Ishan Thakore

Island-hopping in the Mekong River

Ishan Thakore is a 2016-2017 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storyteller, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State/U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh. He is creating a series of short films to capture the human benefits and costs of large-scale water ...

Karoo Stories: When it rains, it pours

The gravel road that leads to Vlakfontein Farm begins with a nondescript turn, tucked off a country highway. The road was just good enough for my compact VW Polo rental car, though at times I was struggling through muddy patches ...

A Flaw in the Plan

We sat down on the floor and drank over-sweet tea in the dying light. As he spoke, a memory stirred in me, a sense of deja vu. I couldn’t imagine why. I knew I hadn’t met him before. ...

Challenging Perceptions, Part 2

We’re trying very hard to get locals to come and experience these areas too because we believe it’s invaluable for them to see the complexities of Johannesburg, one they won’t see in the pre-conceived bubbles they live ...

Challenging Perceptions: Part 1

Here’s a screenshot my friend sent me before I arrived in Joburg. It sums up what I had heard a few times about the city:  There’s some truth to the narrative that Johannesburg is unsafe. The fences struck ...

Taming Rivers: A Fulbright-National Geographic Journey

“Simply, water is surpassing oil itself as the world’s scarcest critical resource. Just as oil conflicts were central to twentieth-century history, the struggle over freshwater is set to shape a new turning point in the world order and the ...