CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Army 1st Sgt. Chris Montera, who lost both legs above the knee and suffered third-degree burns over 60% of his body in a mortar attack in Afghanistan, is doing a headstand, guided by yoga instructor Sunny Keays. "It takes a lot of pressure off my back and spine," said Montera, 33, who was on his fourth combat tour when he was hurt. "It helps with the pain. " Marine Sgt. James Bernard, 25, who returned from combat in Helmand province in Afghanistan with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder, is going through a series of stretching, relaxing and breathing exercises nearby, under the gentle guidance of yoga instructor Barbara Lyon.
April 16, 2013 |
Selena Gomez's bindi - the sparkly gems she wore during the MTV Movie Awards Sunday - is offending Hindu groups. The actress-singer wore the Hindu symbol on her forehead during her sultry "Come and Get It" performance at the awards show and again during a televised performance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which was taped Monday. (She gushed on "Ellen" about meeting Brad Pitt before the performance Sunday, but that's another story.) PHOTOS: 2013 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals The inspiration for the accessory comes from the electronica song's Punjabi lyrics lyrics and tabla beat in the background, according to the Times of India.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2013 |
The bride was Mexican. The groom was Iranian. Vanessa Domenech of Best Dream Weddings brought in mariachis and belly dancers. The Woodland Hills wedding planner has done Latin weddings and Filipino weddings. She'd like to try her hand at Chinese ones. And although she's planned Sikh nuptials, she has yet to do Hindu - which is why she signed up for "Indian Weddings 101. " CITY BEAT: More stories from the city Knowledge of white dresses and waltzes may be all you need in some places.
March 2, 2013 |
ALLAHABAD, India - Saraswati Devi shivers in the dirt near a small fire, tears streaming down her face, her tattered sari wrapped tightly around her small frame. The 73-year-old farmer from a small village in the central state of Madhya Pradesh had arrived earlier in the day with her younger sister-in-law at the Kumbh Mela, a massive Hindu religious festival on the edge of the sacred Ganges River. But in the crush of the crowd, which is expected to number about 100 million this year, they had become separated.
February 7, 2013 |
ALLAHABAD, India - It's dusk, and the sun's rays succumb to the twinkle of amber streetlights at the sacred confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The day's last bathers, intent on washing away sins and purifying their souls, take a dip in the cold, dirty water and then relax on blankets and launch boats covered in marigolds. This is as close to peace and quiet as it gets at India's Maha Kumbh Mela, a once-in-a-lifetime (well, this lifetime) Woodstock-gone-viral event billed as the world's largest religious festival.
December 20, 2012 |
NEW DELHI -- One of India's most controversial politicians won his third term as chief minister of western Gujarat state Thursday, bolstering his hopes of becoming prime minister as early as 2014. Bharatiya Janata Party officials were cagey about Narendra Modi's national plans after the Hindu populist led the party to victory in Gujarat, securing 115 of the state legislature's 182 seats. “This may be an interesting topic from the media's point of view, but we will take a decision at the appropriate time,” party national head Arun Jaitley said Thursday, adding: “This is an emphatic win and he has won for the third time in a row.” The party lost in Himachal Pradesh state elections announced Thursday, however, securing 26 of 62 seats compared to 36 seats for Congress, which is the ruling party nationwide.