Yara is a village in Uttar Pradesh, sixty-five kilometers southeast of the nearest city, Jhansi, and another six hours by train from New Delhi. Four years ago, its five hundred residents relied entirely on kerosene and a diesel generator for lighting and electricity.
I had to pinch myself to confirm it was true. Had I really won a month of India travel through a contest called "You Wander We Pay?"
In January of this year, as a gift to myself, I attended a spiritual adventure throughout North India with my beloved friend and mentor. Having traveled to this spectacular land before, I knew the experience was going to be extraordinary, but I was quite unprepared for the depth of my inner journey.
About 20 million tons of cotton are produced each and every year, making it far and away the world's most profitable non-food crop. But it's resource intensive in a big way.
Scroll through the gallery of photos and see how everyday working people's lives are captured in challenging, poignant and often beautiful settings.
Let us hope that Yale's venture in India will incorporate the hard lessons of its blunder into a university-to-regime contract in Singapore whose terms have never been disclosed.
It all makes sense, when you think about it. L.A. has always been a cauldron of creativity and global communication. If the city can beam movies, music and TV shows around the world, why not the wisdom of the Vedic seers?
India definitely has a lot to be proud of, but to be such an advanced country overall yet still lag behind in meeting basic infrastructural needs like sewage and waste treatment is unacceptable.
In our hearts, we all wish for a life filled with meaning and purpose, but how many of us are meeting this goal? Life seems to continually throw obsta...
Today India is making the headlines due to wrong reasons. While India may compare favorably to Pakistan, nevertheless since last year it has witnessed deterioration when compared to its own past.
This month has particularly witnessed a dramatic surge in xenophobia in India where Hindu extremist activists forced to cancel a concert of Ghulam Ali, a seventy-four year old legendary Urdu singer from Pakistan who is equally popular in India, in Mumbai.
Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman. Each of these legends inspire fierce devotion and nostalgia among Indian cricket fans. "End of an era" is a platitude used and abused in high praise of any outgoing eminent personality. But in this case, it really encapsulates so much more.
The taut drama becomes even more chilling with the knowledge that it is re-enacted everyday in some form in countless brothels in India and beyond -- more often than not, without the intervention that saved Lakshmi.
This past week, tensions have escalated in Punjab. Due to media censorship, we have little information about what is actually happening on the ground, but here is what we are hearing and seeing so far.
Despite 22 years of living in this skin, skin that has gotten darker with each passing summer, I still find myself more beautiful in pictures where my skin looks fair.
In anticipation of the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for October 21 to 23, Pakistan's public relations machinery has gone into overdrive to build expectations of a new partnership between Pakistan and the United States.