The pied piper of Shahkot

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sher Singh with his organic produce.

Marketing remains a major bottleneck for success of organic farming. All the growers are tapping into a very small segment of urban customers and thus registering losses. Solace and inspiration can, however, be found in certain flag bearers of...

Take it to the heart

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Know your heart challenges the notion that health is solely an individual's responsibility.

Are you free to be healthy? Can you cut back on junk food, jog around and reduce booze and cigarettes of your own will? "Yes," you might say, "we live in a democracy and can choose how to live." You are right but only partially. In the present...

A bridge on the river Kosi

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
A boy stands outside his home on a spur

It is difficult to make small talk with a woman who has lost her all. Khair-un-Nissa had generously invited me to her home for a meal, a curry made of the famously succulent Black Haringhata hen, no less. The curry was special but it was her...

While the sun shines

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Solar panel lighting up the traffic lights. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Last month, Delhi Metro launched its first rooftop solar power plant at Dwarka Sector 21 metro station, which would generate enough energy to meet the requirements of the station and is the largest rooftop plant in terms of capacity in the...

Ugly sins of Kanpur

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Ganges river and traditional Hindu Swastik, symbolises how the river is worshipped in India. Source:  Nilesh Shintre/Wikimedia

In 1801, a city was born on the banks of the oldest and purest river of India- Ganga. The city went by the name of Cawnpore back then. Untouched by the cruel hands of industrialisation, the people prayed and used the pious river in minimal ways....