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Help Desks

Help Desks

I came across this piece of ingenuity in an article on Huffington Post. Of course there are many unaddressed aspects […]

Why bees are disappearing

Why bees are disappearing

I’m not a big fan of bees. I’ve been stung a few times and having a beehive in my garden […]

A Tribute to Mandela

A Tribute to Mandela

On 5th December 2013, the world mourned the passing away of one of the most iconic leaders in recent times. […]

Light in a Bottle

Light in a Bottle

Everyone loves innovative ideas. And simpler, the better. I came across an advertizement on the Internet which I thought was […]

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

This is a trailer from a documentary being made by the Cornell University, and is itself part of a larger […]

Learning from Movies

Learning from Movies

When the dastardly incident involving a 23 year old female student in Delhi took place in December of 2011, there […]

Man and Woman – forever distinct?

Man and Woman – forever distinct?

This is a December few of us will forget. Delhi-ites, Indians and people across the world waited with anxiety and […]

Farming the Gandhian Way

Farming the Gandhian Way

Not many of us would have heard of Bhaskar Save but the world certainly has, even to the extent of […]

Collecting Lost Heritage

Collecting Lost Heritage

“Can you say among a hundred people who is the most important? Everyone has his own importance. So, I find, […]

FDI In Retail and Political Decision Making

FDI In Retail and Political Decision Making

The decision of the Government of India to bring in foreign companies to retail has generated much heat, controversy and […]

Corruption and Discipline

Corruption and Discipline

We are witnessing today two interesting phenomena. In India, unbridled corruption, and in another Asiatic nation, Japan, exemplary manifestation of […]

Pride without Prejudice

Pride without Prejudice

The Commonwealth Games came and went. Such a hue and cry took place before the Games and surely there will […]

The Taj Crisis

The Taj Crisis

There’s always something going on in this country… good, bad, ugly. In that respect one is always assured a subject […]

Sulabh – A Revolution like No Other

Sulabh – A Revolution like No Other

In 1967, 25 year old Bindeshwar Pathak had missed getting a First Class that would have landed him a lecturer’s […]

No Piggy Bank for these Children

No Piggy Bank for these Children

An effort pioneered in India to organise a formal bank for street children and run by children themselves is now […]

A Task for Everyone

A Task for Everyone

It is common for Indian businessmen to complain of the slowness of procedures in India. Equally, most citizens complain of […]

A Clothes-line from Cities to the Country

A Clothes-line from Cities to the Country

Drought in some parts of the country, notably Rajasthan and Gujarat, made big news in the months preceding the monsoon. […]

Piecing the Puzzle

Piecing the Puzzle

In an article in the Deccan Chronicle (6th January, 2010), the author M.S. Swaminathan expressed his view that “only science […]

Water Harvesting – The Silent Crusaders

Water Harvesting – The Silent Crusaders

Drought in some parts of the country, notably Rajasthan and Gujarat, made big news in the months preceding the monsoon. […]

The First Step

The First Step

Not a single day this year has gone by without the newspapers reporting on rapes, murders, robberies, scams, political turmoils. […]

The Busy, Busy Bus

The Busy, Busy Bus

“Doorstep” is the story of how a small individual initiative has blossomed into a mini movement. Begun in Mumbai in […]

Staring Down Droughts

Staring Down Droughts

In just seven years, with a modest one-time investment, BAIF, Dharwad (Karnataka) has lifted 10,000 people to good lives. It […]

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth

Recently an article appeared in the New York Times commenting on the “greatest show on earth” – the Indian elections. […]

A Learning Place as Home

A Learning Place as Home

Every evening between 4 and 8 o’clock, Kamalam, Kannan and their little son surrender their house to 150 children who […]

Because, He Saw Them Standing There…

Because, He Saw Them Standing There…

Anuradha Goburdhun Bakhshi says she is paying back a debt to India. But that is strange accounting. She hardly owes […]

Sage Advice

Sage Advice

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, the wise grandsire Bhishma gives a last lesson in administration and polity to […]

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Frequently, when we despair of where India is at the moment we do one of these three things: first we […]

India’s Pride

India’s Pride

In different forms of the media, in a single week, this is what was expressed in various contexts: “India’s Picasso” […]

A Hero Lives On

A Hero Lives On

For decades donors like the World Bank and the Governments of Japan and Germany had waited with millions of dollars […]

Young Guns

Young Guns

Recently, the ruling government in India inducted some fresh faces into the cabinet of which there were some celebrated more […]