Dance like a Pro

Women in the family of Kathak legend Birju Maharaj learned the dance form and performed within the household but were not encouraged to take it up professionally, until Mamta, Biju’s daughter, broke the tradition to the delight of all. Siddhi Jain tells her story

Sculpting a Hill

Chitta Dey’s three-decade labour of love is transforming an entire hill in West Bengal into a giant bas relief and a tourist hotspot. The ‘crazy’ sculptor has trained local youth in rock carving and they are working with him, says Gurvinder Singh

Living in Unity

Al Khair Society, run by a group of educated Muslims in Patna, has provided interest-free loans of more than Rs 50 crore to nearly 20,000 people - about half of them Hindus- who are mostly small traders and roadside shopkeepers, says Imran Khan

Indore’s Iron Lady

Indore Mayor Malini Gaur has made her city as the cleanest in India in just two years. The city had a low ranking of 180 in 2015, but Malini undertook exemplary measures withstanding all resistance to achieve the feat, says Manish Gupta

Under the Glare

A video of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s 17-year-old daughter Suhana being surrounded by shutterbugs as she was waiting to take an elevator went viral recently. Radhika Bhirani finds out what it means to be a celebrity kid in India today

Road show

In Kolkata, Ashok Gupta, a traffic marshal from a private security company has won the love and affection of people for his innovative dancing poses while directing vehicles near Gate No. 4 at Rajarhat's Eco Tourism Park, says Milinda Ghosh Roy

 
Champion's talk

India’s 1983 World Cup hero, Kapil Dev, opens up on India’s chances at the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England, where Virat Kholi will be captaining the Indian cricket team which will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in its opening game 

Hunger for change

For Santosh Muruganantham, the founder of Kolapasi, a food startup in Chennai, water is not a commodity to be sold at his outlets. The alternative is a unique initiative that is getting the attention of his customers, reports Ashwini Anish

Paint and relax

An art studio in Delhi is welcoming people to get rejuvenated through art therapy. At ‘The Art Hub’ one can relax and engage in happy art works in a playful environment under the guidance of experts, its founder Bhavna Minocha told Saket Suman

Living to Explore

Chow Ujjal Namshum and his cousins are setting the pace for budding off-roaders in northeast India. Ujjal spoke about his passion for off-roading and told Tajinder Bains, “You can’t waste your time sitting only in office. You live only once.”

Space for learning

Public libraries in India are geared for a makeover under a modernisation program of the National Mission on Libraries. Internet, Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art facilities will soon be available in libraries to attract the youth, says Saket Suman

Gymming forever

Many people join the gym in January after taking New Year vows. But the crowds fizzle out by February and just 10 per cent stay on, discovers Natalia Ningthoujam, who spoke to trainers to find out what it takes not to be a quitter