Author archives: Sowmya

India’s First Robotic Telescope at Ladakh Opens Its Eyes To the Universe!

Called GROWTH-India, the facility at Hanle is part of a multi-country collaborative initiative known as ‘Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen’ (GROWTH) to observe transient events in the universe. India’s newest telescope has started observing the skies. The telescope located at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) at Hanle in Ladakh is the country’s first robotic telescope and the first one designed to observe dynamic or transient events in the […]

In an African village, people sit atop ‘sacred’ crocodiles, swim together

Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles. People in Bazoule, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the capital Ouagadougou, share their pond with more than 100 of the razor-toothed creatures. “We got used to the crocodiles when we were young, swimming in the […]


Watch: In short film ‘The Job’, it’s no ordinary day at work

In Siddharth Sinha’s The Job, a French expat who cannot differentiate reality from imagination tries hard to remain employed. A young woman (Kalki Koechlin) is visibly nervous as she sits at her desk in a typically colourless and drab corporate office. Reeling under pressing deadlines, a swelling credit card bill and traumatic memories of a road accident, she struggles to cope with her anxieties by conjuring up sounds and images, […]

Review: Chandni Begum by Qurratulain Hyder

Chandni Begum was Qurratulain Hyder’s last novel. Written in 1989, almost two decades before her demise, it centres around the lives of two aristocratic families living across the Gomti river in Lucknow and a controversial estate with a mosque and a temple in its compound. As the story unfolds over a period of four decades or so and across generations, not quite a long period compared to Hyder’s earlier works, […]


WATCH: Born without limbs, this 24-year-old motivational speaker and beauty blogger spreads hope

No matter how grim the circumstances, there is always a positive side to every situation. Don’t agree with that thought? Meet Sinikiwe Nikki Kademaunga, a 24-year-old, who was born without hands and knees but made waves in the motivational speaking and beauty blogging world. Life was not easy for the young girl, who hails from Zimbabwe. “When I was born it was very hard for my family to accept that […]


Aatagadara Siva Trailer

In Tollywood, the trend of parallel narration is on the rise and critically acclaimed filmmaker Chandra Siddhartha, who directed Aa Naluguru, is now all set to create another interesting attempt with titled as Aatagadara Siva. The trailer starts with the introduction of an old hangman leading to a scene in which a dreaded criminal escapes from prison. After that, the director introduced Jabardasth fame comedians Chamak Chandra and Hyper Adi […]

Your next holiday should be to this ghost town in China

Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand silent but for the surf, the whine of mosquitos, and birdsong. This is Houtouwan — Back Bay in Mandarin — an abandoned fishing village engulfed by nature on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90km off the coast of Shanghai. Small groups of […]

France Appoints Assam Girl As Ambassador to Inspire Scientists of Tomorrow!

Priyanka Das has been appointed as the ambassador of “For Girls and Science”, an initiative that was launched in 2014 to promote scientific pursuits amongst young people and especially, girls. From being one of the few to work for the satellite navigation wing of Rafale Fighter Jets of France, to make a micro-satellite in Paris, Priyanka Das has a list of incredible achievements. The Assamese girl has now added a […]

World Environment Day 2018 theme, slogan: Moving towards a plastic-free future

Ever since its conception in 1974, World Environment Day has had a special theme relating to the pressing environmental concern at the time. The theme for the year 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, and is a call for individuals to take charge of their surroundings and realise the severity of using plastic in daily life. India will be hosting the World Environment Day this year, which is one of the […]

25 killed as Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts, airport closed

At least 25 people were killed when Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close, the country’s disaster agency said. “The toll was 25 dead as of 9:00 pm (0300 GMT Monday),” the spokesman for the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) said in a WhatsApp group. Search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light […]