India Insight

Book Talk: Mizoram’s pain yet to heal 29 years after peace accord

May 18, 2015

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Author Malsawmi Jacob was in high school when the independence movement in the future state of Mizoram began in 1966. Her father, an army subedar stationed in the hill town of Shillong, now in the state of Meghalaya, predicted at the time that ordinary people would bear the brunt of an armed conflict. He was right.

Movie Review: Bombay Velvet

May 15, 2015

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Indian dining apps move beyond listings as appetite for food technology grows

May 11, 2015

Online food companies in India whet people’s appetites. Now they want to satisfy their appetites.

Movie Review: Piku

May 8, 2015

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In Shoojit Sircar’s “Piku”, after a particularly graphic conversation about constipation and bowel movements, Rana (Irrfan Khan) asks the film’s protagonist (Deepika Padukone), “Is this all you’ll talk about?” Yes, she says.

Bollywood holds breath as Salman Khan faces jail

May 5, 2015

(UPDATE: Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison in hit-and-run case)

A guilty verdict for Salman Khan on Wednesday in a 13-year-old hit-and-run could derail some of Bollywood’s most prized projects if India’s most bankable actor is put behind bars.

Sketchy Details

May 4, 2015

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Movie Review: Gabbar is Back

May 1, 2015

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Online food delivery firm foodpanda raises $100 million in financing

May 1, 2015

pandaFoodpanda, an online take-away food delivery company, said on Friday it had raised $100 million in financing led by Goldman Sachs.

Primary care centres key to reforming healthcare in India: health economist Kenneth Thorpe

April 30, 2015

Over 60 percent of deaths in India are due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and cardiovascular disease, which are also responsible for about 70 percent of spending on healthcare. They also affect the economic health of the country, with NCDs and mental illness expected to cost India $4.58 trillion between 2012 and 2030.

Meet Mangla Charan Mishra, ‘Friend of the Dead’

April 30, 2015

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If you ever find yourself driving down the secluded, dusty National Highway 96 in the remote Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, you probably will notice a billboard flashing this message in Hindi: “If you find any unclaimed dead body, inform us. We will cremate it in accordance with full religious procedures.”