Chhavi Sachdev is a reporter, producer, and editor who finds herself drawn always to stories of oddities, quirks, and the little man trying to make a big change. And chocolate.
When she's not working (and sometimes even when she is) you can find her plotting her next journey, baking, or making mix tapes for friends. She's a science nerd, animal slave, wine snob and action flick junkie. After living on three continents, she now resides in Mumbai, but her travel case is always packed.
When is a tree not a tree? When it’s a coconut palm in the Indian state of Goa.
India's monsoon is still nearly a month away, and the heat is scorching, but parts of the country have nearly run out of water. Meanwhile, fires burn and people struggle with a half hour of water a day — or less.
Drought in India means Holi without water balloons and rain dances. One reporter, at least, prefers it that way.
India now allows people to self-identify as "third gender" on official forms. But Hijras, a quasi-religious order of transgender women, remain a stigmatized group on the whole. A new all-Hijra band is setting out to change that with two highly-produced singles.
Ostensibly for their own protection, women in India often travel in sex-segregated compartments or seating areas, as well as in special "ladies only" taxis. A designer in Mumbai has kitted out a taxi with special rules "only for men."
How do you take a tradition and make it fresh? A maker of saris in Mumbai jazzes them up with embroidered fish, owls and playing cards.
When the rains come to Bangalore, India, residents have to navigate a bizarre urban hazard — a lake that froths up and fills the city with a toxic and sometimes flammable foam.
The most notorious trafficker of elephant tusks has been caught in Tanzania. Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year old grandmother, is charged with smuggling more than 700 elephant tusks believed to be worth $2.5 million. Tanzania is considered ground zero for elephant poaching.
What’s going on with the Ganesh festival? Chhavi Sachdev lives in Mumbai, where the 11-day Ganesha festival is celebrated with the most fervor. And each year, it only gets bigger.
The only ads I can’t avoid are the ones I see in the movie theatres. Almost all films screened in India have a forced intermission halfway through so you can load up on snacks — during which ads play nonstop. Once in a while there will be something that’s not hideously insulting.