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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Stressed about a return to the office after working from home? Experts and returnees offer tips on minimising ‘re-entry fatigue’

After months of working from home during the pandemic, many employees are anxious about returning to the office. Experts and returnees share tips on making the transition.

After months of working from home during the pandemic, many employees are anxious about returning to the office. Experts and returnees share tips on making the transition.

1 Dec 2021 - 5:32AM
Insomnia, exhaustion, feeling trapped – Zoom fatigue from too much videoconferencing is real, so what can you do about it?

Zoom fatigue, caused by too much videoconferencing, can lead to insomnia, exhaustion and the feeling of being trapped. Experts suggest ways to reduce its negative health impacts.

Zoom fatigue, caused by too much videoconferencing, can lead to insomnia, exhaustion and the feeling of being trapped. Experts suggest ways to reduce its negative health impacts.

18 Oct 2021 - 2:29AM
The View | European Union’s Covid-19 travel pass discriminates against the developing world

Restricting the certificate to only those inoculated with four EU-approved jabs exacerbates the vaccine inequality already perpetuated by the West.

Restricting the certificate to only those inoculated with four EU-approved jabs exacerbates the vaccine inequality already perpetuated by the West.

7 Jul 2021 - 11:06PM
Opinion | How the rich world’s vaccine nationalism will cost everyone in the end

Just as travel bans have failed to keep coronavirus variants out of countries, vaccine nationalism will fail, too. The longer the wider world remains unvaccinated, the more variants are going to spread. Some may not be as responsive to current vaccines.

Just as travel bans have failed to keep coronavirus variants out of countries, vaccine nationalism will fail, too. The longer the wider world remains unvaccinated, the more variants are going to spread. Some may not be as responsive to current vaccines.

2 Jun 2021 - 9:15AM
How to stop blue light from devices ruining your sleep – and skin

Blue light from our many devices can pose several health risks, the biggest being the disruption of our sleep cycle. Here are ways to prevent it.

Blue light from our many devices can pose several health risks, the biggest being the disruption of our sleep cycle. Here are ways to prevent it.

23 Jan 2021 - 9:02PM
Chinese and Indian dumplings become pop culture icons for artists far and wide

From emoji to key chains to mugs and face masks, artists turn Asian dumplings into objects of pop culture.

From emoji to key chains to mugs and face masks, artists turn Asian dumplings into objects of pop culture.

20 Jan 2021 - 7:22AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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