TOTR Longread: Train Mail

Train journeys are the best place to find stories, especially in India. It might be because of the strangers you brush your teeth next to near the rattling toilet. Or perhaps it’s those lovely fat aunties who are kind enough to offer you their Tupperware full of ghar ka khana (homemade food) that they catch…

Fonio: Africa’s Ancient Grain is a True Superfood

Google ‘fonio’ and you’re confronted with an odd mix of results. Some British press coverage has presented the ancient African grain as the next superfood du jour or the “new quinoa”, which conjure up unfortunate images of Islingtonites called Mungo and Cosima crucifying the poor stuff in an overpriced claggy salad. This, unsurprisingly, wasn’t the…

Investment is transforming the Saharan town of Dakhla

Mohammed sparks his lighter and the blade in his hand erupts in flames. He draws his knife to my neck and pivots it square with my jawline. Lines of sweat coat my forehead. All I can think about are the scraggly clumps of his hair I can see escaping from the worn blue baseball cap…

The Extraordinary Power of Toilets in India

A shot of a scholarly-looking, older Indian man pushing the flush on a toy toilet isn’t exactly the introduction you’d expect to a documentary about the plight of Delhi’s ‘untouchable’ population. But as the crew from US-based production company GLP films discovered, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak – founder of Delhi’s irreverent toilet museum – has developed…

Wendy Ruderman on Winning a Pulitzer

Wendy Ruderman [left] is co-author of true crime book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love and co-winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Lauren Razavi speaks to her about getting started in journalism and the process of nailing a true crime story… How did you get…

Norwich: Explore the UK’s most creative city

Lauren Razavi gives us a tour of her creative home city. Another September, another group of university freshers descend upon the city. Half of them will tip-toe through their time here, rarely leaving campus and concluding that Norwich is a concrete place with two monotonous shopping malls and a range of unreliable bus services. The other…

4 nightlife spots to visit on a Mediterranean cruise

If you like to party, you’re in for a treat in the western Mediterranean. This is where you’ll find some of the liveliest coastal destinations in Europe, so whether you want nightclubs, live music, or chic cocktail bars, you won’t be disappointed. With so much on offer, you might feel spoilt for choice, so we’re here…

The best partying destinations in the USA

Like most things, the USA knows how to party on an epic scale. So whether you’re into hitting the dance clubs, heading to the trendiest bars, or even playing poker in the most decadent casinos, here’s a look at which American destinations could deliver the best night out. Las Vegas As the self-proclaimed ‘party capital…

Christmas Recipe: Scottish Ecclefechan Tarts

As the winter markets kick off this weekend, and the first doors are unlatched on advent calendars all over the world, it’s beginning to feel like Christmas once again. And if there’s one thing Christmas is synonymous with in my family it’s food, food, food. While many are partial to a mince pie at this…