A grand opening ceremony heralded the start of the sixth season of the Indian Premier League at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium, April 2. The venue resembled a star-studded galaxy with embellished lightings, the world’s cricket stars and performing entertainers.
When the Cardinals met at the Vatican and elected Jorge Manuel Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope on March 14, they appeared to acknowledge the fact that a majority of the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics live outside Europe today, a shift from a century ago when an overwhelming majority of Roman Catholics were Europeans.
Women who drink, long portrayed as less than respectable by Bollywood movies and still wary of entering most watering holes, are becoming big business in socially conservative India. Makers of alcoholic beverages, including global No.
Wills India Fashion Week 2013 kicked off on a vibrant note with both established and new designers showcasing their fall collections. More than 128 designers participated in the five day fashion event, which began March 13 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
"A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." This verse on marriage from the Book of Genesis in the Bible is meant for men in general. For Indians, it becomes especially pressing when they reach a certain ‘marriageable’ age, with concerned parents, relatives and friends urging them to settle down. Still, some decide to take the road less travelled.
A middle-aged man cleaning his motorcycle in a quiet Indian neighbourhood is distracted when he hears the repeated cries of a woman being beaten by her husband in a first floor apartment nearby. Unsettled, he walks into the building, climbs the stairs and nervously rings the doorbell of the apartment the cries are coming from. The screams stop and the husband opens the door. "May I use your phone?" he asks the husband.