Watch: National-level skater and coach Dhwanit Rele trains and nurtures budding athletes
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Watch: National-level skater and coach Dhwanit Rele trains and nurtures budding athletes

Dhwanit Rele, Mumbai-based skating coach, has been training young skaters into making them world-class athletes.

Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping over walls and why he hates sitting
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Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping over walls and why he hates sitting

Inspiration can come from various places, for some it's injustice or simply the need to prove others wrong; for Cyrus Khan, a Parkour enthusiast, it is inactivity. "I hate sitting, I detest sitting. Sitting is the bane of my existence," he says.

Meet Shivendra Singh Dungarpur: the man behind the preservation of India’s film heritage
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Meet Shivendra Singh Dungarpur: the man behind the preservation of India’s film heritage

Meet Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, the man behind the preservation of India’s film heritage through his organisation Film Heritage Foundation.

Origami's many marvels: Artist Himanshu Agarwal demonstrates the paper folding art
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Origami's many marvels: Artist Himanshu Agarwal demonstrates the paper folding art

Have you ever made a paper boat, fan or plane? A tipi-tipi tap? Knowingly or unknowingly, we’ve all done origami sometime in our lives. Derived from the Japanese words, Oru and Kami, which literally mean paper folding, origami’s premise is pretty simple: you start with a square or rectangular sheet of paper and transform it, through folding techniques, into a sculpture. It could be a swan, crane, violin, headphones, a fictional character… anything! It is, essentially, a craft that has been developed into an art, says Himanshu Agarwal, a Mumbai-based origami artist. The idea of origami is not restricted to a certain kind of paper, size or technique. Though the use of glue and cuts is often used to make larger and more intricate designs, it is discouraged in modern origami. Agarwal feels that it is more of a test than discouragement. He says, “It’s like a challenge, can you make it (origami) from a single sheet of paper.”

Kushti in Mumbai: Akharas preserve traditional form of Indian wrestling, despite lack of funding, support
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Kushti in Mumbai: Akharas preserve traditional form of Indian wrestling, despite lack of funding, support

The pehelwans practice Kushti in these akharas twice a day, while juggling day jobs

Meet Gladson Peter, India's only one-man band who can play up to 13 instruments at the same time
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Meet Gladson Peter, India's only one-man band who can play up to 13 instruments at the same time

24-year-old Gladson Peter from Mumbai has learnt to play over 45 instruments, and his kit weights around 25 kgs

Meet the citizens of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai fighting against the illegal clearing of mangroves
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Meet the citizens of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai fighting against the illegal clearing of mangroves

Mumbai and Navi Mumbai were built on land 'reclaimed' from the sea — and wetlands and mangroves were the collateral damage

Khotachiwadi: A walk through the charming heritage precinct that's preserving Mumbai's past
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Khotachiwadi: A walk through the charming heritage precinct that's preserving Mumbai's past

In the maddening bustle of Mumbai's Girgaum locality, a quaint little street leads to the 200-year-old heritage precinct of Khotachiwadi.

Meet the Ukrainian pole dancer who wants to popularise the dance form in India
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Meet the Ukrainian pole dancer who wants to popularise the dance form in India

Roksolana Chubenko, popularly known as Roxy, shot to fame when she was recently asked by Jacqueline Fernandez to train her in pole dancing for a Bollywood movie. Born and brought up in Ukraine, this pole dancer started training to dance at an early age and took up pole dancing as a hobby during her college days.

Mumbai couple appeals President of India for 'active euthanasia': Why the Lavates want a 'mercy death'
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Mumbai couple appeals President of India for 'active euthanasia': Why the Lavates want a 'mercy death'

The couple has been in the news in the past few weeks for a letter they have addressed to the President of India with an appeal for ‘active euthanasia’. The Lavates are registered as organ donors, and reason that it’s better they die while their organs are still functioning perfectly, instead of later, from an ailment or disease. The couple’s utilitarian view of life includes leaving behind their bodies for medical research and their property to the government. They also believe it’s unfair that they be made to live up to a point where they contract a disease or infection, and are forced to spend money on treatment, before finally dying.

Meet Anand Prakash, one of India's best known 'white hat hackers'
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Meet Anand Prakash, one of India's best known 'white hat hackers'

Anand Prakash, one of India's well-known hackers, is a bug bounty hunter i.e he finds security loopholes in websites and online applications, reports it to the concerned authority, and gets paid handsomely for it. The 23-year-old is essentially a one-man tech security help desk for some of the most powerful software companies in the world.

Meet the people behind the Saturday Art Class that's drawing kids to school
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Meet the people behind the Saturday Art Class that's drawing kids to school

In order to complement the formal education of socially disempowered children, a group of youngsters have started holding a 'Saturday Art Class'. The organisers of this class say that some of these children get burdened with responsibilities from early childhood on, leading to them missing out on just being children. The organisers also feel that this is paramount for their overall psychological development. Every Saturday, different types of art practices are taught based on the core values of patience, sharing, gratitude, teamwork, respect, cleanliness, and equality. Each lesson aims to make the artwork relatable to the children. 'Saturday Art Class' helps encourage class participation, develop children’s visual and motor skills and gives them opportunities to articulate their emotions. Seven months since the class started, it has already expanded its impact from 30 students to 1,126.

Meet the Mumbai artist who creates portraits using a typewriter, saving obsolete machines
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Meet the Mumbai artist who creates portraits using a typewriter, saving obsolete machines

Bhide started making portraits on the Halda typewriter in 1967. "I wanted to study at the JJ School of Art to become a commercial artist, but, due to financial constraints, I couldn't study there,” recounts Chandrakant Bhide, who describes himself as a 'self-taught' artist. His father encouraged him to take up type-writing and stenography, as those were skills in demand at the time. He soon discovered a way to create art with his work tool. 50 years later, his enthusiasm level remains the same. While typewriters have become redundant, Bhide's art has stood the test of time.

Take a trip through the hustle-bustle of Mumbai's Dadar flower market
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Take a trip through the hustle-bustle of Mumbai's Dadar flower market

Right outside Dadar station, under the flyover, is Mumbai’s oldest wholesale flower market. The market’s narrow lanes are lined with stalls and wooden planks that hold the seasons’ special flowers. Everything from lilies to mogra, lotus, tulips, orchids and imported carnations can be found here, and they come fresh, cheap and in abundance.

Truffle Watching: What makes this 'black diamond of the earth' the most expensive fungus in the world?
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Truffle Watching: What makes this 'black diamond of the earth' the most expensive fungus in the world?

In 2012, a two pound truffle (nearly a kilogram) sold for almost $300,000, which is nearly Rs 2 crore! But what are truffles, and why are people willing to spend so much money on it?​

Flamingo watching in Mumbai: Winged visitors arrive for winter date
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Flamingo watching in Mumbai: Winged visitors arrive for winter date

Mumbai's backwaters have been the home for both greater and lesser flamingoes for ages now. Sewri Jetty is perhaps the most popular flamingo spotting venue for Mumbaikars. However, there exist smaller spotting sites like the Thane creek. The mouth of the creek or the start point also consists of mud flats, which serve as excellent spots for these flamingoes.

Meet Bombay Lokal, the politically charged hip-hop collective from the northern suburbs of Mumbai
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Meet Bombay Lokal, the politically charged hip-hop collective from the northern suburbs of Mumbai

The collective was founded with a vision to combine all the elements of hip-hop together. The objective of this collective is to unite the people, raise social or political awareness amongst the youth, and provide recognition to the street culture by making it reach to the local masses of Mumbai and beyond.

Venkateswaran Subramanian: The 'Raja' who overcame his disabilities to become a billiards champion
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Venkateswaran Subramanian: The 'Raja' who overcame his disabilities to become a billiards champion

Meet Venkateswaran Subramanian, popularly known as 'Raja'. Due to polio, that struck him when he was just two years old, Raja was left with a deformed leg. He also lost vision in his right eye when he was just six. Raja fought against all odds and has become one of the world's best billiards player. He is currently ranked 16th in the world by World billiards and won the Open Disability Snooker Championship 2016, organised by World Disability Billiards.

Watch: This sushi joint in Mumbai serves sushi burritos with an Indian touch
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Watch: This sushi joint in Mumbai serves sushi burritos with an Indian touch

Yugo Sushi is not your normal sushi joint. The outlet's Bombay Roll combines butter chicken with sushi and burrito in, possibly a first-ever, coming together of these disparate food items. Japanese sushi chef, Yugo Tokuchi, is the man behind this sushi joint. He was a video game producer in Tokyo before he moved to Mumbai with his wife Martha in April 2017.

Meet the couple behind Magazine Street Kitchen, Mumbai's first mega co-cooking space
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Meet the couple behind Magazine Street Kitchen, Mumbai's first mega co-cooking space

Mumbai-based couple Jay and Gauri transformed an old mill in Mazgaon into a Masterchef-sized mega kitchen which is open to chefs from around the world. The couple wanted to do something different in the food and beverage industry and Jay came up with the idea of creating an experimental kitchen space with state-of-the-art equipment and resources — Magazine Street Kitchen is a result.