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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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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