Deshnok Temple: Brushing with sacred rodents in India

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By Shauna Eve in Cool Travel on Friday 7 December 2012

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.

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Trains of India: a photo series by Steve McCurry

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By Mareike Muller in New Photography on Friday 30 November 2012

The amazing photo series called Trains taken by the internationally recognized American photographer Steve McCurry developed on one of his many trips to India capturing the country and its people. These pictures give us a pretty interesting insight into the ancient culture and its means of transportation, aside from what we may know from famous movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and the whole Bollywood world.

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A 100-feet deep well with 3,500 steps

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Only in the Indian village of Abhaneri can you find a well like this: the 1,200-year-old Chand Baori step well. Built in the 9th century, the 13-storey, 100-feet deep structure is entirely surrounded by maze-like steps — all 3,500 of these — for easy access to the water. It looks pretty mindblowing.

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The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold

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By Leah Borromeo in New Film on Friday 2 November 2012

When you bag a bargain, who pays for it? Up to 300k Indian farmers have committed suicide to get out of debt since 1995. That’s 14,027 from August 2011-2012. I’m making a film to find out why, and to see if we – as fashion consumers and producers – can take direct action to stop […]

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Ten Rupees: a collection of portraits taken in India

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Wednesday 10 October 2012

Ten Rupees is a blog put together by Irish photographer, Kevin Goss-Ross. It follows his trip to India in January 2012, sharing his photographs and the stories that came to life along the way. The blog is well-written, and although the shots are artificially lit, the viewer gets a real sense of the living conditions […]

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The Highest Pass: a documentary set in the Himalayas

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By Davide Luciano in New Film on Friday 4 May 2012

This is a great documentary about a swami taking a group of spiritual bikers up to the highest road in the world in the Himalayas. Inspiring and spiritual, the film shows how everyone can conquer their fears and move on. It shows India in all its chaos and beauty. Playing in Pasadena and Santa Monica at the […]

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From India: a whitening cream for your private parts

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By Aparna Jayakumar in New Products on Thursday 3 May 2012

India’s fairness obsession hit a new low with the launch of a whitening product, ‘Clean and Dry‘, for women’s private parts. It caused quite an outrage in the local media, but only time will tell how the product will fare in the market.

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Photos of Indian prostitutes by Mary Ellen Mark

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By Chiang Lup Hong in New Photography on Tuesday 10 April 2012

I came across photographer Mary Ellen Mark on a random search of creative things about India. She was one those photographers who shot with respect and expressed deep emotions through her pictures. In her series of explicit and provocative photo documentary, Falkland Road: Prostitutes of Bombay, she captures the plight, the hopes and dreams of street prostitutes in India’s Falkland Street.

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Bhumika Bhatia

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By Akshan Ish in New Photography on Saturday 10 December 2011

A beautiful dreamer, a mystic who creates dreams out of reality, and a transporter of worlds; all from behind the lens and through those eyes. Magic is real. Photographer Bhumika Bhatia will make you believe it is.

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Beautiful portrait photographs from India

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By Alex in New Photography on Tuesday 14 June 2011

London-based designer and photographer, Karnatarka, has some nice portraits from India showing the diversity of the country.

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Hawaiian Shack, Mumbai

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By Michelle Wilding in Cool Travel on Monday 27 December 2010

If you want a fun night out without glam or attitude, then Hawaiian Shack is the place to be. The music catalogue boasts the trendiest retro hits from the eighties, luring you to sing-a-long at your table or bust out some karaoke upstairs so the entire floor can hear. I thought the little touches of […]

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The streets of Mumbai, India

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By Michelle Wilding in New Photography on Wednesday 15 December 2010

I was recently exploring the nightlife culture of India while there for the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project. But what I also got to see was the real city. Although the atmosphere is chaotic, it was fascinating to walk the Mumbai streets and meet the locals. Obviously, the first thing to strike your attention is the dire state of homelessness. Some people sleep on the pavement, some on the beach, some where they can; some even in prickled bushes under the bridges or with no clothes on. It makes you wonder what their story is and how they got there.

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India’s Gateway Hotel, Bangalore

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By Michelle Wilding in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 December 2010

I would certainly stay at this beautiful 4-star hotel again. Everything was lovely, from the lunch buffets to the massage service and the delicious macarons for deserts. What’s even cooler, however, is that the Gateway offer designated Green-friendly rooms as part of the EARTH initiative.

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Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Party, Bangalore

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By Michelle Wilding in New Events on Wednesday 8 December 2010

History was made on November 27 when 14 countries, six continents, 18,000 people, 50 DJs and 200+ bartenders joined forces for a never-before-seen, omnipresent, one-night only global affair across 10 time zones. And if you weren’t at one of Smirnoff’s ravishing Nightlife Exchange Project parties, then where the bloody hell were you?

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World’s cheapest car goes Bling Bling

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By Mohit Doda in New Design on Wednesday 17 November 2010

Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car from India, is going to get a gold make over. Goldplus is celebrating 5,000 years of Indian jewelery by decorating the small wonder. After a design contest, they have shortlisted three designs, and you can vote for your favorite design and ultimately see the winner grace the Indian roads.

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