24 March 2020.  Just like the rest of India, a town named Kanhangad, located in Kerala’s Kasaragod, went under lockdown.  This was a shock and a major impediment to the many street dwellers, migrant workers, and daily wage earners, who were dependent on outside food for daily survival. Suddenly, they had nowhere to go.  Observing their plight through it all...

In Delhi, volunteers and doctors under the ambit of Veerji ka Dera help treat hundreds of daily wage workers and migrant labourers for free on the streets. Watch this video to see how they have been setting an example for decades. Mornings on a few streets in Delhi begin with a heartfelt endeavour — you may spot lines of people...

Today, cities such as Bengaluru and Hyderabad are considered to be some of the finest and most notable science hubs in India. However, lesser-known is the story of the undivided state of Punjab, which produced some of the greatest stalwarts in the field, including Har Gobind Khorana and Abdus Salam. Even lesser known is the story of Ruchi Ram Sahni,...

Last week, I came across a sick puppy outside my home in Chennai. She was wailing in pain and unable to move. Her condition was such that when I put out water and milk for her to drink, she couldn’t even raise her head. A few minutes later, she started experiencing seizures. Almost immediately, I dialled animal rescue shelters across...

“Main roz jeeta hoon aur roz marta hoon. Mujhe life se koi expectation nahi hai.”(I live and die everyday. I have no expectations from life.) Ashish Thakur, a 42-year-old banker from Jabalpur, has imbibed this line as a motto of sorts. For him, a high-flying job and fat paychecks have taken a backseat. The gruelling realities of life, to which...

Every year on 6 April, residents of a small village named Alagappa Nagar—originally a township for the staff of the Cochin Textile Mill, near Thrissur district, Kerala—cut a cake to honour the birth anniversary of a man who changed their lives forever over a century ago. Born in 1909 in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, this man was only in his 20s...

2021 comes to a close, and what a frantic and extraordinary year it has been, in both senses. Thanks to the pandemic and our economic conditions, it has been extraordinarily difficult. But once again, our readers have shown us that they can be extraordinarily kind, graceful and inspirational, even in the toughest of times. Every year, it only reinforces why...

Elite athletes sweating it out in their relentless pursuit of excellence. Winning World Championships. Watching the tricolour being raised as the National Anthem plays. Medalists being feted and rewarded. These are the images that might readily come to mind when you think of ‘Indian sports’. Athletes like Abhinav Bindra, Neeraj Chopra, PV Sindhu, our Paralympians and, most recently, the Thomas...

Akshay Kumar is all set to start shooting for Capsule Gill, a biopic on the life of Jaswant Singh Gill. While working as a chief mining engineer, Gill saved the lives of 65 people when a coal mine in Raniganj, West Bengal, was flooded. The mine was flooded on 13 November 1989 and 220 miners were inside. The incident occurred...

Timely help is what saved a 12-year-old girl on 1 July. The girl was playing near the gate of Vasant Vihar Municipal School in Thane, Maharashtra, where she studies when a metal portion of the gate pierced the girl’s cheek. The school’s watchman started seeking help from passersby, and an Amazon delivery executive, Ravi Bhandari, stopped to help the girl....

In the early 1990s, while working at the Reserve Bank of India in Bengaluru, V Mani would pass through the Central Jail on his commute.  Here, he’d notice several children hanging around the premises. Curiosity made him enquire about them and he learnt that they were children of convicts, with nowhere to go.  “The children of life convicts are rendered...