All posts by Yousuf Kapadia

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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Serious journalism: in the ICU, on a ventilator

By Bikram Vohra

If it bleeds it leads. In 45 years of journalism that was the diktat common to every paper I worked on or ran. The worse the news, the more the sales. Scandal, death, blood and gore wrapped in cynicism sold. We always convinced ourselves that was what the reader wanted — print and be damned. The stronger the negative, the better. Continue reading Serious journalism: in the ICU, on a ventilator