ONCE IN A WHILE, right before you slip into slumber, an existential question crops up—is there more to life than the daily grind? You take to social media to escape that nagging feeling. By the time you pull yourself out of the rabbit hole, it’s way past bedtime and you are filled with guilt. And maybe hurt by the comments of online trolls.
According to a 2019 PEW report, millennials are drifting away from religion but are embracing spirituality. But where do you go for spiritual growth in the digital age? This question led Om Swami, an Indian spiritual leader, to develop OS.ME.
“It is a digital start-up that offers to help people grow materially and spiritually,” says Swami, who renounced all things worldly about a decade and a half ago.
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Taste India's Most Expensive Tea and The Estate Life
On the fringes of Darjeeling, Kurseong introduces Adila Matra to India’s most expensive tea, the world’s first tea factory, and a mystical natural phenomenon.
A Helping Hand
The rugged landscape and kind residents of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh make for the perfect antidote to city life. A wide range of voluntourism programs offered by a social enterprise not only make the life of locals easier but also help visitors tap into the essence of ‘the middle land’.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Look out, Porto! With the opening of a compelling new museum complex, neighbouring Vila Nova de Gaia is luring travellers to the other side of the Douro.
In his first cover shoot since the pandemic hit, Ayushmann Khurrana soaks up the Mumbai sun at Mandira Bedi’s beautiful bungalow on Madh Island, and talks about how travel has changed him in more ways than one.
FLIGHT OF FREEDOM
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LORD OF THE FESTIVALS
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PARADISE AND PROSE
At a literary couple’s former home in the bucolic Mani Peninsula of Greece, ELENI N GAGE finds herself transported—and inspired.
The Big Blue
On Madeira, a lush dot of Portuguese land, the North Atlantic has shaped every aspect of life for centuries—the economy, the gastronomy, the infrastructure. Nina Caplan explores the cliff-top eyries and beachside towns of this gift from the sea. Photographs by Rodrigo Cardoso
THE IMPACT OF TRAVEL
As the Director of Sustainability at Booking.com, Marianne Gybels uses her knowledge of social sciences to effect real change. In a conversation with RASHIMA NAGPAL , she talks about some model destinations around the world and how the pandemic has affected travellers’ choices.
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A Formula for Inner Strength
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Australia Wants Facebook Held Liable for Anonymous Comments
Australia’s prime minister described social media as a “coward’s palace” and warned that digital platforms including Facebook should be held liable for defamatory comments posted anonymously.
NUCLEAR SUBMARINE DEAL WILL RESHAPE INDO-PACIFIC RELATIONS
The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they’re forming a new security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The alliance will see a reshaping of relations in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Here’s what it might mean for various players:
“Covid Zero” kept Australia safe, if isolated, for 18 months. Now its states are split over how to move on
IT'S ON THE MARKET
It's a famous and unIque Australian-raced Jaguar whIch Is now sellIng In the UK
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Business meets beach culture in sun-splashed Sydney.
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Scott Probst, Born in Sydney, Australia.
An Exclusive Interview With Jim Tsinganos
"When I first told my father that I wanted to be an illustrator, he just looked blankly at me and said, Are you sure you can make a living doing that? 25 years later, with many awards and work showcased and acknowledged in most illustration annuals across the globe, I'm still here, still making a living."
NOT A CROC!
Bindi plans wedding redo
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