Vishnu Varma


Vishnu Varma is a correspondent for the Indian Express in Kerala.

This woman does the final rites at Kochi crematorium
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

#GenderAnd: Selina Michael started working at the crematorium 11 years ago, today the 52-year-old says women can do any job they want

Police confirm death of ISIS fighter from Kerala
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Abdul Manaf (30), a resident of Valapattanam in Kannur district of Kerala, died while fighting in the war-torn country in November last year, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, PP Sadanandan.

14-year-old’s charred body found in Kollam, mother is prime suspect
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

When Jithu's mother Jayamol was questioned, her statement to the police was reportedly contradictory from what she told her husband.

Kerala solar ferry completes one year of operations, leaves behind a green model to emulate
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Passenger comfort, saving up on exorbitant diesel costs and above all, eliminating air, water and noise pollution in a single strike are the benefits a solar ferry offers.

The mountains women can literally not climb
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

GenderAnd First Person: An uphill battle against the belief that “Agasthya was a 'brahmachari'” and so women shouldn’t climb the Agasthyarkoodam peak.

An Asperger’s mind full of colours
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Siddharth Muraly Nair working on it for several weeks. Now a class 11 student at a private school in Thripunithura, he loves to cook and often tries out some dishes at home.

Kerala’s New Year guest: A female humpback whale, all the way from Oman
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Though humpback whales, over the world, are known to migrate between polar and tropical regions, the ones found in the Arabian Sea, numbering around 100, don't stray far, making them the most isolated whale population on earth.

Cyclone Ockhi aftermath: 33 decaying bodies wait for identification, kin for answers
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

According to disaster management officials, 16 out of 33 bodies are lying in mortuaries in Kozhikode district as most of them were found floating off the coast there.

Why women activists in Kerala are up in arms about a mountain they can’t climb
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Women activists are battling the LDF government for their right to scale the peak of Agasthyarkoodam, trekking to which has been prohibited to women and children under the age of 14

ISRO’s NAVIC system to guide deep-sea fishermen from Kerala
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

In the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi, in which over 70 fishermen lost their lives in Kerala alone, questions were raised about the safety and security of fisherfolk at sea.

Malayalis bought liquor worth Rs 160 crore in 4 days running up to Christmas
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

"Every year, sales have been going up. This year, we have been able to record a growth of 10-12% over the past year," said H Venkatesh, managing director of BEVCO

Actor Parvathy files police complaint after torrent of cyber abuse
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Parvathy has been receiving lewd and distasteful comments from users on Twitter and Facebook after she publicly criticised the misogynistic and sexist dialogues in Mammootty's film Kasaba.

‘Never seen a sadder Christmas before’: Coastal Kerala villages after Ockhi
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Only seven bodies of fishermen from Vizhinjam have been retrieved from the sea so far with 30 men still reported missing

Underwater prayers held for those killed by Cyclone Ockhi near Thiruvananthapuram
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

"Since the fishermen lost their lives in the sea, we wanted to hold prayers for them under the sea," said Jackson Peter, managing director of Bond Ocean Safari, an adventure tourism firm.

Cyclone Ockhi alert: Where does the buck stop?
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Cyclone Ockhi: While subsequent rescue operations by the Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard have brought back more than 2,500 fishermen, many are still missing.

Cyclone Ockhi: ‘Sea has shown its might, now we are very scared’
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Even the 2004 tsunami did not wreak the kind of havoc that Ockhi has cast upon these fishing villages.

Two weeks post Cyclone Ockhi: Coastal villages brim with anger against state govt, hopes of survivors fading fast
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Locals say if rescue efforts had been stepped up in the immediate backdrop of the cyclone, many, who had gone in small fibre boats, could have been brought back alive.

A day in the life of Shaini Rajeev, first woman to get job at a retail liquor shop in Kerala
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

After a five-year legal battle, Shaini became the first woman to be employed in a state-run liquor retail outlet in Kerala. In two months, Puthenvelikkara can see the difference.

TN fisherman survives Cyclone Ockhi but might drown under burden of debt
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

But the happiness in Jose’s family is fast fading. “The future's looking grim. I don’t know what to do. We have losses of Rs 20 lakhs. I don’t know how we will pay back the money,” said Jose.

Notion that Kerala coast is safe has been demolished after Cyclone Ockhi, says leader of fishermen union
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

"It seems we have learnt no lessons after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Kerala's coast was always sensitive and fragile," said Charles George, president of the Kerala Matsyathozihilali Aikyavedi

High on literacy, low on workforce: Why are Kerala’s women not making it to work?
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

GenderAnd Labour: Women at home in Kerala are more likely tutoring children as opposed to women in other states doing ‘oppressive’ activities

Kerala: Man, who published his own obituary in newspapers, held by police
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Joseph Melukunnel, 75, a resident of Taliparambu in Kannur district had visited offices of Malayalam newspapers on November 29 to publish news of his own death.

Behind Alappuzha’s transformation into one of India’s cleanest cities
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Last year, Alappuzha was bestowed the award of ‘cleanest city in the country’ by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Cyclone Ockhi: In coastal village of Chellanam, a raging sea enters houses, wrecks lives
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

In the absence of a sea wall, rising waters have partially or completely damaged nearly 600 houses in Chellanam, where locals sat on a hunger strike on Monday, demanding immediate government attention

Crisis in JD(U) Kerala unit as Sharad loyalist Veerendra Kumar decides to quit Rajya Sabha
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Veerendra Kumar announced his resignation from Parliament on Wednesday. There are reports doing the rounds that the faction led by Veerendra Kumar could merge with the Janata Dal (Secular) and join the CPM-led LDF in Kerala

Kerala’s Alappuzha among 5 global cities in UN list to successfully manage solid waste
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

"By separating biodegradable waste at the ward level, the municipality was able to treat it in 'small composting plants', ensuring it was supplied in the form of biogas to its 1.74 lakh population," the UN report said

Kerala’s ‘Collector Bro’ Prasanth Nair will be private secretary to Tourism Minister KJ Alphons
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Prasanth Nair, who was in the Kerala cadre of the 2007 IAS batch, earned public acclaim when he kickstarted a slew of popular initiatives after he took charge as the collector of Kozhikode.

In Kerala’s Kaipamangalam, political clashes claim another victim
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

The death of Satheeshan, who had sustained serious injuries during a CPM-BJP clash the day before, had sparked tensions in the area with both parties claiming he was one of their own.

Man injured in clash of CPM, RSS dies, both sides claim ‘martyrdom’
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

"The RSS are deliberately stoking violence in Thrissur. They have now claimed ownership of the dead body. We heard that they even stopped some of their family members from getting into the ambulance," said K Radhakrishnan, the CPM district secretary.

Kerala: Nurse attacked during vaccination drive in Malappuram, 3 arrested
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

On Thursday, a gang, protesting against the government-sponsored vaccination drive, attacked nurse Shyamala Bhai while the programme was underway at the GLP school in Athipatta, Edavur.

From Yokohama to Kochi: The story of a 70-yr-old Japanese dancer’s heartfelt Mohiniyattam performance
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

The affection and love that Hisayo Watanabe holds for the authentic Kerala dance form brought her to Kochi over three decades ago from Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan, where she was working as a librarian attached to a Buddhist temple.

Petition in Kerala HC: CM Vijayan should resign as Cabinet’s collective responsibility has been lost
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

The plea, filed by RS Sasikumar, an ex-Congress syndicate member of Kerala University, made the demand pointing to the observations of the HC bench in Thomas Chandy case, where it had said the Cabinet's 'collective responsibility' had been lost

After brief lull, Kerala on the boil once again as CPM and RSS workers clash
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

On Sunday, in Thiruvananthapuram, three separate incidents of violence involving workers of both parties were reported. It comes on the backdrop of clashes between LDF and BJP councillors inside the municipal corporation office

In Kerala, a yoga centre ‘helps’ bring back women from their non-Hindu partners
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

As inter-religious marriages are dragged to Kerala courts, a yoga centre has been accused of keeping women forcibly so as to help break off their relationships with non-Hindu men. With the Supreme Court considering the case of Hadiya, The Sunday Express goes in search of their stories

Three of Kerala family in New Zealand hospital after eating wild boar meat
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Shibu Kochummen, his wife Subi Babu and his mother Alekutty Daniel were found unresponsive at home by paramedics and subsequently admitted to the intensive care unit in Hamilton.

At UDF rally in Kochi, Manmohan Singh castigates Modi govt, calls demonetisation ‘historic blunder’
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

"At least 100 people died standing in queues outside the banks. The withdrawal of 86 per cent of currency imposed severe hardships on India's farmers and small industries and traders. Demonetisation turned out to be a historic blunder," said Manmohan Singh.