Taking a walk down memory lane, Rituparna Roy recalls the cacophony of foreign languages, the fragrance of bread and the laidback vibe of a special café. Published in The Hindu, November 28, 2019.
Globally, in 2018, there were a record 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), a rise of 6% over 2017. And every year the number increases.
Stretching more than 1,200 km between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, it is one of the world’s wildest roads – and for the intrepid traveller, one of the most epic road trips, writes Dave Stamboulis. Published on BBC on January 3, 2019.
A committee of village elders in southern India has banned women from wearing nighties during the day. Geeta Pandey has the story, illustrated by Priya Kuriyan. Published on BBC on November 22, 2018.
When a 96-year-old former soldier learned that his village was going to be demolished 10 years ago, he picked up a brush and started painting – and he hasn’t stopped since, writes Eliot Stein. Published on BBC on November 29, 2018
Iran’s wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region’s harsh desert environment, writes Shervin Abdolhamidi on September 27 on BBC.
Millions of commuters descend on India’s railway in Mumbai every day. A special feature of carriages solely dedicated to women, helps avoid male groping, which is still widespread everywhere. Here’s a peak what happens at a random platform during rush hour. Published by the Daily Mail on July 28, 2018.
Khar Danda, a tiny fishing village in India’s bustling city of Mumbai, has had a major makeover. Published on BBC on July 16, 2018.
Justin Rowlatt, frequently also featured on Osho News, looks back on his three years on assignment reporting for the BBC from South Asia and, in particular, India. Published on June 16, 2018.
Writer Pico Iyer understands that by keeping an outer journey short, you can make the inner journey that follows echo across a lifetime. Published on BBC on March 8, 2018.
Not for the faint-hearted – a road with toe-curling vistas! Can you watch the 5-min video to the end?
An interesting experiment in Russia invites vegetarians to live and evolve together in a healthy, supportive environment. Published in SOTT and RT on October 14, 2017.
Shanu Babar loves train journeys so much that he began documenting his. Soon, others joined him. Published on BBC on September 23, 2017.
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.
In particular there’s this odd law in Alabama, USA (where else?), where it is illegal to drive blindfolded. Who knew?
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.
Passengers used to crammed public transport in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, have been offered a fragrant leafy ride.
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.
A very small baby stops crying inconsolably as soon as her father starts chanting OM – and falls asleep immediately (video).
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.
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 2016.
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; published on BBC on February 28, 2017.
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 photographs by Christine McNab. Published on BBC on December 6, 2016.
Alright, we know. Most people don’t like to talk about them and use them only in cases of emergency.
Neelima Vallangi showcases ‘havelis’ in the Thar Desert’s Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India. Published on BBC on March 22, 2016.
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.
A clip from BBC4’s Global Philosopher in which Prof. Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders.
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 February 2016.
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 of existence.
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.
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, 2015
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 time is now.
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 Daniel Noll, published in BBC on December 18, 2014.
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 Sherwood in The Guardian on November 6, 2015.
My neighbour came by yesterday and, seeing me sit at the computer, she piped – “Are you busy?” I looked up and answered, “No.”
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.
A different White Brotherhood yet a brotherhood nevertheless where people connect on their inner search.
Ever wondered why so many people show up to listen and cheer enthusiastically while attending even mediocre appearances by politicians or other speakers?
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 Stewart Butler in BBC Travel on June 25, 2015.
Neelima Vallangi writes about her discoveries while trekking through Himachal Pradesh, specifically Spiti. Published by the BBC on July 10, 2015
A video gone viral: Two Australians give a simple YouTube lesson about mastering the Australian language.
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.
Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler shares his innovative and inspiring ideas at TEDGlobal in October 2014.
London photographer Chris Steele-Perkins documents a changing Britain, by Tom Seymour on BBC Online, June 1, 2015.
Long-time Bali resident Elora Hardy explains the sustainability and beauty of bamboo buildings at TED in March 2015.
Homesick for India? Here’s a quick fix, courtesy from the folks of the Perennial Plate Real Food World Tour.
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 13, 2015.