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A Young Mother Burns to Death; Next Generation Pays a Toll

blogs.wsj.com — Anshul Kumar's face is scarred from the fire that killed his mother two decades ago. It gives him a streetwise look that echoes the difficult path of his life. Then, last year--two decades after his mother's death--another young woman was badly burned in his family's household.
Jul 23, 2015

“In neat Hindi script, it reads: 'My sister, Gayatri Devi, was burned alive.’” blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/…

Jul 23, 2015

“My sister, Gayatri Devi, was burned alive.” Bride-burning documents, rediscovered. I write: blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/… pic.twitter.com/bNHO6osWsf

Jul 27, 2015

“I need phones. I’m a busy person.” 20 years ago, his mother burned to death. Anshul's scars, literal and figurative: blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/…

In Indian Families, the Dangerous Meeting of Women and Fire

wsj.com — India still sees unusually large numbers of women killed or injured by fire as a result of dowry disputes and other family conflict-a problem with deep cultural roots. The story of Parineeta, who was burned over 40% of her body in a dispute with her in-laws, illustrates the grim phenomenon.
Jul 23, 2015

Gripping, tragic story about the epidemic of women set ablaze in India--a scourge that struck one home twice on.wsj.com/1CQN2LS via @WSJ

Jul 22, 2015

In India, a woman dies roughly once an hour in a dowry dispute. Some in flames. Just awful. on.wsj.com/1CQN2LS pic.twitter.com/QQ461t3gAP

Jul 22, 2015

In Indian families, the dangerous meeting of women and fire: a national phenomenon of women set alight on.wsj.com/1CQN2LS via @WSJ

Jul 22, 2015

Someone set Parinetta on fire--but who? My latest: A year-long look at India's burning women. wsj.com/articles/in-in… pic.twitter.com/S2Q68VGbv8

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At India’s Fabled HMT Watch Factory, Time Stands Still

blogs.wsj.com — In the ghostly reception area of an HMT Watches Ltd. factory, decorated with a space-age chandelier and a conversation pit-relics from a groovier era of Indian industrial optimism-the wall clock reads "8:15." It's actually closer to noon. Out on the factory floor, Narayan Singh Khanayak sits at his work station, staring at another dead wall clock.

Time Stands Still at Fabled Indian Watch Factory

wsj.com — RANIBAGH, India-In the ghostly reception area of an HMT Watches Ltd. factory, decorated with a space-age chandelier and a conversation pit-relics from a groovier era of Indian industrial optimism-the wall clock reads "8:15." It's actually closer to noon. Out on the factory floor, Narayan Singh Khanayak sits at his work station, staring at another dead wall clock.
Jun 14, 2015

At India’s accidentally groovy watch company, time stands still. My latest: wsj.com/articles/time-… @hodinkee

Jun 14, 2015

These retro wristwatches, made in the Himalayan foothills, never did spring forward. wsj.com/articles/time-… @xeni

Jun 14, 2015

“From watchmaking to gravel-shoveling—not really a transferrable skill, the accountants agree.” wsj.com/articles/time-…

Jun 14, 2015

Time stands still at fabled Indian watch factory on.wsj.com/1fbqCKu via @WSJ

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Kumaris: The Temporary Child-Goddesses of Nepal

wsj.com — Like many college students, Chanira Bajracharya isn't sure what to major in. Maybe finance, she says, or business. Either way, it will be a departure from what she did before. For 10 years, Ms. Bajracharya was a child-goddess-a "kumari," one of Nepal's most important deities and the living embodiment of Durga, the Hindu goddess of strength and protection.
May 29, 2015

RT @WSJ: “In my first year of university, I’ve not told them that I was an ex-goddess.” Nepal's child goddesses shape changes. on.wsj.com/1BukpxI

May 29, 2015

Chanira Bajracharya’s dad adjusts a photo of his daughter, a former child-goddess. My piece: wsj.com/articles/kumar… pic.twitter.com/mxNs6plw01

May 29, 2015

Yesterday, she was worshiped as the living embodiment of Durga. Today, she’s in business school. I write: wsj.com/articles/kumar… @xeni

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Aboard the Mumbai Bus: A Tapestry of Life

graphics.wsj.com — A doomed bus trip on India's Highway 66 brought them together by chance-a teacher, a backpacker, woodworkers and lovebirds. Here are their stories of fortune and fate.
May 21, 2015

A teacher, a backpacker, woodworkers, lovebirds. Fifty-two life stories, entertwined by fate: graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/vic… pic.twitter.com/Tb4PP61t9Q

May 21, 2015

RT @JessePesta: A teacher, a backpacker, woodworkers, lovebirds. Fifty-two life stories, entertwined by fate: graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/vic… pic.twitter.com/Tb4PP61t9Q

May 21, 2015

RT @JessePesta: A teacher, a backpacker, woodworkers, lovebirds. Fifty-two life stories, entertwined by fate: graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/vic… pic.twitter.com/Tb4PP61t9Q

May 21, 2015

RT @Preetika_Rana: A nun, a backpacker, woodworkers, lovebirds. Meet the 52 passengers aboard India's doomed bus. on.wsj.com/1FDp07J pic.twitter.com/kwctJRx8DD

May 21, 2015

RT @pokharelkrishna: A doomed bus trip brought them together by chance—a teacher, a backpacker, woodworkers and lovebirds. graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/vic…

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Isolated Nepal Villagers Wait and Worry After Quake

wsj.com — GORKHA, Nepal-On a mountain ridge just outside town recently, Rajmaya Kandel climbed a tree with her husband to gather berries to eat. "All the houses are collapsed, what else can we do?" said Ms. Kandel, 40 years old, from near the top of the spindly tree.
May 04, 2015

Above Gorkha at the palace, “A man walked down the stone steps carrying a headless goat.” wsj.com/articles/isola… pic.twitter.com/FKO9U346NW

May 04, 2015

In the village of Makaipur, in Nepal, many colorful homes still stand yet damage runs deep. wsj.com/articles/isola… pic.twitter.com/ITP9xLiQrL

May 04, 2015

The hill town of Gorkha—the birthplace of Nepal—takes on a new role of national prominence: savior to the afflicted. wsj.com/articles/isola…

May 04, 2015

RT @JessePesta: In the village of Makaipur, in Nepal, many colorful homes still stand yet damage runs deep. wsj.com/articles/isola… pic.twitter.com/ITP9xLiQrL

May 04, 2015

The word on the chalkboard: “Nepali.” In Makaipur, damage remains hidden beneath the surface. wsj.com/articles/isola… pic.twitter.com/fA3X3VS6W2

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Nepal’s Elite Fighters Struggle to Save Homeland

wsj.com — BARPAK, Nepal-When the earthquake that ravaged Nepal hit this mountain village, Dhaniram Ghale lost his home and dozens of his neighbors, who were crushed to death. He also lost a collection of tiny possessions that recorded some of his life's proudest moments and reflect a centuries-old martial heritage here-medals he won during his 30 years in...
May 03, 2015

Nepal's Gurkhas, long-known as warriors, fight to save their own villages. via @WSJworld on.wsj.com/1QcXKyt pic.twitter.com/YBmjgvsMEA

May 03, 2015

RT @bkesling: Nepal's Gurkhas, long-known as warriors, fight to save their own villages. via @WSJworld on.wsj.com/1QcXKyt pic.twitter.com/YBmjgvsMEA

May 03, 2015

RT @whalenpj: Nepal’s Gurkhas struggle to save their quake-ravaged homeland. Photo: @paulaphoto for WSJ on.wsj.com/1GJ9FNC pic.twitter.com/wADfLQUOMY

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Nepal Earthquake: More Aid Starting to Reach Mountain Villages

blogs.wsj.com — In and around Gorkha, the capital of one of Nepal's hardest hit areas, relief agencies say they are coordinating efforts. The town was near the epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which one week ago Saturday shook this impoverished Himalayan nation and killed more than 6,200 people.
May 02, 2015

Save the Children hires donkeys to reach remotest Nepal with quake aid. I write: wsj.com/articles/BL-IR…

Nepal Earthquake: Hilltop Hospital Overflowing

blogs.wsj.com — DHULIKHEL, Nepal - The hospital here, on a hilltop just beyond the Katmandu Valley, has about 300 beds-and 800 patients. "We are out of tents," said Rajendra Koju, an official at the Dhulikhel Hospital, standing in front of his tidy-overcrowded facility, beneath a sheet of plastic.
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Jul 30, 2015

"Runways could handle moon-bound rocket traffic." The last 1/4 of this old story on Idlewild airport: Times change. nytimes.com/1997/10/26/rea…

Jul 29, 2015

Almost all the big Vine stars live on...Vine Street? Weirdly internetty look at a 21st century Hollywood striver. techinsider.io/vine-star-loga…

Jul 28, 2015

"I, however, seem to have chosen a few lapidary words." Writer's sentence goes "viral"; writer hates on sentence. theparisreview.org/blog/2015/06/3…

Jul 28, 2015

"Office rudeness is contagious, just like the common cold," sez science. theconversation.com/you-should-rea…

Jul 27, 2015

“I need phones. I’m a busy person.” 20 years ago, his mother burned to death. Anshul's scars, literal and figurative: blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/…

Jul 27, 2015

In Cambodia, a real-estate tycoon beats up a TV star. @AbigailPesta reports. The linked security-cam video, wow. nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworl…

Jul 27, 2015

"A few minutes before my daughter died, she sent me a text message.” Powerful from @AbigailPesta on Aurora shooting: nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworl…

Jul 27, 2015

The Kaiser Family Foundation notes our reporting on Parineeta, India, women and fire. kff.org/news-summary/w… @KaiserFamFound @Preetika_Rana

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