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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.