India Insight

Strange weather: how a bad monsoon could be good for India

By Reuters Staff
March 7, 2014

By Mayank Bhardwaj and Jo Winterbottom

A bad monsoon in India is the one that fails to deliver enough rain … most of the time. This year, a lack of rainclouds could be the silver lining that the government needs. India has no place left to store more grain, and can ill afford a hefty payout to farmers for the truckloads of produce that another monsoon could produce.

Investors fear for their deposits after Sahara chief’s arrest

March 7, 2014

The arrest of Sahara chief Subrata Roy last week and the court case over an outlawed bond scheme are raising fears among some investors who worry they will not get their money back.

Scarred victims of acid attacks struggle to get their due

March 7, 2014

Sapna is a 21-year-old woman from a lower-middle class family in the Nand Nagri area of eastern Delhi. Her face is scarred by acid. Last August, her 32-year-old relative hired men to throw it in her face as she returned from her part-time job as a helper at an adhesives factory. The relative was angry because she rejected his marriage proposal.

Delhi High Court clears release of ‘Gulaab Gang’

March 6, 2014

The Delhi High Court on Thursday cleared the way for Bollywood film “Gulaab Gang” to open in cinemas, a day after it put the movie’s release on hold over allegations the film was based on a real-life women’s rights organization in India with a similar name.

Movie Review: Queen

March 6, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

At one point in Vikas Bahl’s “Queen”, lead character Rani has too much to drink on the streets of Paris. She bursts into loud sobs over her broken marriage, but perks up when she hears a Hindi song. Kangana Ranaut, who plays Rani, changes her body language in a flash, easily transitioning from despair to euphoria.

Key dates in India’s election history

March 5, 2014

Voting for the 2014 general election will begin on April 7, the Election Commission said on Wednesday.

Bollywood re-creates life of Indian erotica writer Mastram

March 4, 2014

A new Bollywood film traces the fictional journey of a real-life writer of erotica whose racy low-cost works in Hindi spurred sales at bookstalls and pavement shops across India in the 1980’s and 90’s.

Markets this week: BHEL, Hindalco top Sensex gainers

By Reuters Staff
February 28, 2014

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Ankush Arora

Indian shares rose around 2 percent on heavy buying by foreign investors in what was a holiday-truncated week. Foreign investors have been net buyers of cash shares in each of the previous 10 sessions, with net inflows totalling around $600 million, exchange and regulatory data show.

Real change arrives in small steps for rural India

By Reuters Staff
February 28, 2014

By Jo Winterbottom

This sepia-toned landscape could have been painted a century ago. A lazy sunset tints bullock carts, women in bright red and turquoise saris thresh rice by hand. Farmers swirl golden staves of corn in the fields.

Movie Review: Shaadi Ke Side Effects

February 28, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Saket Chaudhary seems to be a fan of sitcoms and SMS jokes. He combines the two to put together a script and make “Shaadi Ke Side Effects”, a movie about the modern Indian marriage, where men are trying to escape and women are obsessed with their children.