How a 75-year-old Mother Lives Her Life to the Fullest

Sian-Pierre Regis was in Paris when his mother left him a voicemail that he will never forget: “I just got fired, just want you to know that. Call me. Bye.” His 75-year-old housekeeper mother, Rebecca Danigelis, had been working in hospitality for as long as Regis could remember. “We were raised above a hotel,” Regis […]

84-year-old Has His Life Written Down in 60 Diaries

Every time his family members reunite in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province in China, retired teacher Fan Wenzhi tells them stories about his past. However, the 84-year-old has age-related memory loss and has to refer to his plethora of diaries; since 1953, Fan has written a total of nearly four million words in 60 diaries. […]

Woman Goes From Homelessness to Graduating Harvard

If you’re ever feeling dismal about your own circumstances, just take a little bit of inspiration from Norma Heath. After losing her job several years ago, Norma became depressed and entered a downward spiral that left her homeless and drug addicted without any stability to finish school. But then her prospects changed two years ago […]

Is This Malaysia-Born Author the Next International Sensation?

It is the stuff of literary dreams: Malaysia-born author Felicia Yap’s debut novel Yesterday has not even hit the shelves, and is already being called one of the most anticipated titles of 2017. The high-concept futuristic thriller, slated for August, was at the centre of a heated auction between three publishers last year, before being […]

An Interview with Photojournalist G.M.B. Akash

G.M.B. Akash is one of my favourite colour photographers of all time. He has won more than 40 international awards and his work has been published around the world. Beyond that, he is the rare breed of photojournalist who cares deeply about the people he is documenting. While many commoditize their subjects, feeling that the […]

Mother Nurtures Disabled Son All the Way to Harvard

Despite being told he would never succeed because of his disabilities, this 29-year-old Chinese man defied all of the odds thanks to his devoted mother. Because of complications at birth, Ding Ding was born with cerebral palsy. Doctors advised his mother, Zou Hongyan, to give up the infant because he would never be as smart […]

2 Years 20 Prototypes 2 Founders to the Creation of Gentlewasher

Like most women, Kathak Mehta has an emotional attachment with her clothes. Her wardrobe speaks of her fixation with fabrics, texture, prints, and colours. But most of these clothes need to be hand-washed. Frustrated by this, she decided to create Gentlewasher, a washing machine specifically for hand-washing clothes. Two years and 20 prototypes later, here’s […]