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October 20, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monica Chadha, a 19-year-old student, looked up from her morning newspaper, which described a rash of protest suicides by Indian teen-agers, and announced that she was going to kill herself. Monica "told us she was going to burn herself to death--just like that," her elder sister Sonia recalled the other day. "I told her, 'Monica, come on, you're joking.' And she said, 'No, it's not a joke. I am very serious.
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October 20, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monica Chadha, a 19-year-old student, looked up from her morning newspaper, which described a rash of protest suicides by Indian teen-agers, and announced that she was going to kill herself. Monica "told us she was going to burn herself to death--just like that," her elder sister Sonia recalled the other day. "I told her, 'Monica, come on, you're joking.' And she said, 'No, it's not a joke. I am very serious.
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August 31, 2003 | Arvind Jayaram, Associated Press Writer
Bhairon has different tastes from most other gods in the vast Hindu pantheon. While offerings at temples across India are usually limited to cash, food and flowers, devotees bring this god bottles of Scotch, rum, vodka and moonshine. Bhairon, viewed as a demon god or an incarnation of the destroyer god Shiva, likes his alcohol.
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May 8, 1996 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters by the hundreds of millions have fixed India's course toward the 21st century, and initial signs Tuesday were that for the first time, they have made a Hindu nationalist party the greatest political force in the land. The governing Congress (I) Party of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, architect of 5-year-old reforms that have opened India to foreign capital and business to an unprecedented extent, decisively lost its majority in Parliament, exit polls indicated.
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December 27, 1995 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What's the difference between a guardian angel and a guardian deity? Where did Soka Gakki come from? When is a cathedral not a basilica? And who says the human potential movement is a religion? Trivia buffs intrigued by such questions might find the new "Dictionary of Religion" (HarperCollins) hard to put down. Here are 1,154 pages of religious history and biography, psychology and sociology condensed to bite-size pieces.
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January 20, 2008 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Hindu nun Pravrajika Saradeshaprana, dressed in a saffron robe, blew into a conch shell three times, calling to worship Hindu and Episcopal religious leaders who joined Saturday to celebrate an Indian Rite Mass at St. John's Cathedral near downtown. The rare joint service included chants from the Temple Bhajan Band of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and a moving rendition of "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" sung by the St. John's choir.
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January 23, 2006 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
Every Sunday, newspapers here are filled with classified ads for marriage partners. But for Americans accustomed to the personals staples "SWF" and "must love cats," the descriptions can be mystifying. "Sinhala Buddhist Govi mother seeks professionally qualified partner for youngest daughter," read a recent ad in the Sri Lankan Sunday Observer. "Reply with caste and religion material, horoscope."
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August 14, 1989 | STEVE COLL, The Washington Post
When Karan Singh, India's 58-year-old ambassador to the United States, prepares to deliver an especially important speech about, say, the sources of Indian philosophy or the myriad interpretations of the ancient Vedic texts, he finds it helpful to first blast a little rock 'n' roll. "I love rock music!" he explodes in his rich tenor, a voice that laughs and lectures with kingly confidence. "I'm an absolute fan of rock music. I like Dire Straits, I like the Pet Shop Boys. I like Whitney Houston.
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January 31, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
When Bombay architect Charles Correa designed the modern Roman Catholic church in his home city a few years ago, he said he tried to capture the grandeur of the heavens with a simple, unadorned statement. He chose for the main altar a magnificent slab of rough-hewn granite, illuminated by crossing shafts of sunlight from skylights.
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May 19, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the massive Maharajah of Mysore rumbled into the dusty hamlet of Banni Kuppe one morning last week, the villagers awoke to their elders shouting through megaphones: "Your king has come! Your king has come! Come hear him! Hear the words of the king!" Quickly, they left their huts, put off the cows and the chores until later and flocked to the clearing near the village well, where they bowed, stared reverently and heard a most unusual message.
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January 3, 1999 | EMILIE C. HARTING
"I want to create as many visual experiences as I can to make the eyes perceive happiness," said Thummanit Phuvasatien, the owner of Suan Doi, a small hotel in this provincial city full of visual delights. Chiang Mai is a cultural treasure trove, home to 300 temples and the center of northern Thailand's arts and crafts--a magnet for Buddhists and shoppers. I am neither.
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