Kamala Thiagarajan

Kamala Thiagarajan

Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, southern India. She reports on human interest, health, development, gender issues and has been published in the New York Times, BBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, NPR’s Goats & Soda and more.

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Politics, climate change, the menstrual cycle – board games use the power of play to build understanding of real-world issues

Families stuck at home in the pandemic are playing more board games. New ones with historical, cultural and environmental messages are rising in popularity.

24 Nov 2020 - 8:37AM

Families stuck at home in the pandemic are playing more board games. New ones with historical, cultural and environmental messages are rising in popularity.

Politics, climate change, the menstrual cycle – board games use the power of play to build understanding of real-world issues
World Mental Health Day 2020: digital library of survivor stories, Mann Mela, launched to get young people in India to talk openly about anxiety and depression

Mann Mela, a mobile library and virtual museum, was set up to share inspiring stories of young people’s mental health struggles and successes.

15 Oct 2020 - 10:37AM

Mann Mela, a mobile library and virtual museum, was set up to share inspiring stories of young people’s mental health struggles and successes.

World Mental Health Day 2020: digital library of survivor stories, Mann Mela, launched to get young people in India to talk openly about anxiety and depression
Indian artists who hit their stride in Hong Kong: ‘I had the chance to turn into a butterfly’

A number of Indian artists in Hong Kong are transcending borders and having an impact on the city’s art scene, from outdoor murals to being represented in the annual Affordable Art Fair.

10 Sep 2020 - 8:11AM

A number of Indian artists in Hong Kong are transcending borders and having an impact on the city’s art scene, from outdoor murals to being represented in the annual Affordable Art Fair.

Indian artists who hit their stride in Hong Kong: ‘I had the chance to turn into a butterfly’
Like coconut water? Ever wonder who picks the coconuts? Men and women in India climb 80 feet up bare tree trunks to harvest them

It takes stamina, courage, and agility to climb up and down coconut palms all day harvesting the nuts. Thankfully, in southern India new equipment has made the job safer – so much so that women now do it.

31 Aug 2020 - 7:58AM

It takes stamina, courage, and agility to climb up and down coconut palms all day harvesting the nuts. Thankfully, in southern India new equipment has made the job safer – so much so that women now do it.

Like coconut water? Ever wonder who picks the coconuts? Men and women in India climb 80 feet up bare tree trunks to harvest them
Shampoo made from cow dung? Yes, toothpaste too, and art – Indian entrepreneurs milk Hindu love of all things bovine

Sales of personal care products, from soap and eye gel to shampoo and toothpaste made from cow dung and urine are growing. And that’s not all. In bovine-mad India, art made from dung is popular too.

2 Jan 2020 - 4:12PM

Sales of personal care products, from soap and eye gel to shampoo and toothpaste made from cow dung and urine are growing. And that’s not all. In bovine-mad India, art made from dung is popular too.

Shampoo made from cow dung? Yes, toothpaste too, and art – Indian entrepreneurs milk Hindu love of all things bovine
Why climate change damages coral and how Indian scientists restock damaged reefs

India has four major coral reefs and the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu is home to 117 species of coral. Global warming and recent heatwaves have damaged the reefs, but a new transplanting method offers hope.

8 Oct 2019 - 7:55AM

India has four major coral reefs and the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu is home to 117 species of coral. Global warming and recent heatwaves have damaged the reefs, but a new transplanting method offers hope.

Why climate change damages coral and how Indian scientists restock damaged reefs
Clairvoyant parrots in India a dying breed, with astrologers’ birds seized by conservation officials

In southern India parrot astrology, using specially trained parakeets that draw tarot cards from a deck, is a centuries-old tradition. But astrologers are having their birds confiscated amid efforts to protect the creatures.

17 Jun 2019 - 10:41AM

In southern India parrot astrology, using specially trained parakeets that draw tarot cards from a deck, is a centuries-old tradition. But astrologers are having their birds confiscated amid efforts to protect the creatures.

Clairvoyant parrots in India a dying breed, with astrologers’ birds seized by conservation officials