Monthly Archives: November 2012

Nepal : the mystery of the yeti is still alive

The yeti  (“man of the rocky places”) has been a staple of Sherpa and Tibetan folklore for centuries, but stories of hairy, ape-like creatures roaming the Himalayan snowy mountains first came to the attention of the outside world during the … Continue reading

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India : Gayatri mantra, the sacred hindu mantra

A mantra is a properly repeated hymn or formula used in rituals and meditation by hindus but also jaïns, buddhists. First uttered by an inspired seer (“rishi”, a prophet who lived something like 4000-3000 years ago, one of the sage who … Continue reading

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In India, eating human flesh is a way to gain spiritual powers

Here is some publicity for a video : http://www.ceveni.com/2009/01/aghori-sadhus-eating-human-flesh-video.html It’s about cannibalism, “aghori sadhu” and what faithful people can do… It’s gruesome but there are people who like it ! For those who don’t know, “sadhu” are hindu men who renunce everything … Continue reading

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India : urine is good for health

Among the medicines recommended by the ayurveda ( the main indian traditional system of medicine, the other one being the siddha), most of them are made out of plants. Nowadays, more than 1.000 plants are used for medical reasons. In the … Continue reading

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Acquiring Indian nationality is so difficult !

For a foreigner, acquiring an Indian passport is not something easy. It’s now even more difficult than before. The PIO ( Person of Indian Origin) card can only be obtained by marrying an Indian. And this is a status that allow … Continue reading

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India: from brain drain to brain gain

The indian brain drain began in the 60’s. At this time, the labour market was saturated. So many newly graduates went to the West where the barrier to immigration had been opened recently. The first destination was USA where the Immigration Act fostered the … Continue reading

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Freedom of the press in India ?

The article 19 of the Indian Constitution guarantees the freedom of expression and the press. Yet, the authorities keep a close eye on what the journalists write, say or film. Be it for medias in vernacular languages, hindi or english. … Continue reading

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