Elephants are painted and primped for an annual festival in India

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 7 August 2015

Back in 2013, photographer Charles Fréger travelled to India to snap photos of elephants. Instead of finding them in the army, Fréger found elephants – all dressed up to the nines – at an annual festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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Take a glimpse at the pimped out taxi cabs of Mumbai

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Taxi companies of the world, take note. Designer Sanket Avlani has created ‘Taxi Fabric‘, a Mumbai-based project that reupholsters taxi cab interiors with the work of emerging designers.

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This taxi driver only drives backwards and has been doing so for only 11 years

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By Kenny Ong in News on Friday 9 January 2015

In his hometown of Bhatinda, Punjab, in India, taxi driver Harpreet Dev is infamous for his reverse driving skills. This talent was borne out of necessity eleven years ago when his Fiat Padmini became stuck in reverse gear in the dead of the night. ‘I was outside the city, I had no money, so I […]

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Cool graffiti is peppering the streets of Kochi, India

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

How apt: a mysterious artist or artists signing off as Guess Who, have been taking to the streets of Kochi in India with a series of amazing street graffiti that reimagine pop culture images with an Indian spin. As Guess Who said to an interview with BBC Tamil in response to those who view graffiti as […]

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One monkey saves his friend’s life after being electrocuted at the train station

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 25 December 2014

When you’re a monkey and your friend gets electrocuted, there’s only one thing to do-resuscitate that primate! This video was taken in Kanpur, India, after a monkey was electrocuted after climbing on overhead cables. He landed on the ground, unconscious, and then his faithful friend spent 20 minutes trying to revive his mate.

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This man spends 6 hours daily to put on his 645m long, 100-pound turban

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By Kenny Ong in Video on Monday 8 September 2014

If you think you have problems getting to work in the mornings, you haven’t heard this. Avtar Singh Mauni from Patiala, Northern India spends six hours a day getting his turban ready before he goes to his local temple. And the 60-year-old holy man may be on the brink of a world record, thanks to the 100-pound turban he puts on daily, a hefty and elaborate hair piece measuring 2,115 feet (about 645 meters) when unwrapped, which is the same length as 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: cardboard sheet school desks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 1 September 2014

A single sheet of cardboard can’t do much, right? Wrong! In India, many children go to school but don’t have the luxury of sitting behind a desk. To address this issue, the nonprofit organization Aarambh created a necessity out of a single sheet of cardboard: a school desk. The Bombay-based nonprofit worked with designers to come up with the desk design from a simple sheet of cardboard.

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First it was the ice bucket challenge for ALS, now it’s the rice bucket challenge for hunger

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lost count of how many friends have been dared to take the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, I have. And though the ALS Association has raised close to $US80 million since July 29 (woah), I’m looking forward to my social media feeds going back to news where people aren’t dunked in icy water.

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This Bra Generates A Shock Of 3,800 Kilovolts To Any Would-Be Attacker

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Tuesday 22 July 2014

In certain parts of the world, sexual assault is such a cause for concern that it’s motivated all kinds of new technology for women. Everything from anti-rape condoms to anti-molestation jackets have been created to try to stop the vicious assault against women. One woman who is fed up with women living in fear is Manisha Mohan, a 22-year-old engineering student who went above and beyond to give women a way to defend themselves.

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To stop public urination, ‘pissing tankers’ now patrol the streets of Mumbai

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 2 June 2014

India has a wet problem. And it has nothing to do with their droughts. Years of campaigns, big and small, have failed to stop grown men from urinating in public at anywhere and any time they feel like it. Even setting up more public urinals and imposing huge fines didn’t stop the random splattering, so […]

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This Indian PSA tells people to take their ‘poo to the loo’

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 18 April 2014

Unicef has released a clever PSA to put a stop to the public defecating on the streets. According to the campaign, 620 million Indians are pooping out in the open every day, which adds up to 65 million kilos of poo! Unicef says, ‘So, if you give a shit about this issue, then don’t scrunch […]

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Poignant photos of the last of Mumbai’s iconic Irani cafes

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 April 2014

Mumbai is famous for many things, and one of those things is its street-corner ‘Irani cafes‘ which ‘sprouted up in the late 18th and early 19th centuries due to an influx of Persian immigrants’. They sell ‘sugary milk tea and bun-muska (freshly baked bread lathered with butter)’, where actors, workers and out-of-work youth spent loads […]

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Mumukshu Bhawan: India’s ‘Hotel of Death’

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 14 December 2013

The gateway to salvation, if you’ve been looking for it, is in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, in the holy city of Varanasi. Dying here, according to Hindu belief, is supposed to ‘break the cycle of death and rebirth. Once one dies in Varanasi, he or she is never reborn, and thus attains salvation.’. Hotels […]

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The Kashmir saffron harvest in pictures

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 13 December 2013

If you’ve ever wondered why saffron is so expensive, take a look at how this spice is harvested. Known as ‘Saffron Town’, Pampore is a small community in the Indian-administered region of Jammu and Kashmir, where millions of saffron flowers bloom. ‘Iran far outstrips India in saffron production. But Kashmiri saffron is known to have […]

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Only in India: Man arrested for ‘suspicious’ tea-drinking

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Restaurant owner Vijav Patil was grabbing a half glass of tea in the morning at a tea stall in Kolhapur, India, when he was arrested by police for drinking tea ‘in a suspicious manner’ under a law that allows preventative detention of someone suspected of being about to commit a crime. Thankfully, the judge had […]

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