Cow Telepathy Fail, Or What Has India Done to Me?

This is part of a series of posts on the trip I took in India from February to April 2013. They are in no particular order, just moments that stand out from the greater backdrop. ...more

Mangalore to Udupi, Or How Not To Travel In India

This is part of a series of posts on the...more

DIY :: Tin Box Makeover, an upcycling idea

Turn your empty tin cans/boxes something special! I've collected many dozens of tins/cans of various sizes and shapes, and upcycling them was a very fun project!! You can use these as small storage boxes in your handbag, or as tiny jewelry boxes or simply to keep those hard to find small knick kancks in the drawers....more

How to Dress for Travel in India

How to Dress for Travel in India...more

Indian Girl Jailed After Reporting Rape

Once again, a rape case in India has placed this country in the forefront of news media, but in this case, the victim is a child. ...more

Rape....And Beyond

Here in Calcutta, the topic of the hour, the day, the month, is women’s place in society and men’s treatment of women.   Since the death last month of a 23-year-old woman brutally raped by five men while riding a New Delhi bus with her boyfriend, the subject of women’s virtue, safety and rights has consumed India. ...more

What India's Working Women Say About Sexual Violence

Since the brutal rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi and her subsequent death, thousands of women in India, who are increasingly working and studying, have repeatedly taken to the streets to express anger over attitudes towards women, calling for major change. ...more
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A Gang Rape Ignites Protests Over India's Rape Culture

I was in church this morning with my parents and the pastor began to preach about society’s expectations and disapproval toward unwed mothers. Of course, he was talking about the Virgin Mary, who likely wasn’t a virgin -- but she was an unwed mother, and she was the scrutiny of her society. There are Biblical verses about Joseph considering breaking their betrothal because she was pregnant out of wedlock. Mary had to endure people writing her off as a woman who was suitable for marriage. She could have faced several punishments, including stoning to death. ...more
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Hanging out at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2012

Last week, I got a “fluke entry” into the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2012.  And it most definitely was “fluke” - completely unexpected, absolutely last minute and most definitely all about chance.  All I can say is… lady luck is in a good mood these days!  :-)Me, the fashion frat newbie, on the threshold of the most prestigious fashion event in the country (and Asia)... A starry-eyed rookie with entries to exclusive fashion shows and after-parties, rubbing shoulders with the big wigs of Bollywood and the Fashion World....more

No Surprise Ashram flower...more