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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest post: The “seeds” of my first novel | author Chris Mandeville

[CHRIS MANDEVILLE is an author of science fiction/fantasy and non-fiction for writers. She served as president of the nonprofit Pikes Peak Writers for five years, and is now the Conference Director for Superstars Writing Seminars. Her books include Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block. Her … Continue reading Guest post: The “seeds” of my first novel | author Chris Mandeville

Latest avatars of Psychedelic Art

Psychedelic art gets a bad rap because of its origins. It took off with the hippie counterculture in the late 1960s, and initially referred to art created under the influence of hallucinogenic substances. With its vibrant and neon colours, metaphysical and surrealistic symbols, extreme depth, geometric patterns and captivating typography, it wasn't long before pop … Continue reading Latest avatars of Psychedelic Art

Anti-ageing secret: Think right

Turns out the biggest anti-ageing secret of the century is not in pills and potions but in the space between your ears. I am not talking mind control. Rather, it's simply the way you think with your brain that reflects in your physical appearance. New research says negative thought patterns have a damaging effect on … Continue reading Anti-ageing secret: Think right

5 things I learned after getting tattooed

The growing cult of ink isn't for everyone. While some don't like the permanence of a tattoo, others are wary it might be too painful. But for those smitten by body art like me, these aren't even issues. In fact, tattoos are an ancient rite of passage in the tribal world, and there is plenty … Continue reading 5 things I learned after getting tattooed