Reflections on spring cleaning during the pandemic Last Monday we cleaned the house. After three months of juggling between the bed, the sofa and the one table in the house to work from home, my partner and I got my little IKEA desk from the office to set up a workspace for me. The onlyContinue reading “Let space into your life”
Author Archives: Cinthya
Snippets from the Cambridge Science Festival
With its rich history of research and innovation, Cambridge has always celebrated its love for science – and this is nowhere more apparent than at the Cambridge Science Festival, which has been running every year since 1994. This year, the festival ran from 10 to 25 March and included thought provoking talks, workshops and exhibitionsContinue reading “Snippets from the Cambridge Science Festival”
How can we get school dropouts to go back?
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 sheContinue reading “How can we get school dropouts to go back?”
Watch what you put on your hands
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.
A silicon tide lifts many boats
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 asContinue reading “A silicon tide lifts many boats”
Contract pourakarmikas’ fight for equal pay – a timeline of events
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.
Global desis and a khichdi of cultures
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.
An education lost, a livelihood gained?
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.
‘Failure is real, and it’s much funnier than success’ – an interview with Grant Snider
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 web comic Incidental Comics explores life, art, philosophy and parenting.
‘We matched Madhuri’s steps when we were kids’
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.