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Mitali Patel reports on the efforts of Awaaz, which is campaigning against noise pollution If the police in Mumbai respond to complaints about music blaring after 10pm during traditionally noisy festivals, then all thanks are mainly due to one feisty woman -- Sumaira Abdulali. It has not been...

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Harassed by the police, a businessman launches an NGO to fight back. Mitali Patel reports Indur Kartar Chhugani’s business of publishing Selpages was extremely respectable and high profile, until he lost everything in competition to Tata Yellow Pages in 2004. He had to sell off his listed...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee on Comet Media’s role in conserving rural craftsmanship and inculcating values among children The passion with which Chandita Mukherjee, Director, Comet Media, and one of its founders, speaks about the harm that plastic toys and electronic games are doing to children’s...

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There are ways to eat your way to happiness, suggests Tanushree Kar Actor Hema Malini radiates a form of beauty that seems to be ethereal. The radiance and happiness seems to come from deep within. Often, she has been asked by journalists about her diet and her answer has been that she likes...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the knowledge conservation efforts of a music academy in Mumbai Way back in 1956 when the renowned tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh set up Sangit Mahabharati (SMB) most people thought it would be just another “music class” which artistes set up to make ends meet....

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Children carry eating habits and attitudes towards foods into adulthood. Tanushree Kar stresses the importance of children’s diet training Henry Truman once said "A nation is only as healthy as the children." One of the primary causes of overweight problems in children is poor eating habits....

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It can be a simple stress-buster. Tanushree Kar explains Starting your day on a positive note is one of the most important things that you could do to make your life stress free. Most of us bounce out of bed, grab a cup of coffee or tea, steal a quick glance at the morning paper and scramble...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 08 November 2007
Here is how Ratan Tata narrated his journey to becoming one of India’s finest corporate achievers Left to himself, Ratan Tata would have been working as an architect in the warm climate of Los Angeles. From being a reluctant apprentice, not knowing what to do on the shopfloor of Telco at...

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Geeta Seshu describes how Yusuf Meherally Centre has The first time I visited the Yusuf Meherally Centre (YMC), I was in exalted company. At least six top doctors of Mumbai, each a renowned specialist in his or her field, piled into a vehicle on a Sunday morning to make their way to the YMC...

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A cost-effective way to improve mass nutrition levels If Shah Rukh Khan endorses fortification of food with essential vitamins and nutrients, then the public will begin to understand its value and demand it. With this in mind, Dr S.K. Nanda, principal secretary, Gujarat Government (Food, Civil...

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Tea has many healthy properties. Tanushree Kar describes some of them Whether cutting chai or full cup – an average Indian consumes about five cups of tea per day; so it might be a good idea to talk about the health benefits of tea. Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after...

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A pedigreed ophthalmologist in Mumbai is doing much more than providing eye-care, reports Shweta Lightwalla Doctor S. Natarajan hails from a fine line of ophthalmologists. His father N.S. Sundaran and grandfather, Nataraja Pillai, were also reputed ophthalmologists in Chennai. If that weren’t...

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It is an economical source of vegetable protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre and vitamins, points out  Tanushree Kar Ever wondered why the labourer’s little son is healthier than the little rich kid who gorges on burgers and pizzas? Perhaps the answer lies in the diet of dal-chawal...

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An Indore-based NGO keeps hope alive for those whose child has gone missing. Shweta Lightwalla reports What happens to thousands of children who go missing in India every year is anybody’s guess. Unfortunately, there is little awareness as yet about the processes for locating missing...

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Beware of the expanding midriff in your middle age, advises  Tanushree Kar If wrinkles and creaky joints were not bad enough, once you cross your 45th birthday, weight begins to accumulate around your waistline. No one is spared - even ectomorphs, the naturally skinny people who have spent...

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How Udavum Karangal, which literally means Helping Hands, is making a difference to many lives reports MoneyLIFE Bureau The story began in 1983 when Vidyaakar, armed with a master’s degree in social work, began to work in the slums of N.S.K. Nagar in Chennai, offering counselling and...

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Go slow on using antibiotics for minor ailments, says Tanushree Kar. It might just help save your life some day when fighting a far more severe infection When the first life-saving antibiotic, penicillin, was introduced in the early 1940s amidst all the gloom of the Second World War, doctors...

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Matthew Spacie’s Magic Bus allows poor children to play, have fun and learn life-skills If you want to help underprivileged children play, have fun and escape the drudgery of their daily existence, Magic Bus is what you want to support. Unlike most NGOs that are engaged in the vital job of...

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Mushrooming malls that dot the metros and other smaller cities, have shelves displaying all types of cookware. But often, tempting discounts make people buy cookware that is not always safe and sometimes even hazardous to health. To understand the benefits and risks of cookware materials, let us...

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Tanushree Kar finds how a caring doctor is making a dream come true for Pune-ites Paulo Coelho, in his famous book, The Alchemist, writes about the power of dreams - if your dreams are big enough and strong enough, the whole world gets inspired to make them come true. Let us re-wind to the...

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