Lo, here comes the 15th instalment of Incredible India with those only-in-India stories.
* Beggar Capital of the World – India’s capital New Delhi has 58,000 beggars, most of them children, according to the Voice of America.
* Laddu Explodes in Cow’s Mouth: No kidding, folks. Read this story in Times of India.
* SSC Exam Answer Papers Found Strewn on Rail Tracks – Hindi exams were held on March 6 in the Amravati area of Maharashtra and by March 9 some of the uncorrected answer sheets were found scattered and tattered on the tracks. Some answer sheets had been blown away by the wind and the trains had passed over some of them tearing them to bits. Read the details in this Times of India story.
* Chaia, Capi, Idlee, Vadaa. Will these noises at Indian railway stations be replaced by the sound of students cramming for their exams if IGNOU (Indira Gandhi Open University) succeeds in its plans to set up ‘virtual colleges’ at railway stations?
Here’s an excerpt from the Hindu:
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will set up ‘virtual colleges’ at 3,000 railway stations across the country in association with Railtel Corporation of India Ltd, a government concern.
IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai said here on Saturday that the university will offer its academic programmes through these study centres. IGNOU will utilise Railtel’s high-speed optic fibre cable network to provide educational content.
Project’s trial run
Prof. Pillai said the project’s trial run had been successful. An academic programme in this mode was offered from Thiruvananthapuram for the Nagaland University, he said.
* Never-ending Tamasha in Bihar – When Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar felt like watching Slumdog Millionaire at a nearby movie hall, he boarded a cycle rickshaw, yes sir, a cycle rickshaw to go the theatre. This is what the clown told reporters:
I had heard a lot about the movie that has won eight Oscar awards depicting the life of the common man. I decided to take the mode of transport of common people to watch it. I wanted to relate with them.
Mera Bharat Mahan.