The Times They Are A-Changin

The Times They Are A-Changin — Bob Dylan, 1964 We have grown up writing essays on Diwali as a festival of light. I wonder if my grandchildren will appreciate that description! Nowadays there is already so much artificial light that for the Diwali evening one has to switch off most of it to create enough darkness…

Letter gets there by hand-drawn map

There are many stories of messages in bottles travelling thousands of miles before being picked up and read, and letters arriving decades after they were posted. But here is a different twist. Today, I read an interesting story published by BBC. This astonishing delivery took place in March and was then not reported until May, when it…

Daughters of India at Rio Olympics

I received the below post via WhatsApp. I have later on come to know that this wonderful post was written by Rachita Prasad on her Facebook timeline. I am copying it here to salute all the Indian women athletes who participated in the Olympics in Rio. Some of them won medals while a few of them…

The value is sometime more than the price

A blue, dinosaur-printed pouch, carried by Ms Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore's PM on a state visit to the White House, has stolen the limelight. Priced at just SGD 14.80 (USD 11), the dinosaur-printed pouch is designed by a 19-year-old Singaporean student at Pathlight, the country's first autism-focused school. Ms Ho is accompanying prime…

Hug trees | Save environment

Today is World Environment Day. This day is observed every year on the 5th June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). On the World Environment Day, here's looking back at two of the crucial tree conservation…

45 million people in servitude!

The 2016 Global Slavery Index, published by Perth-based Walk Free Foundation, estimates that 45.8 million people are subject to some form of modern slavery in the world today. This number is 10 million more than the last survey in 2014! The Index presents a ranking of 167 countries based on the proportion of the population…

Give Adarsh building to war widows

No one favours corruption. The Bombay High Court on last Friday ordered demolition of the 31-storey scam-tainted Adarsh apartments in the heart of Mumbai and sought criminal proceedings against politicians and bureaucrats for "misuse" of powers, holding that the tower was illegally constructed. Now, that is a lot of cement and steel and a huge…

Manda Festival | Pray for monsoon rain

With Sarhul festival over on Sunday, April 10, Manda festival was on Wednesday, April 13. While Sarhul is celebrated to mark beginning of New Year by worshiping trees, Manda is celebrated to pray for monsoon rain. The Manda festival takes place primarily in and around 100 km radius of Ranchi, especially in villages where the majority of…