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Vol 6 Issue 9, Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2015
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Green cobblers
Green cobblers

Inspired by a man making sandals out of used tyres in the US, Jay Rege and Jothsna came to India to turn eco-conscious shoemakers, launching ‘Paaduks’. The social entrepreneurs also share their profit with their cobblers, says Rohan Potdar

Posted    07-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  6
Women builders
Women builders

Does an all-woman construction workers team sound like a dream? Well, Pipal Tree Ventures has managed to put together such a team that is building agri-warehouses. Smita Deodhar speaks to Santosh Parulekar, the man who trains the builders

Posted    16-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  7
Palm fuel
Palm fuel

After running a Tata Ace pick-up truck on coconut oil for one year, scientists in Kerala want to commercialise the biofuel that has proved to give better mileage than diesel, says Sanu George

Posted    07-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  6
Educator extraordinaire
Educator extraordinaire

When Rajesh Kumar Sharma went to see how Metro Rail work was progressing near the Yamuna station, he realized that poor children had no school to attend. So he set up ‘Under the Bridge School’. Partho Burman meets the educator extraordinaire

Posted    23-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  8
Office workout
Office workout

Many people, who sit for long hours in one spot, do know that they are doing it at the cost of their health. Natalia Ningthoujam comes up with ways to exercise at one’s workplace and stay fit

Posted    07-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  6
Sailing in style
Sailing in style

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard are giving more opportunities for women to do off shore duties of late. Hema Vijay checks how choppy are the waters for women, who want to be on par with men

Posted    23-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  8
Youthful success
Youthful success

Zia Mody, lawyer extraordinaire, strikes a balance between a dealmaker and champion of women’s causes. She tell us how in this excerpt from the book, ‘When I Was 25 – The Leaders Look Back’

Posted    07-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  6
Looking back
Looking back

Kapil’s Devils, as members of the Indian cricket team that lifted the 1983 World Cup were called, are now part of the game’s folklore. Kushal Chakraborty tells us about the historic victory

Posted    07-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  6
Winter home
Winter home

Pong Dam wetland has emerged as a favoured winter resort for migratory birds, especially the endangered bar-headed geese. The man-made wetland hosted over 130,000 birds, says Vishal Gulati

Posted    16-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  7
Post delivery
Post delivery

To help new mothers deal with motherhood, which is a cocktail of emotions, wellness expert Namita Jain has written a book, Post Baby Bounce. This excerpt speaks about post-partum depression

Posted    16-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  7
Hockey district
Hockey district

In Odisha’s Sundargarh district, there are too many aspirants for Indian hockey team. Boys and girls troop out with heavy bags every morning to play a game of hockey. Rakhi Ghosh checks out

Posted    23-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  8
Bikers and women
Bikers and women

As the India Bike Week kicks off in Goa, Mayabhushan Navenkar looks at the biking scene with particular reference to women and finds out that Indians are blazing the roads across continents

Posted    23-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  8
Sunny future
Sunny future

Solar power is essential to provide electricity to the entire nation, feel the honchos at Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, who find the off-grid solar targets achievable

Posted    16-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  7
Saving victims
Saving victims

An Indian American surgeon is in India to save victims of road accidents with his $200,000 simulator dummy. Arun Kumar finds out from Dinesh Vyas of Michigan State University what he is up to

Posted    23-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  8
Forest vigil
Forest vigil

Women’s groups in various villages have resolved to guard the forests in the Himalayan terrain of Lahaul valley, which, as Vishal Gulati found out, has kept poachers and wood cutters at bay

Posted    16-Feb-2015    Vol  6   Issue  7
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