Life

Bringing Ganesh Down to Size

Dahibhavkar said that setting the height limit was a unanimous decision of representatives of all Ganeshotsav committees, social and public figures, artists and idol-makers.

IPL v Bollywood Clash of the Titans

The Indian Premier League is no longer perceived as a great threat for film releases.

The Foreign Face of IPL Cheerleaders

The companies that bring these women to India chose them because they are hardworking professionals.

A Day in the Life

Photographer Adeel Halim captures life on the streets of Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pathankot, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Delhi and Varanasi in North India.

India’s Indigenous Horses Trot Into Sunset

India’s ‘native steeds’ are staring at an uncertain, if not calamitous future, just two years ahead of a century since World War I that will commemorate the greatest contribution of horses towards a human enterprise

The Must-Do Stops for India-Bound Celebs

The rich and famous have travelled the exotic, mystical, traditional India for ages — the land of snakes, sadhus, elephants and Maharajas. But the new hotties have a whole new road-map.

Egg’s Exotic Avatars

I even inscribe names in personalized embedded omelettes, an ornamental variety of omelette. I am trying to revive classic western egg recipes in India like the One-Eyed Susan — toast with a hole in the middle and a whole egg thrown in the middle. Egg is in my blood

On Unsteady Ground

The judicial system is frequently irrational, unfair and even cruel.

Diverse State of Little Indias

Indians in Florida are three times as likely to be divorced or separated than those in Pennsylvania, North Carolina or New Jersey. Indians are five times as likely to be widowed in Maryland as in Missouri.

The Great American Cold Rush

The voyage to India went smoothly and the Tuscany reached Calcutta on Sept. 13, 1833. Logistically the venture was a success — of the 180 tons of ice loaded, 100 survived. But plain logistics weren’t all this affair involved. In India’s sweltering heat, ice set off frenzied emotional, economic and social reactions.

Reimagining the Varanasi Sari

Condoms lubricate the wheels of the Varanasi sari industry.

Living Ever After, Virtually

Over the past one year, Shruti has been updating her brother’s profile - even accepting friend requests on his behalf — as if he were still alive.

Aseema’s Value-Driven Education

Education can be the only leveler. It is the means to bridge the huge divide between religious groups, castes and regions.

An Indian Reunion

An estimated 30 million overseas Indians are spread all over the world, the second largest diaspora, according to the UNDP, after overseas Chinese, who are estimated to number more than 40 million.

Indian Fertilization

Victor Smetacek set out on a journey to Germany, which would bring him closer to his roots in India with the passage of time.

Are Rajasthani Celebrity Marriages Jinxed?

What’s with this place that causes celeb couples to embrace fatal attraction? Is it really a royal jinx for the glitterati, hypnotized by the color and romance of this amazing state, only to be doomed in their relationship?

Is Small the New Big in Bollywood?

The idiot screen overwhelms the idiot box, once the spot for cute, sweet, homely, intimate fare.

Queens of the Ganges

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Hindus in Queens. On Fridays and Sundays scores of Hindu devotees descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, as well as Ferry Point Park and Rockaways, from dawn to dusk to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

Igniting India’s Dating Scene

"Immediately, the sights, smells and sounds just hit you. I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life, [but] nothing really compared to the entirely different world that India is."

The Promised Land

For a glorious half century, India dominated international field hockey and Sansarpur was its secret weapon. The village of just 4,061 people has nurtured 300 national hockey players and produced more Olympic medalists per capita than any other place in the world.

Bangalore Rated Best Indian City

A global survey ranks Bangalore as the best city to live in India.

A Different Arrangement

Indian American filmakers hit their stride

Nutty Delights

Nuts contain carbohydrates, vitamins and a wide range of minerals. They are rich in high quality proteins, making them a good vegetarian substitute for meat.

The Right Information

The Right to Information Act inspires Indian activists.

Chasing the American Dream

Indian students flock to US for higher education. “An average student putting in 5-6 hours of work can’t get in a top Indian university without a miracle. USA has 4,000 odd universities with at least half of them being top notch.”

World’s Largest Laundromat

Photo essay on Mumbai's Dhobi Ghat.

Well-Educated Raju Hermon Feels Raped by the Internet

"I feel like I have been robbed of everything, including my identity.... I am not seeking fame or notoriety.... I just want my life back."

Why Do India and Pakistan See America in Opposite Ways

"Give me a name, America, make of me a Buzz or Chip or Spike. Bathe me in amnesia and clothe me in your powerful unknowing."

India’s Beauty Brigade

From Sushmita Sen in the early 1990s to the latest 2011 winners, daughters of the Armed Forces seem to dominate Indian beauty pageants.

Mind Over Matter

Did matter create consciousness or consciousness matter?

Visa Mills

Little-known colleges exploit visa loopholes to make millions off foreign students.

Wooing the Next Generation of Indian Academics

India has seen a huge emphasis on investment in education in recent years.

What in the World!

Are we the dreams of Gods, or Gods the dream of men?

The End Of Everything

Our universe will end without a doubt and no underground bunker will be safe. But relax, the end time is billions or even trillions of years away.

Searching For India

Wikipedia, the CIA and the U.S. State Department are the principal sources for a majority of people searching for information about India on the Web.

A World Of Worlds

Fractal patterns have no beginning and end. The whole exists in parts and a part exists in the whole. The universe is in you and you are in the universe.

World Of Illusion

Under one cosmic theory, we reside on a gigantic hologram.

The Mystery Of The Ghost Particles

The most abundant fundamental particles are paradoxically the most elusive.

Nalanda The World’s First University

Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen reflects on Nalanda University’s contribution to propagating knowledge and understanding in ancient India.

Freedom To Die

A writ petition against the Jain practice of fasting-unto-death could finally force the Indian judiciary’s hand on the legality of religious suicides.

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