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Actress relives family history in new film Funny Boy

by LAUREN CODLING AN ACTRESS who lived through the 1983 riots in Sri Lanka revealed it was “surreal” to recreate scenes from the deadly ambush in her new Netflix movie. Nimmi Harasgama plays the lead female role in Funny Boy, which follows the life of a young gay man in Colombo. It is set in […]

Once upon a time: Pakistan’s fabled storytellers fade away

Mohammad Naseem’s eyes shine while he shares the legend of a remote, alpine lake nestled among snow-capped Himalayan peaks as a rare crowd of onlookers hears one of Pakistan’s last “storytellers”. The story of Saif-ul-Malook — the winding saga of a brave prince who falls in love with a fairy — is just one of […]

To ward off pandemic, India’s indigenous tribes find remedies in forests

A few weeks ago, Mukteshwar Kalo, a member of the Kondh tribe in eastern India, suddenly came down with a fever, cough and aches. Nearly anywhere else, these symptoms would be enough to raise fears of COVID-19, but 58-year-old Kalo, who lives in Surupa village in the state of Odisha, was not worried. His wife […]

Women who escaped slavery turn anti-trafficking crusaders in India

Separated from her parents, Jayashree Ponrajan spent most of her teenage years trapped in a form of bonded labour – forced to live and work in the spinning mills of southern India. It took Ponrajan years to find a way out, but ever since then she has been denouncing the recruitment of teenagers in India’s […]

Middleman matters: Behind Indian protests against Modi farm reforms

Undeterred by the harsh winter of India’s capital, its toxic air and surging coronavirus cases, Sukhbinder Singh is among tens of thousands of farmers camped out in protest on the city’s outskirts, along with tractors, trailers, SUVs and food trucks. The farmers say they have enough flour, potatoes and other provisions to stay put for […]

Single parents’ group offers a ‘safe space’ to seek support

by LAUREN CODLING A SINGLE mother has revealed the stigma against divorce in the Asian community, saying some keep it a secret from their loved ones. Aruna Bansal, who is from Kent, is the founder of the Asian Single Parents Network (ASPN) CIC. Set up in 2011, the group offers support to single parents from […]

Taslima Nasreen: Relentless rebel revelling in polemics

Banished from her homeland with a bounty on her head, author Taslima Nasreen has been forced to live in exile for more than a quarter of a century — but she refuses to bow to the religious fundamentalists that want her dead. The fiery 58-year-old Bangladeshi, whose bestsellers include A French Lover and Shodh: Getting […]

Caste discrimination taints corporate India

A winner of industry awards, Snehapoo Padavattan should have raced up India’s corporate ladder. There was just one problem. She belongs to the country’s lowest caste, the Dalits. At 35, the Chennai-based communications executive has been forced to repeatedly change jobs to escape persistent discrimination and has battled stress-related health issues. A sixth of India’s […]

The Brandfather

High-flying international CEOs do not often come in a more thoughtful and engaging form than Salman Amin, who heads up pladis Global and dominates the biscuit scene in the UK. His vast experience makes Amin a touchstone of wisdom and a clear voice in an uncertain time, especially because he thrives on uncertainty SALMAN AMIN […]

Army offers university students taste of life as military officers

by LAUREN CODLING FOR most students, life at university can be about acquiring an academic qualification or two, making friends and enjoying new experiences. But those looking for a bit more could try the University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC), an Army Reserve unit which enlists university students who can go on to train as the […]

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