Why India’s middle class feels the domestic maid has “literally bought us”

India's middle class is quick to stand up for the national anthem, rail against the "lal batti", cry along with the families of martyred soldiers. But ask about their domestic help -- maid, servant, ayah, bai, guard, bhaiyya, didi -- and a stony response is all you will get. None of your business. We take good … Continue reading Why India’s middle class feels the domestic maid has “literally bought us”

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This is where the road ends

High up in Uttrakhand in India, there is a village which claims to mark the end of the road as we know it.   It's called Munsiyari. I spent two days there recently. Munsiyari is the base camp for spectacular treks close to the border with Tibet  It also attracts many tourists, many of whom … Continue reading This is where the road ends

`Sind Photo State’ and other stories from Mohenjo-daro

A year ago, I visited Mohenjo-daro. A few days ago, I read a report that marked the beginning of the annual restoration work at the World Heritage Site in Sindh, Pakistan. That brought back memories of a wonderful and exciting personal visit to the site last year. Here it is: "We nearly didn’t end up going to … Continue reading `Sind Photo State’ and other stories from Mohenjo-daro