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The Business Of Destruction At Germany's Anger Room

Two entrepreneurs have seized on a business idea first founded in Dallas, a place where people who want to dispense with their aggression can destroy set rooms with castoff furniture. But does it work?

Feel better yet?
Feel better yet?
Clemens Haug

HALLE — I destroyed the dishes swiftly and easily with a swing of the wooden baseball bat across the set table. Glasses and plates flew against the wall and broke into tiny pieces. Loud punk rock was emanating from the loudspeakers on the wall.

I turned next to the electrical appliances. A printer and a scanner were sitting on some drawers awaiting my wrath. All I had to do was think of the last time my computer crashed to feel a rush of rage. I lifted the bat above my head and brought it down with all my strength. Glass and plastic splintered before the innards fell out of the machines. All together, I had 30 minutes to destroy the contents of this room. I am in Halle an der Saale, Germany, and this is the country's first so-called Wutraum (Anger Room.)

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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