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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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

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

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

Lifestyle Design Hero: Photographer Maul Gohel, MBA dropout to Fashion TV award winner

This week's Lifestyle Design Hero is award-winning fashion photographer Maul Gohel. He was chosen among 25 international fashion and advertising photographers to win top honours at the Cannes Film Festival back in 2013. Maul's story isn't very different from that of Farhan Qureshi (R Madhavan) in the film 3 Idiots, who leaves a prestigious engineering … Continue reading Lifestyle Design Hero: Photographer Maul Gohel, MBA dropout to Fashion TV award winner

Author interview: Dan Goldman | Graphic novelist

Next in my series of interviews with authors (read Kabul Disco creator Nicolas Wild) is famous American graphic novelist Dan Goldman. Coming to prominence as the co-creator of the dystopian graphic novel Shooting War, Dan's first notable work was nominated for an Eisner award for Best Digital Comic. Shortly afterwards he created 08: A Graphic … Continue reading Author interview: Dan Goldman | Graphic novelist

Author interview: Two Michelin star chef Sergi Arola

He speaks simply but directly in an irresistible Spanish accent; his athletic, heavily tattooed frame displaying all the emotions of a man doubly possessed... by music and food. Two Michelin star chef Sergi Arola started out with dreams of becoming a rock musician but eventually pulled on chef's whites and went on to conquer the … Continue reading Author interview: Two Michelin star chef Sergi Arola

Cooking tips from Masterchef Australia contestant

Rishi Desai made news in 2013 when he became the first Indian to make it to the Top 5 of acclaimed food show Masterchef Australia. Since then, he has published cookbook Modern Indian and led a food tour through the most fascinating food destinations in India, with Masterchef Travels. Here are Rishi's top tips for cooking like … Continue reading Cooking tips from Masterchef Australia contestant

Lifestyle Design Hero: Simona Terron, The Heart Chef

This month's Lifestyle Design Hero has been a guest columnist on Human Writes: Simona Terron. Remember the heartfelt series of letters to her kitten Laurie and more recently, her delicious cold soup recipes? This lifestyle journalist has worked with magazines like HELLO, Elle Decor, Hotelier India, been publicist for luxury hotel ITC Grand Chola and … Continue reading Lifestyle Design Hero: Simona Terron, The Heart Chef