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Divya Nair

Assistant Features Editor Divya Nair reports on young achievers, education, health, relationships and occasionally reviews Tamil and Malayalam movies. You can e-mail the author at divyan@rediff.co.in

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'I didn't pay $62,000 to sit in front of a computer'

'I didn't pay $62,000 to sit in front of a computer'

Rediff.com2 days ago

'I have taken a loan of Rs 35 lakhs.' 'Even if my university allows me to stay, I feel cheated.' 'Thousands of Indian students in the US will be forced to return to India if their college/university courses go fully online.

Sufiyum Sujatayum review

Sufiyum Sujatayum review

Rediff.com4 days ago

'In this age of OTT, where you are overdosed on content with violence, crime, sex and lust, this love story is refreshing,' notes Divya Nair.

'We waste water in the most trivial ways'

'We waste water in the most trivial ways'

Rediff.com5 days ago

'You can have a bath in just one bucket of water.' 'When you are brushing your teeth, remember to turn off the tap.' 'You don't have to wash your car every day.'

'People confuse feeling being low with depression'

'People confuse feeling being low with depression'

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'We are human beings. We all feel low.' 'It could be work related, something to do with family.' 'It is an unsettling feeling. But that is temporary.'

People mock you when you say: 'I don't feel good'

People mock you when you say: 'I don't feel good'

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'We will teach horse riding and swimming to our children. But when it comes to dealing with emotions, none of the parents or teachers will ask the child: "How are you feeling today?"'

Baba Jackson, labourer's son, wins 1 crore dancing!

Baba Jackson, labourer's son, wins 1 crore dancing!

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

'I can finally tell my father that he need not go fix tiles in other people's homes.'

'When I reached office, I called my husband and cried'

'When I reached office, I called my husband and cried'

Rediff.com10 Jun 2020

'Frankly, no one is prepared for Begin Again or whatever this is called.'

How this 18 YO sent 300 Indians home

How this 18 YO sent 300 Indians home

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

'So far, we have sent 12 buses of workers home.'

India, this champion dancing crew needs your help!

India, this champion dancing crew needs your help!

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

Months after making history by winning America's Got Talent, Mumbai's V Unbeatable dancing crew is crumbling under the lockdown.

Ponmagal Vandhal review

Ponmagal Vandhal review

Rediff.com1 Jun 2020

It is unfair that actors like Jyotika and Parthiban are wasted in what could have been a spectacular courtroom drama, complains Divya Nair.

Why she is fighting for 15 mn freelancers

Why she is fighting for 15 mn freelancers

Rediff.com26 May 2020

'The lockdown has been a great excuse to delay payments.'

How this young designer is trying to survive

How this young designer is trying to survive

Rediff.com11 May 2020

'It is time the government should intervene more strongly than ever before and save the textile industry which is the pride of our nation.'

'This is not the time for ME, but for WE'

'This is not the time for ME, but for WE'

Rediff.com6 May 2020

'We are not laying any of our team off. We cannot do that especially at this time.' 'It will be hard for them to find other jobs now and we will not let our team down now.'

'Don't try to jump into a job right after the lockdown'

'Don't try to jump into a job right after the lockdown'

Rediff.com4 May 2020

'It will be a competitive market more than ever due to the layoffs that have happened.'

'Recession is temporary, your capability is permanent'

'Recession is temporary, your capability is permanent'

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

'You need to polish your skills and be prepared to be an asset in the 'new normal' work environment.' 'Access MOOCs (massive open online courses) and keep your brain razor sharp, despite not having a job offer or having your job offer rescinded.'

Work From Home: Tips you can follow

Work From Home: Tips you can follow

Rediff.com31 Mar 2020

Six working professionals tell us how they balance time between work and family.

'May die of corona later. We'll die of hunger before'

'May die of corona later. We'll die of hunger before'

Rediff.com27 Mar 2020

Autorickshaw drivers and families from Kalyan reveal how the lockdown has rendered them jobless and deprived them of bare necessities.

Lockdown effect: 'There is no food in the house'

Lockdown effect: 'There is no food in the house'

Rediff.com26 Mar 2020

The nationwide lockdown has robbed several daily wage labourers and households of their incomes. Vrushali Vilas Kadam tells Divya Nair/Rediff.com how her family is struggling to make ends meet.

How Indian students travelled during COVID-19

How Indian students travelled during COVID-19

Rediff.com20 Mar 2020

Indian students, who are living and studying away from home, tell us how they are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and what they discovered on their journey back home.

'COVID-19 is not food-borne'

'COVID-19 is not food-borne'

Rediff.com20 Mar 2020

'It is safe to consume cooked non-vegetarian food.'

SEE: Stranded Indian students appeal for help

SEE: Stranded Indian students appeal for help

Rediff.com19 Mar 2020

'We are feeling helpless and want to be with our families.'

How to Recession Proof Your Career

How to Recession Proof Your Career

Rediff.com29 Jan 2020

'See to it that you have adequate skills that will make you so indispensable that they cannot fire you.'

What I learnt after losing my job

What I learnt after losing my job

Rediff.com21 Jan 2020

Young professionals who lost their jobs tell Rediff.com's Divya Nair how they reclaimed their lives.

Darbar review

Darbar review

Rediff.com9 Jan 2020

There is action, drama, emotion, comedy -- everything in equal measure and lots of stylish sequences featuring Rajinikanth. Clearly, Darbar is a visual treat for fans, says Divya Nair.

I kept thinking 'hope they don't do an encounter on us'

I kept thinking 'hope they don't do an encounter on us'

Rediff.com18 Dec 2019

On December 15, Mohammed Mustafa, an MBA student and IAS aspirant from Jamia Milia Islamia University, was among the students who were dragged out of the library and lathi-charged by policemen. In a conversation with Rediff.com's Divya Nair, the 26 year old recounts the ordeal he faced for a protest he says he didn't participate in or volunteer for.

Darbar Trailer: Can Rajini still surprise us?

Darbar Trailer: Can Rajini still surprise us?

Rediff.com17 Dec 2019

>Ask any true Rajini fan and they'll agree that it's been 20 years since the superstar has produced anything bigger or better than Padayappa. And Darbar, at least going by the trailer, doesn't seem to get any closer to that benchmark 1999 film, says Divya Nair.

Mamangam Review

Mamangam Review

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

Poor writing sinks this period film which is watchable for Mammooty's gravity defying stunts, says Divya Nair.

'Men worship Durga, but don't respect their own women'

'Men worship Durga, but don't respect their own women'

Rediff.com22 Nov 2019

Sharmila Nair's campaign '18 Shades of Black' is inspiring Indian women to talk about the restrictions they faced while growing up and encouraging people to find solutions.

'Make the most of adversity'

'Make the most of adversity'

Rediff.com7 Nov 2019

'Stumbling blocks teach a lot and should be taken as stepping stones.'

What I learned on a rainy day in Mumbai

What I learned on a rainy day in Mumbai

Rediff.com11 Sep 2019

Divya Nair spent eight hours getting home September 4. Thankfully she reached safe. And was able to appreciate the human side of her journey. Her story is not any more unusual than that of so many other city residents last Wednesday. But why should anyone have to spend eight hours getting home on an average rainy day in Mumbai? Why?

'Today, I feel like I am born again'

'Today, I feel like I am born again'

Rediff.com6 Sep 2019

'When Arnab Goswami announced on TV, it's over, it's done, dad patted me with love and said congrats.' 'I broke down' Nakshatra Bagwe, a 'proud gay' film-maker and activist from Mumbai, tells Rediff.com's Divya Nair.

How this actor lost 8 kg in 2 months

How this actor lost 8 kg in 2 months

Rediff.com5 Aug 2019

Prachi Tehlan who gained weight for the film Mamangam tells us how she got back in shape.

How a 17 YO is saving India's corals and marine life

How a 17 YO is saving India's corals and marine life

Rediff.com17 Jul 2019

Mumbai teen Siddharth Pillai has designed and patented a technology that prevents coral bleaching and will save hundreds of marine species from extinction.

Homemaker to Muscle Mom!

Homemaker to Muscle Mom!

Rediff.com16 Jul 2019

Mamatha, a 'simple, hard working village girl', battled stereotypes, shaped her body and confidence to become one of India's top bodybuilders.

She quit her Air India job to run for INDIA

She quit her Air India job to run for INDIA

Rediff.com4 Jun 2019

"I am running for HOPE -- Humanity, Oneness, Peace and Equality," says Sufiya Sufee.

How India will create 11 lakh jobs in six months

How India will create 11 lakh jobs in six months

Rediff.com30 May 2019

Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder and EVP, TeamLease Services explains which sectors will contribute to India's growth story.

Naigaon to LA: How a dance video changed their life

Naigaon to LA: How a dance video changed their life

Rediff.com30 May 2019

Mumbai-based dancing troupe V Unbeatable received a standing ovation from the audience and judges at America's Got Talent, a leading talent reality show.

Why I quit BJP and joined Congress

Why I quit BJP and joined Congress

Rediff.com11 May 2019

'I had to submit my resignation from the BJP after just two weeks because they were very regressive.' 'There was no space for a free thinking individual.'

This couple is building mud homes that save 50% water

This couple is building mud homes that save 50% water

Rediff.com9 May 2019

Pune architects Dhruvang Hingmire and Priyanka Gunjikar are building houses out of mud and stone, employing local artists and contributing to the village economy.

Why 80% Indian engineers are unemployable

Why 80% Indian engineers are unemployable

Rediff.com6 May 2019

'50% of students lose out because of lack of English language skills.' 'Only 15% to 20% have the functional skills companies are looking for.'

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