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The author is a journalist working with The Indian Express

Surat’s Dumas beach is considered haunted, but that is not what’s killing this coast
Mon, Jul 04, 2022

The Dumas Beach has gained its 'haunted' reputation probably because of its black sand and stories about an ancient cremation ground here. But those living around it really are scared of something – something man-made.

Explained: The ‘Northern Ireland Protocol’ standoff between the EU and the UK
Wed, Jun 15, 2022

What has the UK done that made the EU sue it, and why is Northern Ireland at the centre of this controversy? The Indian Express explains.

Mandirs of a Mughal city: History, myth, and magic of Old Delhi’s temples
Thu, Jun 09, 2022

Did you know Old Delhi has temples dedicated to Radha and her friend Lalita, or to the chief deity of the Khatris? Here are some temples in this neighbourhood, recently highlighted by writers Rana Safvi and Sam Dalrymple.

Chip off an ancient block: How a Bagru artisan family stamped out Covid blues
Wed, Jul 06, 2022

Meera Devi Titanwala knew they would have to carry on with their Bagru family business, if only for the sake of artisans dependent on them. That is when she turned to WhatsApp to reach out to the 'community' of their long-time customers.

Explained: Which is the largest plant in the world, spread over 20,000 football fields?
Sun, Jun 05, 2022

The huge size of this ribbon weed – 180 km in length – is not the only remarkable thing about it. Here is everything you need to know about this Shark Bay plant.

Wondering whether you should read International Booker winner ‘Ret Samadhi’? Here are 3 reasons you should
Wed, Jun 01, 2022

If you are a Hindi-speaker who mostly reads English literature, one of the reasons to pick up Ret Samadhi, or Tomb of Sand, is its refreshing wisdom and cadence, which will feel new and familiar at the same time.

‘He doesn’t beat me, he forces sex to break my spirit’: Three women ‘raped’ by their husbands speak out
Mon, May 23, 2022

The Delhi HC split verdict on criminalisation of marital rape has stirred up debate on violation of consent within a marriage. Here are the stories of three survivors, with very different lives and journeys – and a common pain.

Explained: The corruption cases that cost Nawaz Sharif the Pakistan PM post
Thu, May 05, 2022

The Pakistan SC disqualified Nawaz Sharif because it found him not "sadiq and ameen", and a subsequent trial saw debate on when the Calibri font was made commercially available. What was Nawaz accused of, and how do the cases stand now?

Gully Girls: Covid helps teens of shelter home find their feet with Old Delhi food walks
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Covid and the lockdown closed their schools and snatched away their parents' incomes. But a food walk guide training programme taught the girls they can earn their own money, and that they belong to a community and the community to them.

Small wins, big resolve: What is making Pakistan’s Aurat March move on
Tue, Mar 08, 2022

In the face of severe backlash, Pakistan is set to hold its fifth Aurat March on Women's Day. Some participants talk of their motives and motivations.

Suno mat kisi ki: From behind her veil, Pakistani rapper Eva B has a clear message
Mon, Feb 21, 2022

On the path to success, Eva B, Pakistan's first hijabi rapper, has been criticised for many things – for singing at all, for choosing rap as her medium, for the subjects she sings about, and for singing in a hijab. She talks about her journey, her challenges and triumphs.

Below the surface in Varanasi, layers of a simmering faultline
Mon, May 16, 2022

At ground zero in Varanasi, where Gyanvapi mosque has sat cheek by jowl with Kashi Vishwanath temple for centuries, the conflict seems to be both absent and present, like a deep faultline running below the surface.

Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque: Below the surface in eternal city, layers of a simmering faultline
Mon, May 16, 2022

In election season, politics over the Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque dispute flares up, evoking disquiet as well as glee among Varanasi residents.

Is ladki mein ka ba: The million mutinies in Neha Singh Rathore’s songs
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

Neha Singh Rathore first caught attention during the Bihar Assembly elections of 2020 with her song Bihar mein ka ba (what does Bihar have), and has not looked back since. The artiste talks about her journey.

Durga hymn to Bhojpuri rap to Sri Lankan melody rip-off: Music, message and more of UP poll campaign songs
Fri, Jan 21, 2022

🔴 The BJP videos reiterate that this is a 'Modi-Yogi' government, while in SP songs, it is party chief Akhilesh Yadav all the way.

How Kannauj is preserving a long fragrant tradition
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh has been able to bottle the smell of rain on earth — along with the ethos of the Indian way of life.

When the fringe enters family
Sun, Jan 02, 2022

🔴 Someday, maybe, we can convince our families we aren’t ill-mannered ingrates who argue for the sake of it, but people who love them, and so expect them to contribute to creating a less violent country

Explained: What was wrong in the passage on women in CBSE’s English question paper?
Tue, Dec 14, 2021

The issue of the passage was raised in Parliament, and the Delhi Commission for Women issued a notice to CBSE, which has since expressed regret for it and dropped it.

How many Dalit authors from Bihar have you read? Here is why you haven’t
Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Dalits in Bihar have a high population and political mobilisation. And yet, their writings haven’t attained 'mainstream' popularity, with both causes and consequences linked to caste.

Explained: The trial of Cardinal Becciu, and what it means for Pope Francis’ reform measures
Fri, Aug 06, 2021

The unprecedented trial involves a very senior clergyman, a London property deal worth millions, and the Vatican old guard's alleged pushback against attempts to make the Catholic Church's functioning more transparent and accountable

Explained: The history of, and row around, US budget using ‘birthing people’ instead of ‘mothers’
Mon, Jun 21, 2021

The use of 'birthing people' has once again ignited the debate about “woke culture carrying things too far”, and conservatives using the “woke bogey” to derail important, long overdue conversations.

Next door to national capital, in some UP Dalit villages, hospitals bigger fear than Covid-19
Mon, May 31, 2021

Misinformation through social media and a widening lack of trust in the government has meant Dalits are trusting local quacks over state-run health facilities in these villages near Ghaziabad.

Corpses in Ganga: Buxar locals more worried about water contamination than where bodies came from
Wed, May 19, 2021

Residents of Bihar's Buxar district say bodies are often found in the Ganga, but never in such numbers. While the spectacle has jolted some locals into taking Covid more seriously, they say govt yet to address concerns.

PPE kits don’t help in the heat, we need health insurance, drinking water: Noida crematorium workers
Wed, May 05, 2021

As a ferocious Covid-19 wave ravages the national capital, crematorium staff have seen their workload multiply several times over. While no benefits have been announced for them, they say they desperately need health insurance.

Explained: The Bihar police Bill and its provisions; why it led to violence in state Assembly
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The Bihar Assembly witnessed bedlam on Tuesday, as it passed the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 amid protests by the Opposition inside and outside the House. As some MLAs were marshalled out of the House, they were beaten up by security forces.