2 Million Minutes to Face the Competition

I have finally had an opportunity to view the documentary, 2 Million Minutes. Briefly, the film focuses on 6 high school students, two each from the United States, China and India. Each pair attends the same high school, which by the way, are all top performing schools in their respective countries. ...more

An American Holiday and the <i>desi</i> dilemma

Notwithstanding the falling dollar, desis -- our local lingo to describe people from the Indian sub-continent in America -- have a lot to be thankful for this season. After all, all those Masters and PhDs we came over for are serving most of us pretty well. Many of us – with or without the U.S. degrees --- have good jobs, while a few of us have been inspired enough to become successful entrepreneurs and academics. A good many of us are probably going to settle here and raise our children as Americans. ...more

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The Worst Job of All?

At some point you might've had a gig you think is the very worst this side of the moon. Unending hours, a micromanaging boss, shabby benefits--you name it, there are issues. I recall one job I've had that fits the bill; but after reading a Newsweek article on sewage workers in India, I am humbled, and have a new appreciation for job dissatisfaction. ...more

Indian sweatshop uses bonded child labor. Gap snaps ties. What now?

You may have already got a news overload of Gap's Indian shame. If you haven't, here's a brief roundup: British newspaper, The Observer, unearthed a filthy garment sweatshop in New Delhi that was working children as young as 10 for as long as 16 hours a day for no pay. The kids were embroidering blouses for GapKids' Christmas stock. ...more

Any child under the age specified by law worldwide works full time, mentally or physically to ...more

O God! How do I explain this to you?

Thanks to the festival season in India, I must've made a dozen phone calls to family and friends, exchanging greetings and accounts of how we observed the festival. It's a nice feeling. A good excuse to make that call you have been postponing for a while now. But a chance comment from a family member about what my husband and I were doing at home to keep up the traditions, led me to think: How do I feel about religious traditions? As a couple, are we religious? ...more

Potter, Goddess are at Hogwarts Kolkata, lawsuit notwithstanding

It's festival time in India for the rest of the year. I am over 8,000 miles away from home, but my heart is in a flutter. It feels like I am right there, partaking in the myriad colors, sights, sounds and mantras of the season. Especially close to my heart are these five precious days (October 17-21) of Durga Puja – and the months of October and November -- when my native state of West Bengal will be seeped in celebrating the power of three Hindu Goddesses, namely Durga, Lakshmi and Kali. ...more

Blogging to fight corruption in India

Thanks to BlogHer's contributing editor Britt Bravo , I found my second hero (remember the first, Blank Noise?) who is taking on one of India's most debilitating, corroding vices, namely, corruption. And how! ...more

Delhi behaving badly: Why women feel unsafe in India's capital city

I will far rather see the race of man extinct than that we should become less than beasts by making the noblest of God's creation, woman, the object of our lust. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948 October 2 is observed by the United Nations as the International Day of Non-Violence. ...more

yes its rather sad that a culturally rich city is losing its culture...respect for women is ...more

Review of The Kimnama

The Kimnama by Kim Roberts Vrzhu Press ISBN 978-1-4303-1407-3 Reviewed by Cheryl Snell http://shivasarms.blogspot.com ...more

Streets are for walking, stop stalking

After attending a BlogHer07 panel on Women Across the World, it was clear to me that blogging was going to be a powerful tool for social change in societies grappling with the pangs of nation-building. And women are going to seize this opportunity to express themselves, something that is just about starting to be acknowledged as serious.I'd like to introduce two Indian women who are doing just that. Here's my first hero. ...more

Just do it! It's amazing how we are taught/teach ourselves to "ignore them". Remember that ...more