By Bikram Vohra
So much for gau rakshaks and the fear of retribution. What bitter irony exists in the dilemma faced by Jyoti Singh, a 24-year-old corporate honcho who walked out of the corridors of power to engage in organic farming in Bulandshahr, across the Delhi border into UP. Literally on the horns of one.
Continue reading Bullies become bleeding hearts for bovines
The 10th-grade girls are acing it when it comes to verifying Ohm’s law in this remote village school. The boys are close behind, but the groups of girls seem to have done their math right and paid more attention in class. Ohm’s law, a fundamental part of physics, states that voltage and current are proportional. The students are trying to verify the law by conducting experiments on a resistance board.
Continue reading Retirees drive a science lab for students in rural India
By Suresh Pattali
The first obituary I wrote was in 1977. It was a one-liner. “I lost my best friend; dad died last week.” The succinct expression of loss — in squiggly Malayalam letters scribbled in black — floated in a sea of agony on the air mail envelope addressed to my uncle at his Colombo address.
Continue reading The art of writing an obituary
By Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli
It’s not something we like to think of. Insurance salesmen are often typecast as the epitome of boring professions — second to accountants and dentists, with apologies to all professionals in those fields. And yet, we need these people. Life insurance is indispensible — as are accountants and dentists; calm down, guys. But let’s stick to life insurance, for the purpose of this article.
Continue reading Why you need to think about life insurance
By Antonio Iacovelli
There’s so much that Italians have gifted to the world of cuisine — from pastas and pizza to creamy mozzarella. However, what we have to thank them for the most, has to be the truffle. Dubbed by many as the caviar of the vegetarian world, this seasonal ingredient is used within the most distinguished menus worldwide.
Continue reading Ever tasted white truffles? Last week, they cost a mere Dh26k
By Keith Pereña
As I write this, I’m looking at my boots as they touch the floor of my home here in Dubai. Not long ago, these boots treaded the irradiated grounds inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and I walked in them through the town of Pripyat. While of course, I joke around with my friends and dare them to touch the boots, the truth is that Chernobyl is not really the horror destination it’s made out to be.
Continue reading I went to the most radioactive place on earth, and survived
By David Karas
Some 15 years ago, Ross Willard was volunteering with a food programme in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, when he started to notice children riding bicycles with brakes that didn’t work.
Continue reading Meet Mr Bicycle, who’s helped fix thousands of bikes