The Kindness of Strangers

Lhendup G Bhutia

How people stepped up to fill the gaps in India’s Covid response as the second wave surged

A Noble Undertaking

Grave diggers and crematorium operators bring dignity to funerals diminished by Covid-19


A crematorium experience, a road trip and a social media wish

Funeral Services: Bilva Desai, 32, Founder Mokshshil

“For the first cremation, I myself went as the manager because we didn’t want any mistakes”


The Lady Cremators

Hindu tradition has long resisted the presence of women at funerals. But in a village near Allahabad, female professionals conduct the last rites.

The Death Debate

A controversy erupts over open air cremation as a Hindu and Sikh tradition seeks a reprieve from British law


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