Chaitra S.A. is a journalist based in Doha, Qatar.
It is not unusual for Kerala and its people to cling to the World Cup every season. The state in the cricket-crazy country is so obsessed with the game that people opt for not only WC-theme weddings but also buy a house for €27,000 to watch the matches.
Glitzy on one front and unsullied on the other, Qatar is an equilibrium of natural and man-made wonders. Recently, it climbed the ranks to become a hot destination among travelers for playing host to the World Cup 2022, but it has much more to offer.
Maternal deaths drop, but progress is slow: With one woman dying every 90 seconds in childbirth, attaining zero maternal mortality looks like a distant dream.
Women brave IVF complications for children: Women continue to use In Vitro Fertisilation to conceive, despite increasing evidence of dangerous side effects.
Drought wreaks havoc on Indian farmers: A punishing drought in western India is hurting livestock farmers as the region experiences water shortages.
All-veg McDonald’s eyes India’s holy sites: Fast-food giant is opening its first-ever, all-vegetarian restaurants in India, but could stoke a religious backlash.
Celibate Indian priests turn matchmakers: Matrimonial website run by Catholic priests gains popularity in Kerala, helping Christians to find partners.
Echoes of the past ring true in sound museum: The online Museum for Endangered Sounds stores long-forgotten gadget-based audio for today’s networked generation.
Bus attack highlights India’s rape epidemic: A brutal assault in New Delhi has led to public outrage and calls for tougher sentences for rapists.
‘Honour killings’ bring dishonour to India: The public beheading of a woman by her brother in Kolkata highlights a surge in so-called ‘honour killings’.
India faces an epidemic of missing children: About 60,000 children go missing every year in a populous nation, and child activists say many end up in the sex trade.
Mumbai mulls banning the display of half-clad mannequins in lingerie shops in an attempt to cut sexual assaults.
Souq Waqif is a one-stop spot for some fantastic shopping in Qatar and dining, exploring, or simply sitting and watching the world pass by.
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