CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 |
Seeking to show that intimate relationships with girls are accepted in India, the attorney for a Berkeley landlord convicted of importing young females for sex and cheap labor filed papers this week claiming a "cultural defense." Attorney Ted Cassman asked a judge "to consider that Lakireddy Bali Reddy is a product of a society" in which "the norms of his society were amenable to conduct which is clearly offensive in the U.S."
August 5, 2000 |
Brass replicas replaced real snakes during a popular Hindu festival in Bombay on Friday, a day after police confiscated 70,000 starving cobras and rock pythons that were to be forced to drink milk. About 50,000 snakes die each year during the Nagpanchami festival, when people offer milk, congealed butter and sweetened rice to starving snakes, according to estimates from the World Wide Fund for Nature-India. Snakes do not drink milk and do not normally eat butter or rice.
August 27, 1999 |
India is the inspiration for many of this season's trendy fashions and home accessories, but luckily there's no need to hop a plane to buy them. The latest ethnic aesthetic can be found right here in Southern California in shops on a four-block stretch of Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia unofficially known as Little India. Savvy shoppers will find sumptuous silk saris, glittery bangle bracelets, embroidered pillows and slippers sewn with golden thread--all at affordable prices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1999 |
In an exchange program to promote cultural understanding, a Valley Rotary district is seeking four people to visit India in January. The four participants can be from any professional background, including teaching, business management and law enforcement. For about a month they will live in Madurai, a large city near India's southern tip, said John D. Alexander, chairman of the group study exchange of Rotary District 5260.
June 27, 1999 |
Like Egypt and Mesopotamia, India is a cradle of civilization. But unlike the people of those other regions, the author writes, today's Indians remain clearly linked to their ancient traditions: They "still believe in the same religion(s), they still worship the same gods and they still chant the same verses and hymns, which they recited 4,000 years ago. " Travelers to this subcontinent encounter a living museum of a vast slice of humankind, one-seventh of which lives in India.
June 6, 1999 |
"Smile, cheriakutti--remember," calls out director Ismail Merchant as he coaches 7-year-old Arshia Rafique for a scene in the latest Merchant Ivory production, "Cotton Mary." Merchant is speaking Malayalam, the language of the south Indian state of Kerala, where the film is on location. He is talking gently, addressing the child as "little girl" in her own tongue.