Fighting COVID-19: Experts Answer 5 questions We All Have About Wearing Masks

Amidst conflicting guidance on the usage of masks, there is ample news of hoarding, piracy, scarcity of protective equipment, including masks. There are also countless DIY videos of making masks from t-shirts and paper towels. Here are the five questions we must be asking: 1. Why use a mask? The primary way of transmission of … Continue reading “Fighting COVID-19: Experts Answer 5 questions We All Have About Wearing Masks”

Kerala NRI Turns Rubber Plantation Into Organic Farm, Exports Veggies to Europe!

After working for ten years in the Middle East, Joy Vakayil and his wife, who was working there as a nurse, returned to their hometown in Kottayam, Kerala in 2004. The couple had just had their first child, Naveen Joy. When asked about the reason for his return and what his plans were, Joy shocked … Continue reading “Kerala NRI Turns Rubber Plantation Into Organic Farm, Exports Veggies to Europe!”

2000+ Trysts With Tigers in 20 Years: Meet Kerala’s Tiger Sreenivasan

It was just another workday for Parambikulam’s ‘Tiger’ Sreenivasan when he chanced upon a tiger and its cubs, barely three metres away from where he was standing. Upon seeing Srinivasan, the tiger, who was being protective or feeling threatened, charged at him and the terrified man, who is a capable tiger conservationist, was certain that … Continue reading “2000+ Trysts With Tigers in 20 Years: Meet Kerala’s Tiger Sreenivasan”

Despite ‘Wrong Number’, Chennai Lady Helps 200+ Labourers During COVID-19 Lockdown

When Aarti Madhusudan’s phone rang on 1 April, she saw an anonymous number flash across the screen. Thankfully, with a long habit of answering all calls, she received that one too. If she hadn’t, a family may have starved for the third day in a row. “The person on the other side spoke in a … Continue reading “Despite ‘Wrong Number’, Chennai Lady Helps 200+ Labourers During COVID-19 Lockdown”

In This Together: Kolkata Girl Offers Rent-Free stay to Evicted Health Workers

With new positive cases of COVID-19 being reported every day, reading the news can be mentally excruciating for many of us. However, in this scenario, what is truly distressing is the increasing ostracisation of health workers, the ones who are truly at the forefront of the crisis. In spite of the stern messaging from different state … Continue reading “In This Together: Kolkata Girl Offers Rent-Free stay to Evicted Health Workers”

#CoronaLockdown: 6.7 Lakh Needy Fed So Far & You Could Help Feed More

“Kitchens should never stop functioning. Even at our homes, the only time the kitchen stops working is if something is seriously wrong. If I feel that way about my home’s kitchen, why should my company’s kitchen be any different?” says Dev Amritesh, Managing Director of Compass Group, one of the largest contract food service providers. … Continue reading “#CoronaLockdown: 6.7 Lakh Needy Fed So Far & You Could Help Feed More”

How This Specially-Abled Kerala Man Became India’s 1st ISO Certified Auto Driver

If he’s not riding the auto, you will most likely find Sreekanth and his ‘Hello Buddy’ auto at the stand near Aluva Karothukuzhi Hospital. From long distance to airport rides, this auto is famous and one of the favourites for the people of Aluva, a suburb of Kochi, Kerala. Wondering why? Sreekanth’s Hello Buddy auto … Continue reading “How This Specially-Abled Kerala Man Became India’s 1st ISO Certified Auto Driver”

#CoronaLockdown: Gurugram Startup Is Ensuring Govt School Kids Still Get Classes

For the past five years, iDream education, a Gurugram-based social edtech startup, has been facilitating offline access to local language digital learning content for government schools via their tablet-based smart ICT lab solution. However, with the rapid increase of smartphone and internet penetration in India, especially in rural areas, what they observed was that enjoyable … Continue reading “#CoronaLockdown: Gurugram Startup Is Ensuring Govt School Kids Still Get Classes”

Defying Gravity: Mumbai Pole Dancer Debunks Stereotypes And Helps You Get Fitter!

Midway through climbing a 12-feet-high pole, Aarifa Bhinderwala, a Mumbai-based certified pole dancer and trainer, gracefully suspends herself upside down in a 180-degree split (also called the Dragon Tail) using her hands alone, to the tunes of O re Chori from Lagaan. As the song continues, the 31-year-old beautifully transitions into a whirl with one-handed … Continue reading “Defying Gravity: Mumbai Pole Dancer Debunks Stereotypes And Helps You Get Fitter!”

3 Urban Gardeners Share Tips To Keep You Busy During COVID-19 Lockdown

Just a few weeks ago, I would eagerly wait for holidays to be able to spend time in my small garden. Normally, on workdays, I water my plants and dash only to return after dark. But now, the 21-day Coronavirus lockdown has given me the opportunity to spend more time on my plants. Homebound and … Continue reading “3 Urban Gardeners Share Tips To Keep You Busy During COVID-19 Lockdown”

80,000 Kids Taught: Now You Can Get Qshala’s Unique Lessons, Right in Your Home!

Sachin Ravi (29) & Raghav Chakravarthy (30) started Qshala in 2014 with the vision to prepare school children for their future by equipping them with the life skills they need to thrive and be successful in the 21st century. Their live online classes focus on building skill sets such as communication, analytical and observational skills, … Continue reading “80,000 Kids Taught: Now You Can Get Qshala’s Unique Lessons, Right in Your Home!”

How to Make Your Own COVID-19 Mask at Home: Check Steps Issued by Govt

During the initial phase of the Coronavirus pandemic, only those infected were being advised to wear a face mask constantly. However, things have started to change around a bit. A manual recently issued by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India says that according to analysis if 50% of the … Continue reading “How to Make Your Own COVID-19 Mask at Home: Check Steps Issued by Govt”

TN Man’s Tech Enhances Shelf Life of Banana Leaves From 3 Days to 3 Years!

Tenith Adithyaa was just 11 years old when he saw farmers in his native Watrap village in Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu, throw heaps of banana leaves into the trash bin. Out of curiosity, he asked the farmers why they were burning these leaves that were often used during festivals to serve meals. Their response was … Continue reading “TN Man’s Tech Enhances Shelf Life of Banana Leaves From 3 Days to 3 Years!”

Prepaid Validity to ‘Lifeline’ UDAN: 5 COVID-19 Govt Announcements For You

It’s been a little over a week since India went into lockdown mode. Since then the government has announced a slew of measures to help the economy and its citizens. From extending the deadline of filing taxes to offering the chance to withdraw money from the Provident Fund account, the government has been coming up … Continue reading “Prepaid Validity to ‘Lifeline’ UDAN: 5 COVID-19 Govt Announcements For You”

Bengaluru Mom Lost Nearly 25 Kg with Plant-Based Diet. And She Will Teach You How

Even though it had been two years since she’d given birth to a healthy baby girl, Kirti Yadav’s postnatal health issues—nausea, constipation, low energy levels and insomnia—continued. While these health issues were not unusual, the Bengaluru resident did some research and realised that her diet was aggravating them and wondered if a change in her … Continue reading “Bengaluru Mom Lost Nearly 25 Kg with Plant-Based Diet. And She Will Teach You How”

#CoronaWarrior: Mumbai IRS Officer Gives Monthly Food Kits to 750+ Wage Earners

When Dr Megha Bhargava, Mumbai’s Deputy IT Commissioner, learnt that the families of 66 daily wage earners in Koregaon had run out of food due to a financial crunch, she immediately started a fundraising campaign through Samarpan, an NGO she co-founded two years ago with her sister Dr Ruma, to help them out. “As soon … Continue reading “#CoronaWarrior: Mumbai IRS Officer Gives Monthly Food Kits to 750+ Wage Earners”

From 7 to 100s! This Hero Brought Sparrows Back From Near-Extinction In His Village

It all started over a cup of tea in 2009. Rabindra Sahu was not surprised when his friend, Lingaraj Panda, a photographer, complained about how he was not able to capture a single sparrow in Puruna Bandha village in Odisha’s Ganjam district. This complaint soon led to a discussion on the steadfast decline in the … Continue reading “From 7 to 100s! This Hero Brought Sparrows Back From Near-Extinction In His Village”

IAS Officer Behind Tiruppur’s ‘Disinfection Tunnel’ Explains How It Works

On Wednesday, as residents went shopping for their daily groceries to the Thennampalayam vegetable market in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, they were in for a real surprise. Before entering the sprawling ground to shop for their daily groceries during this nationwide lockdown, they were first asked to wash their hands and then walk through a ‘disinfection … Continue reading “IAS Officer Behind Tiruppur’s ‘Disinfection Tunnel’ Explains How It Works”

Have Symptoms of COVID-19? Get Yourself Screened By A Doctor Online Before a Real Test

In a significant development last week, the Board of Governors (BoG) of the Medical Council of India (MCI) in partnership with NITI Aayog, issued clear guidelines approving the use of telemedicine to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and mitigate the risks to both patients and more importantly, healthcare workers. How do you define telemedicine? … Continue reading “Have Symptoms of COVID-19? Get Yourself Screened By A Doctor Online Before a Real Test”

#CoronaWarrior: Kerala Man Donates Entire 1.5-Acre Harvest to Daily Wage Workers

During this period of lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, several states like Kerala, who are dependent on neighbouring states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for vegetables and other produce, are striving to find a solution. In such a scenario, 25-year-old Yadhu S Babu decision to give away all the produce from in his 1.5-acre … Continue reading “#CoronaWarrior: Kerala Man Donates Entire 1.5-Acre Harvest to Daily Wage Workers”

#CoronaWarrior: Uttarakhand Man Turns Car Into Ambulance to Help During Lockdown

Thirty two year old Ganesh Bhat, a resident of Devprayag of Tehri district, Uttarakhand, has been extremely busy since the lockdown was imposed in India. With 108 medical emergency number not responding at times, Bhat has been using his car as an ambulance to ferry patients to nearby hospitals for treatment. “The non-functioning of this … Continue reading “#CoronaWarrior: Uttarakhand Man Turns Car Into Ambulance to Help During Lockdown”

COVID-19: These Citizens Are Heroes For Hundreds of Hungry Strays. Join Them!

The word ‘lockdown’ often fuels thoughts of claustrophobia, boredom and most importantly, social disconnection. But with a functional internet and heaps of groceries, many of us reading this story from the comfort of our homes, are just fine. The lockdown has no doubt caused inconvenience and even financial loss for many of us, yet, it … Continue reading “COVID-19: These Citizens Are Heroes For Hundreds of Hungry Strays. Join Them!”

Ransom to Unlock to Bank Detail Theft: Beware of These 7 Fake COVID-19 Apps

While the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns are unprecedented, several apps have already begun to exploit fears stemming from the global health crisis. Through trojans, viruses, software and other programs, they use our innate need to seek out information, against us, for malicious ends. To help you stay aware and safe, we’ve put together … Continue reading “Ransom to Unlock to Bank Detail Theft: Beware of These 7 Fake COVID-19 Apps”

COVID-19: CBSE to Conduct 10, 12 Board Exams for Only 29 Subjects. Check List

On April 1, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced that it will re-conduct board examinations of class 10 (only northeast Delhi) and 12 students (pan-India) that were to be held between March 19-31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak and countrywide lockdown. The Board will conduct examinations for only 29 main subjects that … Continue reading “COVID-19: CBSE to Conduct 10, 12 Board Exams for Only 29 Subjects. Check List”

This Ex-IAS and his Wife Built a Thriving 35-Acre Tiger Reserve in 20 Years!

In 1998, Aditya Singh was at the peak of an illustrious career as a bureaucrat when he took the decision to quit it all, and relocate to Sawai Madhopur, a quaint forested town adjoining the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) in Rajasthan. Naturally, the news stunned all he knew. But there was no turning back for … Continue reading “This Ex-IAS and his Wife Built a Thriving 35-Acre Tiger Reserve in 20 Years!”

Jodhpur Man Turns To Organic Food After Losing Dad to Cancer, Sells in 21+ Nations

When there’s a plate of food in front of you, do you ask yourself where it has come from or the ways in which it has been grown? Do you give a thought to how it may affect your body in the long run? Do terms like chemical fertilisers, pesticides and organic food come to … Continue reading “Jodhpur Man Turns To Organic Food After Losing Dad to Cancer, Sells in 21+ Nations”

Want to Help Create Social Change? Here’s How to Make It a Career

It’s difficult to be a young person in India, looking to join the social impact space. You think about it for a long time, and after much thought, you decide that this is what you want to do. Your peers, parents, even your neighbours, try to dissuade you. You argue, reason, and finally ignore them … Continue reading “Want to Help Create Social Change? Here’s How to Make It a Career”

Keeper Of Kerala’s Silent Valley: Maari, The Man Who Lived In The Wild For 33 Years

The Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad is one of the most well-known tropical forests in India and is home to a wide variety of rare species of flora and fauna including the endangered lion-tailed macaque. In 1970 when the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) proposed a hydroelectric dam that runs through the Silent Valley … Continue reading “Keeper Of Kerala’s Silent Valley: Maari, The Man Who Lived In The Wild For 33 Years”

Testing Kits to Quarantine App: How 8 IITs Are Aiding India’s Fight Against COVID-19

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Human Resource Development asked all the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) to prepare short and long term technological solutions that could help deal with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Thus far, the various branches of the IITs have been involved in developing everything from cost-efficient hand sanitisers, testing kits, … Continue reading “Testing Kits to Quarantine App: How 8 IITs Are Aiding India’s Fight Against COVID-19”

Train Ticket Cancelled For #CoronaLockdown? Here’s How Railways Will Refund in Full

Key highlights: • For cancelling all passenger trains for the period of 21 March to 14 April 2020, Indian Railways is offering a full refund for all tickets booked for the period.• People with e-tickets do not need to fill the refund form, the money will be automatically refunded to passengers’ accounts• People with counter … Continue reading “Train Ticket Cancelled For #CoronaLockdown? Here’s How Railways Will Refund in Full”

COVID-19: Over 135 Bengalureans Come Together To Sing Us The Perfect ‘Song Of Hope’

“This has become the need of the hour. When the entire world is struggling because of the pandemic, we, as artists, must come together to make life’s journey a little smoother for everyone else,” says Dr Maya Mascarenhas, Founder, and Director of Bangalore Chorus, a choir group that is spreading the message of hope and … Continue reading “COVID-19: Over 135 Bengalureans Come Together To Sing Us The Perfect ‘Song Of Hope’”

Pregnant During COVID-19? Doctors Explains Dos, Don’ts & All You Should Know

“As a doctor, it is my responsibility to help as many people as I can during this crisis,” begins Dr Reubina KD Singh, MS (OB-GYN) in a conversation with The Better India. “One of my patients was suffering from acute endometriosis and was unable to get medicine. I connected her to a pharmacy that helped … Continue reading “Pregnant During COVID-19? Doctors Explains Dos, Don’ts & All You Should Know”

Pune Engineer’s Everyday Sustainable Solutions Bags Him Over 600 Orders a Month!

Despite working as a Project Engineer at a Pune-based company that would generate electricity using waste, Suraj Said never stopped wondering why there was so much of it everywhere. “There were quite a few recycling units in the city, and yet there was so much waste. I wondered if it had something to do with … Continue reading “Pune Engineer’s Everyday Sustainable Solutions Bags Him Over 600 Orders a Month!”

#CoronaWarrior: Meet the Delhi Cop Ensuring 350 Slum Families Don’t Go Hungry

In the past fortnight, multiple visuals of police personnel beating and humiliating civilians violating the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown have been circulating in social media, resulting in severe criticism from several quarters. But there is one police officer in New Delhi, the national capital, who is doing a stellar job of looking out for some of … Continue reading “#CoronaWarrior: Meet the Delhi Cop Ensuring 350 Slum Families Don’t Go Hungry”

300 Plant Varieties in 1 Acre Increases Mysuru Farmer’s Profits to 10 Lakhs!

For years, Thammaiah PP had to continuously fight recurring problems of poor irrigation and crop failure despite practising organic farming since 1984. The primary concern was availability of water to irrigate his fields. At his wits end, the farmer from Hunsur taluk of Mysuru (susceptible to droughts annually) decided to take an unconventional route a … Continue reading “300 Plant Varieties in 1 Acre Increases Mysuru Farmer’s Profits to 10 Lakhs!”

‘Shall Die to Awaken The Nation’: ‘Tiger’ Bagha Jatin, Whose Bravey Shook the British Raj!

Siliguri, Bengal, 1907: It was a crowded railway platform. A man was rushing to his compartment, bringing water for a sick co-passenger, when he accidentally brushed past a British captain. With usual disgust for the natives, the captain swore and hit the man with his cane. A while later, the man returned to demand an … Continue reading “‘Shall Die to Awaken The Nation’: ‘Tiger’ Bagha Jatin, Whose Bravey Shook the British Raj!”

COVID-19: Indian Navy’s Innovation Lets 1 Cylinder Supply Oxygen to 12 Patients!

The number of people affected by COVID-19 in India, is increasing by the day, and there is a valid fear that those on the frontlines are falling short of medical equipment and personnel. Taking cognisance of this issue, the Indian Navy has pitched in with its innovative device that allows one oxygen cylinder to be … Continue reading “COVID-19: Indian Navy’s Innovation Lets 1 Cylinder Supply Oxygen to 12 Patients!”

Mumbai Mum Turns Used Tetra Paks Into School Desks, Helps Recycle 750 Tons of Waste/Year!

As a mum, entrepreneur Monisha Narke started becoming environmentally concerned when she noticed its impact on her child about ten years back. “My daughter would constantly get coughing fits and I started becoming very worried. She was only four years old at the time and I did not want to put her on any kind … Continue reading “Mumbai Mum Turns Used Tetra Paks Into School Desks, Helps Recycle 750 Tons of Waste/Year!”

What Happens To Women In Our Homes When Men Don’t #ShareTheLoad

This article has been sponsored by Ariel When was the last time you went to sleep without worrying about the next day’s meal or the unending list of chores you need to complete? This is a question I often ask my mother when on a call with her. And the answer always starts with a … Continue reading “What Happens To Women In Our Homes When Men Don’t #ShareTheLoad”

Made in 48 Hours, Mahindra’s In-House COVID-19 Ambu Bag to Cost Less Than Rs 7500

Mahindra Group’s engineering teams based at their Kandivali (Mumbai) and Igatpuri (Nashik) manufacturing plants took only 48 hours to develop a prototype of an artificial manual-breathing unit commonly known as an Ambu bag, which could cost less than Rs 7,500. This Ambu bag is a self-inflating device used to provide positive pressure ventilation to patients … Continue reading “Made in 48 Hours, Mahindra’s In-House COVID-19 Ambu Bag to Cost Less Than Rs 7500”

When Savitribai Phule & Her Son Gave Their Lives to Save Bubonic Plague Victims

As we live quarantined in the safety of our homes, there are dedicated doctors out there who are working tirelessly towards saving lives while putting their own at risk. In this pandemic that has rendered us helpless, it is the tales of courage that keep us going and fan the flames of hope. This is … Continue reading “When Savitribai Phule & Her Son Gave Their Lives to Save Bubonic Plague Victims”

COVID-19: 8 Municipal Corporations Delivering Veggies, Groceries To Doorsteps

We have nearly completed one week of the 21-day countrywide lockdown in India’s war against the COVID-19 outbreak. Although necessary, this period stresses many citizens as it may disrupt their access to essential needs. During this crisis, eight municipal corporations in the country stepped up. These corporations are setting an excellent example of maintaining peace … Continue reading “COVID-19: 8 Municipal Corporations Delivering Veggies, Groceries To Doorsteps”

Made With Clay & Waste, Gujarat Architect’s Buildings Are 50% Cheaper & Cooler!

Manoj Patel, a renowned architect in Gujarat, was a third-year student of DC Patel School of Architecture in Vidyanagar when he was introduced to sustainable architecture and was bowled over by the concept. While he only studied the subject for a couple of semesters, it was enough to leave an everlasting impact on him, so … Continue reading “Made With Clay & Waste, Gujarat Architect’s Buildings Are 50% Cheaper & Cooler!”

Govt Opens Special Facility: How to Withdraw PF Money Amid COVID-19 Crisis

As per a notification issued by the labour ministry on 29 March 2020, amid the COVID-19 lockdown, subscribers of the Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EFPO) can now withdraw a portion of their retirement savings with immediate effect. Subscribers can withdraw 75 per cent of their savings or up to a maximum of three months’ basic … Continue reading “Govt Opens Special Facility: How to Withdraw PF Money Amid COVID-19 Crisis”

COVID-19: Mumbai Brothers 3D Print Face Shields for Docs; Supply 5000 Units in 7 Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to its knees. And in the line of fire are doctors, nurses, healthcare workers passionately and devotedly racing against time, trying to help those infected by the virus. Fortunately, they are not alone in this war. Many individuals, groups, and corporate houses from a range of fields are … Continue reading “COVID-19: Mumbai Brothers 3D Print Face Shields for Docs; Supply 5000 Units in 7 Days”

How These Friends Are Helping 100+ Families Survive #CoronaLockdown in Guwahati

When the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, a few friends got together online to discuss its potential impact on daily wagers and slum dwellers in Guwahati, Assam. What began as a Facebook post discussing the need to build resilience in these communities soon turned into a WhatsApp group called ‘Call of Duty’, where … Continue reading “How These Friends Are Helping 100+ Families Survive #CoronaLockdown in Guwahati”

Born Visually Impaired, 15 YO Overcame Bullying To Inspire Many With Songs, Words

Hannah Alice Simon, 15, had to face a lot of difficulties in her childhood. Being visually-impaired from birth, Hannah didn’t have many friends to play with and went through a lot of bullying from other children, being often called a ‘ghost’ or a ‘devil’. “Infants would start crying because my eyes would scare them. This … Continue reading “Born Visually Impaired, 15 YO Overcame Bullying To Inspire Many With Songs, Words”

‘Not Scared of COVID-19’: A Doctor Shares What Happens in Isolation Wards

Dr Manoj Goel, Director Pulmonology Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram has so far treated six patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, of which three have been discharged and are currently quarantined at home. In this article Dr Goel speaks to The Better India about what happens from the time one tests positive until it … Continue reading “‘Not Scared of COVID-19’: A Doctor Shares What Happens in Isolation Wards”

This Chennai Startup’s Drones Are Helping Sanitise COVID-19 Infection Hotspots!

COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. Due to the highly infectious nature of the disease, the only way to stop it’s spread now is to self-isolate. However, while we may have the privilege to work from home, sanitation workers, doctors, and delivery executives are still out trying to make our lives easier. Although … Continue reading “This Chennai Startup’s Drones Are Helping Sanitise COVID-19 Infection Hotspots!”

1000 Stories & Counting: This Storyteller’s Online Session Will Mesmerise You!

The current lockdown has left many people grumbling about not being able to step outdoors and cancel all plans. While we understand that it is inevitable for boredom to seep in after spending day after day cooped up at home, you can also sign up for online entertainment to perk things up. One such session … Continue reading “1000 Stories & Counting: This Storyteller’s Online Session Will Mesmerise You!”