In a theatre in the central Javanese city of Solo, a troupe of performers are acting out a fight scene from Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The god Gatutkaca is dispatching some long-haired bad guys to the delight of the audience.
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Monday 29 October 2012
Zeenat Bi lives a simple life in Jahangirabad, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Her landlord allows her to stay in a small room, rent-free otherwise she would not be able to survive on the tiny state pension of 275 rupees a month. Even so, her life is very difficult.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Richard Chell, dying of motor neurone disease, thinks that not believing in life after death is like only having "half a meal", it leaves the human appetite dissatisfied. Richard Dawkins, dying of life in general (like all of us), thinks that appetite doesn't have anything to do with it: "The existence of hunger doesn't mean there's food," he countered last night in Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life.
Thursday 11 October 2012
Rights groups condemn decision to begin trade talks with controversial right-wing politician
Thursday 30 August 2012
A court convicted a former government minister and 31 other people for their part in the anti-Muslim riots that shook the western state of Gujarat 10 years ago.
Friday 29 June 2012
Treatment of the Month: Golden Honey massage
Monday 25 June 2012
At least 14 people were killed when a speeding bus crashed into a tree in northern India, a police spokesman said.
Saturday 23 June 2012
A study which sets out to trace the orgins of jihadi violence in the Indian subcontinent is ambitious, but flawed.
Sunday 17 June 2012
Happiness is a small town in east India
Thursday 26 April 2012
Every year at the court of Queen Victoria, the royal household amused itself with "am-drams": costumed aristos created tableaux inspired by well-known paintings and stories.
Friday 13 April 2012
Philip Hensher attempts a complex act of narrative ventriloquism in his eighth novel. Scenes from Early Life is written as a fictionalised memoir, told from the viewpoint of Hensher's husband, Zaved Mahmood. This re-imagining of his partner's childhood in what was then East Pakistan [now Bangladesh] reads like a fictive account that wants to stay faithful to historical reality. It might be this complicated braiding of the documentary and the dramatic, of fiction and reality, that gives early chapters their static, distant tone.
Thursday 08 March 2012
It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Not so, perhaps, when it comes to ancient Hindu temples.
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