Vaihayasi Pande Daniel

Editorial Director Vaihayasi Pande Daniel has reported on news, business, travel and lifestyle for 30 years.
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India may need a 49-day lockdown

India may need a 49-day lockdown

Rediff.com1 days ago

'We will need more than 21 days of lockdown for sure.'

Why Mumbai has scary coronavirus figures

Why Mumbai has scary coronavirus figures

Rediff.com3 days ago

'It is a bigger challenge for Mumbai because we have a dense population and people are staying in very, very small rooms.' 'So even if there is one case, then it can spread to you know, four or five people are staying together.'

Coronavirus: Are you anxious, worried? Read this!

Coronavirus: Are you anxious, worried? Read this!

Rediff.com30 Mar 2020

'Restrict the amount of time you spend on social media.' 'We have people who are glued to it from morning to night, which is certainly not what we recommend.' 'And do not take the stuff that you read on WhatsApp as sacrosanct.' 'A lot of it is absolutely nonsense.'

'There will be a drastic drop with the lockdown'

'There will be a drastic drop with the lockdown'

Rediff.com27 Mar 2020

'Without it, it is going to be much, much, much, much worse.' 'In the meantime, we really need to work on a sort of war footing, given that it is a natural disaster, provide relief, provide essentials, till we get biological herd immunity, we need to get economic immunity, and also social immunity.'

'How can there be social distancing in slums?'

'How can there be social distancing in slums?'

Rediff.com24 Mar 2020

About 9 million people in Mumbai live in areas where homes are hardly two metres apart. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com reports on the lurking dangers in the city's slums in the times of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Why next 2 weeks are crucial

Coronavirus: Why next 2 weeks are crucial

Rediff.com21 Mar 2020

What you need to know about the coronavirus.

'Only get out of home for essential things'

'Only get out of home for essential things'

Rediff.com19 Mar 2020

'Even after this epidemic gets over, we know that there are going to be months of effects on the economy and poverty.' 'A lot of things are catastrophic for people from the lower socio-economic classes.' 'Social distancing is going to start killing their day-to-day wages.' 'We are not even measuring that impact.'

'We are in for a disaster in 2 weeks if we don't...'

'We are in for a disaster in 2 weeks if we don't...'

Rediff.com19 Mar 2020

'If we cannot handle an epidemic of that strata, (causing that kind) of excessive calamity, then we really have to prevent it.' 'If we become complacent in even preventing it, then we are in for a disaster.'

Questions on coronavirus answered

Questions on coronavirus answered

Rediff.com13 Mar 2020

A virologist answers questions on the deadly virus presently haunting the world.

SEE: The MILIND SOMAN Interview

SEE: The MILIND SOMAN Interview

Rediff.com12 Mar 2020

He is 54, but looks far better than he did when he was a supermodel in his 20s and 30s. Cooler still is his vibe. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel catches up with Milind Soman, fitness icon and businessman.

'Coronavirus is a huge problem for India'

'Coronavirus is a huge problem for India'

Rediff.com7 Mar 2020

'India needs to do what India can do, which is to keep the number of cases down.' 'If it manages to keep the cases down, it will save lives.'

'Women are AMAZING!'

'Women are AMAZING!'

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

Women, says Milind Soman, will finally make the world a better place.

Sheena Bora case: Why did her lawyers give Indrani a drubbing?

Sheena Bora case: Why did her lawyers give Indrani a drubbing?

Rediff.com28 Feb 2020

Indrani dressed in a short purple kurta and leggings, with a bandhini green-purple chunni, sindhoor glowing in her mang, was receiving a drubbing from her lawyers for the facts she had revealed before the court on Tuesday while arguing the rejoinder to her bail application. She was insisting: "But he asked me for a motive!"

Was Sheena Bora alive months after her death?

Was Sheena Bora alive months after her death?

Rediff.com26 Feb 2020

'There is a communication between Rahul Mukerjea and Sheena Bora.' 'First on the 26th. And then on the 27th and then on the 28th.' 'See the messages wherein Rahul Mukerjea tells Sheena Bora "Baba I am in the car park. Come".' 'And Sheena Bora replies to Rahul Mukerjea: "Five min bas".' 'This explains why none of the bodies matched Sheena Bora...'

Sheena Bora Case: Why was Indrani's voice recorded?

Sheena Bora Case: Why was Indrani's voice recorded?

Rediff.com22 Feb 2020

At the prison, both Ranjan and Manglik's cell phones were pressed into service by the CBI. Why the CBI didn't bring its own equipment seems a mystery... Ranjan's cell handset was given to Indrani and Manglik dialed it. Indrani then spoke and her speech, that emanated from the phone, via speaker mode, was recorded.

Sheena Bora Case: How did Indrani access Sheena's email account?

Sheena Bora Case: How did Indrani access Sheena's email account?

Rediff.com14 Feb 2020

The prosecution's pursuit of this tiny detail was because they believed the charge from Google, on Indrani's account, was to restore Sheena's Gmail account, via the Google account recovery toolkit, since Indrani did not have the password.

Sheena Bora Case: Indrani rips into case against her!

Sheena Bora Case: Indrani rips into case against her!

Rediff.com8 Feb 2020

'When the forensics have collapsed, approver is clearly proved to be a liar from the beginning to the end... Does the prosecution genuinely believe that we ought to remain in judicial custody despite showing that their own story is not being corroborated by evidence, for another 192 witnesses?'

The American who caught Gandhiji's killer

The American who caught Gandhiji's killer

Rediff.com30 Jan 2020

In the shock after Nathuram Godse murdered Mahatma Gandhi that January evening 72 years ago today, a young American diplomat rushed to capture the assassin. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel traces the memorable life of Herbert Reiner, who History has sadly relegated to a footnote.

Sheena Bora Case: Indrani argues her case!

Sheena Bora Case: Indrani argues her case!

Rediff.com29 Jan 2020

Dressed in pink, her hands flying about in eloquent gestures, excitement on her face, Indrani made quite a picture. There was pin-drop silence as she made strong points about why nothing in the hearings had uncovered anything against her. She spoke about there being "Not a shred of evidence... No scientific evidence because it didn't happen!"

Sheena Bora Case: Lawyer, witness wrestle over facts

Sheena Bora Case: Lawyer, witness wrestle over facts

Rediff.com23 Jan 2020

Dr Gupta handled Shivade's blows with quite some equanimity... So it was often only Shivade down in the mud pit, egging and enticing the doctor to join the fight, while Dr Gupta cautiously kept to the sidelines, barely stepping a toe into the mud.

Sheena Bora case: Doctor in trouble?

Sheena Bora case: Doctor in trouble?

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

Judge Jagdale halted Dr Gupta's testimony several times because he felt it had neither order nor direction. Tightly controlling his irritation, his lips compressed, the judge explained as patiently as he could: "What he has done in this case should come (out in his testimony) in a lucid manner. You eat chapati and then rice. You cannot eat half a chapati and then have rice and then eat half a chapati..." "He is not a witness of facts. He is an expert witness. Either he is not prepared. Or you are not prepared."

Sheena Bora Case: So was it Sheena's skull?

Sheena Bora Case: So was it Sheena's skull?

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

The software had, perhaps unknown to Dr Tripathi, tracked the changes he had made. The 'morph track' feature of the software provided a trail of what had been done and also indicated that the doctor had, it seemed, opted to morph Sheena's face with the provided skull, much in the same manner that Fantamorph can turn a woman into a cheetah.

Meet Sachin Tendulkar's English mother-in-law

Meet Sachin Tendulkar's English mother-in-law

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

Annabel Mehta, Sachin Tendulkar's mother-in-law, has dedicated her life to working with the Beautiful People of the other half of Mumbai without whom the city would neither exist nor thrive. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel met the amazing lady who was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire for her service to underprivileged communities.

Sheena Bora Case: And then Sheena disappeared...

Sheena Bora Case: And then Sheena disappeared...

Rediff.com4 Jan 2020

In just 18 frames, the photograph of the dainty Sheena, with her winsome smile and starry eyes, dissolved, flesh falling off her facial bones, into what the CBI alleged was her corresponding yellowed, morose-looking skull with hollow, haunting eye sockets.

Sheena Bora Trial: A year of tortuous twists and turns

Sheena Bora Trial: A year of tortuous twists and turns

Rediff.com18 Dec 2019

When the hearings resume January 3, you wonder how many things will change and how many things will remain forever the same, as the Sheena Bora trial moves ahead.

Sheena Bora Trial: Why was Indrani overjoyed?

Sheena Bora Trial: Why was Indrani overjoyed?

Rediff.com14 Dec 2019

Indrani was cheering Pasbola on from the back, with little, happy whoops, that she muffled with her chunni. Indrani was in her element on Friday. The defence's cross-examination was clearly going her way and Indrani was delighted.

Sheena Bora Trial: Indrani and the DNA Puzzle

Sheena Bora Trial: Indrani and the DNA Puzzle

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

What Indrani doesn't know is that even if she is handed down a sentence of not guilty by the judge at the end of the long and meandering Sheena Bora murder trial, for India's legion of armchair judges, she will always be guilty. She won't be able to change that. Ever.

'Tiger populations have boomed'

'Tiger populations have boomed'

Rediff.com3 Dec 2019

'Animal populations are increasing. Human populations are increasing. So there is no way the man-animal conflict going to go away.'

'You are in a crisis. You need to do things quickly'

'You are in a crisis. You need to do things quickly'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

'Unless we change and we see a change in the direction we are taking, times can only get worse.'

'Big guys r**e the economy'

'Big guys r**e the economy'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

'When you forgive a farmer's loans there is this ideological economists lobby which says: 'That's socialism. And that's bad'.' 'But to forgive the loans of big people, so that they will be interested to invest further is capitalism and is good.'

Sheena Bora Case: Peter celebrates another birthday in jail

Sheena Bora Case: Peter celebrates another birthday in jail

Rediff.com20 Nov 2019

It will be his fifth birthday in jail as an undertrial. He was arrested two days before his birthday in 2015. Tuesday also marked Peter's fourth year in jail.

Ross island: Where history rests

Ross island: Where history rests

Rediff.com31 Oct 2019

Vaihayasi Pande Daniel discovers Ross Island where the clock can never be turned back.

How can India rid itself of malaria?

How can India rid itself of malaria?

Rediff.com25 Oct 2019

India has the fourth highest number of malaria cases in the world.

Sheena Bora Case: How will Peter eat fruit?

Sheena Bora Case: How will Peter eat fruit?

Rediff.com18 Oct 2019

He was getting fruits, but no implement to cut them with. He told the judge, sadly: "I have tried and it is very difficult, your honour." His statement quickly brought up the imagery of Peter trying to cut a pineapple with his teeth or a papaya with a pen or a toothbrush.

Sheena Bora Case: Now divorced, Indrani, Peter meet

Sheena Bora Case: Now divorced, Indrani, Peter meet

Rediff.com11 Oct 2019

This week was the first time Peter and Indrani appeared in court no longer married, footloose and fancy free once again, even if in jail.

Sheena Bora trial: Peter has aged so many years

Sheena Bora trial: Peter has aged so many years

Rediff.com28 Sep 2019

The close-onto four years (since November 2015) Peter has spent in Arthur Road jail, central Mumbai, in judicial custody, have taken their toll, lending him a bit of a melancholy stoop, a laborious gait and a tired face, turning him prematurely into a much older man than his nearly 64 years. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com reports from the Sheena Bora murder trial.

'Modi sent a clear message to the Pakistanis'

'Modi sent a clear message to the Pakistanis'

Rediff.com27 Sep 2019

'... to Imran Khan, that there's not going to be any mediation of any meaningful sort given his (Modi's) special relationship with Trump.'

'Modi is a master of this kind of political theatre'

'Modi is a master of this kind of political theatre'

Rediff.com27 Sep 2019

'I give Modi full credit, for brilliantly using his personal diplomacy, his personal stature, to accomplish his goals...'

'He was a Google'

'He was a Google'

Rediff.com19 Sep 2019

Remembering journalist extraordinaire Kanti Bhatt.

Sheena Bora Trial: The Day The Skull Was Unveiled

Sheena Bora Trial: The Day The Skull Was Unveiled

Rediff.com1 Sep 2019

Vaihayasi Pande Daniel reports on the Sheena Bora Trial.

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