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Debuting on screen in British India, appearing in some of Indian cinema’s greatest classics and still present over eight decades later in the hearts of a vast multitude of fans with whom he remains connected over social media, Dilip Kumar is not just Bollywood’s oldest living star but also an Indian institution.
The “Tragedy King” who excelled at broad comedy, too could play a prince or a peasant with equal ease, display profound intensity or a jaunty nonchalance with the same skill. Dilip Kumar is someone who repeatedly reinvented himself as both an actor and a person.
“Taqdeeren badal jaati hai, zamana badal jata ha...
Subhadra Cherukuri, a young Bangalorean working with Ernst & Young, has been rescuing snakes and educating people on the importance of these reptiles.
Dressed in a T-shirt and knee-high boots, she makes her way to the jungle with a snake on the hook. Subhadra is one of the very few woman snake rescuers, from Bengaluru.
From childhood, she has had a fascination for reptiles and had a will to rescue them. “I started rescuing snakes about seven years ago. Initially, I watched and assisted my husband, who is also a professional snake rescuer. After I had gained enough knowledge, I began rescues on my ow...
The non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic, accounts for 70% of all worldwide deaths, which means that every year, 40 million people every year die, to illnesses which could have been averted. It is a wrong perception that lifestyle diseases like diabetes occur only in urban areas. Villages need to prevent chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) as well.
MAYA(Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness), is a Karnataka-based NGO, which is working with villages to prevent chronic NCD’s.
Usually, when a rural healthcare drive occurs, urban doctors are sent to treat villages. While this tackles the im...
Never give up -- these were the simple yet profound words that kept Virali Modi, 26, fighting on after a deadly bout of malaria had her comatose for weeks and left her paraplegic and wheelchair-bound at the age of 14. In coma for 23 days, she miraculously opened her eyes on the day the doctors decided to remove her life-support and has not stopped since then, fighting for her rights -- and those of other disabled people.
Manhandled and groped by railway porters when she had to board a train, Virali made “accessibility for everyone” her life’s mission in a country that is supremely indifferent to the plig...
Priyanka Raina, wife of cricketer Suresh Raina and also an entrepreneur who runs a foundation dedicated to aid underprivileged mothers across the country, says that women are the strongest species on the mother earth and we need to stand up for them to make them stronger.
Priyanka founded Gracia Raina Foundation, named after the couple’s daughter Gracia, in May 2017. It is dedicated to creating awareness and works closely with mothers and children who require help ranging from physical and mental issues.
Talking about the current situation of women in India and around the world, does she see any hope in days to...
Actor Radhika Apte, who plays a key role in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Pad Man, says the menstruation taboo has not only existed among men but also among women who are conditioned for years not to talk about the natural process openly.
Pad Man, based on the story of a real-life hero, addresses the issue of menstrual hygiene and is aimed at creating awareness about it.
Asked if the film can bring any change in the society, Radhika tells “I think the taboo attached to menstruation is not only among men but women as well. It is happening for years. Even women feel unco...
Often perceived as ‘Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood’, Madhubala is, by far, the most iconic silver screen goddess India has produced. Known for her legendary beauty and her coquettish charm, Madhubala was much more than that. Madhubala’s real name was Mumtaz Jahan Begum Dehalvi, nicknamed as Majhlee Aapa.
A distinguished astrologer (Njumi) who was also known as Kashmirwaale Baba predicted in Mumtaz’s childhood that her life would be filled with money and fame, but her life will be tough and she will die at a young age.
Madhubala’s fate seemed to have been written in haste. Born on February 14, the very date that signifies l...
Kofi Annan once said “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.”
Since 2008, India has celebrated National Girl Child Day on January 24th every year, to raise awareness and consciousness of the society with respect to the girl child.
On this day in 1966, the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was sworn in as the first woman Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was hailed as an icon of women power and hence this historic day is a perfect choice to celebrate the national girl child day.
The National Girl Child Day, was started to offer more support and new oppo...
A victim of an abusive and violent child marriage, she wanted to commit suicide by throwing herself under a bus. But in a life-changing moment, she instead chose to board the same bus and take charge of her life.
Bengaluru-based Selvi – often called “South India’s first female taxi driver” – says Indian women must work towards becoming independent and self-reliant.
Now a mother of two daughters from her second marriage, Selvi believes being strong and confident is important for a woman to survive. Her moving and inspirational story is documented by Canadian filmmaker Elisa Paloschi&rsq...
Parents and toymakers should avoid gender- labelling toys, and create items for both boys and girls in a wide range of colours, say scientists who found that children’s perception of what is appropriate for a gender can be easily manipulated. The study is also the first to show that a boy’s liking of blue and a girl’s preference for pink is not just a Western construct, but is also a phenomenon in urban Asian societies.
The researchers from the University of Hong Kong recruited 129 Chinese children aged between five and seven from two kindergartens in Hong Kong. First, they assessed the children’s ...
Veteran actress Farida Jalal’s short film “Mehram” will be screened in the US and Egypt.It will screened at CAM International Film Festival, Egypt, on December 26 and at the DFW south Asian Film Festival, Dallas, in February 2018.
Under Saudi Arabian laws, women without a ‘Mehram’ (a male blood relative) are forbidden to perform the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
“Mehram” is a story of Aamna (played by Farida) who decides to stand up to the patriarchal system to claim her right to perform the Hajj. Written and directed by Zain Anwar, the short film is co-produced by Vishakha Singh and Gaur...
Call us comics, not female comedians, says Sumukhi Suresh, known for breaking stereotypes with her acts, including her latest web series “Pushpavalli”.
She feels women are trying stand-up comedy but says a big change is yet to come.
“There are more number of us than before. Not many, but still a lot more. More women are trying stand-up, there are more -- not too many but it’s a start -- sketches/content being written with women in mind. All of this hopefully gets more women to come forward and be part of the scene,” Suresh told IANS in an email interview.