As I moved into the market, I began to hear an amalgam of sounds of people haggling for the goods; the women vendors griping about what happened at their home in the morning, and some groups discussing about the consistent bandhs. It was a welcoming vibe indeed! I looked at the phaneks (traditional female lower …

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Belgaum district in Karnataka is a panoply of villages. But, sadly, many students from these villages are struggling to survive the cut-throat competition of the current market of employability due to lack of proper education and opportunities. The villages are surrounded by farmlands of sugarcane and corns and the common occupation for the majority population …

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Signal Shaala or the Signal School, is a school like no other. For one, it does not stand tall in a well-structured building. Signal Shaala is a shipment container transformed into a mini-school, sitting smug under a bridge in a heavy-traffic area of Thane city. The container shuts out the noise from the traffic above. …

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Re-imagining the design of a centuries-old dress appeared to be far-fetched. It seemed too simple to work: update the phanek, a traditional Manipuri wrapping skirt to a more modern, stylish fashion. But what started out as an ambitious idea between five determined manipur women blossomed into a lucrative business that none of them could fathom. …

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Passionate about rescuing animals, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy is the founder of an animal welfare trust called Animal Aid Alliance and he runs the Bengaluru-based cat adoption page, Moni’s Home For Needy And Hungry Cats on Facebook. Having dedicated last nine years to animal rescue, Jayaprakash says, “While there are several mixed shelters in the city that …

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In an attempt to create greater awareness about India’s rich, multi-layered history, French journalist Francois Gautier has set up the Shivaji Museum of Indian History in Pune. As children, we studied the pre-colonial history of India in Class 4, memorised a few details and promptly forgot them as we approached adulthood. Stories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s administration …

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Geohazards Society Training Program

Let’s admit it – if an earthquake hits us right now, most of us wouldn’t know what to do. GeoHazards Society India wants to change that. It is an organization in Mizoram that is committed to enhancing disaster preparedness of citizens by carrying out capacity building, holding training sessions, and awareness programmes. “In 2008, all …

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“If I don’t rescue them, how will they live on the streets? There is no one to take care of them,” says Amee. Amee is a resident of Horamavu, Bengaluru and she rescues dogs ill-treated by the society. She nurtures them in her own house, where 53 dogs now have taken over every single inch …

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