Rebecca Albrecht (r.) and Turil Cronburg arrive at City Hall Plaza with flowers on their bicycles to celebrate the end of Bike Week in Boston on May 17, 2013. Albrecht is retired and says she has been cycling about 10 miles almost every day for 40 years. Cronburg lives in Maine and cycles 15 miles a day. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
- "Hindu widows are branded as inauspicious by society and are forbidden to wear any form of color or be a part of any kind of celebrations like marriage and childbirth, hence most find respite amid their own kind, and seek solace in sorrow. As I spent my day with them I realized that learning was the best part of their day. Each of them would get up early, bathe and offer prayers together in the hall before resuming their daily chores of making prayer beads and flower garlands."
HH: As sad as this end of life may be, it is better than past traditions of the widow jumping into the funeral pyre as the only solution. Sometimes cultural change is very slow.
The Beloved - Dante Gabriel Rossetti