Don't let the movie mislead you: there are no fairy-tale endings for most of India's street kids. I was one of them myself.
The Dalai Lama didn't name a successor at the recent gathering of 600 exiled Tibetan leaders in Dharamsala, India, but triggered a wave of speculation by saying that he "may even choose a young girl," noting that he believes women have a greater capacity for compassion.
The bombings that killed at least 45 people in the city of Ahmadabad on July 26 are a reminder of the scope of India's internal terror threat. Last year, 1,093 people died in terror incidents, which places India fourth in the world, after Iraq (13,606), Afghanistan (1,966) and Pakistan (1,335).
The morning of Dec. 26 began like so many others along India's eastern coast, with the sounds of kids playing on the beach. Like thousands of children in the coastal hamlets of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Rajan, 10, was surprised by the giant waves that suddenly swept the shoreline. "I ran up a mound with a few others but saw our hut getting washed away," he says.
We know Bill Gates as the father of Windows, Steve Jobs as the man behind the iPod and Sergey Brin and Larry Page as the geeks who brought us Google. When it comes to the new wireless revolution, however, many of its pioneers aren't even as well known as "American Idol" reject William Hung.
An incongruous name adorns one new housing estate in teeming Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). "Animikha," translated from Bengali, means "so beautiful, beholders cannot blink." Surrounded by reclaimed wasteland at the fringe of the migrant-choked metropolis, the low-rise complex is no sooner beheld than one cannot but blink in the clouds of swirling dust.
One of the web sites generating the most buzz in India these days is--surprise--not about shopping, job openings or pornography. It's about shame. Late last month cvc.nic.in--the Web site of a small government department known as the Central Vigilance Commission--posted a seemingly innocuous list of the names of 88 top bureaucrats and police officials.
For N. R. Narayana Murthy, capitalist enlightenment came in a Bulgarian jail. The Indian-born computer engineer was so committed to leftist principles that in 1974 he quit his job at a French computer company, donated his savings to charity and headed for home via Eastern Europe.