As a child, Rohena Gera never understood why her family's live-in nanny, the "woman she loved like a second mother" was kept at arm's length by her Indian family. "I didn't understand why this person who took care of me, who I loved... was so separate."
A few years ago, I saw an ad on Pakistani TV that made me, and many others, cringe. In it, a little girl is shown kneading a little ball of dough and making a roti, and her mother announces, with a drum roll, to a jubilant family, “Choti ki pehli gol roti!” (“The little girl’s first round flat bread!”)
The oppressive 90-degree heat coupled with humidity on a recent spring day proved no damper for the nearly 200 guests at a Baisakhi celebration hosted by Ambassador Navtej Sarna and his wife Dr. Avina Sarna on the sprawling lawns of their embassy residence. Gusto and exuberance mingled with music, dance, and Punjabi cuisine, all lending a festive air.
Smriti Subs was only 13 when she was approached for modeling. She refused and went on with her life. It was only in college when she got an opportunity that she realized modeling was what she loved.
The schoolgirls ran into the auditorium, shouting, “Let’s go, let’s go,” in Hindi as they ushered one another into single-file lines. Some adjusted the big, red bows that held their braids together, part of their school uniform. Then they crouched into defensive postures, fists ready. “Oss!” they yelled — a karate greeting combining the Japanese words for push and persevere.
Jane Stork and Ma Anand Sheela, onscreen throughout the six-hour documentary series “Wild Wild Country” on Netflix, look and sound like friends of your grandmother who have dropped by to reminisce about the good old days. They don’t look like leaders of an international religious movement known for Rolls-Royces and ecstatic group sex.
Suitable Girl,” a documentary about arranged marriages in India, will be available for digital streaming on Amazon Prime beginning March 30. The award-winning film, directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana, tells the story of “three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married,” according to imdb.com.
The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.
More than 2,000 people from 96 countries around the world participated in the 29th annual International Yoga Festival at Rishikesh's Parmarth Niketan ashram. The week-long festival included yoga sessions, lectures and courses by over 80 revered saints, yogacharyas, presenters and experts.
Mahima Dutt Sharma rolls her eyes when men make excuses to gawk at her inside the booth where she checks tickets at India's only interstate train station run entirely by women.
A significant drop in Indian girls being forced into marriage has led a global decline in the number of child brides, the United Nations said Tuesday. According to UN children's agency UNICEF, 25 million child marriages have been prevented around the world in the last decade, with the sharpest drop in India and the rest of South Asia where girls as young as eight have reportedly been forced to wed.
Dozens of property investors and their families will be treated to dinner with Donald Trump junior in Delhi this week after snapping up flats in a Trump Towers luxury development on the outskirts of the Indian capital.
Virgin Hyperloop One, the futuristic transport startup backed by British tycoon Richard Branson, has announced plans for a superfast rail network linking India's financial capital Mumbai to the city of Pune.
South Asian-American designers like Prabal Gurung, Naeem Khan and Bibhu Mohapatra set the ramp on fire at the New York Fashion Week as they channeled matriarchal strength, showed solidarity to the #MeToo movement and displayed diversity.
While many Indian-American women believe that every day is Valentine’s Day, they do not diminish the actual day’s importance. It’s a good way for couples to take out time for each other, they say. It doesn’t have to involve expensive gifts and pampering, but a dinner date or a simple stroll in the park, is a good way to reconnect and rekindle the romance.
Millions of Hindu devotees are gathering in northern India for the Magh Mela — one of the world's biggest religious festivals involving ritual bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges river. An estimated 10 million Hindus descend on the city of Allahabad every January for the festival staged at the sacred meeting point of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers.
Two spectators at a controversial bull-wrestling festival in southern India were gored to death on Tuesday, police said, the third such fatal attack in two days.
In 1968, The Beatles and a crew of hangers-on traded hip London threads for kurtas and wreaths of marigold, trudging through dense forest to an ashram in Rishikesh, India, where they spent weeks writing songs. There was George Harrison, a devoted follower of Transcendental Meditation; John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who had started to feud over the band’s direction.
Political apathy over the poisonous smog choking India's capital has led many like businessman Kamal Meattle to take matters into their own hands, with an office building he says pumps air as fresh as from the Swiss Alps.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill that criminalizes instant divorce with three years of imprisonment for Muslim husbands after the government rejected an overwhelming demand from the Opposition to refer the legislation to a Parliamentary standing committee for detailed consideration.
Rahul Verma’s son was born gravely ill with digestive problems, but over years of visits to the boy’s endocrinologist, Mr. Verma saw the doctor grow increasingly alarmed about a different problem, one threatening healthy children. Junk food, the doctor warned, was especially dangerous to Indians, who are far more prone to diabetes than people from other parts of the world.
Tehmina Yadav is a Muslim woman married to a Hindu man. The other night, she was hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree. In India, a country that is about 80 percent Hindu, Christmas is becoming big business. Airlines play Christmas music, online vendors sell holiday gift baskets, and one especially enterprising young man, Kabir Mishra, rents out a contingent of Hindus dressed as Santa Claus.
When she was 12, Shree Saini was told she would never be able to dance. That’s the year she had a pacemaker implanted: her heart rate was only 20 beats per minute. Since then the Moses Lake, Washington resident has emerged stronger and stronger against all subsequent challenge.
An Indian school principal Wednesday defended suspending a male student for embracing a female classmate in "a long hug", vowing to uphold "decorum" even as his decision is challenged in court. A furore has engulfed the school in Kerala after the 16-year-old was suspended in August for hugging a female friend.
Over 10,000 twinkling colorful fairy lights, cherubic angels and fairies, reindeer and snowmen, bells, streamers and festoons, tiny crosses, and a beaming paunchy Santa Claus waving from the "cotton snow" adorn this famous and majestic Christmas tree — said to be the tallest in India.