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India and the American Dream

Ida Jo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Ida Jo

I was surprised by the question, "Do you live with your family?" I tried to explain that the answer was no. In India, families live together. Here we are focused on independence and the desire to make it on our own. There, the focus is to make it.

Sewing The Fabric Of New Lives, One Stitch At A Time

To The Market | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
To The Market

ver 60,000 women work in more than 22 Red Light Districts in Kolkata, India, alone. Sarah and Kristin wanted to create an alternative for Pinkie, and for all of the women wanting to leave or were vulnerable to the sex industry.

India Inside: Astonishing Tales of How the United States and India Are Intertwined

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Gunjan Bagla

As Washington prepares for a historic visit by India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 29, many are unaware of the histories of these two free economies, which have been delicately intertwined for more than 500 years.

Oh, Calcutta: Bishwanath Ghosh and his 'Longing and Belonging'

Pranay Gupte | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Pranay Gupte

Writing narratives about cities is different from penning travelogues. In a travelogue, the journey is often long, and the landscape is often vast. Pe...

Opportunities Abound for American Companies in India Election Aftermath

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Gunjan Bagla

India, where business is conducted in English, has more in common with the United States than any other major economy in Asia. The potential for mutual benefit for these two free market democracies is unprecedented.

The Mothers And Daughters Of Kolkata's Red Light District

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

Warning: This article contains imagery that may be disturbing to some. In the shantytown of Sonagachi, one of Kolkata's most infamous and longstand...

The World's Spookiest Cemeteries

Gogobot | Posted 10.30.2013 | Travel

Travelers looking for something authentically creepy should note that a slew of blood-chilling haunts exist right below their feet in the form of the world's spookiest cemeteries. Plunge into an inspiring mix of history, sculpture and creepy fun.

On the (Bike) Path to Prosperity: Why Banning Bikes Is Bad for Kolkata

Jason Vargo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jason Vargo

Cities in the U.S. have been struggling to 'pave their way out of congestion' for decades. It doesn't work.

Indian Businessman Accused Of Raping Irish Woman

AP | MANIK BANERJEE | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

KOLKATA, India — Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman who volunteered at a children's charity in the ...

Half The Sky

Jon Rubinstein | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Jon Rubinstein

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgUrmi's work in Kolkata has inspired women throughout India and around the world to be powerful forces for change.

Oleander Girl: Coming of Age

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.18.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Oleander Girl is a coming of age novel in the best tradition, with a heroine who is both infuriating and endearing, and most importantly, brave.

Indian Women Seek Exit From Prostitution

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Barbara Borst

Salma Begum and Salena Begum are clear about one thing: they want prostitution abolished in India. The two women, who are not related, were forced into prostitution as adolescents. Now in their mid-30s, they are trying to get out.


Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Kolkata was a crowded and rainy city, but definitely felt like the cultural and literary center of India.

Sex Workers Unite After Getting Banned From D.C. AIDS Conference

Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact

Though sex workers weren't even permitted to participate, they managed to take a stand at the International AIDS Conference. World leaders, politi...

A Little Skin And A Lot Of Mustache In Kolkata

Zachary Francis | Posted 07.16.2012 | Travel
Zachary Francis

The alpha moustache belonged to the ringleader of the twisted display of flesh, denim and synthesizer onstage.

How Did Hillary Clinton's Diplomacy Tour Turn Into an Indian Holiday, Winning Hearts?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 07.10.2012 | Media
Sreedhar Pillai

Hillary and her team had planned to engage Mamta Banerjee for extracting concessions for U.S. investment. Instead, Hillary simply turned her trip into a charm offensive.

Why Some Critics Are Very Unhappy With 'The Avengers'

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment

"The Avengers" has exceeded all expectations and shattered box office records, but not everyone is pleased with the film. Some Bollywood actors and ot...

Finding HOPE In the Slums of Kolkata

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
MeiMei Fox

This past December, I returned to Kolkata for the first time since 2004, this time with my husband, Kiran. Here is our story -- Kiran's photographs, my words -- of poverty, inspirational people, and, ultimately, hope.

PHOTOS: India Hospital Fire Kills Dozens

Posted 12.09.2011 | World

Nearly 90 people were killed when a fire engulfed patients at a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, with officials accusing senior staff o...

India Plans Two Major Art Museums

The Art Newspaper | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts

BIHAR. India's sub-standard state museum infrastructure is set to be enhanced by plans for a new museum in Bihar, east India, scheduled to open in 201...

Kolkata Broadcasts Poetry in the Streets

John Lundberg | Posted 11.04.2011 | World
John Lundberg

The Indian city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) has hatched an odd, but perhaps ingenious, new plan to curb traffic, one that has the added benefit of incorporating poetry into the daily lives of the city's commuters.

Kolkata: Summertime on Sudder St.

Zachary Stockill | Posted 07.16.2011 | Travel
Zachary Stockill

India's poverty is no more visible in Kolkata than any other major city, though still it maintains this damning reputation in certain quarters through media, myth, and rumor.

Postcards from Kolkata

Kevin Richberg | Posted 05.28.2011 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

Teen Commits Suicide After Being Caned By Principal

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Five months ago, on a seemingly innocuous Friday afternoon, Ajay and Sheena's youngest son hanged himself in the terrace room of his Kolkata home. Rou...

'Human Sacrifice' Suspects Arrested In India

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Police in eastern India have arrested three men in a suspected case of human sacrifice, including two former colleagues of the victim, who was found b...