A boy wraps himself in a blanket as he rides a bicycle near the India Gate on a smoggy morning in New Delhi this month. Hazardous air pollution is severely affecting the lives of the city’s 20 million residents. Photo: Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto

New Delhi’s toxic air and how one expat family was affected – sick children, asthma, a death, and a campaign to awaken city to pollution threat

  • Couple wanted their kids to experience the real India, and traded California for the capital city. They hadn’t factored in its worsening air pollution
  • Seeing her own family affected, wife co-founded a group to lobby for better air; their children back in US, couple may now flee and become ‘pollution refugees’
Topic |   Health and wellness

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A boy wraps himself in a blanket as he rides a bicycle near the India Gate on a smoggy morning in New Delhi this month. Hazardous air pollution is severely affecting the lives of the city’s 20 million residents. Photo: Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto
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A traditional Hindu cremation takes place on a funeral pyre at Manikarnika Ghat beside the River Ganges in the Indian holy city of Kashi, also known as Varanasi or Benares. Photo: Robert Harding

The hostel in Indian holy city where Hindus go to die – you have to be on the brink of death to get a room

  • Thousands of Hindus go to the holy city of Kashi each year to die, believing that dying there breaks the cycle of birth, death and rebirth
  • Hostels such as Mukti Bhawan, run by a charitable trust, provide short-stay accommodation for guests at death’s door
Topic |   India

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A traditional Hindu cremation takes place on a funeral pyre at Manikarnika Ghat beside the River Ganges in the Indian holy city of Kashi, also known as Varanasi or Benares. Photo: Robert Harding
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