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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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