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Google Doodle celebrates Day 14 of Winter Olympic Games featuring Squirrel playing ice hockey
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Day 14 of the Winter Olympic Games has sports like biathlon, alpine skiing, bobsleigh, curling, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, Nordic combined, short track speed skating and snowboarding taking place. The Games will end on February 25.

This fan-base unites Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

The Twitter user, a journalist, spotted that both the leaders had people from the same stock image featuring on their respective advertisements and posted a rather funny collage of the pictures on the Internet.

Man steals thumb of 2,000-yr-old statue of Terracotta warrior, after taking selfies
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

The 24-year-old had reportedly entered the prohibited exhibit alone first and then brought along two friends to show them around. He had "appeared to break something off the Cavalryman's left hand and put it in his left pocket" and even share pictures on Snapchat.

‘Manyavar ad’ to ‘Bollywood extra’: Justin Trudeau’s wardrobe gets a thumbs-down from Twitterati
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Justin Trudeau's outfit while meeting Bollywood dignitaries like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, among others, on February 20 seems to be getting a lot of attention on the Internet. While almost all the actors came dressed in black, Trudeau wore a golden bandhgala sherwani.

A teenager can’t buy beer but can easily get guns in the US: This viral video shows a dark reality
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

This old video still holds relevance today, as it shows a teenage kid going to different shops, trying to buy beer, cigarettes, racy magazines and lottery tickets and getting turned down by each shopkeeper because he was too young to possess any of these legally. The gun purchase took minutes!

Priya Prakash Varrier’s wink gets a fan in Baba Ramdev in this hilarious spoof video
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

The video shows Priya Prakash Varrier winking and shooting a kiss with a handgun. But unlike how the teaser has her co-star swooning as a response, the video has Ramdev filling in the shoes with, honestly, more pro-active expressions.

Bursting the Valentine’s Day bubble: Days that follow the V-Day dishing out doses of reality
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

While the days leading up to the Valentine's day comprises of exchanging sweet nothings, stealing kisses, holding hands and lingering hugs, the days after February 14 are equally exciting but with terrifying prospects in hold.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: What you should know
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

On February 6 (Tuesday), as the world comes together to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation, here is what the horrifying practice is about and the problems stemming from it.

Grammy Awards 2018: White roses, feminist poem and anti-abortion dress — social symbolism through fashion
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Grammy Awards 2018: Taking things forward from the sea of black at the Golden Globe Awards, the stars at Grammys turned up with a white rose as boutonniere. Others used the platform to highlight other social issues.

Ammu Swaminathan: The strongest advocate against caste discrimination, she lived by example
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

#GenderAnd special series on the 15 women who played an integral part in drafting the Constitution of India

ASHA workers: The backbone of India’s primary health care are demanding salary for their work
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

#GenderAnd Nation: Underpaid and undervalued, the system looks at ASHA workers as “voluntary, social workers” who should not demand wages

Gender through comic illustrations: Kruttika Susarla on intersectionality and how personal is political
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Kruttika Susarla, a comic illustrator and graphic designer in Delhi, was part of the recently concluded Delhi Comic Arts Festival where she spoke on 'Personal in political' and intersectionality in gender matters.

Letters of Love — Using the dying art of letter-writing to reach out to Syrian, Iraqi and Yazidi children
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

Letters of Love was initiated in 2015 under the guidance of UNHCR-Gaziantep, Turkey, with the aim of reaching out to the tens of thousands of Syrian, Iraqi, Yazidi and Rohingya refugee children in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Bangladesh.

Kerala Piravi: History of the simple yet rich Kerala kasavu sari
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The Kerala kasavu mundu has a history that can been traced back to have started a handloom industry revolution, with origins in the Buddhist era.

TM Krishna, Perumal Murugan, Sofia Ashraf, Sheethal Sathe on why ‘Privacy Matters’
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The multilingual song begins by "celebrating" the Supreme Court's August 24 judgement that the Right to Privacy is fundamental and natural and then goes on to address how Aadhar card is infringing into the private space of a citizen.

Javed Akhtar gets trolled for typo in Girija Devi tribute even after apology; when will this inane trolling stop?
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Javed Akhtar tweeted out a tribute on the demise of Thumri singer Girija Devi, with an 'autocorrect' typo, but the poet-lyricist was incessantly trolled even after he apologised. When will this culture of 'trolling just for the heck of it' really end?

Launda Naach and Kaniyan Koothu — When men dressing and dancing like women is not obscenity
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

As the narratives of both Naach Launda Naach and Sing Along Dance Across progress, they not only divulge reversal of gender roles, but also emphasise on how politics of caste and a search for livelihood has resulted in co-option of the art forms.

Tihar Arts Festival — Canvas full of colours and hope at first of its kind exhibition
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Having begun on August 19, the Tihar Arts festival saw about 20 of the finest artists and sculptors from across the country collaborate with inmates to create what is the first arts exhibition in Tihar.

Is Indian fashion industry ready for men in androgynous modelling?
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Is India too sensitive about changes that could challenge the masculinity of its men? Can an eccentric Ranveer Singh in a kilt, a boombox purse and kohled eyes save the day?

Madhubani art: Why painting is integral to women’s existence
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

#GenderAnd Culture: Rani Jha, a Madubhani art teacher, on how Madhubani art has been an ancient medium for women to explore freedom

Keeping It Queer — A podcast by members of LGBTQ community in India hoping to change lives
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Navin Noronha's idea is to take the discussion beyond LGBTQ members and get parents of people in the community involved in the conversations.

#QueerPeCharcha: IITs, IIMs, etc come together to answer most commonly asked questions about LGBTQ
Wed, May 31, 2017

Spearheaded by LGBTQ clubs of IIM Kozhikode and IIM Ahmedabad, the online education campaign will spread awareness about LGBTQ and talk at length about the many questions and confusing perceptions the community face, this pride month of June.

How two mothers came to embrace and accept LGBTQI
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Is motherhood a right exercised by just women? Does the feeling come applied with terms and conditions?

Amrita Lahiri on Kuchipudi male dancers, their ‘exaggerated femininity’ on stage and ‘Samudra’
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

In the Capital to perform at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Amrita Lahiri explored the concept of 'samudra' or the ocean as a mother in her Kuchipudi production.

‘Driving with Selvi’ film-maker Elisa Paloschi on South India’s first woman cab driver and her undying spirit
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

In 2004, Selvi, then 18-years-old, had escaped from a child marriage she was forced into at the age of 14 and was learning to drive when Elisa Paloschi first met her.

HIFF’s ‘women oriented’ films at the time of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ ban
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

'I think this is why we watch these films — to understand different perspectives and yet see a commonality bind us all, irrespective of our differences.'

International Women’s Day : A teacher’s ‘Letters of Love’ from India to Syrian, Iraqi and Yazidi refugee children
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Letters of Love is a global initiative guided by the UNHCR office in Gaziantep, Turkey that sends personalised New Year greetings to Syrian, Iraqi and Yazidi refugee children.

How a fallen Chinar has become the mouthpiece of these Kashmir University students
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

'While a section of the youth expresses through stone pelting, another section uses art to show their resistance. This film is about them.'

This Malayalam wedding ad shows society’s continued obsession with casteism
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Despite our claims of being rational and reasonable thinkers, it seems there's still a lot of work to do.

When Kerala’s Tholpavakoothu met Japan’s Kamishibai to tell fantastic stories
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Tholpavakoothu and Kamishibai both narrate stories in a way that is a feast for the eyes — one narrating stories through shadows, another creating nothing less than an animation movie.

Dileep’s remark after his wedding reflects a misplaced sense of superiority — but not just his own
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

The misplaced sense of patriarchy in Dileep's words directed towards 'protecting the honour' of Kavya Madhavan who has been affected by rumours that surrounded them, was too obvious to go unnoticed.

World Diabetes Day: 7 health conditions that result from chronic diabetes
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Usually people suffering from diabetes also suffer from fluctuating blood pressure levels, but in addition, other vital organs of the body are also severely affected, if proper care is not taken.

Delhi Pollution: Is it time for Delhiites to start wearing a mask?
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

The people who are already patients of respiratory problems must take utmost care and should start preventive therapy, for instance, increasing the use of medical inhalers.

Delhi Pollution: How to survive and safeguard yourself from the city’s toxic air
Thu, Nov 03, 2016

Here are are some simple measures we can take to ensure we are somewhat safeguarded from the deadly Delhi pollution.

This Mumbaikar’s inspiring post on ‘coming out’ is winning hearts on Facebook
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

'There are so many people out there who are still struggling to come out. I just want to give a message that you are not alone and I am with you.'

Inspired by Udta Punjab, Delhi boy designs app that helps people fight drug addiction
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Do you know anyone who is battling drug addiction? Suggest them this useful app.