‘Cashless? That’s a joke’

AROUND noon on a Thursday, there is no electricity in Lanura. A sudden gust of wind had snapped the power lines and they now lie listlessly over the tree tops. Sitting in his rundown grocery shop, Ghulam Mohammad Dar says, “This is…

Friends and lovers

THIS Sunday, they will complete a month of living together. It’s a relationship sanctioned by court, upholding a rare live-in practice called “maitri karar (friendship agreement)” that originated among Hindu, upper-caste people in Gujarat in the 1970s. But that’s not the only…