The action might take place in India, but at the heart of this next story is a question wondered all over the world: is astrology bunkum? One Mumbai-based group believes it is, and that India's many astrologists – not to mention palmologists, gemologists, and other practitioners of the predictive arts – are taking advantage of … Continue reading Did India’s astrologers predict this?
Parsis have played an important cultural and economic role in India's development. They are behind the giant multinational Tata Group, the national airline Air India and Mumbai’s famous Taj Palace Hotel. But despite their prosperity, the Parsis are facing extinction. More than 1000 years before the birth of Christ, followers of the Zoroastrian faith were … Continue reading India’s Parsis Fight for Survival
Each day approximately 10 people die on Mumbai’s suburban train system. Some get hit while crossing the tracks, while others die from falling off or being electrocuted by overhead wires. Despite the alarming figures, the Indian government has done little to prevent this loss of life. It’s peak hour in Mumbai and millions of commuters … Continue reading Mumbai’s deadly trains
India’s lack of exhibition space hasn’t deterred two young photographers, who’ve discovered that city walls make the perfect gallery. Photographs by Pär Olsson Kapil Das and Akshay Mahajan stand at the centre of a dirt field, surveying their exhibition space. At the left stands the decrepit shell of a concrete building, filled with rubble. While … Continue reading Blowing away Bombay’s art scene
Everyday India’s financial capital, Mumbai, produces 8,000 tonnes of waste. Much of this rubbish ends up on the city’s streets – where women and children spend their days collecting plastics, glass and paper to then sell. The rest is transported to large dumping grounds. But after years of rapid population growth and no formal recycling … Continue reading Mumbai’s ragpickers clean-up city’s act
Defending the rights of India's poor has always been risky, but with murders like that of activist Satish Shetty on the rise, the situation appears to be getting worse. The day Satish Shetty died started like any other. Shetty, a tall, heavyset man known for his stubbornness and love of Hindi music, woke shortly after … Continue reading Indian activists under attack
Three years ago a group of twenty-somethings took to Mumbai's streets and began painting their local walls. What began as a small collective of like-minded, creative people, has since grown into a public art movement that includes hundreds of Mumbai locals. Featured in YEN Magazine, Issue 44 View Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4 Bankers, artists, … Continue reading Postcards from ‘The Great Wall of Mumbai’
Far away from the Indian cricket pitch where pristine whites demand respect, is the dirty, sweaty world of kushti. The traditional style of Indian wrestling sees players take to a red clay pit, where they grab, push and throw each other to the ground. Within minutes their muscular bodies are masked in orange, with clay … Continue reading Hitting the clay in Mumbai