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Meet Jadav Payeng, a man who created 550 hectares of forest single-handedly

“When I was a little boy, a man looked at my palm to read it,” says Jadav Payeng. “He said that my life will take the course of Nature.” There may or may not be truth in palm-reading, but the prophecy came true. Jadav went on to plant saplings and ...

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On a trunk call with Chinna Thambi

Chinna Thambi grunts and I jump. For a moment, I forget about the mammoth wooden enclosure that separates us. It’s called a kraal, and is used to tame wild elephants. Dusk sets in at Varagaliar elephant camp deep within the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR), near Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. It’s ...

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Artistic attempt by the tribal people of Nilgiris for elephant conservation

“I saw one just the other day,” says S Vishnu Varadhan. “He was standing on the grassland behind our house.” Vishnu is talking about an elephant. A resident of Kargudi, a hamlet within the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the Nilgiris, he sees elephants almost every day, so much so that ...

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Artistic attempt by the tribals of Nilgiris for elephant conservation

“I saw one just the other day,” says S Vishnu Varadhan. “He was standing on the grassland behind our house.” Vishnu is talking about an elephant. A resident of Kargudi, a hamlet within the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the Nilgiris, he sees elephants almost every day, so much so that ...

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From Sweden’s Ice Hotel to Salzburg, this travel author has seen it all | travel

Under his banner of Travel Durbar, Inder Raj Ahluwalia enthrals you with talks of his visits to Salzburg, which is Mozart’s birthplace and was the locale for the filming of the smash-hit Sound of Music (1965). Then he tells you about his experience in the Ice Hotel (200 km north ...

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Gone but not forgotten: A closer look at life from New York’s 9/11 Museum

Voices, faces, images blur the consciousness as I walk into the large hall that introduces visitors to the museum built as a memorial for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy that brought down the Twin Towers in New York. Built over the ‘footprints’ of the shattered buildings, the museum starts ...

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Mount Titlis holds an exhibition match to promote Swiss Open

Atop Mount Titlis, at -10 degrees Celsius, steaming mugs of hot chocolate lose steam in minutes. Seven layers of warm clothing feel inadequate. And the wind chills don’t help either. Nevertheless, this Tuesday, four intrepid badminton players — Indians Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap and Swiss players Karin Suter-Erath and ...

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USS Constellation: The ship that outsailed time

Docked along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the USS Constellation is an important US warship that was in active service for 100 years before it was decommissioned in 1955. Built in 1854, it is a symbol of the rich legacy of the US navy. This single gun-deck sloop was the last warship ...

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Meet Noel Bowler, a photographer who is travelling the world to capture empty spaces

The conference room at The Hindu headquarters in Chennai echoes to the sound of Noel Bowler’s rich Irish brogue. The 41-year-old from England has spent nearly a decade hearing his voice echo in uninhabited rooms around the world. The lecturer in Photography at University Campus Suffolk trains his camera on ...

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An abandoned terminal of the JFK Airport, New York, is all set to open this summer as the new TWA Hotel

If you’re travelling through New York after May 2019, you may want to consider a long stopover at the John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. And take a look at the unusual TWA (Trans World Airlines) Hotel, which will open at the once-abandoned TWA terminal. The hotel, done up in ...

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