Noida to Become Zero-Discharge City, Will Treat Wastewater & Supply It To Homes

How do you save water and ensure at the same time that the sewage coming out of your residential complexes do not pollute either the groundwater or the precious water bodies? Well, Noida seems to have the answer for the time being. This city in Uttar Pradesh is well on course to become zero sewage … Continue reading “Noida to Become Zero-Discharge City, Will Treat Wastewater & Supply It To Homes”

Poor Marks to Poverty: 5 IIT-ians Who Overcame All Odds to Crack JEE

It is often the struggles in the path that make the person worthy of the success they achieve. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, after all. The Better India usually brings you success stories of people who have overcome physical, financial and academic difficulties to finally excel in their chosen fields. Each story is … Continue reading “Poor Marks to Poverty: 5 IIT-ians Who Overcame All Odds to Crack JEE”

Best Place to Be a Kid: Kerala District’s Healthcare Model Can Match Any Developed Nation!

Home to the famous Sabarimala Temple, Pathanamthitta district in Kerala holds a special place in the hearts of many pilgrims. However, this district, in the central Travancore region, has also quietly made its mark in developing its human development indicators. Pathanamthitta is not merely home to some of India’s cleanest air (annual reading of 26 … Continue reading “Best Place to Be a Kid: Kerala District’s Healthcare Model Can Match Any Developed Nation!”

The 70+ Irish ‘Pagal Saab’ Cleaning Jodhpur’s Historic Stepwells For 5 Years!

Caron Rawnsley, a French-born Irishman in his early 70s, has spent the past five years cleaning Jodhpur’s famed stepwells, locally known as ‘bawaris,’ ‘jhalaras’ (square-shaped open stepwells with steps on three or all four sides), and lakes. Thus far, he has led efforts to clean 10 precious reservoirs including the Ram bawari, Kriya jhalara, Govinda … Continue reading “The 70+ Irish ‘Pagal Saab’ Cleaning Jodhpur’s Historic Stepwells For 5 Years!”

Woman Quits Cushy US Job to Go Organic, Transforms Farm into 10-Acre Food Forest!

About a three hour drive north east of Mumbai lies a 10 acre land that belongs to Gaytri Bhatia’s family. The plot has been christened Vrindavan Farm, after the ancient forest in Hindu mythology where Krishna spent his childhood days. It isn’t just the organic food that Bhatia grows, which makes the journey of the … Continue reading “Woman Quits Cushy US Job to Go Organic, Transforms Farm into 10-Acre Food Forest!”

Good News For Homebuyers: Now Claim Refund If Handover Delayed Beyond 1 Year!

The Mohans (name changed) are a middle-aged couple who have just made the payment for their first apartment complex in Gurugram. Mr Mohan finally feels like he has achieved something substantial in his life and is happy that he will be able to retire and settle down in his own home, which Mrs Mohan is … Continue reading “Good News For Homebuyers: Now Claim Refund If Handover Delayed Beyond 1 Year!”

Art of Appalams: For Over 100 Years, This Family’s Creations Have Delighted South India!

The power of a brand can never be underestimated. A brand is a promise to the customer, and as long as the product lives up to the promise, the brand will always thrive. A case in point is a small appalam (papad) brand, started in the early 1900s, which continues to thrive in today’s age … Continue reading “Art of Appalams: For Over 100 Years, This Family’s Creations Have Delighted South India!”

Thinking About Buying an E-Vehicle? We Got an Expert to Clear All Your Doubts!

Unsafe, slow, costly and inefficient—e-cars have come under a lot of unearned bias. The compact models are not everyone’s first choice when it comes to choosing a new car for regular use. And yet, for Zarryl Lobo, no other car in the world can compete with his fleet of e-cars. For about 18 years now, … Continue reading “Thinking About Buying an E-Vehicle? We Got an Expert to Clear All Your Doubts!”

With Half of Her Body Paralysed, Here’s How This Para Athlete Won India 11 Medals

When Devika was born to Padma Shri Deepa Malik and her husband, Kargil veteran, Colonel Bikram Singh, she was a premature baby with acute neonatal jaundice. Among the seven children who had to be rushed to the critical care unit and kept in incubators that night, she was one of the only two survivors. Tragedy … Continue reading “With Half of Her Body Paralysed, Here’s How This Para Athlete Won India 11 Medals”

One Vote Can Make a Difference: India, It’s Time to Unite & Redefine People Power

This article has been sponsored by United Colors of Benetton ‘The personal is political.’ I came across this phrase for the first time in my political science textbook in school. A simple phrase with a complicated past, it mirrored the underlying reality of all our lives, debunking the illusion that alone, as individuals, we have … Continue reading “One Vote Can Make a Difference: India, It’s Time to Unite & Redefine People Power”

80 School Kids in 2 Maharashtra Villages Turn Organic Farmers, Create Amazing Impact!

The school bells ring and hoards of students race out in a frenzy. The usual rush, however, is not to head home or the fields for a quick play session. It is to reach the community centre to toil in the farm, where organically grown produce flourishes under their care. Be it vibrant flower plants … Continue reading “80 School Kids in 2 Maharashtra Villages Turn Organic Farmers, Create Amazing Impact!”

Karnataka Man Grows Superfood In Backyard, Helps 1.5 Lakh Kids Fight Malnutrition!

Did you know that the number of underweight children in India is almost double than that of Sub-Saharan Africa? As per the World Bank, India continues to remain one of the highest-ranking countries in the world in terms of the prevalence of malnourished children, according to a report in The Quint. Ironically, India not only … Continue reading “Karnataka Man Grows Superfood In Backyard, Helps 1.5 Lakh Kids Fight Malnutrition!”

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Food: What, Why & How You Can Deal With It

Did you know that India is one of the largest consumers of antibiotics in the world? Naturally, their misuse and overuse is rampant. As a result, ‘super bugs’, that are resistant to all known types of antibiotics, are starting to thrive. In this article, we look at what antibiotics are, why we develop a resistance … Continue reading “Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Food: What, Why & How You Can Deal With It”

IAS Officer to Sabziwala: 5 Civil Servants Who Quit Their Jobs To Become Entrepreneurs!

Getting into the higher echelons of the famed civil services, particularly the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service, is hard enough. Beyond executive power and responsibilities, working in the civil services comes with its fair share of perks as well. So, why would anyone leave a prestigious job and become an entrepreneur? Why take … Continue reading “IAS Officer to Sabziwala: 5 Civil Servants Who Quit Their Jobs To Become Entrepreneurs!”

Madurai Eatery Fined Rs 65K for Charging Rs 3 Over MRP: Where & How To Complain

How many times have you walked into a theatre, purchased a bottle of water, and realised that you were charged over and above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP)? And yet, how many times have you raised your voice? Most of us shrug it off and just buy the bottle. Arasaradi S Sumesh too could have … Continue reading “Madurai Eatery Fined Rs 65K for Charging Rs 3 Over MRP: Where & How To Complain”

3 Steps Helped This Bengaluru Society Cut Their Rs 16 Lakh Water Bill by 52%!

As summer approaches, the taps in the South Indian city of Bengaluru start running dry. Longer days and warmer weather demand the usage of more water, but you’ll see residents getting up early in the morning, calling up tankers and spending a bomb on each delivery. As we approach the dreaded months of April and … Continue reading “3 Steps Helped This Bengaluru Society Cut Their Rs 16 Lakh Water Bill by 52%!”

This Real-Life Hero Has Saved 100+ Suicide Victims, Recovered 1000+ Dead Bodies

Hussain Sagar Lake and the surrounding Tank Bund road are undoubtedly among the most popular tourist hotspots of Hyderabad. In addition to its brilliantly illuminated necklace-shaped boulevard and the gigantic monolithic statue of Buddha, the iconic lake is also famous for a rather unfortunate reason: suicides. Hundreds of suicide attempts are documented every year at … Continue reading “This Real-Life Hero Has Saved 100+ Suicide Victims, Recovered 1000+ Dead Bodies”

930 Days & Counting: Hyderabad Boy Serves Free Breakfast to 1,000 Hungry People Daily!

It’s been more than 930 days since Mohammed Sujathullah, a 26-year-old pursuing his doctorate in pharmacy from Hyderabad, began serving food to the needy. Serving free breakfast to nearly 1,000 hungry Hyderabadis every day, Sujath hasn’t missed a single day of service. Twice a week, he also distributes dinner to the homeless. Besides, he also … Continue reading “930 Days & Counting: Hyderabad Boy Serves Free Breakfast to 1,000 Hungry People Daily!”

Knew Stapler Pins in Tea Bags Are Banned? 4 FSSAI Bans You Should Know About

As consumers, we are quick to react to any slip-ups from a brand or government entity. However, we don’t often applaud the good. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been implementing several changes, which have led to higher standards in food safety and quality in the country. Here’s a list of … Continue reading “Knew Stapler Pins in Tea Bags Are Banned? 4 FSSAI Bans You Should Know About”

Organic Food, Low-Waste & Water-Saving: 5 Families Who’ll Inspire You To Go Green

Should I adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle? The thought has crossed my mind several times. I often think of giving up plastic or reusing my bath water to water the plants. Then I ask myself, what difference is one less plastic item going to make? The landfill will not be unburdened if I treat my household … Continue reading “Organic Food, Low-Waste & Water-Saving: 5 Families Who’ll Inspire You To Go Green”

7 Lakes, 1,000+ Tonnes of Waste & 1 Forest: Meet the Man behind This Massive Impact

Nine-year-old Krishna has been looking forward to playing his favourite game of waging a battle against the Kurichi Kulam, a fishing pond in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It will be his second week in the cleanup drive undertaken by the people of the city. His first attempt was a huge accomplishment, he says. It helped him … Continue reading “7 Lakes, 1,000+ Tonnes of Waste & 1 Forest: Meet the Man behind This Massive Impact”

More Than Your Marks: Professor’s Inspiring Post Will Make You Rethink Board Exams

The results of Class 10 and 12 CBSE Board exams are out. Many scored exceptional marks, some just about made it, and then there are the ones who did not manage to get the required marks to pass the examination. While we celebrate and applaud the achievers, it is also crucial to acknowledge the ones … Continue reading “More Than Your Marks: Professor’s Inspiring Post Will Make You Rethink Board Exams”

Vidyasagar: The Brilliant Man Who Stood Up For The Women of 19th Century India

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a legendary educationist, a Sanskrit scholar and a social reformer who not only changed the Bengali alphabet and type but also challenged Hindu orthodoxy by playing a pivotal role in passing the Widow Remarriage Act. He also fought for women’s education and vigorously challenged the barbaric practice of child marriage. Standing … Continue reading “Vidyasagar: The Brilliant Man Who Stood Up For The Women of 19th Century India”

IIT Mandi Folks Build Self-Cleaning Glass That Uses Only Sunlight To Purify Water!

In a significant development, researchers at IIT Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, have developed self- cleaning transparent calcium (silicated) borate glasses and titanium dioxide glass nano-composites that use sunlight and clean wastewater by killing bacteria and microbes present in dyes, drugs and detergents. The three people behind this innovation are Dr Rahul Vaish, an associate professor … Continue reading “IIT Mandi Folks Build Self-Cleaning Glass That Uses Only Sunlight To Purify Water!”

Haryana Entrepreneur Turns 5,000+ Kg of Waste Cooking Oil into Biofuel Every Day!

Three liquid-carrying tanker trucks stand outside a popular food chain outlet in Bawal, Haryana. They are here to collect the used cooking oil from the outlet that offers a wide range of fried food items. After using the oil twice, the restaurant is left with only one choice—to dispose of it. The high-quality oil finds … Continue reading “Haryana Entrepreneur Turns 5,000+ Kg of Waste Cooking Oil into Biofuel Every Day!”

Battling OCD Herself, 16-YO Bengaluru Teen Creates App to Help Others Like Her Cope

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is one of the most misunderstood mental disorders in India. To think about it, how many times have we cracked crass jokes about our friends of having OCD, because they were a bit more organised than us or exhibited specific behavioural patterns? The truth is OCD is a way more … Continue reading “Battling OCD Herself, 16-YO Bengaluru Teen Creates App to Help Others Like Her Cope”

Raja Deen Dayal, the Unsung Legend Behind Some of India’s Oldest & Rarest Photos

Although photography came to India in 1840, it wasn’t until 1874 that Lala Deen Dayal, a public works department employee in Indore, became the first Indian to make his mark in the medium. Until the arrival of ‘Raja Deen Dayal’, British photographers expressly dominated the medium where they captured and documented the architectural marvels of … Continue reading “Raja Deen Dayal, the Unsung Legend Behind Some of India’s Oldest & Rarest Photos”

Where to Donate Clothes in India: 7 Orgs That Will Ensure They Reach the Needy

We all have clothes lying around the house that aren’t being used anymore and could very well be given away to those who might have better use for them. While sometimes our busy schedules may keep us from depositing the clothes, many of us probably don’t know where we could go ahead and donate them. … Continue reading “Where to Donate Clothes in India: 7 Orgs That Will Ensure They Reach the Needy”

In 20 Years, Jammu Man Has Visited Families of More Than 200 Martyrs. Here’s Why

For the last 20 years, Jammu & Kashmir resident Vikas Manhas has been travelling 11 months a year. These travails range from homes in metros to remote rural villages across the country. No, these aren’t work-related or luxurious trips. The 42-year-old visits families of slain soldiers and martyrs. The pursuit began in 1999 after the … Continue reading “In 20 Years, Jammu Man Has Visited Families of More Than 200 Martyrs. Here’s Why”

FSSAI Ban on Chinese Milk Products: What is Melamine & How It Can Harm Your Health

In September 2008, the food regulator FSSAI imposed a ban on all milk and milk products being imported from China. The government has been subsequently extending the ban from time to time. Two weeks ago the government extended the ban on the import of milk and its products, including chocolates from China, till laboratories at … Continue reading “FSSAI Ban on Chinese Milk Products: What is Melamine & How It Can Harm Your Health”

Pesticide Poisoning Inspires Odisha Teacher To Go Organic, Save 700 Rice Varieties

The incident dates back to the early 90s. But retired teacher and octogenarian paddy farmer Natabar Sarangi remembers it as though it were yesterday. After 32 years of service as a government school teacher, the man had turned to his ancestral profession of farming in a 3.5-acre land. He had inherited 1.5 acres from his … Continue reading “Pesticide Poisoning Inspires Odisha Teacher To Go Organic, Save 700 Rice Varieties”

27-YO Mumbaikar Woman Helps Beggars Turn Professional Singers, Earn Rs 35000/Show!

My stay in Mumbai was rather brief—of just about five months. One of the things that has stayed with me from that period was the daily local train commute. There was so much happening on the train, from women chopping vegetables and discussing the market trends with great enthusiasm (breaking all stereotypes), to those, like … Continue reading “27-YO Mumbaikar Woman Helps Beggars Turn Professional Singers, Earn Rs 35000/Show!”

Cheap Flowers & Mangoes That Last Longer: Women Scientists & Their Solutions For Farmers!

It is hard to stop and take in the fragrance of roses these days. Not just because our fast-paced lives do not allow us to do so but also because generations of breeding and using unnatural fertilisers and chemicals have hampered the scent of roses. It was the same situation for Shivkote Subramanyam, a small-time … Continue reading “Cheap Flowers & Mangoes That Last Longer: Women Scientists & Their Solutions For Farmers!”

Undeterred by 24 Km Daily Commute, K’taka Farmer’s Son Tops CBSE Class 10 Boards!

For Yashas D, concepts like destiny or good luck are baseless myths. He believes that focus and hard work are the only two routes to success. Well, his belief bore fruit when the CBSE results for Class 10 were recently announced. The student of Vidyavaridhi International School in Huliyar had scored 498 marks out of … Continue reading “Undeterred by 24 Km Daily Commute, K’taka Farmer’s Son Tops CBSE Class 10 Boards!”

IAS Officer Posts Own Board Exam Marks In Heartfelt Message After Student’s Suicide

The recent declaration of board exam results from across the country has brought intense joy and disappointment to scores of families. Tragically, for an 18-year-old student from Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, the disappointment of failing his board exams resulted in suicide. According to reports, he had failed his board exams last year as well. Anguished by the … Continue reading “IAS Officer Posts Own Board Exam Marks In Heartfelt Message After Student’s Suicide”

78-YO Rajasthan Professor’s ‘Superfood’ Farms Have Empowered Local Women Since 1999

Spirulina, a green superfood, loves only 30 degrees! Exclaiming this vital piece of information, Pushpa Srivastav, a retired professor from University of Rajasthan, reminisces about her Botany lecture in the summer of 1999 when the noted professor had started the class with this statement to explain about the benefits of spirulina, an organism that grows … Continue reading “78-YO Rajasthan Professor’s ‘Superfood’ Farms Have Empowered Local Women Since 1999”

MBA Grad Trio Quit Cushy Jobs, Help MNCs & Govt Save Water on a Massive Scale!

While stuck in heavy rain in Gurugram, Ankit Magan, Neeraj Chauhan and Priyank Jain started a conversation over, “What would happen if the city had to pay to receive rainfall?” And they had ample time and points to build their arguments. The streets were clogged with water, making it impossible for the traffic to move … Continue reading “MBA Grad Trio Quit Cushy Jobs, Help MNCs & Govt Save Water on a Massive Scale!”

An Ice Cafe in Ladakh That Serves Maggi & Masala Tea? 3 Village Lads Have Built It!

In October 2013, Sonam Wangchuk, the social activist and Ramon Magsaysay Award winner, launched the Ice Stupa Artificial Glacier Project in Phyang village, Leh. A path-breaking idea, which was conceived to solve water scarcity problems in this cold desert, aimed to freeze millions of litres of water in the form of ‘ice stupas.’ Earlier this … Continue reading “An Ice Cafe in Ladakh That Serves Maggi & Masala Tea? 3 Village Lads Have Built It!”

When Ladakh’s Original Hero Dared to Take the Plunge Into Bollywood in the 1970s

Ladakh officially opened itself to the world in 1974 when the Government of India first allowed tourists into this strategically sensitive high-altitude region. However, in 1972, a young and ambitious 19-year-old Phonsok Tsering Dimbir, popularly known as Phonsok Ladakhi, decided to plunge into the world of cinema, seeking admission into the prestigious Film and Television … Continue reading “When Ladakh’s Original Hero Dared to Take the Plunge Into Bollywood in the 1970s”

Thane Folks Upcycle Old Jeans Into Beds For Street Cats, Turn Dumpyard Into Safe Haven!

I’ve been an admirer of cats for as long as I can remember but it was only when my brother rescued a nearly dead kitten and brought him home seven years ago that I realised that it wasn’t mere admiration that I harboured for cats, but absolute love. Today, he is the most favourite member … Continue reading “Thane Folks Upcycle Old Jeans Into Beds For Street Cats, Turn Dumpyard Into Safe Haven!”

In Pics: Iconic Paintings & Mughal Miniatures Take Over Indian Streets!

To make people free is the aim of art, therefore, art for me is the science of freedom.” – German artist Joseph Beuys For Joseph Beuys, art was a window to freedom. But Julien de Casabianca says that it is art that needs to be freed. And so, this French and Corsican visual artist has … Continue reading “In Pics: Iconic Paintings & Mughal Miniatures Take Over Indian Streets!”

This Bengaluru Couple Save 1 Lakh Litres of Water Every Year. Here’s How

In the early 90s, when S Vishwanath and his wife Chitra were looking for a house in Bengaluru, they were sure of building an eco-friendly abode.  It was almost like the husband-wife duo had predicted a water crisis looming across the world, including India’s silicon city. The prediction came in after a rainy day in … Continue reading “This Bengaluru Couple Save 1 Lakh Litres of Water Every Year. Here’s How”

Shared Mobility: Govt to Allow Private Car Owners to Earn Money as Part-Time Cabbies!

Every single day, an average of 1,750 new vehicles are registered, owing to the boom in vehicle population. It now stands at 80.45 lakh. This is the situation in Bengaluru alone. Imagine what it might be for the rest of the country. Concerned about this national phenomenon which is not just causing congestion on roads, … Continue reading “Shared Mobility: Govt to Allow Private Car Owners to Earn Money as Part-Time Cabbies!”

Owning Stretch Marks: B’Luru’s Muscle Mom Smashes Stigma, Inspires Women to Embrace Themselves!

Flexing her muscles at an admiring crowd, Mamatha Sanathkumar stands on the winner’s stage, trophy in hand. There, from the applauding audience, she sees a 5-year-old running towards the stage, ecstatic after the show. When her mom is crowned the winner, little Purvika has to share the stage with her. Body-building is largely considered a … Continue reading “Owning Stretch Marks: B’Luru’s Muscle Mom Smashes Stigma, Inspires Women to Embrace Themselves!”

Mother’s Day: This UPSC Achiever’s 6-YO Kid Is The Wind Beneath Her Wings

With Mother’s Day round the corner, you will find various articles espousing the virtues of mothers, the sacrifices they make, and feel-good articles about all that they do for their child(ren). Honestly, as a mother myself, all I would want on Mother’s Day is a lot of ‘me’ time, followed by some good food. But … Continue reading “Mother’s Day: This UPSC Achiever’s 6-YO Kid Is The Wind Beneath Her Wings”

What is a Masked Aadhaar Card & Why Is It a Safer Option Against Fraudsters: All You Need to Know

What happens if you lose your Aadhaar card? What if a fraudster catches hold of it? Can they misuse it to open a bank account in your name? The questions are many. This article aims to answer some of them. First off, breathe. The UIDAI stipulates that one cannot open a bank account by furnishing … Continue reading “What is a Masked Aadhaar Card & Why Is It a Safer Option Against Fraudsters: All You Need to Know”

Virat Kohli to Mithali Raj: Meet the Supermoms Behind India’s Finest Cricketers

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Even as cliché as it sounds, one cannot fathom the wonders that a mother’s unconditional love, grit and faith in her child can achieve. From great kings who led platoons to victory to iconic personalities that went down in history, many of these achievers have attributed … Continue reading “Virat Kohli to Mithali Raj: Meet the Supermoms Behind India’s Finest Cricketers”

Paying It Forward: Org Turns ‘Zero Interest’ Loans to Farmers into Something Amazing!

When you read the words ‘Pay It Forward,’ what do they signify to you? Amol Sainwar explains what this means and how significant an act it is. After engineering, Amol could have gone on to take up a job and live a comfortable and secure life but what he chose to do and all that … Continue reading “Paying It Forward: Org Turns ‘Zero Interest’ Loans to Farmers into Something Amazing!”

How Cashew, Ponds & an IAS Officer Pulled an Odisha Village out of Poverty

A 2015 survey jointly conducted by the US-India Policy Institute and the Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy put eight districts in Odisha among the 50 most backward in the country. As woeful as Nabarangpur’s position was—ranked the third most backward district in India—it did not come as a huge shock to the … Continue reading “How Cashew, Ponds & an IAS Officer Pulled an Odisha Village out of Poverty”

B’luru Auto Driver Takes Pregnant Lady to Hospital, Looks After Newborn for 18 Days!

After dropping a passenger at the railway station, Babu Muddrappa was on his way home in Whitefield on April 15. It was around 2.30 in the afternoon when he heard the distressed cries of a pregnant woman. When no one volunteered to take her to the hospital, Babu helped her in the rickshaw and did … Continue reading “B’luru Auto Driver Takes Pregnant Lady to Hospital, Looks After Newborn for 18 Days!”