The Japanese village where scarecrows outnumber humans

By AFP

In the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of western Japan, the wind howls down a deserted street with not a living soul to be seen. Yet, the street appears busy, dotted with life-sized dolls that outnumber humans 10 to one, the product of a one-woman bid to counter the emptiness and loneliness felt in Nagoro, like many Japanese villages decimated by depopulation. Continue reading The Japanese village where scarecrows outnumber humans

Why a nighttime stroll through LA beat the official tour

By Dhanusha Gokulan

When you’re in sunny California — the land of Hollywood, hippie counterculture, fast food, and the birthplace of the Internet — there’s very little not to love. Yet, I did not possess my wanderlust spirits at nighttime. Thanks to mainstream American media, I have to admit: even smiling, friendly faces became menacing scowls to me after the sun set. Continue reading Why a nighttime stroll through LA beat the official tour

It will take more than money to rebuild Notre Dame

By Suresh Pattali

Hailing from a town full of churches and temples, the magnificence and architectural brilliance of places of worship have always beckoned me. I preferred to visit them outside of prayer timings — when their physical emptiness and silent ambience would fill my soul with peace and spirituality.

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Look, my byline’s on a peanut wrapper!

By Sandhya D’Mello

A journo pleads you spot her name under the articles, as you unwrap the fish, eat the peanuts and put the trash away.

My experience of settling scores with one of my senior editors, who I worked with in the ’90s, goes like this. Once, I had the great privilege of eating oily ‘bhajias’ (fritters) wrapped in the very newspaper I worked for that had his byline (a name indicating the author of a story) on it. I crunched the paper (with his byline) with vengeance and dumped it into the dirtiest bin around, next to a stinking gutter, with a massive sense of elation.

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Click play to Roald on

By Emily Thomas

A tribute to Mr. Dahl, the real ‘BFG,’ as we get ready to stream into his make-believe world.

It must’ve been a particular magical day in Cardiff, Wales, with many whimsical musings adrift; the day that Roald Dahl was born. Over a century later, the well-loved author’s enchanting tales continue to delight readers everywhere and are reimagined across platforms. And Netflix is the latest to do so.

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How I overcame my non-sporty past to becoming a ‘great player’

By Sahim Salim

Let me confess, I have never had an athletic bent of mind. I rarely got picked for a sports team in school or college. Growing up in a Sharjah neighbourhood, as children got together for some friendly street football matches that used soft drink cans as goal posts, I was always designated as the ‘trusted’ defender.

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