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 […]
Sydney-based photographer and media student Elke Antoinette was inspired to create this work during her recent trip to India. Life & Death captures moments and movements around the world.
People are my inspiration. So the world’s most populated suburban transport system provided more than enough creative fodder. These are the profiles of the Mumbai train travellers, captured in my new book, I Take This Train Too. Through humorous profiling and caricatures (with personality-inspired hues), I have attempted to map this unparalleled universe. An international crowd-funding initiative […]
After the tragic death of his wife, Indian-native Dasrath Manjhi carved a 360-foot-long, 25-foot deep, and 30-feet wide through-cut which formed a road. Manjhi worked day and night between 1960 to 1982 to accomplish this remarkable feat. He decided to build this road after his wife died as a result from not being able to […]
German artist Katrin Korfmann sure has an eye for colour. Flying high above the Hindu ritual known as Holi, Korfmann captured the famous event that sees thousands of people throw coloured powder and perfumes at each other. The images (Red, Yellow and Purple) change in hue as the festival goes on – different powders, different colours. What a beautiful way to welcome spring.
Celebrated by Hindus, the legendary Holi Festival takes place in India and Nepal during springtime. It’s a riot of colours with everyone throwing fistfuls of pigmented stuff at everyone else (the blue, apparently, stains like crazy and is notoriously hard to get out of skin and clothes). German artist Katrin Korfmann has been there and documented the colourful affair in her Kolorit series from an aerial perspective. There’s so much beauty in there.
In New York, it’s not uncommon to see ‘rat stations’ peppered throughout restaurant districts, intended to put a dent in the population of city pests. In Deshnoke, India, I had to leave my shoes at the door when I entered Karni Mata Temple, a rat station of an entirely different purpose. In Deshnoke, rats are revered as bearers of special blessings and deity favor, which you can curry yourself by purchasing holy food, “Prasad”, and maneuvering barefoot through rodent-filled hallways, to brush with the supernatural.