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Millions of Hindu devotees walking across India

Every year, northern India is flooded with men and women in saffron clothes walking through the streets carrying pots suspended on a stick, reports the BBC on August 9, 2018.

Where’s the gap?

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 [...]

Monsoon in Delhi

Just in time for the heatwave in Europe and elsewhere, a refreshing view: video taken recently at Osho Dham in New Delhi.

How to hide your house from Google street maps [Infographic]

Although street maps by satellite can be a very helpful thing, nobody wants their open entrance or garage visible to those who might plan an unannounced visit with questionable [...]

The death of Anthony Bourdain and the choice between mundane or spiritual suicide

Arjuna (John Hogue) writes about mundane and spiritual suicide on the occasion of Anthony Bourdain's demise. Excerpted from Part 1 of his essay published on on [...]

Mumbai slum gets colourful make-over

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.

Ten ways to gain control over your chaotic inbox

To finally gain mastery over our inboxes, we have to deal with the root causes and not just the symptoms that frequently flare up, writes Paul Levy, University of Brighton, on BBC. [...]

Google allows 3rd-party app developers read your emails

Big brother alive and well. A new report throws a damper on their claims that they protect their users' privacy. Published in SOTT and RT on July 4, 2018.

It’s not a conspiracy theory – your phone is really watching and listening to you, research finds

If you've ever had the sneaking suspicion that your phone might be watching you, new research suggests you're not being paranoid. Published on SOTT and RT on July 4, 2018.

The Power of Determination

If we want transformation to happen, it can take place in a moment. Just one moment of will, of complete determination is enough. writes Naina in The Sentinel, Assam, on June 24, [...]

Playing the piano for a century

Colette Maze is a French pianist of classical music. In this video, she speaks on how much music matters to her (French with English subtitles).

The woman with an unspeakable name

I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful old woman whose age is indeterminable and whose name is unspeakable, writes Mike Eveleigh on BBC on June 20, 2018.

How social media ruins your life

Jaron Lanier, Silicone Valley's ‘computer philosopher', explains why.

FB patents system that can use your phone’s mic to monitor TV habits

System would allow Facebook to identify what adults and children are watching based on ambient noise. Published in The Guardian on June 29, 2018.

More reasons why you should take a nap

Who doesn't know the feeling of an intense tiredness descending on one's body - for example just after lunch? The head droops slightly, the eyelids struggle to remain open and the [...]

Leaving India and the best shave in the world

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 [...]

Behold the noble pigeon

...because they are not as stupid as we think. This video shows there is much more to them.

Tsunami from heaven

Mother Nature's beautiful and mysterious ways shown in time-lapse footage. Published by RT on June 17, 2018.

‘Kindly adjust’ to our English

Indian English is a living, practical language, used by millions every day, writes Shashi Tharoor in The Week. Published on June 3, 2018.

The man who ​thinks trees talk to each other

Beech trees are bullies​ and​ willows are loners, says forester Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book claiming that trees have personalities and communicate ​via a [...]

Alan Watts: Business

A lecture (audio) by Alan Watts: "If you can’t trust other people you cannot have a community, not even a corporation."

The green death revolution

Inspiring and illuminating presentation of how to bypass the conservative funeral industry and how to come to terms with the reality of having one's dead body disposed of. [...]

My soul is from elsewhere

A deeply reflective poem by Rumi (1207-1273) exploring the soul is read to accompany the Bagong Silang documentary about a community that inhabits a cemetery in Manila, [...]

Murals of Tibet

A thousand years of Tibetan masterpieces revealed for the first time. Writer and photographer Thomas Laird’s 10-year project records crumbling Buddhist murals before they are [...]

Stephen Hawking’s multiverse finale

Prof Stephen Hawking's final research paper suggests that our Universe may be one of many similar to our own, writes Pallab Ghosh on BBC News. Published on May 2, 2018.

Losing their religion

Young Turkish people are rejecting Islam, writes Selin Girit, BBC News, Istanbul. Published on May 10, 2018.

Losing my religion

Official video of the Grammy Award-winning 'Losing My Religion' from R.E.M.’s critically-acclaimed, 1991 album, 'Out Of Time'.

The dark side of positive thinking

"Positive thinking is like the New Age version of believing in Santa Claus," writes Rudá Iandé in Huffpost.

Ain’t the way to die

A remixed Eminem/Rihanna song parody on the right to die according to a person's wishes by ZDoggMD (Dr Zubin Damania).

Spectacular dance of two galaxies merging

NASA has published a photo of two spiral galaxies twisting and embracing each other until they ultimately collide. Published on SOTT on March 12, 2018.

Be aware, consciousness is listening!

Michael Roads, Guest Writer for Wake Up World, looks at the impact that regularly repeated words and statements have on people's lives.

Vada pav: move over, McDonald’s

Vada pav is synonymous with the city of Mumbai, with almost every resident, from factory workers to Bollywood stars, unabashed in declaring their love for it, writes Charukesi [...]

Postcards from Afghanistan

Along with his team, Ershad Honaryar from BBC Persian made the five-day trek to the Wakhan province in the far east of Afghanistan. Published on BBC on February 27, 2018.

“You cannot make a person happy”

Relationship wisdom from Will Smith - on video.

After 100 hours in Tibet I knew it was time to leave

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.

You gotta believe

Nina Paley's new animated music video from her upcoming film, 'Seder-Masochism'.

Seven-plus wonders of sustainability

Here is Alan Durning's list - and some more - put together by Donella H. Meadows.

World’s first ‘plastic-free’ supermarket aisle

In this supermarket in the Netherlands, consumers don't have to pay an additional price for getting their food in environment friendly packaging. Shown on BBC on March 3, 2018.

Japanese electric toilet symbols now global standard

Is this one of the first tentative steps towards a one world government?

Do you believe in god?

Canadian psychologist and cultural critic, Jordan Bernt Peterson, replies in this video.

The Rubáiyát – history’s most luxurious book of poetry

In 1909, two London bookbinders were commissioned to create a book that would become one of the most bedazzling the world had beheld. Joobin Bekhrad reveals how it ended up at the [...]

Shout “Holi Hai!” and get away with anything… almost!

Does Holi open the lid of the pressure cooker to release our suppressed steam? Strange, the whole year people are miserable and on Holi suddenly they break out of misery, singing [...]

‘No Hard Feelings’

A song on video by the Avett Brothers - with lyrics. When my body won’t hold me anymore / And it finally lets me free / Will I be ready?

How music and meditation address memory loss

Meditation training programs can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating, writes Josh Richardson in Wake Up World on June 9, [...]

Sartre said ‘hell is other people’

He [Sartre] should’ve been on my train when an oik* made 40 calls… in the quiet carriage! - writes Gyles Brandreth in the Daily Mail; published on February 6, 2018.

“I won’t eat Animals,” girl tells her mother

Realising, to her horror, that meat is made from animals, five-year-old Zada tells her mother she's a vegetarian. And her mind is made up. (video)

Gurdjieff’s indelible advice to his daughter

Gurdjieff's 83 rules of advice he gave to his daughter Cynthie Sophia "Dushka" Howarth (1924–2010). She went on to found the Gurdjieff Heritage Foundation.

We don’t have to eat animals

Joey Carbstrong (aka Joey Armstrong) is a 31 year-old Australian vegan activist, currently on tour of the UK and Ireland. We are showing a video of him having touched down in [...]

A super blue blood Moon on January 31, 2018

The Moon will put on quite the show at the end of the month, as a very rare, "super blue blood moon" will appear in the skies. Published in RT and SOTT on January 22, 2018.

Theory of evolution dismissed by Indian education minister

A hot debate has gripped India, after Satyapal Singh, India’s minister for higher education, emphatically stated that Darwin's theory of evolution is wrong. Published in The [...]