November 16, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar retired Saturday, drawing to a close a stellar 24-year career with tears, a final wave and the enduring love of millions. Spectators in the packed stands of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, his hometown, chanted, “We want Sachin, We want Sachin,” as television networks broadcast a huge banner in the stands proclaiming “Legends Never Retire.” With millions watching across the country, he shook hands with players on the opposing West Indies side and climbed the stairs to the dressing room.
November 11, 2013 |
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. -- Mother Teresa After my trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan I wasn't sure how I would react when I returned to India. Bhutan is peaceful; India is India. Two months on a motorcycle with a sidecar aren't exactly tranquility, so you'd think I'd be prepared for the bedlam of India. Not quite. I got used to it again and went about looking for a place to stay for the night in Kolkata, once known as Calcutta.
November 10, 2013 |
Regarding "The World Within" by Amanda Jones, Nov. 3: Unless you are so rich that you can travel to the Ananda spa in northern India in a private jet, I take issue with the claim that guests there can clear a gentle path to inner stillness. On arrival in India, a country with 11 times the population density of the U.S. but 8% of its annual income, you are facing a population 70% of which lives on $2 a day. And if you ride a train to northern India, you come face to face with the poor hordes.
November 6, 2013 |
My travels across the globe relying on the kindness of strangers with my trusted motorcycle, Kindness One, continue to amaze me. I traveled from Delhi to Agra in India and visited the Taj Mahal. This was a highlight of the trip, to be sure, but to my amazement, better things were just around the corner. The city of Lucknow, which has about 3 million people, is a few hours' ride from the Taj Mahal. In Lucknow, I bumped into a man on his way to a village. I didn't have anywhere to stay and he offered me free gas when I got to his village 45 minutes away.
November 5, 2013 |
And she's off! India's space agency successfully launched its 3,000-pound Mars Orbiter Mission probe on Tuesday, and you can watch video of it leaving Earth in a cloud of smoke in the box above. The spacecraft lifted off early Tuesday morning. It will spend the next several weeks in orbit around Earth and on Dec. 1 head out on the arduous 300-day journey to the Red Planet. If the mission is successful, the probe will arrive in Mars orbit about Sept. 24. It will make India the first country in Asia to have a spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet, joining missions launched by the U.S., Russia and the European Union.
November 4, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India is set to launch a space mission to Mars on Tuesday that, if successful, would beat China to the punch, although some wonder whether the undertaking is the best use of money when many Indians lack food, clean water or basic sanitation facilities. The 3,000-pound Mars Orbiter Mission probe, or Mangalyaan, is set to lift off at 2:38 p.m. local time (1:18 a.m. PST) aboard a 350-ton, four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the first step in its 300-day trip to the red planet.
November 3, 2013 |
NARENDRA NAGAR, India - I am a dharma disaster, a chakra calamity. I cannot meditate. My inner hamster is a maniac, and my legs refuse to cross for that long. So when the saried woman with the serene kohled eyes tells me that I have a private meditation session scheduled, I inform her that I would prefer another herbal bundle massage - my third for the week. She laughs. "You are a vata dosha ," she says in her lilting Indian accent. "We know you do not like sitting still.
October 30, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - At least 44 people were burned to death early Wednesday when the luxury bus they were traveling on lost control and ignited in southeastern Andhra Pradesh state, underscoring the dangerous state of Indian roads. Five passengers out of the 51 people aboard the air-conditioned luxury Volvo bus managed to escape by breaking windows, said Pradeep Reddy, additional police superintendent in the state's Mahabubnagar district. The driver and his assistant fled through the door even as the rest perished in the rapidly spreading blaze.
October 20, 2013 |
Indian media giant Zee Group has tapped former Viacom executive Eric Sherman as chief executive of Veria Living, its U.S. media unit that focuses on health and wellness content. Sherman, whose résumé also includes a stint as manager of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, most recently was executive vice president of business development for XIX Entertainment, "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller's production company. Zee Group is part of Indian mogul Subhash Chandra's Essel Group.
October 17, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - When Savita Debnath was 14, two unknown men came to her impoverished village in eastern India, promising her a job cleaning houses for $40 a month in nearby Kolkata. When she got there, agents forced her onto a train to New Delhi and sold her. The buyers were a family that abused her and forced her to work long days cooking, cleaning, caring for two young children and preparing for parties without pay or being allowed to contact her family. "I worked from 6 a.m. until midnight or 1 a.m.," said Savita, now 15 and freed from her bondage.