A Child Labourer at 5, Hyd Boy Feeds 2000 Hungry People for Free Every Night!

“I was a child-labourer. I spent my early years as a construction worker in and around Hyderabad,” says 26-year-old Malleshwar Rao, a resident of Hyderabad. What’s incredible about his story is how the once child-labourer has turned around not just his own life but also impacts the lives of many others today. Rao, and his … Continue reading “A Child Labourer at 5, Hyd Boy Feeds 2000 Hungry People for Free Every Night!”

What Is Activated Charcoal? The Science Behind This Black Gold for Your Skin

Truth be told, activated charcoal in my face scrub sounded like a risk I was taking. Fruit peels, aloe vera and turmeric have known benefits, but won’t an ingredient that is known to reduce the toxic load of poison and filter water, be a bit too much for my skin? We got in touch with … Continue reading “What Is Activated Charcoal? The Science Behind This Black Gold for Your Skin”

How 200+ Women Across 21 States Built 400+ Toilets in Half the Usual Time!

According to UNICEF, the highest number of people in the world (around 620 million) who practice open defecation, reside in India. And the hazards of open defecation and poor sanitation facilities are numerous. Disease, poor hygiene, lack of privacy and women at increased risk of sexual assault, to name a few. First Project brings to … Continue reading “How 200+ Women Across 21 States Built 400+ Toilets in Half the Usual Time!”

This All-Women Rock Band Is Making India Better, One Song at a Time!

This article has been sponsored by MG Motor India. From the pressure cooker to the alarm clock, each morning begins with a concert for this unique group of women, who find beauty in the ordinary and create magical verses that are more than just melodious. United by their passion for music and the need to … Continue reading “This All-Women Rock Band Is Making India Better, One Song at a Time!”

6 Ways a Dollop of Honey Is the Perfect Boost to Your Workout Routines

A workout is much more than just a single session of vigorous exercise. Combined with a nutritious diet and optimum rest, it is a powerful tool to get your body into its best shape. Whether you enjoy an energetic Zumba class, a hardcore gym routine, or an outdoor sport with your buddies, keeping your body … Continue reading “6 Ways a Dollop of Honey Is the Perfect Boost to Your Workout Routines”

IAS Officer Shares 10 Things You Should Know Before Attempting UPSC Exam

“With lakhs of aspirants attempting the Civil Service Examination (CSE) each year, what’s most important is to have a back-up plan in case you are not able to clear the examination,” says Sonal Goel, UPSC, All India Rank 13 from the 2008 batch. 35-year-old Sonal, who is currently posted as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, grew … Continue reading “IAS Officer Shares 10 Things You Should Know Before Attempting UPSC Exam”

My Kid is a Chain-Smoker, Just by Being in Delhi: India Must Heed This Mom’s Appeal

It was a conscious, well-planned decision to move back to my hometown (Delhi) in 2008. Bengaluru was my first stint away from home. The learning days at IISc and satisfying career in an investment bank were exciting. Bengaluru had it all – cooler climes (this was more one and a half-decade back), a gang of … Continue reading “My Kid is a Chain-Smoker, Just by Being in Delhi: India Must Heed This Mom’s Appeal”

This Odisha Food ATM Gives Free Fruits, Veggies & Snacks to the Needy!

We all know ATMs dispense cash but, have you heard about ATMs where one gets food for free? Yes, you heard that right. Sambalpur district in Odisha is home to a philanthropic initiative helping the underprivileged people get access to food. A food ATM now stands at the District Headquarter hospital in the city from which … Continue reading “This Odisha Food ATM Gives Free Fruits, Veggies & Snacks to the Needy!”

Odisha Girl Battles Poverty & Ridicule to Become ‘Queen of Transmission Tower’!

As a college student, whenever Sita Behera returned to her home in Odisha’s Soran village during the holidays, she would be greeted with a series of taunts and jeers. Boys would gather around to mock her in public, and neighbours would ridicule her college uniform because she was wearing a shirt and pants. Sita’s fault? She … Continue reading “Odisha Girl Battles Poverty & Ridicule to Become ‘Queen of Transmission Tower’!”

Yacon Syrup: 4 Reasons Why You Should Replace Cane Sugar with This Sweetener

Sugar is not bad – in minimal quantities. Our excessive use of the cane sweetener has made it so infamous. But how do we help the sugar cravings that pop up every few hours? Well, one way is to swap your sugar with healthier alternatives. The Yacon Syrup is one such example. Lesser known than … Continue reading “Yacon Syrup: 4 Reasons Why You Should Replace Cane Sugar with This Sweetener”

Need a Perfect Pet Treat? Check Out This Startup’s Healthy & Tasty Canine Cakes

If you are, or have been a pet parent, you know that even the slightest change in their behaviour is a cause for concern. Akanksha Gilhotra was no different and when she noticed a change in her one-year-old labrador Bella’s appetite, she was deeply bothered. “Just like a mother ,who would do anything for her … Continue reading “Need a Perfect Pet Treat? Check Out This Startup’s Healthy & Tasty Canine Cakes”

Urinary Tract Infections: Why They Affect Women More, & How to Prevent Them

Aparna (name changed) works in the field of social services and her work keeps her on the road very often. During these work trips, she dreads using public toilets. A few months ago, after a fairly long stint away from home she returned and started experiencing intense pain in her pelvic region and the frequent … Continue reading “Urinary Tract Infections: Why They Affect Women More, & How to Prevent Them”

5 Easy One-Pot Millet Breakfast Recipes to Power up Your Day

Leaving for college or office without breakfast is a sin but making elaborate meals early in the morning is also not feasible. The solution? One-pot healthy breakfast recipes that will not just keep you going till lunchtime, but also take very little time to prepare! Here are five such recipes that you must try this … Continue reading “5 Easy One-Pot Millet Breakfast Recipes to Power up Your Day”

B’luru Startup’s Swappable Tech Can Turn India’s Buses & Autos 100% Electric

Nearly 85 per cent of urban commuters in India depend on either two/three wheelers or buses to travel. Thus, transitioning to electric vehicles has become more important. Yet long-standing structural concerns remain unresolved rendering e-vehicles an unviable alternative to many. Suffering from air pollution? This reusable and washable N95 anti pollution dust and bike mask … Continue reading “B’luru Startup’s Swappable Tech Can Turn India’s Buses & Autos 100% Electric”

The Better India Quiz 1: Test Your Knowledge & Win Attractive Prizes!

Welcome to The Better India Quiz. This is a weekly quiz competition from across India, on topics ranging from history and science to sports and innovations.  Click Here to Participate Click Here to Participate Participate and you will not only win certificates and attractive prizes, but also learn some amazing facts about your country’s unsung heroes, … Continue reading “The Better India Quiz 1: Test Your Knowledge & Win Attractive Prizes!”

Why No Disney Princess From India? 4-YO Makes Her Mom Start This Great Initiative

Snow White, Elsa, Jasmine, Moana, Rapunzel…. The list of Disney princesses is endless. “But, why is there no Disney Princess from India?” This innocent question posed by 4-year-old Sahana Prasanna to her mother, Aishwarya Rajan Babu, has led to a movement of sorts! Looking to buy a doll? This dancing doll made out of paper … Continue reading “Why No Disney Princess From India? 4-YO Makes Her Mom Start This Great Initiative”

Chennai, Learn Hydroponics from Techie-Turned-Farmer Who Grows 6000 Plants!

Just a few months ago, Chennai was parched bringing everything to a standstill. Such a serious calamity inspired Rahul Dhoka, an Industrial Biotechnologist to start a hydroponics farm that grows 100 per cent organic food at 90 per cent less water. This weekend, learn hydroponic farming from the man who nurtures 6,000 plants! Click here … Continue reading “Chennai, Learn Hydroponics from Techie-Turned-Farmer Who Grows 6000 Plants!”

B’luru Doctor & Anonymous Civic Group Turn Dump Yard Into Park for Grandparents!

A vast dump yard. Heaps of stinking garbage surrounded by a horde of disease-causing insects and swarming packs of flies and mosquitoes. An area which would reek obnoxiously, all day long. Eight years ago, when Dr Hemant Kumar Agarwal began constructing his house in Domlur, Bengaluru, he was utterly repelled by the above scenario in front … Continue reading “B’luru Doctor & Anonymous Civic Group Turn Dump Yard Into Park for Grandparents!”

Deriving Strength From Cancer-Afflicted Dad, 22-YO Punjab Girl Cracks UPSC!

“I was in the hospital with my father who has been battling cancer for the last few years when the Civil Service Examination (CSE) results were declared,” says Ritika Jindal, AIR 88 (UPSC). Many aspire for the CSE, their reasons, different; but Ritika Jindal’s resolve to be an IAS officer gained strength from her father’s strength. … Continue reading “Deriving Strength From Cancer-Afflicted Dad, 22-YO Punjab Girl Cracks UPSC!”

The Forgotten Scientist Who Broke The Glass Ceiling For Indian Women in Physics

In one of the quintessential alleyways of Kolkata lay the surplus army equipment from the Second World War to be sold as scrap later. A woman scoured through these and salvaged bits and pieces to build the X-Ray equipment she required for her doctoral research. The first woman from Calcutta University to earn a PhD in … Continue reading “The Forgotten Scientist Who Broke The Glass Ceiling For Indian Women in Physics”

This Kolkata Solar Startup’s 7081 Projects Are Electrifying 8.3 Lakh People!

The report—‘Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018’, named India as the ‘lowest-cost’ producer of solar energy in the world. With the vast solar potential of our country, it’s no wonder it left behind western giants like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and France, among others. Want to own a lamp that can function without … Continue reading “This Kolkata Solar Startup’s 7081 Projects Are Electrifying 8.3 Lakh People!”

Tired of Dandruff? 5 Natural, Home Remedies to Dust the Flakes Away

Victims of dandruff understand how annoyingly persistent it is. No amount of shampooing can get rid of the itchy flakes permanently. What causes dandruff? The root (pun intended) cause of dandruff can range from dry scalp to sensitivity towards hair products. Sometimes, the Malassezia fungus, which is present on the skin of many mammals, turns … Continue reading “Tired of Dandruff? 5 Natural, Home Remedies to Dust the Flakes Away”

‘Bite On This’ Episode 9: Chennai’s Favourite Breakfast is India’s Healthiest!

In 2013, a survey called the Indian Breakfast Habits Study was conducted in four major metro cities–Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The results shouldn’t really surprise—Chennai’s plate of piping hot idlis, steaming sambar and filter coffee was found to have the best ‘nutrient profile’. Made from urad dal and rice, idlis are a healthy … Continue reading “‘Bite On This’ Episode 9: Chennai’s Favourite Breakfast is India’s Healthiest!”

Mumbai, Spend Just 4 Hours This Weekend & You Can Make Your Own Skin Creams

Mumbai, like many other Indian cities, is grappling with ever-increasing pollution. If you live there, you probably cover your face with a scarf while stepping outside, to keep your skin safe from the harmful dust particles. What if your skincare regime could include a skin-healing cream that gives it extra protection to fight the harmful … Continue reading “Mumbai, Spend Just 4 Hours This Weekend & You Can Make Your Own Skin Creams”

Kolkata Woman Gives Up Corporate Life, Helps 600+ Kids in Spiti Discover The Joy of Books!

Ruchi Dhona first visited the picturesque Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh sometime in 2017 after quitting her corporate job. As she had some experience in volunteering with various non-profits, she wanted to do something else besides travelling. After speaking to people working there, she made a plan to set up a small library and get … Continue reading “Kolkata Woman Gives Up Corporate Life, Helps 600+ Kids in Spiti Discover The Joy of Books!”

Farm-Grown, Hand-Made Upliftment: Here’s Why This Couple’s Soaps Are Game Changers

When Anurag and Shikha Jain decided to quit their lucrative corporate jobs in search of a frugal, simple and sustainable life, they did not find it hard to explain to their families why. Anurag had been working for a year with L&T and Shikha, with an MNC. Among the many pro-rural development projects that the … Continue reading “Farm-Grown, Hand-Made Upliftment: Here’s Why This Couple’s Soaps Are Game Changers”

How to Save Forest Culture? ‘Silent’ Battle by Odisha’s Kondhs is The Right Lesson

“One of the main problems with the common development paradigm is that Adivasis are considered underdeveloped. People do not recognise that their prosperity lies in their unique lifestyle and world views. That is why the government and the NGOs tried to intervene and impose modern-day practices on them. The result was appalling,” reveals Debjeet Sarangi … Continue reading “How to Save Forest Culture? ‘Silent’ Battle by Odisha’s Kondhs is The Right Lesson”

Handmade by an Engineer Mom for Her Baby, These Soaps Are Just What Your Skin Needs

In 2016, Ankita Goel gave birth to a healthy baby boy, and soon, the IT professional decided to resign from her job as she had two young ones to take care of. Her focus was on getting only the best quality products, and while that was easy with diapers and toys, what about soaps and … Continue reading “Handmade by an Engineer Mom for Her Baby, These Soaps Are Just What Your Skin Needs”

Couple Leaves US Tech Jobs, Battles Cancer to Start an Organic Farm in Hyderabad

The decision to move from Silicon Valley to Hyderabad was not a difficult one to make for Madhavi and Venugopal Vippulancha. The shift happened to help their kids immerse themselves in the Indian culture—a strong part of Madhavi and Venu’s childhood too. “Our children were growing in a country that just scratched the surface of … Continue reading “Couple Leaves US Tech Jobs, Battles Cancer to Start an Organic Farm in Hyderabad”

Cheaper Than Solar Panels, How Salt & Cloth Can Help IIT-Kharagpur Light Up Homes

Can you imagine that the clothes that you wear have the potential to generate electricity? All you need is a pinch of salt, drying washed clothes and a commercial super-capacitor, according to researchers at IIT-Kharagpur. This uber-cool water-saving device easily fits on to your tap to save up to 80% of the water that would … Continue reading “Cheaper Than Solar Panels, How Salt & Cloth Can Help IIT-Kharagpur Light Up Homes”

Costly Repairs Souring Your Gadgets? Bring Them To This Low-Cost ‘Doctor’ Instead

Got a new smartphone? Nice big screen. Great camera for selfies. You drop it once, cracks appear on the beloved screen. Something else breaks. And you feel like chucking it in the dustbin. Why repair electronic gadgets when you have easy monthly installments and great deals beckoning from all e-commerce websites? Planning to buy new … Continue reading “Costly Repairs Souring Your Gadgets? Bring Them To This Low-Cost ‘Doctor’ Instead”

Kolkata’s ‘Best Sisters’ Juggle Jobs While Empowering 1000+ Deprived Women & Girls!

In the last decade, several all-boys’ schools in West Bengal opened their gates to girl students, hailing the concept of co-education. However, in many of them, there was a serious drawback⁠—the provision of separate toilets. In some cases, there would be makeshift and unhygienic toilets or worse, the girls would have to share bathrooms with … Continue reading “Kolkata’s ‘Best Sisters’ Juggle Jobs While Empowering 1000+ Deprived Women & Girls!”

5 Easy Millet Recipes to Power up Your Office Lunch

Who doesn’t look forward to lunchtime at the office? More than the food, it is about sitting at the table with friends, sharing tiffins and talking about everything under the sun. There’s always the curiosity of who has brought what; may be exchange our lunch boxes (Yes, I still do that) and of course, the … Continue reading “5 Easy Millet Recipes to Power up Your Office Lunch”

Single-Use Plastic to Climate Change: 5 Indian Kids Fighting to Save The Planet!

At 12.30 PM, I walk into my younger one’s school to pick him up. I feel scared and angered in equal measures when I am greeted by little faces covered in masks instead of their usual twinkling eyes, or their smiles as they see familiar faces. Is this the life that we envisioned for our … Continue reading “Single-Use Plastic to Climate Change: 5 Indian Kids Fighting to Save The Planet!”

PS Krishnan: The IAS Officer Who Dedicated His Life to Waging War Against Caste

On the morning of 10 November 2019, one of India’s most distinguished civil servants, PS Krishnan, breathed his last at the age of 86 in Delhi. The 1956-batch Andhra Pradesh-cadre IAS officer dedicated his life and career to battle the evils of caste system and standing up for the depressed classes. This eco-friendly, handmade blend … Continue reading “PS Krishnan: The IAS Officer Who Dedicated His Life to Waging War Against Caste”

Seen the Pune Househelp’s Viral Visiting Card? Here’s The Story Behind It!

Aadhaar Card VerifiedBhandi: Rs. 800 PMJhadu Pocha: Rs. 800 PMKapde Dhuna: Rs. 800 PMRoti Making: Rs. 1000 PM Other Kaam if required: Dusting, Vegetable Cutting etc. —reads the business card of Geeta Kale. And since it went viral on 5 November 2019, Geeta Maushi’s phone rang so many times, that she had to switch it … Continue reading “Seen the Pune Househelp’s Viral Visiting Card? Here’s The Story Behind It!”

One of the World’s Greatest Geneticists, He Gave Up British Citizenship for India

JBS Haldane ranks among the greatest scientists of the 20th century, particularly for his invaluable contribution to our understanding of genetics. More fascinatingly, however, this remarkable polymath left his home country of the United Kingdom in 1957 and moved to India permanently. He took up residence and Indian citizenship with his wife Helen Spurway, a … Continue reading “One of the World’s Greatest Geneticists, He Gave Up British Citizenship for India”

Bengaluru, This 3 Hr Beekeeping Workshop Can Help You Save the World This Weekend

By the time he reached the third year of his engineering degree, Apoorva B V knew the field was not for him. Peer and societal pressure may have forced him to enrol in the Bengaluru college, but he was not going to stay there long. Apoorva began to look for a way out. Sadly, he … Continue reading “Bengaluru, This 3 Hr Beekeeping Workshop Can Help You Save the World This Weekend”

Woman Leaves Job, Serves 1 Lakh Meals & Distributes 1000 Blankets To Migrant Kids

In bustling metropolises like Delhi, children of migrant labourers⁠—security guards, waiters in roadside restaurants, gardeners and cleaners⁠—are often left out of the school system because their parents can’t afford it. Eco Puzzle is a fun and interactive game, designed to help children learn to make basic lifestyle changes that have a positive impact on the … Continue reading “Woman Leaves Job, Serves 1 Lakh Meals & Distributes 1000 Blankets To Migrant Kids”

The Youngest To Break Sachin’s Record, Shafali Verma Once Trained as a Boy!

In October 2013, Sachin Tendulkar played his last domestic match at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Stadium near Rohtak. Among the 5,000-odd spectators in the audience was nine-year-old Shafali Verma, perched on her father’s shoulder, cheering the loudest for her favourite batsman. Looking to buy sports shoes? Check out these recycled trendy shoes, here. Six years … Continue reading “The Youngest To Break Sachin’s Record, Shafali Verma Once Trained as a Boy!”

Organic Food & Rainwater Harvesting: Chennai Woman’s Zero-Waste House is Goals

Two words that come to my mind when I think of the rooftop garden in Chennai’s Thiruvottriyur area are—uplifting and cheerful. The luscious garden thrives with 50 types of organic fruits, flowers and vegetables, making it a visual treat for the eyes and makes the ambience fresher and brighter. The terrace garden belongs to Pauline … Continue reading “Organic Food & Rainwater Harvesting: Chennai Woman’s Zero-Waste House is Goals”

CRPF Man Provides 4500+ litres of free Milk to Poor Children In Govt Schools!

A report, jointly released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), on prevalence of malnutrition among children in India found that 39.3 per cent children had stunted growth, 32.7 per cent were underweight and 21.4 per cent children experienced low birthweight in the … Continue reading “CRPF Man Provides 4500+ litres of free Milk to Poor Children In Govt Schools!”

Switching from Steel to Clay Pots Is the Healthy Choice You Must Make Today!

We’ve tried biryani in several places but the aroma that a clay pot can lend to the dish, no star chef can. A biryani party at my place inevitably means cooking in a clay pot. You can find my dad stationed next to the matki, carefully stirring the rice and spices. Clay pots are part … Continue reading “Switching from Steel to Clay Pots Is the Healthy Choice You Must Make Today!”

Trying to Make Your Home Plastic-Free? This Ex-Panchayat Clerk’s Ideas Are Perfect

After buying the products on his list in the busy market in Kozhikode, Kerala, Sankaran Moosad meticulously empties the contents of plastic packets full of spices, condiments, fruits and sugar into paper ones. While doing so, he garners a few stares and also gets clicked by curious, nosy smartphones. Once, when he was doing so, … Continue reading “Trying to Make Your Home Plastic-Free? This Ex-Panchayat Clerk’s Ideas Are Perfect”

From the Harappan Girl to You, Own Art That Has Been in Fashion for 4000 Years!

With her hand on her hip, a multi-pendant necklace around her neck and 25 bangles on one arm, the “dancing girl,” a tiny bronze statuette in Delhi’s National Museum, embodies Indians’ love for accessorising. The bronze girl was made using the lost-wax casting technique, and interestingly enough, the 4500-year-old craft, known as Dokra, is still … Continue reading “From the Harappan Girl to You, Own Art That Has Been in Fashion for 4000 Years!”

They Lost Their IAF Son to a Crash. Now They Provide Free Schooling to 350 Slum Kids

When Group Captain (retd) Sharad Tewari and his wife Savita, a social activist, received news that their son, Squadron Leader Shishir Tewari, had lost his life in the Mi-17 V5 crash in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district on 6 October 2017, they were devastated. “Shishir was a committed man, who believed that every individual must contribute … Continue reading “They Lost Their IAF Son to a Crash. Now They Provide Free Schooling to 350 Slum Kids”

From Doorstep to On Wheels: How This Woman Taught Over 1 Lakh Slum Kids in 30 Yrs

Barely three decades ago, Mumbai’s Cuffe Parade or Colaba would see barefoot kids from the nearby slum areas chasing the school buses. Attending school in creaseless uniforms, sitting in a classroom and studying – all was a distant dream for them. Most of their days would be spent hungry, idle or worse, toiling at the … Continue reading “From Doorstep to On Wheels: How This Woman Taught Over 1 Lakh Slum Kids in 30 Yrs”

Kapil Dev’s 175 in ’83: The Greatest ODI Knock That Was Never Televised

1983 Cricket World Cup group stage match. India Vs minnows Zimbabwe at the Nevill Ground at Royal Tunbridge Wells in the English county of Kent. Made from denim, this upcycled denim bag comes with a pouch with a side opening for you to keep your gym shoes separately and can easily accommodate a gym outfit.  … Continue reading “Kapil Dev’s 175 in ’83: The Greatest ODI Knock That Was Never Televised”

You’ve Got a Letter: This Woman Is Healing 100s of Strangers With #ALittleKindness

I also have a problem with meeting new people. If I can help it, I avoid meeting new people. But sometimes I do. Sometimes I get out of my comfort zone and hang out with people I am not really friends with. I can tell you this, if you can muster enough courage to hang … Continue reading “You’ve Got a Letter: This Woman Is Healing 100s of Strangers With #ALittleKindness”

Kolkata’s ‘Food Man’ Joins With Doctors to Open Free Dispensary For Homeless Kids

Like many other cities of India, Kolkata houses an overlooked floating population – that of the daily wage earners, migrant labourers and the homeless, residing on the city’s footpaths. Putting up makeshift homes of tattered tarpaulin and ragged bedsheets at a moment’s notice, this population hardly puts down roots anywhere owing to the demands of … Continue reading “Kolkata’s ‘Food Man’ Joins With Doctors to Open Free Dispensary For Homeless Kids”