Daughters of the soil -- Part 1

Women in the Indian subcontinent have proven to be some of most effective harbingers of socio-economic change at the grassroots. No surprise that governments and NGOs often target rural women for growth-oriented projects. In fact, there are banks that exclusively target women for loans. Only recently (and most famously) the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, was on the Colbert Report explaining why 97 percent of the bank's borrowers are poor women and how they have proven they can handle money better than men. ...more

Thanks for highlighting these wonderful and inspiring people. 


Update on outsourcing jobs to India: Surrogate mothers on rise, some customer service comes back

When I first heard that news that a growing number of customer call center jobs were trekking their way back to the U.S., the first thought I had was,' what took them so long?' When I first read the news that infertile couples could hire a surrogate in India for a fraction of the cost of trying to do that here, I thought,'this is great news -it's is going to give hope to so many people.' ...more

Everybody wants to have babies and I think its natural.
some may not be blessed with kids, ...more

President Bush Begs Saudi Arabia for Cheap Oil

Mercifully for Republican Presidential candidates, President Bush traveled on his first-ever Middle Eastern junket this week. He’s an albatross around any candidate’s neck; in fact, when Mitt Romney won the Republican primary in Michigan this week, he referenced former President George Herbert Walker Bush several times, but pointedly omitted any reference to Dubya. Talk about persona non grata. ...more

Mumbai's New Year shame: Attack on women throws spotlight on widespread problem

This is one New Year revelry that two women would want -- probably in vain -- to forget quickly. They were teased, pounced upon, had their clothes ripped, and molested by a throng of men on a main street outside a five-star hotel, chock-a-block with the New Year crowd, in the upscale Juhu area of the western Indian city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay), home to Bollywood and the country's financial capital.  ...more

Miss SEAMS, I wonder if this has anything to do with the anonymity that cities offer. And the ...more

Tata Motors Unveils Nano Car for India


O behave -- Indian, Australian cricketers need to mind their manners, and more

I wasn't going to write about the game of cricket, a) because it's being written to death in India and Australia, and b) not many of my readers follow the game in America; but the intensity with which a disastrous tour by the Indian team down under is being blogged about, I can't but talk about it. ...more

Good to see you here again, Nita :) What a coincidence, I was just reading your blog.
Thank you ...more

India's missing girls -- nipping them in the bud?

Gender-based abortions in India is no longer the man-bites-dog breaking news story. It's such a pervasive  practice that it probably doesn't outrage us enough to tackle it on a war footing. It is recognized as a problem by law, it makes some men shift in their seats and many women unhappy. In other words, it runs the risk of becoming just another addition to the endless list of gender issues that we know the country needs to deal with, and hope that time and a robust economy will drive it to its natural death. ...more

Thanks Lisa! Has the book been made into a movie yet? I think they should...

Curiously, I ...more

India Tourist Sites Won’t Accept U.S. Dollar

The Tourism Minister of India, Ambika Soni, said today that the weakened U.S. dollar (USD) will no longer be accepted at major Indian tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal. The dollar has hit a new nine-year low against the rupee. This is the second country which has stopped accepting the USD as payment, the first having been Iran late last year. ...more

Pakistan's destiny derailed, yet again

I will steer clear of what Benazir Bhutto's assassination means to the U.S. and the war on terror. The ramifications are just too obvious. Being an Indian and Pakistan's neighbor, however, I can't help feeling sorry for the common Pakistani. As I had mentioned in an earlier post, for 60 years, India has watched (and dealt) with some apprehension, some incredulousness and largely helplessness, as her neighbor and brother-separated-at-birth swung between shaky democracies and determined dictatorships, and now, a growing militancy. ...more

Ladies, thank you for stopping by.

Nita, it's lovely to see you here. I admire your blog and ...more

Merry Christmas and Mahatma Gandhi

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” So spoke Mahatma Gandhi of India, who introduced the 20th century to nonviolent civil disobedience later adopted by civil rights demonstrators in the 1960s. ...more