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Monday, July 17, 2017

Jail Tourism: Pay Rs 500 To Spend Day in Prison In Telangana

Tourists can now spend a night in a colonial-era jail by paying only Rs 500 under the Telangana government's new 'Feel the Jail' scheme.

Under its new program, tourists can rent a cell in the 220-year-old Sangareddy jail and experience how life was for an inmate in colonial times. Those who opt for the "Feel the Jail" scheme will be provided a uniform, a steel mug, basic bedding and a bar of soap. To keep the experience authentic even the food served during the stay will be similar to what used to be served to prison inmates. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

An Ancient Himalayan Village Known For India’s Best 'Hashish' Now Off Limits For Tourists

A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smokes marijuana on a chillum (pipe) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes.

A deity has just put an end to visitors thronging one of the world’s top stoner destinations.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Adivasis: Cheated Of The Constitution


Tribal people who account for 8.2% of India’s population can be broadly classified into three groupings. The first grouping consists of populations who predate the Indo-Aryan migrations. These are termed by many anthropologists as the Austro-Asiatic-speaking Australoid people. The Central Indian Adivasis belong to this grouping. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Where Is The Telangana State 'Brand Ambassador'? Is Tennis Star 'Sania Mirza' Really Missing In Action?


As all brand ambassadors do for thier work and cause for endorsement, where is the Hyderabadi Tennis Ace star Sania Mirza, the brand ambassador for Telangana State? Despite the several populist schemes launched and programmers organised since last 2-years, Sania Mirza is missing from her new role?

Exactly two years ago, on July 22, 2014, the Telangana government anointed ace tennis player Sania Mirza as its brand ambassador. And on the occasion, she was also handed over a cheque for Rs one crore.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Aviation Trends: Why 'GoAir' Going On Hard Destinations Where No Indian Airline Has Gone Before?


India’s fifth-largest airline is planning to touch down in some relatively unchartered territories.

GoAir, promoted by the 280-year-old Wadia group, has sought India’s aviation ministry’s permission to fly to Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan—countries where no Indian airline flies directly to.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Deep Research & Study: What Helps Some With Troubled Childhoods Grow Into Well-Adjusted Adults?


Life stories of children – from 1950s Hawaii to the orphanages of Romania – could help understand how some do so well despite early adversity.

The landscape of the Hawaiian islands is as idyllic as a postcard: long, sandy beaches, hibiscus flowers, clear waters of tropical fish and coral reefs. When you arrive at the airport the air is warm and ukulele music is piped out at you. Flower garlands are for sale.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Special Report: How Tourism Is Putting The World’s Poorest Places On The Map?


Slum tourism is broadly rejected as morally dubious and voyeuristic. But we should take a second look.

Back in Victorian times, wealthier citizens could sometimes be found wandering among London’s poorer, informal neighbourhoods, distributing charity to the needy. “Slumming” – as it was called – was later dismissed as a morally dubious and voyeuristic pastime. Today, it’s making a comeback; wealthy Westerners are once more making forays into slums – and this time, they’re venturing right across the developing world.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spotlight: A Misplaced Emphasis On Indian Highways?


Why does the government continue with its blind focus on highways and expressways when infrastructure for water supply, waste management and mass transit system is in desperate need of attention? INNLIVE criticises the government's prioritization and says there is more to public infrastructure than just highways and expressways.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Indian Restaurants: The Unlikely Symbol Of Changing Balkans


A region in the grip of strife till 25 years ago is transforming culinarily.

Last summer, while travelling through Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania, my wife and I saw the changing face of the Balkans and Indian migration in an unlikely place: the Indian restaurant. Well-patronised and Indian-owned, this establishment has sprouted in the farther-flung places of the region. We did not expect this.

Until the early 1990s, this wasn’t a region that endeared itself to potential immigrants. Albania, one of the poorest countries in Europe, was a virtual hermit. And across the border, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro were employing repugnant forms of ethnic chauvinism to rip apart the Yugoslav federation.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hangul, The Rare Kashmir Deer, May Soon Go Extinct


The endangered hangul, also known as Kashmir deer, is in the throes of extinction, largely because of human intrusions and domestic livestock grazing at its only habitat here.

Wildlife experts and activists claim they have been raising the alarm, calling for stringent measures to check human intrusions at Srinagar's famed Dachigam National Park, the main concentration of the endangered elk species.

Friday, September 18, 2015

How Indian Ecologists Are Finding Secret Treasures Hidden In The Canopies Of Trees In Western Ghats?


In the Western Ghats, a bunch of intrepid researchers are climbing up trees to peek into an unexplored world. Walking into a forest is probably one of the most immersive ecological experiences. It isn’t like walking into any other landscape like a mountain or a desert, both of which introduce their marvels at a deliberate pace. When you step into a forest, it is almost as if the edge zips shut behind you. The trees sieve the bright sunlight into twinkling stars, the soggy ground softens your step and the foliage pushes against the world outside.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Travel Destination: Plan A Vacation To 'Bamiyan Buddhas' In Afghanistan, A Beautiful Tourist Haven!


Ali Mohammad has a little cart near the giant gaps in the mountain that once held the mighty Buddha statues in the Bamiyan province of Afghanistan. He sells piping hot chicken soup to the several tourists that visit the historical site every year. “Many foreigners come here to see what’s left of the Buddhas; especially a lot of Chinese tourists,” informs the 19-year-old.

While tourism may not be the first thing you associate with Afghanistan, the country does have much to offer to an avid traveller. And for those who call this country their home, have to often meet the contradictions of common stereotypes with the famous Afghan hospitality.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Are Travel Philanthropists Doing More Harm Than Good?

Tourists seeking to make voluntary work part of their holidays have helped build a sizeable industry which is now open to sharp criticism.

It seems like the best of both worlds. People using their hard-earned vacation time to give something back to those worse off than themselves. At its finest, travel philanthropy is seen as a form of direct development assistance – a benign initiative flowing from the travel industry and travellers into conservation initiatives, community projects and philanthropic organisations.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The 'High Stakes' War Of 'Executive Jets' In Gulf Countries

By Mohammed Ahsanuddin Haseeb
Principal Editor - Gulf Region
REVEALED: There is one thing money can buy: convenience. Such as the luxury of flying almost anywhere in the world, at any time. And as people and businesses grow richer, so too is the executive jet industry.

In response, Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ), the largest executive jet manufacturer, last month launched its new ACJneo collection, which has already taken one order.

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) also last month announced orders for two of its business aircraft and Gulfstream revealed an agreement with Qatar Executive, the charter arm of Qatar Airways, to purchase up to 30 of its executive jets.

Monday, June 15, 2015

'Firoz Merchant', A Businessman In Dubai: Why He Is Rescuing Thousands Of Debtors From UAE Prisons?

By Mohd Ahsanuddin Haseeb
Principal Gulf Editor 
in Dubai, UAE
Softly-spoken Indian businessman Firoz Merchant is a self-made millionaire, ranked number 30 on the recent '50 Richest Indians List', with a wealth estimated at around $440m. This is a far cry from having to leave school at the age of 11 because his parents could not afford the fees and living in a cramped Mumbai bedroom with his eight siblings.

Fast forward to Dubai and he now owns a gold retail conglomerate that is one of the biggest names in the industry and, in the midst of a challenging retail sector, has just announced multi-million-dollar expansion plans, is set to create 2,000 new jobs and is aiming to enter the hospitality sector.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Playing Dirty 'Garbage Politics': BJP, AAP, Congress Risk Making Delhi Laughing Stock For The World

Politics is dirty. But what kind of people indulge in politics of dirt? Over the past week, the proponents of Swacch Bharat tried it in Delhi, the symbols of ‘clean politics’ also raked muck on the issue; and even Rahul Gandhi stepped into the cess pool. In the end, by poking their nose in the garbage of Delhi, everybody ended up showing the ugly face of politics in India.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Langza Village In Spiti Valley – Life Above 14,000 Feet!

How is it to live in a village at the base of a 20,000 feet high mountain forever covered in snow? How does one endure winter temperatures that can go down to -20C or lower? What is like to be in the company of yaks in summer and snow-leopards in winter? What does it take to survive in such a place for centuries, when modern facilities did not exist? INNLIVE visited Langza for explore answers.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Special Report: India’s 'Luxury Hospitals' Offer Shopping, Cinemas, Coffee Shops, Spas, Wifi Zone And Joyrides

A new set of luxury hospitals in India is redefining the segment with cinema halls, cafes, fancy waiting rooms and grand architecture. And these aren’t just for India’s super-rich, who seek fine medical care in even finer surroundings, but also for well-heeled medical tourists from all around the world.

The opulence is almost unbecoming for a country where millions have little, or no, access to quality health care. For instance, the Dubai-based ABV group, which is opening a luxury hospital in Mumbai in the next two years, plans to bring in its patients by Rolls-Royce cars.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Telangana Govt Is Neglecting Hyd's 'Heritage in Hospitals'

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which came to power on the separate statehood sentiment by promising to protect the rich culture and heritage of Telangana, now appears to be hellbent on demolishing some of the historical structures in Hyderabad only to give way to swanky buildings and new infrastructures.

After deciding to demolish the Chest Hospital, a heritage building at Erragadda, to relocate the state secretariat, the state government appears to be contemplating pulling down the in-patient (IP) block of the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) at Afzalgunj, which was built in the early 1900s by Mir Osman Ali Khan.