Locked Out: What’s the key to restore the fading pride of Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul, the home of hand-fashioned locks?

Senior citizens drive the manufacture of the GI-tagged locks that have been around for nearly four centuries. They battle health issues but there’s a sense of bonhomie as they fashion the eponymous products.

Niki Sharma

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Green dream: A headmaster in Satna turns his govt school into an oxygen chamber

Despite initial failure, Alok Tripathi kept planting saplings in the three-and-a-half-acre school campus in Mahadeva village for more than two decades. Today, it has 250 varieties of plants, including medicinal herbs.

Sachin Tulsa Tripathi

Chhattisgarh hopes to end human-wildlife conflict using seedballs of fruit trees

After dispersing a million seedballs last year, the Chhattisgarh forest department has spread 2.5 million more seedballs this monsoon to regenerate the forests. Will this initiative bear fruit?

Deepanwita Gita Niyogi

Combating gender discrimination across 200 villages in Kutch: A day in the life of a paralegal

Meet Khataben Sameja who helps rural women in Kutch, Gujarat, access justice when they face violence at home. She has helped more than 1,000 women break away from domestic violence.

Khataben Sameja

What makes a child-friendly city? Redesigning safer and healthier urban spaces for young people

Up to 500 kids die daily in road accidents around the world. The need is to meet the special needs of young people in urban spaces to save their lives.

Nikita Luke, Rohit Tak, Ariadne Samios, Claudia Adriazola-Steil
India's Secret Kitchens

When in Lucknow, let Malai Makkhan melt in your mouth

It’s white, soft, sweet & fluffy … it simply melts in your mouth! Malai Makkhan is a dessert that truly has a nawabi touch. It is believed that the Mughals used to polish this delicacy off in minutes. Head to Old Lucknow to have the best malai makkhan

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Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some lip-smacking Biryani

Meticulously measured ingredients and a practiced technique makes the perfect biryani. The evolution of biryani spans many centuries, many cultures, many ingredients and many cooking styles. Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some yummy biryani

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They are hot & spicy … fancy some yummy kachoris?

A hole in the wall shop in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been selling finger-licking kachoris for years now. Head to the shop — fondly known as Tandon jee kachori wala — for some yummy kachoris

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Songs of the battlefield and bravery are pride of Bundelkhand

The pride of Bundelkhand, these are songs of the battlefield, songs of bravery from a bygone era. Sung in Veer rasa, Aalha songs are sung by sword-wielding men and women in very powerful voices

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Close your eyes … sway to the tunes of Ravanahatta

If you are in Rajasthan, chances are that you will find many folk artists playing this instrument, commonly known as the Ravanhatha. There are not many artists who play the instrument now, but its melodious tune will attract you to the folk artists instantly

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This is how women in Bihar welcome their husbands home

Jhumar is a folk-dance form from Bihar. It is said women express their joy and happiness through Jhumar when their husbands, who have been away from them, return home after a long time

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