Heer Sonaiya: The Talented Colour Bender

May 24, 2022 6:15 pm

Heer Sonaiya, is a budding artist. She began her journey toward art when she was just six. She was introduced to colors and brushes when she had no idea what art would mean to her. It were the bright colors that pulled her towards it. She is more into painting live spots and landscapes and […]

How Urvashi Vaid Came to be One of America’s Most Eminent LGBT Activists

May 24, 2022 2:22 pm

When Urvashi Vaid first met with the Federation of Indian Associations in the US to demand that the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association be allowed to march in New York’s India Day Parade, a rather bewildered official introduced her to the group as “the head of all gays.” The description wasn’t off the mark […]

Kajol Srinivasan AKA LOL Rakshak: New 'Guard' Of Indian Comedy Scene

May 21, 2022 7:47 pm

Kajol Srinivasan, a Mumbai-based stand-up comedian, is on her India tour with stories that would tickle your funny bones. She has been into stand-up comedy for the last five years and tackles hot topics in her pretty popular tweets. Her Twitter handle, LOL-rakshak, has received a lot of love and attention from people. The LOL […]

A Tribute To Tea: The Cup That Uplifts! 

May 21, 2022 10:33 am

My apologies to coffee lovers, but this one is all about tea. Today, May 21, 2022, being International Tea Day, it’s important to express what tea means to so many people. A cup of tea makes you feel upbeat, recharges the brain and energises you as no other beverage can.  Tea is a product of […]

Gujarat’s Former Police Chief Talks Of Securing Business By Preventive Forensics

May 20, 2022 11:42 pm

A lecture on the theme ‘Secure business through preventive forensics and preventive vigilance’ washeld in Ahmedabad Management Association. The speaker was none other than Mr Keshav Kumar,former Director-General of Police and Director, Anti- Corruption Bureau, Gujarat. The aim of the seminar was to promote the security of business in an era of competition, corruption, technology […]

CBI Raids Gujarat IAS Officer K Rajesh's Premises In A Corruption Case, Arrests His Aide

May 20, 2022 8:12 pm

In a major operation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted raids on premises linked to a Gujarat cadre IAS officer of the 2011 batch Kankipati Rajesh with its sleuths striking simultaneously in Gandhinagar, Surendranagar, Surat and the officer’s home state Andhra Pradesh. One Mohammed Rafiq Memon, who acted as the IAS officer’s middleman and who used to […]

Social Calendar: Events And Workshops Around You

May 19, 2022 12:47 pm

A little time with oneself is all a person would need after a long tiring and hectic week. The following events are exactly what one needs. Check out these interesting and amazing events lined up for you by Vibes of India 1: White Wall Screenings An amazing filmy line up of film screening for the […]

Cannes Film Festival: Important Events From Day 1

May 18, 2022 7:10 pm

Cannes Festival opened today with the glam and galore that is deserving of this prestigious event. Especially, since the festival is taking place after 2 years, there was a rejuvenating atmosphere of joy throughout the opening ceremony. Celebs from all around the globe have participated in this most-talked film festival of the French Rivera. Here […]

Wednesday Vibes

May 18, 2022 2:30 pm

It’s All In The Stars A little luck can make a whole lot of difference. Seems, this senior cabinet minister believes it to the T. As a Brahmin, he is naturally inclined towards astrology. But his personal interest seems vested in team members too. As we hear, some amount of daily time goes in discussions […]

CII Estimates India’s GDP Growth To Be In The Band Of 7.4% - 8.2% Depending Upon The Global Oil Prices

May 17, 2022 4:14 pm

Sharing the likely growth scenarios for the Indian economy for this year, Sanjiv Bajaj, President Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said that “CII expects the GDP growth in a range of 7.4-8.2% in 2022-23, with the outlook critically hinging on the trajectory of global crude oil prices”. He was addressing the media for the first […]

Jewellery Designer Dolly Patel Sparkles Among Gems

May 17, 2022 2:00 pm

Each day begins anew. There must be something unique that it brings for all. That seems to be the push-line for Dolly Patel. She turned an entrepreneur at 50. But even before that, the desire to strike out on her own was always seated on the back burner.  Gifted with an aesthetic keen, she started […]

'Sedition' Must Go!

May 16, 2022 9:39 pm

Fr Cedric Prakash The ‘sedition’ law in India is repressive and regressive, archaic and obsolete, draconian in nature and blatantly violative of the freedoms guaranteed to every citizen of the country in the Constitution. It specifically goes against Articles 19 1 (A), 14 and 21 of the Constitution dealing with the Right to Equality, Freedom of […]

Know The Person Who Translated Valmiki's Ramayana Into Gujarati

May 14, 2022 7:05 pm

Sincere devotion and a belief in the goodness of the end are key ingredients to long-term undertakings. For 78-year-old Prof Vijay Pandya, the task began at 62. After 16 years of hard work and perseverance, he has translated the epic, Valmiki’s Ramayana, into his mother tongue. His magnum opus brings pride to all Gujaratis!! Having […]

Architecture Book Re-Launched At CEPT

May 14, 2022 12:55 pm

Architecture and History are two sides of the same coin. Buildings and concrete representations of time always have the impress of their contextual period. Likewise, the architecture of a place is the lead to its history, ruling forces, culture and prevalent skill.  In a bid to understand the correlation better, Friday saw CEPT Press launch […]

Social Calendar: Events Near You This Week

May 12, 2022 7:50 pm

Vibes Of India is back with the list of happening and most amazing events and workshops close by to you with Social Calendar, Do check out these events share them with your friends with whom you think you should attend those events. _______________________________________________________________________________________  1: Hunar By Vishalla A series of curated Workshop which will focus […]

Amdavadis Feel The Heat As Temperature Shoots Up

May 12, 2022 6:02 pm

Amdavadis feel the heat as the temperature hits 47 degrees celsius. As everyone scarfs down ice creams drink cold drinks, or for that matter satisfies their souls with ice, there are still a few people who have to face scorching heat. A Worker uses water from a water tanker to cool himself near a construction […]

How Ahmedabad’s Own Alok Verma Became The Most Sought-After Tabla Player In London

May 12, 2022 4:15 pm

Whether its Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anup Jalota, Suresh Wadkar or Hariharan, when Indian singers need a tabla player for a concert in London, they call Alok Verma. The Ahmedabad-born maestro has even performed with Ian Anderson of the legendry rock band Jethro Tull and classical flautist Rakesh Chaurasia. Today, he’s pushing the boundaries of percussion, using […]

Few Tips To Control Acne Breakouts At Home

May 11, 2022 9:07 pm

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting approximately 85% of teenagers and young adults. The causes can be multifactorial- hormonal, stress, diet, unhealthy lifestyle, using wrong products or not maintaining proper skin hygiene and a skincare regimen. Acne starts when the pores in your skin get clogged with oil […]

Guide To Top 10 Uzbek Must-Haves

May 11, 2022 5:05 pm

Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and used to be part of the erstwhile Soviet Republic. The Uzbek’s culinary repertoire is vast. Food being an intrinsic part of any nation’s culture, in Uzbekistan, the recipes are a delicious blend of Eastern styles of cooking with South Asian herbs and spices, all put together in the […]

A Unique Support Group For Mental Health Launched In Ahmedabad 

May 11, 2022 4:49 pm

Members can share their experiences and problems in a safe, non-judgemental space. It was a joyful evening. The meaningful conversation and subtle insights were interspersed with frequent laughter. The first meeting of ‘Ekaaa’, a support group for people with mental health issues, was an unqualified success. The proof: Members left with smiles on their faces […]

Iceland Freezes Its Top Spot In Global Peace Index For 13th Year!!

May 11, 2022 3:14 pm

Wondering where to travel this summer? If a modest budget is what you have, then safety concerns might be the other issue on the checklist. Some places are prone to terror outfits, while some have a reputation of racial aggression. To help quantify the topic of safety, the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) has released […]

I Know It Is Not Enough But It Is A Start

May 10, 2022 4:20 pm

I never used to look forward to events like ‘Mother’s Day.’ The reason behind this is that my mother always expects me to give her a gift with affection. I, on the other hand always used to think of this as another way of hers to make me do chores. I never used to buy […]

Social Calendar: Best Events And Workshops Around You

May 10, 2022 4:08 pm

We at Vibes Of India take our job to offer you bag full of events very seriously hence we are back with line up of amazing workshops and events around you this week. _______________________________________________________________________________ Architecture & Independence (Book Launch) Written by Miki Desai, Madhavi Desai and Jon Lang the book “Architecture and Independence: The Search […]

Mom, You Taught Me How To Be A Woman...

May 10, 2022 3:34 pm

Its days like today make me think about how much you have done for me in my life. You have always sacrificed things for me, and done the best that you can. There were a lot of times that I took you for granted, Mom. You always know how to fix something. There is a […]

New Research Spotlights Lifestyle Choices As Key To Longevity 

May 10, 2022 2:28 pm

Ageing is part of the game. Sagging skin, a weakening frame and health issues come along as we age. While genetics was held in high regard vis-à-vis, “how well we age,” new studies now state that the DNA secrets govern only 10 to 30% of our longevity. The rest is decided by “everyday choices.” “The […]

Veganism: Cruelty-Free Life For Animals, Healthy Living For Humans

May 10, 2022 11:52 am

Vegan is the new mantra to swear by. And live by, for its increasingly large number of converts. Veganism is abstinence from animal products of any kind, especially in diet, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects animals as commodities. A vegan is someone who follows this diet or philosophy. So, no milk, cheese, […]

The Rise And Fall Of CG Road, Ahmedabad's Original Designer Street

May 10, 2022 11:20 am

In the mid-90s, when Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Keshav Verma brought in renowned urban designer Allan Jacobs from the University of California Berkeley to help redesign CG Road, it provoked mixed reactions. India was still a socialist nation then and many believed it was an elitist project. The city should be focusing on serving the city’s […]

It’s Mother’s Day Today!!

May 8, 2022 1:43 pm

It is said that God could not be everywhere on Earth. So, He made mothers to look after and nurture little ones. If not for mothers, would childhood be a complete one? On Mother’s Day today, May 8 (the second Sunday in May), here’s raising a toast to all mothers who forget themselves once their little […]

Independent Music Hustlers Of Ahmedabad

May 6, 2022 5:18 pm

Music is one’s inherent gift. But gaining recognition and star status is a different game altogether. However, not one to be deterred by the politicking of showbiz, this group of city-based musicians has been strumming its own tune. Packed with the punch and loaded with an original cadence, Vibes Of India, caught up with the […]

Misusing PASA, a Recurring Theme with Gujarat Police  

May 6, 2022 11:44 am

Misuse of Prevention of Anti-Social Activities (PASA) Act, 1985, has been a recurring theme with police forces of Gujarat. New cases are emerging every day, where the act was used by the police to detain someone without repercussions. The act in itself somehow offers a freehand to the police as it does not specifically pinpoint […]

Apple No Longer Accepts Payments Made With Credit Cards Issued By Indian Banks

May 6, 2022 11:02 am

Apple has stopped accepting debit and credit card payments in India. Apple has stopped accepting credit cards issued by Indian banks for subscriptions and purchases. Apple will also not accept credit card payments from Indian banks for ad campaigns on Apple Search. All campaigns will be halted on June 1st.The change is the result of […]

Jina Shah: One Gem of A  Jewellery Designer & Gemologist

May 5, 2022 8:51 pm

She knew her calling was not the path life set her in. As a banker, Jina was bedazzled. Her heart lay elsewhere even as her mind was busy computing numbers. Then, she decided to give up the cushy corporate banker role and pursue her passion. A course later and Jina was a certified gemologist and […]

DGCA To Start Night Checks Of Aging Planes To Ensure Safety

May 5, 2022 3:01 pm

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to check the Indian Aircraft with weak finances or an aging fleet. The checking shall occur when the airline parks the aircraft at night across airports. DGCA will dispatch teams to check each carrier thoroughly for correcting complaints.  The DGCA has received complaints about broken hand […]

Bharti Ashram Seer Found in Thane

May 5, 2022 1:19 pm

Four days after he went “missing,” the presiding seer of Bharti Ashram Trust, Mahamandaleshwar Hariharanand, was found from a rural bus stop in Jowar village, Thane, and was brought to the Vadodara Detection of Crime Branch late on Wednesday. ACP Chauhan briefed mediapersons that the seer had recorded his statement. “He did not want any […]

Ahmedabad Swelters At 45 Degrees C, UN Warns 11 Million People At Risk

April 26, 2022 4:22 pm

Come April and the most common conversation among Gujaratis is the summer heat that gets scorching as the month progresses, the common concern will invariably be “if April is like this, imagine what would happen in May.” The only difference this time is that the concerns had begun right in mid-March when the mercury was […]

Gujarat's Malnourished And Anaemic Children Need Urgent Government Attention

April 24, 2022 8:00 pm

Gujarat has allocated only 5.6% of its total expenditure on health, which is lower than the average allocation for health by states (6%) as per the 2022-23 budget estimates. This is a cause of concern as 39% per cent of children in Gujarat under the age of five years are stunted according to National Family Health Survey-5 […]

GCCI Kicks Off First Textile Leadership Conclave 

April 24, 2022 12:26 pm

Industry captains helming the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) and ministers got together at the Textile Leadership Conclave 2022 on Saturday. This maiden expo at Ahmedabad registered over 600 participants from all over India, largely professionals working across verticals of the textile industry.  The interactive meet was a samvad between government representatives and industry stalwarts. […]

Tribal Women Initiative Teaches Urban Folks A Smart Lesson

April 19, 2022 11:33 am

Bottled water remains an area of concern given its “single use” dominance in tourist places. However, for Gujarat Forest Department, the change has already begun. The “Padamdungari Eco-Tourism Center” is situated at a distance of about 30 kms from the town of Vyara and 8 kms from the village of Unnai near Surat in Gujarat. […]

Age Is Just A Number: Now Scientifically Proven

April 14, 2022 3:26 pm

Breaking unfounded beliefs such as “old age comes with its pangs” needs researched validation. It is one thing to point at “healthy living” examples and entirely another to gather sufficient data, process in a scientific manner with assessment tools and then arrive upon the sum total. To her credit, Yale professor Becca Levy’s book “Breaking […]

Falguni Nayar, Daughter Of Halvad Is The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021: Makes Gujarat Proud

April 13, 2022 4:00 pm

An Indian woman investment banker-turned successful entrepreneur at the age of 50. Falguni Nayar does have grit and resolve in her indomitable Gujarati spirit. Hers is a story of resilience against all perceived odds.

Restaurant Owners Reel Under Rising Prices

April 11, 2022 5:14 pm

The unrelenting, steadily rising prices of transport fuel in India – in some states, as much as Rs 15 over the past month – have resulted in unprecedented inflation in the country, pushing the price of daily commodities to sky-high levels. The cost inflation index for the financial year 2021-22 was 317. In February 2022, […]

Sara Suleri: Beyond Borders

April 8, 2022 12:50 pm

Beena Sarwar “Aur bataiye” – tell me more, a polite invitation to keep talking. I can hear her voice, perhaps naturally husky, made deeper with years of cigarette smoking and perhaps more recently with pain and other medications.  She’d send her love to Pakistan whenever I’d call before flying out from Boston, where we had […]

White Rules As King Of SummerWear

April 5, 2022 8:29 pm

Summer 2022 is officially here, folks – a season of vibrant pastels and whites. Here’s our tuppence on what your summer wear should be like. Above all, an Indian summer calls for comfort. Thus, summer clothes should be comfortable and loose, easy on the skin, to keep the body cool.  Like every year, designers seem […]

Mica Adjunct Faculty Co-Authors Book On Health, Lifestyle And Optimal Living

April 2, 2022 12:48 pm

To educate the common man on the impact of lifestyle diseases, MICA Adjunct Faculty Professor K.V. Ramani (also retired IIM-A Professor) has co-authored “Preventing Insidious Lifestyle Diseases.” The book explains the connection between poor lifestyle choices, physiological homeostasis, and chronic diseases in non-medical terms. The book defines and analyses, in non-medical terms, the significance of […]

Here Children Bond With Animals Making For A Compassionate Society

April 2, 2022 9:52 am

This 2000-square-feet area in Ghuma, Ahmedabad, is a very special place. It’s a place where rescued animals are taken care of lovingly for life. It’s also a place where children visit to interact with these ‘companion animals’ – donkeys, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, goats, sheep, chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, pigeons – nearly 20 species […]

Oscar Hijuelos on Finding Voice

April 2, 2022 7:58 am

This week, I want to talk about Oscar Hijuelos. An amazing writer, Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013) was born to Cuban immigrant parents in New York. He was also the first Hispanic author to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 1990, he won the Pulitzer for his second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989). The […]

Big News: AAP Strikes Poll Alliance With Chhotubhai Vasava's BTP

March 28, 2022 7:09 pm

In a rude shock for the Congress in Gujarat, its long-time electoral partner, veteran Adivasi leader Chhotubhai Vasava’s Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), has struck an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the 2022 State Assembly polls. Speaking to Vibes of India on Monday, national BTP president and Vasava’s son Mahesh Vasava said, “We […]

Congress, AAP Woo Chhotubhai Vasava As Riverlinking Project Becomes Thorn in BJP Flesh; Narendra Modi Coming

March 28, 2022 8:42 am

With the much-touted Par-Tapi-Narmada riverlink project becoming a thorn in the flesh for the ruling BJP in Gujarat trying to capture the tribal belt, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting tribal-dominated Dharampur in South Gujarat’s Valsad district on April 15, while new political equations are being discussed for 27 seats reserved for the Scheduled Tribes. […]

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan In Deep Political Crisis; May Have To Quit Power

March 24, 2022 9:11 pm

No government has ever completed its tenure in Pakistan since its formation in 1947 and circumstances are now repeating with cricketer turned politician, Prime Minister Imran Khan facing serious trouble with his three most important allies besides his own members reportedly withdrawing support to him. The Pakistan National Assembly has 342 seats and a minimum […]

In The Face Of Orchestrated Hatred, Silence Is Not An Option

March 24, 2022 9:03 am

Media is a mirror of the society and to be a silent spectator at a time when the country is facing the biggest challenge ever in the history of the independent India of orchestrated hatred is nothing but a crime. As a fourth pillar of the democracy and torchbearers of the society in wake of […]

Learn The Art And Science Of Love

March 21, 2022 8:31 am

Love yourself first, baby mei kya Rakha hai?  Koi hero yahan koi zero yahan  Koi star hai koi bekaar hai  Main kya kahun Hai sach to ye doston  Ho i am the best  I am the best I am the best Ho you are the best  How many times do you feel you are not […]

In Conversation With AMA President Deevyesh Radia

March 20, 2022 8:00 am

When he was named President of Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) five months ago, Deevyesh Radia joined a roster that includes illustrious personalities like Vikram Sarabhai, Prafull Anubhai and Indravadan Modi. But the 64-year-old alumnus of BK School of Business lays no claims to being a big-time businessman. As executive director of a small-scale enterprise named […]

Cyrus Mistry On Life And Death

March 18, 2022 12:09 pm

This week, I would like to talk about a novel that turns a lot of things upside down, so to say. The author, I would like to discuss is Cyrus Mistry. His brother, Rohinton Mistry is the toast of Indian Writing in English but Cyrus Mistry is no less. His play, Doongaji House was many […]

India's National Academy Of Letters Publishes A Book Length Of Poem 'Monsoon' By Indian Poet- Diplomat Abhay K

March 14, 2022 6:13 pm

Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters has published a book-length poem ‘Monsoon’ by Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K. on the occasion of its 68th anniversary. Sahitya Akademi was established on 12th March in 1954. Its logo was designed by Satyajit Ray himself and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was its first President. The first book published by […]

Indian Designers Lucky To Have Access To High-Skilled Artisans Says Archana Shah Of Bandhej

March 14, 2022 9:17 am

The handloom sector has to carve a separate identity from the mechanised sector and concentrate on making products machines can’t produce, says Archana Shah of Bandhej Retail. Speaking at the launch of her new book “Crafting a Future” at Ahmedabad’s Latitude book store on Sunday, Archana said that it is a myth that the young […]

CII-Gujarat Celebrates Women's Day With Boss Ladies Of The City

March 8, 2022 12:02 pm

As we talk about women’s empowerment it is important to note that it lies in the growing up years that molds the mindset of an individual. For some, it might be just inequality in terms of culture but for some, it’s the struggle they are facing to overcome these biases and not get their own […]

When One Woman’s Courage Is Another Woman’s Inspiration   

March 8, 2022 8:02 am

Having accepted her physical challenges, Nishtha Thaker is set to help others facing similar issues. When a spunky woman with special needs tells you that women do not need to be empowered, and that all they have to do is accept themselves as they are and recognize their own potential, you sit up and take […]

Simple Hair Care Tips Straight From The Expert

March 2, 2022 8:24 am

Dr. Bansari Davda. In recent times, the issue of hair fall has suddenly risen quite a lot amongst the people. Be it due to Covid or increase in stress, increase in pollution, or our increasingly unhealthy lifestyle choices, almost every other person seems to be suffering from it.  If you are losing hair up to […]

My Idea of Ahmedabad with Mukesh Patel, International Tax Expert

February 26, 2022 12:58 pm

My Idea Of Ahmedabad: With Vibes Of India

February 26, 2022 12:48 pm

Ahmedabad is not just another city. Ahmedabad is an emotion. Ahmedabad is where “dhanda paani keva chhe” means how are you. India’s first heritage city, Ahmedabad’s Indo-Islamic architecture is striking with some European (Dutch and Portuguese) touch. Ahmedabad however is an emotion because it was from this city that Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi began his movement […]

Why Do Parents Feel So Guilty These Days?

February 25, 2022 9:18 am

Parenting guilt was almost unheard of a generation ago. But it has now become a common emotion that modern-day parents have to deal with. What is this strong negative emotion that makes parents feel inadequate? They keep asking themselves: “What am I doing wrong?” It’s parenting guilt and it’s becoming increasing common.  You may feel […]

Brand Fest's Second Season Ends With Knowledge Sharing Sessions By Industry Veterans

February 20, 2022 11:30 pm

After engaging and full of information, day one of the Brand Fest second season, day two saw the industry veterans continuing their knowledge sharing sessions on Sunday. The day two of the second season of the fest saw three main speakers- Marching Ants Advertising Pvt. Ltd.’s Rajeev Chudasma, Voot’ s Business Head and SVP- Chanpreet Arora […]

This Couple Believes Renewing Vows Recharges Their Marriage

February 14, 2022 8:37 pm

For Ahmedabad-based couple, Ranna and Nayan Parikh, renewing their wedding vows is an important reaffirmation of their love for each other. On their 25th anniversary in 2012, they renewed their vows and are planning to do the same on their 35th anniversary at the end of this year. Ranna is an architect and interior designer […]

‘Put Your Name First On The Love List’: Image Consultant Surabhi Mehta 

February 14, 2022 9:38 am

Surabhi Mehta starts with her own name when drawing up a list of loved ones. The former international air-hostess-turned-image-consultant, lifestyle blogger and founder of Zanzibar Living prioritizes self-love: “We can give love only when we have it, right?” she asks.  Conventionally, we tend to associate love with a person, things or places. But Surabhi feels […]

Jab We Met, With Preeti Das And Jay Thakkar

February 14, 2022 9:23 am

She is a Tamilian and he is a Gujarati. Having grown up in the Andaman Islands she loves non-vegetarian food, he can choose to skip it altogether. She is a stage performer; he, a professor. Despite their differences, the duo have been together for 12 years now.Vibes of India spoke to Preeti Das, academician and stand-up comedian […]

A Day to Rekindle Romance 

February 14, 2022 7:30 am

Whether you have been celebrating Valentine’s Day or not over the years, it can’t be denied that it’s an opportunity to demonstrate love for your partner   Is there an age beyond which you cannot show your significant other that you love and care for him or her? You just need to watch an endearing Balraj […]

Tips From A 30 Year Old Gay Marriage

February 14, 2022 7:30 am

Samir and I met in June 1991, a year of heavy monsoon in Ahmedabad. He moved in with me within a month and we’ve been together ever since. The love has endured for over 30 years and if India recognised marriage between two gay men, we would have been legally married. Samir and I are […]

Our Dystopian Moments

February 12, 2022 7:30 am

Many years ago, I taught a special paper on Satire to postgraduate students. In that paper, I had also taught a few dystopian novels. ‘Dystopia’ is often defined as a world which is an inversion of a ‘utopia’, an ideal and an idyllic world. Sometimes, truth takes a few turns and novels, which portray dystopian […]

Top Ten Travel Books

February 6, 2022 4:13 pm

The beauty of good literature lies in its ability to carry us miles across mountains, seas, and fjords, all with a single paragraph. It makes our imagination soar in the sky and plunges it into the deep depths of fantasy. The beauty of a good travel book lies in the fact that its evocative and […]

Chinua Achebe On Narrating Culture

February 6, 2022 7:41 am

The celebrated Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe, acknowledged as the ‘Father of the modern African novel’, is the flavour this week. As I started discussing a paper on Postcolonial Literature (s) in English with my undergraduate students, Achebe had to be there. Also, his iconic novel, Things Fall Apart, and his essay on Joseph Conrad’s novel, […]

Why Self-Care Is Important In Modern Marriages

January 30, 2022 7:00 am

Self-care promotes your well-being and keeps your marriage healthy as well “The relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.”  Robert Holden, British psychologist and author Self-care is an umbrella term that means treating yourself in a kind way and taking care of your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It’s […]

Dingucha: Where Death Is More Lucrative Than Life

January 29, 2022 6:30 am

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The Four Indians Who Froze To Death, Confirmed To Be Gujaratis: Canadian Consulate Confirms

January 28, 2022 10:49 am

The tragic incident of the four Indians who froze to death on the Canada-US border took the world by shock. Speculations were made that these four Indians were Gujaratis. These speculations have been made clear now. The High Commission of India in Canada confirmed that these four Indians were Gujaratis. The adult male who was […]

After US-Canada Border Horror, Two Other Families Assaulted In Turkey; Videos Go Viral  

January 27, 2022 9:50 pm

The gruesome death of a family of four from Gujarat as they tried to enter the US through the Canada border in -35 degrees temperatures vying for a distant American dream had sent shock waves in the community back home but the now newly-emerging videos from Turkey are painting a starker image of the desperation […]

Gujarat Cops Bust Countrywide Fake Degrees Scam, Arrest Former Google Employee

January 25, 2022 7:45 pm

In what has emerged as a well-oiled operation, the Local Crime Branch (LCB) of Narmada district police in Gujarat has arrested a woman from Delhi who allegedly ran a racket selling fake degrees from various universities across the country. A former employee of Google, the arrested woman Beula Nand from Chhattisgarh holds a Diploma in […]

First Child Care Center In Gujarat's Rajkot; Women Police Free From Worries About Children

January 25, 2022 7:43 pm

The first-ever ‘Vatsalya Amrut Ghodiyaghar’ (Child Care Center) has been launched in Rajkot city of Gujarat today. The mansion was first set up in Rajkot and was inaugurated today by state police chief Ashish Bhatia. The female officers can monitor their children through their phones with CCTV Surveillance. The women serving in the police in […]

Gujarat Cops Launch Investigation Into US-Canada Human Smuggling Racket After 4 Gujaratis Freeze To Death

January 22, 2022 10:02 pm

Forty-eight hours after Thursday’s recovery of frozen bodies of four Gujaratis, including an infant, killed in a strong blizzard when temperatures hovered around -40 degrees C on the US-Canada border, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch has begun investigations into what has emerged as a huge human smuggling racket. Law enforcement agencies on the US-Canada border had […]

Parul University Rusticates And Suspends Students Seeking Covid Safety

January 13, 2022 7:00 am

Parul University is already under the radar for beating up students who were demanding Covid safety and now it has drawn more attention and criticism because the University has rusticated seven students who demanded online classes instead of being physically present on the campus. Parul University has also suspended 40 students for the same. Students […]

This Amdavadi Man Is Solving Gujarat’s Mobility Issue On A Bicycle

December 20, 2021 8:00 am

 First, it was all about owning a car. Then, driving in congested cities became a problem. Subsequently, calling in a cab, proved easier and economical too. But with vehicular population choking arterial roads, lanes and by-lanes, where are we headed next? The answer, it seems, may be found in entrepreneur Arjit Soni’s futuristic vision. “MYBYK […]

Dalit Teacher Sceptical After Allowed To Rent House, Refused Earlier On Caste Grounds

November 30, 2021 4:01 pm

Kanhaiyalal Baraiya, a teacher who was in the news a year ago being at the receiving end of caste-based prejudices is in news again. Transferred 75 kilometers away from his hometown Chhatriyala in Chuda taluka to Ninama village in Sayla taluka, Kanhaiyalal Baraiya, being from Valmiki community could not find residence on rent at his […]

BJP Plans Tournament Named After Article 370 In Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Constituency

November 30, 2021 2:34 pm

Ahmedabad city BJP unit general secretary Jitubhai Patel has said that a Cricket Tournament League named after Article 370, involving all seven Vidhan Sabha constituencies falling in Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency which Home Minister Amit Shah represent is in the final stage of planning. A meeting of more than 200 party workers is already called and […]

Gujarat Football Team Qualifies Final Round Of 75th Santosh Trophy 2021

November 29, 2021 7:27 am

Young Football players from Gujarat have made us proud by qualifying for the Final Round of the 75th Santosh Trophy 2021. For a long time, Santosh Trophy was only about participation, however, the All India Football Federation incorporated new rules that included five under 21 players and the team should be coached by an ‘A’ […]

Gujarat: Sakkarbaug Zoo Welcomes 13 New Cubs In A Single Month

November 28, 2021 12:06 pm

There is a rare sight to witness at Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh. Recently, five Cubs were born at Sakkarbaug zoo to lioness D22 and lion Ankolvadi. Another lioness also gave birth to five cubs. During Diwali, a lioness gave birth to three cubs. Mother and cubs are under observation and are healthy as of now but […]

Mukesh Ambani To Move To London With His Family?

November 6, 2021 9:28 am

Soon after several reports surfaced claiming that business tycoon and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani is expected to shift to London along with his family, the Reliance group on Friday rejected these reports, claiming it to be “baseless” in a statement. The statement issued by RIL stated, “A recent report in a newspaper […]

Bollywood Baiter Sameer Wankhede Removed as Lead Officer in Aryan Khan Case

November 5, 2021 9:43 pm

Wankhede, known for targetting actors and celebs, faces a slew of allegations that include bribery, forgery and some even about his ‘extravagant’ lifestyle.

India Pavilion At Dubai Expo 2020 Reaches 2Lakh Footfalls

November 5, 2021 6:03 pm

The India Pavilion at the Dubai Expo has crossed two lakh footfall, the government informed on Friday. It has become on of the most visited pavilions. Along with other states, the state of Gujarat has also organized events at the India Pavilion where the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel virtually showcased the the pharma […]

Decriminalise Possession Of Drug In Small Quantities : Ministry Of Social Justice

October 27, 2021 8:30 pm

Possession of drugs is a criminal offence in India under Section 27 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The law prescribes imprisonment of up to a year or a fine of up to Rs 20,000, or both, for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance. Referring to the law, the Union […]

Someday, PoK will join India: Air Marshal Amit Dev

October 27, 2021 7:39 pm

The Indian Army and Indian Air Force celebrated the 75th ‘Infantry Day’ on October 27 when the Indian Armed Forces showed up to Srinagar to repel attacks from Pakistan after Jammu and Kashmir chose to join the Indian Union. In 1947, on this day the air force first landed in Budgam Airfield to obstruct Pakistani […]

No Conspiracy, Only Media Trial In Aryan Khan Case

October 27, 2021 5:42 pm

In the latest update from the Aryan Khan drug case, Advocate Mukul Rohtagi has informed the Bombay High Court that they should look at the arrest memo again as at the time of arrest, no charges were of conspiracy were made. The Bombay High Court is hearing Aryan Khan and Arbaz Merchant’s bail plea which […]

Parsi Social Reformers And Litterateurs

October 24, 2021 9:00 am

Last week, I spoke about “The Parsi Spirit”, essentially focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit of the Parsis as also touching upon Zoroastrian religious ethos. A Gujarati friend, professor, and author, living in Spain, Kandarp Mehta told me that he expected more about Parsi litterateurs, ‘coming from your background’. Reasonably valid point.  If you want to […]

Groundnut Crop Arrival In Abundance At Saurashtra APMC Yards

October 23, 2021 5:30 pm

With the kharif crop season at its peak, Saurashtra’s APMC yards have been flooded with groundnut. APMC has been forced to regulate the arrival of the crop. At present its prices are stable. Gondal and Rajkot APMC, the two largest wholesale markets for groundnuts, started regulating oilseed revenue this week as a growing number of […]

Mercedes-Benz Implements ‘Direct- To- Customer’ Business Model

October 23, 2021 3:06 pm

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz implemented its customer-centric ‘Retail of the Future’ (ROTF) ‘direct- to- customers’ business model and said it will all stakeholders. Company has invested Rs 60 crore to make it operational In this new format Mercedes-Benz India will retain the ownership of the entire stock of cars and retail them via appointed ‘franchise partners’ […]

RIL Net Profit Rises By 11.4% In June-Sept Quarter

October 22, 2021 9:38 pm

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has reported a net profit at Rs 13, 680 crore, July-Sept quarter FY22, a rise of 11.4 per cent compared with the previous quarter, where net profit stood at Rs 12,273 crore. EBITDA for the second quarter of FY22 stood at Rs 26,020 crore compared to Rs 23,368 in the first quarter. In the July-September […]

RSS and BJP discuss Education Policy in Delhi

October 20, 2021 8:50 pm

A two-day meeting of the RSS and the BJP started in Delhi on October 19 with the emphasis on discussing the National Education Policy (NEP). The meeting is presided by senior RSS leaders, Krishna Gopal and Arun Kumar. Vidya Bharti from RSS’ Education Wing also attended the meeting on the first day where he mentioned […]

Nat community In 24 Villages Of Gujarat Cages Drunkards

October 20, 2021 4:59 pm

As a part of social experiment to combat alcoholism, Nat community across  24 villages of Gujarat developed caging for members who are caught in an intoxicated state. They are imposing a fine of Rs 1,200 on those caught in this matter. The Nat community claims that these moves are paying off well and are acting […]

Gujarat Home Minister Gets Into Action In Three Minutes After A Tweet Of Abusive Behaviour By An Uber Driver Is Posted.

October 20, 2021 11:24 am

By ensuring prompt action after an Uber driver in Ahmedabad misbehaved with women passengers, Gujarat’s new home minister Harsh Sanghavi has proved that he really means it when he says that he is happy to help. In stark contrast to the prompt and significant official action, Uber, however, has just been mouthing platitudes. On Sunday […]

Top 10 Memoirs Of All Time

October 16, 2021 9:00 am

To write a memoir isn’t just about opening up one’s life to the readers, but it serves as a map to one’s soul. It is their account of the incidents that punctuated their life. Memories forgotten, dusted off and then recounted in a way utterly endemic to them. Below are the memoirs that encompassed the […]

History repeats itself after 89 years on Gujarat land as female pilot recreates JRD’s flight

October 15, 2021 6:28 pm

Air India came back home just before its 89th birthday. The announcement that Tata Group won the bid to purchase national carrier Air India came as a pleasant surprise. Bhuj airport witnessed history on 15th October, the birthday of Air India, then called Tata Air Mail. Aarohi Pandit, the world’s first woman pilot to cross […]

At 101 out of 116, India Ranked Lower Than Pakistan and Nepal in Global Hunger Index

October 15, 2021 12:02 pm

While average Indian can bask in the reflected glory of the news having 237 billionaires and daydream about his time which has already arrived – ” apna time ayega nahi, apna time aa gaya” as proclaimed by one of those billionaires from a media house conclave’s shiny podium, the reality is rearing it’s ugly head […]

Global Hunger Index: India Ranks 101, Behind Pak, Nepal, Bangladesh

October 15, 2021 9:46 am

India ranked 101 out of 116 countries in the 2021 Global Hunger Index – its rank fell from 94 the last year 2020. The country was also behind its neighbours Pakistan (ranked at 92 position), Nepal(ranked at 76 position) and Bangladesh. This year, the report accessed data from 135 countries however evaluated only 116 of […]

No answers will be given: Parul Khakhar

June 26, 2021 10:54 pm

Parul Khakhar speaks volumes with her silence. This revolutionary poet from Gujarat who captured the imagination of the world with her “Shab Vahini Ganga” has not been selective in her criticism of the “system”.  People who try to denigrate her work as a one-time outing to defame the government for its mishandling of the pandemic, […]

From the PEN collection of Salil Tripathi

June 25, 2021 11:19 pm

Salil Tripathi wrote this poem to mark Shobhaa De’s memoir, “Seventy and to hell with it,” published in 2018. He read it at the Festival of Poetry held by PEN San Miguel, alongside PEN’s Women Writers’ Committee.” After they told you and warned you again and again Specifically, generally, contextually and concisely, What you can’t […]