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People in rural India can generate electricity during their daily walk with Jhoule
Parsons graduate Yogita Agrawal has designed Jhoule, a device that gives rural communities in India a reliable source of energy by harnessing their daily walk.
Cyrus Daruwala's Painful People satirises Mumbai's most annoying commuters
Author and illustrator Cyrus Daruwala addresses Mumbai's pain-in-the-neck residents in his new handmade book.
Mumbai's iconic cabs used to showcase emerging designers
Young designers are using Mumbai's taxis to take art to the people with the Taxi Fabric project.
India-based Ducere Technology launches smart navigational footwear
Lechal is a technology-enhanced shoe that can help the visually impaired navigate any route more easily.
Indian musician creates a foldable wooden tie
A retired musician in West Bengal, India created this artisanal, folding wooden tie.
Wieden+Kennedy Delhi’s Make in India campaign signifies big change for the country
The independent ad agency Wieden+Kennedy Delhi gives India an international platform to showcase its diverse investment areas.
How the bindi is saving lives in India
Iodine deficiency is one of India’s most dangerous nutritional problems, but this life-saving bindi may change that.
Satyendra Pahkalé launches two designs in Milan
The Amsterdam-based designer’s new extendable glass table for FIAM and contemporary corseted chair for Poltrona Frau.
Février Rugs by Florian Pretet
These wool and silk rugs are handmade in Nepal from patterns drawn by French designer Florian Pretet.
Tomorrow We Disappear
"Tomorrow We Disappear" is a film that follows the lives of a fading community of Indian puppeteers and performers.
Tekku stools by Ira Studio
Teak and brass combine in two stools that exemplify this Chennai-based studio's subtle synthesis of age-old Indian craft and contemporary design.
Studio Makkink & Bey collaborate with craftsmen in India to educate and empower local women and children.
The use of non-sterile syringes lead to many unnecessary deaths each year. Here's a concept that gives patients the power to know when a syringe is unsafe.
Play & learn
An interactive board game aims to teach illiterate Indian women about financial literacy in a fun and engaging way.
Attero recycling provides an environmentally-friendly solution to the increasing problem of e-waste disposal.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013
Here are the 20 projects shortlisted for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Art for India
India's first-ever biennale, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale starts today and will run for three months, aiming to put Kochi on the world map of culture.
Akshat Verma on breaking rules and expectations when writing for the screen
Akshat Verma reveals how his work is shaped by his raw experiences, as well as influences from various cultures.
20Q: Akshat Verma
Writer and filmmaker Akshat Verma identifies himself with a sloth, crossbred with a tiger, and gives advise to wannabe screenwriters.
Shit happens in the Bollywood version of the Hangover movie! The writer of Delhi Belly will be speaking at Design Indaba 2012.
Akshat Verma is a screenwriter, who shot to fame with Delhi Belly, a film that is often referred to as the Bollywood version of The Hangover.
Known for its chaotic masses and vast economic disparities, Mumbai’s slums do not need a bulldozer but an alternative perspective.
Elsie Nanji is managing partner at Red Lion Publicis and one of IMPACT 50's Most Influential Women in Indian media, advertising and marketing in 2012.
Illustrations from India
Kedarnath Gupta is an Indian illustrator who makes all his work by hand. Yes, just with pencil and paper! Take a look.
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