India Insight

A Twitter high five from the Pope? Maybe someday

December 13, 2012

As a practising Catholic, I was eagerly waiting to read Pope Benedict XVI’s first tweets. I didn’t expect to be blown away by the first few, but interest was building on the Internet, and I was part of that. Not many in India or my home state of Goa seemed to care very much. Perhaps they didn’t even know that the Pope had joined Twitter. But the small step by Pope Benedict on Wednesday, marks a dramatic change in the way the Church communicates to its faithful.

Ravi Shankar and the West’s search for the lost chord

December 12, 2012

There is a moment in the beginning of the Concert for Bangla Desh live album when sitar master Ravi Shankar and his fellow musicians play some notes on their Indian instruments. When they stop, the audience at Madison Square Garden applauds and cheers. “Thank you,” Shankar said. “If you appreciate the tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more.”

Ravi Shankar, a song more felt than heard

December 12, 2012

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from The Human Impact:

Dial-a-maid, get-a-slave in middle class India

December 4, 2012

When I arrived in India some years back as a single mother and full-time journalist, there was one thing I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about – finding domestic help.

Window closing on Prime Minister Singh’s planned visit to Pakistan

November 29, 2012

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Kejriwal names his party, now it’s agenda time

November 28, 2012

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Photo gallery: From Haridwar to Rishikesh, why you don’t stick to the itinerary

November 27, 2012

You may be ready with the camera equipment and travel gear, but what if the first sight of your destination doesn’t appeal to you? That happened to me when I reached Haridwar. The dirt and grime appalled me, and I wasn’t up for an “exotic India” photo op. Worse, the manager of an ashram refused to provide accommodation because I was a single male. The other lodging house guy I spoke to over the phone was equally reluctant and for the same reason.

Zee News editors arrested in Jindal extortion case

November 27, 2012

(Updated with response by Zee News)

Two senior journalists of Hindi-language channel Zee News were arrested on Tuesday night in an extortion case filed by Congress lawmaker and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd Chairman Naveen Jindal.

from Photographers' Blog:

Meeting a modern-day Gandhi

November 26, 2012

Delhi, India

By Mansi Thapliyal

"I am Gandhi!" he says firmly. "His soul resides inside me," he announces, smiling unwaveringly.

from Money on the markets:

Subbarao goes against his panel, again

November 22, 2012

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