Sandhya (15) (name changed), a class 10 student from Madivala, dropped out of school in September last owing to health issues. She took up work at a nearby supermarket, earning Rs. 5,000 a month. Her mother, who works as housekeeping staff in a nearby hospital, is worried that she will not finish her education, but admits the extra money goes to meeting family expenses. When … Continue reading An education lost is 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
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 a scene that unfolds at every party, event or marriage: the songs are raging item numbers of the moment, the moves are familiar and so are the costumes. But this is not your average dance troupe swaying to Banno Tera Swagger . Meet the Pink Divas, a gender-bending group that will perform at the Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2016. Manas, Varun, Pratik, Sagar, Saurav, Praveen, Harsh … Continue reading ‘We matched Madhuri’s steps when we were kids’
Last month, on Teacher’s Day, startup entrepreneur Lalitha Bhat got a special phone call. “I wanted to wish you because you are more than a teacher to me,” said the 18-year-old girl whom Ms. Bhat has been mentoring over the last six months. Though Ms. Bhat never met the girl, she developed a close friendship with her through weekly phone calls via an app-based programme … Continue reading Helping them gain a firmer foothold in life
In deep alleys of the Web, users from around the world are trying to get on a game. After reports of a Mumbai lad who committed suicide recently, allegedly due to the Blue Whale challenge, the number of Indians trying to gain access to the game is growing exponentially. Some of the messages posted on a social networking website based out of Russia (where the … Continue reading Blue Whale Challenge: a cry for help
Sixty-five-year-old Srinivas K.* has been experiencing distressing side effects from his Parkinson’s disease medication. Sometimes, he walks into an empty room and imagines it filled with people. Other times, he says, he ‘sees’ snakes or raindrops. “One time, I looked out of the window and saw it pouring, but when I stepped outside, there wasn’t a single drop of rain,” he tells other patients and … Continue reading When the eyes see more than there is