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.
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.