Once in the Service of Kings

Story and Photography by Rhett Kleine Dotted throughout Bangalore are dhobi ghats. Forests of sheets, shirts and pants. Row upon row nestled amongst Bangalore’s suburbia. Hiding among the flowing linen are detergent stained pools where the madiwala or dhobis go about their business. ‘Madiwala’ in Kannada means washermen. Traditionally the laundry men of Maharajas, the madiwala now service the laundry … Continue reading Once in the Service of Kings

Bracing for the Monsoon

Story and Photography by Micah Coto A flash of light pierces the sky, then! CRACK! Lightning! The rumbles of thunder are quickly drowned out by the bellowing rain. Giant storm clouds are silhouetted amongst a chaotic light show in the sky. The streets outside the house burst to life as sewage channels by the road … Continue reading Bracing for the Monsoon

Young People are Solving our Global Water Crisis

Story by Courtney Thomas  Nearly half of India has no access to portable water. The country faces various challenges because of water shortages, climate change and pollution. The solution: educating children on the importance of water conservation. It is vital for the survival of generations to come. Naman Kumar, a year 12 student from Delhi … Continue reading Young People are Solving our Global Water Crisis

The Man and the Lake

Story and Photography by Micah Coto Srinivasal Reddy:  The Man, has lived by the lake since 1991. Originally from the Kolar Gold fields, Srinivasal Reddy travelled just under 100 km west to Subramanya Kere to find work as a coolie ­– a general labourer. A friend gave him a bit of land to build a house. It … Continue reading The Man and the Lake

Evicted: Pushing the poor to the fringes

Story and Photography by Micah Coto You can see them in the distance - high-rises, apartment complexes, office buildings and shopping centres. Over time, more are built. They slowly grow closer and closer. The roads outside the village become busier as people flood the land and before you know it, you are surrounded. What was … Continue reading Evicted: Pushing the poor to the fringes

Water, sanitation and the schoolyard

Story by Samara McRae Many places in India face a water crisis of some sort, and this is certainly true of the country’s government schools which often struggle with poor sanitation and water shortages.  Improving the situation requires fresh thinking and new ideas. In this article we take a look at three different approaches. Better, cleaner … Continue reading Water, sanitation and the schoolyard

Millet on the menu: Climate cleaver crops make a comeback

Story and Photography by Samara McRae More than 1.3 billion people live in India, with 12 million in Bangalore alone. And if estimates are correct India will need to feed an additional 394 million people by 2050.  Yet many agricultural regions are chronically water-stressed and struggle with cumulative nutrient deficiencies putting farmers under pressure to … Continue reading Millet on the menu: Climate cleaver crops make a comeback

Regreening the concrete jungle

Story by Courtney Thomas and Photography by Adam Waters The south Indian city of Bangalore was once known for its beautiful lakes and rich greenery, but due to urbanisation over recent decades, much of that natural greenspace has been lost and the city is now dominated by concrete. In fact, experts say the city has … Continue reading Regreening the concrete jungle