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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kilian Martin totally killed it in this video directed by Brett Novak, and now he’s back with another Novak-directed short film of him skateboarding in slo mo through India. It’s sick and beautiful at the same time, especially when it’s so well-aided by the Other Lives tune ‘Take Us Alive’.
I love the inspirational story behind this stylish pajama company, it makes me feel like there are still genuinely good people in the world. Punjammies is more than just a comfy pajama manufacturer. It’s a means of empowering Indian women who have been rescued from forced prostitution. Instead of just rescuing the girls and then leaving […]
In a culture where women are severely undervalued, the people of Piplantri village in India decided to take a stand. They found a way to put a measurable value on the lives of their women. For every baby girl born, 111 trees are planted. And not only that, but actual legal measures are taken to […]
Aditi Babel has many creative talents, illustration being one of them. Working as an independent book artist in Udaipur, India, Babel recently designed her cousin’s wedding invitations, which I loved so much I’m going to have framed. Using pen and ink, Babel’s illustrations are beautifully intricate with decorative creatures we typically associate with Indian culture.
In Bangalore, India, which has a geeky rep for being a hub for India’s information technology sector, an offbeat attraction called the Dr Shankar’s Brain Museum, which is open on Saturdays from 10am-3pm, has a superb grey collection of unlabelled brains in jars. Sounds like a visit is rightfully warranted. Also, you should tip off […]