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Everybody likes to talk about the environment, the latest ‘go green’ fads, the virtues of organic foods and the harmful effects of carbon emissions. Very few actually do anything more than talk. Kul

Out of rat race, he helps kids chase marathon dream

Every Thursday, a group of teenagers walk along Sarjapur Road to a nearby school. There, they train a group of pre-teen marathon aspirants. So, what is different about this?

The teenagers come from T

WOW! Minku has a mantra to handle trash

Sitting back and blaming the government for all the ills is the easiest part. But once people realised that change begins within oneself, anything can be accomplished. This is the philosophy by which

Everyone can change, prisoners too: Aida

Philanthropy is greatest when it comes from the heart. Aida Margaret D’Cunha is now the chairperson of the Federation of Konkan Catholic Association, the vice president of Abhay, an NGO working toward

An errand for grandmum? Sarasa makes it possible

Back when you were growing up, they were the people who gave you chocolate without you even having to ask, who blatantly took your side when you got told off by your parents, they were the ones who kn

Teen duo shares IT dream with rural India

When Agni Bhattacharya and Arjun Gandhi first visited a school in the drought-prone village of Kalliapatti in Tamil Nadu, they were only 13 years old and had no clue as to what they might find there.

Transplanting hope


When she was 25 years old, Reena Raju’s world came crashing down around her. Having graduated from the Good Shepherd Convent and Mount Carmel College, Reena was a state level hockey player, singer and

Dr Mushtari’s dream: From ragi to riches

It is one of the most sustainable crops to cultivate, one that can even survive amid harsh drought, making it perfect for the more arid parts of Karnataka. The benefits of ragi (finger millet) are man

Home for the elderly, hope for the lonely

A harrowing scream greeted us as we walked into the Advantage Elder Care home in Kothanur. It came from an old woman completely bent over with arthritis, whose closest companion is utter agony. She ca

Jeny’s motto: A quarry is no place to build a future

India is a rapidly growing source of granite and is already one of the leading suppliers of granite and sandstone in the world. The granite quarrying business flourishes around Bengaluru. An estimated

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.