26th November 2018 – In a unique repatriation mission launched by Wildlife SOS India & ACRES Singapore, over 50 Indian Star Tortoises are finally flying to their rightful home in India from where they were originally smuggled and sold into Singapore as victims of illegal wildlife trafficking.

The tortoises were smuggled into Singapore illegally where they were confiscated by Singapore authorities. With cooperation from the Indian & Singapore Governments, they will now be repatriated to India and returned to their natural habitat in the forests of Karnataka.

Rattle is one of the rescued tortoises
Rattle is one of the rescued tortoises

In a first-of-its-kind initiative,

This article was first published in the environmental magazine, EcoIndia, over 10 years ago. It’s sad to see how little has changed since then.

The bane of modern civilisation, plastic embodies the most uncivilised tendency of contemporary society – a talent for creating waste. This article discusses plastic pollution facts, awareness of plastic pollution in the sea and environment, plastic pollution recycling and solutions and campaigns to stop and beat plastic pollution.

Take a peek out of the window the next time you go to work or college.

Periscope

I discovered that I’m a submarine parent, without even knowing it. The first time I heard that term was when I was asked to write an article on it.

After getting more familiar with the term, I realized that my style of parenting, which involved monitoring my child from a distance, until they actually need me, or face an emergency situation, is actually known as submarine parenting.

What is submarine parenting and why are parenting experts singing its praises?

Unlike “helicopter parenting”, which involves micro-managing your child to the point of doing everything except actually breathing for them,

Indian Mom

As an Indian Mom, for the last 16 years I have had a program running inside me. It’s taken over my life, sometimes to the point of making it unmanageable.

I have had to fight against this program every moment of the day to make sure it doesn’t rule my life and my child’s life. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t. I accept it as the win some, lose some principle.

The “Indian Mom Program” is a master program that runs a whole lot of little programs or modules.

How To Avoid Marrying An AbuserWhile I feel very deeply for anyone, man or woman, who suffers abuse at the hands of their spouse, I have to ask – what is it that makes us feel we have no other option but to suffer in silence, often for years at a time?

Why is even the sight of one’s own child being sexually abused by the in-laws, not enough to make someone pick up and leave the house, for their child’s sake?

I mean, how bad does it have to get before we realise that this person and their family are users and abusers and do not care for you and your kids?

Indian Women Business

If you’re an Indian woman with hopes, dreams and her own passions, but are stuck at home taking care of kids, or in a dead end job, becoming a woman entrepreneur is a great option for you.

But first, what distinguishes a woman entrepreneur from one who is self-employed? An entrepreneur is different because she creates jobs for others.

According to an article in the Times of India, even though the number of self-employed women has doubled to a crore, from 2000 to 2010, women entrepreneurs remain a rarity.

The article goes on to note that,