Of nature, culture and alcohol: A glimpse into Sikkim’s age-old brewing traditions
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Of nature, culture and alcohol: A glimpse into Sikkim’s age-old brewing traditions

Most rural households across Sikkim have their own breweries, which are an integral part of the local culture.

Revisiting the Bollywood dream sequence: A tour of the world, and within
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Revisiting the Bollywood dream sequence: A tour of the world, and within

The Bollywood dream sequence helped stretch my imagination in a way that I believed the whole world was within me. This self-sufficiency helped me get through the physical setting I was in, from awkward social gatherings to the confines of my home during the pandemic.

Trams, part of Kolkata heritage, are little more than a nostalgia ride today
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Trams, part of Kolkata heritage, are little more than a nostalgia ride today

In recent years, hit by natural disasters and official neglect, the city’s tram system has become little more than a nostalgia ride, its passengers more often looking for a lark than an efficient trip home.

Online exhibition archives oral histories of the Kolis, degradation of Mumbai's coastal ecology
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Online exhibition archives oral histories of the Kolis, degradation of Mumbai's coastal ecology

The online exhibition Through the Eyes of the Kolis uses their photos to highlights how Mumbai's ecology has been disturbed and how the fishermen community are adapting.

In Mumbai’s sea, a group of swimmers finds thrill, respite from the city, and a sense of community
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In Mumbai’s sea, a group of swimmers finds thrill, respite from the city, and a sense of community

Open sea swimming as a test of resilience, a sense of escape, and a way to build a community — Neerja Deodhar and Zahra Amiruddin document the Mumbai Sea Swimmers in action, in Part 4 of the series 'Leisure & Loiter'.

Of loitering and loss: Mourning a changed relationship with the sea, in a 'developing' city
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Of loitering and loss: Mourning a changed relationship with the sea, in a 'developing' city

With the coastal road slowly altering the visual and emotional landscape of Mumbai, I feel as though I'm being distanced from my sea, writes artist Gaurav Ogale in the third part of Firstpost's series, Leisure and Loiter.

Mrs Nischol: A short story on love, memory — and a tomato that refused to ripen
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Mrs Nischol: A short story on love, memory — and a tomato that refused to ripen

Even fantasies are built on a measure of hope," writes Meera Ganapathi in this short story titled 'Mrs Nischol'. It is Part 2 of Firstpost's series, Leisure and Loiter.

The pleasure of leisure: Finding value in disengaging from our pursuits, every now and then
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The pleasure of leisure: Finding value in disengaging from our pursuits, every now and then

If we are constantly filling our days with things to do, instead of small nothings like daydreaming or looking out the window, we are stifling the very source of our creativity and imagination.

Kashmir's healthcare workers go the extra mile to vaccinate shepherd populace against COVID-19
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Kashmir's healthcare workers go the extra mile to vaccinate shepherd populace against COVID-19

Carrying vaccine doses and medical equipment including oxygen cylinders, healthcare workers trekked through the mountains on foot or with the help of horses or porters for six hours to reach their destination in Lidderwat, 20 km from Pahalgam.

Queer Eye's Bobby Berk on the Netflix show's impact, road to Fab 5 stardom, and his design philosophy
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Queer Eye's Bobby Berk on the Netflix show's impact, road to Fab 5 stardom, and his design philosophy

In an exclusive interview with Firstpost over Zoom, Bobby Berk, the design expert on the Emmy Award-winning show, spoke with us about Queer Eye's brand of magic.

Two men, one ambulance, and their battle against Delhi's devastating second COVID-19 wave
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Two men, one ambulance, and their battle against Delhi's devastating second COVID-19 wave

Aadil and Azeem started free ambulance services in Delhi during the last week of April 2021. Their services are primarily targeted at patients from underprivileged backgrounds.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, deaths among Black Americans soar due to opioid addiction crisis
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, deaths among Black Americans soar due to opioid addiction crisis

The portrait of the opioid epidemic has long been painted as a rural white affliction, but the demographics have been shifting for years as deaths surged among Black Americans. The pandemic hastened the trend by further flooding the streets with fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, in communities with scant resources to deal with addiction.

In Mandi, a reflection of Shyam Benegal's ambiguous yet nuanced perception of Indira Gandhi
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In Mandi, a reflection of Shyam Benegal's ambiguous yet nuanced perception of Indira Gandhi

Mandi is not a masterpiece, but it certainly is remarkable for the manner in which the implied textual meaning of its innocuous images is so totally different from its appearance.

Empathy engines, the paranormal and living vicariously | Inside Life is Strange: True Colors
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Empathy engines, the paranormal and living vicariously | Inside Life is Strange: True Colors

Life is Strange: True Colors is 'a game about the power of empathy and the protagonist's critical journey of self-discovery'

How a Bolivian indigenous community is struggling to survive the loss of the country's second largest lake
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How a Bolivian indigenous community is struggling to survive the loss of the country's second largest lake

The lake dried up about five years ago, victim of shrinking glaciers, water diversions for farming and contamination. Ponds reappear in places during the rainy season.

US documents hold answers to the mystery of former Japanese PM and wartime criminal Hideki Tojo's remains
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US documents hold answers to the mystery of former Japanese PM and wartime criminal Hideki Tojo's remains

The documents show the cremated ashes of Tojo, one of the masterminds of the Pearl Harbour attack, were scattered from a US Army aircraft over the Pacific Ocean about 30 miles (50 kilometres) east of Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city, south of Tokyo.

In Israel's mixed Jewish-Arab cities, communities find themselves on edge after war, violence
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In Israel's mixed Jewish-Arab cities, communities find themselves on edge after war, violence

Like Jews and Arabs across the country, communities in Lod are on edge as the future of peaceful coexistence in mixed cities remains in question.

In Syrian camp, children left with no school, no play as only education coming their way is IS propaganda
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In Syrian camp, children left with no school, no play as only education coming their way is IS propaganda

It has been more than two years that some 27,000 children have been left to languish in al-Hol camp. Most of them not yet teenagers, they are spending their childhood in a limbo of miserable conditions with no schools, no place to play or develop and seemingly no international interest in resolving their situation.

After mainland China, Communist Party's focus now shifts to quashing Tiananmen Square tributes in Hong Kong
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After mainland China, Communist Party's focus now shifts to quashing Tiananmen Square tributes in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the recent arrests and convictions of prominent activists have had a chilling effect on those who participated in the vigil in the past.