Come rain or storm, every weekend, the 3-member family is standing on the busy street of Kharghar’s khao-galli, quietly making a difference where it matters.
These small ways of showing your love for India may not compare to laying your life down for the country, but love is in the little things, right?
The man is Prem Singh. The shop is called Ganesh, a small corner snack shop in old Delhi. Prem Singh, among other things, sells fried fish, and people come to his shop in the dozens, to enjoy the fish, and to watch him fry it in boiling hot oil, with his bare hands.
After facing a lot of hardships in the family since her family died in 2006, Leena bravely stepped out of her home to take over the family business of selling spices in Asia’s largest spice market in New Delhi.
An online petition with the hashtag #LetAvniLive started with full force and NGOs, animal rights activists, and animal lovers have poured on the streets demanding the death sentence to be reversed.
By Vandana GibyVolunteering for relief work has always been my greatest passion. Whenever there has been a national disaster, I have had a deep burden to assist physically in relief operations. But in those days family commitments allowed me to work only from Bombay and not on ground zero. I was able to work (from Bombay) for the Latur Earthquake in 1993 and the Orissa Floods in 2003. (I was involved in fund raising and organising supplies for the affected people). More recently, I couldn’t be part of the Chennai tsunami relief operations as I was taking care of my baby.When the floods hit Kerala in July – August this year, I knew I had to go. And this time I could – because my family supported me wholeheartedly. So I partnered with Christian organisations YWAM and New Life missions for a week-long volunteering stint in Kerala. These missions have pledged to build homes for 250 families.I knew that what we did there would be just a drop in the ocean, but my two friends and I were resolute to help in any way possible.By now it was the rehab phase. The torrential rains had stopped, the dams were not overflowing and flood waters were receding. This was the most important time in the rehabilitation process. And we prepared ourselves for what we were about to experience.But, nothing could prepare me for what I would see and what I would hear.We saw houses fallen like a pack of cards, every brick removed from its place. There were tress where trees are not supposed to be; a lush green place looked so brown now. We saw so much rubble carried by waters high up on tree tops, and so many animal carcasses, such a lot of dirt.Our first order of business was to assess the damage in some of the worst-hit areas and speak to the locals about what they needed. Then, we packed essential food grains and supplies to give families who had lost everything in the floods.In all this destruction, however, what really touched me was the way people were dealing with their loss. It was obvious that they were picking themselves up quickly and with grace.Whether rich or poor, every street had furniture and clothes drying the sun. On every street’s nook and cranny, we saw TVs, fridges, sofa sets, mattresses and suitcases lying in yard, mostly to be thrown away.One week zoomed past too quickly.As I make my way back to Mumbai, my mind will be fresh with the story of little Aiden, a 5-year-old boy who was the 25th person to be rescued in a small boat. As the boat made its way slowly to safety, a nest of weaver ants broke from a branch above and fell on Aiden. The poor boy was covered with fierce, red ants. His mother pleaded with him not to rock the boat as they would all capsize. This 5-year-old sat in pain as his whole body was bitten — until they all reached safe zone. Truly, he is a hero and his story sums up why Kerala is slowly but surely getting back up on its feet.They said #WeShallOvercome, and together, along with hundreds of volunteers who helped out – indeed, they are overcoming all obstacles.Narrated by Vandana Giby to Khristina JacobAll photos by Vandana Giby.
Ashok Deshmane is the son of a Marathwada farmer. Growing up amid extreme poverty and daily struggles, today he educates 25 children whom he has adopted.
Homeschooling, which was practically unknown in the 1990s and early 2000s, is slowly but surely gathering steam among urban families.
The education system in India has been the topic of many a hot debate on television news channels, but little has been done for any positive change. According to an article written by educationist Lina Ashar, founder of Kangaroo Kids, the Indian education market is expected to almost double to $180 billion by 2020, buoyed by the rapid expansion of the digital learning market and the world’s largest population in the age bracket of 6 to 17 years inspite of this section being plagued by poor infrastructure and shortage of trained teachers.
Burdened by the way tribals were treated in his hometown, he quit his high paying IT job in Bengaluru and returned to his hometown to start a social-entrepreneurship venture called Vat Vrikshya.
Chethan and Mamatha from Puttur in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district went home in an earthmover, one that Chethan has been operating for a living.
the whole idea of Samosa Singh is not only to bring home style samosas to Indian food lovers who are tired of the regular pizzas and burgers — but also to introduce new and exciting flavors that will interest the tastebuds of all kinds of palates.
I spoke to 24-year-old Apoorva Bhope, who, as a Gandhi Fellow, got an opportunity to live in four different remote villages in Rajasthan, in a process called village immersion.
At age 18, he got his first job in an IT firm. At 20, he worked as a consultant with Microsoft, and at 22, he was the youngest international product manager in Yahoo India. But charisma, he says, always fascinated him and he continued doing research on the topic during his free time.
Lifestyle editor Khristina Jacob spoke to Sue Atkins about the nuances of Parenting -- Frustrating to Fun. Challenging to Inspirational. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.