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Power of dance

A dance school set up in a poor and violent neighbourhood in Brazil’s Fortaleza not just helps girls pirouette out of poverty but take destiny into their own hands, says Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

Foreign laud

The ‘Clean India’ campaign, launched in India, has come up for praise from foreigners living in the country. However, they see a big challenge in its implementation, says Debaprio C Choudhury

Shilpa’s secrets

Give and take is a secret of Shilpa Shetty’s successful marriage to Raj Kundra for five years. Saluting homemakers, she tells Nivedita that men should contribute equally to household chores

End of pulp

Booksellers, writers and publishers are worried that Hindi pulp fiction is losing its old popularity. Shilpa Raina and Shweta Sharma find out that the blame is on modern digital technology

Lady mahout

Giving up the comforts in a zamindar’s home, Parbati Barua chose to live and work with elephants. Indirani Raimedhi features the world’s only female mahout in her book, ‘My Half Of The Sky’

Deliciously rich

During the winter months, Kashmiris relish on the traditional Harisa, served in Srinagar’s old city areas. Sheikh Qayoom and Waseem Shah bring us the flavor of the mutton and rice delicacy

Green child

Inspired by her granny’s tales, a tribal girl in Odisha, Basanti Majhi, has authored a collection of stories in Kui to introduce Kondh children to traditions and folklore, says Deepsha Rath

Edited life

B G Verghese, who passed away recently, led a simple life, driving a Maruti 800 car, says Sevanti Ninan, adding, those who worked with him know that they don't make editors like that anymore

Bridging nations

Pakistani singer Arif Lohar does not know how many times he had come to India. He tells Jaideep Sarin that folk artistes like him are a bridge between the two countries, helping improve ties

Festive feast

With beautifully decorated trees and twinkling lights announcing the Christmas season, Bhanu Priya Vyas suggests a variety of mouth-watering dishes to cook up a gastronomic storm this yuletide

Lady fighters

For a woman, firefighting could be daunting. But only she can bring comfort to a woman who loses her home in a blaze, says Abha Sharma, profiling the distaff side of Rajasthan’s fire force

Iconic skewers

As the aroma of mutton skewers engulfs Srinagar’s Khayam Chowk, Sheikh Qayoom chats up with Sher Khan, whose barbecue cafeteria has become an iconic street food joint, irresistible for many

Desi couture

The modern woman’s wardrobe is getting a makeover with traditional handlooms offering the alternative fabric for haute couture. Surekha Kadapa-Bose figures out designers’ latest preference

Creative grannies

In the autumn of the lives, women in a home for elderly give vent to their creativity by making mats and rugs. Hema Vijay tells us how the activity gives meaning to the lives of the grannies

Good ball

To counter ‘guns and drugs’, a culture that he saw abroad, Chetan Misra mentors children through football, which he believes is a tool for social and holistic development. Through ‘TheFootballLink’, he promotes the game, says Partho Burman

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