• The open door
    ‘Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life; a man is not completely born until he has passed through death’ – Benjamin Franklin. One of the most beautiful things an 80-year-old woman said to a man who had just lost his wife was, ‘She has simply gone into the next room; and she has not closed the door but left it ajar.’  It is a gentle reminder that our loved ones are not entirely lost to us, even if their deaths may feel final. Th
  • Alternate abilities and queerness
    Dr Samhita Barooah World Disability Day marks the beginning of engaging with sensitive innovation. Every December 3, globally the needs and challenges of persons with disability are recognised and respected. When legal, community and structural measures are transformed to co-create enabling conditions with disabled persons in the everyday concerns of society, one creates alternate abilities. Every ability depends on exposure, experience and techniques of practice. Ableism is the rea
  • Kagui’s Kitchen
    Kaguirong Gonmei’s signature dish is Sweet, Sour and Spicy Roasted Pork Ribeye. And it is always in demand among customers. Kagui and business partner Rocky Peshai have created an intimate, inviting space with soft lighting above the noise and clamour of Safdarjung, South Delhi. Kagui’s Kitchen is located in the back porch of Kagui’s apartment with enough space for three or four tables providing place settings for two at each table. The big table seats four. 
  • Mental health in the online world
    Sungjemlila Aier Kohima  The digital age is a time where technology offers information on a platform where it is available to everyone who has access to these technologies. This is largely dominated by the internet. The internet, from the time of its inception, has made rapid and dramatic changes to society. Everything from the way we interact to the way we gain knowledge has been incalculably altered.  In a world where everything is becoming more accessible to us, we
    Gucci revives classics to regain edge Silvia Aloisi Reuters Gucci is revisiting 1960s handbags and other classics in its latest collection, mixing them with up-to-the-minute sneakers and logoed skateboards, as it seeks to reach a wider audience and reverse a fall in sales after years of stellar growth. With traditional fashion shows cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, designer Alessandro Michele teamed up with U.S. director Gus Van Sant to shoot a seven-part minise
  • Writing 'The Lost Homestead' was cathartic: Marina Wheeler
    Vishnu Makhijani  IANS A film on Indias last Viceroy triggered a series of journeys to the sub-continent as Marina Wheeler attempted to come to terms with its partition in 1947 and the trauma that it caused to her mother. In this she succeeded admirably but could be treading on thin ice when it comes to what exactly caused the upheaval. "You are right that Partition was a traumatic event for our family (and indeed many others, including your own). My mother did not spe
  • Indian teen's solar iron smoothes a pressing problem: forest loss
    Manipadma Jena Thomson Reuters Foundation On India's residential streets, amid the tea vendors and vegetable sellers, ironing "wallahs" press clothes each day for millions of Indians, smoothing out wrinkles with iron boxes packed with hot charcoal. But India's 10 million ironing carts and shops take a hefty toll on the country's forests. Each uses, on average, more than 5 kilograms of charcoal each day, the government's science and technology department
  • Haemorrhoids/Piles
    Dr Denchu Phom CIHSR  What Are Haemorrhoids? Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. Sometimes the walls of these blood vessels stretch so thin that the veins bulge and get irritated, especially when you poop. Swollen haemorrhoids are also called piles. Haemorrhoid is one of the most common causes of rectal bleeding. They are rarely dangerous, but you should see your doctor to make sure you don't have a more serious condition, such
  • South Korean 'sparrows' try to cap surge of throwaway plastic
    Minwoo Park Reuters  At a workshop in the South Korean capital, two environmental activists melt down old plastic bottle caps that thousands of volunteers known as “sparrows” have collected in a bid to fight a tide of plastic the novel coronavirus has helped unleash. Green activists Kim Yona and Lee Dong-I use the bottle caps to make a tube-squeezing device - something they hope consumers will find useful and be able to keep, rather than toss out after just one
  • Waiting for the Dust to Settle: Revisiting History
    Easterine Kire One way of describing Dr Veio Pou’s debut novel, Waiting for the Dust to Settle, is to call it a revisiting of a historical time, a historical event that confounded the Naga people first by its brutality, and consequent upon that, by the government apathy in extending justice to the victims of Oinam and its neighbouring villages. With the story of Oinam as its core, the writer brings other landscapes into play.We are introduced to the protagonist’s hom
  • ‘Follow your passion to find purpose in life’
    In conversation with Sentilong Ozukum on writing, life, next novel and more Morung Express Feature  Dimapur | October 30 A week after the release of the much awaited novel ‘Dreams & Chaos,’ The Morung Express had a chance to ask Sentilong Ozukum some questions about his writing process and the world he has inhabited in his writings.  Sentilong is a civil servant, a motivational speaker and an emerging literary voice from North East India. His debut n
  • Jamaican teacher turns Kingston walls into blackboards
    Kate Chappell Reuters With most schools in Jamaica still closed due to the pandemic, schoolteacher Taneka Mckoy every day braves the risk of stray gunshots from gang warfare and the oppressive Caribbean heat as she trudges around her inner city Kingston community to write lessons on blackboards painted on its walls. Parents and children of primary school age take photos on their phones of the lessons or write them down in a notebook. Later, the children pass by Mckoy's home
  • Mrs Adovaku and others
    Easterine Kire We Nagas love being introduced to new fruits and flowers in order to find out if the newbies can grow in our hills or plains as the case may be. I don’t know how long it has been since the exotic (for us) fruit avocado made its appearance on our shores. My sister, who loves gardening, was successful in nurturing some avocado plants. One afternoon she visited an acquaintance who had been unwell and had complained of a poor appetite. Having heard of the many wonde
  • 'Venice of the East' revives canals to fix traffic snarls
    Rina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation Until recently, Nuttanakul Somsak's daily commute to work was unlike that of most residents in Bangkok: she hopped on a boat for about half the price of a train ticket, and taking just a fraction of the time that a taxi or bus did. For three years, Nuttanakul boarded one of the passenger motor boats that ply the fetid canals in Bangkok, carrying about 30,000 of the city's more than 8 million residents every day. "It was ch
  • 5 ways to take care of eye health
    Puja Gupta IANSlife Reduced eyesight is caused by multiple factors, including diseases like diabetes, eye trauma, cataracts or glaucoma. Over 3 crore individuals suffer from blindness globally, with India being home to nearly one-third the total figure. While 80 percent vision impairment can be prevented by early detection and timely intervention, lack of access and awareness has been a major deterrent in individuals seeking eye care. Over 5 crore people in India have moderat
  • Japanese theme park becomes new office for teleworkers
    Kim Kyung Hoon Reuters The coronavirus pandemic has turned one Japanese theme park into a new workplace for teleworkers, with a haunted house for the bargain. On Thursday, Yomiuriland, an amusement park in Tokyo, launched an "amusement workation" package to include a working booth next to its pool, and a ride on its observation ferris wheel with a portable WiFi router. "I love working outside. This is a good plan, and it feels great," said Tatsuki Yamamoto
  • Rapes show double struggle of low-caste women in India
    Annie Banerji & Saurabh Sharma Thomson Reuters Foundation The victim of India's latest alleged gang rape faced the double discrimination of being born female and low caste, says her family, fearing she will get no justice in death either. They say it would all have been different if the 19-year-old victim of a brutal attack came from an upper-caste family or if the suspects were all lower-caste Indians, known as Dalit. "The police are twisting facts," her br
  • The reality of depression
    Easterine Kire Many of us are mourning the unexpected suicide of former Governor Dr Ashwani Kumar. He was different from other governors of the state. In spite of having been the former CBI chief, there was little of the dictatorial about him. He and his wife were very gracious hosts to their many visitors. He gladly released a book on disability awareness that Dee Diethono Nakhro and I worked on. With a big smile he thanked us for giving him reading material that was other than the
  • Global goals: Is there still time to save the world?
    Nine humanitarian experts on the chances of a real global reset by 2030 Thin Lei Win  Thomson Reuters Foundation Five years ago, members of the United Nations unanimously approved a set of ambitious goals to hit by 2030 aimed at making the world a better place. The title wasn't snappy but the ambition was big. SDGs - or the 17 Sustainable Development Goals - cover everything from hunger to gender equality, climate change to eradicating poverty and protecting vanis
  • Life without feet
    Easterine Kire He is often seen downtown steering himself along on his electrical wheelchair. Like a permanent fixture of the city centre. RH is also known as a city poet because he looks at the semi-urban landscape through a poet’s eyes and brings out beauty from the mundane and the everyday. It could be the sight of two people in conversation, or summer flowers, or a young girl under a lamppost or one of the many churches – Rh seems to have a poem for every sight of th