Lending a Bollywood twist to La Dolce Vita
A planned vacation to Italy turned into an unexpected twist of fate for Ambili Abraham. This is the story of Italy’s whirlwind romance with Bollywood dance and how she was at the centre of it all.
The Phantom of Hosur
Sandeep Menon braved odds when he quit his IT job to pursue his dreams. Today, as he rides into the fourth year of successfully running the Stallion Valley School of Lifestyle, he shares how he fearlessly pursued his passion of starting a horse riding academy
Pandemic drives more people to risk lives in illegal mica mines
When the country went into lockdown last March and Tota Rai lost his cleaning job in the textile hub of Surat, he knew working in the illegal mica mining industry back home was his only option.
Drumming up magical beats
In a freewheeling interview with Cochin Herald, Michael Benöhr - the wonderworker of percussion - talks about his musical sojourn, his two schools of music in London and how he beat pandemic blues
South Korean firm's smart dog collar tells owners what's in a bark
A South Korean startup has developed an AI-powered dog collar that can detect five emotions in canines by monitoring their barks using voice recognition technology.
Thampi Antony: Keeping alive the Malayali roots
In a tete-a-tete with the multi-faceted Thampi Antony, Fred Cochin revives umpteen memories of their association, his acting, writing experiences and life in the US
ANSIF ASHRAF The Herald Man
A visionary beyond compare, one of the pioneers to take the plunge into eCommerce in India, a ‘mediapreneur’ with the eyes on the horizon, a magnanimous philanthropist and a noted orator, Cochin Herald Editor-in-Chief Ansif Ashraf, who met an untimely end on January 27, was a man for all seasons. Read about the fascinating and inspiring journey of this extraordinary man who showed how dreams can be translated into reality
Wages for housewives: party's manifesto pledge stirs debate in country
A political party's pledge to pay housewives a monthly wage in recognition of their toil has sparked debate in the country with some critics saying the proposal might end up confining even more women to domestic chores.
Stressed Out? Blame Bad Technology
There is no question that we are all more dependent on technology than ever. So what happens when that tech does not work?
Science Must Determine Company Climate Targets, Say Executives
Companies must listen to scientists and align their plans to reach net zero targets with a global pact to fight climate change, said experts at a conference recently.
Suited avatars and digital offices: traders and bankers embrace VR
Once the preserve of gamers, virtual reality (VR) has been seized on by the financial sector as a way of enlivening home working for lonely traders or isolated executives and replicating real-world sales, networking or training events.
The Dunes Camping And Safari LLC: Fun N' Thrill On The Desert Sands
With its lovely, sun-kissed beaches, turquoise waters, craggy rust-coloured mountains, endless golden dunes, glitzy malls and skyscrapers, the UAE is the perfect destination for the discerning traveller seeking the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and shopping in an exotic Middle Eastern ambience.
Sana Khan BLAZING A SUBLIME TRAIL
When countless youngsters aspire to become big in the entertainment industry, here is one Bollywood star who has forsaken her career and opportunities to reach greater heights in order to tread a path less travelled. Actress Sana Khan quitting filmdom for a spiritual cause created tremors in showbiz and her marriage to Islamic scholar Mufti Anas Sayied is now the talk of the town.
Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell
World soccer great Diego Armando Maradona, who died on November 25 less than a month after his 60th birthday, was worshipped like a god for his genius with the ball, but his demons almost destroyed him.
Mastering the mind games helped Swiatek reach perfection in Paris
If a graphic example were needed of the internal psychological warfare tennis players often wage in their own minds, the first hour of Dominic Thiem's US Open final against Alexander Zverev would be a good place to start.
Sadhguru's Isha Leadership Academy hosts 3-day virtual event to empower entrepreneurs
NOT A SHARK IN A SUIT. NOT A CORPORATE WOLF. IN BUSINESS, ALL YOU NEED TO BE IS A HUMAN BEING WITH INSIGHT.
Aniyan George A colossus of the American Malayali diaspora
In a freewheeling chat with the president of Federation of Malayalee Associations of Americas (FOMAA), Fred Cochin introduces the helmsman of one of the most prominent organisations of the Keralite community in the US, their friendship and Aniyan’s memories of Kochi
Japan Fights Coronavirus In Luxurious Style With Million-Yen Masks
Japanese trend-setters can now protect against the coronavirus in luxurious style with opulent masks adorned with diamonds and pearls for a cool million yen ($9,600) each.
When lockdown Led To The ‘Highway to Hell'
COVID-19 curbs helped New Zealand-based Malayali chef and restaurateur Rejoy Antony Paul explore his passion for filmmaking
Raising A Toast To Science And Agriculture
Scientist and social entrepreneur Dr Deborshi De talks about his journey so far in the realm of food security and sustainable food production and what lies ahead…
Jobin S Kottaram Moulding dreams and transforming lives
A motivational guru, academician par excellence, author and civil services coach, Jobin S Kottaram inspires countless individuals and has ignited a silent social revolution
Palestinians out of sight, almost out of mind for Israelis seared by 2000 uprising
A huge Palestinian flag suddenly looms up above the grey concrete slabs of Israel’s West Bank barrier, a rare glimpse of the other before it disappears in your rear-view mirror.
New virus cases knock hopes of reviving Southeast Asia's holiday hotspots
A spike in coronavirus infections in Indonesia's holiday island of Bali and Thailand's first locally transmitted case in 100 days have dealt further blows to Southeast Asian hopes of reviving vital tourism industries.
Walmart's Flipkart eyes overseas listing as early as 2021
Walmart Inccontrolled Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart is preparing for an initial public offering overseas as early as 2021, which could value the firm up to $50 billion(38.50 billion pounds), said sources familiar with the company's plans.
Most executives seek work-life balance after experiencing pandemic blues
Nearly eight out of 10 corporate executives have experienced poor mental health during the coronavirus crisis, prompting a number of them to re-evaluate and improve work-life balance, a survey showed
Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa's low fatality rates from pandemic
Africa's overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the continent.
Manoj K Jayan BLAZING A DIFFERENT PATH
Blessed with thespian skills and a golden voice, Manoj K Jayan is one of the rare actors in Mollywood who charts new territory by taking versatility to new heights and breathing life into the broad spectrum of characters he has essayed so far. In a tete a tete with Cochin Herald, he opens up about his celluloid journey, unforgettable moments and areas of interest
Election to be held in Bihar despite surging coronavirus cases
New Delhi announced local elections involving millions of voters in a densely packed state even as it reported 86,052 new infections of coronavirus and remained set to overtake the United States by next month as the world's worst-affected nation.
'Historic' labour law raises fear workers will pay price
The parliament passed historic labour laws that the Union government says help workers and business alike, but activists fear a loss of labour rights in a push for profits.
Virus Sows Dread In Festival Season As Infections Cross Six Million
Coronavirus infections in the country have topped 6 million, nowhere near the number required for herd immunity in a country of 1.3 billion people, and raising anxiety going into the peak period for Hindu religious festivals.