You Are Never Too Old To Change The World!

Meet Dr. Nancy Hendrie, a retired pediatrician in her seventies, who didn’t want to spend her retirement years on the golf course. Almost ten years ago, she founded a nonprofit organization, The Sharing Foundation, dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and medical needs of orphaned and seriously- disadvantaged children in Cambodia. ...more

Dr. Hendrie was our first pediatrician, and she was quite a character. She told us to encourage ...more

Winners of the World's Best (English) Blogs: Black Looks,, Sunshine Foundation

Congratulations to all the bloggers who won German broadcaster Deutsche-Welle's annual ten-language blog competition, The BOBs, this weekend. I was honored to join the jury for the second year in a row, but was unable to make the trip to Berlin for personal reasons. While the other English judge, Mark Glaser of PBS' Mediashift, represented English bloggers on-site in Berlin, I voted virtually in three categories: ...more

Islam, hijab and one vocal actress

Contributing editor Priya Ramachandran also blogs at Words on Water [img_assist|fid=2165|thumb=1|alt=shabana|caption= ] Indian actress Shabana Azmi, who was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize in London earlier this month, has triggered off a controversy with her statements that Islam did not require women to cover their faces. (Azmi is Muslim.) Predictably enough, the more conservative Muslim clerics in India are riled up about it. ...more

Tanilan, I agree on modesty. Part of what I noticed growing up in India was that you could be ...more

Happy Birthday Gandhiji!

[img_assist|fid=1906|thumb=1|alt=gandhi] October 2nd was Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. In India, we used to look forward to this day mainly because it was a government holiday. Schools, banks, post offices all closed down. There'd be ceremonies everywhere - serious looking politicos would garland Gandhi photos, prayer songs would be sung. If your parents were like mine, they'd sit you down in front of the telly and make you watch Attenborough's Gandhi for the 418th time in your life. ...more

Great post. He was one of the people who has always inspired me to try to be a better ...more

The black creeps out of the ears

Every mother knows this - pregnancy gives you that extra sanction, that lets you smile wistfully at kids on the street, or strike up "Don't you have the cutest smile ever?" conversations with wide-eyed kids. I was no different. I'd stop to admire kids everywhere - on the Metro, Target, Walmart, the restroom line. I'd gush about these kids to my husband, who thankfully did not suffer from the same craziness. ...more

OH MY. What a topic, especialy one starting with your own daughter ...


Online Sexual Harassment of a Blogher in Cambodia

Cambodian Blogosphere and Cyberspace is, for the most part, a warm and supportive online community of Cambodians in Cambodia and spread around the world, ex-pats in country blogging about their experiences, and others like me who are interested in the country's beautiful culture. Sadly, there is a dark side.  Read Jinja's post from last week about blogher Cambochica  (Angie Manzano) a writer for 'Off Our Backs' magazine and who was volunteering in country for Voluntary Service Overseas.  Her blog started to attract the attention of Darren Conquest (a.k.a. Lord Playboy, a forum moderator at, an online community interested in discussing tourist attractions. ) There were flames, nasty comments, personal attacks, and plagerism.  Jinja provides links and detailed accounts here and here.  (Lord Playboy's version of events is here) Details are Sketchy, another expat blogher blogging from Cambodia, tells us that Lord Play ...more

If it's offensive to you, don't read it. If it's hurting someone, he's wrong. ...more

Airy travel

Two airline related stories this week caught my eye. The first was the arrest of 12 Muslim passengers on a flight from the US to Bombay. BBC reported earlier this week that: ...more

I read a recent article in NYT where they said they would watch for people's expressions - ...more

Chindia Rules - Indian Blogs, China-style Censorship

India's big dream for itself is to transform Bombay to a Shanghai like shimmering city by the sea. Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, has made no secret of this desire of his. While Shanghai remains a distant reach for Mumbai - as of now - India's managed the dubious distinction of mimicking China's stranglehold on spontaneous creativity. ...more

Bombay burning

[img_assist|fid=829|thumb=1|alt=Bombay blasts|caption=Image from BBC] I don't remember ever enjoying the train rides in Mumbai's local trains. They were bipolar extremes maquerading as public transport. You were squished by humanity from all sides, and hence you floated into and out of the trains, a human buoy. Your nose was assaulted by the unholy mix of sweat and Cuticura powder and smelly shoes. But when you went back to your small town life, you complained to anyone who would listen how you never had to wait more than two minutes for a missed train in Bombay. ...more

I agree! And I wondered about that "purported" email. Heading over th Sepiamutiny right ...more

Democracy in Nepal

Contributing Editor Priya Ramachandran also blogs at Words on Water[img_assist|fid=215|thumb=1|alt=Democracy in Nepal|caption=Pramila Giri* walked 7 hours to get to Bhoktini.(Picture from] I don't pretend to understand the nuances of the Nepali democracy movement that's going on. The Washington Post reported today that the government had declared truce towards the rebels. ...more