Of Practiced Patience and Self-learning: Sharath Chandrappa

The creative calling, when acute, makes people want to push their limits, explore new frontiers, and break barriers and walls with their ideas to supplant them with. And Sharath Chandrappa knew it was his turn when his hobby of making pictures and editing videos gradually began to charm his creative instincts to the point of…

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Young Experience

We asked young participants of our ‘Teen Sensation’ Kenya Camp for Kids about their experience on the tour, and here’s what they said.  Goofs included!   To send your child to the next Teen Sensation Kenya Camp, click here.  

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Adding Perspectives to a Common Story: Nikhil Unnikrishnan

This is a sort of reverse migration: from the banality of professional life to art and the liberation it brings along. Only a few make such a brave choice at the right time and Toehold Client, Nikhil Unnikrishnan, is one of them. After a stint in journalism, he quit his job in 2012 to pursue…

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World Poetry and Forests Day

Will you share with us your stories of rapture on days when the sun on your skin is an amber warmth, letting you forget heartbreaks of adulthood and smile like a child? Will you tell us what you search for when you run on the country roads forcing fresh air into your pleading lungs, your…

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Four Things Your Kids Can Learn from African Mammals

Deep in the behaviour of African mammals lie hidden lessons our children can learn.  We pick the top four. 1. How to be comfortable with who you are. Hyenas may not win fashion contests (although we think they’re perfectly beautiful) or enjoy the fanatical following that the cats command.  But they don’t know that, and crucially, don’t care.…

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2015 Kenya Kids Camp Report

Explore the world with a child-like curiosity, they say. But when a group of children started to take on the beauty of wildlife in Africa with their cameras and recklessly inquisitive eyes, we were certain that their perspectives and interpretations didn’t have anything to do with age. The group, along with the Toehold Skipper Phillip Ross,…

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Busted: Five Commonest Myths about Tigers

Tigers have for millennia inspired awe, admiration and reverence.  And their secretive nature has for long fostered numerous myths and misconceptions about their behaviour.  We take the five commonest myths and bust them in public interest. Myth 1: It’s dangerous to be in tiger country in an open vehicle.   Truth: Dangerous to tigers, perhaps, but not…

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Five Crazy-coated Truths about Travelling in India

There’s a reason they say there’s more truth concealed in humour than humour concealed in truth. And here’s another testament to it, a hilarious blend of wit, sarcasm, art, smart wordplay, and above all, truth! That, in a nutshell, is Toehold’s The Crazy Desi Book! Filled with tummy-numbingly funny remarks, made by clever cartoon characters on those…

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In Synchrony with Nature: Rana Roy Choudhury

For someone hailing from the City of Joy, capturing the soul of a place, always in the blur of bustling streets at a time when cameras were a luxury to own and formal guidance on photography wasn’t available, photography has meant more than just a hobby. Toehold Patron Rana Roy Choudhury has been passionate about photography…

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The Delightful Eight: The Most Spectacular Birds of Costa Rica

Sometimes, life is in the hovering, in the rapidness of wing-flapping, in a tiny heart throbbing, and in the searching: of nectar-filled blooms in flowering plants. Sometimes, life is in the joy of going to a rainforested land and in watching birds flying free, knowing precisely where they belong. This week, we’re telling you a…

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Magic on the Forest Floor and Leaf Shadows: Niranjan Panjwani

The spectrum of human emotions births arts of different forms. And the endlessness of this process, this emergence, can sometimes be quite startling. While art is capable of finding a fluid-like, sinuous beginning from even adversity, grief and struggle, it is no less beautiful when it is created by passion, joy and all things bright……

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Being Mindful and the Art of Seeing: Siddharth Reddy

Yes; it’s as simple as that and as profound at the same time: being mindful. With his Kafkaesque trail of thoughts, Toehold Patron Siddharth Reddy will hold you in a conversation that’s so certain of its course that you can’t help but give it your attention completely and willingly. A flicker of fascination for wildlife…

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The ‘Dreamwalkers’: Five Bandhavgarh Tigresses to Watch Out for This Season

A leafy laughter stirs a soft zephyr, the tree sap wafts in the air – the blissful fragrance of the forest – and travels through territories that we humans call Tala, Magdhi and Khitauli. In Bandhavgarh, gnawing the insides of the forests is the enduring beauty of all that is natural, all that is of the…

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The Magnificent Vastness of Things: Uma Iyer

These mountains with dunes and deserts with hardly any ridges can overwhelm you with their enormity. This immobility is tender and can heal those who battle the touch of ennui. Adding to this magic are the clouds that float above; mute cottony things speckling the blue skies like white inkblots on blue paper, like it…

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Letting there Be Light – the Way You Want It to Be!

Whether in the soft solitary light of the day or the controlled conditions of a studio, attaining that perfect image by leveraging the freedom it allows to set up a shot is the essence of fashion photography. It is here that the quiet elegance of the model, their glamorous costumes and hairstyles and make-up, and their features almost…

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Slipping Past the Skin of Time: Rajiv Ramanathan

What bliss is that, to be able to grow up watching changing art on the walls of one’s own home? And what kismet is that, to be able to imbibe art and make it one’s second nature? Well, that’s what Toehold patron Rajiv Ramanathan did, and this is his story: a story in which an…

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