Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India increased to 6.19 million, earnings to Rs 134,543 crore in 2022

The tourism industry of India is showing signs of revival after the pandemic. According to the latest data released by the Bureau of Immigration, India received 6.19 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during 2022 as compared to 1.52 million during the same period in 2021. Though the increase may seem appreciable, the foreign tourist inflow is still not up to the pre-pandemic levels – there were 10.93 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India in 2019.

Rise, Roar, Revolt and Walk Away

We have seen “RRR (Rise, Roar, Revolt)” – all three hours and seven minutes of it – in a single Netflix binge last year. Previously we were told about the outlandish special effects, and a dance tune that everybody was raving about. We were ready for, maybe, ten minutes of a quick browse before moving on. Lo and behold, we were at the end and did not realize where these hours went.

“I am Shashi Kapoor. I am an actor.”

Cutting a dashing figure in a three-piece pinstripe suit Shashi Kapoor stood in the large porch of a famous bungalow in Bombay’s Juhu area. His right hand was in the pocket of his pleated trousers and left dangling from a lower pocket of his fully buttoned-up vest. The only detail missing was a retinue of obsequious servants. In the city’s polyester humidity Kapoor did not seem to be breaking into a sweat.

Dalai Lama’s thrilling and life-threatening escape from Lhasa, 64 years ago today

Sixty-four years ago today 24-year-old Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the 14th Dalai Lama, escaped from his 1000-room residence of the Potala Palace on a harrowing three-week journey to India. Close to six and half decades after being forced to flee in the face of threats to his life, the Dalai Lama is as far away from his former home as he has ever been.

Mohandas Gandhi not as Mahatma but a self-assured man of epic conceit

On the 75th anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s assassination today, it is only becoming that we liberate him from the shackles of Mahatmahood and view him for what he really was—an astoundingly self-assured man with a strong moral compass as well an astute understanding of the human condition.  Couple that with an epic conceit to devote his entire life to causes of enormous consequences and yet not be attached to it all.

Labor of Love: Kolkata man gets silicon statue of wife who died of Covid in 2021

Love, they say, knows no bounds and, for the steadfast, even death cannot do them part. Kolkata’s Tapas Sandilya epitomizes eternal love. This retired government employee never stopped missing his wife, Indrani, after she passed away in May 2021, during the second wave of Covid. To once again feel the reassuring presence of his loving wife beside him, Sandilya has got a lifelike silicon statue made of her.

American Girl launches its first-ever Indian American ‘Girl of the Year’, Kavi Sharma

Meet Kavi Sharma, American Girl’s latest “Girl of the Year”, a spunky Broadway-loving dancer and singer and the company’s first-ever South Asian main character. American Girl, a cornerstone in the Mattel portfolio of purposeful brands, unveiled its 2023 Girl of the Year, Kavi Sharma, on December 29, 2022.