Akshita Kukreja

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To wax or not to wax: a meditation on the bizarre, frivolous, deeply-satisfying things women do to look good

What more evidence of my privilege does one need than my dedicating time and money to this? And yet…<p>“You look good,” my husband said, which is what I hoped to hear, but also didn’t, since I wished it didn’t matter, but it did. <br>I’d gone for a lip wax that day. This was the kind of female grooming …

This Is the Best Wireless Speaker I've Ever Heard

For years, home audio companies have been trying to design speakers that are physically smaller, while somehow making their sound almost magically …

The Belgian Suburb at the Heart of the Paris Attacks Probe=

The Brussels suburb of Molenbeek awoke to find their town under siege Monday morning as police arrested one suspect they say is strongly linked to …

11 lies you tell yourself as a solo traveler

1. I’m gonna learn the language so I can fully immerse myself.<p>Until you find yourself hopelessly lost in the middle of a place like Lesbos island in …

10 women talk about why they choose to travel solo

It’s always interesting to read a book about the region you’re traveling through. Having someone else’s experiences as a companion on the road gives …

Ho Chi Minh City

10 idioms only Italians understand

1. In bocca al lupo / In culo alla balena | In the wolf’s mouth / In the whale’s ass<p>These two expressions for good luck are well-known throughout …

Italy

13 signs you were born and raised in Romania

1. You’re genetically programmed to recognize a Renault 12 from miles away.<p>In France, the production of the Renault 12, first released in 1969 and …

How well do you know the real names of countries? [QUIZ]

14 Aussie phrases we should all be using

1. “Can’t Be Bothered”<p>There is no easy American phrase that explains that “I could do that, but no, no I don’t think I will do that, just because I …

8 signs you were born and raised in Sweden

1. You’ve tried <i>snus</i>.<p>Black, grainy tobacco that smells like urine packed into white little bags? Yes, you have definitely put that stuff under your …

How to piss off a Norwegian

Suggest Sweden is better.<p>Or Denmark. Or Finland. But especially Sweden. We see our welfare system as absolutely perfect; and we’re better than them …

Don’t embarrass yourself: This infographic breaks down obscene hand gestures from around the world

IF YOU’VE TRAVELED LONG ENOUGH, you’ve probably done this yourself: you’ve given someone a thumb’s up, or an “A-OK” sign, or even a “peace” V, and …

Infographics

El Niño could spur uptick in snakebites this winter

“Watch out for rattlesnakes!” is an often-tossed warning from one hiker to another during spring and summertime in the West. But this year, winter may bring more dangers from venomous reptiles.<p>In a recent study, researchers found snakebites peak during El Niño events. This winter is expected to …

Weather

These guys traveled to the ‘murder capital of the world.’ What they found there was a travel lesson we can all learn from.

This is what we were told by countless travelers, websites, guide books, friends and family, and we took it to heart. When planning our drive from …

San Pedro Sula

15 things Portuguese do when we’re in love

1. We send you about 300 texts per day.<p>Once interest is shown and phone numbers are exchanged, you can start blaming Vodafone, Nós, or Meo for the …

Guide Books

How Long Can The Internet Run on Hate?

Social media has become a toxic place where the loudest and vilest rule. That’s not what the Internet was supposed to be.<p>On Wednesday, the Internet …

Internet

'I've Never Thanked My Parents for Anything'

In America, saying thank you is routine. In India, it can be insulting.<p>I have been living in the United States for more than a decade, and I now say thank you about 50 times a day. Most of the time, I do it without thinking. I say thank you to the bus driver who takes me from point A to point B …

What Motivates Terrorists?

It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?<p>One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join terrorist groups and participate in acts of terrorism?<p>There are as many answers to this question as …

Bangladesh and India finally give people a nation | Bangladesh

<b>Dhaka, Bangladesh -</b> After nearly 70 years of statelessness, more than 50,000 people will now receive citizenship and all its benefits after a historic border agreement between India and Bangladesh.<p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to Dhaka resulted in the land boundary agreement with the …

India

India’s first halal cosmetics store is less religion and more style

When Afreen Shaikh, a 26-year-old resident of Ahmedabad’s Muslim locality of Juhapura, heard there was a new halal cosmetic store called Iba opening near her home, she rolled her eyes.<p>“I have been to such places in Dubai and they think Muslim women should look like ghosts,” Shaikh said. “It is …

India

A Dozen Creative Ideas For Decorating Blank Walls

When you have a big, blank wall to fill, your first thought may be a gallery wall. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it's nice to break up all of that flat framed artwork with something different. Enter baskets, brackets, paint-dipped objects, wall sculptures, special paint effects and …

Home Decorating

Is India's 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid?

The emergence of hi-tech prototype cities is raising concerns that India’s new urban enclaves will override local laws and use surveillance to keep out the poor<p>In architectural renderings, Gujarat International Financial Tec-City resembles a thicket of glassy blue skyscrapers soaring above the …

Smart Cities

'Everyday disasters' driving flight from Sundarbans

SAGAR ISLAND, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end for Shibshankar Pal’s hopes of clinging to his home in India’s Sundarban islands came the night of July 14, 2014, when surging seas advanced on the house he had just reconstructed following floods a year earlier.<p>Devotees arrive to celebrate …

Bengal

'I am not the Park Street rape victim. I am Suzette Jordan': remembering a survivor's harrowing ordeals

The courageous woman who took on the West Bengal government in her fight for justice has died of meningoencephalitis at a hospital in Kolkata.<p><i>Suzette</i> …

India

How Humans Are Still Evolving To Avoid Extinction

As humans accelerate our impact on the earth and on ourselves, will 50,000 years of self-evolution both destroy and save us?<p>Humans may be approaching …

Evolution