Inside India: January 16, 2014

  • A woman has her eyes tested during check ups at a temporary camp near the Ganges River in Calcutta. The Lions Club organised the eye camp, attended by the group of devotees on their way to take a holy dip at Gangasagar for the upcoming annual fair at Sagar Island, Calcutta. Piyal Adhikary / EPA
  • A commuter, stripped to his underpants, takes part in a No Pants Subway Ride on the metro in Bangalore. The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event staged across major cities of the world every January. AFP Photo
  • A girl dressed as Goddess Durga performs a dance as devotees offer them coins at Sagar Island. Every year millions of pilgrims gather for a holy dip during the Gangasagar annual fair. Piyal Adhikary / EPA
  • Indian soldiers perform on a moving motorcycle during Republic Day Parade rehearsals in New Delhi.Saurabh Das / AP Photo
  • Villagers participate in community fishing as part of the Bhogali Bihu celebrations at the Goroimari Lake in Panbari village 'Bhogali Bihu' marks the end of the harvesting season in the north eastern state of Assam. Anupam Nath / AP Photo
  • Hindu sadhus, or holy men, sit inside temporary tents as they offer blessings to devotees at Gangasagar island, south of Kolkata. Hindu pilgrims from all over the country have gathered for the annual Hindu festival the Gangasagar Mela. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP Photo
  • A waiter carries an order past an advertisement for a car targeting the urban youth of Mumbai. New data showed that while India's population remains largely rural, its urban population has grown to 377 million, or 31.1 per cent of the 1.21 billion population, from 286 million or 27.8 per cent of the population in 2001. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP Photo
  • Migratory birds fly above children taking a boat ride in the waters of river Yamuna during early morning during the Makar Sankranti festival in old Delhi. Makar Sankranti is an auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus across the country that marks the start of the harvest season. Ahmad Masood / Reuters
  • A man sits after taking a dip in the Bay of Bengal as others dry their clothes at Sgar Island. Every year millions of pilgrims gather for the Gangasagar annual fair. Piyal Adhikary / EPA
  • Kashmiri Muslim women pray as a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammad, is displayed on Eid-e-Milad-u-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad at Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar. Farooq Khan / EPA
  • Bollywood actor Salman Khan flies a kite as Narendra Modi prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party watches during a kite flying festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Amit Dave / Reuters
  • A Hindu devotee bathes in natural hot spring water on the banks of the Satluj river on the occasion of the Makar Sankranti festival at Tattapani,. Makar Sankranti is a festival celebrated by Hindus  that marks the start of the harvest season. Reuters
  • A man holds Bulbul birds that are due to compete in a traditional Bulbul bird fight in Hajo. Every year these Bulbul birds are captured one month before the Magh Bihu festival and released to the wild again once the fight is over. The festival marks the end of the winter harvesting and is celebrated on the first day of 'Magh' month of Assamese calendar.  EPA
  • Customers wait to buy coloured strings that will be used to fly kites, at a roadside kite market in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Amit Dave / Reuters
  • Hindu pilgrims queue to perform religious prayers at a temple after taking a swim in the waters of Gangasagar island. More than four hundred thousand pilgrims from all over the country come for the annual Hindu holy festival of Gangasagar Mela.   Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP Photo

January 16, 2014

A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent.

                         
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