How a couple took 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' to new heights -- three decades ago (12:32)
By Archana Sharma IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, March 16 (IANS) Sulochana Chaudhary, a mother of three successful daughters, was watching TV with keen interest as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the audience while launching the "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" campaign in Jhunjhunu on March 8.

Of women in business, quest, mystery and truths for children (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:16)
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Are women getting their due at workplaces or are they being overlooked? What happens when a devastated man embarks on a quest to find the recipient of his donated kidney? IANS book shelf for this weekend presents an exciting array of books that, apart from answering these questions, also feature a thrilling mystery novel and a book for children where 10 "idea-shapers" have valuable lessons for kids.

Evolution dislikes people who are too intelligent, scientists find -- thank God (The Funny Side) (11:02)
By Nury Vittachi
As the years go by, this columnist becomes increasingly aware of the vital importance of being stupid. Consider the evidence.

Fearful of writing about gods and humans, Perumal Murugan turns to goats (12:24)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) He can barely speak a few lines of English, yet his deep insight and observations of rural life are reshaping how we view the hinterland.

Fighting climate change: How a 'crazy' engineer solved Ladakh's water crisis (IANS Special Series) (12:10)
By Kushagra Dixit IANS Photo Service
Leh, March 11 (IANS) Years back, on a harsh winter morning in Ladakh in the northernmost Himalayas in India, a young and curious boy in a remote mountain village of the cold desert observed water coming out of a semi-frozen pipe, collecting in a small crater on the ground and freezing, just like a glacier.

How to eat something larger than yourself (The Funny Side) (11:14)
By Nury Vittachi
"An alligator can eat a quarter of its bodyweight in a single meal, equivalent to a human eating 89 bowls of rice," a reader told me in an electronic conversation.

Equal pay for equal work still a distant dream for Indian women (March 8 is International Women's Day) (15:10)
By Somrita Ghosh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) There is an increasing focus on women's empowerment and gender equality in our public discourse and every year it reaches its peak on the occasion of International Women's Day. But how much of equality actually exists when it comes to wages or pay scale in offices in India? Is "equal pay for equal work" a reality -- or a distant dream yet to be achieved?

Of divine Kanchipuram idlis and menu engineering at Mercure's Melange (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (11:32)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, March 7 (IANS) Among the several types of idlis -- a healthy South Indian dish -- the Kanchipuram idli has a special, even divine, status. It is offered to the Lord Varadharaja Perumal in Kanchipuram.

Important for celebrities to share their weaknesses: Apurva Asrani (23:56)
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) Film writer-editor Apurva Asrani, who chose to come out with his battle with Bell's Palsy -- a kind of facial paralysis -- says celebrities should open up to the world about their weaknesses, too.

Entries open for new Rs 25 lakh literary award (14:26)
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Entries have opened for the inaugural edition of a literary award that breaks down language barriers and recognises the full cosmopolitan breadth of contemporary Indian literature. The award provides the winner with a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and if the winning book is a translation, the translator will be awarded Rs 5 lakh.

Catch up over boozy butter chicken, drool-worthy fish fingers at Soirée (Foodie Trail-Noida) (11:04)
By Parul Soni IANS Photo Service
Noida, March 6 (IANS) If you are a butter chicken lover and swear by the iconic Old Monk vatted Indian dark rum, then head to Soirée -- a newly-opened lounge and bar -- that offers a heavenly concoction of the two in the form of yummy boozy butter chicken. The cosy, capacious set-up allows you quality time with your gang while gobbling mouth-watering fish fingers. This chic space is equally exciting for vegetarians as well.

The invincible: A disabled woman's relentless fight for accessibility (IANS Special Series) (12:26)
By Bhavana Akella IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, March 4 (IANS) 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.

Walking for a cause: Srishti Bakshi's 3,600-km journey aims at empowering women (Societal Feature) (11:54)
By Somrita Ghosh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) Eleven states, 3,600 kms and 260 days. One woman is on a mission to cover the entire stretch from Kanyakumari to Kashmir -- on foot, and all alone. Meet Srishti Bakshi who has taken up this mission to create awareness about the security and social status of women in India.

The revenge of the nerds is upon us (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
A middle-aged man in a boring grey suit walks on to the stage and waves his calculator. "Are you READY TO ROCK?" he shouts. The audience goes wild.

How a woman mayor made Indore a clean and litter-free city (12:36)
By Manish Gupta
Indore, Feb 28 (IANS) Prem Sharma sells gutka and cigarettes near the Vijay Nagar square, but the most visible part of his tiny business is the dustbin that he dare not lose. Similar is the case with all small and big businesses across the city.

Five books to look forward to in March 2018 (11:34)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The shortest month of the year turned out to be quite a dull one for most readers. While Sourav Ganguly's "A Century Is Not Enough" and "Do We Not Bleed" by Mehr Tarar did create some buzz, most other books released during the month seem to have gone out of sight. A quick look at the front shelves of bookstores as also the books trending on e-commerce sites shows the disappointment that February was for bookworms.

101 designed elephants at first Elephant Parade India (18:24)
Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Politicians, celebrities, artists and designers came together on Monday at Gateway of India here, where, in a stunning display, 101 artistic elephants have been assembled to celebrate the launch of the first Elephant Parade India.

Flying high: Changing the narrative on disability (IANS Special Series) (12:24)
By Somrita Ghosh IANS Photo Service
Pune, Feb 25 (IANS) Divyanshu Ganatra was just 19 when glaucoma claimed his eyesight. Being a nature's boy who revelled in cycling, climbing mountains and trekking, confining himself to the four walls of a room was a situation he was not ready to accept. So he fought against all odds and, today, he is India's first blind solo paraglider.

Discovering India's little known African tribe (11:10)
By Azera Parveen Rahman IANS Photo Service
Junagadh (Gujarat), Feb 25 (IANS) It was a much-awaited trip to the Gir National Park, abode of the majestic Asiatic Lions. At the end of the two-day visit, not only did I come back enthralled at having spotted a pride of lions feasting on their kill in the wild but also fascinated at learning more about India's little known African-origin tribe, the Siddis, living right outside its periphery.

Leading lensmen assemble in Jaipur (14:30) IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Feb 24 (IANS) Some of the most renowned figures from the world of photography have assembled here to participate in the third edition of "Jaipur Photo", an international photography festival held every February in the pink city.

Delhi Literature Festival begins (11:28)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The sixth edition of the Delhi Literature Festival began featuring a promising line-up of speakers and writers of varied genres.

Making of a writer: How Ashwin Sanghi's wife awakened the writer in him (15:14)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) When summer was at its peak and all his friends had left for vacations, a young member of a Marwari business family was packed off to spend time at its many mills and workshops. There he was taught the "hunar", or skills, of business, so that he could one day occupy his father's gaddi (seat).

How to start your own cryptocurrency (The Funny Side) (11:18)
By Nury Vittachi
Fed up of standing by watching while others make and lose fortunes on cryptocurrencies? Now you too can make and lose a fortune!

The publisher as the writer of a novel for himself (Book Feature) (11:34)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) When Ashok Chopra set off on a career in publishing, it was a totally different world -- but along the way, as he was climbing up the ladder and making a mark in the publishing space, the industry itself was undergoing massive transformation. More than four decades later, he is a publisher-par-excellence, revered and held in high esteem, but how does such a publisher fit into the shoes of a novelist?

Khaled Hosseini pens 'intensely moving' refugee story (18:42)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) The author of "The Kite Runner", "A Thousand Splendid Suns", and "And the Mountains Echoed" is all set to return with a new book later this year. Billed as a "lyrical and intensely moving story" around the refugee crisis, Khaled Hosseini's next is titled "Sea Prayer".

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