Skateboarding in slow mo through India

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Wednesday 15 May 2013

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’.

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Punjammies: gives hope to Indian women freed from sex trafficking

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By Annie Churdar in New Fashion on Monday 6 May 2013

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 […]

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Eco-feminism in India: 111 trees planted for every girl born

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By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Tuesday 30 April 2013

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 […]

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New illustrations by Indian artist Aditi Babel

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By Laura Blight in New Illustration on Friday 19 April 2013

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.

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Brain museum in India showcases ‘six hundred brains in an otherwise empty room’

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 April 2013

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 […]

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Life & Death: a photo series by Elke Antoinette

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By Darwin Cosico in New Photography on Thursday 4 April 2013

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.

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Mumbai’s train travelers: illustrations of India’s most colourful people

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By Cyrus Daruwala in New Illustration on Thursday 28 March 2013

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 […]

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Dasrath Manjhi cuts a 260-foot road through a mountain

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 31 January 2013

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 […]

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Colourful photos of the Hindu ritual known as Holi

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Photography on Thursday 17 January 2013

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.

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Colourful aerial pictures of Holi Festival

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 22 December 2012

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.

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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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