Tokyo Olympics - Anticipation
Following Mirabai’s win, India is riding high on hopes and waiting in anticipation for a victory in today’s (June 30th) matches. On the docket are pistol shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker, archer Deepika Kumari, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, and badminton star P.V. Sindhu. India is also set to commence its participation in athletics.
Friendship Day 2021
It is said that friends are the family we choose, and Friendship Day celebrates this unconditional love. It was first proposed by the World Friendship Crusade, an organisation that intended to foster a culture of peace. Though celebrated around the world on July 30th, a few countries including India observe it on the first Sunday…
Google Doodle has been outdoing itself during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, collaborating with the animation studio, STUDIO 4°C, in Tokyo. It has been introducing several online sports games as a part of the Doodle Champion Island Games. To celebrate the seventh day, it has published a new marathon game across Champion Island.
Dholavira - The Durable City
The Harappan City of Dholavira, located in the Rann of Kutch has been added to the list of UNESCO'S World Heritage sites. Earning its place as the 40th world heritage property in India, Dholavira dominated trends on social media as netizens celebrated. The unique site, with its impressive water management system, defence mechanisms, stone construction,…
World Nature Conservation Day
On July 28th, every year, World Nature Conservation Day is celebrated to emphasize the importance of a thriving natural environment for human life. This day is meant to spark conversation and action about conserving endangered flora and fauna on Earth. By taking steps to conserve our natural resources, we can all stop the natural world…
On Wednesday at the Olympics, India’s athletes will be competing in a wide range of sports: hockey, badminton, boxing, archery, sailing, and rowing. Most anticipated is the match between badminton star P.V. Sindhu and Cheung Ngan Yi from Hong kong. The Indian women’s hockey team is up against Great Britain, and Boxer Pooja Rani will…
In an athletic win, separate from the Olympics, Indian wrestler from Haryana, Priya Malik bagged a gold-medal win at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday. Defeating Kseniya Patapovich from Belarus 5-0 in the summit clash, Malik emerged victorious in a moment that made all of India proud.
Mirabai the Mighty
The nation has been rejoicing at weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s remarkable win at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 last week. With various tributes being shared online, one stands out: a video from Manipur showing the live reactions of her family and friends as she won the silver medal. The video, shared by Asian News International (ANI), went…
Handmade Missile Man
A remarkable 8-foot-high bust of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam made entirely of scrap material has been installed in the Yeshvantpur Coach Depot in South Western Railways. The creative structure was made of nuts, bolts, wire, and old containers. It was paid for by the Indian Railways, who shared pictures on Twitter, garnering praise from…
Amul for Olympics
Dairy brand Amul has lately been creating doodles about topical affairs. In a new doodle with the caption ‘Jalwa in javelin’, Amul wishes to India’s javelin throwers, Neeraj Chopra, and Shivpal in the men’s category, and Annu Rani in the women’s category, the very best for their participation in the Tokyo Olympics.
Summer in India, above all, means one thing: Mangoes. All of us love the fresh tropical flavour to the point where it has been dubbed our national fruit. Every year on June 22nd, National Mango Day is dedicated to the delicious king of fruits. In honour of the day, netizens shared their mango-related stories online.
India won the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka, countering the opponent’s score of 275/9 with 277/7. India’s Deepak Chahar was the top-scoring batsman, winning the Player of the Match award. He later revealed that coach Rahul Dravid had advised him to play all the balls.
Be a Sport
Being a female athlete comes with a unique set of challenges. Tennis champion Sania Mirza took to Instagram to lightheartedly mock the people who encourage her to "smile more", implying that her beauty is more important than her sport. She posted a video montage showing off her intense exercise activities while smiling widely, eliciting laughter…
One with Nature
In a viral tweet on Sunday, Indian Industrialist Harsh Goenka posted a moving list of lessons to learn from trees, alongside a beautiful image. Goenka, who often shares motivation for his followers online, included advice such as "stay grounded", "connect with your roots" and "enjoy the view" in the list, garnering approval from netizens.
Yesterday's Google doodle celebrated the 160th birth anniversary of Kadambini Ganguly, the first female Western medicine practitioner in India who broke multiple barriers. Born in Bihar in 1861, Ganguly was the first woman to pass the entrance examination for the University of Calcutta as well as gain admission into Calcutta Medical College.
India has discovered a plant species! Polar biologists discovered a moss species at Larsemann Hills close to Bharati, a remote research station in Antarctica during an expedition in 2017. This has been the first of its kind discovery. Honouring the discovery, scientists based in the Central University of Punjab named the moss Bryum Bharatiensis after…
India at the Olympics
At long last, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin on the 23rd of July after being delayed for a year. In a new record, there will be 119 athletes participating from India, surpassing the previous record of 117 athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympics. India’s campaign will begin on the first day itself, with the…
The monsoon engulfing Western India has increased the flow in the Mahadayi river and caused Goa's famous Dudh Sagar falls to turn into a spectacular vision of milk-white water. The waterfalls, present in the Moulem reserve forest and sanctuary, are visible from the nearby rail line connecting Goa with Bengaluru. Images on Twitter show the…
In the exciting finale of MasterChef Australia, Justin Narayan of Indian origin triumphed over Kishwar Chowdhury. Narayan consistently impressed the judges during the thirteenth season, becoming a fan favourite with his Indian-inspired dishes. He shared that he would like to use the future profits from his eateries to feed and educate underprivileged children in India.
Limited Series, Unlimited Excitement
Details about the India vs Sri Lanka limited-overs series have been revealed. Beginning on 18 July, all the matches will be held in Colombo's R. Premadasa Stadium. Much to India's excitement, the Indian team is gearing up for the series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, under Rahul Dravid's capable coaching and Shikhar Dhawan's captainship.
At long last, citizens of Delhi are celebrating the monsoon that is lovingly making its way into the year a little later than usual. Occupying the #1 spot in trends, the hashtag #DelhiRains shows hilarious memes and photographs of balconies that joyously showcase people's excitement for the respite from the unforgiving heat.
Sameer's Grand Serve
17-year old Sameer Banerjee was shocked with happiness when he won the Junior Boys Wimbledon Championship. Sameer expressed gratitude to his family and to the large Indian presence in the crowd, supporting him. The future shines bright for Sameer as he contemplates between playing college tennis at Columbia University or continuing with Grand Slam participation.
Guntur to Space
This week, Sirisha Bandla became the third woman of Indian-origin to enter space, joining Richard Branson and five others on the crew of the Virgin Galactic's test flight from New Mexico to the edge of space. The Andhra Pradesh-born aeronautical engineer tweeted her gratitude, and India couldn't be prouder of her.
Master Blaster to Masterchef
India's most beloved cricketer seems to have taken up a new skill, one that many of us have attempted ourselves during the pandemic - cooking. A video shared via Instagram shows Sachin Tendulkar working on a dish in his kitchen, while using cricket terminology to explain it. Despite not knowing what the dish is, the…
Rahul Dravid, one of India's greatest cricket heroes, garnered praise from former captain of Sri Lankan cricket team, Aravinda De Silva, for being a great pick as a U-19 coach. The Indian team is set to play three ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka, who will be hosting the matches in Colombo starting July 13.
Window to Joy
Twitter has a unique way of connecting people from everywhere. The recent trending hashtag, #JannalTwitter, shows people sharing images of their windows and the views from them. Jannal means window in Tamil and Malayalam, and the trend is a lovely way to admire an often overlooked but incredibly important feature in homes and offices everywhere.
Sing, Don't Sling
Assistant Conservator of Forests of West Nashik, Anand Reddy, took to Twitter to share an uplifting story. The birds of the village had been victims of children's slingshots, and Reddy started a movement to educate the kids and win their hearts with empathy. The children gave up their slingshots and marched around the village, holding…
Tokyo, Here We Kom
In a moment of glowing pride, acclaimed boxer Mary Kom and captain of the Indian men’s hockey team, Manpreet Singh, were chosen to be the flag-bearers at the opening ceremony at this year’s Olympics, held in Tokyo. The Indian Olympic Association made the announcement that the ceremony will take place on the 23rd of July.
Village Cooking Goes International
In 2018, a group of farmers from Chinna Veeramangalam in Pudukkottai district decided to try their hand at YouTube. ‘Village Cooking Channel” gained popularity for its traditional cooking videos, with the team consisting of five cousins and their grandfather, a former caterer. They just made history by becoming the first-ever channel from Tamil Nadu to…
Cheer Through Chocolate
Chocolate is consistently the most-loved food around the world. Every year on July 7th, the world celebrates International Chocolate Day. It provides a great excuse for people of all ages to gorge on some indulgent treats. Celebrate the sweet occasion with these fun ideas!
Conserve Tigers, Conserve Earth
Though the government has been taking steps to protect tigers, the effort doesn’t always pay off. In 2018, a tigress named Avni was shot and killed since she posed a threat to the people of Pandharwada, Maharashtra. To address the struggles of wildlife conservation, the newly-released Hindi film Sherni analyses the rise of human-wildlife conflicts…
Instagram page Build The Earth recently shared a project that aims to build a 1:1 model of the Earth in Minecraft, a popular video game where players build virtual worlds. The page posted images of famous spots around the world, one of which was our very own Taj Mahal. The page has garnered praise for…
Indians got a taste of victory last night when our women’s cricket team won the match on the third One-Day International between England and India, held at Worcester. Mithali Raj played calmly and competently, finishing the series as the highest run-scorer, as well as rising to become one of the highest run-scorers in women’s international…
Behind Every Successful Woman, There is Another Woman
Sphoorti, a Network Leader in Bangalore, has started an initiative to bring women who have resigned during the pandemic back to work. There has always been pressure on women to balance their professional and personal lives, and in these uncertain times, that pressure has only increased. Spoorthi reached out to the families of these women…
Talent in these Trying Times
RD Burman, one of the most legendary music directors of our country, would have celebrated his 82nd birthday this past Sunday. In the sea of various tributes shared by loving fans all over the internet, one, in particular, stood out - a video of a street musician playing a captivating cover of one of Burman’s…
The Charming Crabs
This past Monday, IFS (Indian Forest Service) officer Sudha Ramen shared a delightful video through her Twitter account. In a stunning show of nature’s creations, the video depicts a cast of brightly-coloured male crabs performing a highly synchronized mating dance in order to impress female crabs. The video went viral and garnered over a hundred…