'Twila's spirit resides in the tree': What the family behind India's tallest Christmas tree has to say

Douglas and his sister, Twila Bellow, bought the tree 43 years ago—at that time only five feet tall—from their neighbours, who were finding it difficult to keep it in their balcony. Douglas and Twila bought the tree for a mere Rs 250; little did they know, that it would grow to an astonishing height of 65 feet, and more than anything, become a symbol of their strong bond.

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Street art comes to Sassoon Docks: Mumbai's historic fishing district gets a makeover with the St+Art project

Street art comes to Sassoon Docks: Mumbai's historic fishing district gets a makeover with the St+Art project

The St+Art project has transformed Mumbai's historic fishing district Sassoon Dock, paying homage to the Koli community — the city's original inhabitants

Meet the Mumbai woman who is leading an almost zero waste life

Meet the Mumbai woman who is leading an almost zero waste life

Meera Shah, from Mumbai, believes in producing minimum waste. You cannot find anything unnecessary or unusable in her home.

Conquering disability — The story of Divyanshu Ganatra

Conquering disability — The story of Divyanshu Ganatra

Divyanshu Ganatra is the founder of Adventures Beyond Borders – an organisation that promotes inclusive and outdoor sports for persons with disability.

Meet Mumbai's 'spiderman', a man who spends his afternoons looking for arachnids in Aarey Milk Colony

Meet Mumbai's 'spiderman', a man who spends his afternoons looking for arachnids in Aarey Milk Colony

In the course of their evolution, spiders developed various tricks in order to hide from predators, but this ecologist is determined to find them all.

Meet Harshvardhan Kadam, the artist who painted India's largest mural at Pune's Yerwada Jail

Meet Harshvardhan Kadam, the artist who painted India's largest mural at Pune's Yerwada Jail

Harshvardhan Kadam, an artist based out of Pune, has painted India's largest mural at Yerwada Central Prison.

Meet Johnson Jacob — the man famous for being Mumbai’s lone beekeeper

Meet Johnson Jacob — the man famous for being Mumbai’s lone beekeeper

Johnson Jacob has held the honour of being Mumbai’s only beekeeper for several years. His earliest bee related memory is from when he, as a five-year-old, would accompany his father on honey extracting expeditions. He didn’t understand he wanted to be a beekeeper until many years later, and when he expressed this to his father he was advised against it, “he discouraged me, saying Mumbai is a very big city and it's not possible to practice beekeeping here”, Jacob recalled.

The Kolhapuri Chappal industry in danger of losing its sole

The Kolhapuri Chappal industry in danger of losing its sole

In Maharashtra's Kolhapur, the production of the famed Kolhapuri Chappal too has suffered under the cow slaughter ban and increased cow vigilantism. Although the chappals are usually made of buffalo or bull hide, the ban led to the shutting down of all tanneries in the city.

The surfing wave is catching on in India

The surfing wave is catching on in India

With the likes of Tanvi Jagdish, Sekar Patchai making India proud in international surfing competitions, the sport is on the rise in the country.

The pursuit of balance – the story of slackliner Samar Farooqui

The pursuit of balance – the story of slackliner Samar Farooqui

Mumbai-based slackliner Samar Farooqui wants to promote slacklining, highlining and other adventure sports in India.