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I forgot the art of showering in cold water

When Deepak Singh was growing up in India, he always bathed in cold water. Quickly. Now that he lives in the US, he's come to appreciate a hot shower. And luxuriate. When he went home for a visit to India recently, he realized that he'd gone soft.

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Culture

Meet the harmonium king of Queens, New York

Mindra Sahadeo, an Indo-Guyanese musician who now lives in New York, has found a niche bringing the city’s harmoniums back to life. It's a way to connect to his Indian heritage and fill his shared apartment with music.

Education

A subject so taboo that rural Indians only use its initials

How do you teach girls about something so taboo that no one — not even their mothers — will discuss? In traditional, rural India, instructors use games, films, and conversation to help female students understand what's going on with their bodies, especially menstruation. And that knowledge can be the start of other changes in how they see their roles in school and beyond.