I met Kavitha, a chirpy girl with a winning smile, on the first day of the dropout survey carried out by volunteers of Child Rights and You. “School hogthira?” I asked, “Do you go to school?” She looked up and nodded, half-yes, half-no, then shyly turned away. “Tamil teriyuma?” I egged on. It turned out she did. For the next half hour she became my translator, … Continue reading How can we get school dropouts to go back?
It’s in your soap, handwash, talcum powder and even in the wall paint. In a world obsessed with cleanliness, antimicrobial agents like triclosan have been touted as the panacea for a disease-free world, but their usage remains controversial. Continue reading Watch what you put on your hands
Behind the multi-storeyed IBM House that looms over Bannerghatta Road in Bengaluru is a maze of bylanes that form Sudarshan Layout. Families and their belongings spill out of the tiny one-storey buildings onto the narrow lanes. Most of the residents in the slums here have not studied beyond primary school and make a living as labourers and domestic helps, but their children are pursuing a … Continue reading A silicon tide lifts many boats
For over a year now, contract sanitary workers in Bengaluru have been waging a sustained fight against the contractor mafia which runs solid waste management in Bengaluru. Continue reading Contract pourakarmikas’ fight for equal pay – a timeline of events
When Jonathan Gil Harris flew to India after taking Hindi lessons in America, he did not expect to find he had learnt a language that no one in the country spoke. Continue reading Global desis and a khichdi of cultures
While the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 prohibits children working up to the age of 14, it is silent on the case of those in the 14 to 18 age group who are on the threshold of adulthood. Continue reading An education lost, a livelihood gained?
As a four-year-old, web cartoonist Grant Snider wanted to study dragons, dinosaurs and drawing, in that order. He still loves dragons and dinosaurs, but it is his drawings, sometimes whimsical, sometimes self-introspective, but always charming, that have endeared him to millions of fans worldwide. His weekly web-comic Incidental Comics explores puzzles of life, art, philosophy and parenting, through the eyes of an unnamed narrator. The following … Continue reading ‘Failure is real, and it’s much funnier than success’ – an interview with Grant Snider