Environmental Extremes

A Look at the Lives of People Separating Waste at One of Asia's Biggest Garbage Dumps

Between battling authorities who have closed off access to their only source of livelihood, harassment by the local mafia and a drug problem, this is the harsh reality of being a ragpicker at India’s Deonar dump.
Shamani Joshi
2 days ago
Environmental Extremes

We Visited the Mumbai Neighbourhood so Polluted It's Been Declared Unfit for Human Habitation

Mahul poses a dystopian and disturbing picture of what happens when you’re forced to live amidst extreme pollution. It’s a story that can only end in death, unless residents somehow scrape together the resources to leave.
Pallavi Pundir
3 days ago
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17 People Have Drowned in a Major Indian Festival in Maharashthra

The festivities took place despite the state seeing immense damage and several deaths due to floods and heavy rainfall.
Meera Navlakha
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Study Finds Delhi and Mumbai Are Among the Top 10 Cities in Cannabis Consumption Globally

Amsterdam, where pot is legal, consumed just about a tenth of the cannabis Delhi did in 2018.
Meera Navlakha
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Man Drove His Auto-Rickshaw Onto a Train Platform to Help a Woman in Labour

He was arrested for his good deed, though thankfully, was later released on bail.
Shamani Joshi

Inside India’s Secret Movement of Homebrewers

A small but growing community of people has been geeking out in their kitchens, producing small-batch beers and secretly meeting up to swap tasting notes.
Reshmi Chakraborty

Drag Queens Tell Us Why Dating is So Difficult in India

“I have come across people who jump straight to, ‘I want to fuck you in drag.' These are the people you block in life.”
Pallavi Pundir

We Meet the Guy Who Showers in the Middle of India’s Nightclubs

Rajesh Tamang’s side hustle involves pouring free shots down clubgoers’ throats and getting himself real wet in a shower cubicle stationed in nightclubs.
Dhvani Solani

How I Lost Myself to India's Chemsex Scene and Overdosed, But Survived to Tell the Story

Inside the dark world of drug-fuelled sex parties where an increasing number of gay Indians want to feel belonged, drug abuse is more than just a health hazard.
Sadam Hanjabam
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Mumbai’s Civic Chief Blames City-Wide Flood on Climate Change

As the Indian city goes down under 550mm of rainfall in two days, the local municipality has a new excuse for its classic lack of preparedness.
Shamani Joshi
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Man in India Was Arrested for Trying to Sell Whale Vomit for Rs 17 Million

The man was caught at a railway station with 1.3 kgs of ambergris, a wax-like secretion in the endangered species.
Shamani Joshi

These Photos Document the Most Polluted Cities in India (and the World)

"We tend to resort to fatalism and apocalyptic thinking, which ends up letting everyone off the hook. But most people don’t have that choice."
Pallavi Pundir