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Almost half the world’s plant species and one-third of vertebrates are endemic to twenty-five “hotspots” of biodiversity on the planet, each of which has at least 1500 endemic plant species most of which has not had the opportunity to be researched for areas such as  cures to illness. What’s even more concerning is that none of these hotspots have more than one-third of their pristine habitat remaining. Previously they covered 12 percent of the land’s surface, but today this habitat covers only 1.4% of the land on earth.  Humans are clearing the planet at a unprecedented rate to man kind. These

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Kashmir is known for its natural beauty and now for being world’s most militarized zone on earth as the disputed territory remains under the Indian rule, against which the people are resisting since 1947. Amid the violence and political uncertainty, on the other side, there lies a life filled with traditions, celebrations, festivals, food, harmony and belief. In this feature, we have tried to collect a few of these moments from people’s lives in Kashmir. Children walk through mustard fields in Ganderbal district of Kashmir. The pleasant spectacle of the mustard flowers marks the beginning of Spring season in the

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I don’t know who I belong to now. Once I had a family. There used to be laughter all around. The children drew sketches on the walls. Mother cooked all day in the kitchen. Father looked at me fondly in the mornings and the evenings. Grandfather, a fine gardener, planted the most beautiful evergreens, which never withered. I envied the walnut tree in the courtyard. Everyone loved it for its majesty, benevolent shade and delectable walnuts. Once during a wedding, I was decorated. Father got the latticed windows painted. Blue, yellow, magenta, purple and splendid peach! Relatives hung garlands of

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Monsoon is definitely the time of the year for which every Delhite craves. A refuge from the soaring heat, these magical showers grant your wishes of braving the afternoons, relishing the wet evenings and of course of grabbing the ‘bhutta bite’ at road side. But it is not that alluring as it sounds. As they say – picture abhi baaki hai mere dost (the best is yet to come my friend!) The beguiling monsoon of course has side that you would hate. It is hard to imagine the national capital of India with the flooded landscape leading to torturous traffic

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[T]he Global Buddhist Congregation was held on November 27, 2011 in New Delhi to celebrate the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti, the Enlightenment of Buddha. Religious, Spiritual and World leaders as well as eight hundred scholars, delegates and observers from thirty-two countries attended the congregation. As a member of a team of official photographers, I had opportunity to click the shots, focusing on people involved in an activity other than the congregational activities, which made those heavy moods lighter and fun. The congregation was organized to discuss about fading cultures, about religion which has been modified and adapted itself with the changing

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[D]illi/Delhi/Dehli call it by any name and what comes to mind is a salad bowl of cultures, religions, languages and people. The capital of India famous for Mughal architecture, Mosques, Markets and the best it has, the diversity is not just a city but an experience. People from across India and the world come here, some visit the city and some stay here. Once you are here, you can’t miss famous ruins, tombs and qilas spread in the length and breadth of the city. Ghalib’s tomb, Jama Masjid, Sishganj Gurudwara and Sunday book-bazaar in Old Delhi take you to another world

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Lahore. One word, one place, one name. But it’s so much more. If someone asks me what Pakistan is for me, I would say Lahore. And only a true Lahori can tell you what that means. Lahore is life, Lahore is noise, Lahore is color, and Lahore is love. Lahore is everything in one. It is the way people live, as if Lahore is a part of them. Lahore lives in its people and they keep Lahore alive.  The hustle bustle of daily life, as people rush past on their scooters, the multicolored rickshaws, the bicycles, and the cars, all

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A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. – Mahatma Gandhi Though I was born and raised in Canada, my Indian culture is what runs through my veins. It was my grandmother who made me start loving my culture, its traditions, the language, the music, and the places. That’s when I realized that one can leave their motherland, but as long as its people remain true to their traditions, the culture will live on no matter where they go. Text & Photos by Gunjan Marwah Sometimes I wonder how badly all of the immigrant

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The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) organised a sit-in today to mark the International Day of Disappeared Persons at a park in Srinagar. Several people from different fields joined the sit-in which included a number of students. Our photographer, Shahid Tantray captures the day. Every month the families of disappeared persons gather in Srinagar to make their demands heard. They demand the whereabouts of their missing ones but so far both state and Indian government has been ignoring these demands. The disappearance of many men who were married had given Kashmir a number of women who are called

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