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 she did. For the next half hour she became my translator, … Continue reading How can we get school dropouts to go back?

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 as labourers and domestic helps, but their children are pursuing a … Continue reading A silicon tide lifts many boats

‘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 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

‘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. Continue reading “‘We matched Madhuri’s steps when we were kids’”

Helping them gain a firmer foothold in life

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

Blue Whale Challenge: a cry for help

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