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Pallavi Singh

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A morgue watchman’s long wait

Sex: Male Age: 35 years Name: Unknown This was the last unclaimed body on the list outside the mortuary of King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital in Parel. And if moments were hours, no one would probably know the pain of waiting better than Deepak Boricha,

The Indian Express / July 2006

PATNA’S BRAVE NEW NIGHTS

The bullet hit Dutt.., “shattering all the bones”...It was Dutt’s first experience of fear in the city of his birth. By the 1990s, the historical capital was a hub of notoriety and lawlessness, a classic case of cow-belt indiscipline, perversity and despa

Mint Lounge / August 2010

Grandma’s romance

On her deathbed, she was accorded the glamour of a bride — deep red sindoor, benarasi sari and gold jewellery, as is customary for a woman who dies before her husband. As she was placed on a sandal-wood pyre, grandfather pulled her wrinkled cheeks, stroke

The Indian Express / April 2007

Forex firm employee, his wife survived blast, he didn’t

In less than half-an-hour, both were on different trains to reach the same destination—their Borivali home. Bhavna survived the blasts at Khar which occurred in the compartment next to her's; but Chetan wasn't that lucky. He boarded his train from Churchg

The Indian Express / August 2006

Doting father, man of few words, a life of struggle kept him grounded

It began as any other day. Jay Shah, 24-year-old son of Jitendra Maniklal Shah, boarded the bus for his special school in Malad after his father left for office. Only, it was July 11 and he returned home to a tragedy he couldn't quite comprehend immediate

The Indian Express / August 2006

First CA of his village in Gujarat, found success in Mumbai

Laxmichand Nanji Gala did not have it in him to say ``no'' to people. But on July 11 he did just that —refused any work that came his way at his own accountancy firm in Dadar to leave early and a catch a play with his wife. And though his favourite Kutch

The Indian Express / August 2006

Daughters’ day out: Maharashtra story is not of political sonrise

Poonam Mahajan joins a list of daughters in Maharashtra who have inherited the political legacy of their fathers. Just last month, Maratha leader and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Power's daughter Supriya Sule entered the Rajya Sabha; Sunil Dutt

The Indian Express / October 2006

Sudden impact

Once in the college, I quickly learnt to live with a few uncomfortable constraints: for instance, one should never, even accidentally, wander near the hostels. The Kali temple premises by the Ganges were out of bounds once afternoon set in. And, most cert

The Indian Express / October 2007

THE BRAIN RAIN

Contrary to what most IITians with a BTech degree in hand and a foreign stamp on their post-graduate degrees did in the 1980s and '90s, Chatterjee abandoned his dollar dreams at the Silicon Laboratories in the United States to join the institute in Novemb

The Indian Express / December 2007

TRUE STORIES | RECONSTRUCTING SONALI MUKHERJEE

She has undergone 25 surgeries in 10 years and excruciating pain just to look human again. The acid attack survivor still walks a tightrope between life and death

Mint Lounge / August 2013

FROM BHOPAL TO LONDON, QUEST FOR JUSTICE TRAVELS IN A BOTTLE

Its bold red label told the real story, the fine print that shocked people: “The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world’s largest industrial accident.”

Mint / November 2009

BIHAR SERIES I: BIHAR SEES REVERSE BRAIN DRAIN

It was perhaps the worst of times. With the fall of night, Patna would blanket itself in a pall of darkness, interrupted occasionally by traffic thinning rapidly with each passing hour. Downed shutters in shops would signal fearful business, rickshaws wou

Mint / August 2010

BIHAR SERIES II: BIHAR SEES A GROWING TRIBE OF RURAL MIGRANTS

Amipur may be a small dot along the national highway from Patna to Nawada, but its ambitions are big. In the 50-odd households in the village, sparsely populated and rife with an uneasy quiet, most men have left for work outside Bihar.

Mint / August 2010

BIHAR SERIES III: THE ROADS MORE TRAVELLED

By any measure that day in May, at the peak of summer, was an important one for Nawada, one of Bihar’s 37 districts. The bridge over the teeming Sakri river at Kadirganj block opened that day and soon enough two decisions on either side of the river, thou

Mint / August 2010

BIHAR SERIES IV: THE MANAGEMENT OF BIHAR

At Patna’s congested Dak Bunglow intersection, where maddening traffic throbs like the impatient pulse of its people, a life-size billboard dazzles passers-by, announcing an ambitious venture: a “world-class business school for transforming Bihar”.

Mint / August 2010

CHANGING APPROACH TO DEALING WITH RAPE

In a reflection of growing sensitivity in the handling of rape cases in India, a new crop of rape counsellors is now increasingly working with the police to not just counsel victims, but also to help the police gather vital clues about the crime— a trend

Mint / May 2011

WILL ISB-MOHALI PERK UP PUNJAB’S FORTUNES?

Among the architectural marvels of Chandigarh is a hand—thumb taut, fingers outstretched and palm relaxed, the hand of a man as a dove, an image about which the city’s French architect Le Corbusier once said: “It is open…open to receive, open also that ea

Mint / March 2010

DELHI’S BELLY | AN EQUAL MUSIC

As the first batch of girls graduate from one of the Walled City’s oldest schools, it prepares for more change

Mint Lounge / May 2013

IN THIS BOOK OF HISTORY, YOU ARE THE HERO

Shubhashree Sangameswaran was a software engineer, decoding programming questions with her technical expertise and poise. Then she became a life chronicler. One fine day in Bangalore, where pleasant weather makes up for the congestion on roads, she began

Mint / February 2011

About InfraCircle

Introducing the team at InfraCircle and what it stands for

News Corp VCCircle / December 2016

Why Amra Ram Gujar is his community’s new poster-boy

In Pilupura, Bayana, where hundreds of the community are protesting on the railway tracks, young Gurjjars often quote his name with pride even if the rhetoric is mostly about the "backwardness" of the community.

The Indian Express / June 2008

Reading ‘Hindustan’ in Bihar

There are just 100 copies to be sold, but in the seven years since the newspaper entered Raghopur, it has been more about accessibility than volumes.

Mint / March 2009

CASTE SERIES I: Rise of India’s caste warrior

Caste is most often seen through the prism of conflict—the heated national debates about reservations, the political polarization on the census and the attacks on young couples that have been blessed by caste panchayats. But far away from the spotlight, t

Mint / June 2010

BHARTI’S CELLULAR THEORY OF GROWTH

In Olhanpur resident Gaffar Khan’s days in West Asia in the late 1970s, his wife Nazma Khan would travel to the district headquarters 20km away to make a phone call, or post a letter that would reach Khan weeks later. “There was not even one phone booth t

Mint / March 2009

THE RISE OF DALIT ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Around 40 years ago, huddled among a group of hungry children in his native village of Vadgaon Budruk in Maharashtra, Rajendra Gaikwad had an epiphany about how there was discrimination in a simple seating arrangement.

Mint / July 2011

Seeking interns in new political culture

At the heart of this trend are two concerns: first, to arrest the declining standards of parliamentary debate with informed research; and second, to participate in legislative processes better, as voters make greater demands on their leaders.

Mint / June 2010

‘My son my only hope, didn’t send him to AMU to be a martyr’

In the month of Ramzan, Shamim Parveen is finding it difficult to break her fast. Every evening, women from the neighbourhood along with her three sobbing daughters force a morsel into her mouth and get back to tears. Last Friday, she spoke to her 21-yea

The Indian Express / September 2007

A woman ‘sarpanch’ finds her place in the sun

What pleases Sunita Devi most about her position in Garhi Hakeeqat is not the Women’s Reservation Bill promising mandatory reservation for women in the electoral process that will promote many like her, but the proud remembrance of the day she climbed up

Mint / March 2010

ENGLISH SERIES 2: THE PITFALLS OF LINGUISTIC JINGOISM

Bihar has since missed the development bus and so did other states, mostly in northern India, which chose to shun English even as the Indian economy boomed in an increasingly globalized world.

Mint / March 2010

Dalits look upon English as the language of emancipation

"I dream of an English full of the words of my language. An English in small letters and English that shall tire a white man’s tongue an English where small children practice with smooth round pebbles in their mouth to spell the right zha"

Mint / March 2010

High on education

After more than six decades of Independence, only 6.61% of students from tribal communities in India have access to higher education. That’s half the number that goes to colleges from non-tribal communities.

Mint / August 2009

INDIAN CAMPUSES GET A FOREIGN FLAVOUR

Opportunity brought Tatiana Alejandra Cardona to Phagwara, 335km north of New Delhi. This past summer, during her arduous search for a job, Cardona, who hails from Colombia, stumbled upon an online advertisement for faculty positions at Lovely Profession

Mint / September 2010

BIHAR’S IIT DREAM

“Our dream is to set up a system which stops the brain drain from here. Bihar loses approximately 30,000-40,000 students to coaching centres in Delhi and Kota every year”

Mint / April 2009

Jamia Millia fights to preserve secular spirit

For Jamia’s many-coloured histories—with Gandhi’s begging bowl for its stumbling finances and Tagore’s welcome for its progressive school of thought— the present is an uneasy liability: an ironic picture of violence tugging at the heart of its secularism.

Mint / October 2008

At health centres, caste wounds fester

A few kilometres away from where Karsana is sitting—with hundreds of his community members and six corpses—the Community Health Centre, the only government-run health centre in Sikandara, tells the story of a divide that runs deep.

The Indian Express / May 2008

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