Kodaikanal’s Famous Handmade & Organic Mustard Sauce Is Just the Zing You Need!

Every year, approximately 40% of the vegetables and fruits produced in India⁠—a country which is home to a third of the world’s malnourished children⁠—go to waste. One way to lower this terrible number is to ensure that the raw food somehow reaches those who need it the most. The other way is to make condiments, … Continue reading “Kodaikanal’s Famous Handmade & Organic Mustard Sauce Is Just the Zing You Need!”

Over 4 Million Indians Have Dementia: What You Should Know About Alzheimer’s

Dementia is a neuro-degenerative condition, which results in the loss of brain cells and impacts almost everything; from loss of memory to difficulty in concentrating and planning. In fact loss of language abilities is also one of the symptoms, says Dr Jayashree Dasgupta, a clinical psychologist in conversation with The Better India. “There are could … Continue reading “Over 4 Million Indians Have Dementia: What You Should Know About Alzheimer’s”

How an Organic Farmer Doubled His Farm Output, Saved Rs 4 Lakh/Year!

Everyone has tried their hands at converting waste into something useful during the art and craft classes at school, (best out of waste, remember?). Reused ice-cream sticks turned to photo frames or old CDs changed to toy houses. For many of us, those waste management lessons did not go beyond school. But Prabhakar Mankoji utilises … Continue reading “How an Organic Farmer Doubled His Farm Output, Saved Rs 4 Lakh/Year!”

Meet the IIT, NIOT Scientists Using the Power of Oceans to Generate Electricity!

At a time when the demand for energy is increasing, there is an urgent need to develop options for renewable energy. While India has worked towards developing its solar and wind energy potential, a sector which hasn’t received enough attention is ocean energy, which is unfortunate because the country has an extensive coastline measuring up … Continue reading “Meet the IIT, NIOT Scientists Using the Power of Oceans to Generate Electricity!”

Can an Event For 10,000 People Be Zero-Waste? B’luru Lady Shares How She Did It!

Residents of Bengaluru are familiar with the bizarre phenomenon that Belandur lake displays every now and then, with froth overflowing onto the roads and neighborhoods. This sight, a direct result of the environmental damage our urban way of life has on nature, inspired 42-year-old Padmashree Mahesh to focus on curbing threats to nature. Looking for … Continue reading “Can an Event For 10,000 People Be Zero-Waste? B’luru Lady Shares How She Did It!”

Gurugram Startup’s Fleet is making the Last-Mile of your Deliveries fully Green!

Air pollution is a leading cause of morbidity around the world. The WHO estimates that air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths around the world and the air quality in the nation’s capital city was so bad a couple of years ago that schools shut down and the government had to implement measures like … Continue reading “Gurugram Startup’s Fleet is making the Last-Mile of your Deliveries fully Green!”

Made for Soldiers, This Rs 549 Body Wash Lets You Bathe Hygienically Without Water

Trekking in the mighty Himalayas is one heck of an adventure, but it comes with its challenges⁠—for example, bathing. For us, the ordeal does not last for more than a few days, unlike the defence personnel stationed in these parts, who find it hard to maintain personal hygiene in the extreme weather conditions. Keeping this … Continue reading “Made for Soldiers, This Rs 549 Body Wash Lets You Bathe Hygienically Without Water”

Grab This T-Shirt & You Recycle 12 Pet Bottles and Save 2700 Litres of Water!

Have you ever wondered about the quantity of resources consumed to manufacture your clothes? The amount of water used during the primary and secondary stages of production process? And ultimately the clothes end up in landfills, discarded for minor reasons. Besides the discarded clothing, plastic too adds to the mounds of garbage, considering India alone … Continue reading “Grab This T-Shirt & You Recycle 12 Pet Bottles and Save 2700 Litres of Water!”

Defying Odds, These 5 Heroes Didn’t Let Their Disabilities Dictate Their Lives!

With an aim to forward its mission of creating an inclusive world for the 1.3 billion people in India, the Indian Inclusion Foundation is all set to host its eighth summit on 17 November. The annual inclusion summit brings together people from different strata of the society like corporations, schools, policy makers, NGOs, Disable-friendly associations … Continue reading “Defying Odds, These 5 Heroes Didn’t Let Their Disabilities Dictate Their Lives!”

Zero-Budget Natural Farming Doubles Gujarat Farmer’s Income In Just 6 Months!

Vanrajsinh Gohil was born in 1988 in the Junavadar village of Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district and believes that his destiny was pre-decided⁠. “I was born in a farmer’s family and that is what I was expected to be,” he tells The Better India. After completing his Higher Secondary Education in 2012, he joined the family’s cotton … Continue reading “Zero-Budget Natural Farming Doubles Gujarat Farmer’s Income In Just 6 Months!”

Shoes, Tyres & Toilet Seats in This Tamil Nadu Dumpyard Now House a Mini Forest!

One man’s trash is another man’s art – how true is that! And coupling this pearl of wisdom with their concerted effort, the Naravarikuppam Town Panchayat in Tamil Nadu has managed to convert a dumpyard into a mini-forest! With a slight change in temperature across the country, this herbal drink containing a blend of Ramacham, Iruveli, … Continue reading “Shoes, Tyres & Toilet Seats in This Tamil Nadu Dumpyard Now House a Mini Forest!”

An Ode to India’s Forgotten ‘National Doctor’ Who Won Respect Across the World

Every year on 1 July, India celebrates National Doctors’ Day in honour of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, a Bharat Ratna awardee, former chief minister of West Bengal and someone who represented the best of his profession at a critical time in India’s modern history. Dozee is a contact-free smart health monitor that simply slips below … Continue reading “An Ode to India’s Forgotten ‘National Doctor’ Who Won Respect Across the World”

Taking Your Pet Along on Trains, Flights? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

A friend of mine is a travel addict, so much so, that every time I text or call her, I need to first begin by asking her where she is. Her 3-year-old Maltese dog joins her in these adventures, and before she books her ticket, she conducts intensive research to understand what are the policies … Continue reading “Taking Your Pet Along on Trains, Flights? Here’s Everything You Need to Know”

This Rs 500 Kit Will Kickstart Your Dream Garden with Compost, Grow Bags & More!

From the bumper-to-bumper traffic to air pollution prevalent in most, if not all our cities, we are breathing more pollutants than ever. But once we are home, all we need is the R&R that only homes can provide. Ample fresh air, away from all the outdoor contaminants amidst the home-grown greenery that uplifts your mood. … Continue reading “This Rs 500 Kit Will Kickstart Your Dream Garden with Compost, Grow Bags & More!”

Are Your Valuables Safe in a Bank Locker? What Happens When a Fire Breaks Out

Yesterday, a major fire broke out at a UCO bank branch on MG Road, Benagluru. Although there are no reports about the extent of the damage caused, those with bank lockers at the facility must have concerns over the state of their valuables. Help save Earth’s most precious resource with this cool water saving device … Continue reading “Are Your Valuables Safe in a Bank Locker? What Happens When a Fire Breaks Out”

Odisha IAS Replaces Plastic Plates With Sal Leaf ‘Khali’, Empowers Tribal Women!

The district administration of Odisha’s Keonjhar has set an amazing precedent by deciding to replace all plastic bowls, bottles and cutlery in the collectorate with sustainable alternatives made out of sal leaves – an abundant forest resource in the region. Moreover, the local tribal women are being roped in to handcraft the sal leaf plates, … Continue reading “Odisha IAS Replaces Plastic Plates With Sal Leaf ‘Khali’, Empowers Tribal Women!”

Swimmers to Dancers, 5 Women Who Will Convince You to Get a Menstrual Cup ASAP!

Menstrual cups are a boon! They allow free movement, frees you from stains and stink, and does not add to the disposable plastic garbage in the world. But this boon is not just for women who sit at a desk all day. Dancers, marathon runners, yoga instructors, swimmers etc. also firmly certify this silicon wonder. … Continue reading “Swimmers to Dancers, 5 Women Who Will Convince You to Get a Menstrual Cup ASAP!”

76 YO Bengal Teacher Charges Only Rs 2 in a Year to Teach 350+ Tribal Students

Barely three hours away from the cacophony of Kolkata, the village of Ausgram in Burdwan wakes up to the characteristic aroma of sal forests and rangamati (red soil). The serene silence is only occasionally interrupted by the chirping birds. Amid all this, 76-year-old Sujit Chattopadhyay’s courtyard is bustling with a horde of curious youngsters, even … Continue reading “76 YO Bengal Teacher Charges Only Rs 2 in a Year to Teach 350+ Tribal Students”

From Neem to Buttermilk, This Woman Uses Simple Hacks to Grow Her Own Veggies!

“I always dreamt of having a garden of my own. One that would be my labour of love and my peace of heaven,” says Sujani Reddy. The Hyderabad-based microbiologist, who believes in doing than sitting and waiting for things to happen, created a heaven for her family on her terrace! And not only is Sujani’s … Continue reading “From Neem to Buttermilk, This Woman Uses Simple Hacks to Grow Her Own Veggies!”

Ashok Parthasarathi: The Man Who Helped Make India Self-Reliant in Science &Tech

On August 12, India lost Ashok Parthasarathi, a prominent figure who helped shape the country’s science and technology policies. He also played a critical role in formulating strategies that would make India technology-reliant long before the advent of the economic liberalisation in the early 1990s. This air purifier bag is filled with 100% activated coconut … Continue reading “Ashok Parthasarathi: The Man Who Helped Make India Self-Reliant in Science &Tech”

Meet the Startup Helping Bengaluru Convert Its Diesel Buses Into Electric!

At a time when the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is looking to go electric, Cell Propulsion, a local startup has come forward to further its initiative in a major way. The startup is working on a project to convert BMTC’s giant diesel guzzlers into electrically-run vehicles. Not only will its work assist the BMTC … Continue reading “Meet the Startup Helping Bengaluru Convert Its Diesel Buses Into Electric!”

Kerala Scientist Duo Spends Pension Money to Upcycle Tyres into Rubber Pots!

Last year, when the heavy monsoon rains had ravaged Kerala, two retired agricultural scientists were following the ground reports closely, and were stunned at the scenes unfolding before them. RD Iyer and his wife, Rohini have been residents of the state since 2007. After their retirement, they moved to Kollam from Tamil Nadu and established … Continue reading “Kerala Scientist Duo Spends Pension Money to Upcycle Tyres into Rubber Pots!”

IRS Officer & Doctor Wife Provide Basic Healthcare, Education to Forgotten Tribe!

Living in the undisturbed stretches of Nallamala forest spread across five districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the Chenchu tribe is one of the most primitive tribal groups that are largely dependent on forest produce and have very little to do with the world outside of their community. Give your mornings a healthy start with … Continue reading “IRS Officer & Doctor Wife Provide Basic Healthcare, Education to Forgotten Tribe!”

Tasty, Traditional Home-Cooked Dishes to Your Door? This Start-up Makes it Happen

Anuradha Hawaldar, a resident of Nagpur, loves to cook and has not only participated in local food competitions but also appeared on television shows as a contestant. These days, she wakes up early and goes about her chores. Then, at around 7 AM, she begins to prepare modaks⁠—rice flour shells filled with a delicious mixture … Continue reading “Tasty, Traditional Home-Cooked Dishes to Your Door? This Start-up Makes it Happen”

Made of Banana Fibre, These Comfortable Sanitary Pads Degrade in 6 Months!

For a good seven years or so, I was absolutely opposed to the idea of using anything else other than disposable sanitary napkins during periods. My mother had taught me how to use and dispose of them along with telling me what alternatives (discarded but sanitised cloth) I can use during an emergency. Only once … Continue reading “Made of Banana Fibre, These Comfortable Sanitary Pads Degrade in 6 Months!”

This Mother Has Helped 1240 Kids With Blood Cancer Get Medical Treatment!

For Monica and Arvind R Vohra, it all started in 2011, when their 5-year-old son, Aaryan, fell sick. Repeated bouts of high fever led to a series of diagnosis, from viral fever, typhoid, to other infections. When his fever shot up to 106 degree Celsius, he had to be hospitalised. With his haemoglobin count down … Continue reading “This Mother Has Helped 1240 Kids With Blood Cancer Get Medical Treatment!”

In Memory of 16-Year-Old Son, This Father Dedicated His Life To Making Roads Safer

This article has been sponsored by HDFC Life “I miss our after-dinner and early-morning trips. Every single corner of our house reminds me of Shubham,” recalls Ashutosh. Until a few years ago, a father, Ashutosh had a daily ritual with his son, Shubham. After dinner, they would step out, take the car, and drive to … Continue reading “In Memory of 16-Year-Old Son, This Father Dedicated His Life To Making Roads Safer”

12-YO Boy Invents Rs 35 ‘Swachchta’ Brush For People With Back Pain!

12-year-old Bodhisatva Ganesh Khanderao is no stranger to the limelight. The eco-warrior has been actively raising awareness about the environment from the tender age of six and has been at the forefront of notable environmental movements in Maharashtra. His popular initiative last year to save the Vidarbha forests using seed balls received accolades from across … Continue reading “12-YO Boy Invents Rs 35 ‘Swachchta’ Brush For People With Back Pain!”

‘Bite On This’ Episode 2: Is Biryani India’s National Dish?

Wedding, festivals, celebrations of any kind, or even sombre events, if there’s one Indian dish for gatherings of any number, it’s the biryani! According to the order analysis from food delivery platform, Swiggy, biryani was the most ordered food item in 2017! That same year, the Department of Post issued a stamp to biryani, well, … Continue reading “‘Bite On This’ Episode 2: Is Biryani India’s National Dish?”

Parents, Is Your Child Coping With Trauma? Here’s How You Can Help Them

Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new ending.”-Chico Xavier Children are resilient; stress which is natural to growth–leaving caregivers for a day at school, riding a bike for the first time, feeling nervous before giving an exam–helps their brains to grow and develop new … Continue reading “Parents, Is Your Child Coping With Trauma? Here’s How You Can Help Them”

Grab These Upcycled Pouches for Rs 300, and Transform the Lives of Dharavi Women!

What if every single thing you use made a positive impact on someone’s life? As customers, we hold the responsibility of purchasing that which helps our society or the environment in some way. All thanks to the NGO—Myna Mahila Foundation (MMF), your pad pouches, travel pouches or handbag can help women in Dharavi, Mumbai, earn … Continue reading “Grab These Upcycled Pouches for Rs 300, and Transform the Lives of Dharavi Women!”

8 Hydroponics Startups Helping Urban Indians Grow Their Own Food!

Employing hydroponics, where plants are grown in mineral nutrient solutions in water instead of soil, you can grow your vegetables and herbs organically at your own home. And what’s more this farming technique uses up to 90 per cent less water than conventional soil-based farming. Macro and micronutrients in the water are directly fed to … Continue reading “8 Hydroponics Startups Helping Urban Indians Grow Their Own Food!”

IIT Kharagpur’s Electric Three-Wheeler ‘Deshla’ Can Be Recharged at Home!

Three years ago, Vikranth Racherla, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, received an email from a student, Seemant Jay, seeking faculty mentors for his project which involved developing an electric racing car. Professor Racherla responded to the email, enrolled a group of students for the project and began the … Continue reading “IIT Kharagpur’s Electric Three-Wheeler ‘Deshla’ Can Be Recharged at Home!”

Bihar School Accepts Plastic Waste As Fees, Provides Free Books & Meals!

Every morning, the premises of the Padampani School in Gaya’s Sevabigha village, are witness to a strange sight—students, dressed in their spick-and-span indigo blue uniforms, are seen dropping off handfuls of waste into garbage bins before entering the school. At first glance, it might be misconstrued as some odd custom, but in reality, in exchange … Continue reading “Bihar School Accepts Plastic Waste As Fees, Provides Free Books & Meals!”

6 Stunning & Sustainable Earrings That Will Make You Stand Out!

An appropriate piece of jewellery can really set the mood for any occasion, from the office to a special dinner or a fun outing with friends. We all love accessorising, but the trick is to do it better. We are not just talking about aesthetics. Designs of your earrings or neck-pieces may help you stand … Continue reading “6 Stunning & Sustainable Earrings That Will Make You Stand Out!”

Bollywood’s First Empress: Before Madhubala & Nargis, India had Devika Rani

Before Madhubala, Nargis, and Meena Kumari, there was Devika Rani, a star actor and film producer, who co-founded Bombay Talkies, India’s first self-contained film studio, alongside her first husband Himanshu Rai in 1934, and later became its sole boss after Rai’s untimely death. She donned these roles at a time when the very concept of … Continue reading “Bollywood’s First Empress: Before Madhubala & Nargis, India had Devika Rani”

On 26/11, This 24-Yr-Old Woman Single-Handedly Saved More Than 60 Lives

Mumbai, 26 November 2008, around 9:30 PM. Mallika Jagad heard indistinct sounds of gunshots. She and the 60-plus guests in the heritage wing of the Taj Hotel thought it was the sound of fireworks at some wedding, since it was the wedding season. Sadly, Mallika’s first guess had been right on point. They all had … Continue reading “On 26/11, This 24-Yr-Old Woman Single-Handedly Saved More Than 60 Lives”

India’s Last Inhabited Fortress in Rajasthan has 4000 People Living Rent-Free In It!

Once upon a time, there lived a group of benevolent kings in a ‘Golden City’ who were so impressed by the services of their subjects, that they decided to gift a 1,500 feet long fort to them. For the next hundreds of years, the descendants of those families would reap the benefits of their ancestors’ … Continue reading “India’s Last Inhabited Fortress in Rajasthan has 4000 People Living Rent-Free In It!”

This Low-Carb Millet Noodle Is the Perfect Solution for Those Hunger Pangs!

Who doesn’t love noodles? They’re delicious, easy to make and somehow always taste better than their rice counterparts. Is it any wonder then, that this Chinese dish has sneaked its way into the Indian snack and dinner with ease? As tasty as noodles are, regularly eating the maida preparation is not the healthiest of choices. … Continue reading “This Low-Carb Millet Noodle Is the Perfect Solution for Those Hunger Pangs!”

Hyderabad Cops Give Helmets, On-Spot Documents Instead of Hefty Challans!

While the country is amidst a furore around the newly-imposed traffic fines, Hyderabad Traffic Police (HTP) have arrived at a first-of-its-kind solution to school drivers who flout traffic rules. Instead of levying challans, traffic cops in the cyber city are now helping traffic violators obtain licences, insurance and even helmets on the spot. The initiative, … Continue reading “Hyderabad Cops Give Helmets, On-Spot Documents Instead of Hefty Challans!”

BN Yugandhar, The Legendary IAS Officer From Andhra Who Dedicated His Life to The Poor

Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar, a 1962-batch IAS officer, passed away last Friday at the age of 82 at his residence in Hyderabad after battling asthma for more than a year, as per reports. Many knew him as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s father, but for generations of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, he was a mentor, institution … Continue reading “BN Yugandhar, The Legendary IAS Officer From Andhra Who Dedicated His Life to The Poor”

These Low-Cost Solar Roofs Can Be Used in Your Homes & In E-Carts For Vendors!

Zahara Begum, 55, is a street vendor residing in Hyderabad, who sells fried fish. Her work begins at the crack of dawn and carries on till about 11:30 pm. “I make about Rs 400 every day, and till about two months ago, I would have to spend almost half of that amount on renting the … Continue reading “These Low-Cost Solar Roofs Can Be Used in Your Homes & In E-Carts For Vendors!”

Tanjore Balasaraswati: How A Gritty Girl From TN Took Bharatnatyam To the World

Bharatnayam as an artform is a way of storytelling with graceful movements and distinct facial expressions. Tanjore Balasaraswati (popularly known as Balasaraswati) was one such doyen of the classical dance form who possessed the power to uplift and electrify an audience with her mastery over the dance moves. Want to feel energised after an active … Continue reading “Tanjore Balasaraswati: How A Gritty Girl From TN Took Bharatnatyam To the World”

B’Luru Couple’s Super-Healthy Organic Honey Empowers 550+ Tribals in 5 States!

Ramya Sundaram and her husband, Mithun Stephen, were on a trek in Dandeli in 2014. There, amidst the pristine Western Ghats, the couple was introduced to tribal traditions and food from the Uttar Kannada district. Among the many food items they tried, one product made a lasting impression on both of them. A product that … Continue reading “B’Luru Couple’s Super-Healthy Organic Honey Empowers 550+ Tribals in 5 States!”

Attacked With Acid at 23, Mom of Two Gives 250+ Survivors a Fresh Start at Life!

It was 2006. Barely 12 days after her wedding, 23-year-old Pragya Singh was travelling in a train from her hometown, Varanasi, to Delhi, to pursue a career in apparel management. At 2 AM, while she was sound asleep, a man, whose marriage proposal she had turned down, threw acid on her face. Thirteen years later, … Continue reading “Attacked With Acid at 23, Mom of Two Gives 250+ Survivors a Fresh Start at Life!”

‘Bite On This’ Episode 1: Make Way For ‘Aam’, the King of Fruits!

Did you know that the mango was born in India? Or that our country is the largest producer of the fruit, producing more than 52% of the world’s mangoes? It’s true! ‘Amra’ or ‘Amra Phal’ are its earliest names. The 7th Century Chinese traveller Hsuan Tsan is credited with bringing the fruit to the notice … Continue reading “‘Bite On This’ Episode 1: Make Way For ‘Aam’, the King of Fruits!”

Bengaluru Couple Shows That Big Fat Weddings With 3000 Guests Can Be Eco-Friendly Too!

When Bengaluru-based Jayashree Arun Kumar and Abhinav Bargur’s wedding got fixed last year, the duo wanted to celebrate their special day in a unique way. And the idea of a green wedding came naturally to the eco-conscious families of the bride and groom. Once the idea took root, the families got down to the logistics. … Continue reading “Bengaluru Couple Shows That Big Fat Weddings With 3000 Guests Can Be Eco-Friendly Too!”

Cutlery to Decor, This Pune Studio’s Hand-Crafted Copperware is a Must Have!

Neeta Baxi, a Pune-based entrepreneur, speaks about the time when her mother and grandmother would use copper vessels to prepare delicacies. “Copper has been used in our culture for a very long time. I still remember my grandmother storing water in copper vessels,” she reminisces. And when she learnt about Studio Coppre, an enterprise working … Continue reading “Cutlery to Decor, This Pune Studio’s Hand-Crafted Copperware is a Must Have!”

Transform Your Kitchen Waste into a Rich Compost for Just Rs 600!

Composting is a solution that solves two problems- it stops your wet garbage from going into the landfills and nourishes your garden too. By the sound of it, composting seems a tough endeavour- something that takes up a lot of money and regular effort to be successful. In fact, you can spend just Rs 600 … Continue reading “Transform Your Kitchen Waste into a Rich Compost for Just Rs 600!”

Undaunted by Cancer, She Wrote 11 International Papers Before Passing Away

‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.’ This quote by writer James Neil Hollingworth and the philosophy behind it possibly helped B Vijayalakshmi forge ahead despite being diagnosed with stomach cancer. Viji to her loved ones, ‘Daughter of Lilavati’ to her professor-cum-mentor T … Continue reading “Undaunted by Cancer, She Wrote 11 International Papers Before Passing Away”