Archive for Lifestyles & Travel

A train passenger’s view of India

Shanu Babar loves train journeys so much that he began documenting his. Soon, others joined him. Published on BBC on September 23, 2017.

The avid watchers of India’s old school travelling cinemas

For seven decades now, travelling cinemas have been transporting the magic of movies to audiences across rural India. Published on BBC on September 27, 2017.

Wacky road regulations in other countries

In particular there's this odd law in Alabama, USA (where else?), where it is illegal to drive blindfolded. Who knew?

The Tejas Express

The Tejas Express with coaches in attractive orange hues has begun running between Mumbai and the tourist state of Goa. Published by BBC News, 25 May 2017.

Taiwan’s forest bus

Passengers used to crammed public transport in Taipei, Taiwan's capital, have been offered a fragrant leafy ride.

106 year-old Indian woman stars in cooking videos

Mastanamma from Andhra Pradesh doesn't have a birth certificate to prove her 106 years but has millions of followers who can't have enough of her recipes and #GrannyWisdom.

Irrefutable proof: the power of Om

A very small baby stops crying inconsolably as soon as her father starts chanting OM - and falls asleep immediately (video).

Bend it like granny

Feeling stiff when you get out of bed? And you are not even 'that' old? Here's an inspirational woman who hasn't even been to consult a doctor her entire life.

Child Monks of the Himalayas

India-based Irish photographer Cathal McNaughton shows his images of boy monks who live in the 15th-Century Thiksey monastery near Leh in Ladakh. Published on BBC on 9 January [...]

Bhutan’s humorous and caring road signs

Related to the humorous road signs in India, Bhutan has put up very caring warnings with the help of India's Border Roads Organisation. Chris Dwyer has the story and photos; [...]

The River of 60 Million People

Although the Mekong river slides through six countries and various climates, its geographical and spiritual source is said to lie on the high, dry Tibetan plateau. Text and [...]

Public Toilets with a View

Alright, we know. Most people don’t like to talk about them and use them only in cases of emergency.

Ganga Aarti

Popular Devi Bhajan Ganga Aarti is being chanted at many aarti's along the Ganga, here in Haridwar.

The Glory of Shekhawati’s Havelis

Neelima Vallangi showcases 'havelis' in the Thar Desert's Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India. Published on BBC on March 22, 2016.

Here’s One For Your Bucket List

An unidentified daredevil is shown skiing from the peak of the Matterhorn (aka Monte Cervino) in the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy.

Should Borders Matter?

A clip from BBC4's Global Philosopher in which Prof. Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders.

Inspiration for a Journey – ‘A Mountain in China’

Veena's book became an inspiration for Michael from France to visit China and the areas she described. This video is mostly in English language and was shown on Chinese TV in [...]

The Ancient Esoteric Wisdom of the Hawaiian Huna Philosophy

Paul Lenda explains the ancient 7 Huna principles that have been taught and lived by the Huna and passed on to others in order to guide humanity towards a full self-realized state [...]

Narcissism Anyone?

Just the sheer amount of 'selfies' that are unleashed to the general public at an alarming rate is enough to make one wonder where humanity is headed to.

The end of a much-loved railway

Indian railways are fondly etched into the memory of most India travelers. Mark Tully writes about one of the networks facing closure. Published in BBC Magazine on December 13, [...]

Dunhuang on the Old Silk Road

Dunhuang, on the old Silk Road, was one of the ancient world's most important intersections between East and West. The beauty of the images invokes a stepping back in time, yet the [...]

A Night in the Desert with a Stranger

who Will Hatton had met on Couchsurfing. Published on BBC, October 19, 2015

Driving One of the World’s Most Remote Highways

Originally a northern segment of the Silk Road trading route, the Pamir Highway has been in use for almost 2,000 years. But few travellers make it there today. By Audrey Scott and [...]

Religious Children Meaner Than Their Secular Counterparts

Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents see them as ‘more empathetic’, writes Harriet [...]

Pilao, Biryani, Chappati, Samosa

Indian language words flourish in East Africa’s lingua franca, writes Kul Bhushan.

I Am Busy!

My neighbour came by yesterday and, seeing me sit at the computer, she piped – “Are you busy?” I looked up and answered, “No.”

Indian Women Take On a Multinational and Win

This is the story of an extraordinary uprising, a movement of 6,000 barely educated women labourers who took on one of the most powerful companies in the world.

India’s Chaotic Lesson In Letting Go

Eric Weiner writes in BBC on September 15, 2015

White Brotherhood, Bulgaria

A different White Brotherhood yet a brotherhood nevertheless where people connect on their inner search.

Crowds on Demand

Ever wondered why so many people show up to listen and cheer enthusiastically while attending even mediocre appearances by politicians or other speakers?

Trekking Nepal’s Forgotten Teahouse Route

Hiking this challenging trail around Mt Kanchenjunga yields rewards that more popular routes don’t, including stays in traditional teahouses that few foreigners ever see, writes [...]

Not the Retiring Type

Meet the workers with no plans to clock off. Published in The Guardian on August 1, 2015.

A 500-year-old Mummy with Teeth

Neelima Vallangi writes about her discoveries while trekking through Himachal Pradesh, specifically Spiti. Published by the BBC on July 10, 2015

How to ‘speak Australian’ in one easy step

A video gone viral: Two Australians give a simple YouTube lesson about mastering the Australian language.

Japanese Bathrooms

Visiting a friend in Tokyo a few years ago, I was amazed to see a very functional and clever designed bathroom set in a small space.

Sannyas Lifestyle, Pune, India

A look at sannyasins in Pune township and at the Resort...

Radical Wisdom

Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler shares his innovative and inspiring ideas at TEDGlobal in October 2014.

The Unique Face Of Modern Britain

London photographer Chris Steele-Perkins documents a changing Britain, by Tom Seymour on BBC Online, June 1, 2015.

Advertisements from the Sixties

... before women burned their bras and went demonstrating on the streets!

Top 50 Things That Feel Great

Published by Mail Online, UK, on April 14, 2015

Magical Houses, Made of Bamboo

Long-time Bali resident Elora Hardy explains the sustainability and beauty of bamboo buildings at TED in March 2015.

A Day in India

Homesick for India? Here's a quick fix, courtesy from the folks of the Perennial Plate Real Food World Tour.

India’s Amazing Living Root Bridges

Neelima Vallangi presents photos and commentary of the indigenous Khasi people of Meghalaya and their ingenious invention of living root bridges. Published by BBC Travel on April [...]

Bhutan’s Dark Secret to Happiness

Written by Eric Weiner, published by BBC Travel on April 8, 2015.

I Really Enjoy Living

Four years ago, we featured an inspiring story about 92 year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch.

Loneliness a Growing Public Health Concern

Excerpt from an article by Carolyn Gregoire in The Huffington Post, published on March 21, 2015

The Ridge

A new astounding video by extreme cyclist Danny Macaskill, so far streamed more than 12 million times.

Harassing Women in Public

A social experiment staged by Indian actor Varun Pruthi.

India’s Last Surviving Headhunters

Neelima Vallangi presents photos and commentary of the people of Nagaland, a disappearing culture in Northeast India. Published by BBC Travel on February 16, 2015.