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Ankita Dwivedi Johri


Eat. Pray. Study. Repeat.
Wed, May 11, 2022

Every weekend, Puja Sharma turns up at Patna’s Kali Ghat by the Ganga to appear for free mock tests that she hopes will help her take a shot at a government job. The schedule is punishing, but like hundreds of other students, Puja knows a sarkari job is “all I want”

Why so serious?: What lies behind the increasing resistance to Indian stand-up comedy?
Thu, Dec 30, 2021

Stand-up comedians in India prepare for a lot of things — awkward silences or an audience that is not in on the joke. But, over the last decade, amid increasing instances of fragile egos and easily-hurt sentiments, an FIR has also come to be one of them

In Muzaffarnagar, a beauty salon struggle to make up lost ground
Sun, Jun 27, 2021

Kavya Beauty Salon has an ultra-sonic facial bed, fish pedicure tank, and the latest in beauty care. What it waits for are customers

How the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged rural India
Sun, Jun 06, 2021

In rural India, beyond the lack of oxygen beds and life-saving drugs, doctors and nurses have had to battle fear, misinformation and despair

Diaspora doctors dial in with help for patients from Bihar, Jharkhand
Mon, May 10, 2021

While the initiative began as an outreach to those from Bihar and Jharkhand, as word spread, patients from neighbouring states too have been logging in.

‘Bhishma Pitamah’ of Kota, he worked till end on maths for students
Tue, May 04, 2021

On Monday, the 71-year-old chairman of Bansal Classes passed away after a long battle with muscular dystrophy.

Why everybody loves jeans
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Since the liberalisation in 1991, the humble denim trouser or 'jeans' has become a marker for style, comfort, independence, class, freedom and choice for many women in India

Zoom shots and blackouts: When the two Houses came home
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

For over a decade now, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha television channels have been a window into the workings of Parliament. Last week, LSTV and RSTV merged into ‘Sansad TV’, amid criticism from the Opposition.

Stand By Me: Defying caste diktats in Haryana’s heartland for a life together
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

How the journey hasn't been easy for this couple, from falling in love in an auto rickshaw to college to now, as young parents, still awaiting their parents' acceptance

What is a homemaker’s worth?
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

A series of judgments since the 1980s hold clues to calculating a housewife’s income — but after her death.

Kota day 1: 25,000 students begin classes, say ‘happy to be back’
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

On January 6, the Rajasthan government announced its decision to reopen schools, colleges and coaching centres in light of the dip in Covid-19 cases in the state

UV sanitisers, apps: Kota opens to students today
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

On January 6, the Ashok Gehlot government decided to reopen schools, colleges and coaching centres in light of the dip in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Online coaching in Kota: ‘Covid has taught me nothing is impossible… I can’t wait for physical classes to resume’
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

As the pandemic disrupted most academic calendars in 2020, Kota, the country’s biggest coaching hub, was forced to make the digital switch in a matter of days.

Third loss in row, Shatrughan, son say not the end
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Sinha, in Patna with Luv, says the 37-year-old fought with “passion, (but) not much can be done when one is surrounded by undesirable elements”, referring to the allegations by the RJD and the Congress that returning officers had not been fair in declaring the results.

A Bihar poll singularity, Plurals chief is counting on age, agenda, ambition
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

Choudhary claims to have raised money for her campaign by crowd-funding and picked candidates after “rigorous interviews and background checks".

The first polls, first rift, first rush: Bihar, 1952
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

The 1952 Bihar election, held in the afterglow of India’s Independence, was both “euphoric” and “challenging”.

Explained: Why Facebook and Google are locked in a standoff with Australia’s govt
Tue, Sep 08, 2020

Australia could soon pass a law to force Google and Facebook to pay media firms for news reports that appear on these platforms. The tech giants have refused flatly, and issued grim warnings about the fallout such a step might have.

When Lalu Prasad gave nod for leave during menstruation
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Nearly 30 years ago, the Lalu Prasad government in Bihar introduced menstrual leave for working women — revolutionary both for the state (which lags on most development indices), and for its time (when women formed a small portion of working staff).

How modern Indian matchmakers find partners for the young and the rich
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

With a little help from biodatas, counsellors and the alignment of stars.

Operation Legend Explained: Why Trump is sending a ‘surge’ of federal officers into US cities
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

With the US economy crippled by Covid-19 and several polls predicting his defeat, President Donald Trump has been promoting himself as the ‘law and order’ leader “bringing violent perpetrators to justice”.

On Call: A day with Delhi’s ambulance staff
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

In the hierarchy of frontline workers, ambulance staff rank among the lowest. As one of them dies in Tamil Nadu, The Indian Express spends a day with two on duty in Delhi, India’s worst-hit city.

In the dark, says Kargil, as tests delayed, China looms
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

“Earlier, we were sending most of our samples to the NCDC in Delhi. In June, the test results started getting delayed. Recently, we have begun sending samples to Chandigarh. We hope this will reduce delays,” says Dr Abdul Jalil, in-charge of the only dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Kargil, with 100 beds. As of June 24, 63 beds were occupied.

In deserted Kota, problems real and virtual
Sun, Jun 07, 2020

It had been a week since the first lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus was announced, and Kota, the thrumming nerve centre of the country’s coaching industry, had begun to feel the first effects of a slump.

Stranded for 2 months, no updates from govt, Indians in North Africa seek help
Fri, May 29, 2020

In neighbouring Algeria, nearly 150 Indians are seeking help from the government to return home.

Good News: Becoming parents during Covid times
Sun, May 24, 2020

While Covid-19 has forced a rewrite of almost every calendar, some plans stayed on course. For over a month and a half of the lockdown, The Indian Express has chronicled the parenthood journey of Mamata Dudi and Kailash Bajya: the bike rides to the clinic, the complications, a sudden 400-km trip to Rajasthan, a happy ending — and a new phase.