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

Leopards, Wolves and Other Foul Things

Story and Photography by Rhett Kleine The Tibetan Plateau, often referred to as the roof of the world. One can’t quite grasp the truth in this name until they see the snow-capped Himalaya disappearing amongst swathes of stark white clouds. The Changpa Nomads have called this dusty plateau home for more than a millennium.  A … Continue reading Leopards, Wolves and Other Foul Things

Ganesh Chhrapathi: A Corrosion of Water and Faith

Story and Photography by Rhett Kleine Groups of young men chant Vedic hymns around the small pond alongside Sankey Lake in Bangalore, Karnataka. Statues of the Hindu god Ganesh are the centre of these religious devotions, one stands at the height of a man. A PLASTER of Paris Ganesh idol is draped in flowers by … Continue reading Ganesh Chhrapathi: A Corrosion of Water and Faith

Leaks, Lobbyists and Laziness

Story by Navashree Nandini In February 2018, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) busted a water tanker racket in Masjid Bunder. Officials say the local mafia were selling water at 300 rupees per tanker.  In October 2018, about 5000 residents from the Evershine Global City Complex in Vasai-Virar region took to the streets claiming the water … Continue reading Leaks, Lobbyists and Laziness

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

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