Six months after they entered the Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, in Class 9, it’s the girl ‘cadets’ who are more “settled”. They are the first ever girls to be admitted to the school, 58 years after it came up.
Half a century after they were set up in 1961, Sainik Schools have opened doors to girls. The Sunday Express meets the six 12-year-olds making history in a Mizoram village, dreaming to be soldiers, sailors and pilots, and barely sweating about it. The boys, they are catching up.
Assistant Editor Arun Janardhanan goes looking for the stories he has grown up with in Vazhathope, his village in Idukki district that has borne the brunt of the floods, and finds a river at peace amidst the wreckage all around
Long, long ago, the lanes of Virar gave Bollywood its biggest dancing star in Govinda. Now from this region on Mumbai’s fringes are emerging TV dance show stars, YouTube hits, and film debuts. Next up, finds The Sunday Express, is 150 participants facing off in a ‘World Dance League’
That’s what it takes every year to keep the Taj Mahal standing, says the ASI. But with the Supreme Court recently pulling up the organisation for failing to protect India’s most treasured monument, Sowmiya Ashok and Divya A travel to Agra and find the Taj a little yellowing, a little bruised, but hopelessly romantic for a 360-year-old.
From the bright red of Cheriyal scrolls at Secunderabad to the story of the Ram-Sita swayamvar told through Mithila paintings at Madhubani, walls of railway stations across the country are sporting local art.