Savan and Megha: His name means “seasonal rain”, a perfect match for “megha” – cloud

Indian weddings begin and end with henna. The saying goes: “The redder the henna, the more the groom loves the bride.” I find Megha lounging in a ch(...)

Schoolchildren pray for the victims of the fire in the Hindu Puttingal temple in Kollam district, India, at their  school in Agartala. Photograph: Jayanta Dey/Reuters

Police have arrested seven people who fled after a fire that killed about 116 people over the weekend, following a fireworks display in India’s southe(...)

The location where a fire triggered by fireworks resulted in an explosion and a roof collapse at a temple in Kollam, India, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Indian police have detained five people after a fireworks display at a Hindu temple set off explosions and fire killing 108 people, an officer said o(...)

An injured man after an explosion and fire at the Puttingal temple in the Kollam district of the southern Indian state of Kerala on Sunday. Photograph: Getty/AFP

More than 100 people died and some 300 were injured in Indian’s southern Kerala state on Sunday, in a fire during a fireworks display at a Hindu temp(...)

An injured man carries his child after a fire broke out as people gathered for a fireworks display at a temple in Kollam, southern India. Photograph: Reuters

A huge fire swept through a temple in India’s southern Kerala state early on Sunday, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 200 gathered f(...)

The authorities in India’s Bihar state have advanced the alcohol ban deadline by six months to Tuesday this week, claiming that now was “the right time for social change in Bihar”. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The authorities in India’s eastern Bihar state have imposed prohibition in a move aimed at “cleansing” society and ridding it of a “social evil”. Chi(...)

Gillian Ackland and her partner Donal on day 155 of their trip in Vietnam

I have always suffered from wanderlust, but it was only when my boyfriend and I decided to move to Canada that the opportunity to see the world arose.(...)

An overnight stay at the palace, which sleeps six, begins at 35,000 rupees (€495) for one or two people including transfers and full board, or from 61,400 rupees (€870) for a party of six.
Royalty for a night in Kerala
  • Travel
  • November 28, 2015, 15:00

With barely the time to duck under the crumbling stone gateway of Chittoor Kottaram and onto a candlelit pathway, I am ordained Queen of Kochi(...)

Roopesh Panicker and Naja Natarajan with their daughter Eva Panicker who was unble to attend her local school. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Roopesh Panicker and his wife Najamol Kalangara say they considered leaving Ireland when their daughter Eva (4) could not get a place in a nearby Cath(...)

Body and Soul begins on Friday, kicking off this year’s festival season with a bang… and a slurp, a crunch and a chew. We’ve rounded up some of the(...)