rajasthan desert, where temperatures shoot up to over 50 degree Celsius

Posted    09-Jul-2011    Vol  2   Issue  27
A requiem to a fighter
A requiem to a fighter

RTI activist Shehla Masood, who was found dead in her car in Bhopal, had always been concerned about such killing of whistle blowers, says Kamayani Bali Mahabal, an associate in activism, who vows to move forward and carry on with the work

Posted    25-Aug-2011    Vol  2   Issue  34
TN vindicated
TN vindicated

Kerala’s disinformation campaign on the Mullaiperiyar dam is falling flat, despite desperate attempts by a powerful coterie operating through sections of media to sustain the propaganda

Posted    03-Jan-2012    Vol  2   Issue  52
Gritty woman
Gritty woman

She sees trees as brothers. By tying 'rakhi', she has saved many trees from being felled. Kavita Kanan Chandra meets the woman, whose brand of eco-feminism has earned accolades worldwide

Posted    03-Dec-2010    Vol  1   Issue  14
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan

Ravi Kalra is a former taekwondo instructor whose NGO cares for senior citizens, and mentally challenged people. He carries on with his work though his family deserted him, says Rahul Vaishnavi

Posted    09 Apr 2013    Vol  4   Issue  14
Women in farm
Women in farm

That women are at the vanguard of food security for villages is evident from a visit to the tribal district of Koraput in Odisha, says Sarada Lahangir, giving examples of hard working farmers

Posted    26-Oct-2012    Vol  3   Issue  43
Soccer as succor
Soccer as succor

An American traveler, who was taken to Jharkhand by a friend to teach tribal children English, has turned a football coach and is helping tribal girls become football champs, says Saadia Azim

Posted    13-Jul-2012    Vol  3   Issue  28
A family enterprise