The vanishing tribes of Jharkhand

In Jharkhand’s hinterland—dotted with deep ravines and hills rich in bauxite—the eight particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs) of Jharkhand (including the Birhors and Asurs) struggle hard to survive against a dwindling population, lack of infrastructure and government apathy.

Believe it or not: Inside 14th century Delhi fort, djinns grant wishes

Djinns live in the heart of Delhi: they are spirits tending to the faithful seeking help. On Thursdays, they are busy when thousands turn up with letters for them.

Welcome to the ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla fort: it was built by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq in the fourteenth century and now nestles between a cricket stadium and Delhi’s Ring Road. In the niches and alcoves of its stone walls, believers pray, light candles and diyas, and write letters to djinns, supernatural creatures of Islamic mythology made of fire rather than clay as humans are.

The Shimla Diary

At almost 8,000 feet above the mean sea level and lined with colonial buildings and pine and deodar tress, Shimla is the quintessential Indian hill station, albeit a bit crowded and commercialized. Offering spectacular landscapes to take in and pedestrian-only stretches to stroll around, the town, which served as the summer capital of British India from 1864 to 1947,…