Stories By 'Michael Safi'
A father tries to marry off his daughter to a handsome bachelor. She resists, insisting her heart lies with someone else. There is singing and dancing. It could be the trailer for any Bollywood romance.
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Sales are soaring at Khadi, a department store in central Delhi that stocks clothing hand-spun in Indian villages. In September, the brand debuted a line of jackets inspired by an unlikely trendsetter: India’s 68-year old prime minister, Narendra Modi.
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Tanushree Dutta was sheltering inside her trailer on the set of a Bollywood music video. Outside, she recalled, a crowd of men were banging at the door. They demanded the actor emerge and finish her shoot. She refused.
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Mahfuz Anam still laughs at the size of the damages claims he was landed with last year. “It amounted to about US $8bn [£6.2bn],” the editor of Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper said. “I’m in the realm of Bill Gates.”
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Nepal’s biggest alpine association will push the country’s government to implement an age limit on who can climb the world’s tallest mountain after the death of an 85-year-old at Everest base camp at the weekend, the second fatality in the past week.
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Pioneering lap-band surgery on the world’s heaviest woman in Mumbai has turned nasty. The operation was a success—but most of the doctors treating the woman have resigned after her family accused them of lying about her weight loss and ignoring a possible stroke.
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