Sunanda Mehta

Articles By Sunanda Mehta

Guns and Roses: Osho’s disciples recall their days in the wild, wild country

Controversial spiritual leader Osho’s disciples, those who followed him from Koregaon, Pune, to Oregon, US, recall their days in the wild, wild country and why the the godman held such sway over them.

Behold Her, Singing in the Field

The last song of the Halakki Vollaligaru women, members of a tribe in coastal Karnataka.

Ajmal Kasab’s hanging felt like a stone on my head for two, three days: Meeran Borwankar

Meeran Chadha Borwankar retired on Saturday after 36 years of police service. The former Inspector General (Prisons), Maharashtra, oversaw the hangings of Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon.

In Ajmal Kasab hanging, secrecy was priority. In Yakub Memon case, entire country was watching: Meeran Chadha Borwankar

Meeran Chadha Borwankar, former Maharashtra IG (Prisons), oversaw the hangings of Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon.

Riders on the storm: Six women get ready to sail the world

The first such naval team to make such an attempt.

Make road to root searches hurdle-free

Every year, thousands of adopted individuals begin and end their journey to find their biological parents in Pune and other cities of Maharashtra that have traditionally been adoption hubs of the country.

Ghettoisation not in my name either

Pune cannot take for granted its reputation of being a safe and secular city. #NotInMyName has given it the opportunity to look within

Hey politicians, leave those kids alone

A few days ago BJP led government, which may or may not win award for promoting free speech, reviewed through Niti Ayog and rime Minister’s Office, as many as 114 autonomous institutes as part of first phase of the planned review of 679 institutions.

Was Prisoner No 16656, once at Yerawada, given special treatment?

The Bombay High Court wants to know why Sanjay Dutt was let off early for good behavior, but Pune wants closure from the high-profile case

Yours Truly, Aai: A Swedish woman, adopted from India, on a search that led her to her birth mother

“I hugged her and felt her bone structure. As we spoke, I spotted our similarities — both of us are very sure of what we want and don’t want," Liselotte, says of her biological mother.

Heads up for Pune bikers: City has least helmet compliance rate, most fatalities

Pune comes up severely short in enforcing the helmet rule, which makes it a city with the highest number of two-wheeler accidents in the country

Bail to Pragya Thakur no surprise, says NIA’s ex-prosecutor

“After the NIA said they have no objection, what is there to be surprised about? It was to be expected,” said Salian

Rewrite the gender chapter: It’s time to bring sensibility into mainstream education

While deep set prejudices and gender biases are a disturbing fact of the society we live in, they become particularly dangerous when they are nurtured and propagated by people who guide and shape young minds.

Not Just a Pretty Face: Reita Faria, the first Asian to win Miss World

Before “beauty with a purpose” became the motto of the Miss World contest, a 23-year-old medical student from Bombay became the first Asian to win the pageant. Fifty years after her win, Reita Faria looks back at the night that changed her life, and the love it brought her way.

Hidden in plain sight

Home to the largest monk population in the world, Mundgod in Karnataka remains a relatively undiscovered world.

Ring In The Old

Doing away with retirement age has social benefits and makes economic sense.

Wife of colonel Santosh Mahadik, who died fighting terrorists in Kashmir, set to join Army

Colonel Mahadik’s death not just changed her life but also her professional goals.

Solace and the deep blue sea

Goa is not just about fun, food and feni. It also heals those trying to get over a difficult time in their lives.

Coming of Age

Actor and co-producer Mohan Agashe recounts the tumultuous journey of his film Astu, which deals with ageing and dementia.

Minders Of The Cinema

Gajendra Chauhan and Pahlaj Nihalani seem to be acting out a common script