I’m a journalist and writer who is passionate about sports, travel, environmental issues and other humanitarian causes. I have covered various Olympic Games and presented at different international conferences. I am a local ambassador for Girl Rising in India, a grassroots initiative focused on educating the girl child. I am currently enrolled as a Masters student in Columbia Journalism School (batch of 2016). Follow my expeditions on instagram @theorangesuitcase
She smashes, she grunts, she groans, she grins. She wins. With half a piece of popcorn stuck inside my throat, I am up on my feet in the audience stand at the US Open, pumping my fist into the air, like I'm the one rejoicing on centre court. Perhaps I am. When Serena Williams wins, I win. You win. Everybody wins.
While many have been ridiculing the "mad scientists" who cry wolf over global warming, Syria may now be proof of how a severe drought exacerbated by rising temperatures helped trigger a violent civil unrest that has resulted in one of the world's worst humanitarian crises in recent history. Yes, it was not just oil or religion -- the sly hand of climate change played a large part too.
Instead of waiting for the rains to grace Delhi this summer, I decided to chase the clouds until their abode: Cherrapunji, one of the wettest terrains on the planet. But I also wanted to discover a secret that remains shrouded in the canopies of the mystical valley. I had heard of the magical living root bridges of Cherrapunji before, the most marvellous example of environmental engineering where villagers grow roots of elephantine rubber trees to form sturdy, thriving bridges over voluminous river beds.
In an age when complex diseases unknown to man are surfacing every other day and the cost of medical treatment is sky high, it is imperative that India's youth remains fit and agile. Severe ailments that are diet-related can be easily avoided with proper food awareness, weight management, clean habits and adequate precaution.
"Iss desh mein ghar-ghar khel sakte hain, politics khel sakte hain, cricket khel sakte hain, but hockey? Hockey nahin". Shah Rukh Khan's pungent dialogue from his sports drama film Chak De India makes more sense now than ever. In a country obsessed with just cricket which is most watched, most covered and almost like an alternate religion for its citizens, the recent stellar achievements of the Indian national hockey team have been going unnoticed.
Spoilt for choice when it comes to the different varieties of the fruit, Indian households are often divided when it comes to crowning the best kind of mango available in the country. While the Mumbaikers swear by the international bestseller and creamy Alphonso, folks from Uttar Pradesh can debate till eons that their syrupy Dasheri is a fruit fit for angels.
At first glance, IIT Delhi graduate Utkarsh Kawatra seems like any other dashing hire at a plush investment firm trying to find a firm foothold in his company's promotion ladder. But at just 24, he is the co-founder of BloodConnect, India's largest youth-run NGO solving the nationwide problem of blood shortage in the country. As of date, the organisation has collected 17,000 units from 200 donation drives, saving almost 30,000.
I recently came across Barkha Dutt's viral interview clip in which she lambasts a foreign reporter who describes India as unsafe for girls. Like many others, my initial reaction was to feel pride in my childhood idol. But as her response slowly started sinking in, I started to feel uneasy. My gut did not agree with her. Though her arguments sounded reasonable, I knew that her facts were part of an incomplete story. I decided to investigate and dig out the complete truth about the plight of India's women.
11/05/2015 8:14 AM IST
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