Naaz Ghani

Life as a curious crusader

Even as the world has grown to expect more and more from children, the tiny humans have managed to not just keep with the expectations but surprise them adults when they least expect it. 

15 Jan 2021

A fistful of fragrance and flavour

Each variety was indigenous to a particular region and had a unique shape, taste, fragrance and feature.

06 Jan 2021

Slim pickings for shell pickers

Battling the pandemic waves, the fishing community’s reliance on shell-picking did little to save their crippling finances; heaps of shells remained unaddressed as demand takes a hit

30 Dec 2020

With COVID-19, comes the digital call of carols in Chennai

Yet, with the world where it is and our populace still too wary, the choir stand in your church is likely to remain empty next Friday.

21 Dec 2020

Treats for your Christmas tree

Deck the halls with boughs of holly And bring out the baubles for your Christmas tree. Set the plates and put out the treats, A cookie for you, a cookie me and a cookie for the Christmas tree!

17 Dec 2020

Meet Ashwath, 22-year-old Chennai youth on animal rescue mission

From saving stranded pets and animals in distress to offering a helping hand in putting a stop to wildlife
crimes, there’s much in the day of an animal rescuer, offers P Ashwath

10 Dec 2020

The wonder of wayward visitors

To a bird, the world is a set of maps and routes. This in-built knowledge is the reason for their survival. It allows them to migrate thousands of kilometres, to suitable climates and breed.

26 Nov 2020

Stones & seeds of revival

Over time, parents pored over their office work, grandparents chose other modes of entertainment, and children joined their friends to play outdoor games.

24 Nov 2020

When brown is best

Even as every weight-reduction diets urged people to give up rice, many an alternative seems to suggest brown rice as a viable replacement.

18 Nov 2020

A naturalist's guide to the environment

From stories that carry illustrations of long lost artistic traditions, forgotten words, and the world of birds to understanding different communities that live harmoniously with nature,.

13 Nov 2020

Taking action with art

Having expressed her feelings through her art all these years, she fell back to it; not only to lift her spirits but to use it to make a difference.

12 Nov 2020

Seeds that swell with benefits

We all have relished a tall glass of falooda on a hot and sweaty summer noon.

04 Nov 2020

Keeping crawlies for green company

Generations of humans rise and fall within the lifetime of one tree, and yet we have managed to shake its very foundation with our irresponsible and careless lifestyle.

17 Oct 2020

Bundt bandit in town

While initially the bundt cake was the only item on the menu, soon, Prachi began experimenting with different flavours and sizes.

13 Oct 2020

Savour these seeds for energy

A staple introduced to the world by North Americans in 3000 BC, sunflower seeds have since then revealed to be a rich source of protein.

07 Oct 2020

Virus versus Venom: Snake catchers in Tamil Nadu face lockdown woes

With snakes slithering out and snake catchers locked in, the business of venom extraction was brought to a complete halt,denying the basic needs of livelihood to the Irula community.Naaz Ghani reports

29 Sep 2020

Finger foods for the fans

The sounds of caution against coronavirus have now been replaced by cheers, hoots and noise of the vuvuzelas — behind the mask, of course.

24 Sep 2020

‘Flax’ that fat

First cultivated in India around 5,000 years ago, the flax plant, she says, has been useful in making linen and oil.

23 Sep 2020

Bringing in the month of butterflies

And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.’ Author Ruskin Bond, perhaps, had a moment of clairvoyance when he penned these words many moons ago.

17 Sep 2020

Vote for winged wonders

If all goes as planned, we might have the orange oakleaf or the yellow gorgon join the ranks of the Bengal tiger and the Indian peafowl by the end of October.

17 Sep 2020

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