Monsoon clouds loom over New Delhi, the city at the center of Raj Kamal Jha's new novel. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Smoke rises from chimneys of coal-based power plants in the Sonbhadra District of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Rajendra K. Pachauri speaks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, on Dec. 11, 2014. He is stepping down as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Juan Karita/AP hide caption

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears a dark pinstriped suit with his name monogrammed in dull gold stripes Jan. 25 during a reception for U.S. President Obama in New Delhi, India. The suit was auctioned off Friday for more than 43 million rupees, or about $694,000. Saurabh Das/AP hide caption

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Sureshbhai Patel lies in a bed at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala., on Feb. 7. Patel was severely injured when police threw him to the ground. Chirag Patel/AP hide caption

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Without horsepower, they rely on human power: Mother and daughter-in-law Sheela and Sunita Devi shred sugarcane into feed. Ibrahim Malik for NPR hide caption

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, center, waves to the crowd as his party secured a landslide victory in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. The result is a huge blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party. Tsering Topgyal/AP hide caption

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A policewoman detains one of the Indian Christians protesting against recent attacks on churches in the Indian capital outside the Sacred Heart Church in New Delhi, India, on Thursday. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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An Indian man on Dec. 2 surveys the damage following a fire a day earlier inside St. Sebastian's Church in New Delhi. This was the most serious of several incidents at churches since December. On a visit to India last week, President Obama urged Indians to respect religious freedom. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Alagarsamy wasn't impressed by President Obama's pledge to improve Internet access in India. The 73-year-old likes to get his news the old-school way: on paper. Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR hide caption

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An up-close shot of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit reveals its telltale lettering: his name, in stripes of gold down his jacket. Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Sunday, the first day of Obama's three-day trip to India. UPI/Landov hide caption

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