May 17, 2010 The flag-lowering ceremony, which is held at sunset every day, is an opportunity for the tensions between Pakistan and India to be ritualized.
May 17, 2010 Wagah marks the spot in Punjab where you can walk across the border between the two countries. Tensions melt in a theatrical display as the border is closed for the night. It ends in a handshake between soldiers on both sides. Another stop in NPR's series on life along the centuries-old Grand Trunk Road.
May 17, 2010 More than half of Pakistan's population is under the age of 25. This community of 102 million young people is in the midst of a battle that pits inward versus outward orientation and will play a significant role in the country's future. NPR's series on life along South Asia's Grand Trunk Road explores the divide.
May 15, 2010 Three and half hours outside Delhi, a school makes money by producing feminine napkins.
May 15, 2010 Correspondent Philip Reeves completes his journey along the Indian stretch of the Grand Trunk Road. On the way, he goes to Amritsar and visits the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. And then it's on to Wagah, the border with Pakistan. NPR's series continues on the road in Pakistan.
May 14, 2010 In Kanpur, India, young men lift weights and wrestle by the banks of the Ganges at a local wrestling academy.
May 14, 2010 India recently passed a law providing children with the right to free education. But public schools are inadequate and child labor remains common. As a result, many parents turn to better-equipped — but costly — private schools. On the Grand Trunk Road that crosses South Asia, NPR explores the plight of young people in this series.
May 13, 2010 Priests in India perform the puja, a Hindu honor ceremony. Incense, flowers and candles are used to pay gratitude to Shiva and the River Ganges.
May 13, 2010 Young people that live near the ancient road that cuts across India and Pakistan face unique challenges, but also have much in common with their peers worldwide. These photos provide a window into their lives, as well as Grand Trunk Road's history and roadside sights.
May 13, 2010 Some young people in India's heartland are aggressively pursuing new opportunities; others are mired in poverty. They work and hope and pray for a better life along the Grand Trunk Road that crosses South Asia, the focus of a new NPR series.
May 12, 2010 For a route of its historical stature, the Grand Trunk Road's starting point in eastern India is not particularly easy to find. But the opinions of young people who live along the road are clear. They stressed that India is a country in which corruption is rampant.
May 12, 2010 From eastern India to Afghanistan, the Grand Trunk Road once crossed empires. Now, the road links the present to the past in a volatile and increasingly important part of the world. NPR travels the route for a series of stories about young people trying to find their way in South Asia.