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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Amrita Dutta


Face shields to oximeter checks: Bengaluru salons get new protocol
Thu, May 28, 2020

From face shields to shoe covers, temperature checks to oximeter assessments, a temporary halt on facials and manicures to a compulsory hairwash before a haircut — salons in Bengaluru are putting in place a new post-lockdown protocol to draw back customers.

How actor-comic Danish Sait uses aatmanirbhar props to make people laugh
Sun, May 24, 2020

The baby-faced actor has been morphing into an ensemble cast of characters, who pop up in his immensely popular short videos to chat about lockdown blues.

Historian Peter Frankopan on why this pandemic reveals a dangerous lack of global cooperation
Sun, May 24, 2020

‘Inclusivity and tolerance produce better outcomes in practice’

How citizens are helping migrants stranded by the coronavirus lockdown
Tue, May 19, 2020

By pitching into the crisis, the volunteers have felt the scale of deprivation acutely.

More important than govt money is finding some work, says Uber driver in Bengaluru
Sat, May 16, 2020

Until the lockdown confined him to his one-bedroom house in north Bengaluru, Kumar would be on the road for 15 hours a day in his Maruti Swift Dzire. “We had seen jail on TV before, but this is what it must feel like,” he says over the phone.

What stories will we tell of this pandemic? Who will be allowed to tell them?
Wed, May 13, 2020

By freezing up the world, the novel coronavirus has made us look at it anew. Like the sudden views of the Himalayas from Saharanpur or Jalandhar, we unfog our eyes and look at the architecture of our lives.

Bengaluru: Activists working with migrants booked for ‘intent to cause riot’
Wed, May 13, 2020

R Kaleemullah and Zia Nomani alleged they were being harassed under pressure from a builder lobby and, though they had been charged under bailable sections, they were not being granted station bail.

India lockdown: Karnataka to restart trains for migrants, but many start walking
Fri, May 08, 2020

As the government reversed its decision, the state revenue secretary wrote to the governments of other states, asking them to prepare for the arrival of migrants.

They are worried who will do their work, say migrants, as Karnataka stops trains
Thu, May 07, 2020

The AICTU has moved an application in the Karnataka High Court, seeking an urgent hearing, given the “grave consequences of the state’s order”.

Don’t want work or dues, just send us home: Metro workers in Bengaluru
Mon, May 04, 2020

On Saturday, as the Centre allowed interstate travel for stranded workers, workers turned up at the construction site but refused to work.

‘Scale of deprivation huge’: 96% stranded workers sans govt ration, says report
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The report released by a volunteer group has pointed to the scale of the hunger crisis and economic distress among migrant workers stranded in cities.

To fight fake news, reach villages, Karnataka debuts on TikTok
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

Since March 23, @covid19awarenessgok, a verified handle on TikTok, has posted videos of Kannada actors like Puneeth Rajkumar asking people to stay home and, of course, Manjamma berating fellow villagers for violating lockdown rules.

The Recovered: Those who tested positive, yet battled coronavirus, and came out winning
Sun, Apr 05, 2020

Hidden behind the grim statistics of death and mounting cases of COVID-19 is another heartwarming number: of those who tested positive, yet battled the virus and more, and came out winning. The Sunday Express tells their stories — from a choreographer in Bengaluru who can’t wait to get back to her dance studio to a student in Surat who used her time in isolation to reflect on life, family and friends

Children to call drops: IT staff juggle work, home
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

The other problem of work-from-home is shaky technology — including slow Internet, systems that can’t take the load and call drops.

How a Bhopal-based publisher is changing the rules of children’s literature in Hindi
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Ektara, founded by Hindi poet and editor Sushil Shukla and Shashi Sablok, publishes Hindi books, creates posters and brings out two magazines for children, Pluto and Cycle, treats kids as equals and speaks to them about almost everything — poetry and nature, art and atheism, science and sexuality

102-year-old readies CV as BJP puts him to freedom fighter test
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

It began when the BJP MLA from Bijapur, Basangouda Patil Yatnal, called H S Doreswamy a “fake freedom fighter” and a “Pakistani agent” last month, seeking proof of his involvement in the Independence movement.

Inside the fast, furious and sometimes feudal world of kambala
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

A centuries-old tradition of buffalo racing in coastal Karnataka and parts of Kerala, kambala has new ambitions and a shining new mascot in Srinivasa 'Bolt' Gowda. But some old questions remain.

For her debut novel, Deepa Anappara takes on the task of writing about poverty in a child’s voice
Sun, Feb 23, 2020

The UK-based debutante writer, who trains the lens on poverty in her refusal to explain India to her Western readers, rues that the only Indian writers people in the UK have read are Booker Prize winners, and how it's still difficult for writers of colour to get published

By arresting me, they have made my poem (CAA and govt) bigger than poet: Siraj Bisaralli
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

The poet was arrested Tuesday under Sections 504 and 505(2) of the IPC for the poem that he had read out at the Anegundi district festival, in Koppal district’s Gangavati taluk on January 9.

All Woman
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

An empathetic novel about the feminine experience in a world of inequality.