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Cashless villages in Telangana return to cash

As many as 250 out of the 380 villages in Telangana state which were declared as ‘cashless transaction’ villages post-domonetisation have returned to cash transactions. The initial enthusiasm for cashless transactions has faded within 10 months due to poor internet connectivity in semi-urban and rural areas. The easy availability of cash in banks and ATMs has also prompted the people to return to cash transactions. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao […]

Nationalism before naashta: In this town, you must stand up for national anthem every morning

As the loudspeaker begins creaking at 7.45am, the people of Jammikunta, all 35,000 of them, get set to drop whatever they’re doing to stand still in a few minutes time. They get down from their bikes if they’re in the middle of the road, they put their spoons and coffee mugs down if they’re in the middle of breakfast, they pretty much shut down all other human activity, we presume, […]

The defiance of an 'untouchable' New York subway worker

The memoir of an Indian woman who was born a so-called untouchable and now works as a conductor on the New York City Subway has been hailed by critics for its unflinching account of caste and family in India. Journalist Sudha G Tilak spoke to Sujatha Gidla about her life story and how it became Ants Among Elephants. In Sanskrit, the main language used by scholars in ancient India and […]

How Hyderabad's Taj Falaknuma is trying to recreate the royal Nizami Iftar experience

The setting is perfect for breaking the fast in the holy month of Ramadan. A regal palace located on a hill, overlooking the old city of Hyderabad yet far from its chaos. The atmosphere serene, the ambience mystic, qawwali in the background — and to top it all, sumptuous Nizami food. In this historic city, known for its rich Muslim culture and legacy, Taj Falaknuma is trying to recreate the […]

Meet the 17-Year-Old Boy From Telangana Who Invented a Unique Device to Prevent Rape

I was 12 years old when the Delhi rape incident took place. I remember my mom joining the march for the Nirbhaya (meaning fearless) campaign with 500 people for several weeks to support the victim and her family. Curious about the protest, I asked my mom if I could come along one day. Soon, I started attending the protests every weekend. The more often I went, the more enraged I […]

Osmania radiates in festive aura

Telangana Eliot describes April as the cruelest month in his poem Wasteland. Perhaps it is true with the sun beating down 44 degrees and accuweather predicting a dangerous heat wave. But, it is eventful and momentous as Osmania University, was founded in this month 100 years ago. Befitting the occasion, the university premises have undergone a sea change like never before. The main thoroughfare has been illuminated as also the […]

Meet Telangana's 'People’s Officer': IAS officer Smita Sabharwal says merit has no gender

In the run up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, we profile little known women in South India who have fought against all odds in their local communities to bring forth change and transformation. While some of these women stand out as shining examples of the power of determination, there are others who must battle misogyny and harassment. With this series, we highlight not just the trials and tribulations […]

Don't cut trees, just move them instead; this Hyderabad man shows you how

Since 2010, Ramachandra’s company has transplanted 5,000 trees for governments, organisations and individuals. In our rapidly growing cities, it’s the eternal dilemma – should we prioritise development or preserving trees? Can’t development and a healthy environment go hand in hand? Coming to the rescue is Hyderabad resident Ramachandra Appari. Every tree that is chopped down for a new flyover or an apartment complex has a chance to be saved, he […]

IPL Auction 2017: Mohammed Siraj's Journey From Rs. 500 To Rs. 2.6 Crore

Mohammed Siraj has emerged as one of the most exciting players in the Indian domestic cricket circuit, having recently made his mark with a brilliant first class season. His excellent run of form saw him earn call-ups to the India A and Rest of India sides. On Monday, Siraj landed a whopping Rs. 2.6 crore deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL 2017 player auction in Bengaluru. Having come from […]

Hyderabad’s high on tea with International Tea Day today

On International Tea Day, we speak to the popular tea cafes to find out how the trend is catching up in the city. Yes, there’s a day dedicated to tea! International Tea Day has been celebrated on December 15 for more than a decade in tea producing countries like India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal among others. Hyderabad, known for its Irani chai, has been witness to a steady flow […]