Stories about Ideas
How the hot chilli pepper ‘Akabare’ came to tickle the taste-buds of Nepali noodle lovers
Nepal’s indigenous round-shaped hot chilli pepper, locally known as ‘Akabare’, has taken the Nepali noodle industry by storm and is forging ahead to the international markets.
In the face of stubborn adherence to outdated dress codes, one Trinidadian citizen gets creative
Allison Skinner-Bacchus, who had travelled quite a distance to cash a cheque and was denied entry because of her sleeveless attire, created a unique style to get her business done.
Is the ‘water machine of Bengal’ preventing more flood disasters in Bangladesh?
A recent study shows that pumping groundwater to irrigate agricultural lands in Bangladesh can create available subsurface storage for excess floodwater to be stored during the next monsoon.
A young chef in Baku turns his flat into a restaurant
The space is not just a restaurant but is also a studio. Photo and video shoots are done here, and content is created for various culinary platforms.
‘The Art of the Steal?': Russia’s online voting problem
Online voting in an increasingly autocratic Russia means election results should be treated with increased scepticism, not presented as regime approval.
Cosplay: the pop-culture phenomenon comes back to Kathmandu
On September 17, 2022, thousands of people attended Otaku Jatra Fall 2022, a Nepali anime and cosplay festival held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Two decades of renewable energy in a remote Isneg community in Northern Philippines
"The Katablangan project is a story of the Cordillera’s abundant source of renewable energy that is harnessed by culturally-sensitive and appropriate technology for the benefit of its people."
Popular Chittagong University shuttle train gets a colorful graffiti makeover
A young artist from Germany has completely transformed the shuttle trains of Chittagong University into a moving work of art cheering up the students and locals.
Sri Lanka: The evolution of the Gotagogama protest site and its periphery, in photos
Sri Lankan photographer Sandesh Bartlett captures how the peaceful occupy protest against the Rajapaksa government at Galle Face Green in the capital Colombo materialized, from March to July 2022.
Bulgarian culinary traditions as a way to restore cultural memory: Granny's forgotten dishes in the village of Antimovo
Local cuisine in a Bulgarian village near Danube river blends Vlahian and Bulgarian traditions, providing attractions for domestic tourists as well as those coming from neighboring Romania and Serbia.
Bulgarian culinary traditions as a way to restore cultural memory: Grandma's unforgettable tarhana
Eastern influences are evident in the cuisine of South East Bulgaria, near the borders of Turkey and Greece. Temenuzhka Mateva promotes tarhana pastry based on recreated recipe of her grandma.
Bulgarian culinary traditions as a way to restore cultural memory: wild herbs
Three women from different corners of Bulgaria have something in common: they believe their vocation is to preserve the local heritage of culinary traditions as part of a collective identity.
The Africa Film Festival gives cosmopolitan Trinidad & Tobago a chance to reshape its own world view
Festival director Asha Lovelace says that the themes, techniques and approach of African films can help inform how local filmmakers tell their own stories.
I did not come to flirt, but only to buy lemons
"I hope the day comes when buying lemons is just that and the shop is not another place where individuals are treated according to what they are supposed to have under their skirts."
New national park in North Macedonia plagued by continued development projects
One year after officials announced they would establish a new national park in North Macedonia, the land is under siege as developers push to construct hydro plants in the park.
In a post-COVID workplace, is a ‘professional’ dress code still relevant?
Adopting a gender-neutral, less restrictive, and diverse dress code style will open the doors of opportunity for employees coming from underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ employees.
Solar technology is empowering people in rural India with clean affordable energy
This is the story of how a unique, affordable and low-maintenance clean energy solution is powering electricity-deprived homes across rural India.
Ylli Morina: The 13-year-old mathematical genius from Skopje who is tutoring university students
Because his primary school lacks adequate classes and textbooks that will suit his needs and talent, Ylli has broadened his knowledge on the internet, listening to professors from abroad.
Yugoslav monuments: Forgotten places of resistance and memory
Before the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia broke up, there were countless sites erected to honor the victims of the Second World War. These monuments are largely in disrepair now.
Imprisoning children: How El Salvador’s adults fail young people involved in gangs
It is time to change how we view children involved in gangs.
Satellite mapping project tracks damage to Ukrainian communities
Satellite Images Map of Ukraine incorporates satellite images, drone footage, and 3D visualization to track, organize, and verify damage done to Ukraine.