The ultimate in outsourcing.
Welcome to India,
where you can visit the Taj Mahal and get a new knee, all for under $10,000, airfare included. Of course, it's not just for Canadians whose health care system, while free, sometimes necessitates lengthy waits for important surgical procedures. The uninsured
in the US and other nations are a potential market as well. And there's potential for medical tourism destinations in the US
posted by greatgefilte
on Jun 17, 2006 -
have a history
of more than 300 years. A pack of ganjifa cards consists of ninety-six cards; they are generally circular
and made of ivory, tortoise shell, thin wood or hard board material. Dancing, hunting, worshipping, and processions are some of the subjects painted
on the cards. Some more patterns: 1
. However, Ganjifa today is a craft
in a crisis
posted by dhruva
on Jun 2, 2006 -
70 private cars, 50 000 kilos of flowers, 3000 candles, 65 000 yards of fabric.
Those are just a few of the figures from the wedding
of New York playboy and (wait for it) hotel heir Vikram Chatwal
to model Priya Sachdev
. Last year, Lakshmi Mittal
(the world's third-richest man, according to Forbes) spent over $60 million for his daughter Vanisha's wedding. What kind of wedding
does $60 million buy? A song-and-dance by Aishwarya Rai
, among other Bollywood luminaries; ceremonies at the Tuileries and Versailles; and top chefs and designers at your beck and call. In 2004, the Sahara Group's Subrata Roy
built three mock palaces on the edge of a lake in Uttar Pradesh; his sons' double wedding
had 11 000 guests. Mr. Roy's company paid for the weddings
of 101 couples (numbers ending in '1' are considered auspicious) who couldn't afford to get married, and also fed 140 000 poor people across the country (all as part of the festivities).
All of this sound like idle gossip? The wedding business is huge in India
; it's a $10bn business (and growing at 25% annually), and the demand for gold wedding jewelry, according to analysts, "helped lift the metal's price to a 25-year high last month." Appliance retailers offer discounts during weddings season
; there are personal loans available for weddings; and there's even an entire mall devoted to weddings.
As the Christian Science Monitor notes
, the minimum a middle-class Indian family will spend on a wedding is $34 000. (The average American wedding? $26 327.) And who makes up the Indian middle class? "Those making $4,545 to $23,000 a year."
More on Indian wedding traditions here
posted by anjamu
on Mar 6, 2006 -
- central aim ... is to convey the richness and complexity of links
between Britain and South Asia, through the story of plants and people
posted by Gyan
on Nov 12, 2005 -
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, was a wet
day for the city of Mumbai, India (formerly Bombay), to say the least. Within 12 hours, it rained more
than half the average annual rainfall. Upwards
of 400 people are believed to have died, with more in adjacent regions. In many regions, the water rose as high
as five feet. All transportation links to the rest of India were severed
. Within the city, many commuters who left work, for home, on Tuesday evening, didn't
reach home till Wednesday night. There have been substantial financial
damages. The state apparatus was caught offguard
and proven unprepared
; the police were nowhere to be found, and the meteorological department found wanting with their warnings. The rumour-mongering of an incoming tsunami or cyclone also didn't help, as 24 people died in the resulting stampede
. Alas, just as one is relieved that the ordeal
is over, it appears there's yet more to come
posted by Gyan
on Jul 31, 2005 -
The Omkara Project
"..the word Omkara meaning - ' the vehicle
to cross the ocean of life ' Crossing this ocean is the journey
that the mortal being must undertake in a lifetime and henceforth encounter the three basic elements of mortality - creation, preservation and destruction."
posted by dhruva
on Jul 17, 2005 -
:"For these people, Chutney was more than just music
), it was their life, it was their culture. For a people twice removed from their native land, Chutney was their connection to the traditions they might have otherwise never known." [via
posted by dhruva
on May 29, 2005 -
has lately been in the news
(NY Times, reg. required) as the site of riots against the US-backed government of Uzbekistan
, its lasting claim to fame is that of the birthplace of Babur
, the first Moghul Emperor.
Babur authored the Baburnama
, often credited as the first Muslim autobiography and an endlessly entertaining read. The book's bloody-mindedness (Amazon's statistically improbably phrases include girth dagger
, Uncle the Khan
, and turn over the fortress
) is leavened by a remarkably humane voice. A must.
posted by since1968
on May 19, 2005 -
What Was True.
From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed
throughout the United States
, in India
, and in Europe
, and filling notebook after notebook
with his observations. From the commerce of the street outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores
of unemployed coal miners
, from the lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury
to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney was able to record the lives of others
with clarity and poignancy. Gedney's America
is a nation of averted eyes, and broken automobiles, and restlessness, a place Edward Hopper would recognize, but so, also, Walt Whitman.
posted by matteo
on Apr 27, 2005 -
'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'
posted by plep
on Apr 10, 2005 -
The invention of the Hindu
: "Hinduism is largely a fiction, formulated in the 18th and 19th centuries out of a multiplicity of sub-continental religions, and enthusiastically endorsed by Indian modernisers."
posted by dhruva
on Apr 2, 2005 -
A massive earthquake - the largest since 1964 - centred off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra has caused tidal waves that are devastating coastal areas around the Indian Ocean including Sri Lanka,
India and Indonesia.
Eyewitness report from the south coast of Sri Lanka.
The death tolls are still rising, there is the risk of further tsunamis and it is being estimated that 100,000s of people will be left homeless.
posted by i_cola
on Dec 26, 2004 -
, a corrupt form of daivum (god), is a popular ritual dance of North Kerala, India. As a living cult with centuries old traditions, ritual and custom
, it embraces almost all castes and classes of the Hindu religion in this region. A performance
(mpg) of a particular deity continues for 12 to 24 hours with intervals. The costumes differ based on the character
(mpg) of the theyyam.
posted by dhruva
on Dec 23, 2004 -
A new species of monkey turned up in India [NYTimes
]. Though the monkeys are new to science, people in the area are quite familiar with them. They call them "mun zala" or deep forest monkeys. It's a stocky, short-tailed, brown-haired creature they have named the Macaca munzala, or Arunachal macaque.
Maybe not that excting for those of us not excited by, uh, mokeys, but did you know this year there have been other new things discovered?
A new species of plec
and one of Neon goby
, even more exciting, a new
electric fish was found as well. A quick search turned up dozens of new fish this year. ABC News
says 178 new things found in the oceans this year alone, raising the number of life-forms found in the world's oceans to about 230,000. The big question is, of course, how many of those will Taste Like Chicken
The bad news on the little critter front is 1 in 10 bird species could vanish within 100 years
, and I bet they all taste like chicken.
posted by Blake
on Dec 16, 2004 -
The Wisdom of Super Sadhu:
An Indian Sadhu, or holy man, expounds upon sexuality. Entries are scrawled out in a nearly illegible longhand and mailed to turbanhead
, who transcribes them into blog form so the spiruatally bankrupt technoratti can get their learn on. Not to be confused with the other, less sexy Super Sadhu
posted by ba
on Dec 13, 2004 -