Guest post: 10 must-dos for musicians… by a musician | Vishal J Singh

[In his first guest post for Human Writes, guest writer Vishal J Singh wrote about how meditation changed his life and vision. Today, he lists from his own industry experience, 10 things every musician needs to know. The guest writer is a respected record producer and sound mixing engineer, founder of critically acclaimed crossover band, … Continue reading Guest post: 10 must-dos for musicians… by a musician | Vishal J Singh

The dark truths of slum redevelopment

Superstar Rajinikanth’s latest film Kaala in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, exposes the darkness of slum redevelopment sweeping the country. Set in Dharavi — Asia’s largest slum in Mumbai — the film cheerfully exposes the anguish of the “urban-poor” migrants living in the slums of the city. It is their struggle against the land grabbers who … Continue reading The dark truths of slum redevelopment

Ismat Chughtai, the badass feminist writer from India

She was amongst one of the most accomplished and progressive Urdu fiction writers of the 20th century, whose writings were bold, fierce and stunningly evocative. The week of her 104th birthday, allow me to acquaint you with the Urdu writer you’d be a fool not to explore. Chughtai was one of those first few writers … Continue reading Ismat Chughtai, the badass feminist writer from India

Guest post: Capturing your poltergeist | Vishal J Singh

[Today's guest writer Vishal J Singh is a record producer and founder of critically acclaimed crossover band, Amogh Symphony. The views expressed in this post are the writer's own and do not necessarily reflect the blog's own] The mind of an artist is like a poltergeist. It's angry, it's mischievous and it doesn't stay in … Continue reading Guest post: Capturing your poltergeist | Vishal J Singh

8 tips to live safely with cats

Despite the fact that cats make excellent companions, our feline friends are often expelled from their homes if the woman of the house gets pregnant. This unfortunate parting often results from an unnecessary fear of toxoplasmosis (an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii). Expelling a cat from home because of a pregnancy is inappropriate. … Continue reading 8 tips to live safely with cats

Today is important for women. Here’s why

It is Women’s Equality Day today. One of the most profound social transformations of the past century is the deep and broad shifts in the status of women, and more importantly, in the worldwide acceptance of the notion of women’s rights and gender equality as desirable goals. This incredible shift has occurred not by accident but by … Continue reading Today is important for women. Here’s why

Book excerpt from Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood

Continuing our tryst with British explorer Levison Wood, here's a treat I had promised all travel readers; a slice of adventure from his book, Walking the Himalayas. A part I left out in the interview with the author, Lev spent a number of years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, where he served in … Continue reading Book excerpt from Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood

Modern day explorer Levison Wood has miles to go

Explorer is a strange term to use in the 21st century. However, it would be the best way to describe Levison Wood (who looks like he has walked straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, by the way). Rugged, charming and debonair, the best selling British author and photographer has covered stories and events around … Continue reading Modern day explorer Levison Wood has miles to go

Interview: Venezuelan street artist Garabato ARTe

I met Garabato ARTe when he was spending six months in India meshing wall art with environmental activism. The artist created a mammoth elephant sculpture from cans; one of many installations he completed. His work is a direct riposte to those who believe that art should be only about aesthetics, conveying a multitude of viewpoints … Continue reading Interview: Venezuelan street artist Garabato ARTe

CrossFit athlete Colleen Fotsch shares top fitness tips

It is 8 months since I enrolled for my first CrossFit batch. What a ride it's been. The sport has enough intensity to make me sore every time and is versatile enough to keep me coming back to the gym. Anyone who has practised this sport for a certain length of time will understand the … Continue reading CrossFit athlete Colleen Fotsch shares top fitness tips