Parents sue their son for not giving them a grandchild, and other offbeat news of the week

The parents are suing their son for not giving them a grandson. Yes really.

From demanding parents to the temples of Japan and the jingle… This is your weekly roundup of offbeat stories from around the world.

only in india

Indian parents can be notoriously demanding, none more so than a couple suing their son for nearly $650,000 for not giving them a grandchild.

Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad from Haridwar say they exhausted themselves paying for their pilot son’s education and his lavish wedding.

They shelled out $80,000 for the marriage and honeymoon abroad and $65,000 for him to learn to fly in the United States, only for him to return to India unemployed.

“My son has been married for six years, but they are not planning a baby yet,” the couple said in their court petition.

To make matters worse, he will not be moving in with them as tradition demands.

“At least if we have a grandson to spend time with, our pain will be bearable,” the Prasads pleaded.

Out of their potters

The Quidditch players, running around the field with a stick between their legs, say they want to be taken seriously.

The game, which hails from the “Harry Potter” books, will hold its European Championships in Ireland in July as it aims to be accepted as a “high-intensity sport”.

French player Tiphaine Pasquereau insists it’s more than just pretending to be flying on a broomstick and requires great skill and verve.

Drink

Japanese authorities are investigating how schoolgirls were given hand sanitizer to drink during a 5,000-meter (16,400-foot) foot race.

Yamanashi organizers mistakenly poured the sanitizer into cups at drink stations, and one student collapsed after swallowing the industrial alcohol. Two others were also taken to hospital.

Where is the money?

As embarrassing as it was, it was nothing compared to the red faces in the Japanese city of Abu, where officials mistakenly sent a resident $360,000 in pandemic aid.

The officials immediately visited the person and promised to return the money.

But later, the recipient said he had “moved the money around” and now “couldn’t return it.”

double fault

To Rome, where the organizers of their big tennis tournament appeared to have struck a major blow by bringing back to the court Peng Shuai, the Chinese star who disappeared after accusing a top politician of abusing her.

But when the media started asking questions, the organizers had to admit that they had mistaken her for her namesake Zhang Shuai, who is ranked 40th in the world.

We can only wonder…

And finally, back to the land of the heated toilet seat, where German cult director Wim Wenders is raving about Japan’s latest contribution to human happiness: brilliantly designed public toilets.

The creator of “Buena Vista Social Club” is shooting a movie called “The Tokyo Toilet” about top architects who transform 17 urban toilets into works of art, including one with transparent cubicles that turn opaque when the door is closed.

Wenders is convinced that his story is universal “because a bathroom is a place where everyone is equal”, an intimate and “precious” space where we are all truly human.

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