India shocked as dying woman, child ignored in busy tunnel for 40 minutes

An accident victim in Jaipur, standing next to the bodies of his wife and daughter, consoles his son as vehicles pass by the scene of the accident without providing help. Photo: AFP

India embarked on another bout of soul-searching yesterday over a shocking video showing passers-by ignoring a man's pleas after his wife and daughter were killed in a road accident. CCTV footage surfaced on Monday showing him cradling his son next to his overturned motorbike and calling for help from other motorists as his wife and eight-month-old daughter lay bloodied on the road.

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Keeping Jaipur a storytellers' paradise even as it grows

The festival's popularity is evident in the large audiences for invitees such as Myanmar author Thant Myint U, at the Diggi Palace last year. Photo: AFP

Jaipur, also known as the "Pink City", is generally regarded as an essential destination for anyone navigating the subcontinent. There are palaces and forts, elephants and camels, and fabulously rich splashes of Indian culture to be absorbed.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:42pm

Hot spots: Devi Ratn, Jaipur

Devi Ratn

What is it? Devi Ratn is a countryside resort located in India's Rajasthan state, 10 kilometres from Jaipur and years into the future.

1 Sep 2012 - 12:37am

The Treehouse Resort, Jaipur

What's the story behind it? It goes something like this: owner Sunil Mehta, who lives in the 'pink city' of Jaipur, in India's Rajasthan state, wanted to buy some fertile land outside the city but didn't have enough money. The only land he could afford was a large tract of dry-as-a-fossil scrubland surrounded by the Aravalli hills.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Where the book is still king

For five days last month, I felt like a Nobel Prize winner. Thanks to my white goatee, everyone at the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival, now Asia's largest, kept asking me to sign the books of invited South African novelist J.M. Coetzee. Even when I explained who I was, this was taken as a ploy by a reclusive author. Somehow Jaipur turns everyone into a laureate.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Wild encounters

13 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Memorable year-end moments

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Perhaps, but sometimes the strangest and most unusual New Year's are also the most memorable. So, for auld lang syne, we took a cup of kindness to some of our favourite local personalities and asked them to share their standout New Year's events with us.

31 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

England banking on bowlers to deliver goods

England's bowling strength can help them go the whole way today, said one-day specialist Dimitri Mascarenhas, who spearheaded the four-time champions into the top four yesterday.

'Our big strength is our bowling,' said skipper Mascarenhas after England reached the Cup competition with a 2-1 win-loss record. They beat India and South Africa, but lost to Pakistan.

9 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

The Boutique at Amanbagh

Where? In luxury resort Amanbagh, which can be found on a vast desert expanse that once served as a tiger-hunting ground for the maharaja of Alwar. While many guests plan to visit the pink city of Jaipur two hours away, the majority are more than satisfied with this treasure trove, located just steps from the pool and adjacent to a well-stocked bar.

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Day job

When designers in the 19th century began considering different ways to allow the body to rest, they came up with day beds, which are geared towards relaxation rather than sleep. Some built recliners perfect for reading and writing; others came up with pieces conducive to lying around - even while receiving guests.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A royal welcome behind palace walls

Waiters must go through a daily ritual before starting duty at the Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur.

Royalty no longer resides in the palace outside the walled city, but tradition lives on in its silent, imposing marble corridors.

5 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

An elephant ride with the rajas

THERE are several ways to climb into the Aravalli Hills to visit the magnificent Amber Palace, but to recall the regal splendour of old, do it in the style of the maharajas, on your own elephant.

Up the stone steps to the elephant platform and the mahout ambles the great beast alongside where it waits patiently for you to mount.

5 Jun 1993 - 12:00am