Tales of the epic trek from Burma to India in 1942

Tales of the epic trek from Burma to India in 1942

By Adrija Roychowdhury/Indian Express Director Vishal Bharadwaj has dug out a much less talked about period of Indian history in his latest film, Rangoon. Behind a shroud of the more prominent national movement in India and the British rule it was targeting was the country’s own face off with World War II. When the Japanese knocked on the doorsteps of...

How Hindu ascetics observe Shivaratri in Nepal

How Hindu ascetics observe Shivaratri in Nepal

Kathmandu, February 24 (The Sun/NIA): Maha Shivaratri on February 24 marks the birth as well as marriage of the Hindu God Shiva and is celebrated in an especially grand way at the Pasupathinath temple in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. While most people turn up in colorful costumes and sing and dance glorifying Lord Shiva who saved the universe by...

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Colombo, February 22 (The New Indian Express): The Vethodys, a family of Malayali entrepreneurs with roots in Kerala and Sri Lanka, have brought back to life a slice of Colombo’s colonial past with the re-launch of their extensively renovated 135 year old iconic Hotel Nippon situated in the heart of the capital’s business district. “Nippon” as it is popularly known,...

A battle for the soul of Pakistan

A battle for the soul of Pakistan

By, Beena Sarwar/www.thewire.in Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values. I wonder if the bangle sellers outside the shrine are alive. I still have some chunky glass bangles I bought, bargaining more for the sake of it than to save...

Babu’s English holds sway over Indian judiciary

Babu’s English holds sway over Indian judiciary

When Lord Macaulay fervently pleaded for the cause of English education in India in the 1830s, to transform Indians into" Brown Sahibs" English in every way except in the skin color, he meant that they should be taught Queen's English and not the English used by the judges in the higher Indian courts. Here is an excerpt from the Supreme...

China and India account for half the deaths due to pollution

China and India account for half the deaths due to pollution

Washington, February 14 (Reuters): China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, a study published on Tuesday said. Research by the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) showed that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of...

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