Vishnu Varma

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

Articles By Vishnu Varma

Kerala hartal HIGHLIGHTS: Nair’s dying declaration states he took extreme step out of depression, say police

Kerala hartal HIGHLIGHTS: Following the announcement of the hartal, all examinations in the state from Class 1 to 10 were deferred to December 21 and examinations conducted by Kerala University and Kerala Technological University were also postponed.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates 4th edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale

At a function held at the Parade Ground in Fort Kochi, Pinarayi Vijayan underlined the importance of art in life and the role that the Biennale plays in making Kochi a melting pot of different shades of artistic talent.

As Kochi-Muziris Biennale gets underway, a voice from Mattancherry: Where are local women artists?

Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), the prestigious exhibition of contemporary art is set to open to the public in the city on December 12 and will go on until March 29, 2019.

Kannur’s vibrant cultural past finds meaning in this 38-year-old’s massive artwork at airport terminal

Firos Assan's masterpiece, richly applauded by airport officials and the public, is a 66-metre long, 2.5 ft high canvas, stretching along the beam of the airport's departure terminal, that captures Kannur's history.

Kannur airport inaugurated, Kerala becomes only state with four international airports

The Congress and its UDF allies boycotted the inaugural function, protesting the absence of an invitation to its former CM.

The ‘barefoot historian’ of Calcutta from Kerala

Six decades ago, a Malayali typist found his calling on the streets of Calcutta — and the city its most unflagging chronicler.

When Kannur airport opens tomorrow, this father and son will fly into record books

Ashwin, who has been with GoAir for the past one-and-a-half years and has a total of 1,100 hours of flying time, has mostly operated from New Delhi and Kolkata airports.

Home to new Kannur airport, Mattanur doesn’t know whether to stay grounded or fly

By conservative estimates, the airport would serve 1 million passengers annually, with the number expected to increase five-fold by 2025.

Kerala’s all-women startup introduces ‘lactation pods’ for breastfeeding mothers

On Tuesday, 'I Love 9 months', a startup incubated at the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in Thiruvananthapuram set up a lactation pod for working mothers at Technopark, an IT park.

‘Right’ views on Sabarimala helps Janam TV climb up ratings in Kerala

The Sabarimala standoff has proved to be a major talking point for Janam TV which took an explicit, hard-line stand on the issue.

Kerala, which aims to become digitally literate by 2020, still doesn’t have an online RTI facility

A website with the domain,, that looked like it's managed by the Kerala government, displayed the message, "This site is currently under maintenance. We should be back shortly."

In Kerala, restaurant owners cross swords with food delivery apps

From December 1, people in urban areas of Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram will find a hard time ordering food on the internet with the Kerala Hotel and Restaurants Association (KHRA) deciding to cross swords with food delivery apps.

Leafing through pages of history: Kerala’s premier college magazine turns 100 years old

The first issue, dating back to 1918 and all subsequent available issues, were displayed for students and the general public this week at the Maharaja's college premises in the form of an exhibition.

Congress’ uphill task: Stay relevant in Sabarimala, despite dichotomy

In Kerala, dominated by the see-saw politics between the CPM-led LDF and the Congress-led UDF over decades, the inroads that the BJP has been slowly but silently making has caused a deep churn among both coalitions.

CPM in phase of liquidation, Pinarayi Vijayan will be party’s last chief minister of Kerala: State BJP chief

The dharna comes on a day Pillai's party blocked main arterial roads and national highways across the state in protest against the arrest of general secretary K Surendran from Nilakkal, the base camp of the temple.

7 years after tragedy, Sabarimala order might pose next big challenge for Sathram route

Just around 47,000 pilgrims took the route through Sathram last year, but this year the rush is likely to be more

Kerala floods aftermath: For rice mills, there is no option but to live with the stench of lost profits

In the aftermath of the terrible Kerala floods in mid-August, when visited the premises of Geeyem Agro Mills in Koovappady near Perumbavoor, a disturbing stench of rotting rice pervaded the air.

Why Sabarimala is unlike other Hindu temples in India; here is a primer

On November 16 evening, the Sabarimala shrine will open for the two-month pilgrimage season. Despite the SC ruling, no woman between the menstruating age of 10-50 have been able to ascend the hill and offer prayers at the shrine.

Kerala floods aftermath: In plywood hub, bankrupt entrepreneurs still wait for insurance claims

In part-2 of a three-part series, goes back to timber hub Perumbavoor where companies are staring at huge losses with relief still delayed

Not scared for my life, this is a fight for equality: Trupti Desai ahead of Sabarimala visit

The activist's arrival in Kerala is expected to mark feverish protests and clashes around the popular hill shrine with right-wing outfits prepared to stop her from offering prayers.