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

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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

How the world’s best cliff diver conquers his fear of heights

Overcoming fear is part of the job description for all the men and women who leap from up to 28 metres and reach speeds of 85km/h in the three seconds it takes to hit the water. For Gary Hunt, the sensation is even more acute, as the 31-year-old Briton admits to a deep-seated fear of … Continue reading How the world’s best cliff diver conquers his fear of heights

Meet the world’s fastest man: Fearless Felix

'Born to fly' isn't just a tattoo on Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner's right forearm; it's the maxim he lives by. In one giant leap one October, the daredevil made the highest (1,28,100 ft above the Earth) and fastest jump ever after hopping out of a capsule from the Earth's stratosphere. In doing so, he broke … Continue reading Meet the world’s fastest man: Fearless Felix

The week before your marathon run

Good news. I have enrolled for my first half marathon. Up until now, the longest run I've participated in was a 10k across iconic landmarks in old Bombay. I trained for barely 10 days before actual race day. It was foolish of me. It was the first marathon I participated in and I didn't prepare … Continue reading The week before your marathon run

Author interview: Barefoot walker Manjushree Abhinav

You might as well think she is Gandhi Green (a fringe eco-movement about ceasing to do any harm that increases one's carbon footprint). Filmmaker Manjushree Abhinav walks barefoot everywhere, commutes only on bicycle or public transport, doesn't own a television set, shuns hot baths, avoids processed foods and will pursue organic farming "as soon as … Continue reading Author interview: Barefoot walker Manjushree Abhinav

Stream of consciousness with Shantanu Moitra | music composer, author

I am working on conserving certain bird species in the Northeast You have to understand that music is just one part of my life. There are other things — mountaineering, climbing, birding, photography, astronomy. This is why I left my corporate life. I had started with a multi-national bank, then moved to advertising. I was … Continue reading Stream of consciousness with Shantanu Moitra | music composer, author

Lazy tricks for a flat belly

You have made peace with the fact that you aren't a marathoner or rock climber, or a regular at the gym. Sure, you like to jog for a few minutes on the weekend and pump iron before a photo-worthy event. Otherwise, you are too lazy to cook every meal and go through punishing workout routines … Continue reading Lazy tricks for a flat belly

Interview: The many jobs of author Mridula Koshy

Mridula Koshy is the author of Bicycle Dreaming (Speaking Tiger), Not Only the Things That Have Happened (Harper Collins India) and of the short story collection, If It Is Sweet (Tranquebar Press and Brass Monkey Australia). The latter won the 2009 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Vodafone Crossword Book Award … Continue reading Interview: The many jobs of author Mridula Koshy

Get up! Sitting too long is making you sick (in 6 ways at least)

That office chair, couch, cushion or bean bag isn't the real culprit. It's your lazy habit of parking yourself in a spot that is silently ringing the death knell for you. It's tough to avoid sitting if you work in an office environment, unless you have a standing desk like some new-age workplaces (but then … Continue reading Get up! Sitting too long is making you sick (in 6 ways at least)