Water For All: India Engineers a Response to its Water Crisis

Sapura Bee lives in a dry and dusty community on the outskirts of Hubli, Karnataka. While most of the houses in this settlement were built decades ago, the poor community has never been connected to local water infrastructure. Until recently, people relied on water deliveries from the government. But often these deliveries were late and …

Indian School Gets Musical

A rural school in India’s south is taking a unique approach to education, offering disadvantaged children tuition in traditional Indian music and performing arts, alongside academic subjects. Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (KSV) was established in 2002 to provide local children with education opportunities they would not otherwise have. The school, located about 20 kilometres from Dharwad …

Dining at Atlas

If you’re anything like me, you probably can’t get enough of this season’s hottest southside venue – Atlas Dining.  Charlie Carrington, the talented 22-year-old at the helm of Atlas Dining, is creating inventive and delicious cuisine in a concept that has been a hit among Melburnians already. His debut venture, inspired by his travels overseas, …

A New Lens on Life

Photo: Andrew Follows. You might have seen photographer Andrew Follows around Melbourne with a camera slung over one arm, but chances are he didn't see you. That’s because Andrew is legally blind. It's a cool Melbourne evening when I first lay eyes on the talented photographer. With his Guide Dog Eamon in tow, Andrew smiles …

Geoff Dyer’s White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, a review

White Sands has been called a collection of travel essays, but I prefer to describe Geoff Dyer’s latest publication as a series of disappointments. Dyer’s 14th published work takes the reader on an uninspiring journey; it is an endless cycle of anticipation and unfulfilled expectations, enough to make even the keenest traveller want to stay …