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Women and polls

In the Lok Sabha elections, more women voted even if the number of women contested and elected was low. Pamela Philipose wonders if women could constitute a distinct political constituency

Summer couture

As summer arrives in its scorching glory, fashion designers come up with their designs on select fabrics to save the Indian from its sweaty torment. Surekha Kadapa Bose checks out the trend

Music forever

Indian Ocean, a band that has completed nearly 25 years, continues to make music though musicians have been changing. Natalia Ningthoujam tracks its history that include about 900 live shows

Black and white

Prajnya, a women’s group, has launched ‘The First Graduate’, an initiative that resurrects history from family albums by digitalizing photographs of pre-2000 women graduates, says Hema Vijay

Sand and women

Another male bastion was stormed by four Odisha women when they took part in the International Sand Art Festival on a beach near Konark. Rakhi Ghosh meets the sand sculptors, Sonali Muduli, Ananya Kar, Amrita Priyadarshani and Sumitra Sahu

Kind roses

The entire profit from Wild Rose Design Studio in Chennai goes to charity. Kirthi Jayakumar meets the founders, Divya and Ritu Jhaveri, who refuse to change their mind in giving it all away

Teen work

It is perhaps a secret kept under soap bubbles. Many of the stars of Hindi soap operas that dominate prime time television are teenagers. But they love their work, says Surekha Kadapa-Bose

Wonderful weavers

A visit to Mangalagiri in Andhra Pradesh leaves Sudhamahi Regunathan marveling at the hard work and skill of weavers, bringing to life intricate designs and rich colours in the eponymous sari

A cat fight

Two women activists join politics to get into an electoral fight for the Bengaluru South constituency. Pushpa Achanta looks at the contest between Ruth Manorama of JD(S) and Nina Nayak of AAP

Green story

After Smile Pinki, documentary film maker Megan Mylan has celebrated the success story of Monika Barman of Cooch Behar. Aditi Bishnoi tells us about the documentary, ‘After My Garden Grows’

Women candidates

In a Maoist stronghold where people are told to boycott elections, two women are running for the Lok Sabha. Sarada Lahangir visits the area to tell the story of Soni Sori and Dayamani Barla

Home care

An ICU at your home at one third of the cost of hospital stay is what you now get from some companies in Delhi. Rupesh Dutta checks out the many facilities that come with such home services

Knitting style

With the hand knitting style of Peruvian women as weft and her own creativity as warp, Devika Dass has woven her own label, earning accolades in the fashion world. Smitha Sadanandan reports

Target Jarawa

As the Jarawa tribe depletes, several efforts are on to protect them. The latest is a training centre in Port Blair to find solutions to questions that emerge from the field, says Anurag Dey

Tribal travails

Problems of Sahariya tribals in Madya Pradesh are multifarious. At a resettlement colony housing those displaced by a dam, there is despair. There is also hope, as Pamela Philipose finds out

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