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Paralyzed cop resumes duty only to fight sand mafia

On a Christmas Eve in 2014, Benedict was motoring down to the local church when he was brutally attacked by the sand mafia, leaving him for dead. A deadly wound to his spine left him paralyzed neck down.

‘No-Shave November’ is here!

The goal of 'No-Shave November' is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.

World Photography Day: 7 pictures that tell tales

Some moments captured in those four frames go way beyond the purview of photography and narrate tales of emotion – a quaint visual story for the world to cherish, and at times a moving picture of horror.

Singledom may provide a more fulfilling life than marriage

A recent study says that single people have richer social lives and hence experience more psychological growth and development than people who are married. "The preoccupation with the perils of loneliness (associated with singledom) can obscure the profound benefits of solitude," said

Aardrakeralam offers hopes for the differently abled

A brainstorming initiative jointly conducted by Malayala Manorama and UNICEF, has come to the conclusion that problems of the differently abled can be solved only through collective social action overseen by govt.

Kochi's 'Green' people

Meet the people who create forests in their own backyard; who plant and nurture trees along the pavements.

Managing work and family life not easy: Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo's India-born CEO has acknowledged that while she does not regret pursuing her career, she is filled with 'heartaches' for not spending as much time with her daughters when they were growing up.

'Tattooed people are generally extremely nice'

South African alternate model Brett Rogers, who will be seen hosting an upcoming TV show dismisses the misconceptions around tattooed people, saying that they are generally 'extremely nice.'

Sponsored article: Overseas Education Expo 2016

The education expo, jointly organized by Santa Monica study abroad Pvt. Ltd. and Malayala Manorama will be held at four prominent locations of Kerala on April 4, April 6, April 8 and April 9.

Salvaging addicts on the internet

One of the major blows dealt by addiction to gaming, social media or pornography are the ramifications they inflict on marital life.

World Cancer Day: Stay strong, be positive

The real fight for cancer-stricken people is to choose between two realities: Embrace the situation with humility and prepare themselves for the long-drawn medical procedures or give up and let it progress.

16 basic lunch and dinner etiquettes

Sheena Agarwaal, Director, Urbanista Image Consultancy, has put together some etiquettes that are good to know and follow the next time you are out for a luncheon or a formal dinner.

See, sniff, swirl, sip and savour

There has been a rise in the demand for courses that familiarise one with beverages; enough to make informed choices and smart conversation.

The high street of Panampilly Nagar

Panampilly Nagar, an area known for its broad roads with a pleasant green canopy, has gone one step ahead and levitated its position as a commercial hub.

This spray may help men turn women on!

Forget sorcery, scientists have now discovered that a nasal spray containing a synthetic form of the so called 'love hormone' oxytocin could help men attract women.

Jallikattu – it's all about proving your mettle!

J. Suresh, the chief photographer of Malayala Manorama has been frequenting the popular Jallikattu grounds for the past 15 years. Here he takes us on a unique journey of this sport through his lens.

The boy who fell in love with Ferrari

There was a boy in Viyyoor who was crazy about cars right from his childhood. Eventually, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery, switching gears smoothly; gently rolling his car on first gear initially before hitting the top gear to reach dizzying heights in his career. Meet Justine Augustine,

Candid chat with Merin Joseph

The young and dashing IPS officer Merin Joseph, is pleasantness personified. A youth icon indeed, everyone wants to know how she manages to stay fit and healthy despite her busy schedules. When we asked her to reveal her mantra to positive living, she was more than willing to share her fitness

Four safety tips during an earthquake

Here are four ways by which you could protect yourself during an earthquake:a) Get out of the building or room as soon as you feel the tremors or see the surroundings shaking.b) If you are unable to rush out of your building, 'duck' under a desk or any other piece

X-mas shopping buys you happiness!

Toronto: Material purchases, from sweaters to tablet computers, provide more frequent happiness over time, whereas experiential purchases, like a trip to the zoo, provide more intense happiness on individual occasions."The decision of whether to buy a material thing or a life experience may

Meet the Keralite girl who's smarter than Einstein

'Perspicacious' is probably too weak a word for 11-year-old Anushka Binoy. The child prodigy has just achieved the highest possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ (Intelligent Quotient) test, which could roughly surpass the wits of noted geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Although

Kerala sets world record for largest human X-mas tree

Chengannur: Kerala set a new Guinness World Record for the largest 'human Christmas tree' in the world on Sunday at Chengannur.The 'tree' was made by 4030 people who gathered at the municipality stadium here under the auspices of Mission Chengannur. The attempt broke a record that was set at

X-mas special: When Yoga meets Danish football

Manmad (Maharashtra): Traditional Buddhist-Maharashtrian wedding preparations are under way at a small household in Manmad, a bustling city around 200 km north of Mumbai. In the wintry chill, the Alinje family here is preparing to warmly welcome Cecilie Vedel Pedersen, a former Danish football

This girl's heart is outside her chest

Six-year-old Virsaviya Borun has been beating the odds her entire life, having been born with her heart and intestines outside her chest and abdomen.Virsaviya from Russia is diagnosed with this rare and startling condition, known as thoracoabdominal syndrome or pentalogy of Cantrell, which is

Guess your key words for 2016!

Playbuzz, the website that pulls in people for a little quiz time and other 'playful content', as they like to call it, has shared an interesting scrabble-like word puzzle. They have borrowed it from 9GAG, another popular website that has a few laughs on offer always.It's a simple collection of

X-mas special: 4 months, 8 nations, a lifetime of love

A poor guy meets a rich girl. They fall in love. The girl goes back to her country and the boy promises to make it big and visit her. Time passes by but he struggles to make both ends meet. He decides to fulfill his promise - picks up a cycle and sets on a journey across 8 countries to meet the

Santa Claus chooses to give more this X-mas

Stockholm: More than 1,000 joggers dressed as Santa Claus wearing red suits, boots and long white beards ran through the streets of Stockholm for charity."It was brilliant. I'm a Santa enthusiast and an avid runner, so its the best of two worlds," said Andreas, a 27-year-old participant.The

X-mas special: A tale of 90 years of togetherness

An Indian-origin husband and wife, believed to be the world’s oldest married couple, have celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary in the UK.Karam and Kartari Chand, 110 and 103 respectively, tied the knot in a traditional Punjabi ceremony in India on December 11, 1925, during the British Raj and

X-mas special: Fun facts about the X-mas tree

Here are a few interesting facts about the Christmas tree: 1. The evergreen fir, which is often used as the Christmas tree, was used to celebrate several winter festivals for thousands of years. Some religious sects used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter

Family problems encourage violence in kids: Study

Kottayam: A report has suggested that separated parents could increase violent traits in children. The report, spanning 10 years, said that the number of men abandoning their families is increasing and that children raised by a single parent are prone to becoming violent. The study was conducted by

Keralite woman calls off wedding on FB

Kottayam: A Facebook post by a Keralite woman explaining why she called off her wedding is the latest hot topic among netizens in the state.The Facebook post by Remya Ramachandran, a native of Thrissur, is being hailed as a loud statement against the social evil called dowry. "To those who have

25,000 weddings in Delhi, 'tweeters' react

New Delhi: Delhi witnessed around 25,000 weddings on Monday. The scenario was widely discussed on the micro-blogging, Twitter. Despite Monday being a working day, the date - December 7 was considered to be an auspicious day for weddings.“The planet that we consider for the auspicious wedding day -

Live-in couples do as well as married couples

New York: A recent study has showed that when it comes to emotional health, young couples - especially women - do just as well moving in together as they do getting married.The findings suggest an evolving role of marriage among young people today, said co-author of the study Sara Mernitz from The

Playboy to be 'Pamboy' for one last time

Pamela Anderson is the last person to pose nude for Playboy magazine, closing a more than 60-year tradition that has seen women ranging from Madonna to Kim Kardashian and Cindy Crawford strip off for the glossy men's publication.Playboy magazine said on Thursday the 48-year-old

Stay safe during a flood

In light of the recent floods that lashed the city of Chennai and several other part of Tamil Nadu, here are a few ways that you could consider in order to stay safe during and after a flood as well as be prepared to tackle such disasters in the future:Play safe, always!Be prepared, act

Portray your best during public meetings

New Delhi: Since time immemorial, we have been told to sit, walk and eat in a particular way to give out a strong impression to others, but there are certain myths that need to be broken.It's alright to extend a handshake to a lady or eating pizza with your hand during meeting people in public,

Make love in hotel room, it's steamier: Survey

Toronto: Did it ever occur to you that sex in a hotel room is much steamier, longer and fulfilling than at home? Well, do not hide the smile on your face as an interesting survey spanning 11 countries and 2,200 people has found that you are not alone.According to the results, most surveyed feel

Third Holocaust survivors' beauty contest

Haifa(Israel): The third annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant, honouring women who lived through the concentration camps and death marches of Nazi Germany, was held here with hundreds of relatives turning out in support.Lipstick was carefully applied, dresses were elegant and jewellery

Meet Pravij, the youngest municipal chairman in Kerala

V.R. Pravij is yet to come to terms with the sudden public glare followed by his election as the first chairman of the newly formed Mananthavadi Municipality in Wayanad district. At 32 years, he is the youngest boss for a municipality in Kerala.CPM leaders did not have a rethink when Pravij’s

No pool is big enough for little Liana

Kochi: Liana Fathima Ummer Nizar continues her victorious streak in the pool. The fifth-standard student broke two records at the CBSE National Swimming Championship at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.Liana won gold in the under-12 girls’ 500 metre freestyle and 500 metre butterfly stroke and silver in 100

Viral video: Mexican priest dances at Mass

Mexico City: A video of a priest, who dances the "Alleluia" in church as if doing a folk dance, has gone viral on social networks, where he is now known as "Lady Padre."The not-yet-identified priest appears in a video wearing a kind of woman's red-striped gown typical of Mexican folk dancing. The

A lush green paddy field on rooftop

Thiruvananthapuram: The trend of terrace farming in urban areas has been steadily catching up across the State, of late. But, not many have opted to grow paddy on their terrace mainly because of space constraints and complicated cultivation methods. However, Ambika, a housewife hailing from

'Proud to be a transgender'

Sub inspector Prithika Yashini is a role model for transgenders, the third gender, which is often looked down upon by our society. Prithika’s selection into the police force and the court order that paved way for it is a historic event for transgenders and people furthering their cause. Prithika

Model walks through Hong Kong streets pantless

A video of a woman walking around Hong Kong streets wearing nothing but a t-shirt, backpack and pair of boots has gone viral.The blonde model, who was naked from the waist down, had been painted to make it look like she was wearing a pair of denim skinny jeans.And surprisingly, the passers barely

It's Children's Day: Unleash the kid in you

Here are five things that you should do before the kid in you fades away:1. Climb trees and sneak into the kitchen: Who wouldn't want to be a little adventurous and sneaky? Go ahead. Climb that tree whose branches lead to that secret window in your kitchen and relish the taste of those barred

Watch video: Kailash Satyarthi speaks

Kailash Satyarthi, who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize as an acknowledgement of his decades-long activism in the field of child rights, speaks to Onmanorama. In this three-part exclusive interaction which took place in Kottayam, Satyarthi shares his views on a number of issues such as child rights,

Kailash Satyarthi on why children in India are not safe

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi rues the lack of initiative on the part of political parties and religious leaders in the world's largest democracy in taking up children's rights issues."No political parties talk about working for the cause of children's rights issues even during the time of

Child labour a design by greedy employers: Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi believes that child labour, illiteracy and poverty form a vicious circle. He reels out figures to supplement the argument about the correlation between child labour and unemployment.Child labour is not a necessity but a design by greedy employers, Sathyarti tells

A wedding with 'twin' delights

You probably checked out the grooms and brides in this wedding photo from Kerala.But pause for a minute and alternately look between the two couples. Well if you haven't already spotted, both the grooms and brides are twins!Now, look at the others on the photo. Flanking the couples is two

The story behind Diwali's favourite firecrackers

It is time for a lights, sound and a lot action. This Diwali let's learn more about what it takes to make those wonderful works of art that illuminate our grounds during the celebrations:1. Labourers at firework factories mix tonnes of gun powder every day so as to ensure the consistency of the

Why are superstitions hard to shake?

New York: Do you forward a chain mail even though you know fully well that your action would not bring any promised luck? This is because you might consider the costs of ignoring rationality is low relative to the costs of ignoring intuition.Researchers have found that detecting an irrational

Diwali: Too dark for traditional potters

New Delhi: For generations, Indian homes were lit up by diyas, or traditional earthen lamps, during Diwali. Potters now complain that customers prefer cheaper Chinese electrical lighting or more pricey products in shopping malls, jeopardizing their livelihoods.Until a few years ago, hundreds of

This Diwali, play safer than ever

Diwali has always been a joyous festival especially among children. The excitement of lighting up floor pots or seeing a rocket burst into wonderful patters in the sky does not seem to die. But as always, this Diwali, we recommend safety first.Here are a fews Dos that you ought to abide by this

Why this 28 year old married a sex doll

When this 28 year old Chinese man he came to know that he was dying of cancer, he was heartbroken. But before he died, he wanted to experience the full splendour of a wedding.However, he did not want to leave another human being struggling to cope with his loss. So he got married to a sex doll!A

'Our political culture has converted humans into votes'

Kailash Satyarthi's efforts to embed the idea of child rights in the global conscience began long back. The relentless pursuit got a boost when he was conferred the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, an honour he shared with with Malala Yousafzai for “their struggle against the suppression of children and

Dhoni brings smiles to the faces of special kids

Pune: Taking time off after a hard fought ODI series against the Proteas, India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spent over an hour with special children at a charity show held here. Freely mixing with the physically and mentally challenged children who participated in a cultural show organised

Mayweather Jr. buys $3.5mn Bugatti

Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't one to rest in retirement, not when there are USD 3.5 million sports cars to buy. The Las Vegas boxer posed with his latest purchase, a 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, in a photo posted to his Instagram account. Mayweather brought Obi Okeke, who

'Over 50 per cent Indian kids trust strangers online'

New Delhi: A new study has showed that over 50 percent Indian children admit to meeting or wanting to meet a stranger they first met online.The study, named Teens, Tweens and Technology Survey, examines online behaviours and social networking habits of tweens and teens aged eight to 16 years.The

Modi lavishes praise on Kerala girl in Mann Ki Baat

It was a proud moment in the life of Shredha Thampan Nair, a Class XI student of Government Higher Secondary School at Kottodi in Kasaragod.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his `Man Ki Baat’ radio address to the nation on Sunday, bestowed compliments on All India Radio Kannur Station for

Tintin comic strip fetches 1.7 million USD

Brussels: A double-page Tintin comic strip by the renowned Belgian cartoonist Herge has fetched a record 1.56 million Euros ($1.72 million) at an auction.The sale by auction house Sotheby's in Paris saw 65 original items from the biggest names in European and American cartoons go under the

When Canadian PM did a Shahid Kapoor

When people elected Justin Trudeau as Canada's new Prime Minister, they perhaps knew how handsome this 43 year old was!Everyone knew about his political and social side but none knew he was too good at dancing too.In a youtube video, Justin Trudeau was seen dancing and what surprised us more was

Dual goals at one go

On entering the last lap of B.Tech, students are more seriously concerned about placement than examinations. Alka Ajith, a native of Thiruvananthapuram and a final year B.Tech student of Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology (MBCET), Thiruvananthapuram, has won both. She has got unique

Obama poses for wedding photo

US President Barack Obama played an unexpected starring role in a Southern California wedding over the weekend when he ended a round of golf and posed for photos with a bride and groom.Obama was playing golf on Sunday at the world famous Torrey Pines course in San Diego's upscale La Jolla

'Playboy' bidding adieu to nudes?

Now readers of Playboy, the glossy men's magazine known for its nude fold-outs, can honestly say they are buying the magazine for its articles.Playboy will no longer publish nude photographs of women, the New York Times reported on Monday in an article quoting Scott

Kerala girl lands Rs 6.5 lakh Ford scholarship

All students dream of funding their own studies. Securing an international scholarship is a sureshot way of ensuring higher studies in a reputed institution abroad. Ancy Phillip struck gold when she was selected for the Ford scholarship for a whopping $10,000 (Rs 6.5 lakh). The engineering

What would have Gandhi said on beef ban?

It was a year back when Ahmed Sidhique began his research imagining an interview with Mahatma Gandhi. And this year on Gandhi Jayanti, the actor writer finally gets his interview done titled, ‘The MKGandhi Interview’ by Ahmed Sidhique.The

Creativity could make you dishonest

New York: Do you think you are special because you are creative? Well, this sense of entitlement can have some unpleasant side-effects, such as turning you into a liar and making you steal at the workplace, says a new study.The study found that believing you are a creative person can create

Men want more free online porn, women not so keen

New York: With more and more free porn websites bombarding the internet, men are increasingly becoming more accepting of online porn but women remain more opposed to pornography, a significant study has revealed.As a result, the gender gap in attitudes toward pornography has been widening over

Whale vomit makes man rich

London: Beachcombers dream of finding treasures as they stroll along sandy beaches, but one dog walker in Wales struck gold as he exercised his pet - and was on Friday richer by $16,700 as he found whale vomit.His rare find was a 1.1 kg chunk of whale vomit, known as ambergris, and it sparked a

Boyfriend proposes to dead girlfriend

There are many touching tragic love stories that have made us grief stricken. Unrequited love is painful, but love that could not be conveyed to the heart's content is sheer misery.The story of Josh Thompson is something akin to this situation.Josh Thompson, 22, was a tennis coach in Hallam

Why you shouldn't stalk your ex on FB

New York: If you have gone through a romantic break-up recently, avoid stalking your ex on Facebook as it may make emotional recovery more difficult than ever.According to researchers, individuals who were most distressed by a break-up were most likely to monitor their ex-partners online which

Sujatha pushes her case with undying spirit

Thrissur: The major events in Sujatha’s life bear striking resemblances to a legal case that is subjected to unnecessary postponement of hearing.However, Sujatha, a tile factory worker, has showed the world how to strike the forces that pull us down and how to stay focused when we are engulfed by

Girls taller by 1 cm, boys by 3 cm

Compared to eight years ago, 18-year-old boys and girls from India's middle and upper classes are 3 cm and 1 cm taller, respectively, according to the latest growth charts published this year for children aged five to 18. The growth figures - last updated in 2007, using data collected more than two

Sperm bank offers iPhone 6S to donors

Beijing: An online advertisement urging people not to sell their kidneys but instead donate sperm to win the latest iPhone 6S has gone viral in China, the media reported."No need to sell a kidney... Shanghai sperm bank can make your iPhone 6S dream come true," said the advertisement which has gone

Rakhi's saree appearance on Ganesh Chathurthi goes viral

Bollywood and Ganesh Chathurthi festivities have a special connect. This year too, there were a lot of pictures of celebrities visiting the various Ganesh Chathathurthi mandaps across the city and some celebrating the festival at their homes. Enter controversies favourite child Rakhi Sawant. This

Temmy the dog fights cancer, reunites with master

Kollam: Temmy, the dog, finally found her master. The strange reunion created emotional moments at the District Veterinary Hospital, where the dog has been recuperating after getting a cancerous tumour removed from its abdomen.Radhika Menon was on the verge of tears when she saw the pet she thought

Jinnah House – A marvellous edifice etched in history

On August 28, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) gave its nod to a proposal to rename Aurangzeb Road in the heart of the national capital after former President A P J Abdul Kalam. This has sparked off a controversy. Name change or not, this stretch of road houses some of the famous buildings, one

Malayali researcher bags Rs 1cr Commonwealth scholarship

Michael Jacob Mathew can testify that taking risks pays off. The applied electronics engineer landed a job with a multinational through campus placement in the College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET). What sounded like a good start to a promising career was only an eye-opener for Mathew. He quit

Why excessive exposure to porn is bad

New Delhi: As more Indians surf for online pornography, despite efforts to ban it, experts caution that excessive exposure to explicit sex on the net may result in some of them turning into porn addicts and hypersexuals."Obsessive porn viewing can turn some into hyper-sexuals and addicts. This may

Man proposes to girlfriend at 30,000ft height

Love is in the air. Literally!Kevin Christie was travelling with his 20-year-old partner Kamila Maier from Manchester to Mykonos in Greece when he took to the intercom at 30,000ft height to ask for her hand in marriage.The 1 minute 31 seconds-long video shows Kevin's unusual way of proposal in

Selfie madness: Dying for a perfect click

The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide.The act of taking a picture of oneself with a mobile phone, placing the subject

Teach toddlers emotions to help them behave better

New York: Helping your toddler understand and express emotions may reduce behavioural problems later on, says a new study."Our findings offer promise for a practical, cost-effective parenting strategy to support at-risk toddlers' social and emotional development and reduce behavioural problems,"

Milking money from dairy business

Kottayam: Lilly Mathew has won a rush of Onam prizes through her unique methods in dairy farming. Lilly has at her disposal 26 top quality cows and nearly two dozen calves and she supplies 400 litres of milk daily to the  milk society in Mananthavady. However, Lilly has to thank the black beauty

Are you violent? Poser to 'macho' men

Washington: Men whose image of themselves falls short of the traditional masculine gender norms, and who feel that others think this about them too, may be more prone to violence than men who feel comfortable in their own skin, a new study suggests. How men perceive traditional male gender norms

Watch video: Girl undresses in public

In the wake of promoting awareness for eating disorders and self-esteem issues, a young woman named Jae West undressed on a busy street corner in Central London.The recent social experiment was created by The Liberators International where the woman asked the public to love and support her - and

To Russia with will

Muhamma (Alappuzha): Baburaj is a man on a mission. The 52-year-old man from Kainakari swam across the widest stretch in the Vembanad Lake on Tuesday morning to raise funds to participate in an international event for the differently abled scheduled to be held in Russia from September 23 to October

Vara Dakshina to the Timeless Artist

If one was bent on drawing analogies, it was a cloudy day with subtle streaks of sunshine glazing the skies that afternoon in Fort Kochi, where the first promotional event of the 'Grandmarket' was organised. Going with the silver lining expression, one could affirmatively say that Vara Dakshina,

Watch Radhe Maa's rib-tickling dubsmash video

The self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa has been in news for quite some time. After all the serious views and opinions on Radhe Maa wearing a skimpy skirt, here is something to tickle your funny bones.A guy named Umesh Potdar has made a dubsmash video on Alia Bhatt’s song Radha on the dance

An IAS officer's 'unacademic' victory

Jaipur: Ten students who had enrolled in the academy of Dr Roman Saini have cleared the civil services exam this year. What makes the academy, 'Unacademy', different from other civil service coaching institutes is that the courses here are offered through Youtube for free. Saini, who is from

Breakups hit women the hardest

New York: Women experience more emotional pain following a breakup, but they also recover fully as compared to men, according to a new global survey which included respondents from India. Researchers from Binghamton University in New York and University College London asked 5,705 participants in 96

The new-gen wedding

The discussion here is about the new trends in photography and videography of wedding functions, which are drastically different from what they used to be.

Satyarthi to launch global campaign against child labour

New Delhi: Nobel Peace Prize winner and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi on Monday said he will soon be launching his "most ambitious and longest-ever" campaign against child labour. "I am planning to launch my most ambitious campaign against child labour soon. 100 million people from across

5 ways to pamper buddies on Friendship Day

Friendship bands, cards and flowers are mundane Friendship Day treats, but how about making the occasion special by getting your buddies a ride in a luxurious car or by planning a day-long retreat nearby?Here are ways you can enjoy Friendship Day on Sunday with a twist:1. You can never go wrong

Praveen wins over cerebral palsy with first rank

How far can a student with cerebral palsy go? T.S. Praveen has been constantly pushing the envelope in academics and now with a first rank in MS Communication, he has pushed it a little further.Praveen’s emergence from the disorder that affects brain cells and hampers movement is a study in will

When Libin put 'heart' into engineering

When most of his classmates vied with each other in assisting their professor with a disability, Libin Varghese was wracking his brains to find a way for the professor to carry him about without anyone’s assistance.The M. Tech student at the Rajagiri College of Engineering in Kochi finally

'Pee Buddy' helps women stand and pee

New Delhi: A New Delhi based start-up aims to help women across India overcome the problems of urinating in unhygienic public toilets, a common problem across the populous country.Made from waterproof cardboard, Pee Buddy is a single use funnel which allows women to micturate without having to

Woman gives birth in a car, husband records it

A woman in Houston, Texas recently gave birth to a 4.5 kg baby in a moving car, on a busy highway as her husband drove her to the birthing centre and simultaneously recorded this miraculous birth. The video that went viral on Youtube secured millions of views in just a few days. Jonathan and Lesia

Six Keralites named Fulbright scholars

Six academicians from Kerala will have the opportunity to travel to the US to study, teach and conduct research after being recently named Fulbright scholars.Named after the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, who sponsored legislation creating the prestigious scholarship, the programme is America's

Men more into e-shopping than women

According to a recent study, men are more active than women in mobile shopping. Each month, the number of men who spend their time on mobile shopping sites are much more than women. The shoppers use smart phones to purchase goods. However, not to be left behind, Indian women, who use smart phones,

When this Canadian groom sang 'Tum Hi Ho'

Music, like love knows no barriers. And when Frank Gregoire sat down to sing during their wedding reception not many people had a clue about the song he had chosen for his newly wed bride. And then, he sang the romantic hit Tum hi Ho from Aashiqui 2 for his Canadian-Indian bride,

SOS message from Sachin

Ardent fans of India's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, who follow him on social networking sites, were in for a shock the other day. Their favourite cricketer was as good as stranded in a rural village in England.A distress message from the cricket star said that he had missed the last bus from

Dr Renu's prescription for success

Excerpts from Dr Renu Raj IAS' interview with students:Q: Why is the civil service so much in demand?A: Perhaps because it is the only job in India that you can land only with hard work; that which can't be brought.Q: What is the secret of success?A: There is no

Tusker inaugurates photo exhibition 'Silence'

Kottayam: The photo exhibition, Silence, organized by photo journalists forum was inaugurated by the jumbo named Kiran Narayanankutty here on Wednesday. As many as 140 news photographs by 28 newspaper photographers will be showcased at the exhibition. The exhibition was inaugurated by an Elephie

10-year-old on the threshold of a Guinness record

Kottayam: It's a rare talent that will be taking Neva J. Perunnolil to the Guinness Book of World Records. A native of Kottayam, Neva can tell the number of letters in a word as soon as you read or spell it. Be it a magazine or newspaper, Neva can keep counting the number of letters in the words as

When one plus one is greater than two

Leaving a well-paid job for a floundering little startup may sound crazy. But for Afna and Saneesh, there was no looking back ever since the entrepreneurial bug caught on to the couple, who were then working at a private company in Hyderabad. The Blackberry Hills(BBH) Retreat and Spa was something

Foreigner teaches Indian autowallah a lesson

While many of us would have either argued or walked off fuming from auto rickshaw drivers who refuse to charge by meter, an American professor did something hilarious. The incident happened when Christine Fair got into an auto-rickshaw after auto-driver refused to switch on the trip meter installed

Building ideas, brick by brick

Nisha Mary Poulose is a builder of ideas. The young architect shot herself into limelight when her ideas about urban development earned her the second prize in a national contest organised by the Union Urban Development Ministry. She received the prize from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi

WhatsApp, Skype stealing Indians' time?

New Delhi: Smartphone users in India spend 47 per cent of their time on communication applications such as WhatsApp, We Chat, Hike and Skype which are key driver of mobile broadband usage, says a report."Communication continues to be the dominant activity on smartphones. Communication apps are

Are you rainbow too on FB

So, today when you signed on to Facebook did you see a lot of rainbow filters? Facebook has unveiled a new feature dubbed Celebrate Pride which automatically puts a filter over your profile picture. All you have to do is go to facebook.com/celebratepride and wait for Facebook to 'rainbowify' your

Can you guess what these bags are made of?

After summer vacations the colleges are abuzz with activity. Everyone is going all out to show off. New dresses, new trends. And the latest fad, to hit St Teresa's College, Kochi, this year are bags made out of old clothes. These bags are being made by the students and teachers who are part of the

Josephine gifts a kidney at 60

Thrissur: It happened 30 years ago. Then Josephine’s husband, Antony, contracted cancer. And for about two years, till he died in a hospital, Josephine was destined to a life in hospital, that too with two young daughters.Later, her world changed: she got her husband’s job in South Indian Bank, and

Steffi Graf is Kerala's Ayurveda brand ambassador

Thiruvananthapuram: Tennis legend Steffi Graf was on Wednesday appointed the Ayurveda brand ambassador of God's Own Country Kerala. A decision in this regard was taken by the cabinet on Monday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said. The Kerala tourism department was given sanction to sign an agreement

A helping hand, literally, for a classmate

The love shown by his Nalla-Padam classmates has come as a helping hand, literally, for Saran. Participants of Malayala Manorama Nalla-Padam in Kuttamperoor SKV High School have set an example by gifting an artificial hand to a Class 10 student who lost his hand in an accident.The PTA and the

Three lives under a shaky roof

Azheekode: Gilda and Gladisha and their mother Amala need quick help from good Samaritans because the one-room house in which they live is in a very bad condition and it can crash any time. What has made the situation worse for the three is that Amala is a cancer patient and her disease is

Blindness no bar for this swimming champion

Aluva: Despite being visually challenged, M.S. Navneet never let disability come in the way of his favourite sport, swimming. The undying love for the sport motivated the 12-year-old to swim across the Periyar on Monday. Guided by the voice of his trainer and “an inner light” he believes in,

Remembering the 'First Hero'

Usually children look up to their father while growing up and often refer to them as their first hero. This year, Father's Day is being observed on Sunday (June 21) to celebrate fatherhood and paternal bonds. All dads deserve a big hug. On the occasion of Father's Day, Onmanorama brings a

Pleading for a ticket out of darkness

Thiruvananthapuram: Housed within the four walls of darkness, Priyanka has just one question to ask: Will I ever be able to see the world as it is? Blind from infancy, this 27-year-old Thiruvananthapuram native is an ardent fan of singer K.S. Chitra and actor Suresh Gopi – both of whom she has

When the world lent her an ear

Chinnu’s parents had not realised that the lullabies they sang to her went unheard.Dr Babu Thomas and Prof. Susy Babu of Ettumanur came to know of their daughter’s hearing impairment when she was two years old.Twenty-five years down the lane, the world listens when Chinnu talks. She has presented a

10 things to keep in mind before you start dating in the office

After the high-profile exit of American apparel CEO Dov Charney, there is a debate about romancing a colleague. As today’s offices are great places for professionals to mingle, this proximity does lead to office romances.A recent survey by Career Builder in the US found that nearly 40 per cent of

Elder abuse lowest in India among Asian countries

Washington: India has the lowest prevalence of elder abuse in Asian countries, according to a new global review which found that 14 per cent older adults in the country may face psychological, physical, and sexual abuse and financial exploitation compared to 36 per cent in China.The researchers

Children find novel ways to abandon parents

Senior citizens who have kids are not normally accommodated by elderly care centres. Children who know of such conditions weave stories in order to abandon their parents at such centres. They even pretend to be good Samaritans who found an ailing elderly person, most probably their mother or

One more Chandy look-alike, this time from the Gulf

There is a popular belief in Kerala; that there are seven doppelgangers for each person born into this world. And ever since the news of the first look alike for Oommen Chandy was reported from Canada, the diaspora of his state seem to be on an unassigned task of finding one each month from across

Being bold is the best

Nearly three weeks after the social activist Harish Iyer and his matrimonial ad made headlines, a group of ad makers decided to do their part in encouraging equal rights to

Infosys does away with dress code

Bengaluru:Employees at Bengaluru-based information technology (IT) firm Infosys Ltd will be seen wearing business casuals on all working days, as the company has decided to do away with its dress code.The move is considered an attempt by the country’s second-largest IT services firm to better

6 smart ways to improve your child's ability to study

If you are a parent, teacher or student then this is a must read for you. Give a break to putting pressure on the children to excel in studies this school-year, instead understand the roadblock they are facing with a subject and help them overcome it. There are a lot of new and innovative ways

'Brand Modi will continue to rise'

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a 'game changer', ad guru Prahlad Kakkar has said that brand 'Modi' will continue to be a success as long as there was truth in his assurances."From a chaiwala (tea seller) to the prime minister and from a prime minister to a game changer, brand Modi has been on

After #TheDress, here comes #TheHair

A few months back #TheDress stormed the internet as social media users disputed over whether the dress was blue and black, or white and gold. Now, a similar debate has risen - #TheHair.A video, posted on YouTube and later shared on Facebook, shows the hair colour of Florida-based singer Sabrina

Vir Das' life lessons for students

Dear students, Vir Das has some advice for you.May is the month when the results of board exams come out. CBSE 12th standard results have just been announced.The students' hopes and their parents' expectations ride on these results. This tension, is uncalled for, says Vir Das. The popular

Meet 'Oommen Chandy' from Canada

We associate the name Oommen Chandy with Kerala's Chief Minister. And, yes not many people in the world are called Oommen Chandy. Much less the chance for a look-alike, or that is what Vinod John, a former reporter of Malayala Manorama, thought. Till he met a man who looked like Oommen Chandy in

'I pushed the envelope by a few inches'

Matchmaking is always harder than it seems; couple it with the struggle of 'finding the one' for a gay son – Padma Iyer was bothered. But she chose to take it in her stride. Padma approached a popular national daily to publish a matrimonial advertisement for her gay son, Harish Iyer, who is a

Pop songs have same reading level as 8-year olds

Parents who say their children's music is dumb might have a point. A new study finds that the average hit song has lyrics at a third grader's reading level.The research took lyrics from 225 songs that topped US charts since 2005 and used standard tests that determine the reading difficulty.The

Why this doctor's letter to his child is going viral

We Indians are a predictable lot. An engineers son is expected to grow up into an engineer; a doctors kid is by peer pressure pushed into the same profession. The same holds good for kids of police men and IAS officers. Why we even have kids of actors and directors following their parents

Scientists solve mystery of #thedress

Washington: MIT scientists have cracked the science behind the dress that went viral on the internet after some saw it as black and blue while others perceived it to be gold and white.In a survey of 1,400 individuals, with over 300 who had never seen The Dress before, researchers found

Teen killed while trying to take the 'ultimate selfie'

Selfies have truly become a trend that knows no race, age, gender or social status. But some people seem to have taken the selfie photo fad to an extremely new level - a level that is too risky and deadly.In one such unfortunate incident, a Romanian teenager has burst into flames when she

Indian woman finds long-lost half-sister in China

Beijing: An Indian woman, who had reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find her long-lost half sister in China, was finally reunited on Tuesday, after China Radio International (CRI) broadcasted her story.Jennifer An, 62, and her husband had travelled to China this week to locate her

'Selfie' course introduced USC

Washington: The University of Southern California (USC) has introduced a course in the study of 'selfies', self-portraits taken on cellphones.The course was introduced in the university's latest semester under the title "Writing 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning: Identity and Diversity," though

Mary Kom is 'most inspiring mom in the world'

New Delhi: Indian Olympic medallist boxer M.C. Mary Kom has pipped late prime minister Indira Gandhi as the 'Most inspirational mother who made a difference to the world', according to a survey released on the occasion of Mother's Day on Sunday.The survey by online matchmaking platform Shaadi.com

Yechury: Top comrade, mama's boy

Kalpakam’s son would run to her the moment she beckoned. He knew it was feeding time. Babu, as Kalpakam called her elder son, grew up to be a leader. He was seldom seen at home. On those rare occasions when he came home, Kalpakam fed him with rice and his favourite dishes. He was not allowed to

When mothers quit jobs for kids

Lucknow: Many first-time mothers, unable to balance their career and family post motherhood, are opting out of jobs to raise kids, said a survey."A growing number of highly-educated women in urban India are abandoning their professional lives to become full-time mothers as raising children while

'Why pick only India for rapes?'

Danish designer-turned writer Inger Solberg loves India and everything Indian and is against the controversial BBC documentary 'India's Daughter'.

Porn site sends laptop to loyal fan

Pornhub gifts a new laptop to Denzel Michael who had to smash the screen of his machine to stop his mom from catching him surfing through the porn website.

Jobs aplenty for skilled workers

There will be demand for more skilled workers in India in the coming years, as per a report released by Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The viral Vishu

Vishu is all about 'Vishu Kani' and 'Sadhya' along with a bit of nostalgia.

Train journeys that are nightmares

Travelling by trains all alone is no longer what it used to be, especially for women. Such journeys are almost nightmares where danger could pounce upon you from anywhere, anytime and in any form.

Easter turning into Christmas?

The trend of buying more for Easter is becoming just like spending more for celebratory days such as, Christmas, Onam, Valentine’s Day etc.

Laugh out loud, it's April!

While you are busy plotting tricks on others, the rest of the gang could be up plotting an idea to land you in trouble.

'Deepika lives by her own rules'

Deepika Padukone has fought the odds in a male-dominated industry to reach her position, says the My Choice video's director Homi Adajania.

Elderly women face discrimination

Elderly women in India increasingly face "age discrimination, elder abuse and mistreatment" and this is due to high levels of lack of awareness of their basic rights.

What we have to say

The discussions revolving around a woman's desire to be treated at par with their male counterparts continues.

Unbearable travails of womanhood

A constant justification for woman to skip treatment for ailments is that every thing in the family would go haywire if she takes ill.

Blame it on the dress!

The unscientific dresses argument is a strategic intervention by society on the woman’s body.

We too have dreams

Find out what these women have to say about making your dreams come true.

She 'ashan' of Fort Kochi Kalari

When she was 10 years old, Merina started learning Kalari from Sridharan Gurukkal of ‘Dakshinabharatha Kalari’. She later chose ‘Kalaripayattu’ as her profession.

A business that is sweet 60!

For the many generations of students, the tastes that her basket offers are something they can never forget. But none remembers the face of the seller. They just know her as ‘Mittai-amma’.

She runs a slaughterhouse

A slaughterhouse was never a place for women. Even those ladies that are hard core non-vegetarians stay away from a visit to the abattoir.

Shini mans the machines!

Shini’s decision to handle the huge agricultural machines that were usually controlled and used only by men was a rare move from someone in the history of Karumaloor.

She walks the line

We bring you the stories of some special women - women, who have turned adverse situations to their favour, fought for themselves and are still going strong.

Colour the walls with love

This Valentine's Day saw a rather unique blend of creativity, happiness and hope in the city of Kochi.

Will V-Day make CM Kejriwal effusive?

Before his fascination for AAP and the broom, Kejriwal was swept away, about two decades ago, by the charms of his IRS batch mate, Sunitha, in Mussoorie.

Of biking trails and uniforms

A TV series about a lady IPS officer was what got Reshma Lakhani to try her hand at the Civil Services, but her mother's requests made her to forgo the IPS selection for a place in the Revenue Services.

Culinary passport to Italy

It is an established fact for the alcohol-loving Malayali that Italians cook with fine wine and other beverages to kindle our palette.

Run Kochi Run: A mom's race against time

As runners in Kochi and other cities are up at the crack of dawn, gearing themselves for the Cochin International Half Marathon, a mother shares the marathon race she runs daily.

Pakkil Vaanibham draws huge crowds

Pakkil Vaanibham, the month-long market being organised by Devasom Board as a throwback to Kerala's rural market of a forgone era, is drawing huge crowds.

Talk, debate and present art

Curators from across the world are set to give insight into how they put together some big-scale art shows at the Experimenter Curators' Hub.

Mumbai eatery delivers pizza using a drone

The financial capital, notorious for its traffic snarls, has achieved a first in the country after a city-based pizza outlet used an unmanned drone to execute a delivery by taking the aerial route recently.