Making it to IIM-Lucknow under the persons with disabilities quota for the academic session 2020-22, the gritty and gregarious Mumbaikar couldn’t be happier. “I am delighted to be a part of IIM-L,” Yash, who has been attending online classes from home since last month, told TOI. Yash had started preparing for CAT in July 2018, when he was still in the second year of his graduation course. “I face problems with numbers. So, I had to put in extra effort, particularly in the quantitative ability section. It was tough but not impossible,” he said. His hard work and perseverance paid off when he got interview calls from all the top IIMs, except Bangalore. He received offer letters from IIM Kozhikode and Indore, but chose Lucknow because it is ranked higher. Yash Avadhesh Gandhi … [Read more...] about Mumbai youth defies cerebral palsy and dyslexia, makes it to IIM
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“There are attempts to cover up the killing of tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve. Why this is being done is a matter of inquiry. There are loopholes in the information given by the park management after the killing of tigers. There were attempts to suppress information regarding the beheading of the tiger as well. A CBI inquiry should be ordered and stringent action taken against the park management,” she said. … [Read more...] about Panna Tiger Reserve: Autopsy report indicates tiger was killed by poachers
The time I began journaling was when I started experiencing depressive symptoms. This was when I was 11-12 and it stayed through my adult life. I’ve had to manage it constantly; it’s basically like any other chronic medical condition. I’ve taken a long time to understand that my mental illness is part of my story and not my entire identity. Honestly, I did not know at 11 that I was battling depression and the medical vocabulary for mental illnesses wasn’t as expansive then. Now, of course it has become better and people are aware. When I was 17-18, I realised that my condition is something much bigger and that’s when my mother intervened and took me to therapy. Both mom and I have learnt a lot through this journey. … [Read more...] about I’d call my best friend and cry. She’d listen without judging me: Shaheen Bhatt
“It is maddening right now that when we have this cosmic challenge to our communities, with the entire West Coast of the United States on fire, to have a president to deny that these are not just wildfires, these are climate fires,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday on “ABC’s This Week.” … [Read more...] about Winds a worry as death toll reaches 35 from West Coast fires in U.S.
Peopled by the living and the dead, humans and jinns, fireflies and dragonflies, spirits and soothsayers, magical creatures and mermaids, the novel opens with Roza, the mother, attaining enlightenment atop the tallest greengage plum tree in the grove of their house on a hill overlooking the 53 houses of the village. She does that at the exact moment on August 18, 1988, when her son, Sohrab, blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back, is hanged without a trial after being in captivity for many months. The next day, he is buried with hundreds of other political prisoners in a long pit in the deserts south of Tehran, “without any indication or marker lest a relative come years later and tap a pebble on a headstone and murmur there is no god but God.” As the novel progresses we discover how the family’s destinies are deeply entangled in the events that unfold over the decade and get a glimpse into the reign of terror unleashed by the mullahs at the behest of … [Read more...] about Interview: ‘I like to be reminded that literature has the power and mystery of a dragon,’ says Australian-Iranian author Shokoofeh Azar