Only the top 2 percent get into India’s best tech universities, the IITs. But math teacher Anand Kumar has had super success getting his students in, despite their poverty.
On the streets of New Delhi, India, you can have a lot more than your shoes cleaned. I talked with some vendors in New Delhi who get a little more personal… They’ll pick your earwax for you!
The villagers of Dobhan, Nepal, waited for electricity for nearly a quarter century. The government kept promising they’d be connected to the national grid, but it never happened. So they plugged into a nearby lake instead.
A little factory in a Himalayan village has spread sweetness to two groups in India: jam-loving gourmets and village women. This is the story of Bhuira Jams and its founder, Linnet Mushran.
Momos: Tibetans love these small, steamed dumplings. They’re particularly popular in Dharamsala, India, where many Tibetans live in exile. In this story, we hear that in exile, Tibetan cuisine can’t avoid mingling with the flavors of India or escape the influence of Western tourists.
Nepal is a largely agrarian society, but there aren’t nearly enough veterinarian around to care for villagers’ animals. So the Nepali government and one American charity train laypeople to treat most animal ailments.
The Chhetri sisters teach women the skills they need to work as mountaineering guides for female tourists in Nepal. They’ve also started a skills-building program which they say has a dramatic, transformative effect on many of the hundreds of women who’ve participated.
India is booming, and the men and women building its new skyscrapers must often leave their children to fend for themselves while they work. Some of the luckiest ones have a better option, though — a mobile nursery right at the job site.
Workers in Mumbai, India, enjoy a unique kind of fast food: Cooked fresh at home, then rushed to offices and workplaces across town by the “lunchbox men,” dabbawallas. In this story, we follow the journey of one particular lunch.
An audio postcard: 24 hours in the life of the Tarahumara — a group of seminomadic people who live an isolated life in the mountains of northern Mexico without electricity or modern conveniences.