It’s just like Eat, Pray, Love: It’s been a rough couple weeks for Valerie Trierweiler. She discovered that French President Francois Hollande, her partner of eight years, had been cheating on her with a much younger actress for two years, she was admitted to the hospital for shock because of the aforementioned discovery, and she was essentially fired from being the First Lady of France.
So what’s the first thing Trierweiler did after her life changed so dramatically? She hopped a flight to India, of course. CNN reports that she and her friend, actress Charlotte Valandrey, are currently in Mumbai to support the nonprofit Action Against Hunger. The trip had been scheduled months ago. The two friends are set to appear at the charity’s gala dinner, which will be Trierweiler’s first public appearance since the scandal broke. (CNN)
We really liked this outfit: One of the grooms seen at the mass wedding ceremony that took place during the GRAMMY Awards was rocking a nice sherwani. (For more on Sunday’s wedding ceremony, check out this piece in The Guardian.)
— Aylissa Boyce (@aylissab) January 27, 2014
Take A Peek Inside India’s Only Polio Ward: While it’s been three years since polio was eradicated in India, there’s still one polio ward that’s up and running. The Atlantic has an incredibly moving photo essay on what life’s like inside it. (The Atlantic)
This is a Chilling Account of Indian Racism: Amid allegations from several Ugandan women who were detained and harassed by Delhi’s law minister Somnath Bharti, comes an account of one African-American’s life in New Delhi, where she lived for four years with her Indian husband. Kim Barrington Narisetti, an editor and publisher, experienced incredible amounts of racism while living in the Indian city, including one incident where a stone-throwing bystander hit her in the face, almost taking her eye out. Worth a read. (Economic Times)
A special thanks to Jaya Sundaresh for writing the last item in this Hot News Mix.