Technology

Local RJs bring a glimpse of hope and progress through Radio Nazariya

The radio, since its inception, has not only changed the face of media in a country of 1.2 billion people with more than 1652 native tongues, but has also proved itself countless times to be an effective medium in reaching every corner of the country, case in point PM Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat.

Commercial FM radio aside, there’s community radio which is run by non-profits and other organizations for the welfare of society.

Radio Nazariya 107.8, in Ahmedabad, is one such community radio station. Although the idea for this station was conceived

Action figures, Nucleya and the Koocha Monster: In Conversation with Wolves Visuals

Even if you haven't heard the name 'Wolves' before, you've likely seen their work if you're a regular or even an occasional attendee at gigs or festivals in the country. Childhood friends, Joshua D’Mello and Jash Reen, launched Wolves back in 2012 and over the years, they've collaborated with some of the world's most prolific music artists and major music festivals (including Anoushka Shankar, Sunburn, Mutemath, Glastonbury, Beyond Wonderland in California, Noisia, The upbeats, EDC India, EDC Vegas, and Flux Pavilion), and emerged as one of India's leading visual agencies.

In this candid interview, they tell us

Struggling actor to Bollywood star? This app can help make this happen

Almost all of us have done the Shah Rukh Khan pose or waved our dupattas in the air behind us, imagining ourselves us a Khan or Kapoor in a Bollywood scene. For many of us, pretending to be an actor or actress in the film industry only goes so far, but for others, it’s a calling.

21-year-old Karmaditya Bagga too dreamed of becoming Bollywood’s next biggest superstar, but despite pursuing an engineering degree at Virginia Tech in the United States, he decided to give his childhood ambition a shot during a

Love In the Time Of (Dis)ability

Some of the best stories written on love have the protagonists torn away from their beloved ones or being denied the dignity of love because of factors deemed important like money or social status. We enjoy these stories so much because they play on a person’s most basic need: that to love and be loved in return.

This was the need Kalyani Khona and Shankar Srinivasan were helping to bring about when they started Inclov, a dating app with a difference; it is the world's first matchmaking app focusing on people with physical

India’s first community-run Instagram account

This Himalayan village created India’s first community-run Instagram account

You may not have heard of Sarmoli – a small, sleepy hamlet in the Himalayan mountains– but thousands of Instagrammers have. Yes, it’s in this remote corner of the world that you’ll find India’s first community-run Instagram account, @voicesofmunsiari.

In Sarmoli, the lines between the rural and so-called urban way of life are blurred. The people of Munsiari participate in 20 km marathons, attend workshops on meditative yoga and bird watching, watch digital workshops by Wikipedia, and try their hand at international cuisine. Indeed, the local women cook pasta in handi

Agastya Foundation’s mobile labs spark the minds of underprivileged kids in remote areas

Ask any young student, and he/she will tell you that experiential learning is always fun and often is more educative than staid textbooks. This is true especially when it comes to science; hands-on experiments help children understand the practical realities of the scientific concepts they are learning about. However, science labs and facilities are not available in many schools, especially those in remote areas which are attended by children from low income groups.

Ramji Raghavan’s Bangalore-based Agastya Foundation, started in 1999, is changing the way underprivileged children learn about science.

The Foundation's facilities

With

Kannada Gottilla

Thanks to ‘Kannada Gottilla’ you now have no reason to say “Kannada Gottilla”

 

Bangalore is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, teeming with people from all corners of India and abroad. They love the city, its weather, work environment, and events that occur throughout the year. The only hindrance: a lack of knowledge of the local language.

Most non-Kannadigas who need to communicate with vegetable vendors, maids, auto drivers and shopkeepers feel stuck, and make do by saying “Kannada gottilla” which means "I don’t know Kannada." There are many who are willing to learn the language but are pressed for time,

Chuski Pop is the desi feminist podcast

Chuski Pop is the desi feminist podcast you’ve been waiting for

If you want an earful of desi culture, women’s issues, the 90s, bad art, existential crises, sex, drugs, Bollywood, puppies, bunnies, feminism, unicorns and rainbows, we know the perfect podcast for you: Chuski Pop brought to you by Sweety and Pappu.

Commenting to Scroll.in about how they came up with the name ‘Chuski Pop, Pappu explains “To me, Chuski Pop represents childhood nostalgia. But in the hands of a precocious Lolita it turns into something dangerous and suggestive all because in our primarily patriarchal society any phallic-shaped fruit or food can

India's First Masgazine for the blind

A for Apple, Braille & India’s First Magazine For The Blind: In Conversation With Upasana Makati

Thanks to Upasana Makati, thousands of visually impaired Indians can now sit down to breakfast with a cup of chai, some toast and their very own braille magazine to catch up on the latest news, music, and film in the country.

Makati launched 'White Print' in 2013 with the simple goal of ensuring that the blind in India had something to read. Fast forward four years, and the magazine now enjoys a sizeable readership as well as revenue generated from advertising. It is an accomplishment that is both impressive and inspiring.

In this candid interview, Makati tells

Staffed entirely by deaf employee

This courier service is staffed entirely by deaf employees

To be able to live in a world where the disabled are empowered by technology, allowing them to lead a regular life is a true accomplishment of science and the society. And Mumbai-based Mirakle Couriers, headed by Dhruv Lakra, which employs low-income deaf individuals, does exactly so.

It was a chance meeting with a deaf boy in a bus that inspired Lakra to start his company. “I realised he had difficulty knowing where to get off since all the stop announcements were made on the loud speaker. The massive communication barrier