People in India enjoy asking questions. "Why aren't you eating anything?" a waiter accuses me when I order a cup of tea. "Are you on a diet? You're thin, no need to do that." I am used to keeping to myself, but in India no one takes any notice of that. Strangers talk to me all the time, when I'm on a bus or train or while standing in a queue
The figures of this election are mind-boggling. By the time that the election is over, as many as 815million votes could have been cast between six national parties - the main two being the Indian National Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party - and around 50 separate individual state parties with voting taking place at more than 925,000 voting stations.
My first stop was New Delhi where UNAIDS India and the Government of Victoria hosted a public seminar where I delivered a lecture detailing the progress on work towards an HIV cure. Prior to the seminar I met with journalists from some of the country's leading newspapers and it is my hope we will see some of those outlets reporting on AIDS 2014 from Melbourne.
MUMBAI -- Popular narratives about India typically divide the country into two neat halves. An aspirational urban middle class, whose command of English has seen the country surge as an IT superpower, and a wretched underclass, living in poverty, in remote rural expanses, cut-off from the very technologies that has India making the headlines from Bangalore to the Bay Area.
The First World War is not normally remembered for its epic battles outside the tranches of Europe, as there was nothing Ypres-like about, say, 'Edwardian' Southeast Asia. We just don't associate it to be as globally engulfing as World War Two. Yet, it would a mistake to think that there were geographical limits to the range in which this first (only if one discounts the Seven Years War) recognisable 'world war' was fought.