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13 May, 2013 ~ After the demise of his wife, Tajammuli Begum, 78-year-old Saidul Hasan Qadri put his entire life savings of Rs 10 lakh in creating a replica of the Taj Mahal in the town of Dibai in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. From his home, the former postmaster of Dibai has a clear view of the monument where he wants to be buried alongside his wife0

3 Apr 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Manohar Aich is 102 years old. He won the Mr Universe title in 1952. According to Associated Press, Aich continued to lift weights till the age of 99. However, the old man has been rather quiet of late. His family says he last spoke at length in an interview a few months ago, to the BBC. During the interview, he expressed his lasting regret at not having met five-time Mr Universe winer Arnold Schwarzenegger.0

18 Mar 2014 | BY Raul Irani

If you find yourself passing through the town of Mawana in Western UP, you might chance upon a roadside photo studio run by 32-year-old Naushad Khan, who charges Rs 50 for 42 passport-sized photos taken with an old-fashioned wooden bodied camera he claims is about 80 years old. With an exposure time of upto a minute, the subject must stay perfectly still to avoid a blurry image. An initial print of four passport-sized photos on a single sheet is produced, which is then copied several times over. The entire process of shooting and developing the photos takes 10- 15 minutes in all.0

20 Jan 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Razia of Nanglakhumba in Meerut District used to stitch footballs as a child, like many other girls in her village. She is now a youth leader, running a door-to-door campaign to spread awareness of the importance of education and urge parents to send their children to school. In July, on the occasion of Malala Day, Razia was awarded the UN Special Envoy for Global Education’s Youth Courage Award for Education. She could not attend the award ceremony since she did not have a passport0

3 Dec 2013 | BY Raul Irani

Backstage at the ramp walk and dance performance by transgender and hijra community members at the second national Hijra Habba in Delhi, two participants await their turn in the spotlight. The event is organised by Pehchan in collaboration with the UNDP to promote social justice and the empowerment of India’s transgender and hijra communities0

24 Nov 2013 | BY Raul Irani

Gaurav Kumar pulls his vegetable cart through Ajanta Colony in Meerut. Kumar, about 18 years old, is a national level Kabaddi player, but despite having competed in several matches, doesn’t see a future for himself in the game. He is currently struggling to earn his daily bread by selling vegetables. Local politicians have promised him better jobs, but none has delivered0

6 Nov 2013 | BY Raul Irani

Sylvester Peter, 37 , works as a holistic trainer, counsellor and motivational speaker, and uses his personal earnings to run My Angels Academy (MAA), which is based in a small rented room in a slum in the Vikaspuri area of Delhi.


1 Nov 2013 | BY Raul Irani

Snooker is a popular pastime among young slumdwellers of Janta Mazdoor Colony in Jafrabad, Delhi. The game has been reinvented among local Muslim youth as ‘Saifi’. Akram Chaudhury, owner of Arman Snooker Pool Club, one of two pool halls in the colony, believes Saifi is a positive influence on the locality’s youth, helping keep them away from drugs0

2 Oct 2013 | BY Raul Irani

Raohtasnath, a 50-year-old snake-charmer, first made his mark when he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for blowing his been pipe continuously for nine hours. He has also worked in the film Tum Mere Ho, which features Aamir Khan as a man with magical snake-charming powers and Juhi Chawla, and in plays for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony as well as with Tom Alter and Zohra Sehgal.0

10 Jul 2013 | BY Raul Irani

Shyam Rudra Pathak has been protesting outside the Congress headquarters in Delhi for over six months, demanding the use of Hindi in the High Court and Supreme Court. Pathak is arrested every night, taken to Tughlaqabad Police Station and released the following morning. He chooses to protest at 24 Akbar Road because he hopes India’s ruling party will take notice sooner or later


5 Jun 2013 | BY Raul Irani
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