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THE BATTLE FOR BIODIVERSITY: CONSERVATION AND THE PAKKE TIGER RESERVE

TheVibe shines a spotlight on the incredible biodiversity of the Pakke Tiger Reserve, which is currently threatened by a proposal to build a highway through it.

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AS FAR AS I KNOW: In Conversation With Artistes Riatsu And Suraj Wanvari

Meet the creative duo Riatsu and Suraj Wanvari — the artistes behind the evocative music video ‘As Far As I Know.’

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STORE CUPBOARD STAPLES: Easy Recipes to Try While in Self-Isolation

Afraid to go out to get your favourite grub because of the pandemic? Worry not, try these easy recipes from things you’ll find in your larder!

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TRAILBLAZERS: Trail Running in India With Kieren D’Souza

We get talking with ultrarunner and endurance athlete, Kieren D’Souza, as he weighs in on the trail running community of India, and discusses some helpful tips for those who are just starting out.

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D-DAY SCRIBES: Breaking the News in Social Isolation

We look at how these truth warriors battle against fake news and curfews to get us updates from the front lines. 


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WANDERING WARRIORS: Essential Service Heroes on the Frontlines

TheVibe pays homage to those who are on the frontlines of this battle against the spread of Covid-19, the only Wanderers in this time of global stillness and self-isolation.

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Local Indian Liquors That Offer a Uniquely Desi Kick

The adventurous traveler takes pride in the exploration of the unknown. From exotic locations in unpronounceable parts of the world [...]

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ISOLATION AND RESISTANCE: Art in the Age of Quarantine

The era of fear and panic is nigh, and art may be our only salvation. From memes to murals, from nail art to sculptures, check out incredible art inspired by Covid-19!

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PHOTO ESSAY: Brazilian Street Art With Ankita Kumar

Art is a mirror to society, and street art is possibly its most reflective art form. From pop-art graffiti to PSAs, creative expression in public spaces are the keys to the diffusion of urban culture and ideas. Join Ankita Kumar as she explores the street art culture of Brazil.

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8 Young DPs Upping the Ante of the Creative Landscape in the Country

Never has the field been this open for innovation, art and storytelling at the same time as having the barriers to entry to learn the craft be so low. Yet, there are a few whose versatility and craftsmanship is cause for celebration.

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MARK OF EXCELLENCE: The History and Legacy of the Michelin Star

Early in the year 1900, the Michelin brothers Andre and Edouard sparked an innovative idea to market their tyre company that married three of everyone’s favourite activities: Travel, discovery and food. This is the story behind the coveted Michelin Stars.

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LOVE FOODS: Aphrodisiac Foods for Valentine’s Day

The road to the heart is through the stomach. Here’s a list of foods that can ramp up the drive this Valentine’s Day.

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NETHRA KUMANAN: First Bronze Winner at the Sailing World Cup

On the 25th of January, 2020, Nethra Kumanan made national sporting history by winning the bronze in round two of the tournament. This is her story.

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WOMEN & WHEELS: India’s Female Biker Clubs

Motorbiking — to date seen as a testosterone-fuelled manly pursuit, is getting a much-wanted makeover. A leather-clad, high-speed gender revolution on wheels — India’s all-women biker clubs — is rapidly gaining momentum.

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BEAUTY IN DECAY: The Red Forest of Chernobyl

The worst nuclear disaster in the history of man, the Chernobyl disaster has forever tainted the surrounding areas with poisonous radiation. TheVibe takes a step to explore Dark Tourism in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone.

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MUCH LOVE TO MANY LOVERS: An Exploration of Polyamory

Our focus turns on relationships and liaisons that go beyond the ordinary here in India. Our interviews with people in polyamorous relationships lead us to share a new perspective on love.

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COMMUTE: Exploring the Man-Machine Relationship

Right from the beginning of time, man has always shared a special relationship with whatever he commutes on. The series aims to shed light on a few enthusiasts who have gone on to explore their undying passion for motor vehicles.

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Exploring the Riverside Charm of Dindi

Discover the charming countryside of Dindi through the lens of our contributor M.S.N. Karthik in this stunning photoessay

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RAASTA: Adarsh Kumar Sets A New Course

Meet Adarsh Kumar, the endurance bicyclist who took it upon himself to traverse a distance of about 4,000 km from Jammu to Kanyakumari in an attempt to break the national record. This cycling enthusiast completed this feat in 19 straight days, a Herculean task that changed his life forever.

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ANTARCTICA: Discovering the White Continent

Discovering the land of purity and ice with TheVibe’s Moving Images

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Monsoons From Around the World

Tune into this specially curated Photo Essay on “Monsoons From Around The World” from our global contributors.

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WORDS OF MONSOON: From Petrichor to Nimbus

As the gentle piter-patter of the rains give way to an outpouring of monsoon relief, here’s our rundown of the words that characterise the Indian monsoons. How many can you identify? Read up on 📱#MonsoonVibes #WordsOfMonsoon #TheVibeEditorial

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REPAIR ‘N DESPAIR: A Story of Hope in Times of Trouble

Repair ’N Despair is the untold story of hope in tragedy as three brave volunteer youth groups set out to rebuild Nepal in the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake.

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LIFE IN TECHNICOLOUR: A Visit to the 1000 Petals

Have you ever fancied an out-of-body experience? do you know there is more to this world than just your physical being? Well, here’s your chance to try!

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This Summer, Learn to Surf the Shaka Way

Riding the new wave of India’s budding Ocean and Surf Culture with the Shaka Surf Club.

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PARADISE LOST AND FOUND: Discovering the New Wave

Remember ‘the girl in neon’ from Nike’s Da Da Ding? That’s Ishita Malaviya and she’s one half of two young surfers making waves across India’s rising surf scene.

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The Andamans Deconstructed With Nayantara Jain

Marine conservationist Nayantara Jain took us on a discovery of the Andaman Islands in our series Away From Home. Here is her take on the Andamans — deconstructed.

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Sasha’s Road to the BAFTA With the Shortdoc Kamali

Kamali tells the story of 9-year-old skating sensation Kamali Moorthy from TN. Meet filmmaker Sasha Rainbow who brings this story to screen.

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These Digitalists Are Setting the New Indian Art Narrative

Meet the design heroes who are changing the world of advertising, pop culture, design, art and new-media through their creative expositions.

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Tej Brar on Powering India’s Rising Indie Music Scene

In conversation with Tej Brar of Third Culture Entertainment and Neon East Fest.

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KYRGYSTAN: The Hidden Gem of Asia

Explore the sights and sounds of the little-known Pearl of Asia: Kyrgyzstan! A nation defined by its natural beauty, Kyrgyzstan is a country of proud nomadic tradition, endless mountain ranges, crystalline lakes and gushing mountain-rivers.

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A STUDY IN APATHY: The 2019 State Assembly Elections

A discussion on the abysmal voter turn-out rates for the 2019 State Elections.

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MYSTIC MOTHER: A Pujo at Brahmaputra

Tune into the real mysticism of Guwahati through the lens of filmmaker Prakash Vaidyanathan as he gets covering the festive fervour of Durga Pooja in this edition of TheVibe Curates.

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THE HIP TO THE HO(O)P: How Rap Twinned With Hip Hop

Exploring the historical bond between Basketball and Hip-Hop

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The Waiting Game With Arjun Motha & Jehan Driver

Discover the rush of riding the Indian waves with kiteboarders Arjun Motha and Jehan Driver.

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JAY KANNAIYAN: Reclaiming the Spirit of Adventure

“I told myself that if I died the next day, this journey would have been everything I was seeking”. The maverick Jay Kannaiyan explains it as he sees it.

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The Young and Wild Roam the Earth

We’ll scale volcanoes to bring you sights that few have seen. TheVibe Guides with Sukesh Viswanath.

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VOYAGE: TheVibe Guides You to Mt Rinjani

Escape to the magic of an emerald-blue lake in the clutches of a volcano!

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FLAVOURS OF THAILAND: A Taste of Issan

“A wok, a mortar and pestle, a Dao and a few spare utensils – that’s all the Issan needed to make a feast.”

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TRAVEL STORIES: A Tale From the Heart of Bali

An exploration of Balinese culture and tradition as reported by anthropological hero Clifford Geertz.

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SPELUNKING DECODED: Into the Dark We Go

This week, TheVibe leads you to the world beneath our feet.

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The 7 Must-See Caves of Thailand

Take a peek at the caving adventures that await you in Thailand!

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BEHOLD, A GENTLE GIANT: Life on a Volcano

In Indonesia, volcanoes are not just a fact of life, they are life itself.

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Freedom is Born Between the Wheel and the Road

Do you love the rush of the open road, and exploring distant lands? If so, we have the perfect thing for you!

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These Bikes Go the Distance, Where Others Refuse

What kind of bikes do you need to journey across the world? TheVibe asked an expert cross-continent biker to find out. 

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Not Until You Catch That Horizon

How far would you go to pursue your passions? What about the days when blue skies turn grey, and there isn’t a friendly face in sight? Could you keep going then? They did.

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WAY BACK HOME ~ Not Just A Himalayan Travelogue!

It’s been 4 years since the travelogue was made, but it still finds a special place in the origins of this community. Here’s Rohan Thakur’s take on his experience.

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SEND IT UPWARDS: Highlights of the Journey

TheVibe follows up with The Standard Images Co. about the experiences they had on the road, while making ‘Send It Upwards’. Only more to come!

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MUMBAI’S FIRST UNDERWATER FESTIVAL

Finkick Adventures and Kshitij Mittal get us the low down from India Underwater Festival. 

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SEND IT UPWARDS: THE MAKINGS OF A ROAD TRIP DOCUMENTARY

TheVibe interviews members of The Standard Images Co, to learn more about the arresting documentary they made while motorbiking through the Himalayas.

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FIRST PILGRIM: THEVIBE FROM EVEREST BASE CAMP

First Pilgrim gets us up, close the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest and the mesmerising beautiful lake in the World – Gokyo Ri.

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THE KALIZMA: LUXURY IN THE BRINY DEEP

Blue skies, open waters and over 100 years of stories. Come join TheVibe as we give you a taste of travel like you’ve never seen before. 

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PEARLS ON A CANVAS OF BLUE: SEYCHELLES RE-DISCOVERED

The Seychellois are a highly multi-cultural society, proof of which is to be found within the language (Seychellois Creole), the [...]

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THE WAVECHASER AND THE WATERMAN

Now that you’ve had an introduction to the history and splendor of The Kalizma, it is only fair that you meet your guides on this ocean adventure – Paloma Monnappa and Emanuel Abeyewardene.

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ALPHA, OMEGA, KALIZMA: MEET THE EMPRESS OF SEA

There are yachts, there are experiences, and then there’s the Kalizma.

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THE RAMPS FOR TWO SHOES WITH THE GNARLY COMPANY

Passion, pain, sport and lifestyle, skateboarding has a lot to offer. Here are a few skateboarding ramps which are perfect for a skateboarder to jam at. With – The Gnarly Company

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INFINITE MOVES: THE INDIAN SKATEBOARD CULTURE DECODED

Discover the evolving Skateboard culture in India with – The Gnarly Company.

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BEST INDIAN TREKS: THE EASY, THE MODERATE & THE HARD

Your first trek is almost like your First Pilgrim. Be it gliding through a dense lush green canopy of clouds to scaling oxygen-deficient ice caps on all fours. India’s family of mammoths has its fine share of adventures for every kind of explorer. Here’s a list of 11 such wondrous treks across the country guaranteed to have you scaling for more.

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MEET THE 23-YEAR-OLD WHO IS RIDING AROUND THE WORLD

Rohith Subramanian crowdfunded all his solo rides across the world. A true Lone Wanderer whose spirit belongs to the road.

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ADIEU FREERIDER | IN MEMORIAM AJAY PADVAL

Ajay Padval, the daredevil downhill rider left for his heavenly abode yesterday.

There are adventure lovers and then there was one who was hungry for it. The one who defined pushing limits. The one who exhaled stories of courage. For whom it was never enough. The one who was destined to rule the mountains! A Freerider.

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RECALL OF INSTINCTS WITH URVASHI PATOLE

Urvashi Patole Sane leaves us a testament to the path she has created for herself and the hundreds who follow in her stead. This is her story.

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THE MAN WHO TAPPED OUT TO RIDE AROUND THE WORLD

“If life is uncertain and we are aware that anything can happen to us, then what’s the point of not living your dream?” Read about Atul Warrier’s journey to 26 countries on one whimsical go. 

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VAGABONDING: THE RIDER WITHIN WITH VIR NAKAI

Some people learn easy, some find great coaches, while some, are born with the spirit of a biker. Vir Nakai, an ace biker and traveller tells us how he approached ‘The Rider Within’.

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THE FRIENDLIEST FOES: WHEN SIBLINGS BECOME PARTNERS

Childhood often comes back to life when you’re with the ones you grew up with, and what’s better than a lifetime of childhood? We bring to you two pairs of siblings who’ve joined hands to fulfil their passion for adventure, and quest for life!

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THE RAPIDLY GROWING MOTOR BIKING CULTURE IN INDIA

For some people, biking isn’t just a way of travelling, it’s a passion that drives them forward. For others, it’s the lifestyle… living on the edge, balanced upon two-wheels. Here’s a celebration of that spirit.

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HOW THE FIRST INDIAN CIRCUMNAVIGATED THE GLOBE

Independence or the state of self-rule does not only imply to nation-states but also individuals. And Commander Abhilash Tommy’s story tells us exactly that. 

Here’s how he set out to achieve what no Indian had managed to achieve before – An unassisted, non-stop, solo voyage around the world, on his yacht Mhadei.

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HIPPIES IN HAMPI: 9 REDISCOVERIES TO BE MADE

Hampi is where the hippie meets the gypsy. Weigh in on our conversation this week about this mystical town of ruins.

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ECLIPSE READY: THE BEST SOLAR ECLIPSE CLICKS OF 2017

Here are our best picks of photographers who captured the recently concluded SolarEclipse2017 which dawned upon the Western world.

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ON THE GRID: JHARKHAND EXPLORED

To travel is to live, and Jharkhand’s wholesome combination of raw beauty and modernization offers enough reason to pack your bags & get out that door.

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GLAMPING IN INDIA: GIVING CAMPING A LEG UP

In a country as diversely large as India, we are truly endowed with the most scenic and picturesque locations to go glamping. Here are all the places to head to in search of the real glamping vibe in the country.

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THE LAND OF LAMAS: LADAKH ON TREK

A perfect setup for a vacation, Ladakh offers the possibilities of exploring myriad and diverse interests, making new friends and often, finding yourself.

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CRUISE CULTURE: A RISING SAILING CULTURE IN INDIA

Sailing is an experience that simply leaves you in awe. Here’s why you need to set sail at least once in your lifetime.

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ADVENTURE BEYOND BARRIERS: AN EPISODE PRECURSOR

In our effort to break this mundane experience, we look for inspiration from those who break barriers, challenge norms, overcome their weaknesses and show that real-life heroes exist.

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HOW 24 DARING CYCLISTS RODE 550 KM TO KHARDUNG LA

TheVibe captures Adventures beyond Barriers, an organization that promotes inclusivity through adaptive adventure and sports activities for people with and without disabilities. ABBF uses sport as a universal equalizer to build a community of like-minded, adventure-loving people. This is their story.

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BISON ON THE LOOSE: SKRAT’S NEXT BEAT

For all those bands, struggling to make their mark, pushing their music and finding their niche, Skrat serves as an example of the power in passion.

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7 ADVENTURE FILMS THAT NEED TO BE ON YOUR WATCH LIST

In filtering the best adventure films, TheVibe presents an expert’s opinions on the best ones out there. Take a look

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NEXT-DOOR PARADISE: GALLE ON THE LENS

Encompassed with beautiful landscapes, exquisite food, arid forests and even friendlier locals, Galle is the paradise next door. Here’s why you need to head there.

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4 PLACES TO GO FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

Here are a list of 4 places ideal for spotting rare animals and birds in India that are relatively unseen or offer unique interactions with the wildlife.

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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY 101: WHAT TO PACK IN THE HANDBAG

To deconstruct the basics of wildlife photography and the correct approach to shooting in the forest, we interview prominent wildlife photographer Kalyan Varma.

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KALYAN VARMA’S EYE FOR THE ESOTERIC

To deconstruct the basics of wildlife photography and the correct approach to shooting in the forest, we interview prominent wildlife photographer Kalyan Varma.

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THE SPITI DETOX: FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWDS

Far away from the maddening crowds lies the beautiful region of Spiti, where wanderlust souls find refuge. Read on to find out why Spiti offers the perfect lifestyle detox for modern life.

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GO FOR GOLD IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

Japan’s distinct whiskies are fast gaining favour around the world. We analyze this shift in preference towards Asian whiskies.

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RELICS OF THE PAST: FOSSIL HUNTING IN SPITI

Walk through the mysterious lands of Spiti and Langza, and you may well come across fossils that were formed millions of years ago, providing evidence of our planet’s rich prehistory.

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CROATIAN INNOVATIONS: CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD

When you think of Croatia, it’s likely a picture of unspoiled Mediterranean islands swimming in turquoise waters, long stretches of beach and succulent seafood. But here are some lesser-known tidbits about Croatia.

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NUKA AWAKENS: ANUSHKA MANCHANDA REINVENTED

Meet singer, performer, star – Anushka Manchanda Nuka in her brand new avatar of Nuka in this exclusive interview.

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UNRAVELLED: YOU CAN NEVER GET SICK OF JAPAN

Travelling to a new country comes with its own share of excitement, apprehensions and expectations. For Japan, an eclectic mix of modernity and tradition, there is a lot to know before taking a trip. In conversation with Seher Khan, Sameer Gauhri and Misha Ghose, travellers who have been to Japan, we discussed some idiosyncrasies of the place that make one of the best tourist destinations.

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RENDEZVOUS WITH EMANCIPATOR: MEET THE ARTISTE

In furthering our aim of creating a platform of all things cool, new and unique, TheVibe, along with KRUNK, explores a new genre. Read more as we explore an eclectic mix of artists establishing a central space for all kinds of quality music.

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MULKI: A DISCOVERY OF INDIA’S SURF CAPITAL

Discover the beaches of Mulki in Dakshin Karnataka, where India’s very own surf culture comes alive.

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BARAF: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MUMBAI’S “ICE-BREAKERS”

Discover the untold story of Mumbai’s “Ice-Breakers” in this exclusive interview with the filmmakers of Baraf.

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INDIE FILMMAKING WITH WILL LASCELLES

If the world of indie film making is anything to go by, the space is not only becoming more inclusive with newer talents finding their way into the scene, but also more accessible as the tools of the trade get cheaper. Action filmmaker William Lascelles shows you exactly how.

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CHEFS EAT OUT WITH KELVIN CHEUNG

Find out what makes culinary genius-cum-restaurateur Chef Kelvin Cheung cook up a storm at the Bastian and One Street.

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KARNATAKA: HOTSPOT FOR ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL

When planning a trip that allows for adventure, luxury, food, history, culture and spiritual undertakings, Karnataka is a one-stop destination. Join us in an exploration of the beauty, thrill and magic that is Karnataka.

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ROOFTOP VANTAGES AT THE URBAN HIGHLINE FESTIVAL

The biggest urban highline event in the world just entered its eleventh year, and Navin Torres got the perfect vantage point to cover it for us. Tune in!

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RADICAL SELF-EXPRESSION — BEING AT THE BURNING MAN

Ever wonder what it’s really like at Burning Man? Read on to find out why free-thinkers from around the world gather to make this one of the biggest Festivals there is.

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10 OFF-BEAT WEEKEND GETAWAYS IN KARNATAKA

Karnataka – a land endowed with nature’s abundance – is packed with adventures to be discovered. Take the road less travelled to discover the off-beat weekend getaways through the length of breadth of Karnataka.

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KITE FESTIVALS: SANKRANTHI FROM INDIA

Kiting has been a part of our culture for a really long time. Here is #TheVibe taking you through the different kite festivals of India.

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EXPERIENCE SEYCHELLES: LIFE LIVED IN THE TROPICS

The beautiful islands of Seychelles offer a solace away from the bustle and grind of the cities. Here’s a look at the alternative – the island life – as experienced in Seychelles.

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CHASING GIANTS WITH SUMER VERMA

Deep dive into the unknown with underwater photographer Sumer Verma as he goes chasing giants in the deep sea.

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CARAVAN CHRONICLES: LIVING THE VAN LIFE IN INDIA

Find out how vagabond travellers Rohith Subramanian and Ankita Kumar lead a life of unconstrained freedom in their spruced up minivan as they embark on a journey to discover the real India

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A GUIDE TO SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING IN INDIA

In deconstructing the skiing and snowboarding scene in India, we present our top 3 picks for an ideal ski trip!

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SWIMMING WITH THE HUMPBACK WHALES

Here’s a midweek exclusive with travel aficionado and scuba enthusiast Suveer Bajaj as he goes swimming with hundreds of humpback whales traversing the nesting route across the African coastline in an experience of a lifetime. Read up!

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HOW 2 TRIBAL KIDS STEPPED INTO WORLD OF SKATEBOARDING

Introducing 15-year-old Arun Adivasi and 18-year-old Asha Gond, products of the skateboarding revolution of the Janwaar village in Madhya Pradesh, who are representing India at the World Skatepark World Championship in China — the first international skateboarding sighting before the game’s first official entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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DISCOVER CROATIA: BEST EXPERIENCES TO BE HAD

Here’s how to hit all the right spots of Croatia on a budget

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RIDING THE FIRST WAVE: TANVI JAGDISH AT THE SINGAPORE SUP

This is how India’s first female stand up paddle athlete Tanvi Jagadish is leading the charge at the Singapore Ocean Cup 2018.

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UNTOUCHED BLUES: DIVE SITES IN KOMODO

If you have a bucket list of dive sites you need to visit, #KomodoIslands should be one of them. Colourful reefs, sharks, manta rays and plenty surprises is what you’ll find. The Islands will be closed for the public starting 2020.

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THE INSTAGRAM ELITE OF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

In exploring scuba diving and underwater photography in India, there is inspiration to be drawn in many places, from many people. Here are some of the best underwater photographers to follow on Instagram.

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5 REGIONAL FILMS INTRODUCING THE CULTURAL VISAGES OF INDIA

As the World Heritage Week gets underway through this week, we get you five of the choicest regional films that provide an insight into the life and cultural visages of India in 2018.

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NEW EMOJIS YOU’LL BE SHARING THROUGH 2019

If you are a keyboard warrior, then this one is for you! The New Emoji list is out, and here are the ones being shortlisted for the 2019 rollout.

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LIVING THE RUSH: ADVENTURE SPORTS IN INDIA DECODED

Adventure Sports Lifestyle is on the cusp of a major explosion here in India. Are you ready to sign on?

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7 FEMALE FILMMAKERS FROM INDIA DOCUMENTING THE WILD

The life in the great outdoors means an undying thirst for adventure. Meet the ladies leading the new frontiers of wildlife filmmaking here in India.

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9 SCENIC LUXURY TRAIN JOURNEYS IN INDIA

Discover India in all its splendour with these 9 epic luxury train journeys that bring the country’s most unique sights, sounds and experiences right to your seat.

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12 ADVENTURE CAVING DISCOVERIES IN INDIA

India has had a love affair with Caving – easily one of the world’s most accessible adventure activities – that far outlives its global complement. Find out which are the best destinations in India to head to for chasing the thrill.

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ARCHANA SARDANA’S FLIGHT WITHOUT WINGS

Meet the inspiring adventure-seeker who defies all odds — Archana Sardana. This is the story of the country’s first female BASE jumper, tune in!

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MEET THE SUPERWOMAN WHO CONQUERED THE 7 SUMMITS

There live amongst us, a whole other breed of human beings. The Übermensch or super-human as philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche describes them are a class of humans who dare to go beyond the obvious limitations of mortality to risk it all for the sake of humanity. Arunima Sinha is one such superhuman. An outlier whose story of mental fortitude is legendary and a constant testimony to willing your destiny.

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5 EPIC WATERFALLS OF JHARKHAND

Discover 5 epic waterfalls that water the lands of Jharkhand and make for the perfect weekend getaways.

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OK TATA FIR MILENGE: TRUCK ART REVIVED

Meet The Man Reviving The Dying Truck Art Culture Of India

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6 ADVENTURE SPORTS THRILLS TO TRY IN BHUTAN

Head to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for an abundance of nature and extreme rushes.

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ANNIE MATHIAS’ FIRST ALPINE WINTER ASCENT OF STOK KANGRI

Tune into mountaineer Anne Mathias’ incredible story of becoming the first woman to scale the winter alpine ascent of Stok Kangri.

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STOPPING OVER AT GALLE’S CLOSENBERG HERITAGE HOTEL

Train your sights on the Closenberg Hotel in Galle where Lanka’s unique heritage stands the test of time.

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CHASING THE LIGHTS WITH ABHISHEK IYER

Meet adventure traveller Abhishek Iyer who embarks on an incredible solo journey of Norway on his trusted bicycle as in our Original Feature ‘Chasing The Lights.’

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POETRY ON WHEELS: HOPPING ON TO THE TRAVELLING LIBRARY

Meet bookworms Akshaya Bhaibala and Satabdi Mishra who are running India’s first travelling poetry library and book store.

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HOW PRADEEP TRIPATHI IS PLANTING 10 CRORE TREES

Meet Pradeep Tripathi, the man who aims to plant 10 crore trees in India by 2025.

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: THE BEATLES ASHRAM IN RISHIKESH

Take a walk across the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh and you can turn back time to the psychedelic 60s where the global pop-culture phenoms met India’s transcendental meditation.

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TAMING VERTIGO WITH SAJID CHOUGLE

Meet Sajid Chougle, India’s record BASE jumper who shows us how to fly without wings.

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THE NECTAR OF GODS: PERUVIAN AYAHUASCA

An ancient Amazonian plant-based healing called the Ayahuasca may hold the secrets to the purpose of human life. Here’s the primer

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4 INDIAN CAFES THAT RELIVE THE PSYCHEDELIC 60S

Dylan, Beatles, Hendrix… The idols that defined a generation find special homage in this special edition of #TheVibeRecos. Here are four quaint tribute cafes that bring back the vibe from the psychedelic 60s. Have you made a stopover yet?

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INTO THE WILD WITH LEOPARD MAN ISMAIL SHARIFF

For some the chase is their rush. Meet wildlife photographer, filmmaker and India’s Snow Leopard Man Ismail Shariff as he gets candid on how to track some of the most elusive animals known to man.

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ON BOARD: HOW INDIA’S LARGEST SKATEPARK WAS BUILT

We get talking with founder Darius Cyrus Bharucha of 100ramps, the company evangelising the skateboarding revolution with the construction of new skateparks across the country, to talk about this growing sub-culture of skateboard-enthusiasts.

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AN INGLORIOUS ROAD TO EXTINCTION

Pangolin aka the scaly anteater is almost at the brink of extinction due to illegal poaching at unsustainable levels. It is today the world’s most trafficked mammal. Here’s why we need to pay attention before the species is lost to future generations.

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UNCHARTED WATERS: HOW TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE

Meet yacht master Ishan Roy who aims to become the first civilian solo circumnavigator from India. Here are the reveals

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THE REFORMATION: POACHERS TURNED PROTECTORS

Here’s how one man ushered in a quiet revolution turning poachers into protectors in an effort to protect the endangered Lesser Florican.

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DANGER AT HIGH SEAS: INDIAN ABOARD THE SEA SHEPHERD

It takes untold courage to become a seafarer who can affect change like the way Captain Jaspal Oberoi does leading the charge at The M/V White Holly for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Read about his exciting exploits in his own words in this exclusive interview.

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MOKSHA BHAVAN – WHERE THE LIVING CHECK IN TO DIE

In the holy city of Varanasi, regarded as the spiritual capital of India, lies a fascinating custom. People flock from [...]

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JOURNEY TO THE CRADLE OF LIFE: SECRETS OF THE CREOLE

Ancient legends and lores speak of the mythical Garden of Eden that may well find its origins in the beautiful Seychelles Islands. We went exploring the merits of these claims. Read on to find out more…

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LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX BABY: SEX MYTHS DEBUNKED

Here are five Ted talks you must check out that debunk common myths about sex, and shed light on the female sexual anatomy and orgasm.

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HOW KUNTAL JOISHER BECAME THE FIRST VEGAN ON MT EVEREST

Catch the exhilarating story of Kuntal Joisher who embarked on a trip of a lifetime to become the World’s first vegan to scale the Mt Everest.

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MADNESS JAMS PRESENTS: LIFAFA AND TIENAS

Madness Jams is known to showcase artists through these personal settings and create quality digital content for unique talent. Excerpts from a concert gone live.

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SEVEN THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT NELSON MANDELA

 I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the [...]

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TRANQUIL BALI: A WINDOW OF ESCAPE

Find yourself some solace and head to the tranquil lands and seas of Bali.

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KASHMIR ON FILM: THE INDIA PHOTO STORY

Naveed who is the co-founder & curator of India Photo Story – a collective of fine art photographers & beyond, captures a slice of life from Kashmir.

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AN INDIAN INFLUENCE ON THE RASTAFARI CULTURE

Colonial subjugation lasting well over a century leaves deep scars in the culture and the soul of a community. Ironically, [...]

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PSYCHOTHERAPY: THE FUTURE OF PSYCHEDELICS?

In Conversation With Amitabh Swetta, Psychedelic DJ and founder of 1000 Petals as gets explaining how the world of psychedelia is set to evolve now…

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WILDLIFE ELEMENTAL: CLICK AND CAPTURE

Meet 22-year-old Aishwarya Sridhar, a wildlife photographer, passionate conservationist, and filmmaker based out of Mumbai. The youngest person to have been awarded the Sanctuary Asia’s Young Naturalist Award aged 15, her debut documentary, Panje – The Last Wetland was instrumental in saving the last remaining wetland in Uran.

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TOE THE LINE WITH SAMAR FAROOQUI

Professional slackliner Samar Farooqui tells you exactly why pulling off a highline is such a tightrope walk here in India.

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NENETS OF THE NORTH: LIVING WITH THE NOMADS

Meet travellers Navak Gupta and Vijesh Kumar Raju as they spend time off from civilisation and find themselves discovering the ways of the Mongolian nomads.

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PHOTO ESSAY: A DAY OUT IN DHOBI GHAT

Here’s a photo series on the famous Dhobi Ghat as captured by photographer Nikita Mishra.

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FREEFALLING: FALL UNION WITH UDIT THAPAR

Meet Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award winner, and one of India’s only wingsuit pilots Udit Thapar as he tells you why the view is different from 20,000 feet.

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URBAN SCAPES OF USA: NEW YORK ON FILM

Lensman Sai Abhishek shares New York as captured on his lens. Take a look.

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GUEST POST: TEA AND TYRES WITH VINAY MENON

Meet MTB athlete and the editor of Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Vinay Menon in this guest post chronicling his 18 years of MTB biking legacy. 

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WILDLIFE KABINI: TRACKING THE WILD CATS

Meet Harsha Narasimhamurthy, a man of the wilderness, who loves capturing the wild on lens here in Kabini.

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HOME WATERS WITH BHUPENDRA SINGH RANA

Meet extreme kayaker Bhupendra Singh Rana who takes you on an epic adventure through the rapids of Rishikesh.

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5 STRANGE SPORTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Call yourself a sports enthusiast?
We bet you’ve never heard of these games before!

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THE END OF ENDS: STUBBING THE E-CIGARETTE CULTURE

The Indian government has introduced a complete ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or ENDS. Join us, as we discuss the reasons for this drastic move, and ponder the question: How effective will this ban be?

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FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE: THE 2019 CLIMATE STRIKE

Thousands of Indians, both children and adults, came out responding to the Climate Strike held between the 20th and 27th September. Here’s the ground report.

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THE BARSTOOL PROJECT: ROLLING STONES’ NEW FORMAT

Music, as it was meant to be heard.

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THE ROAD TO THE NBA INDIA GAMES 2019

NBA in my backyard!

CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
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GOONDA GOLD: CARTEL MADRAS’ DESI RAP SCENES

Watch homegirls Eboshi and Contra (Cartel Madras) put out their latest music video titled ‘Goonda Gold’ as they dice out the spirit of the underdog. Here’s an exclusive chat with the duo.

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THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION WITH RAKESH RAO

Welcome to a timeless land, where the hours blend into months and months blend into years, where rarely sighted creatures roam free. Journey with filmmaker Rakesh Rao into the frozen wilderness of the Arctic region as never seen before

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THEVIBE’S GUIDE TO BACKPACKING IN RUSSIA

Join us at TheVibe as we travel to Russia, with our backpacks as our only companions.

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MEET INDIA’S BEST ETHICAL ANGLER DEREK DSOUZA

Get up close and personal with India’s favourite Angler, Derek Dsouza of Pelagic Tribe! An advocate for conservation and sport-fishing enthusiast, Derek provides invaluable insight into the world of game fishing and environmental conservation.

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TRAILING DOWN TO THE OLDEST SWEET SHOPS IN INDIA

This festive season, take a walk down memory lane with this list of the oldest mithai vendors and sweet shops in India. Predating Independence, these sweet gems are the surviving pillars of our country’s history.

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THE NOMADIC TSAATAN REINDEER TRIBES OF MONGOLIA

Photographers Vijesh Kumar and Navak K Gupta document the Tsaatan, a Reindeer Tribe in Mongolia, through their lens.

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RIDERS ON THE STORM: VIJAY SINGH OF RAJPUTANA CUSTOMS

Meet professional gearhead Vijay Singh of Rajputana Custom Motorcycles! In this edition of TheVibe’s Thursday Thrills, we get up close and personal with the man himself, as he tells of his journey to the top, and of the struggles and successes of being in the Indian automative sphere.

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HAUNTED HAPPENINGS IN SALEM MASSACHUSETTS

All Hallows Eve is upon us! We travel to Salem, Massachusetts to experience the annual Salem Haunted Happenings Festival. Join us for an enlightening history lesson on the origins of Halloween, and the infamous Witch Trials of 1692!

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SHE SUMMITS 2019: CELEBRATING WOMEN ADVENTURERS

TheVibe looks back at the She Summits festival in Vancouver! A 4-day community festival and movement that honors Womxn, SheSummits celebrated the contributions of these powerful people through the medium of film, workshops and events, complete with all-female bike rides and more!

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THE NAKED TRUTH: A STUDY IN CONFLICT

Where does one draw the line between explicit content and aesthetically pleasing erotica? Revealing @thedannyguy ‘s fight against the societal taboos concerning the naked form in this stunning photo essay & catch up where he bares all with TheVibe.

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UP IN SMOG: HOW DELHI-NCR CHOKES FOR AIR

The apocalypse is nigh, as the Delhi-NCR region has been engulfed by a thick blanket of smog, yet again. Join us, as we discuss the current state of affairs in the region, and the government’s inability to take effective action.

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A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

A journey into the myth and mystique of Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave

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PEDALLING DOWN INDIA’S PREMIER CYCLING TRAILS

Strap on your headgear! Here’s a list of India’s best bicycle trails.

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FROM CHENNAI: HOOPS ON WHEELS FT. DEE MC

From the sandy shores and urban bustle of the city of Chennai, capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, comes a story of strife, struggle, and excellence. We get talking with rapper Dee MC, as she tells of her journey shooting and writing for this episode of #NBAHoopNation

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GANGYAP RISING FT SYMPHONIC MOVEMENT

Journey with us into a Land of Clouds, where prayer-flags flutter in snow-kissed winds. We get talking with the powerful voices of Khasi youth group Symphonic Movement, as they tell of their experience writing for this episode of #NBAHoopNation.

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THEVIBE’S GUIDE TO ICELANDIC WATERFALLS

Follow us into a fantasy world where natural elements exist in harmonious co-existence. Welcome to Iceland, the land of 10,000 waterfalls!

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FROM DHARMASHALA: ZEN IN THE DUNK FT SPITFIRE

Follow us to the idyllic mountain town of Dharamshala, a second home to thousands of Tibetans. We get talking with poet-turned-rapper, Spitfire, who lends his confessional, lyrical style of rap to this episode of #NBAHoopNation

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IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST: THE DRAGON TEMPLE OF THAILAND

Ever imagine what the inside of a dragon’s belly looks like? Find out at Thailand’s Wat Samphran temple!

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THE LION ON THE ROCK: SRI LANKA’S SIGIRIYA FORTRESS

Discover the little-known Eighth Wonder of the World, Sri Lanka’s Lion Fortress of Sigiriya.

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FROM LUDHIANA: LBA SE NBA FT. KAAM BHAARI

Within the state of Punjab lies the Ludhiana Basketball Academy- a monument to sports education, built on a foundation of skill and determination. We get talking with rapper Kaam Bhaari, as he tells of his journey shooting and writing for this episode of #NBAHoopNation

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TRUFFLES: AN ELITE, SNEAKY AFFAIR LIKE NO OTHER

TheVibe digs into truffles, fascinating regal ingredients of the culinary world.

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ECO-ANXIETY: A PHOBIA OF THE LIVING

As environmental degradation caused by climate change continues its unabashed march, the anxiety gets real.

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THE SCENT OF DECAY: MALAYSIA’S CORPSE LILY

Join us as we travel to Malaysia, to catch a whiff of an exceptionally unique flower – The foul-odoured Stinking Corpse Lily!

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THE CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2019: A PRIMER

A Nation at Peril: Chaos follows in the wake of the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019.

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THE BAIKAL EXPEDITION WITH VIJESH KUMAR RAJU

We get talking with photographer Vijesh Kumar Raju, as he tells of his expedition to the Siberian Lake

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IN CONVERSATION WITH OLYMPIC ALPINE SKIER AANCHAL THAKUR

We get talking with Olympic Alpine Skier Aanchal Thakur, as she tells of her illustrious career and the road to the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics.

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TOWERING BITES OF BINGE: THE BIGGEST BURGERS IN INDIA!

Digging into a huge burger, getting your fingers messy and face sauced-up is all that a growling stomach needs! The humble burger has evolved phenomenally in terms of size. So, drool in, as TheVibe picks out some of the biggest burgers in India!

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CORAL GARDENERS: SAVING OCEAN’S LUNGS A REEF AT A TIME

Coral Gardeners: Introducing the community on a mission to save our Ocean’s Lungs, one reef at a time

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THE ART OF CITIZENRY: THE ART FROM POLITICS

In a world where rules confine, art liberates. Check out this list of the art and artists born of India’s current political climate.

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‘TIS THE SEASON: CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

Join us, as we travel to the ends of the planet to celebrate the spirit of Christmastime with one and all!

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PASS THE PASTA: TRACING PASTA SHAPES

Here’s tracing the history and shapes of Pasta…

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IN MEMORIAM: JACK HEBNER AKA THE SURFING SWAMI

Although the Surfing Swami has gone, his legacy lives on. Here are 6 lesser-known surf spots in India that manifest his vision of bringing surf culture across India’s vast shoreline.