Category archives: Celebrity

Ram Jethmalani: 13 Things To know About India’s Most Famous Defence Lawyer

In 2004, I met Ram Boolchand Jethmalani for the first time. As a student of law, I remember the excitement at being able to meet and hear a lecture delivered by Ram Jethmalani. He was addressing a group of third-year law students about the importance of a legal concept called ‘Dying Declaration.’ That is the one concept I shall never forget. During the course of my legal education and later […]

Major Dhyan Chand: All you need to know about the man behind 'National Sports Day'

Major Dhyan Chand, often referred to as ‘The Wizard’ for his incredible hockey skills, was born on August 29, 1905, to a Rajput family in Allahabad.  To commemorate his birth anniversary, in 2012, the Government of India decided to celebrate 29th August as the country’s ‘National Sports Day’. On this day every year, the President of India gives out all the sports-related awards like the Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award and […]

All you need to know about Dipak Misra, India’s new Chief Justice

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Dipak Misra who was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India. Misra, whose career as an advocate began in 1977, will hold office as the Chief Justice until his retirement on October 2, 2018. He is known for leading the Supreme Court bench on the landmark judgement confirming death penalty to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya […]

Hospital Worker Won Powerball. Her Prize: $758.7 Million - And Police Outside Her House.

In many states, lottery winners must do a bit of publicity work before they can plop down some cash for their own water park or go on a decades-long shopping spree so epic that the public nicknames them “Spend, Spend, Spend.” By law, many must have their names publicized or do mandatory news conferences – a convention that serves to both silence whispers that the lottery system is fixed and […]

Right to Privacy: 91-year-old retd Justice KS Puttaswamy is the face behind legal history

It will now be called Justice K S Puttaswamy (Retd) vs Union of India. A case that will go down in Indian legal history — the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court establishing privacy as a fundamental right. For the 91-year-old Justice Puttaswamy, however, it isn’t so dramatic. “Correct and beneficial,” is his verdict. Speaking to The Indian Express at his home in south Bengaluru, Puttaswamy, a former Karnataka high […]

Meet Priyanka, The Fiery 23-Year-Old Woman Pradhan Standing Tall in Rural UP

If this were an episode off the Nat Geo show, we would have to say: Adult Female, Rare Sighting, Ineffectual Prowess! The mahila pradhan is a curious creature in rural India. She is of a species borne out of the system, very much a part of the reservations quota introduced at the village level and yet – or perhaps because of it – she remains pradhan only in name. Because […]

How a Common Man Became TN’s Weatherman, Whose Weather Forecasts Are Trusted by 2 Lakh People

How many of us follow weather updates everyday? They seem like a mundane feature of the news – a vestigial organ. What if I told you that there is an amateur weatherman – yes, a weatherman – with an almost cult-like following, whose forecasts people follow every day? And what if you learnt that he is not even formally trained, but receives thousands of questions every day about the weather? […]

Married at 8, this Rajasthan woman who cleared NEET hits fund hurdle

When 20-year old Rupa Yadav who was married off when she was just eight cracked the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) this year, she not only hit the headlines for her inspiring feat but was also assured of financial help from various quarters. A month on, while Rupa has secured admission in Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner, the funds for her education remain inadequate. Rupa’s husband Shankar Lal Yadav, who claimed […]

Remebering Pingali Venkaiah:The freedom fighter from Andhra who designed the Indian flag

“A flag is a necessity for all nations. Millions have died for it. It is no doubt a kind of idolatry which would be a sin to destroy. For, a flag represents an Ideal. The unfurling of the Union Jack evokes in the English breast sentiments whose strength it is difficult to measure. The Stars and Stripes mean a world to the Americans. The Star and the Crescent will call […]

Sudha Murty of Infosys was called ‘cattle class’ at London airport. Here’s what she did

“Go and stand in the economy class queue. This line is for business class travellers,” a well-heeled lady told Sudha Murty at the International Heathrow airport in London. The chairperson of Infosys Foundation was at the airport wearing a salwar kameez, which perhaps made her a misfit in the queue in question. But, what eventually got Murty’s goat was when she was called a “cattle-class person”. That was when the […]