from India Insight:

First pictures of Taj Mahal to ‘Hairy family of Burma’: subcontinent photos from 1850-1910

August 22, 2014

A new exhibition in India’s capital showcases some of the earliest photographs from South Asia, taken between 1850 and 1910 when the region was under British rule.

from India Insight:

Indian eatery run by murder convicts praised for politeness, hygiene

July 17, 2014

As India's capital baked under a heat wave this month, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, and was greeted by a smiling waiter who offered him chilled water and took his order -- a traditional "thali" meal of flatbread, lentils, vegetables, rice and pickle.

from Photographers' Blog:

Surviving as a garment worker

July 4, 2013

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

By Damir Sagolj

Like a true professional, Maen Sopeak sings to the audience of seven people who sit on the bare floor of her room in a Phnom Penh suburb. Her singing is soft, at moments almost a whisper, but her beautiful voice is clear. In a country even slightly richer than devastated, impoverished Cambodia, she could be a star. She could perform to packed halls, wearing only the best clothes.

from Global Investing:

For luxury, all that glitters is gold

By Reuters Staff
May 8, 2012

The year has certainly got off to a good start for luxury companies, with firms like LVMH, home to Louis Vuitton, reporting stellar results for the first quarter. No wonder -- according to CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets analyst Aaron Fischer, resurgent emerging market consumers are fuelling a strong growth in the global luxury goods market. Growth in the sector was  double its long-term average last year, Fischer says.  He has updated his bullish 2011 report “Dipped in Gold” and is particularly optimistic on established brands, predicting global growth of 10% in 2012, slowing slightly from last year’s 14% rise:

from Breakingviews:

Quality of life may one day dethrone NY, London

April 2, 2012

By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Welcome to Rock Bottom…

November 30, 2011

Honestly, I don't even know why we cover stories like this.

It's another one of those lists ranking living standards in various cities around the world. Vienna is in the number one position, while Baghdad ranks dead last.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Ma, do you do my shorts on hot, or warm?

January 19, 2011

washing machine 490

Hey Ma, my clothes seem different somehow. Are you using a new laundry detergent?

from Africa News blog:

Was Zuma right to reveal HIV status?

By Reuters Staff
April 26, 2010

SAFRICA/ South African President Jacob Zuma has disclosed that he is HIV negative after his most recent test for the virus that causes AIDS.
 Zuma said he wanted “to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies this epidemic” in a country which has more people infected with the virus than any other – an estimated five million.

from India Masala:

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Ranna Gill

March 30, 2010

Highlights from the Ranna Gill collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi. Actress Minissha Lamba walked the ramp for Gill.

from India Masala:

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Varun Sardana

March 29, 2010

Highlights from the Varun Sardana collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi.