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Getting lost at the world’s biggest festival

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Indian Hindu holy men, or Naga Sadhus, run naked into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation that lasts more than 50 days on the banks of Sangam which falls every 12 years. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

The Maha Kumbh Mela, the world’s biggest religious festival, is meant to be spiritually uplifting. But for the thousands who get lost in the swell of humanity, the experience can be terrifying.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Teachers play truant in India’s schools

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Adam PlowrightIn a picture taken on August 30, 2012, Indian school children sit on the floor during classes at a government school in Bagpath district in Uttar Pradesh. On any given day in a state primary school in India, up to one in four teachers is missing. The cost for a country that sees its young population as its ticket to superpower status is huge.  AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

On any given day in a state primary school in India, up to one in four teachers is missing. The cost for a country that sees its young population as its ticket to superpower status is huge.

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Love in the Himalayas: Bhutan’s royal couple

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King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema walk through the crowd during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. The 31-year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom wed his commoner bride in a series ceremonies Thursday in the 17th-century monastic fortress.  AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

Bhutan’s newly married king is a 31-year-old with a popular touch known to invite his people into his home for tea and a chat.

Posted: October 13th, 2011 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Western fast food, waistlines surge in India

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NEW DELHI—Every lunchtime at a McDonald’s on the corner of one of central New Delhi’s biggest streets, queues of hungry young patrons, often four-wide and unruly, snake toward the counters. The majority of those standing in line are under 30, most are in Western rather than Indian dress, and almost all in their choice of [...]

Posted: October 9th, 2011 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Western fast food, waistlines surge in India

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Every lunchtime at a McDonald’s on the corner of one of central New Delhi’s biggest streets, queues of hungry young patrons, often four-wide and unruly, snake towards the counters.

Posted: October 9th, 2011 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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