The white-capped noddy tern, a seabird, was doing what his ancestors did. Pooped on the island to turn it into a guano (bird poop) mining site. So precious was guano as manure and ingredient for gunpowder that poop-diggers stripped the island bare for the expensive bird droppings.
Powder-white sand, crystal clear water and lush foliage — islands are the idyll that all travellers dream of. However, in picture-perfect Tahiti, Bali, Maldives or Hawaii, it’s easy to forget that some of the very things that make islands so beautiful also render them utterly vulnerable. We explore the charm of island vacations, but also the urgent need for pragmatic tourism.
Sri Lanka’s cuisine melds the cultures of its myriad ethnic groups, carries impressions of its colonial past, and is informed largely by its topography, and a little by the West too.
Like many other beautiful island nations, Samoa is paying for the greed of the developed world, but that doesn’t take away from the joie de vivre of the locals and the beauty of its landscape.
Iceland is the antithesis of everything that an island vacation denotes and that’s what makes it special. The whole country feels more like a national park or a petri dish of the earth’s constant evolution.
Life on Majuli switches between the loving embrace and frequent fury of the Brahmaputra. Rains in Majuli are not ordinary. With every downpour, the island loses a little bit of itself to the river.
Mauritius echoes the spirit and resilience of India. The Indo-Mauritius people constitute 70 per cent of the population today. Out of this, more than 30 per cent are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, with Bhojpuri as their mother tongue.
I stood on the rim shivering in the freezing cold, with an inadequate shawl wrapped around me. But when the sun finally rose above the horizon, the warmth of the sun felt as good as wrapping fine cashmere around myself.
When a nature photographer stumbled upon Philippine gems. The author explores the Bohol Island in the Philippines’ central Visayas region, the hidden reefs, the sublime Chocolate Hills and the endangered Philippine tarsier.
The migration route of the Southern Humpback whale follows some of the world’s most stunning islands.
Corfu evokes beautiful images of epicurean delights, but it is also the seat of a violent past. On this Greek island, time seems to slow down as the rhythm of daily life is punctuated by simple pleasures.
AR Venkatachalapathy on the enduring magic of Subramania Bharati.
Nearly 100 years after his death, as a new book explores the nationalisation of his work, a look at the centrality of Tamil poet-public intellectual Subramania Bharati in the making of modern Tamil political culture and why he is relevant now more than ever.
In every film, screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi explores the Indian middle-class family, their troubles and triumphs – and offers a balm for what ails them.
How kabuki borrows from the Bhagavad Gita and the incredible serenity of the Land of the Rising Sun.