Laugh at death

Charles Bukowski, a German-born American poet and novelist, had once said: “We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.” Perhaps, this inspired the title song from the film Mukaddar ka Sikander. There is definitely some truth that the person who can laugh…

Power of palliative care

Praful Akali, Founder & MD on Medulla Communications talks to Sangeeta Yadav about how they trained terminally ill patients for stand-up comedy, Laugh at Death, an intent to break the taboo around talking about death and spreading awareness on palliative care Where did you get the idea from for Laugh at Death? This was Mihir…

Wonder Women

Sangeeta Yadav speaks to women of grit who have carved out a niche for themselves in male-dominated professions ‘I never gave up’   She is India’s only woman commando trainer who holds a 7th-degree black belt in military martial arts. She is a combat shooting instructor, a firefighter, Professional Association of Diving Instructors in scuba…

The asteroid hunter

At 16, he is the youngest Indian astronomer to have discovered asteroids over the last two years. Aryan Mishra made headlines when he won the All India Asteroid Search Campaign and he now aspires to become the first youngster to land on Mars. He talks to Sangeeta Yadav about his journey — from convincing his…

The Krantikaris

From being born in Kamatipura, India’s biggest redlight area, to studying in best universities abroad, daughters of bar dancers and sex workers have risen to great heights. All this because of Robin Chaurasiya who was forced to quit the US Air Force because she is a lesbian. Sangeeta Yadav talks to Chaurasiya & the girls…

Hunger to serve

The 194.5 million hungry people in India and 1.3 million children starving to death annually, pushed ANKIT KAWATRA to quit his cushy corporate job and start the Feeding India organisation. He talks to SANGEETA YADAV Ankit Kawatra (25) left his corporate job for a mission to end national hunger in his lifetime. This founder of…

OF HOME & HOPE

  More than 20 million people have been displaced by war conflict in the 21st century, a figure larger than that of World War II. To understand the condition of refugees and documenting their wisdom, 24-year-old Deepak Ramola along with his team of Project FUEL, went on a 90-day tour of five countries to return…