Sowmiya Ashok
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Sowmiya Ashok

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The Rise of the American 'Others'

An increasing number of respondents are checking “Some Other Race” on U.S. Census forms, forcing officials to rethink current racial categories.

The Atlantic / August 2016

Ray of Sunshine at the UN

As the social media debates AR Rahman at the UN, I argue that our focus should be on The Sunshine Orchestra

The Hindu Blogs / August 2016

Walking In Cleveland

What Happens Outside The Republican National Convention, And Why Some Indian Americans Are Voting Trump

The Caravan / July 2016

Life after bonded labour

Despite breaking free from their shackles, the lives of Tarlochan and Om Prakash are still chained to their past

Mint On Sunday / February 2016

Financial Health

A Kenyan cash transfer scheme takes cues from South Asia

The Caravan / September 2015

Photo Essay: Water, water everywhere

A Delhi-based non-profit is using photography to help youngsters in urban slums understand how water shapes their lives

Mint Lounge / August 2015

Bridging the govt-NGO divide

The solution to the problem of miscommunication between the government and NGOs lies in setting up an independent facilitator

Mint / June 2015

Promise and Perils of Bedi

Delhi Polls 2015: With barely a week left for Delhi to go to vote, it’s apparent to the BJP that Kiran Bedi alone cannot swing votes in its favour. Report with Varghese K George

The Hindu Sunday Anchor / February 2015

Kiran Bedi's boisterous show

Delhi Polls 2015: “Kiranji has a sore throat”. Kiran didi smiled and showed the victory sign and threw garlands at very specific people in the crowd.

The Hindu / January 2015

Getting involved with 'Serial'

Serial is a re-examination of a murder that took place in Baltimore in 1999 of Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior who disappears after school one day.

The Hindu Blogs / November 2014

‘We do not need lessons on cleanliness'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for a clean India has impacted the government as well as the general public at different levels.

The Hindu / October 2014

Chronicles of an erstwhile fitness freak

It really isn't my fault I tell myself daily. I am deceptively healthy to the world and apparently, also to myself. Now, where is that cookie jar?

The Hindu Blogs / August 2014

New vote bank, traditional politics

Lok Sabha Polls 2014: While migrant labourers see price rise as their primary concern, they still rate caste and religion as determining factors in their voting decision.

The Hindu / May 2014

Kosi Kalan may vote for development

Lok Sabha Polls 2014: Two years earlier on June 1, it was here that violence reached its peak after the Kosi Kalan town, located roughly 43 kilometres from Mathura,–- witnessed its first ever Hindu-Muslim clash.

The Hindu / April 2014

Saying goodbye to ‘the wire’ in a wireless age

As news came in that the telegram will disappear once and for all on July 15, people have stormed the CTO to fill out “souvenir” telegrams where the address of the receiver and the sender is the same.

The Hindu / July 2013

The city on the steppe

Despite the overwhelming advertising of nationalism, Kazakshtan's capital Astana is an easy-going and cosmopolitan city

The Hindu Metroplus / January 2013

Where Wine, Mini and the likes rule the roost

“Bahut Kharab” or “Very Bad!” All the 34 dogs – 23 labradors, 4 cocker spaniels and 7 German shepherds – on the CISF’s payroll will only respond to these words.

The Hindu / May 2013

Wanted: distaff power in the force

The shocking image of constable Pramila Padhi being viciously beaten by protestors in Bhubaneshwar set off a debate on the role of women in police.

The Hindu / September 2012

Dare to dribble, dare to dream

Spot story on the Subroto Mukerjee Cup Football Tournament: Kabul’s Raba Balkhi High School vs Oriental English School from Lamlong, Manipur.

The Hindu / September 2012

Shooting down prejudices in Haryana

In a State that produces excellent sportswomen who often play for job security, shooting appears to be a blissful oasis, which some girls indulge in simply for the heck of it. Report with Victoria Rossi

The Hindu / December 2012

Sportswomen, yes, but job security comes first here too

In the early 1970s, when the first set of girls started playing hockey in Sonepat – Haryana’s sixth largest district – they paid more attention to tugging at their shorts than wielding the sticks in their hand. Report from Sonepat.

The Hindu / December 2012

Housing apartheid flourishes in Delhi

Finding a home to rent in India's national capital is an arduous task for anyone - but, an investigation by The Hindu has found, almost impossible for citizens who happen to be Muslim.

The Hindu / July 2012

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