• A Tiny Kerala Island Made It to Nat Geo’s World Destinations List Thanks to This Woman Entrepreneur

    The backwaters in Kerala are popular among tourists from all over the world for their lush scenery, slow-moving waters, and serene atmosphere. Recently, National Geographic announced that the sunset in Kakkathuruthu, a tiny island on Vembanad lake in Kerala, is one of the best experiences a tourist can have `Around the World in 24 Hours'. The magazine's article `Around the World in 24 Hours', has featured Norway at 12 am, Hawaii at 5 am, Paris at 6 am, San Francisco at 7 am, Abu Dhabi at 8 am, Melbourne at 9 am, New York at 8 pm, Budapest (Hungary) at 10 pm, and Kakkathuruthu in Kerala at 6 pm, among other destinations, to give a window into what different places in the world look like. Maneesha Panicker is the woman who fetched this quaint island international recognition. Maneesha runs Kayal, the only property for tourists on the island, as a part of her company – Silk Route Escapes, which offers custom tours of Kerala. When she first visited the island two years ago, the only way to access it was through a traditional rowboat. Around one thousand people live on the island situated in Eramallur, which is a half hour drive from Kochi. Construction work around the island is restricted by Coastal Regulation Zone rules. Maneesha, who left her job in New York to open Kayal, told The Times of India, “When we established Kayal, our idea was to have a small space here with minimal impact on nature and to involve local people in the functioning of our resort." In an attempt to make the tourists’ stay as authentic as possible, the team at Kayal engages the locals to participate in various programmes such as interactive theatre performances. They source their produce from local farmers and fishermen, and use only recycled material to build the cottages. "The best thing that the NatGeo team liked about the island was the sunset, which they watched from a traditional rowboat on the calm waters," Maneesha added. According to Maneesha, Kayal, the boutique hotel/resort, also received the Conde Naste Traveller award for the best lakeside lodge in the world and Kakkathuruthu was featured in David Rocco’s popular celebrity cook show. When the NatGeo team visited Kakkathuruthu, they were astonished by the rustic feel of the island, its untouched greenery and the magazine photographers captured the sunset on the island when "the shadows lengthen and the sky shifts from pale blue to sapphire." NatGeo Expeditions went on to describe the stunning sunsets, which are accompanied by a flurry of sari-clad women returning home in shallow boats and fishermen who light lamps and cast nets.   Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. NEW: Click here to get positive news on Whatsapp!

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  • Shammi Kapoor: The man who lived life King-Size!

    His real name was Shamsher Raj Kapoor. And true to his real name, Shammi Kapoor was the leader of the lion’s herd and lived life King-Size! On his 85th birth anniversary that falls today, October 21, it’s time to recall some unforgettable aspects about a man as wonderful as he was underrated as an actor. Shammi’s kidneys had given way long before he passed away, but he had learnt to live with dialysis for over nine years, making visits to the hospital thrice a week. As he put it, “But I could still live life the way I wanted in the other four days!” though he would often develop fever for a day after many such sessions. He would speak to me directly from his hospital bed, picking up his cellphone

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  • After cheating on my wife and having twins out of wedlock, I face child support and alimony

    This husband wonders how his infidelity will be treated in divorce court.

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  • Parveen Babi's wealth to be put in philanthropy

    While many Bollywood celebrities have involved themselves in charity work, yesteryear diva Parveen Babi, even after her demise decided to put her money to good use as she donated 80% of her wealth for the benefit of women and children. The will, which was challenged in court by the actress’ paternal relatives, has finally been legitimized as the money will now be used for charitable causes towards the Babi community. After the demise of Parveen Babi way back in 2005, due to the lack of any evidence or the existence of a will, her property was seized by the Administrative General and Official Trustee. However, post a few months, Murakdhan Babi, her 82 year old uncle discovered a will that was

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  • MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Becomes The Second Highest Grosser Of 2016!!

    Yet another good news, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story has become the second highest grosser of 2016 with a total business of 129.50 crores in India. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story has successfully raked in good collections in its third week also after a stupendous run at the box office since its release. The collections of the third week are mentioned below: Monday – 63 lacs Tuesday 61 lacs Wednesday – 60 lacs Thursday 54 lacs With its terrific run at the box office ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ has become the second highest grosser of 2016.

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  • Honey-trapped Varun Gandhi has leaked defence secrets

    BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi has been honey-trapped by a notorious arms dealer, a business insider has told the Prime Minister’s Office. C Edmonds Allen, US-based lawyer and former partner of Delhi-based arms dealer Abhishek Verma, has made the sensational charge, backing it up with documentary and photographic evidence. He believes Varun revealed classified defence information to the dealer. Varun has denied the charges. Honey-trapping refers to the use of attractive women to elicit information from people in key positions. Verma, the arms dealer in question, has been named as an accused in the Navy War Room leak and Scorpene submarine deal case of 2005. He was arrested by the CBI, and

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  • Here’s Why Aamir Khan Travels To Bhutan!

    Versatile actor Aamir Khan has grabbed the headlines by the trailer launch of his upcoming movie “Dangal” which has received mixed responses from the audience. The actor who recently visited Bhutan amongst his busy schedule and left us all wondering to guess the reason for the same. The actor is a Regional Goodwill Ambassador of the UNICEF took out time from his hectic schedule to meet the children affected by malnutrition in Bhutan and to see what action is the organization taking to work towards the same.

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  • First look of Baahubali 2 unvelied at MAMI

    Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) The motion poster of S.S. Rajamouli's "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" made a thunderous debut on Saturday at the ongoing Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star. The first look of the much-awaited film was unveiled in the presence of its team, including director Rajamouli, actor Prabhas and actresses Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty. Before releasing the motion poster, the director called it a birthday gift to Prabhas.

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  • Bollywood Toons: Raj Thackeray vs Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!

    Disclaimer: The above rendition is a representation of the artist. Any resemblance to person(s) /subject(s) is done with humorous intent, and not to defame, hurt or tarnish the image of the person(s) / subject(s).

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  • Shocking misuse of Aadhaar cards

    Alarm bells must have started ringing in the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the food and civil supplies ministries of various state governments after the Civil Supplies Department of Karnataka unearthed last week a racket linking fictitious Aadhaar numbers to generate thousands of bogus BPL cards. The scandal came to light when senior department officials raided fair price shops in Bengaluru. It was found that invalid 12-digit numbers were linked with bogus ration cards while in other specific cases, single Aadhaar numbers were seeded with multiple fake cards. Random checking in Bengaluru alone has so far revealed 45,000 bogus cards belonging to about 300 ration shops, and similar reports

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  • Ketan Desai, Indian doctor accused of crimes, becomes president of World Medical Association

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The World Medical Association (WMA), the top medical-ethics body, on Friday installed an Indian doctor facing corruption charges as its president, despite controversy surrounding his appointment while legal cases are pending. A statement released by the WMA said Dr. Ketan Desai delivered his inaugural speech as president on Friday at the association's annual assembly in Taiwan. After he was first selected in 2009 as a future president of the WMA, Desai faced conspiracy and corruption allegations.

  • Check out: Diana Penty’s photoshoot as a six year old kid

    Diana Penty shot into the limelight with her portrayal of the character Meera Sahni in the 2012 film Cocktail, more recently she was seen in the comic caper Happy Bhag Jayegi. But despite her looks and obvious acting chops, Diana does not seem to be a prominent feature in films. However, on the modelling front, Diana is certainly second to none. But we aren’t talking about her films or her current modelling career, instead we are talking about her latest Instagram post. Though the image is pretty old, Diana seems to have maintained that innocent charm that shines through almost all her photoshoots even today.

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  • I'll be proud to work with Pakistani artistes: Mahika Sharma

    Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) Amid of the growing tensions between India and Pakistan, former Miss Teen Northeast Mahika Sharma, who has been a part of various charities and NGOs, says banning Pakistani artistes is like "restricting" art. The attack was followed by surgical attacks that India conducted across the LoC. As for Pakistan, it does not have much to give to their citizens, hence their citizens are forced to take their talent to other countries," she added.

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  • "Anurag Kashyap has lost the plot"- Shaina NC slams the filmmaker

    It looks like Anurag Kashyap’s tweet asking for the Prime Minister’s apology for visiting Pakistan in December 2015 has rankled many. The latest to hit out at the Ugly director is the BJP’s official spokesperson Shaina NC who minces no words while condemning Kashyap’s political ignorance. “Mr Kashyap may or may not be a good filmmaker. But there are no two opinions on his political ignorance, not after what he has said about our Prime Minister. You know, you have to know what you are talking about before commenting. Don’t talk about things you have no idea about. Anurag Kashyap is known for controversial films. I guess he wants to extend that image off screen also.” Shaina feels there is a vast

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  • 'This forest is like an old friend' - tribal women fight for land ownership

    By Manipadma Jena RANAPUR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the tribal women of Gunduribadi village, in India's Odisha state, an early morning patrol is essential to conserve their forest, but what they are protecting goes far beyond food security or even their livelihoods. Four decades ago, logging and theft of commercial timber and bamboo had denuded hills, depleted groundwaters and dried up streams around Nayagarh district, forcing people to migrate in droves, said Arjun Pradhan, 70, headman of Gunduribadi village. The crisis prompted the community to embark on a campaign to nurture their forest and restore the ecosystem, he said.

  • Amitabh Bachchan in a Telugu film titled Rythu?

    A couple of days ago, Ram Gopal Varma announced the revival of his much ambitious film Sarkar with its third installment and gave the audience the details of the cast on social media. Now that the film has gone on floor, a surprise visitor on the sets have led to many speculations. Recently, actor Balakrishna aka Balayya paid a visit to Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Sarkar 3. What followed were rumours that state that this was not just a mere surprise but a discussion that happened between the two about a forthcoming film. Apparently, Balayya has approached Big B for his next film titled Rythu, which will be directed by Krishna Vamsi. It is being said that though it will be a brief role, the

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  • There is one more Pakistani actor in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil apart from Fawad Khan and he is...

    While all attention has been focused on  Fawad Khan, another Pakistani actor Imran Abbas who has earlier been seen in Vikram Bhatt’s Creature, has also got a cameo role in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which he is very proud of. In an email chat Imran excitedly shared his role in Karan’s film stating, “My role in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a cameo but it’s an interesting appearance and plays a very important part in the story.” He says he is delighted to be part of a Karan Johar film. “I am glad to be a part of Dharma Productions and to work under Karan’s direction. I loved the way he explains the character and makes sure the actor delivers  what he demands on screen.” Imran is all praise for his

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  • Kerala dress code row: "Why not 'mundus' for men, if 'sarees' for women"

    Trivandrum [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Amid the furore over the ban on women from wearing jeans at the government medical college in Trivandrum, the Confederation of Medical College Doctors has called on the education centre to create a dress code with a rationale and without any discrimination. Speaking to ANI here, member of the Confederation of Medical College Doctors Santhosh Kumar said that there is no problem in an institution having a dress code, but the problem arises when it is rife with discrepancies and discriminations. "For example, what is wrong with jeans as everyone is comfortable and it is worn by all in Kerala.

  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Abu Dhabi

    Build Up:  Pakistan target series win Riding on heart-warming performances by Darren Bravo and Devendra Bishoo, West Indies almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the first Test in Dubai. However, the home side just about managed to sneak through by 56 runs. The Test certainly had its fair share of sharp twists and turns. Azhar Ali's memorable triple-hundred put Pakistan in cruise control and then Yasir Shah became the joint second-fastest to register the landmark of 100 Test scalps. Just when it felt as if Pakistan were surging towards an easy win, Bishoo's 8 for 49 gave the visitors a glimmer of hope of putting it past Pakistan. For a while, Bravo cajoled and coaxed the ball into

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  • A ‘Starbucks’ in Rural Karnataka – Tea Seller Offers Free Internet with a Cup of Chai worth Rs 5!

    Syed Khadar Basha, a 23-year-old tea vendor in Siruguppa town of Ballari district in Karnataka, came up with an interesting idea to attract customers. He purchased an Internet router with an unlimited data plan this September and is offering free data usage for 30 minutes to customers who buy a cup of tea worth Rs. 5. And it’s working. A long queue of customers is seen outside his shop all throughout the day and his sales have increased by four times since then. All a customer has to do is buy a cup of tea, log in, and access the Internet. But according to Khadar’s policy, one customer can log in only once in a day. From 100 cups daily before he launched this scheme, he is now selling 400 cups. Picture for representation only. Source: Flickr Most of his customers are college students from remote villages. While having conversations with then, the tea-seller found out that they get about Rs. 100 as pocket money each, and it is not enough to buy data pack. This was when he came up with the idea of helping then in a way that they will be able to use the Internet and he will generate revenues as well. He purchased the router and other accessories for Rs, 3,000 and spends Rs. 1,700 each month on data pack. With the speed of one to two MBps, he is able to connect 10 to 15 customers at one time. Having studied only till Class 10, Khadar is happy to help other students. "Offering free data in cities like Bengaluru may not be a big thing especially when we have free WiFi zones and also a few mobile operators offering free data. But, when we think of a remote town like Siruguppa, internet penetration is pretty low. These days, many people are buying smartphones as they are getting addicted to social media or they want to access their mails," he told The Times of India. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

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