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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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.'

Jet crisis: 'I am living on my savings'

Jet crisis: 'I am living on my savings'

Rediff.com30 Apr 2019

A senior first officer with Jet Airways shares her plight.

'I want to remove the tezaab from their minds'

'I want to remove the tezaab from their minds'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2019

Activist, motivational speaker and acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal talks about her 'not so glamorous life', daily struggles and how she's preparing herself for the future.

Why Modi loved this father's zero waste wedding invite

Why Modi loved this father's zero waste wedding invite

Rediff.com9 Apr 2019

It was Gadgil's idea to print a wedding invitation on fabric with temporary ink so it can be used later as a napkin.

IAS topper: Don't be afraid to dream big

IAS topper: Don't be afraid to dream big

Rediff.com8 Apr 2019

UPSC's female topper, All India Rank 5 Srushti Jayant Deshmukh, tells us how she cracked the tough exam.

How this Mumbai boy is changing lives!

How this Mumbai boy is changing lives!

Rediff.com28 Mar 2019

With a small team of like-willed youngsters, Himanshu Goenka is creating opportunities for underprivileged children to dream big.

How this tidying consultant earns Rs 3,000 per hour

How this tidying consultant earns Rs 3,000 per hour

Rediff.com27 Mar 2019

Gurugram based Gayatri Gandhi is India's first KonMari certified tidying consultant.

This athlete's fitness journey will baffle you

This athlete's fitness journey will baffle you

Rediff.com25 Mar 2019

Raipur's Nami Rai didn't let marriage or lack of sporting facilities affect her love for fitness.

Animal whisperer! She talks to animals, reads their minds

Animal whisperer! She talks to animals, reads their minds

Rediff.com14 Mar 2019

Mumbai-based animal communicator Akshaya Kawle shares some exciting stories and learnings from her professional journey.

Animal whisperer! She talks to animals, reads their minds

Animal whisperer! She talks to animals, reads their minds

Rediff.com13 Mar 2019

Mumbai-based animal communicator Akshaya Kawle shares some exciting stories and learnings from her professional journey.

Dee MC: The badass rapper girl

Dee MC: The badass rapper girl

Rediff.com1 Mar 2019

'I want to use my music to reach out to the youth, to inspire them to create history.' 'To share knowledge, to tell them the importance of voting, girl child education, menstrual hygiene.'

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How Indian students built world's thinnest satellite in 6 days

How Indian students built world's thinnest satellite in 6 days

Rediff.com21 Feb 2019

They made history for India and the world.

Ayaan Kapadia, India's youngest author, is just 10 years old!

Ayaan Kapadia, India's youngest author, is just 10 years old!

Rediff.com18 Feb 2019

The 10-year-old who shares his birthday with William Shakespeare talks about his inspiration to write, his mini library and big dream.

Why women engineers in India are unemployed, unhappy?

Why women engineers in India are unemployed, unhappy?

Rediff.com12 Feb 2019

'When women act assertively, express anger or vocalise their accomplishments -- examples of characteristics that are seen among leaders in most organisations -- they often receive pushback because these behaviours do not align with traditionally feminine attributes.'

How an IPS officer conquered Antarctica

How an IPS officer conquered Antarctica

Rediff.com6 Feb 2019

Aparna Kumar fought pneumonia and extreme weather conditions to make history.

'Indians have a tendency to overdress'

'Indians have a tendency to overdress'

Rediff.com29 Jan 2019

GenNext designer Ujjwala Bhadu has a modern approach to vintage designs.

Why this designer feels LESS is MORE

Why this designer feels LESS is MORE

Rediff.com29 Jan 2019

Amrapali Singh is one of four GenNext designers who will showcase their collection at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

She wants to change the way Indians dress

She wants to change the way Indians dress

Rediff.com29 Jan 2019

'Stop wearing clothes which might be trendy, but doesn't go well with your body type.'

'I design from experiences'

'I design from experiences'

Rediff.com29 Jan 2019

'The field of design is an overcrowded place.' 'And over time I have learnt the only way for me to connect with my own work is that if it comes from a place of honesty.'

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