Making a world of difference
Welcome to the trend that is
engaging more and more youngsters in the 18-35 age group. These
motivated youngsters, be it from India or abroad, have given social
work a makeover and made it a lot more professional
student rebranding a company's logo; a Ph.D in digital media creating
a new website; a yoga teacher training students in self discipline; a
budding filmmaker producing videos; a college student working with
slum children. This and more are themes taken up by volunteers, who
spend one month to three years working with organisations of their
choice, usually gratis, or at best getting an honorariam that covers
just their cost of commuting.
(Clockwise) Gopika Dhawan joined the YP Foundation to work with underprivileged children to pay back to society; Yosha Moudgil was with Delhi's Shriram School when she volunteered for four days at a remote school in Pun Pun, Durbuk Block in Ladakh last year. She set up a library, held reading programmes and art and craft workshops; and UK-based Guy Brickley, who volunteered for a school in Purkal for two years, held English-learning workshops and yoga sessions for those in rural areas.
Eye on India
An exhibition in New Delhi
explores the identity and visual representation of Indians from 1850
project "Re-Imaging The People of India" has been inspired
by my passion for studying and collecting the images from the early
years of photography, especially in the context of the Indian
subcontinent. It also relates to my study of the evolution of the
visual space with the advent of new technologies, from cameras with no
shutter to high-speed electronic devices.
The debate on which is
healthier, brown or white bread, has been on since 2,000 years,
from the time of Hippocrates
aroma of fresh bread is truly irresistible. Bread consumption
over the years has been on the increase both in urban and rural
settings. In fact, the number of varieties which one sees these
days is mind-boggling. There are eateries specialising only in
bread making. What is it about bread that makes it such an
all-time favourite through generations all over the world; for
many even a craving!
Child’s play is serious
Since most parents are paranoid
about safety, children are discouraged from venturing out of the
house, let alone being allowed to play with neighbourhood kids. This
impacts their social skills
big part of the childhood
of those who grew up before the 2000s was spent in parks or on the
roads playing cricket, hop-scotch and many more games. Life was full
of endless hours of fun.
Playing in a park with peers helps a child to develop social skills
chatting affect student grades?
US study, conducted recently has suggested children spending
long time over texting on social networks and the internet do less
well in the classroom. It has
been found by other studies as well that when students engage too much
in sending and reading text messages, it can adversely impact the
ability to understand and learn the course material, thereby impacting
the grades that they receive in their courses.
Best of Bastar
A wonderful place that boasts of
having the densest forests after the Amazon. It also has India’s
answer to the Niagara Falls. One of the world’s oldest tribal
communities lives in Bastar
of the perquisites that come with a transferable job is the
opportunity to see the remotest parts of the country while rubbing
shoulders with the locals. At times, some places seem like bonus. We
were just about 300 km away from a wonderful place that boasted of
having the densest forests after the Amazon and also houses India’s
answer to the Niagara Falls.
The Pine Hills Eco Camp, near
Barog, soothes your senses and offers a lot of action for adrenaline
pristine pine forest, a lazy climb up amongst the floating
clouds and a cosy campfire as the sun takes a plunge into the horizon,
it’s a setting straight out of dreams. The Pine Hills Eco Camp is
just a one-hour drive from Chandigarh.
The disappearing act
Many actresses who were one-film
wonders have faded into anonymity. A close look at these ‘stars’
of Bollywood, who once made a splash with their debut films
Shoma A. Chatterji
is a fickle world and stardom is as flighty as a feather that flies
away in the gentlest of breeze. Actresses who made sparkling and
successful debuts have faded away into anonymity, and no one really
knows why. There is no formula in what makes stardom tick and what
doesn’t. The list, despite the sustaining power of an Aishwarya Rai
or a Priyanka Chopra, keeps growing.